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Oracle Java Security Woes Continue
When it comes to Java, Oracle has been having just about the worst year ever. If there is any kind of silver lining to the company's troubles, perhaps it is the hope that Oracle is finally learning that security updates must go out as soon as they're needed, and not only at the firm's convenience.

Oracle's New IaaS Cloud Option: There's a Catch
Lately, Oracle has embraced cloud computing in a big way. The company's latest twist on its cloud infrastructure as a service is an on-demand option that incurs no large up-front costs and only a monthly fee. But you'd better take a look at the fine print before you sign on the dotted line.

Oracle Acquires Eloqua to Boost Cloud Presence
Playing catch-up in the cloud computing arena, Oracle acquired Eloqua this month in a deal worth $871 million. Vienna-based Eloqua went public just this summer. The deal with Oracle should close during the first half of 2013.

Choosing Innovation: Oracle Survey Insights
Why are some large companies very good at innovation and others more likely to drop the ball? Earlier this year, Oracle sponsored a survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, to answer that question. The survey queried 226 senior executives across a wide range of industries, and some of the findings may surprise you.

Oracle Fixes Privilege Escalation Bug
Oracle got embarrassed at a recent Black Hat security conference when one researcher exposed a bug in its Oracle Database Server. Fortunately, there is a patch available.

Oracle`s Communications Service Availability Machine
In response to the increased demand for application platforms that stress high availability and session integrity, Oracle announced the release of the Oracle Communications Service Availability Machine. The offering is described as a hardware and software solution specifically made to cater to network equipment providers (NEPs) that require the ability to deliver zero downtime applications to communications service providers (CSPs).

Oracle Releases Exalytics, Taleo Plans
Oracle recently announced the breakthrough release of its Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine. Described as the industry’s first high-speed engineered system of its kind featuring in-memory business intelligence software and hardware, Oracle Exalytics supplies customers with unparalleled results when it comes to analytic and performance management applications.

Oracle Releases Communications Network Integrity 7.1
Oracle recently released the latest edition of its Communications Network Integrity offering, version 7.1. The release answers the demand by network operators for increased network data accuracy by giving them a viable solution to improve assurance process efficiency and service fulfillment while cutting operational costs.

Oracle Releases Communications Data Model 11.2.5
Will competitors such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and SAP follow Oracle’s lead when it comes to big data? Some analysts believe so, as they claim Oracle’s recent release of its Big Data Appliance running Cloudera’s distribution of Apache Hadoop will likely catch the eye of IT managers looking for a comprehensive solution for their corporate data needs.

Oracle Releases PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.52
Oracle recently announced the release of the newest edition of its PeopleSoft PeopleTools offering, version 8.52. PeopleTools is a set of tools that gives developers the power to create and customize PeopleSoft applications that stresses ease of use and efficiency. PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.52 comes equipped with a host of new features that showcase Oracle’s continuing persistence in ensuring its customers get the most out of their PeopleSoft applications.

Oracle Integrates Cloudera Apache Distro, MySQL Support
Cloudera, a provider of Apache Hadoop-based software, consulting, and other services, has teamed up with Oracle to provide enterprise users the full range of Hadoop’s functionality on a platform that is easy to deploy and user-friendly. Through the partnership, Oracle has integrated Cloudera Distribution Including Apache Hadoop (CDH) and Cloudera Manager software into the Oracle Big Data Appliance.

Oracle Releases MySQL 5.5.18
Oracle recently released the latest update to the production version of its open source database in the form of MySQL 5.5.18. The release comes with various fixes, most of which deal with replication issues that were detected.

Oracle Announces NoSQL Database Availability
Oracle has been busy the last few weeks, as it recently released its NoSQL Database that supposedly offers advantages over its competitors in terms of installation, configuration, management, and support.

Sorting Database Columns With the SELECT Statement
In this conclusion to a multi-part series on using the SELECT statement in an Oracle database, you'll learn how to sort a result set by an alias, an expression, or a column number. This article is excerpted from chapter three of the book Murach's Oracle SQL and PL/SQL, written by Joel Murach (Murach Publishing; ISBN: 9781890774509).

Retrieving Table Data with the LIKE Operator
In this eighth part of a nine-part article series focusing on the SELECT statement and its usage in retrieving data from tables, you'll learn how to use the LIKE operator and much more. This article is excerpted from chapter three of the book Murach's Oracle SQL and PL/SQL, written by Joel Murach (Murach Publishing; ISBN: 9781890774509).

Using the IN and BETWEEN Operators on Tables
In this seventh part of a nine-part series, you will learn how to use the IN and BETWEEN operators, along with the SELECT statement, to retrieve data from a single table. This article is excerpted from chapter three of the book Murach's Oracle SQL and PL/SQL, written by Joel Murach (Murach Publishing; ISBN: 9781890774509).

Clauses and Logical Operators for Retrieving Table Data
In this sixth part of a nine-part series that focuses on retrieving data from tables with the SELECT statement, you'll learn how to code the WHERE clause and how to use comparison and logical operators. This article is excerpted from chapter three of the book Murach's Oracle SQL and PL/SQL, written by Joel Murach (Murach Publishing; ISBN: 9781890774509).

Limiting Rows When Retrieving Table Data
In this fifth part of a nine-part article series on retrieving data from Oracle databases with the SELECt statement, you'll learn how to use the DISTINCT keyword and ROWNUM pseudo column to limit the number of rows returned. This article is excerpted from chapter three of the book Murach's Oracle SQL and PL/SQL, written by Joel Murach (Murach Publishing; ISBN: 9781890774509).

Using Scalar Functions for Retrieving Data
In this fifth part of a nine-part series on retrieving data from tables with the SELECT statement, you'll learn how to use scalar functions, and more. This article is excerpted from chapter three of the book Murach's Oracle SQL and PL/SQL, written by Joel Murach (Murach Publishing; ISBN: 9781890774509).

Retrieving Data with String and Arithmatic Expressions
In this third part of a nine-part series on retrieving data from tables with the SELECT statement, you will learn how to code both string and arithmetic expressions. This article is excerpted from chapter three of the book Murach's Oracle SQL and PL/SQL, written by Joel Murach (Murach Publishing; ISBN: 9781890774509).