Oracle Considered Buying Research In Motion to Enter Smartphone Race

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Oracle, as leader in Java development tools, is currently suing Google for $1 Billion. Oracle alleges that Google improperly used some of its Java development tools in the Android operating system. During the trial in federal court, Oracle founder Larry Ellison revealed that they considered buying Research In Motion or Palm.

“I had the idea we could enter the smartphone business and compete,” Ellison said. The comments came about under questioning by Google attorney Robert Van Nest, who argued to jurors in his opening statement Tuesday morning that Oracle sued because it wanted a piece of Android’s success after failing to develop its own product.

Do you think a takeover by Oracle would have been good for RIM and BlackBerry products? Larry Ellison alone is worth $36 Billion. What kind of cash infusion could Oracle have pushed into RIM to compete against Apple? Sound off in the comments.

via MercuryNews







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