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IBM Eyes Fortinet in Another Big Tech Buys Little Tech Deal

Big Blue is in advanced talks to acquire the small network security firm. That's shouldn't be a big surprise to DailyFinance readers. In September, I wrote that Fortinet would be a likely takoever target. I also discussed, Check Point Software, which could be next.

Grading Oracle's Potential EMC Purchase

Rumors are circulating that software powerhouse Oracle may be considering a $50 billion purchase of data storage giant EMC. There are four tests for whether a merger has a chance to succeed: Does this one pass or fail?

Jack Welch Disses HP's Board: 'Who Are These Board Members?'

Days after Oracle CEO Larry Ellison urged the entire board of Hewlett-Packard to "resign en masse right away," former General Electric CEO Jack Welch has jumped on the diss-HP's board bandwagon. The criticism comes in the wake of HP's hiring of Leo Apotheker as CEO. "Who are these board members?" Welch asked.

Larry Ellison: HP Board Must 'Resign En Masse Right Away'

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison doesn't think highly of Hewlett-Packard's board. In fact, he thinks the entire board should resign -- pronto. Why? Because "the madness must stop," Ellison said, referring to HP's hiring of Leo Apotheker, a former chief of German software giant SAP

Despite Howls, Leo Apotheker May Be Just What HP Needs Now

Wall Street has been quick to punish Hewlett-Packard after the computing and software giant named former SAP chief Leo Apotheker as its new CEO on Sept. 30. But if SAP's culture says anything about what HP will be like under Apotheker, it may get back to making bets on innovation. Wall Street has been quick to punish Hewlett-Packard after the computing and software giant named former SAP chief Leo Apotheker as its new CEO on Sept. 30. But if SAP's culture says anything about what HP will be like under Apotheker, it may get back to making bets on innovation.

HP Names Former SAP Chief Leo Apotheker as CEO

In a somewhat surprising move, HP went outside its walls -- and all the way to Germany -- to find the chief executive to replace the ousted Mark Hurd. Apotheker had stepped down as software giant SAP's CEO in 2010.

Oracle Sues Micron, Other Chip-Makers for Price-Fixing

Oracle has slapped Micron Technology, Samsung, Hynix, Infineon and other chip-makers with a price-fixing lawsuit, a follow-up to the $173 million antitrust settlement that those companies and others reached with state attorneys generals regarding similar allegations several months back.

Oracle Wants to Buy Semiconductor, Software Companies

Oracle Corp. (ORCL) wants to buy semiconductor companies and the makers of industry-specific software, CEO Larry Ellison said. Oracle has bought more than 65 companies in the last five years. Adding chipmakers would help the company develop its presence in the market for computer hardware.

Big Tech's Buying Binge: Who Will Be Acquired Next?

IBM, Oracle, Hewlett Packard and Intel have been on a buying spree of late, and it's virtually guaranteed that they'll be purchasing more companies over the next several months. But which companies will they target next? Here are eight strong possibilities you might want to buy into.

HP Settles Suit Over Mark Hurd's New Job at Oracle

Well, that was fast. Hewlett-Packard has settled the lawsuit it filed against its former CEO Mark Hurd, who joined rival Oracle in early September after he was forced out of HP amid a sexual harassment probe.

Mark Hurd Pitches New Oracle Data Servers at Annual Confab

Oracle Corp. Co-President Mark Hurd, who was brought aboard by the software giant after leaving his CEO post at Hewlett-Packard Co. last month amid controversy, unveiled four new versions of the company's Exadata storage servers at Oracle's annual customer conference in San Francisco today, the Wall Street Journal reported.

IBM CEO Disses HP and Hurd, Praises Oracle and Ellison

Big Blue isn't bullish on Hewlett-Packard. IBM CEO Samuel J. Palmisano launched a verbal barrage Tuesday at its Silicon Valley rival, criticizing HP's expensive 3PAR purchase, its handling of the ouster of scandal-tarnished CEO Mark Hurd, and its overall strategy.

Hewlett-Packard Close to ArcSight Deal

HP is close to a deal to buy security software maker ArcSight (ARST). The transaction would be worth about $1.5 billion, or a little more that $43 a share. That's a 24% premium over where ArcSight's shares traded on September 10.

Can a Quadruple Witching Day Enchant Stocks?

Trading volume last week was anemic, but things could get moving again this week. In addition to some big-name earnings reports, this Friday is a "Quadruple Witching Day," and the market has a history of putting up weekly gains when they end with Witching days on Friday.

Coming This Week: FedEx, Best Buy and Oracle

Last week, the Fed's Beige Book report confirmed that the economy continues to grow, but at a slower pace than in previous periods. This week will bring other economic data to either support or contrast with the Fed's findings.

Larry Ellison's Endgame: Buy HP to Fight IBM?

Now that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has HP's Mark Hurd, he could be getting ready to make the next move -- and go for all of HP. Sounds crazy, but at least one respected tech analyst thinks it'll happen. And he notes that Ellison is used to winning.

As HP and Apple Show, CEO Succession Planning Is Key

It might be a scandal. Or an illness. Or the CEO could simply quit. Regardless of the cause, major companies can't afford to wait until a sudden crisis dictates the need to find a new CEO. Korn/Ferry's Ana Dutra explains.

Cisco, Westcon to Pay $48 Million for Cheating U.S.

Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Westcon Group North America agreed to pay $48 million to settle charges they paid kickbacks and referral fees to win government business, and then recouped those costs and more by overcharging the government for their services.