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Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy, an off-again-on-again buddy of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, is going to testify for Oracle Thursday in its infringement suit against Google and Android. His appearance could wrap up Oracle’s side of the copyright infringement part of the trial and he could be followed on the witness stand by his successor at Sun Jonathan Schwartz who’s supposed to testify for Google. Schwartz has been on the witness list since the beginning. He’s evidently supposed to testify Sun didn’t think Android infringed, evidently conflicting with McNealy’s testimony. (It’s just so utterly Sun.) Sun, of course, developed Java before Oracle bought Sun two years ago. A swat of the old Java engineers now work for Google and some of them helped develop Android. Some of them have been on the witness stand. Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who also used to work at Sun under Mc... (more)

Oracle-PeopleSoft, God Bless 'em, Turns into an Old-fashioned Donnybrook

Oracle raised its bid for PeopleSoft, the company it's pursuing with a hotfooted hostile tender offer, from $16 a share to $19.50 Wednesday morning in an attempt to woo PeopleSoft stockholders to its side. The move raises the value of Oracle's bid from $5.1 billion, which was widely regarded as parsimonious, to $6.3 billion. The amount, Oracle CFO Jeff Henley pointed out, is a 29% premium over where PeopleSoft stock was before Oracle announced its run on the company on July 6, 48% if the $2 billion that PeopleSoft has in the bank is discounted. The question still remains whether ... (more)

SCO's McBride: "I'd Sue IBM Again 10 Times Over"

SCO CEO Darl McBride, the second most hated man in America after George Bush, says life since suing IBM has been "untenable suffering," but, comparing himself to Wesley, the pure-hearted, wrongs-righting hero in the movie "Princess Bride," said he would do it again 10 times over. "I may be wrong on this point," he said, using a Charles Barkley line (you know, the basketball player) and meaning the ultimate success of his $5 billion suit against IBM, "but I doubt it." Darl was reflecting for the benefit of the people who came to Las Vegas for SCO Forum, which just happened to be ru... (more)

Old Oracle Mafia to Run Salesforce Unit

Salesforce.com has hired Polly Sumner, one of the old Oracle mafia, as president, platform, alliances and services, responsible for the technology and marketing of the company's Force.com platform. Sumner was recently president of global services for Telcordia, the telecoms outfit, and from 1987-1999 worked at Oracle with Salesforce founder Marc Benioff. Force.com lets third parties access Salesforce's infrastructure and develop software that Salesforce hosts. Apple Bows to EC on iTunes Pricing Apple has changed its iTunes pricing in Europe to satisfy the European Commission and ... (more)

Red Hat Hires Azure Guy to Run Virtualization

Red Hat has hired Radhesh Balakrishnan out of Microsoft's Asia-Pac region where he was responsible for the Windows Azure cloud platform business, to lead its virtualization technologies and solutions worldwide, which includes Red Hat OpenStack and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Technologies and Solutions. The company said in a statement that "Virtualization is the cornerstone of cloud computing and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), which serves as the foundation for Red Hat's virtualization initiatives, is a predominant hypervisor in the cloud....Under Balakrishnan's leader... (more)