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Bob Evans is senior VP, communications, for Oracle Corp. He is a former InformationWeek editor.
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posted in September 2009

Google Looking To Acquire One Company Per Month

9/25/2009
Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that with the worst of the recession behind us, his company will resume making acquisitions and hopes to complete one deal per month. While Schmidt didn't rule out large acquisitions, he did note, in an equivocation worthy of the Oracle at Delphi (as opposed to the equally acquisitive one at Redwood Shores), that such larger deals are "unpredictable."

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Oracle CEO Ellison Vows To Whip IBM In Hardware

9/23/2009
In a rare public interview, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison pledged to give IBM the same sort of beatdown in the hardware business that Oracle's given IBM in the software business. Short-term, though, he said Sun-his not-so-secret anti-IBM weapon-is losing $100 million a month.

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Wipro Expands In UK, Names Ex-CEO Of SAP To Board

9/23/2009
Wipro Technologies has opened a new UK headquarters in London and expanded its suburban Reading facility to add centers of excellence and support customer projects. With 26% of its revenue coming from Europe, Wipro needed to enhance its regional capabilities and decided to focus on the UK since it is home to several major Wipro customers.

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Retail CIOs Raise Funds, Ideas To Help 400M At-Risk Children

9/22/2009
While there are lots of conferences featuring CIOs exchanging innovative ideas and strategic insights, a January event featuring 10 top retailer CIOs will be raising money and awareness for 400 million at-risk children around the world as part of a truly strategic ROI effort: the Retail Orphan Initiative.

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Dell Buys Perot: Told You So!

9/21/2009
Three months ago, Global CIO asked, "Dell Needs To Make An Acquisition-But Which One?" We listed 15 prospects from financial analysts, and from those we picked Perot Systems as the best fit for Dell. This morning Dell bid $3.9 billion for Perot, and we hope all you sharpies who followed our advice will enjoy the 68% premium Dell's paying for your Perot shares.

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IBM System Must Handle Each Hour More Data Than In WWW

9/20/2009
A proposed giant new telescope will stream incomprehensibly large volumes of data to a computer IBM has agreed to build. The trick is how to handle the data torrent captured by the kilometer-square lens, which is expected to generate more data in a single hour than currently exists on the entire World Wide Web.

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Oracle Zaps SAP's Apps Slump

9/17/2009
Oracle president Safra Catz said Oracle's database revenue grew more slowly than normal in Q1 in large part because of slumping sales via some Oracle resellers, "most notably SAP, who is selling less database because its applications business is down 40%." Yikes-you don't often see Oracle spank its own customers, but then again SAP is no doubt a very special case.

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IBM Adding 240 Jobs In Vermont

9/16/2009
IBM is hiring manufacturing and maintenance workers at its Vermont chip-making plant in response to strong consumer demand for cell phones and DVDs using IBM electronic components. The new hires will push total employment at the Essex Junction plant to about 5,000.

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Pigeon Transports Data Faster Than ASDL!

9/12/2009
A carrier pigeon thrashed a local ASDL service in transporting 4 gigabytes of data 60 miles in a South African showdown watched by several billion (well, actually, a few hundred) people around the world on Facebook and Twitter. In the two hours it took the pigeon to deliver its memory-stick payload, the ASDL service was able to transmit only 4% of the data.

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Yahoo CEO Stock Sale: $10M Bonus For First Year?

9/11/2009
During her first half-year as Yahoo! CEO, Carol Bartz has sold more than 138,000 shares of Yahoo! stock for almost $2 million. That's all squeaky clean and above board, but shareholders deserve to know why their new CEO is selling what they're holding-and the excellent money manager Eric Jackson offers some compelling conclusions on guaranteed compensation versus performance-based compensation.

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Cisco Rival Woos Wall Street: Can It Walk The Talk?

9/10/2009
If Blade Network Technologies can deliver even half of what it's promising, it will give some of Cisco's Wall Street clients something to think about when they look to buy network switches. Blade's CEO says his company crushes Cisco on latency, power consumption, and TCO. (He also says one ox can outperform 1,000 chickens.)

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EMC Triples India Investment To $1.5 Billion

9/10/2009
EMC Corp., which spent $500 million on its operations in India over the past five years, plans to triple that investment to $1.5 billion over the next five years to enhance its support of customers in India and to expand its R&D work and global services capabilities.

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Cisco Pumping $2 Billion Into South Korean Tech Firms

9/8/2009
Looking to get in early on dynamic new businesses and technologies while also boosting its Asia/Pacific revenue, Cisco has invested $32 million in a South Korean tech-centric private-equity firm as part of a 5-year strategy to invest $2 billion in that company's tech sector.

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CIO Turns Down $120K Raise, Sticks With School And Cisco

9/7/2009
Wichita State University CIO Ravi Pendse has attracted $10 million in research funding from Cisco for the school's Advanced Networking Research Center in the past five years. So when a huge school from the ACC tried to woo him with an eye-popping raise of $120,000, Pendse said thanks but no thanks.

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IBM Supercomputer Saving Energy But Greenies See Red

9/4/2009
The law of unintended consequences strikes again: a $50 million U.K. supercomputer designed to model weather patterns and watch for climate change has turned out to be an electricity-guzzling heat sink that has the greenies seeing red. But the managers of the country's most-powerful computer say its overall impact has cut emissions by 20 million tons.

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Global CIO Friday Update: Hair On A Wooden Leg

9/3/2009
Welcome to Global CIO's new Friday roundup of quirky and always-interesting news for CIOs. Today: radioactive supply-chains, NFL twits, airline pay-toilets, spinning wheels of death, throne-sniffers, Ethel Merman disco, and more.

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Best Buy Sees Jump In PCs, Mobile, Flat Panels

9/3/2009
While it might not be time just yet to break out your Ethel Merman version of "Everything's Coming Up Roses," Best Buy shares were trending up on an analyst report that the retailer is seeing strong sales of mobile phones, computing devices, and flat-panel TVs.

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New CIO At Univ. Colorado: Big Raise, Big Expectations

9/2/2009
The University of Colorado has just recruited from Harvard a new CIO described by his new boss as "one of the great IT minds in higher education." That's a nice intro-but, if you want to see something really nice, check out the raise he got over the previous CIO, plus his IT budget and staff size.

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