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    November 11, 2009

In This Week's Episode of the Sun/Oracle Saga...

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This week carries a new episode in the Sun/Oracle/EU saga:
The EU Comission has issued a statement of objections on the acquisition of Sun by Oracle.

Since I am a Sun employee, I will just provide the basic links,
no matter how tempting it might be to go beyond that...

• (Nov 9th) EU issues SoO -
I've only found indirect references to the SoO, like Sun's
K-8 Filing.

• (later that same day...)
Oracle reacted with a
PR Statement.

• (a bit later...)
The DOJ issued their own
comment on the EU SoO.

• (next morming, Nov 10th)
And the EU comments on the DOJ comment (Reuters)

• (and, on Nov 11th)
According to
eWeek Europe,
the next step is a hearing on Nov 25th.

The material would make for good
pulp fiction.
It's very sad to see the
impact on people,
but today I was talking with a friend that was affected and he was being very good
at keeping things in perspective, so I thought of using the front cover of a true
pulp fiction:
Doc Savage
- which I first encountered in an old Spanish translation in a storage room in
my grandfather's flat in Barcelona
(together with copies of
The Shadow
and El Coyote).

Perhaps also time to watch again the
Blu-ray, pretty please?

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Cyril Friday, November 13, 2009

    I'm not sure the suggestion that the RIF could have been avoided should the merge have gone through is fair. It's a more likely an unavoidable downpayment on the "more efficient" merged entity...

    Sun's business is hurt by the delays in the EC decision (although more through IBM imho but anyway), but they have to do due diligence and Oracle should have expected this.

    US Anti trust has become rubberstamping. If you look at the personal finance market for example, Microsoft recently pulled out Money from the market and Intuit bought Mint. Where was the DOJ?

  • Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart Friday, November 13, 2009

    Hi Cyril. I'm going to leave comments open on the entry but I'm not going to follow-up on them. There may be cases where I feel I can answer, some where I know I can't, and many where I don't know whether I can or I can't. The simplest, and safest, is for me not to even get started.

  • Cyril Friday, November 13, 2009

    I anticipated it. :) I hope it sorts out soon. Hang in there and good luck!

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