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Oracle accused of "Lies" "Extortion" and more in Lawsuit

Computerworld reports that the
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Salesforce.com's Benioff Rips Oracle, Microsoft, Again

Salesforce.com's Benioff Rips Oracle, Microsoft, Again
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff reels off the numerous reasons why he doesn't care for Oracle, which he views as still just a big database maker, and Microsoft, which he called irrelevant.

NEW YORK — If there was a theme for Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) CEO Marc Benioff's question and answer session at Cloudforce here Nov. 30, it was how to run an enterprise software business that is vastly...
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What Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, And SAP Don't Tell Customers (MSFT, IBM, ORCL, SAP)

What Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, And SAP Don't Tell Customers (MSFT, IBM, ORCL, SAP)

The four big software vendors -- Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, and SAP -- have hidden motives that customers need to understand, otherwise they might be pushed into buying products and services that don't fit their needs.

That's the takeaway from a recent Gartner talk in Australia, reported by IT News.

At a symposium this week, Gartner analyst Dennis Gaughan expl...
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Oracle Could Buy Salesforce.com: Analyst

Oracle Could Buy Salesforce.com: Analyst

Business software maker Oracle may be setting its sights on Salesforce.com but the deal may not be an imminent one, according to an analyst at Global Equities Research.

Historically, Oracle has acquired companies after fiercely competing with them and then buying them at a low price. In the past, Oracle first competitively crushed PeopleSoft, Siebel Systems and BEA Systems before acquiring them at ...
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Oracle Settles U.S. Agency Overbilling Case for $199.5 Million

Oracle Corp., the world’s second- biggest software maker, agreed to pay more than $199.5 million to settle allegations it overbilled the U.S. government for nine years.

The accord resolves a lawsuit claiming Oracle induced the General Services Administration to buy $1.08 billion in software from 1998 to 2006 by falsely promising the same discounts offered to Read More>
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Benioff Enjoys the Spotlight, Even When It Is Turned Off

Mark Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce.com, says he is very, very happy to be persona non grata at the Oracle OpenWorld trade show.

“This is the best possible outcome,” Mr. Benioff said in an interview. “It’s free publicity, and it is clear that Oracle is threatened by us.”

The Salesforce chief, a master a getting publicity, also lifted the curtain on a rarely-discussed part of tech industry trade shows – the C.E.O.’s who pay to t...
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Larry Ellison Cancels Marc Benioff’s Keynote at Oracle’s OpenWorld

Well, well, well. The Oracle OpenWorld Conference is in full swing, and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff was scheduled to be one of the keynote speakers tomorrow (Wednesday). “Was” being the operative word here. Thanks to a recent update from Benioff’s Twitter account, it seems that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has cancelled Mr. Benioff’s keynote tomorrow.

Hmmm. Instead, Larry will be king of the stage, with a one hour and forty-five minute keynote, kic...
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"Blackboard has bids in hand, sources say" Source: dealReporter

According to an article by Louise Bleakley, Yana Morris, Bhavna Kaul and Mike Stone published by dealReporter yesterday, Blackboard has received offers to be acquired.

The report announces five bidders including Oracle.  The board is expected to meet this week to evaluate offers received on June 2nd.  Cited in the article are multipe "sources" close to the transaction including potential parties who have dropped out of the deal.

Issues regarding the potential for Blackboard to be acquired included the high valuation established by a special committee.  Blackboard may be seeking a price exceeding what most buyers will be willing to pay. 

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Montclair State University Sues Oracle

Allegations against Oracle include extensive failures, cost over-runs and the ultimate inability for Montclair State University to complete its Bell Tower Project.

Montclair State University conducted a procurement initiative and selected Oracle to provide a fixed-price implementation to replace its aging ERP system.  

According to the lawsuit, Oracle failed to provide adequate project management and services as agreed. Montclair State...