Who knows what song this title is from and what album and who sings it? First one to tell me can get a free copy of CRM at the Speed of Light, 3rd Edition sent by me to them. Now just a warning. I might have a word or two wrong since this is based on residual memory but I think its right. Great song, fabulous album and not obvious.
In the last 24 hours, Oracle bought Siebel, Ebay bought Skype (God knows what they are thinking) and what is not being swept under the rug but is in fact being muted by all the acquisition hype (I bought groceries, by the way. Just thought I'd let you know. I'm hoping to merge them with my stomach and gastrointestinal system) is that Larry Ellison settled a derivative lawsuit by paying shareholders $22.5 million and he will donate the $100 million to a charity over a five year period in the name of Oracle. There are two amazing things about this one. First, he gets off that easily. Basically, this is him sacrificing paint jobs on his yacht fleet for awhile. Second, Oracle's spin on this is just outright gross. Here's the wording in the article from the Mercury News" "The resolution, which was reached in the past few days, 'eliminates a cloud of a trial, which would obviously distract Mr. Ellison and top management,' Tabacco said. 'It provides a benefit for the company to operate as a good corporate citizen.'" BTW, Tabacco is the shareholders' attorney!!
Doesn't this strike you as disgusting? Settling lawsuits is the way that Oracle/Ellison are good corporate citizens? Contrast that to Bill and Melinda Gates or Marc Benioff or even Tom Siebel (check out my entry just the other day) for pete's sake who actually give money to worthy causes without being under court order.
There are days that I wish I was doing something else - though I do like this blog....