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Acxiom Confirms Breach by Hacker

Acxiom Corp., which maintains a database of information about consumers, confirmed that a hacker downloaded a small amount of data as it was being transmitted between the company and some of its corporate clients. Little Rock, Ark.-based Acxiom said the breach involved a file transfer protocol server outside its firewall. The company added that a former employee of an Acxiom client has been arrested.

Sun to Acquire Provisioning Tools

Sun Microsystems Inc. said it has signed a deal to acquire CenterRun Inc., a Redwood City, Calif.-based developer of application provisioning software. Sun didn't disclose the cost of the acquisition, which is due to be completed by the end of next month. Sun said CenterRun will become part of its software group and expand its N1 data center management strategy.

Antitrust Review Ends on Palm Deal

Palm Inc. in Milpitas, Calif., said the antitrust-related waiting period on its proposed acquisition of handheld device rival Handspring Inc. has expired without the companies being asked to provide more information to federal regulators. Palm agreed to buy Mountain View, Calif.-based Handspring in June . The deal is expected to close in the fall.

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San Diego-based software vendor Peregrine Systems Inc. said it has completed a Chapter 11 reorganization and emerged from bankruptcy protection. ... Broadcom Corp. in Irvine, Calif., agreed to pay Intel Corp. $60 million to settle a series of patent-infringement lawsuits.

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