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Oracle may buy 3 more companies

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Oracle Corp. is in talks to spend up to $600 million to buy three software companies in its biggest embrace yet of open source software, according to news reports.

The Redwood City database giant is reportedly looking to bolster its offerings in the area of middleware by buying Atlanta's JBoss, which sells an open source version of application server software. The story, first reported by BusinessWeek Online, cited unnamed sources and said negotiations could still unravel. The price being talked about is $400 million, the reports said.

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