04/19/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

IBM, Sun Microsystems Deal Could Shake Up Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO - If IBM Corp. scoops up Sun Microsystems Inc. for at least $6.5 billion in cash, as the companies are discussing, IBM would be making an opportunistic grab for a deep well of technology that Sun has nearly buried itself developing.

The proposed acquisition would be IBM's biggest yet. It would shake up Silicon Valley and the corporate computing world, marrying two traditional foes whose animosity was relatively recently squashed.

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