MicroScope's top stories, week ending 8 April 2011

Google drops $900m on Nortel patent bid Google has forked out $900m (£557.6m)in a stalking horse bid to acquire the patent portfolio of defunct networking vendor Nortel. Google said it hoped acquiring the IP would ward off patent litigation and also boost development of projects such as mobile

Google drops $900m on Nortel patent bid

Google has forked out $900m (£557.6m) in a stalking horse bid to acquire the patent portfolio of defunct networking vendor Nortel.

Google said it hoped acquiring the IP would ward off patent litigation and also boost development of projects such as mobile OS Android and web browser Chrome.

NS Optimum buys PARS out of administration

The trade and assets of defunct system builder PARS Technology have been bought from administrators by fellow education specialist NS Optimum for an undisclosed sum.

Epsilon data breach could be largest in US history

Various US and some British firms including retailer Marks & Spencer have had customer information leaked after online marketer Epsilon was penetrated in a major security breach.

Chambers: Cisco has disappointed the market

In a brutally frank memo, Cisco CEO John Chambers this week said the company had "disappointed our investors" and "confused our employees".

Computacenter pays £500K for minority stake in ICS Solutions

Computacenter (CC) has coughed up £500,000 to acquire a minority stake in Microsoft SharePoint configuration services provider ICS Solutions.

IT industry salaries rising as applicant numbers fall

Ingram Micro adds VMware, HP Networking support

M&S latest to reveal impact of Epsilon breach

UC buyers shy away from single vendor installations

EMC UK boss McDonald promoted in strategic shake-up

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