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February 2019 Archives

Merger builds stronger cybersecurity firm

Cylance, a California-based artificial intelligence and cybersecurity firm, has been acquired by BlackBerry, the security firm that originated as one of the leaders in mobile technology. The chairman of BlackBerry said that the acquisition reflects the company's goal of becoming a leader in the AI and security fields. Because BlackBerry contained secure messaging as a part of its platform from its early days, it was well-positioned to include other cybersecurity companies' products within its overall approach. The company stated that its goal is to allow other businesses to create secure communications between their users.

Understanding acquisitions of other businesses

Companies in California may want to expand by purchasing another firm through an acquisition. There are a number of ways that companies can merge with or buy another firm and different structures that the resulting business can take. The way in which an acquisition proceeds depends on how the other company is owned. When the other business is privately held, the owners of the business can decide the selling price and other criteria involved in the purchase. In many cases, buying a privately owned business is a faster, more flexible process than buying one that is publicly traded on the stock market.

How your insurance company works against you

When you sign up for a business insurance policy, the insurance company is all smiles and assurances, telling you how they take great care of their clients and how you can trust them. They promise to be there for you when you need them most. It gives you peace of mind, knowing that your company is less likely to run into an unexpected situation that proves financially devastating.

Supreme Court hears arguments on copyright registration

Oral arguments on Jan. 8 in the Supreme Court focused on resolving a difference in how circuit courts interpret one aspect of copyright law, and this could affect some California businesses. The disagreement hinges on what qualifies as "registration". Some courts have used what is called the "application approach". In this approach, a work would be considered registered once the owner of the copyright submitted all necessary materials to the U.S. Copyright Office. Courts using the "registration approach" argued that registration had not taken place until a decision was made by the USCO.

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Through a deal valued at approximately $66 billion, Sun Trust and BB&T have agreed to merge into a new bank. The combined financial institution has yet to be named and will be headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. After the merger is complete, the newly-formed bank will be the sixth-largest in the United States based on assets and deposits.

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SiriusXM and Pandora have completed their merger, making SiriusXM the world's largest audio entertainment company. The merger combines SiriusXM's curated and exclusive subscription-based content with Pandora's highly-personalized, free streaming platform. As a result of the transaction, SiriusXM is now able to reach more than 100 million listeners with the company's audio products.

An overview of the merger process

Companies in California may wish to merge with others in the state or elsewhere to increase market share or meet other goals. Generally speaking, businesses involved in a merger have similar products or those that fit well with what the other provides. However, this is not always the case. The first step in the merger process is to propose an operating structure and present it to each company's board for approval.

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