Stories by Ashlee Vance

Authors spar over HP-Compaq merger

The tale of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s acquisition of Compaq Computer Corp. is one of intrigue, executive wrangling and even allusions to castration, according to two authors who penned books on the topic and discussed their viewpoints last recently.

Sun's P2P project passes 1 million downloads

Sun Microsystems has crossed the million download mark for its peer-to-peer (P2P) platform known as Jxta and is seeing early signs of the technology making its way into customers' applications, the company says.

Microsoft unlikely to appeal decision

Microsoft Corp. does not expect to appeal a ruling handed down Friday by a U.S. judge in its antitrust case, according to the company's top executive.

Sun to lay off 11% of workforce on poor Q1

Sun Microsystems will lay off close to 11% of its workforce, as the company continues to be punished by a slowdown in technology spending, Sun said yesterday in its earnings report for its first fiscal quarter of 2003.

Sun yet to answer challenge from users

Sun Microsystems Inc. has yet to respond to a challenge from a group of its users made earlier this week, calling for a public debate about the future of the Solaris operating systems on Intel Corp. chips.

Prodigy gets victory in BT hyperlink patent suit

A US federal judge last week threw out the claim by British Telecommunications (BT) that Prodigy Communications violated a patent on hyperlinking, the technology that connects data on the web via highlighted object links.

Sun's 'Big Bear' Linux server to appear in August

Sun Microsystems Inc. will announce its controversial Linux server, code-named Big Bear, this August at the LinuxWorld conference, showing a dual-processor system that runs on chips from rival Intel Corp., according to sources familiar with the company's plans.

Capellas says HP will do more with less

A confident Michael Capellas, chairman and chief executive officer of Compaq Computer Corp., said Thursday that his company's merger with Hewlett-Packard Co. could receive an unexpected financial boost as the combined company thins the ranks of its component suppliers and uses size to increase its competitiveness.

Hewlett: If merger fails, only Fiorina will go

One of the most vocal opponents of Hewlett-Packard's proposed acquisition of Compaq attempted to assure shareholders Tuesday that voting against the deal would not bring chaos to the upper ranks of HP's management.

Sun to drop Intel support in Solaris 9

Sun Microsystems Inc. Tuesday said it will not support chips from Intel Corp. with the release of its Solaris 9 operating system this year, as the hardware maker looks to cut costs in a tough economic climate.

Napster serenades songwriters, ready to end lawsuit

Struggling online music distributor Napster Inc. signed a preliminary agreement with a group representing U.S. songwriters and music publishers Monday that should end some litigation pending against it and provide songwriters with a cut of Napster's revenue when it launches a fee-based service later this year.