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Business Objects to Buy Acta Technology

French software maker Business Objects SA announced an agreement last week to acquire Acta Technology Inc. for close to $65 million, with plans to join the two companies' data analysis software products. Acta, in Mountain View, Calif., sells software for collecting and organizing data from a variety of systems, including enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management applications.

Former Compaq Exec Replaces EMC CTO

EMC Corp. said last week that its retiring chief technology officer, Jim Rothnie, is being replaced by former Compaq Computer Corp. executive Mark Lewis, who will serve as EMC's CTO and executive vice president of new ventures. After Compaq was bought by Hewlett-Packard Co., Lewis was named head of worldwide marketing and solutions at Network Storage Solutions, HP's newest storage division.

Short Takes

VHA Inc. and IBM signed a deal that calls for IBM to supply PCs and servers to Irving, Texas-based VHA's network of 2,200 health care organizations. Terms weren't disclosed. . . . Internet auction company eBay Inc. is buying Mountain View, Calif.-based online payment company PayPal Inc. in a stock-swap deal valued at $1.5 billion. . . . Three security holes in Microsoft Corp.'s SQL Server and one in an encryption plug-in made by Network Associates Inc. for Microsoft's Outlook e-mail client were patched by the vendors last week. . . . SAP AG issued a warning that it's reducing its revenue and earnings expectations for its just-ended second quarter. . . . The U.S. House of Representatives last week approved legislation requiring the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop standards for improving supply chain integration.

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