Dell Expands in Security, Lots of Hiring in Austin [Roundup]

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Dell Expands Its Security Offerings with SonicWall Acquisition: Dell will acquire IT network security company SonicWall, whose 950 employees make next-generation firewalls and unified threat management firewalls, for approximately $1.2 billion. Dell, which has been expanding its storage and networking capacity with acquisitions such as EqualLogic and Force10 Networks, is clearly well on its way to breaking out of its tradition PC manufacturing box and become more a services provider, a move that its major rivals HP and IBM have already made. Top Tech News

Apple Will Double Its Presence in Austin: Apple is making a $304 million investment to build a new campus in Austin, adding 3,600 jobs over the next decade and doubling its local workforce. In the past eight years, Apple has grown in Austin from fewer than 1,000 workers to more than 3,500, mostly in customer support, sales and accounting. The State of Texas is investing $21 million over 10 years to make the move happen, and Austin and Travis County may also kick in some funds. The Huffington Post

…And Austin Has A Lot of Tech Job Openings: More good news from Austin, which is basking in the glow of this week’s SXSW conference: Samsung, one of many tech companies with a presence in the area, has over 150 engineering job openings, and that’s on the heels of the 150 new employees it hired right out of school last year. “We like to stay local and choose the local universities to fill those roles,” said a company rep. The tech industry provides 13 percent of all jobs in Austin, and there are 4,000 tech companies in the area. Austin YNN

IT Job Growth Continues to Accelerate: After reaching an all-time high in January, the pace of IT job growth continued to accelerate in February, doubling January’s rate of growth, according to TechServe Alliance.  In February, the number of IT jobs grew by 23,000 or 0.6 percent to 4,127,700. Since February 2011, IT employment has grown by more than 100,000 jobs or 2.5 percent. Marketwatch

Patent Wars Explode in the Social Media Space: In what some are calling a move borne out of desperation, Yahoo! has launched a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook. The extensive 19-page lawsuit over 10 patents covers advertising, privacy, customization, messaging  and social networking. “Facebook’s entire social network model, which allows users to create profiles for and connect with, among other things, persons and businesses, is based on Yahoo’s patented social networking technology,” the lawsuit reads. Yahoo! says that Facebook has been “free riding” on Yahoo!’s intellectual property, and that royalty payments alone won’t make it right. It’s interesting to note that Yahoo! has done this before, most notably in 2004, when it went after Google around the time of its IPO and got a settlement. AllThingsD

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