Symantec plans to acquire Altiris for $830 million ($33 per share) in cash. Altiris brings IT asset management into the Symantec portfolio as the company continues to reach out beyond its security roots.
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While Oracle and Sun are going after Red Hat Linux with lower pricing models for support and service, MySQL is making pricing a move to attract customers to its open source database. The company announced MySQL Enterprise Unlimited, claiming that customers who have Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase or DB2 Enterprise License Agreements (ELAs) can save over $1 million.
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A Forbes story lobs a bombshell, reporting a 'rumor' of a takeover bid of SAP by Oracle, which reputedly drove SAP's stock price up a modestly. "There's talk that Oracle will bid $38.
Is Apple's iPhone deal with Cingular a handicap to both parties? You almost get that impression hearing to Verizon executives tell it.
Valleywag noted that in Robert Scoble's blog he comments that Intel paid a fee for PodTech.net video produced during a visit to the company's new 45-nanometer fabrication plant in Hillsboro, Oregon.
This just in--Vista is launching to consumers and the Web is buzzing with worries over how to upgrade (and whether those worries are legit), stories about demand and primers on killer apps and pitfalls. One common thread: Folks are pretty damn skeptical about Vista.
Verizon will spend $17.5 billion to $17.
Charles S. Knight has compiled a handy list of the top 100 alternative search engines on Read/Write Web.