APPLE OF SUN'S EYE

WOBBLY APPLE STILL MAKES GREAT COMPUTERS. SUN KNOWS THE NET. FINE ROMANCE OR FUTURE HEADACHE?

DID SUN BUY APPLE? THAT WAS the loudest buzz question in Silicon Valley last week, as insiders tried to guess the outcome of talks over the possible merger of two icons of the digital revolution. Apple Computer and Sun Microsystems, two vastly different companies, were haggling over the buyout of Apple even as an Apple executive insisted that their company was "not for sale." But it was. Last Tuesday, Sun was said to be offering $33 a share, about the price at which Apple is trading on the stock market, or roughly $4 billion. By Thursday, Sun was reportedly offering $23...

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