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09 Nov 2010 10:06


Biz, Tech: Oracle, new HP CEO Leo Apotheker dealing with some stuff

  • Oracle’s Larry Ellison really dislikes HP, apparently. First, he swiped their former chief executive, who was not only good at his job, but was removed for fairly questionable reasons. (HP didn’t like that, by the way.) Now, Ellison’s company has their sights set on their new CEO, Leo Apotheker, the weirdly hired former SAP CEO. See, a subsidiary of SAP, TomorrowNow, reportedly engaged in software theft from Oracle. Oracle thinks SAP owes them billions of dollars; SAP claims it’s closer to tens of millions. Either way, Oracle has hired a private investigator to find Apotheker after HP would not accept Oracle’s subpoena for Apotheker to testify in court about the case (and Apotheker skipped an earlier trial). In other news, Silicon Valley business is pretty cutthroat. (Above: Artist’s depiction of what we think the private investigator looks like.) source

02 Oct 2010 03:05


Tech: Android getting targeted by Google enemies, part three

  • one Apple sues HTC over patent issues regarding their Android phones
  • two Oracle sues Google because of Android’s use of the Java platform
  • three Microsoft sues Motorola because they want to follow the leader source

08 Sep 2010 10:56


Tech: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to HP: What’s up with this lawsuit?

  • The HP Board is making it virtually impossible for Oracle and HP to continue to cooperate and work together in the IT marketplace.
  • Oracle CEO Larry Ellison • Responding to the lawsuit the company filed against Mark Hurd, the dude he’s trying to hire as his new president. Ellison notes that before now, the relationship between the two companies has been positive. In other news, the lawsuit and new job could affect Hurd’s $35 million severance plan. source

07 Sep 2010 21:08


Tech: HP to Mark Hurd: You can’t join Oracle! You have our trade secrets!

  • In his new positions, Hurd will be in a situation in which he cannot perform his duties for Oracle without necessarily using and disclosing HP’s trade secrets and confidential information to others.
  • A statement from HP’s corporate blog • Explaining why they filed a civil complaint against former CEO Mark Hurd, who is headed in the general direction of Oracle. To put it simply, HP is afraid that Hurd will leverage the information he knows about the company at his new job – a reasonable concern. A now-former Apple exec, Mark Papermaster, went through something similar when he left IBM. source

06 Sep 2010 20:52


Tech: Mark Hurd rises from the tech-exec ashes like a phoenix

  • downfall Mark Hurd had a relationship with an underling and that led to his firing from HP. The circumstances raised eyebrows.
  • rise Hurd showed up at Oracle this week as their new co-president, just in time to screw Google over with that Java lawsuit. source
  • » He’s got a powerful backer, too: Last month, Larry Ellison, Oracle’s CEO, referred to Hurd’s ouster as “the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago.” So, to prove it, he hired Hurd.

12 Aug 2010 23:58


Tech: Google vs. Oracle: One giant sues another over Java

  • In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly, and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement.
  • An Oracle spokesperson • Discussing the lawsuit the company, which recently bought Java maker Sun, filed against Google over their use of Java code in their developer kit for Android. This is pretty bad for a lot of reasons – the most important being that lawsuits like this usually involve two-bit operations suing large companies over patents. In this case, Oracle is as big and respected as Google. While we’re guessing Oracle just wants a piece of the pie, this could end poorly for all involved. source

04 Feb 2010 10:24


Tech: Sun Microsystems CEO tweets his resignation, haiku-style

  • Today’s my last day at Sun. I’ll miss it. Seems only fitting to end on a #haiku. Financial crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no more
  • Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz • In a tweet about his last day at the tech company, which was recently swallowed whole by Oracle. Schwartz, who shows creativity even in defeat, is the first Fortune 200 CEO to ever tweet his resignation. Seems fitting for a tech CEO to go out that way. source

24 Jan 2010 11:18


Offbeat: Breakups with rich software execs more expensive, more public

  • mistress For eight and a half years, Oracle co-president Charles E. Phillips was cheating on his wife with YaVaughnie Wilkins. He almost got divorced, but never did.
  • breakup After Phillips broke up with Wilkins, Wilkins bought a bunch of billboards about their now-public relationship, complete with a Web site full of love letters. Ouch. source

14 Aug 2009 11:07


Biz, U.S.: Need twenty bucks? Ask these super-rich guys for a loan

  • $702.4 million the amount Blackstone Group LP’s Stephen Schwarzman, made last year, largely from the vesting of equity grants
  • $557 million the amount Oracle’s Larry Ellison, made largely from exercising stock options; both are hot-shot company founders source

20 Apr 2009 09:40


Biz, Tech: Maybe it was a good thing IBM didn’t get Sun, and Oracle did

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    amount IBM was willing to pay for the technology company
  • $7.4 billion amount Oracle agreed to buy the company for; the value went up, see? source