Friday, November 4, 2005
PE Firm Spends $300M On Game Companies
A Menlo Park-based private equity firm has made investments in two independent game developers, Edmonton Canada-based BioWare and Los Angeles-based Pandemic Studios, in a deal that makes the private equity firm the majority owner of the two development companies. The deal is a first in the video game industry. John Riccitiello of Elevation Partners will become chief executive of the holding company, BioWare/Pandemic Studios. The companies said that the move will reduce the pressure off of the g (More info...)

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Microsemi Acquires RF Components Firm
Irvine-based Microsemi has acquired Advanced Power Technology, a maker of high performance analog semiconductors and components, in a cash for stock deal. Microsemi will pay $2.00 per share in cash and 0.435 shares of Microsemi common stock for each APT share. APT develops RF products and power switching components for the analog market. Both companies target the defense/aerospace and medical markets. Microsemi said that it expects the transaction to be accretive to its third quarter.

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Iomega Sells Stake in ByteTaxi to Microsoft
San Diego-based Iomega said yesterday that it has sold its ownership in ByteTaxi, a maker of storage sharing software, to Microsoft. Microsoft acquired ByteTaxi yesterday to integrate the software into its new Windows Live products. Iomega said that as a result of the move, it will no longer bundle ByteTaxi's FolderShare software with its hard drive solutions and other products. Iomega had started offering the software with its hard drive earlier this year. Iomega said that it is looking to repl (More info...)

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Autobytel, Synacor Offers Content for Cable
Irvine-based Autobytel has inked a deal with Synacor, a provider of services to broadband cable providers, to offer its vehicle research and buying via broadband access services. Autobytel's auto channel will be features on the consumer portals of 17 broadband providers who use Synacor for their online services. Synacor's customers include, and other ISPs who use Synacor for single sign-on and integrated billing of subscription services.

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Teridian Ships Ethernet PHY
Irvine-based Teridian Semiconductor said this week that it has shipped an extremely small Ethernet PHY targeted at the embedded 10/100 Ethernet market. The company said that its MicroPHY components are available in a 5mm x 5mm QFN package, targeted at consumer audio-video and industrial applications. Terdian is a former unit of TDK.

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