NEW YORK - The appointment of a German software executive as Hewlett-Packard Co.'s next CEO sends an unmistakable signal that the board of the world's largest technology company is prepared to gamble big on an aggressive push into the software business.

SAN FRANCISCO - Hewlett-Packard Co.'s settlement with ousted CEO Mark Hurd clears the way for him to lead Oracle Corp.

SAN FRANCISCO - Hewlett-Packard Co. reached a settlement Monday with its former CEO that requires him to relinquish about $14 million in stock in exchange for the all-clear to work for rival Oracle Corp.

SAN FRANCISCO - Mark Hurd, the ousted CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co., has settled a lawsuit brought by his former employer that sought to stop him from working at rival Oracle Corp.

SAN FRANCISCO - Oracle CEO Larry Ellison steered clear Sunday of the brouhaha surrounding his most contentious new employee - ousted Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd - at a conference for developers and customers.
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