Liberty Global Plc and Telefónica SA set to merge UK business in a deal worth $29.57 billion

On Thursday, according to a report from the Financial Times, in a deal worth $29.57 billion (24 billion pounds), the British units of Liberty Global Plc and Telefónica SA will merge with Telefónica SA. Both companies are expected to announce the merger deal on Thursday following five months of negotiations, said the FT’s report citing…

U.S. chip firm Xilinx Inc wins 5G network equipment contract from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

In a statement, Xilinx Inc, an American semiconductor firm stated, it had won a deal to supply chips to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for 5G networking equipment. It did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. Xilinx makes programmable chips used in telecommunications equipment including those used in base stations made by Ericsson, Nokia…

AMD and HPE win U.S. supercomputer deal which will model nuclear blasts

In a statement, Advanced Micro Devices Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co stated, they had won a $600 million deal to deliver a supercomputer that will be used by the U.S. Department of Energy’s nuclear security arm to support the nation’s nuclear arsenal. The supercomputer, dubbed El Capitan, named after the famous rock face in…

eBay Inc discussing potential sale of classified ads business with multiple parties

In a statement, EBay Inc said, it is in discussion with multiple parties on a potential deal revolving around its classified-ads business. It expects to provide an update regarding the process in the coming months. In a report the Wall Street Journal had stated, eBay is in the process of reaching out to potential buyers to…

Pentagon’s $10B cloud computing JEDI contract with Microsoft paused over Amazon’s lawsuit

A U.S. judge has allowed Amazon.com Inc’s motion to temporarily halt the U.S. Department of Defense and Microsoft Corp’s $10 billion cloud computing deal which Amazon said was reflective of President Donald Trump’s undue influence. In November 2019, Amazon, which had been seen as a front-runner to win the cloud computing contract, had filed a…

Roche increase gene therapy footprint with $1.5 billion licensing deal with Sarepta Therapeutics

On Monday, in a statement Roche said, it has entered into a $1.15 billion licensing deal with Sarepta Therapeutics to obtain the right to launch and commercialize Sarepta’s investigational gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) outside the United States. Roche will be making an upfront payment of $750 million in cash and $400 million…

Private equity firm Apollo Global raises bid to take Tech Data private

Apollo Global Management, a private equity firm, stated it has raised its bid to take Tech Data, a U.S. information technology equipment distributor, private in a deal valued at around $6 billion. Excluding debt, the deal is valued at nearly $5.14 billion, up from a previous offer of $4.77 billion. Following Apollo Global Management’s new…

Google signs healthcare data deal with Ascension, gets access to health records of millions of Americans

In a deal that provides Alphabet Inc’s Google Inc more data to finetune its artificial intelligence tools, the search giant has signed its biggest cloud computing customer in healthcare to date with Ascension. In a joint statement Ascension, which operates 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities across the United States, and Google…