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Conferencing (Audio/Video/Web)

Logitech to Buy LifeSize

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Logitech to Buy LifeSize

For $405 million, LifeSize will become part of Logitech (yes, the mouse company, Logitech).

Why? Well, over the past three years, the giant computer peripherals maker Logitech has quietly become one of the largest HomeAV remote control providers in the world. And, they also have a media server, too. So, they've been in Home AV. Now, they make a foray in ProAV – or, what is more likely their vision: a convergence of HomeAV and ProAV via videoconferencing.

In November 2008, Logitech acquired SightSpeed for $30 million in cash, providing Logitech with video calling technology and a SW development team that hoped to create an enthusiastic video calling experience in the home.

Logitech's current product range encompasses a wide variety of personal peripherals (both cordless and corded), with special emphasis on products for PC navigation, gaming, Internet communications, digital music and home-entertainment control.

Here's a letter co-written by both company presidents:

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Talk & Vision Gets Tandberg European Platinum Partner Status

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Talk & Vision Gets Tandberg European Platinum Partner Status

Officially awarded European Platinum Partner status during Tandberg's annual Partner Summit in Lisbon, Talk & Vision now has the highest partner level in all four of the countries in which Talk & Vision has offices.

Talk & Vision can offer all of its solutions to Tandberg's customers around the world.

Talk & Vision was already an accredited service partner, but one requirement to become a Platinum Partner is a Center of Excellence where customers can see Tandberg's full offering. Talk & Vision now has two of these centers; one in Linschoten, Read more...

US Marines Chose Adobe Web Conferencing

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US Marines Chose Adobe Web Conferencing

The U.S. Marine Corps selected Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro as its standard web conferencing solution.

As a tactical battlefield collaboration tool for deployed troops, Acrobat says Connect Pro will enable Marines to communicate more effortlessly and securely across locations worldwide.

The enterprise license contract, awarded through Carahsoft Technology Corp., is valued at $9.5 million.

This will enable the Marines to immediately include Acrobat Connect Pro as part of version 1.5 of its Tactical Collaboration Work Suite, a portable Read more...

Cisco Buys Tandberg in $3 Billion Deal

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Cisco Buys Tandberg in $3 Billion Deal

Cisco shows exactly how serious it is about video conferencing with the $3 billion acquisition of Tandberg that will change the video conferencing industry landscape forever.

The all-cash tender is 11% over Tandberg's closing price. Tandberg reported $809 million in revenue last year, and has close to $200 million in cash. Cisco's routers and switches produce 65% gross profit margins and one of the attractions of the acquisition (says Cisco) is Tandberg's gross margin of 66%.

Cisco is one of tech's most aggressive acquirers with almost 40 companies bought over the last five years, including Scientific Atlanta, WebEx, and Pure Digital ( of Flip video fame.)

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