Oracle Also Holds a Big Event

In a San Francisco Bay Area auditorium Wednesday, a charismatic chief executive spoke to a fawning audience about his vision for the future of computing.

No, it wasn’t Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs. It was Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison.

Mr. Ellison hosted an all-day event at his company’s headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif., about 25 miles away from the hall that Mr. Jobs rented out to unveil his new tablet computer. The Oracle CEO and his charges spent the day outlining how it would integrate Sun Microsystems, which Oracle officially acquired Wednesday.

The Oracle boss also let slip some sports news, confirming that he was interested in buying the local Golden State Warriors basketball team. In response to a question about the team, Mr. Ellison said he was “trying” to buy them but that “unfortunately you can’t have a hostile takeover of a basketball team.” His answer elicited a wave of laughter.

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