Mergers, More Mergers and Splits

A feisty Oracle comes out swinging at the government’s insistence that its proposed acquisition of PeopleSoft would be detrimental to the business software market. Elsewhere, a trial preperation shows Microsoft, SAP mulled merger: The companies initiated merger discussions late last year, but eventually broke off talks for reasons of complexity, according to information uncovered during discovery in the Oracle case. However, Apple’s top executive said Monday that the company does not plan any mergers, though it has $5 billion cash in the bank. On the opposite side, longtime Wall Street analyst Steven Milunovich is urging HP’s top management to split the company into two separate businesses.


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