London -- Mergers and acquisitions increased by more than 70% in the U.S. technology sector during the first half of 2006, compared with the corresponding period a year earlier, according to Datamonitor, a London-based market analysis firm with regional offices across the United States.

As a result of the M&A bonanza, observers say, insurance carriers may find themselves dealing with change, even at their longtime IT vendors. New owners seem likely to adopt new ways of doing business, they say.

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