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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has remade the company via acquisitions. Oracle has acquired a bevy of companies such as Siebel Systems, PeopleSoft, BEA Systems and others to become a significant applications player. Meanwhile, Oracle remains the database leader and displays strength in middleware. Oracle's next frontier: Hardware. The acquisition of Sun Microsystems could position Oracle as "T.J. Watson's IBM" or be a big headache.

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Photos: How Solarscope 'sees' the sun

Developed by Light Tec Optical Instruments of Hyeres, France, the Solarscope is designed to allow safe viewing of sun spots and solar eclipses. The $89 "education version," shown here, has a screen big enough for several people to see at once.

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