Symantec to acquire Blue Coat for $4.65B; Sonus CFO Greenquist to step down

Wireline news from across the web:

> Symantec will acquire cybersecurity firm Blue Coat Systems for $4.65 billion and hire its CEO, Greg Clark, to be its own CEO. WSJ article

> Iran's incumbent telco, Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI), has signed a $1.13 billion finance agreement with an unnamed overseas vendor to expand and upgrade its networks. TeleGeography article

> VMware is acquiring Arkin Net, which provides software defined data center security, operations and analytics, helping to expand its vRealize Suite application. ZDnet article

> Sonus Networks' CFO Mark Greenquist resigned to take a similar role at an e-commerce platform company. Reuters article

> A coalition of leading public interest and civil rights groups on Monday released an internet policy platform designed to pressure the 2016 presidential candidates into prioritizing online free speech, access, privacy, and openness. Motherboard article

> Orange CEO Stephane Richard has launched a new program to improve fixed internet for 1 million homes this year and 2.5 million by end 2019. Telecompaper article

Cable News
> Dish Network has gone dark on 42 Tribune stations in 33 markets, amid the satellite TV operators latest -- and largest -- broadcast retransmission licensing dispute. Article

> Rocked by a string of potentially devastating FCC regulatory proposals, including the "Unlock the Box" set-top NPRM, the cable industry is making what the New York Times reports to be the biggest lobbying push since 2009, when the agency drew up its first net neutrality rules. Article

Wireless News
> Microsoft will spend $26.2 billion in cash to acquire LinkedIn in a move aimed at helping professionals increase their productivity. And mobile will play a major role. Article

> Shipments of the iPhone will fall as much as 8.6 percent this year from 2015, according to a report from Nikkei Asian Review and picked up by 9to5Mac. Article

And finally … Citi is suing AT&T over the company's use of the word "thanks." Last week AT&T launched a new hastily-cobbled together customer appreciation program dubbed "AT&T thanks." Reuters article

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