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In a brilliant retrieve from the really nasty situation it was in after its deal to get bought by IBM fell apart, Sun surprised everybody who thought it had no options left – which was practically everybody – by turning up this morning with a deal to get bought by Oracle, Sun’s sometimes best friend. Oracle, Silicon Valley’s avaricious maw, agreed over the weekend to buy Sun for $9.50 a share, a total of $7.4 billion or $5.6 billion less Sun’s cash and debt. un chairman Scott McNealy called the marriage of the “two titans” a “momentous day” that “refines the industry.” The Sun deal is not as big as Oracle’s acquisition of PeopleSoft, BEA or Siebel but gives Sun a 42% premium to last Friday’s $6.69 close. The money is a bit sweeter than the $9.40 a share IBM had reportedly ultimately offered, but failed to reach the $10.50 neighborhood where IBM and Sun supposedly ... (more)

Oracle+MySQL Opponents Take to the Barricades

MySQL Journal on Ulitzer Monty Widenius, the creator of the MySQL open source database – which is apparently all that stands between Oracle and its acquisition of Sun – thinks that Oracle shouldn’t have his baby and that the European Commission – whose investigation into MySQL has put the Oracle-Sun merger in limbo – should force Oracle to spit it out to another company. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, a guy with a collector’s temperament not given to letting things that belong to him go, has said he wants to keep MySQL and has claimed to be watching Sun’s revenue plunge by $100 million... (more)

Something for Everybody: All-in-One IaaS-PaaS-SaaS

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! Started in 2006 by the serial entrepreneur who sold Gluecode Software to IBM, Blue's only open source acquisition, Morphlabs is bringing its packaged cloud technology to the states after early adopters tested it in Japan. The mCloud product suite is targeted at MSPs and enterprise data centers and consists of mCloud Controller and mCloud Server. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! mCloud is advertised as an all-in-one Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Ser... (more)

Trail of Sony Hack Leads to Amazon: Bloomberg

Whoever hacked Sony and compromised the data in 100 million user accounts, reportedly the second-biggest US data theft ever, used Amazon's EC2 cloud to do it. Bloomberg says the culprit or culprits simply rented a server using a fake name. It was quoting an unnamed source, who told the wire service the account has been shut down. As Bloomberg explained all it takes to rent servers from EC2 is a name, an e-mail address, a password, a phone number, a billing address and a verified credit card. Presumably it was a stolen credit card. The FBI, which joined the hunt for the perpetrat... (more)

EC May Not Clear Oracle-Sun Merger: Reuters

As the clock ticks and the September 3 deadline nears, speculation is rising that the European Commission may throw a spanner into the Oracle-Sun merger and delay things another four months. Reuters said late Tuesday that EC regulators were fretting over the competitive implications of Oracle’s acquisition of MySQL and debating whether to open a full-scale investigation. If the EC decides to probe, the acquisition could get a pass, a fail or get loaded down with conditions, dragging out any resolution until late December, early January. Further delays will give IBM and HP even m... (more)