I have heard from two senior sources in the software industry that Informatica [INFA] is on the block and it has approached Oracle [ORCL]. I don't know what the possible acquisition price would be or any further details.
Tom Foremski: IMHO
Former Financial Times reporter Tom Foremski writes about Silicon Valley business trends and the intersection of technology and media.
Tom Foremski reports on the business and culture of Silicon Valley at the intersection of technology and media.
Businessweek's cover story is: "Inside Microsoft's War Against Google - With Yahoo off the table, Microsoft plans to challenge Google's online-ad juggernaut alone. A behind-the-scenes look at its provocative strategy.
The latest high-level executive to leave Google for Facebook is Elliott Schrage, who headed the corporate communications team. When the top person responsible for Google's messaging across all products and for its international policy leaves this points to a serious change within the company.
I rarely get to write about Tibco Software, one of the oldest Silicon Valley companies, and one of my favorite companies. The reason I rarely write about Tibco is that Tibco has been my most loyal supporter and sponsor for what I've been doing the last three plus years, publishing Silicon Valley Watcher.
Excellent article by Jeff Nolan, an ex-VC, writing in SandHill.com on venture capital investments and locating the next big thing.
Open letter to Steve Jobs: Apple should have a first adopter network program and give discounts to loyal customers
Dear Mr Jobs,I've had my iPhone since day dot--the day it came out. It is from the Palo Alto Apple store, you and your wife were there, and so were a hundred odd-people that had waited outside all night.
I meet with a lot of people, a lot of startups, and many many times they will tell me how their competitors are messing up, how f*!d they are.
Earlier I was writing about Jared Kopf's AdRoll, a new advertising network. I was thinking about the economics of the online advertising market.
. . . No more corporate scandals?Autonomy [AUTN], the second largest European software company Monday launched Autonomy Information Governance (AIG), software that can understand in real-time the meaning of email, blogs, and other documents.
My recent post speculating about an Apple branded search site was inspired by Barry Diller's IAC launching a new search site focused on the Black Community. Please see: Black Is The New Search: Barry Diller's IAC Launches Its First Home Grown Business - A Black Search SiteSearch is becoming a commodity and so brand is going to be more important in the future.