Everyone's saying its pretty crazy. According to the financial tech analysts, most of the huge corporations have literally billions of dollars of cash stockpiled and they (also literally) aren't sure what to do with it. They're already spending as much as they can on R&D and on PR/Marketing, and tech buyouts are a nice outlet for all that cash.
Except in in this case, no one knows why Intel would be a mediocre software company that is way past its prime. McAfee may be huge, but it's outlook has been consistently downward. I recall 10 years ago when McAfee was the biggest AV company or just about (depending on the day, Symantec came 1st or 2nd). But now?
I wonder what Peter has to say about this!