Guest post: Chris Matyszczyk considers Mark Cuban's dancing skills and his significance in the tech world, a place where marketing most often lacks the "human" touch. Next Monday, he will be performing the Paso Doble or the Viennese Waltz.
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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.
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.
Notable headlines:Dana Gardner: Oracle makes its move to acquire BEAGeorge Ou: Green IT will get zero traction until IT pays the electric billHarry Fuller: Greening your datacenter, what’s it worth?New climate change report in November will heat up CO2 debateHeather Clancy: Are you willing to pay more for a green tech supplier?
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?