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Fiber-optic component maker JDS Uniphase has agreed to buy SDL for $41 billion in the largest technology acquisition ever, the companies said.

Shareholders of SDL will receive 3.8 JDS shares, or $441.51, for each SDL share, almost 50 percent more than SDL's Friday closing price.

SDL, which counts JDS as one of its largest customers, will give its buyer advanced technology and know-how to build the next generation of parts for communications networks. JDS will be able to increase its capacity to fill a backlog of orders for equipment that beams information on hair-thin strands of glass.

Does anybody see regulatory issues here? I would think not as long as Corning is out there. And Nortel, Lucent, etc. Still, the King just purchased a strengthening Prince. If JDSU can continue to seamlessly integrate their acquisitions, this should ramp up production big time.

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