Daily Links for Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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Research Firm Gartner Acquires Burton Group For $56M
The Wall Street Journal Online

Gartner made the purchase, expected to expand its product and service offerings and increase IT research-market opportunities, Dec. 30. Burton, an IT research and advisory firm that has 41 research analysts and 40 sales and client-service employees, comes with projected 2009 revenue of $30 million.

10 IT Companies to Watch in 2010 | The Virtual Circle
The Virtual Circle / Robin Bloor

Note inclusion of IBM Client for Smart Work partner VirtualBridges.

As has become my annual habit, I’m providing a list of 10 companies, most of them relatively small, that I think will be worth watching this year.

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Exclusive: VMware Likely to Buy Zimbra From Yahoo
BoomTown/All Things Digital / Kara Swisher

Yahoo is close to selling its Zimbra unit to VMware, according to several sources close to the situation. Sources said the deal could be announced soon, but the price for the open-source email unit was still unclear. One source noted that the reason that VMware was interested in nabbing Zimbra was that its execs want to expand “up the stack” from the software company’s position in virtualization. And Yahoo’s reasoning? The Internet giant has been targeting assets for “de-acquisition” that are not central to the strategies of its new management.