John Paczkowski

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Pssst. Wanna Buy an Enterprise Infrastructure Software Outfit?

If billionaire investor-provocateur Carl Icahn wants to put enterprise software company BEA Systems on the block, he’d best prepare himself for another Time Warner-style siege.

According to Kevin Faulkner, the company’s senior vice president of investor relations, BEA isn’t for sale. And what’s more, even if Icahn is able to use his 8.5% of the company’s outstanding shares to force a sale, he may not be able to find a buyer. The company plans to restate as much as $390 million in costs for backdated stock options, and its license revenues are shrinking.

“You’re not seeing a whole lot of excitement there,” said analyst Rob Enderle. “And this class of software, because of open source, it’s much harder to get people interested in it unless you’re doing phenomenally well in sales–which BEA has not been.”


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik