Deals wrap: IBM shifting focus

September 20, 2010

A man visits the stand of U.S. firm IBM at the CeBIT computer fair in Hanover March 2, 2010.    REUTERS/Thomas Peter IBM said it would buy data analytics company Netezza for $1.7 billion. The move comes as IBM is shifting its focus from increasingly commoditized computer hardware to higher-margin software and services, particularly analytics. *View article *View additional article on IBM from WSJ

Face-recognition software maker L-1 Identity Solutions is being sold to two of Europe’s top defense firms, Safran and BAE. The use of biometrics is spreading quickly due to growing security fears. However, privacy concerns have posed a barrier to their adoption in some markets. *View article

In the digital mapping and navigation sector, options for would-be buyers are rapidly narrowing, fueled by a growing appetite for location-based services, writes Harro ten Wolde and Tarmo Virki. *View article

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