Unlike the Oracle/PeopleSoft deal--two companies with overlapping products--Symantec's acquisition of Veritas is about scaling two loosely coupled product domains. Rob Lemos interviews Symantec CEO John Thompson about his company's move to gain scale, venturing beyond its native security space.
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Michael Kanellos writes that Richard Smalley, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry in 1996, believes that the global energy situation "may be a greater challenge for us than the Cold War" and that the consequences of ignoring the problem will be terrorism, pestilence, famine. The problem comes from a dire conflict between supply and demand.
Oracle buys PeopleSoft. Symantec buys Veritas. Microsoft buys...
While most of the attention is on the big mergers and acquisitions, some startups are trying to shake up the new world order by doing what the behemoths haven't been able to do so far--which makes them good candidates for acquisition if they can ultimately prove themselves. Just look at VMware, which pioneered turning Intel servers into multiple virtual machines.
The ZigBee Alliance announced...
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Scripting News publisher and RSS shaker-and-mover Dave Winer diplomatically bit...
Just last week, in what I figured to be a foreshadowing of some sort of Sun Ray announcement (Sun Rays are Sun's thin client), Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz blogged about ARPU economics and how they'd drive the cost of a PC down to zero.
The ugly intellectual property rights to...
CNET News.com has a story that puts a tidy bow on research coming from several sources that points...