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No Love From Dell for Icahn’s Latest Proposal

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has been nothing if not persistent in his efforts to keep Michael Dell from rebuilding his computer business as a private company, but on Monday Icahn's stock repurchase proposal got the thumbs-down again. A special committee of Dell's board of directors, formed to we...

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Integration, Rethought

Major trends around cloud, mobile and Software as a Service are dramatically changing the requirements and benefits of application integration. In many respects, the emphasis now on building hybrid business processes from a variety of far-flung sources forces a rethinking of integration and middlewa...

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As Larry Rips Rivals, Oracle Products and Services Slip

Memo to Larry Ellison: The Roman Coliseum halted gladiator combats around 435 A.D. SAP has thrown in the towel and has no interest in continuing a court battle. HP executives are refusing to accept service on your subpoenas, and HP's newly named chief executive Leo Apotheker is lying low, presumably...

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Oracle Fusion Apps Hit Critical Mass

Oracle will issue the first release of its next-generation Fusion applications in the first quarter of 2011, company CEO Larry Ellison has announced. It took the database giant five years to integrate the "best features" of PeopleSoft, Siebel and its own E-business suite. Oracle purchased PeopleSoft...

EC’s Long, Hard Look at Sun-Oracle Deal Gets Longer, Harder

The European Commission on Thursday expanded its investigation into Oracle's plans to purchase Sun Microsystems. The EC wants to study the potential antitrust issues arising from proprietary database vendor Oracle's takeover of Sun's open source MySQL database application. It will issue its ruling o...

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Let the IT Land Grab Begin

The reported acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle makes a ton more sense than IBM's earlier failed bid. This new compact, if it succeeds, will bring as good an end to an independent Sun as the pioneering IT vendor could have hoped for at this sorry stage in its history. However, there are much ...

Why So Many Java Mugs?

Web developers have many options for the servlet containers they use to host Java apps. Included in these choices are both classic proprietary and a host of open source containers. For the typical Java application developer, the container that holds one or more Java applications together is fairly t...

Oracle Bolsters Insurance Vertical Cred With Skywire Buy

Oracle has reached an agreement to buy Skywire, a firm that makes software for the insurance business, as the database and applications giant continues to build out its menu of industry-specific tools. The purchase of Skywire marks the second consecutive acquisition in the insurance space for the vo...

Amdocs to Embed IBM’s DB2, Optim in CRM App

Amdocs and IBM have entered into an original equipment manufacturer agreement in which Amdocs will embed the IBM DB2 Data Server and the IBM Optim Data Growth application in its CRM product line. It is the first OEM agreement IBM has inked involving Optim, Steve Tallant, senior manager of product li...

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Apache CXF: All Grown Up

More open source server components and frameworks continue to emerge from developer communities. One of the latest, Apache CXF, an open source Web services framework, graduated from incubation recently to become a full Apache Foundation project. The progeny of the previous merger of the ObjectWeb-ma...

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Customer Bloggers Pumping Up the Volume

As we've said here before, blogs have been an excellent leveler of the playing field for consumers. Had a poor customer service experience or are just feeling aggrieved with a service provider? Complain to management, yes, but then blog about it. While such posts are generally considered to be the r...

Oracle Floats $5B in Notes for BEA Buy

Oracle has gone to the debt markets to fund its $8.5 billion purchase of BEA Systems. The company has priced an offering in three series of investment-grade notes for a total of $5 billion. It is selling $1.25 billion of 4.95 percent notes due 2013; $2.5 billion of 5.75 percent notes due 2018; and $...

Portals in an Enterprise 2.0 World

The front office meets the back office at the Web 2.0 enterprise portal. The enterprise 2.0 portal is a single accessible location intended to consolidate resources and serve up data from systems throughout an organization so that each "touch" a company has with its customers, prospects, partners an...

Elon Musk's Dec. 2 action to release The Twitter Files: Approve or Disapprove?
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