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Week ahead: Tech takes the stand

Ongoing Oracle antitrust case and a SCO hearing should provide plenty of action for tech industry's peanut gallery.

Following are some of the notable technology-related events scheduled for the week of June 20. The spotlight will be on legal tussles this week, with the Oracle antitrust trial continuing in San Francisco and a hearing for the SCO Group's case against AutoZone starting in Nevada.

The Oracle-Department of Justice antitrust trial will enter its third week in federal court, where the government is looking to block the software maker's $7.7 billion bid to buy rival PeopleSoft.

On Monday, Preston McAfee, a professor at the California Institute of Technology, will testify for the Justice Department on the economic analysis of the proposed merger. Oracle will call economist Tom Campbell of the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Microsoft's Doug Burgum will take the stand.

Also on Monday, a U.S. District Court in Nevada will hold a hearing with SCO and AutoZone on the auto parts retailer's motion to move the case to Tennessee and to put the case on hold until there are results from SCO's lawsuits against IBM, Red Hat and Novell.

On the show schedule, bragging rights will be at stake when results are announced in the Top500 supercomputer list at the International Supercomputer Conference in Heidelberg, Germany.

And on the earnings front, readers of tech tea leaves will no doubt turn their attention to PalmSource results to decipher whether the Palm operating system can survive the smart-phone invasion. PalmSource is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings and to hold its year-end financial call on Thursday.

The information was gathered from Thomson First Call, Hoover's Online and CNET Investor.

Events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Monday, June 21

  • Convergence fanatics will surely join in on the meeting of the Digital Home Working Group, the place for those interested in interoperability of PCs, mobile devices and consumer electronics. June 21-24, San Jose.

Tuesday, June 22

  • The telecommunications industry conference Supercomm 2004 should draw communication service providers and private network managers. June 22-24, Chicago.


Monday, June 21

  • PalmOne is a maker of handheld computers. It's expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 13 cents a share.

Tuesday, June 22

  • Networking gear maker 3Com is expected to report a fourth-quarter loss of 10 cents a share.

Wednesday, June 23

  • Computer memory maker Micron Technology is expected to report a third-quarter profit of 7 cents a share.

Thursday, June 24

  • PalmSource is a developer and licenser of the Palm operating system. It's expected to report a fourth-quarter loss of 7 cents a share.

Economic Reports

Thursday, June 24

  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. The market expects the total to increase to 340,000 for the week ended June 19, from 336,000 the previous week.