Sun to IBM: Please come back

Company is reportedly willing to resume takeover talks with IBM if Big Blue will commit to closing the deal.

This was originally posted at ZDNet's Between the Lines.

Sun Microsystems will reportedly be willing to resume takeover talks with IBM if Big Blue says it will commit to closing the deal.

Bloomberg reports the news based on two people familiar with the matter. The two companies currently aren't talking and each one is waiting for the other to make a move.

Gee, I wonder why Sun would be so willing to talk to IBM again...

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Fairly obvious, eh? But it's not all about the stock chart . There's another little problem: Sun doesn't have any other interested parties. Meanwhile, rivals are preparing campaigns to poach customers. See Dell's latest move--perfectly timed at the exact moment Sun announced its server refresh .

Update at 6:45 a.m. PDT: Wall Street doesn't appear to be buying into Sun's prospects. In early trading, Sun spiked , but then quickly retreated. It's one thing if Sun wants to talk. It's quite another if IBM wants to do so.

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    Larry Dignan is editor in chief of ZDNet and editorial director of CNET's TechRepublic. He has covered the technology and financial-services industries since 1995.

     

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