Windstream announces cash tender offer; companies may save by plunging fully into cloud

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> Windstream has made a series of bond moves including a cash tender offer to purchase any of its $400 million in 7.75 percent notes due 2015, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. Story.

> Plunging into full IT infrastructure cloud services may be cheaper in the long run for some companies, says cloud provider NephoScale in a ConnectedPlanet article.

> SMSC is purchasing video equipment manufacturer Conexant Systems for $284 million. Story.

> IP services provider Cogent Communications plans to sell $150 million in senior notes as part of a debt offering, reports von|xchange. Story.

> Motorola Solutions has begun trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as MSI, a final step in Motorola Inc.'s split into two separate companies. News release.

> DirecTV has selected Callidus Software's sales suite to optimize its independent dealer network in eight countries through Latin America and the Caribbean. News release.

And finally... CES saw a 10.5 percent increase in attendance at this year's show, with more than 140,000 people pouring into the Las Vegas Convention Center. Story.

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