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Oracle Counters Europe Probe of Sun Deal With Ad Campaign

Oracle is responding to a probe by European regulators of its takeover of Sun Microsystems with an ad campaign in which it promises to continue making Sun software and hardware after the merger.

The ad, on the front page of the European edition of the Wall Street Journal, doesn't mention the MySQL open-source software by Sun that European regulators said they fear may be extinguished after the merger. Europe's competition commission launched its investigation last week, after U.S. antitrust regulators at the Justice Department approved the merger with no conditions.

The tastiest tidbit from the ad, however, is a quote from the ever-dramatic Chairman Larry Ellison:

"We're in it to win it. IBM, we're looking forward to competing with you in the hardware business."

By Cecilia Kang  |  September 10, 2009; 10:49 AM ET  | Category:  Cecilia Kang
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