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Mergers & acquisitions

Solid Goes Blue

2:35 PM -- Well, look at that -- IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) is grabbing Solid Information Technology Ltd. . (See IBM to Buy Solid.)

Databases aren't a space we cover very closely, but I've talked with Solid and MySQL AB before, since they do sell into telecom markets.

IBM is a fan of Linux, of course, and Solid has an open-source angle with its solidDB for MySQL. That product got a shot in the arm early this year with Solid's latest funding. (See Solid Gets $7.8M Boost.) That's probably all coincidence, but it's interesting to see IBM collect more open-source pieces.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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