The Ghost of Options Past

Remember stock options? Those perks that made millionaires out of rank-and-file employees? Whatever happened to those things anyway? I haven't thought about stock options in years, although they fueled lots of debate in the high-tech industry as recently as 2005. A press release issued Wednesday by {complink 4863|Semtech Corp.} reminded me what all the fuss…

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A New PC OEM, a Tired Business Model

French startup Jolicloud is launching a netbook that it says offers {complink 2657|Intel Corp.}'s Atom dual-core n550 in a box that retails for less than competing PCs. The netbook is cheaper because it does not run Windows as its operating system, which Jolicloud has replaced with a very elegant-looking Linux-based OS that offers free access…

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Premier Farnell Reports Q3

LONDON — Financial Highlights • The momentum from the prior quarter has continued into the third quarter with Group sales growing 23.3% and Group operating profit up 48.5%, despite tougher year on year comparators. • MDD sales grew 25.2% year on year, with the sales momentum at MDD Americas accelerating in the third quarter where…

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Tyco Completes ADC Tender

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland — Tyco Electronics Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) announced today the successful completion of its tender offer through its subsidiary, Tyco Electronics Minnesota, Inc., to purchase the outstanding shares of common stock of ADC Telecommunications, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADCT). The tender offer expired at 5:00 p.m., New York City time on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, and…

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Deal Would Settle Semtech Suit

CAMARILLO, CA — Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced it has entered into an agreement in principle to settle all claims asserted against all defendants in the putative class action concerning the Company's stock option accounting practices captioned In re Semtech Corporation Securities Litigation, Case No. 2:07-cv-07114-CAS…

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Franchises Fill In the Gaps

A random sampling of some this week's franchise announcements shows that, while global agreements are becoming more popular, geographic gaps still exist. {complink 12816|Mouser Electronics Inc.} announced its distribution agreement with Phoenix Contact now includes Europe, making Mouser one of the few European catalogue distributors for Phoenix Contact. The new European agreement with Phoenix Contact…

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Band-Aids & Better Solutions

The government and industry have a made a couple of moves within the past two weeks in the interest of protecting the supply chain: UPS is requiring ID before shipping products from retail outlets; and the US government has seized more than 80 Websites found trafficking in counterfeit goods. Neither is a permanent solution to…

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ACL Semi Adds to Board

HONG KONG — ACL Semiconductors (OTC Bulletin Board: ACLO), a leading China-based distributor of Samsung memory electronic products in Hong Kong and Southern China, announced today the appointment of Messrs Man Sing Lai, Ho Man Yeung and Wing San Leung to its Board of Directors effective immediately./p> Mr. Alan Yang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer…

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