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Vector Capital-backed Technicolor to buy unit from Cisco

Vector Capital-backed Technicolor has agreed to buy the customer premises equipment business from Cisco for $600 million in cash and stock. Under terms of the agreement, Technicolor will pay about $450 million in cash and about $150 million in newly issued Technicolor shares. The two companies also are forming a strategic partnership to develop next generation video and broadband technologies.

Cisco to invest up to $1 bln on U.K. digitization

Cisco will invest up to $1 billion over the next three to five years to support to growth of the U.K.’s digitization plans. This second round of investment follows Cisco’s $500 million commitment to the country made in 2011. Investment helps support various initiatives in the country like the British Innovation Gateway that helps nurture U.K. innovation and entrepreneurship. A $150 million investment for Internet of Everything UK start-ups and venture capital investments focus on Cisco key priorities, including Internet of Everything applications across financial technologies, retail, healthcare and smart city development.

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Cloud security automation company HyTrust picks up $33 mln

Mountain View, California-based cloud security automation company HyTrust Inc has raised $33 million in funding. Accelerate-IT Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Vanedge Capital, Epic Ventures, Granite Ventures, Trident Capital, Cisco, Fortinet, Intel Corp and VMware. In addition to the funding, HyTrust has added Brian Nugent, a general partner at AITV, to its board of directors while AITV co-founder and General Partner Bill Malloy III, and Moe Kermani, a partner at Vanedge Capital, have been named as board observers.

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Alchemist Accelerator rings in $2.1 mln

The Alchemist Accelerator, a San Francisco-based enterprise-focused accelerator, has raised $2.1 million in funding. Mayfield led the round with participation from Tyco and return backer Cisco.

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Cisco to invest in KeyTone Cloud

Cisco will make a strategic investment in KeyTone Cloud, a hybrid-cloud platform technology and technical service provider in China. Earlier in 2014, KeyTone Cloud completed a Series A funding co-led by Gobi Partners and CBC.

PE-backed Sonru recruits new COO and CMO

Irish video interview firm Sonru has hired Jeff Jones as chief operating officer and Paul O’Mahony as chief marketing officer. Previously, Jones worked at such firms as The Walt Disney Company and Adventis while O’Mahony has worked at a number of software companies that include EMC and Cisco. Sonru is backed by Saphir Capital Partners.

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Loggly nets $15 mln in round led by Harmony Partners

Loggly has closed $15 million in Series C financing. Harmony Partners led the with participation from return backers Matrix Partners, Trinity Ventures, Cisco, Data Collective and True Ventures. Based in San Francisco, Loggly is a provider of log management solutions.

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Bessemer leads $25 mln funding of cloud company CTERA

CTERA Networks, which provides a cloud storage services platform, has raised a $25 million Series C round of funding, led by new investor Bessemer Venture Partners. Also participating was existing investors Benchmark Capital, Cisco and Venrock. The company has now raised $45 million in total funding. As part of the funding, Adam Fisher, a partner at Bessemer, has joined the board.

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Puppet Labs raises $40 mln from venture backers

Cisco, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Triangle Venture Capital Group, True Ventures and VMware have invested $40 million in Puppet Labs, which provides IT automation software. The funding brings total venture capital raised to $86 million since June 2009. Puppet Labs also added Mukesh Sharma as vice president of sales, EMEA.

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Bull City Venture Partners closes about $26 mln for new fund

Durham, NC-based Bull City Venture Partners said Monday that it has raised approximately $26 million for its new fund. Its LPs include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Cisco, Grosvenor Capital Management, Industry Ventures and Red Hat. The pool will focus on early, seed and growth stage firms.

Internet security provider OpenDNS bags $35 mln

OpenDNS said Thursday that it has secured $35 million in funding. The investors were Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures, Glynn Capital, Cisco, Evolution Capital, Lumia Capital, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Northgate Capital. Based in San Francisco, OpenDNS is a provider of internet security solutions.

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