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Oracle Corporation beat expectations with its fourth quarter financial results, and received an immediate boost of about 5 percent in its stock.  It announced that fiscal 2005 Q4 earnings per share were up 4% to $0.20. Net income for the quarter was up 3% to $1.02 billion. Revenues were up 26% to $3.88 billion while non-GAAP revenues were up 32% to $4.06 billion for the quarter. Fourth quarter total software revenues were up 24% to $3.12 billion. Database and middleware new license revenues were up 16% to $1.26 billion for the quarter, while applications new license revenues were up 52% to $350 million for the quarter. Services revenues were up 35% to $755 million. "Oracle's database business delivered another strong growth quarter," said Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison. "The latest Gartner, IDC and Morgan Stanley database surveys all agree that Oracle is increasing databa... (more)

Oracle's Dave Chappell to Present SOA and Virtualization Session at SOA World Conference

(October 11, 2007) - Today's SOA practitioners find their greatest architecture challenges addressing reliability and scalability for composite applications and processing large XML payloads. This session presents a breakthrough design for SOAs that deliver continuous availability and predictable scalability for services and applications in a way that is highly complementary to virtualization strategies . With new technologies for middle-tier data caching, load balancing and HA through service-level grid enablement, you can make your SOA bullet-proof. Click here to register for ... (more)

Oracle Gets Feds Off Back for $8 Million

Oracle has settled all of the civil claims brought against it in a civil suit brought against it by the U.S. government, relating to $8 million in training of government employees that alledgedly never happend but was paid for. Oracle has not commented on the settlement, but it was confirmed by the U.S. Attorney General's office in Boston. Federal officials also noted that the person who tipped off the government to the alleged fraud will be awarded $1.58 million from the overall $8 million settlement. ision contacted the government about what he said were potentially fraudulent ... (more)

Oracle - The FOSS Leader?

Oracle's recent dalliance with open source, announced at a European Free and Open Source Developer's European Meeting (FOSDEM, in the guise of having three developers work with Mozilla on integrating the calendar app Sunbird with the e-mail program Thunderbird might raise some eyebrows, but whether in amusement or concern is the question. This word, broken in a UK media report, has not been publicly addressed by Mozilla or Oracle. But in a frenetic, excitable open-source world, one wonders what the reaction will, and or should, be. Whenever Microsoft opines any sort of open-source ... (more)

Oracle and Zend Announce PHP Based "Zend Core" For Oracle

Oracle and Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, today announced the general availability of Zend Core for Oracle for IBM AIX, Linux and Sun Solaris, and the beta version of Zend Core for Oracle for the Windows(r) platform. These versions are available as free downloads from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) web site and from Zend's web site. Since its beta debut on August 29, 2005, over 1,200 commercial developers have downloaded Zend Core for Oracle to build mission-critical, PHP-based web applications and experienced increased productivity along with high reliability, se... (more)