According to the Associated Press article, "[URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100706/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_technology_consolidation;_ylt=Aue.2rGwfTjg.EXFBurPtDIjtBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTMwZ2I5cjU2BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwNzA2L3VzX3RlY190ZWNobm9sb2d5X2NvbnNvbGlkYXRpb24EY3BvcwMxBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA3RlY2hjdXN0b21lcg--"]Tech customers question industry's takeover spree[/URL]," large technical companies have absorbed smaller tech companies to the detriment of their customers although these tech "sponges" say they're doing it "for their customers." How can there be such a disparity between the reality of customer pain and the public face of the tech companies? But why would a customer complain about their favorite tech company getting soaked up by a larger, better funded company? In a single word: Delivery. Delivery is how efficiently customers are served by a provider. And, it's a major pain point for …

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As you probably have heard, Oracle bought Sun for $7.4 billion today. I'm no Larry Ellison fan, because frankly, I think he's a few cards short of a full deck but I think in the long run, this is good for Sun. Not all of Sun but a lot of it. And Linux will get a boost out of it as the operating system of choice. My Sun Predictions/Hopes: [B]1. MySQL and InnoDB Reunite[/B] - Ah, it's good to have these two back together again. Oracle bought InnoDB in 2005--much to my surprise and disappointment--but now with Oracle's purchase of …

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Taiwan-based computer manufacturer Acer has some big plans to storm the top tiers of global PC companies with its announced acquisition plans of Gateway. Gateway, for those who don't remember, is based in Irvine, California, but started out on a farm in the Midwest. The acquisition plans call for Acer to purchase all outstanding shares of Gateway at $1.90 a share, putting the net total of the proposed merger at approximately $710 million. The Acer/Gateway plan, pending all the usual standard closing conditions on a deal of this size, could be done by the end of the year. The proposed …

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Gateway currently holds about a 6% to 8% market share of PC sales in the US, and derives about 80% of its income from PC sales. After a lengthy period of unprofitability, the company has recently shown improvement, but is it enough to maintain its independence as a corporate entity? [url=http://news.com.com/2102-1003_3-5866796.html?tag=st.util.print]Cheryl Mayer[/url] at News.com thinks not. Recent changes in direction for the company have see it acquire eMachines, close it's chain of retail stores and adopt the practice of selling its PCs through retail chains instead. Gateway focuses on sales to consumers, and has not had much success in selling …

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