$PLCM (Polycom, Inc.)

$PLCM {{ '2016-09-27T14:02:31+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PLCM has been acquired by affiliates of Siris Capital Group LLC in a transaction valued at approx. $2Bil. $PLCM stockholders will receive $12.50 in cash. The company's stock will cease trading on NASDAQ under the ticker $PLCM effective today. Mary McDowell has been appointed CEO.

$CSCO {{ '2018-01-09T15:25:46+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CSCO and Hyundai Motor Company announced the production of a next-generation, hyperconnected car. Hyundai will feature this new in-vehicle network in their premium 2019 vehicles. The companies would create a flexible and more secure platform that would help innovate and build on smart-vehicle solutions.

$CSCO {{ '2018-01-08T18:05:49+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CSCO said the Felix Platter Hospital in Basel, Switzerland, is deploying Cisco Intent-Based Networking to create the foundation for its digital operation. The new secure network is designed and deployed by Itris Enterprise AG, and is expected to be fully operational by December 2018.

$CSCO {{ '2018-01-08T17:55:27+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CSCO announced a new DOCSIS licensing plan for its cable operator customers. The Cisco IBU licensing program helps simplify license acquisition and management. IBU has only one license type based on bandwidth consumption. IBU licensing is aligned to the number of subscribers across the network, so license investment is highly aligned to revenues.

$VZ {{ '2018-01-05T20:10:30+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Verizon announced today that it had acquired Niddel, which offers automated end-to-end threat hunting solution for enterprises. $VZ plans to integrate Niddel's services, which the firm believes would augment the existing offerings to its enterprise clients. The company didn't disclose the terms of the deal.

$MSFT {{ '2018-01-04T15:19:52+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

As part of its Healthcare NExT initiative, $MSFT partnered with Seattle-based biotech firm Adaptive Biotechnologies. Microsoft and Adaptive will build a universal blood test that will screen a person's human immune system using the former's AI and machine learning technologies. Microsoft had invested an undisclosed amount for this partnership.

$MSFT {{ '2018-01-03T14:45:28+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT to acquire Pittsburgh-based data storage firm Avere Systems. The transaction terms were not disclosed. Microsoft believes that the addition of Avere Systems will add value to its cloud computing platform Azure and its customers. In March 2017, Avere closed a $14MM Series E funding in which $GOOG was one of the investors.

$GOOG {{ '2017-12-22T12:16:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

“Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of the board of directors of $GOOG $GOOGL, has decided to step down. He will take up the role of Technical Advisor to the firm. Schmidt, who has been serving Alphabet for the past 17 years, will continue to serve on its Board. It is expected that the Board will appoint a non-executive chairman at the next meeting.”

$ORCL {{ '2017-12-15T20:33:42+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$ORCL launches its autonomous database as a power move against its archrivals in cloud computing, hoping to catch some market share. $ORCL assures its new autonomous database will cost less and believes that its customers will opt its new database rather than $AMZN's Redshift.

$ORCL {{ '2017-12-15T20:21:10+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$ORCL to deliver the world’s first autonomous database in Jan. 2018. This new technology is expected to dramatically accelerate the growth of PaaS and SaaS businesses and keep database license business strong as well, said the company.

$ORCL {{ '2017-12-15T20:10:56+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

Despite the strength of cloud revenue in 2Q18, $ORCL's cloud growth is forecast to slow in 3Q18 to 21-25% in constant currency. Revenue for Q3 is expected to grow 2-4% with non-GAAP EPS in constant currency ranging between $0.68 and $0.70.

$WM {{ '2017-12-15T12:42:51+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WM has received authorization from its BoD to repurchase $1.25Bil of its common stock. This new authorization is effective immediately. During 2017, the company expects to return approx $1.5Bil to its shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.

$ORCL {{ '2017-12-14T22:08:40+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Making up of 16% of the company's overall revenue, $ORCL's cloud revenue came in at $1.5Bil, up 44% YoY. Of that sum, $1.1Bil was attributed to Software as a Service and $396MM to Platform- and Infrastructure-as-a-Service, up 55% and 21%, respectively.

$ORCL {{ '2017-12-14T22:00:06+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Profit of $ORCL grew 10% YoY in the second quarter of fiscal 2018 as the tech giant continues to focus on growing its could computing business. For the quarter, the company reported earnings of $2.23Bil, or $0.52 per share, on revenue of $9.6Bil, which is up 6%. Excluding certain items, the company's earnings were $0.70 per share, up 14% YoY.

$ORCL {{ '2017-12-14T21:23:00+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

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$CSCO {{ '2017-12-14T15:48:33+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CSCO said Chris Dedicoat, EVP of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations, has decided to leave his role at the end of Cisco's current fiscal year on July 28, 2018, and will transition to a senior advisory role to Chairman and CEO, Chuck Robbins.

$CSCO {{ '2017-12-14T15:48:19+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CSCO said Rebecca Jacoby, SVP of Operations, will retire effective January 27, 2018, but continue as an advisor until May-end. Cisco SVP of Asia Pacific and Japan Irving Tan will take on the newly created role of SVP of Operations and Digital.

$CSCO {{ '2017-12-14T14:35:59+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CSCO announced the availability of Cisco Security Connector, a security app designed to give enterprises visibility and control over network activity on iOS devices, now in the App Store. The app helps ensure compliance of users and iOS devices during incident investigations and protects users from connecting to malicious sites on the Internet.

$VG {{ '2017-12-12T17:36:45+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$VG appointed Dharmesh Shah as VP of Inside Sales. In this newly-created role, Shah is responsible for driving worldwide inside sales to support Vonage's growing global presence as a business cloud communications leader. Shah reports to Kenny Wyatt, Chief Revenue Officer.

$CSCO {{ '2017-12-11T13:31:43+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CSCO's BoD on Dec. 10, 2017 declared a quarterly dividend of $0.29 per common share. The dividend will be paid on Jan. 24, 2018 to shareholders of record on Jan. 5, 2018.

$CIEN {{ '2017-12-08T15:07:38+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$CIEN said it sees revenue growing between 5% and 7% over the next three years, and non-GAAP EPS growth in the 14-16% range. Ciena confirmed its long-term target of achieving 15% adj. operating margin on annualized basis. In each of the next three years, annual free cash flow generation is estimated to be about 60-70% of adjusted operating income.

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