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Meru-mor Mill

4:00 PM -- So, I had to ask Meru Networks Inc. CEO Ihab Abu-Hakima about the rumors that Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) was in talks to buy his startup a while back. (See Juniper Buying WLAN Startup?)

Industry sources have been suggesting to me recently that the company's backers were asking for more than Juniper was willing to pay.

Abu-Hakima, however, brushed off the acquisition talk as "rumors" and noted that Juniper has been linked with a lot of companies in the WiFi market, although the pair do have a partnership agreement in place around wireless VOIP.

I'm starting to wonder whether Juniper will ever buy directly into the enterprise WiFi infrastructure market, in which Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has a tremendous headstart.

Perhaps it makes more sense for the company to keep building out its wireless security niche with acquisitions like Funk Software, which also give it something of a backdoor into Cisco accounts. (See Cisco's Funk Breakdown.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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