Microsoft posts its best fiscal first quarter in years and Wall Street cheers. But the angst goes on.
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BEA on Friday responded to Oracle's latest letter, which outlined why BEA was nuts for thinking it could get $21 a share.For those keeping score at home that's three letters in 24 hours.
The lawsuit swirling around the TJX data breach is getting interesting. The most interesting development: The banks suing TJX are arguing that the retailer should be liable because of lax security practices.
Notable headlines:Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft addresses new reports of forced Windows updates and reboots. Windows Vista: More than 88 million copies sold.
"In the next year we will make a series of announcements and spend hundreds of millions on innovations and giving them away as open source," said Vic Gundotra, the new head of Google's developer programs.Google believes that innovation on the Web has been lacking.
While Oracle and BEA are duking it out over acquisition price, Sun and NetApp are suing and countersuing each other over patents related to the Unix file system, ZFS. First, Network Appliance sued Sun, claiming that ZFS infringes on seven of its patents, and asked that ZFS be pulled from the free software community and for Sun to curtail its use of the software.
Oracle responded to BEA's $21 per share price demand, calling it an "impossibly high price for Oracle or any other potential acquirer." Then Oracle gets tough:"Furthermore, no other company has come forward to bid for BEA.
This week on the Dan & David Show we join in the chorus evaluating Microsoft's winning the Facebook sweepstakes over Google. We also discuss Google's introduction of IMAP into GMail, the launch of Apple's Leopard Mac OS X and reports of forced Windows updates and reboots.
Microsoft reported a quarter that harkened back to its glory days.On Thursday, Microsoft reported first quarter earnings of $4.
There are a whole lotta lawsuits being settled at Vonage. This time Vonage is settling with Verizon.