Arik Hesseldahl

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Oracle to Acquire Cloud Commerce Provider Big Machines

Oracle said today it will acquire Big Machines, a Chicago-based company that specializes in “configure, price and quote” software that runs in the cloud, essentially automating certain sales processes. Financial terms were not disclosed. Oracle said it will add Big Machines’ capabilities to its cloud services.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work