There has been plenty to keep dealmakers busy in the technology sector so far this year.
Microsoft is acquiring LinkedIn for $26 billion, and computer-security company Symantec is buying Blue Coat Systems for about $4.65 billion in cash. Oracle agreed to buy cloud software provider Netsuite for $9.3 billion.
“Non-traditional buyers” are joining the fray, with companies like GM and Bed Bath and Beyond gobbling up startups now, according to Marc Andreessen, cofounder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Private equity’s infatuation with tech has also spurred a flurry of deals this year.
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