HP and Oracle kiss and make up

Posted by Emma Woollacott

It's so nice when everybody's friends again. For the last two weeks, the tech playground has been ringing with complaints over HP's best friend Mark Hurd going off and palling up with oracle instead. 

Hurd fell out with HP because it reckoned he'd been a bit of a naughty boy lately.

HP said he hadn't done his math homework properly, leaving the name of one of his little friends off an expense report. At the same time, the little girl concerned said Hurd had been mean to her in the playground (though she later took that back). So HP said it didn't want to play any more, and Hurd went round to Oracle's house for tea instead.

And the squabbling didn't stop there. Unfortunately, Hurd had seen the contents of HP's My Little Pony Secret Diary, and HP was worried that he'd go blabbing all of its secrets to his new best friend.

But, now, Hurd has promised not to steal anybody's company secrets, and everybody's getting on famously again. HP has dropped its lawsuit. Hurd has promised to protect HP's confidential information, while still fulfilling his reponsibilities at Oracle. He's also agreed to give up about half the pocket money he was promised as compensation when he left.

The teachers have breathed a sigh of relief, as HP and Oracle are already committed to doing several class projects together. The two have more than 140,000 customers in common, and as much as 40 percent of the software Oracle sells ends up on an HP machine.

"Oracle and HP will continue to build and expand a partnership that has already lasted for over 25 years," said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, giving HP one of his sweeties.

"HP and Oracle have been important partners for more than 20 years and are committed to working together to provide exceptional products and service to our customers," said Cathie Lesjak, chief financial officer and interim chief executive officer, HP. "We look forward to collaborating with Oracle in the future."

And, yes, we checked she didn't have her fingers crossed behind her back.
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