May 4, 2007

CATCH-ALLish Booty

A while back we ran a post about a little company originally out of Sweden called Spotfire that attracted investment from the CIA's venture capital vehicle In-Q-Tel and Soros Fund Management.

Spotfire develops nifty data mining software that facilitates massive surveillance operations against the domestic population and taunts with promises of predicative capabilities.

Tibco, a Palo Alto, California software company, has now said it has agreed to buy the business intelligence software company Spotfire, of Somerville, Mass. for about $195 million in cash. (In case anyone has failed to notice, domestic population surveillance is by and large conducted by private sector parties that offer their wares and services to various State entities entangled in legal and extra-legal mass surveillance of various population subsets.)

Tibco said its own software, which gives companies a way to manage their data infrastructure in “real time,” would be complimented by Spotfire’s business intelligence offering. It is the latest in a string of acquisitions of business intelligence companies.

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