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HP Takes Over Autonomy

None of HP’s shareholders think the excessively expensive deal is likely to bring HP much luck

HP went through with that surprise $10 billion-plus cash acquisition of British software company Autonomy on Monday after the requisite number of Autonomy's hysterically happy shareholders pledged HP their shares.

None of HP's shareholders think the excessively expensive deal, which cost ex-HP CEO Léo Apotheker his job, is likely to bring HP much luck, but UK law would have made it nearly impossible for HP to back out.

On her apotheosis HP's new CEO Meg Whitman claimed Autonomy was key to HP's software expansion and would strengthen its data analytics, cloud and workflow management capabilities.

Autonomy, which searches unstructured data, claims 25,000 customer accounts worldwide. It will operate as a free-standing subsidiary under current management, which has already had a run in with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who claimed he was offered Autonomy and rejected its "absurdly high" price. He said it wasn't worth more than $6 billion.

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