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May 8, 2006 10:37 AM

The deals go on ...

Posted by Brier Dudley

If I waited to run today's column on local tech deals, I could have added these tidbits as well:

Seattle-based aQuantive considered merging with competitor ValueClick, based in Westlake Village, Calif., but the deal fell through over the past few days, according to the Wall Street Journal. Would Microsoft be interested in aQuantive?

Aventail today hooked up with AttachmateWRQ, adding the latter's terminal emulation software to its SSL VPN product.

The Journal also reported how Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger pooh-poohed private equity wheeling and dealing at their company's shareholder meeting Saturday:

Munger on the current climate: "We have so many deal flippers in the game I think they're going to get in each others' way."

Buffett on private equity firms: "They invariably auction the business and are looking for strategic buyers," he said, adding that "a strategic buyer is just someone who pays too much."

Munger on privaty equity borrowing: "In the real estate market in the 1930s you could borrow more money against some real estate assets than you could sell them for. That's happening now in some parts of the private-equity world and it's weird."

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