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Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

Microsoft Corp will buy LinkedIn Corp for $26.2 billion in its biggest-ever deal, a big move by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in his efforts to make the company a major force in next-generation computing.

Breakingviews tech columnist Robert Cryan outlines how Nadella may have abandoned his prudent approach, noting the red flags raised by Microsoft “paying a 50 percent premium for a flawed business.”

The graphic below outlines the top all-time technology deals (with this one coming it at number six) as well as the top Microsoft deals.

Graph shows the top all-time technology deals and Microsoft acquisitions, including the LinkedIn buy

Thomson Reuters Deals Intelligence Matt Toole joined TheStreet yesterday to put the deal in context of the broader deals landscape and discuss LinkedIn’s valuation.

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