Rumours are rife in Silicon Valley that a merger between Apple Computer and Oracle may be announced as early as next week, ending months of speculation.
According to Valley insiders, a draft merger document has been prepared for submission to the US Securities and Exchange Commission and is currently being considered by the management teams at both companies. It is claimed that lawyers representing both parties have been seen at company headquarters in Redwood Shores and Cupertino respectively. If the speculation is accurate, an announcement could come as early as next week.
Meanwhile, confusion continues to reign over the future of Apple's interim chief executive Steve Jobs, who appeared to tell analysts last week that he had no interest in taking the job on a full time basis. But an Apple spokeswoman went out of her way to deny that Jobs had declined an offer to take up the post long term. Ironically, the same spokeswoman had to deny that Jobs was staying on following a speech he made at an industry conference last month in which he appeared to suggest he might drop the 'interim' from his job title.
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