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Nokia Siemens bids for Nortel carrier unit, could end Nortel brand

The Nortel brand could disappear now that the company has received bids for carrier and enterprise divisions. Also in this week's roundup: Fusion-io gets another round of funding.

Nokia Siemens bids for Nortel carrier unit, could end Nortel brand

Nokia Siemens Networks has offered to buy Nortel's carrier networks unit and a research unit that develops wireless technology, The Wall Street Journal reported this week. If Nokia Siemens wins Nortel's carrier networks, it would give the company a much larger U.S. footprint. Nokia Siemens is the second largest provider of telecom equipment worldwide. Attributing the news to unnamed sources, The Journal also reported last week that Nortel has received bids for its enterprise unit from competitors Avaya Inc. and Siemens Enterprise Communications. If all of these units sell, it would appear that Nortel would no longer exist as a company. Nortel is set to file restructuring plans with a bankruptcy court in May.

Healthcare systems finally pulled into Internet-style computing

The Obama administration's commitment to funding interoperable electronic health records systems is finally pushing the healthcare industry to adopt Internet-style computing, The New York Times Bits blog reported this week.

Evidence of that emerged this week at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society trade show in Chicago, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and GE Healthcare announced a joint project that will send health alerts into electronic records at doctors' offices. The system can, for example, send a pop-up to a doctor's screen when a patient's records indicate that he or she is at risk of influenza, based upon location, age and even occupation.

Fusion-io pulls in second round of funding

Solid-state technology maker Fusion-io pulled in $47.5 million in Series B funding from a group of investors led by venture capital firm Lightspeed Venture Partners. The company, which announced last month that it had attracted Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as its chief scientist, now has $66.5 million in funding. Fusion-io also said this week that it would replace ousted CEO Don Basile with David Bradford, who had been at Novell.

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