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Google Is Said to Discuss Buying Mandiant; Microsoft Bows Out

  • Transaction would be Google’s second-biggest purchase ever
  • News of deal sends shares of Mandiant soaring on Monday
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Google is in talks to acquire cybersecurity company Mandiant Inc. in what would be its second-biggest deal ever, according to a person familiar with the matter, after rival suitor Microsoft Corp. backed out of discussions.

Microsoft pulled out of talks more than a week ago, said two people with knowledge of the deliberations who asked not to be identified because the situation is private. The discussions with Google, first reported by the Information website, sent shares of Mandiant up 16% at the close of trading Monday.