In my 25 years in the technology industry, I have seen many once-important companies disappear. Remember Bull or Honeywell or Digital Equipment? Now the sun is setting on Sun.
What makes this more remarkable is that Sun wasn't stuck in an old-technology paradigm like minicomputers, when the world all moved to servers and personal computers.
Could Oracle provoke the Department of Justice into another showdown? Justice's antitrust team has flexed its muscles under Obama, even objecting to a route-sharing pact between UAL's United and Continental Airlines, which it doesn't technically oversee.
In May, Christine Varney, the new antitrust chief at the Justice Department, promised to scrutinize high-tech mergers more closely than her Bush-era predecessors. In the early Obama administration, talk of a possible antitrust action has focused almost exclusively on Google. The latest example is this Sunday Times profile of the apple-cheeked Googler whose job it is to furiously spin decision makers on the idea that Google is not really so big after all. But that's not the only antitrust issue lurking.
In case you missed it, I’ve had a couple of recent conversations about the TPC-H benchmark. Some people suggest that, while almost untethered from real-world computing, TPC-Hs inspire real world product improvements. Richard Gostanian even offered a specific example of same — Solaris-specific optimizations for the ParAccel Analytic Database.
That thrilling advance notwithstanding, I’m not aware [...]
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The Justice Department has extended its look at Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems but the software giant says it is confident the deal will close on time. The DOJ is looking at how Java is licensed.
In a statement Friday, Dan Wall, Latham & Watkins counsel to Oracle, said:
Sun Calls DOJ Slowdown of Oracle Deal Simply an Irritation
The federal government decides to spend more time performing due diligence on the proposed Oracle-Sun merger, perhaps 30 to 60 more days. Sun says this is not unexpected due to the size of the IT infrastructure transaction.
Oracle certainly would like to complete its acquisition of Sun Microsystems as soon as possible, but the Department of Justice has, in effect, told the enterprise database giant: "Not so fast."
Oracle is still gunning to wrap up its Sun Micro purchase by the end of summer, despite the US Department of Justice refusing to give the deal fast-track approval.
It emerged on Friday that the DoJ has extended its investigation of the $7.4bn deal, which would unite enterprise software power house Oracle with Java creator and sometime server contender Sun.
To read the entire article at its source, please refer to Oracle hits DoJ roadblock on Sun deal
BOSTON (Reuters) - Salesforce.com Inc (CRM.N) Chief Executive Marc Benioff downplayed persistent speculation that bigger rival Oracle Corp (ORCL.O) may buy his Web-based software company.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was an early investor and one-time board member in San Francisco-based Salesforce but Benioff told Reuters on Monday: "If he wanted to buy it, he would have."