Cisco Systems continues to show just how serious it is about video conferencing, announcing late on Sept. 30 its $3 billion acquisition of Tandberg, a Norwegian video communications company, reports the New York Times. Cisco has sold expensive, room-sized video conferencing systems that it calls TelePresence systems. Tandberg has similar technology but also sells smaller-sized, cheaper conferencing units, many of which are used by schools. In addition, Tandberg has specialized software for managing video conferencing systems and for creating connections between conferencing systems that rely on different underlying technology. "It really enables us to build out our portfolio," said Ned...

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