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Microsoft Closes $26.2 Billion LinkedIn Acquisition

It has been a few months since Microsoft announced its intention to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.

Deals as big as this require a lot of time to through the various legal and regulatory hurdles that stand in the way. All of that is now over for this particular deal as it has now been confirmed that Microsoft’s $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn has been closed. The professional social network is officially a part of Microsoft now.

It has taken Microsoft six months to formally close its deal with LinkedIn. The European Commission put up one of the last regulatory hurdles that the company had to clear before it could officially close the deal.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has outlined some of the steps that will be taken to integrate LinkedIn with the company’s services. These include the integration of LinkedIn identity and network in Microsoft’s Office and Outlook suite, enabling LinkedIn notifications inside Windows action center, expanding Sponsored Content reach to other Microsoft properties and more.

LinkedIn members drafting resumes in Word will be able to update their profiles, search for and apply to jobs via LinkedIn. Microsoft will also develop a business news desk across its content ecosystem and MSN.com. LinkedIn Learning will become available across the Office 365 and Windows ecosystem.

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Imagine sets target of 1m homes passed with wireless broadband by 2018

Imagine sets target of 1m homes passed with wireless broadband by 2018.

Irish altnet Imagine Communications, which is led by the entrepreneur Sean Bolger, has marked the settlement of its long-running EUR138 million (USD148.1 million) court case against Motorola, by announcing that – having wiped out its legacy debt – it now plans to roll out broadband services to one million Irish premises by 2018. The Irish Independent quotes Mr. Bolger as saying that the company spent about EUR20 million in 2015 and 2016 deploying its wireless LTE broadband technology service, adding that the rollout is still underway and Imagine has carried out a soft launch in areas where the network is present. According to Bolger, the company is now ramping up its sales drive and promises to deliver peak typical speeds of up to 70Mbps – suggesting peaks of up to 100Mbps – noting that it already has a footprint covering approximately 500,000 homes and businesses.

Imagine Communications, which is also backed by the likes of NTR and Kilsaran Concrete, cut its losses by more than half from EUR10.4 million to EUR4.7 million in FY2015, and also became profitable on an EBITDAbasis. Mr. Bolger confirmed that the firm’s FY2015 losses were largely due to non-cash write-downs and impairments associated with its previous WiMAX plan. Imagine sued Motorola in 2010 alleging breach of contract and negligence arising from the rollout of a WiMAX network. Motorola had countersued, denying the claims. Last month, the pair settled out of court in a confidential agreement, although it is likely Imagine received a significant sum under the arrangement.

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Eir warns broadband customers of modem security breach

Eir is warning customers that its modems have been compromised in a security breach. It is understood at least 2,000 have been breached by a computer virus.

Eir is warning customers that its modems have been compromised in a security breach.

It is understood at least 2,000 have been breached by a computer virus.

Customers are being advised to reset their devices after a security vulnerability identified on a “limited number” of Zyxel D100 and Zyxel P-660HN-T1A broadband modems.

“We strongly recommend that customers with these modems change both their modem administration password as well as their WiFi password as soon as possible,” the company stated.

The company is contacting those affected by letter and email to inform them of the situation.

Full details of eir’s advice to its customers can be found here.

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