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Bay Area Tech Wire -- Oct. 20

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Oct. 20, 2014
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Santa Clara-Based GlobalFoundries to Buy IBM Business for $1.5 Billion
o ShoreTel Receives Unsolicited $540M Takeover Bid from Mitel Networks
S.F.-Based CloudCannon Launches with $500,000 in Funding
o Marc Andreessen Resigns from Board of San Jose-Based eBay
o Planning to Hire 80,000 Season Workers
o Briefly Noted: 23andMe
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o Santa Clara-Based GlobalFoundries to Buy IBM Business for $1.5 Billion

Santa Clara, Calif. -- GlobalFoundries, a Santa Clara-based provider of semiconductor manufacturing technology, said on Monday it will pay approximately $1.5 billion to acquire IBM's global commercial semiconductor technology business. The deal includes intellectual property, employees and technologies related to IBM Microelectronics. As part of the agreement, GlobalFoundries also will become IBM's exclusive server processor semiconductor technology provider for 22 nanometer, 14nm and 10nm semiconductors for the next 10 years. "We can now offer our customers a broader range of differentiated leading-edge 3D transistor and RF technologies, and we will also improve our design ecosystem to accelerate time-to-revenue for our customers," said GlobalFoundries CEO Sanjay Jha.'s-microelectronics-business 

o ShoreTel Receives Unsolicited $540M Takeover Bid from Mitel Networks

Sunnyvale, Calif. -- ShoreTel, a Sunnyvale-based maker of IP phone systems and unified communications tools, said on Monday it has received an unsolicited $540 million takeover bid from Canada-based Mitel Networks. Mitel is offering $8.10 a share in cash under the deal, which sent company shares up more than 18% by midday. ShoreTel said in a statement that it will "carefully review and evaluate the proposal and determine the course of action that it believes is in the best interest of the company's stockholders." The company has retained Blackstone Advisory Partners as its financial advisor and Fenwick & West as its legal counsel.

o S.F.-Based CloudCannon Launches with $500,000 in Funding

San Francisco -- CloudCannon, the San Francisco-based developer of tools designed to streamlines the process of deploying a simple website, said on Monday it has officially launched at TechCrunch Disrupt in London after raising $500,000 from several New Zealand investors. Backers included Sam Morgan, Phil McCaw, Stephen Tindall and Simon Holdsworth. CloudCannon said it helps web designers more easily launch static websites by partnering with cloud storage providers, domain registrars and hosting companies. "We wanted to lift the bar on current website design, by taking out time intensive technical tasks and focusing on the creative aspects," said CEO Mike Neumegen. 

o Marc Andreessen Resigns from Board of San Jose-Based eBay

San Jose, Calif. -- Marc Andreessen, the co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, on Monday resigned from the board of San Jose-based eBay. He had served on the board for six years, but said the company's recent decision to spin off PayPal made this the right time to step down. "I have complete confidence in [CEO] John [Donahoe] and the board to lead eBay and PayPal through the process of embarking on independent paths in 2015," said Andreessen. 

o Planning to Hire 80,000 Season Workers

Seattle -- Online retail giant said it plans to hire 80,000 seasonal workers in the U.S. this holiday season -- about 10,000 more than a year ago. The company said it needs the extra staff to deal with an expected increase in workload at its 50 U.S. fulfillment and more than 15 sortation centers. Amazon said it plans to convert many of the seasonal workers to full-time jobs after the holiday. The company currently operates nearby fulfillment centers in Tracy and Patterson.  

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(Mountain View, Calif.) Mountain View-based personal genetics company 23andMe on Monday named Ruby Gadelrab as its vice president of commercial marketing. Gadelrab most recently served as the head of marketing and commercial development at Invitae, and previously worked at Affymetrix. 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based VideoGenie, a developer of technology designed to capture and leverage customer stories to better tell a brand's narrative, said on Monday it has renamed the company StoryBox. The new name comes from the company's StoryBox technology platform, which debuted in March. 

(Oakland, Calif.) Oakland-based Internet radio service Pandora on Monday named Steve Bené as its general counsel. Bené most recently served as the general counsel at Electronic Arts (EA), and earlier was an associate at Fenwick & West and a management consultant at Bain & Company. 

(Santa Clara, Calif.) Santa Clara-based Vantage Data Centers, a provider of data center services, on Monday named Steve Lim as its vice president of marketing. Lim most recently served as the director of global marketing programs at Equinix, and also has held senior marketing roles at McAfee, Cisco and Adobe Systems. 

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