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Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing News - Oracle co-president Charles Phillips was supposed to become CEO of CA - for all its muddied skirts still one of the world's largest software companies - and then those "soul mates forever" billboards popped up in New York, Atlanta and San Francisco, exposing his near decade-long bi-coastal double life with wife and son in the East and a live-in girlfriend in the West. Six days after Phillips was forced to admit that a picture of him and his ex-girlfriend canoodling was hanging over Times Square, CA named board member and executive chairman Bill McCracken CEO. He's the guy who's been running the company since John Swainson's reportedly forced retirement was announced in September. An ex-IBMer and an ex-Swainson pal, it was no secret he really wanted the job. Related Story: SAP Wants CA To Give It More Toys That w... (more)

Novell Sale May Fall Through: Reuters

It’s unlikely that anybody in the industry needs three anonymous Reuters sources to tell them that NetWare has been the donkey on the bridge holding up the sale of Novell for lo the six months the company’s been in play. Everybody has known for years and years that that thing has been an albatross around Novell’s neck. Heck, if Novell had been able to solve its NetWare problem it wouldn’t have bought SUSE Linux. Anyway, Reuters says that Novell can’t get whatever ridiculous price it’s demanding for the little bloodsucker and that if it can’t unload the thing at its valuation it m... (more)

Google Buys Some Java Patents Off IBM

Google has bought what appears to be another 1,023 patents from IBM, a transfer recorded by the US Patent and Trademark Office Wednesday and noticed by Bloomberg, which said Google bought them on August 17. The PTO also transferred 1,030 patents from IBM to Google in July after Google lost the auction for 6,000-odd Nortel patents to the combined might of Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Ericsson, Sony and EMC and their $4.5 billion. The blog SEO by the Sea flipped through the latest IBM haul and says the batch includes a bunch of Java and scripting-based patents. Whether any of them can de... (more)

So Oracle Thinks It’s Buying MySQL, Huh

Larry Ellison has bought himself a revolt. MySQL refuses to go gentle into Oracle’s uncertain arms. Monty Widenius, principal author of the original version of the open source database and a founder of the MySQL company that Sun bought last year for a billion dollars, is proposing to wrest control of the widgetry from Oracle. He has kicked off a “vendor-neutral” consortium called the Open Database Alliance that he envisions being the hub of MySQL development, binaries, derivative code, tools, enhancements as well as training and support provided by a collection of open source com... (more)

Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Reportedly Imminent

Microsoft's long, arduous, tempestuous pursuit of Yahoo is reportedly about to culminate in deal. The companies could sign an agreement Wednesday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper and others say they've heard the latest rendition of the deal has Yahoo using Microsoft's Bing search engine on its sites and selling text ads on its own and on some Microsoft sites. It's supposed to tickle Yahoo's share of search advertising. Yahoo would also pocket the money it would have cost to continue to support its own search engine. Advertising Age says the arrangement would eliminat... (more)