Don't know if three data points make a trend, but with the unsolicited $2 billion bid for game software company Take Two by Electronic Arts, we now have at least three 30% plus premium bid deals for public technology companies in a depressed stock market.
The other two of course are the on-going bid for Yahoo! by Microsoft, and the just accepted $2.4 billion deal for Getty Images by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman.
With the tech sector battered more than most in this most recent correction, and still relatively strong growth fundamentals, it shouldn't be surprising to see more of this in the coming months.
Both strategic and/or financial buyers seem anxious to take advantage of the relative bargains in the public markets, assuming of course they can finance the deals via their balance sheets despite a tough debt financing environment.
At least someone putting their toes into these turbulent tech waters.