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Juniper Acquires SMobile

Juniper Systems has announced the acquisition of smartphone and tablet device security vendor SMobile for $70 million, tech news site Network World reports.

SMobile offers protection against viruses, spyware and identify theft attempts for a wide range of smartphone operating systems, including Symbian, Google's Android OS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and Apple's iOS.

According to financial news site Bloomberg Businessweek, Juniper plans to integrate SMobile technology with its own Junos Pulse networking platform aimed at smartphones and tablet PCs.

The company said that the Junos Pulse platform will be dedicated to providing a highly connected and secure environment to mobile devices, and that the technology acquired from SMobile will allow for a secure mobile internet environment.

According to the terms of the acquisition, the 30 SMobile employees with join Juniper, and the company's CEO Neil Book and CTO Daniel Hoffman will work under the Juniper Access and Acceleration business unit.

Juniper has said that it expects the acquisition to close within the next few days.