John Paczkowski

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Our Earnings Are Good, Larry. But Not 'Hostile Bid for IBM' Good …

I’m worried, Larry … I think it’s imperative that we start to budget and plan.”

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s accountant Philip Simon

mmmmlarryhungry.jpgLooks like Larry Ellison’s long-suffering accountant won’t have to reach for the Mylanta next time the mercurial CEO maxes out his more-than-a-billion-dollar credit limit. Yesterday Oracle reported surprisingly strong growth in what is traditionally its weakest quarter of the year. The company’s fiscal first-quarter profit grew 25%, easily besting Wall Street analysts’ expectations. This despite the summer’s nauseating market turbulence. And according to Ellison, this kind of financial success isn’t an anomaly, but a trend and one that will continue to keep Oracle growing faster than competitors like IBM.

“We’re doing very well against them,” Ellison said, referring to IBM.

So well, in fact, that it’s threatening to overtake the company as the No. 2 middleware provider.

“We’re growing dramatically faster than our competitors, and our target really is to beat IBM,” Ellison said. “If we maintain our trajectory and IBM maintains their trajectory, we could pass them as early as the end of this year or certainly next year to be the No. 2 player in middleware.”

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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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald