Who were the top ed tech acquirers in 2012?

A report out Wednesday from M&A database CB Insights gives a breakdown of the 2,277 tech acquisitions it tracked last year, but the company did a deeper dive into education to give a snapshot of activity.

Why HP is betting the farm on Autonomy

Hewlett-Packard plans to spend some $10.25 billion to acquire Autonomy, the United Kingdom–based software and services company. HP’s balance sheet currently has $13 billion in cash. Why is the company making such a big bet? According to HP’s CEO, Leo Apotheker, it’s now or never.

Windstream buys business phone company for $2.3 billion

Windstream, a Little Rock, Ark.-based phone and broadband company says it is buying PAETEC Holding Company of Fairport, N.Y. for $2.3 billion. On closing this deal, Windstream will have a bigger national footprint with a bigger fiber network to service the luractive business customers.