The 10 Biggest Tech Acquisitions Of 2013

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7. Oracle Buys Acme Packet

This deal, announced in February and completed April 2, flew under the radar for many despite its $2.1 billion price tag ($1.7 billion net of Acme Packet's cash). But the acquisition marked a big step for Oracle's efforts to strengthen its position in the communications arena.

Acme Packet develops session border control technology, a critical element in delivering next-generation voice, data and unified communications services and applications across all-IP networks.

One major set of customers for Acme Packet's products are telecommunications service providers. This year, Oracle sought to position itself as a strategic supplier of software to telecommunications companies, and the Acme Packet buy is a critical element of that effort.

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