This week on the Dan & David Show we discuss Oracle's proposed bid to acquire BEA. Unless a white knight (IBM or SAP, for instance) comes in to outbid Oracle, the marriage is likely a fait accompli, with BEA angling to up the bid price from $17 per share.
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Vinnie Mirchandani speculates that Oracle's Fusion applications will be delay through 2009 at the earliest. The first phase of Fusion applications was slated for next year.
Following on Chairman Reid Hoffman's talk at the Graphing Social Patterns conference, Linkedin CEO Dan Nye spoke with Saul Hansell of the NYT about the business social networks API plans. He said that Linkedin's platform will not enable Facebook-like virtual food fights or vampires, and he refuses to call Linkedin a "social network.
BEA issued a statement regarding Oracle's unsolicited bid for $17 per share in cash. The gist of the letter is that the BEA thinks its worth more and doesn't want to give up any competitive information that would compromise its business versus Oracle in the marketplace.
The latest image gallery in TechRepublic's series of "Dinosaur Sightings" offers a look, inside and out, at 1970s-era consumer computers.
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It didn't take long for investor Carl Icahn to get his wish. Oracle offered a 25 percent premium for BEA, a $6.
"The future is all about the power of "we" and how to collaborate with Web 2.0," said Cisco CEO John Chambers, reprising his gospel of broadband connnectedness.
Could it be that there will be no clear winner in Google vs. Microsoft battle?
You couldn't go more than an hour at the Gartner conference without hearing about green IT and its impact on technology managers. But there is some evidence that we may be hitting the saturation point with the green IT mantra.