Dealmaking in the technology, media and telecommunications sector has benefited from a convergence of several trends. Companies that halted investment in innovation during the recession are still catching up, leveraging both organic growth and M&A.

Plus, a sea change in consumer habits has occurred, as the iPhone and other smart phones have gotten smarter and more popular. And Internet companies, such as Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) have matured, becoming avid acquirers along the way, competing fiercely with each other by so-called acqui-hiring.

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