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Larry Ellison goes ‘playground’ in pique at H-P

Friday, September 30, 2011

imageDoes Larry Ellison need more fiber in his diet? The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) today lays out the Oracle CEO’s latest provocation meant to diss rival Hewlett-Packard as overpaying for UK software maker Autonomy. And his point? That Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch shopped the company to Oracle back in April, something Lynch denies.

Add: Their war of words about an April meeting at Oracle that included Lynch and investment banker Frank Quattrone is pure schoolyard:

Lynch: “We talked about databases” (9/28)

Ellison: “Interesting, but not true . . . We have put Mike Lynch’s PowerPoint slide sales-pitch up on the Oracle website.” (9/29)

Quattrone: “The slides Oracle posted publicly were sent by me to [Oracle president] Mark Hurd in January . . . These slides were not used in our April meeting.” (9/29)

Noted: WSJ says Oracle posted the slides on a new section of its website set up yesterday, called “PleaseBuyAutonomy.” Recess over.

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