In tough decisions, HP shows a contradiction in its patience

Hewlett-Packard made some stunning decisions today that will affect its strategy for a long time to come. The announcements raise questions about what exactly is going through the mind of its chief executive, Léo Apotheker, and just how patient he will be when it comes to axing or keeping parts of the company that aren’t doing so well.

Oracle and Intel get into spat over Itanium chip’s future

Oracle and Intel are in a high-stakes spat over the future of Intel’s Itanium chip. Oracle announced last night that it had stopped all development on Intel’s Itanium, a 64-bit heavy-duty computing microprocessor, because Intel expressed weak support for it. Intel’s chief executive shot back that Intel fully supports Itanium.

Microsoft abandons Intel’s Itanium chip

Even Intel can’t dictate the future. In a blog post on Friday, a Microsoft employee explained Microsoft’s plan to phase out support for Intel’s 64-bit Itanium CPU in favor of a 64-bit version of the nearly ubiquitous x86 chip.