SanDisk's new portable solid state drives are displayed at the SanDisk booth during the 2015 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in Taipei, Taiwan, in this June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang
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Global computer disk drive leader Western Digital announced Wednesday that it would pay $19 billion for flash memory specialist SanDisk, the latest mega-deal in computer storage.The news comes one week after Dell unveiled plans to buy EMC, the world's largest data-storage provider, for $67 billion in a record tech tie-up.The merger of the two California data storage firms would create a company combined global sales of more than $21 billion last year.The two companies said in a statement that Western Digital will double the market available to it, and that the combination will take it into higher growth segments in the memory storage market.
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