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Final RC for Scala 2.8.1 and Are Oracle Eyeing Up EMC?

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, Hibernate Core 3.6.0.Final released on the project’s new github.

Final RC for Scala 2.8.1

The third RC of Scala 2.8.1 has been announced. Scala
2.8.1 RC3 is almost identical to the RC2 version, but addresses two
additional “minor” issues. Developers will have one week to test
Scala 2.8.1 RC3, and the final version is scheduled to be released
immediately afterwards.

Oracle To Get Its Hands on VMWare

Are Oracle planning to buy EMC? It may just be an unfounded
rumour at the moment, but it’s already having an effect on EMC shares, which jumped as high
as 5% in morning trading Thursday and closed in on its 52-week high
of $21.83, following the rumour.

But there is one thing complicating matters: EMC have an 80%
stake in VMWare. Avian Securities analyst Matt Bryson commented
that, because Oracle has invested in building its own
virtualisation platform, VMWare would be a “dead expense,” and that
EMC’s traditionally “hands off” approach to VMWare wouldn’t sit too
well with Oracle.

Hibernate Core 3.6.0.Final Released

Hibernate Core 3.6.0.Final is out now. Support for JDK 1.4 has
been dropped, and hibernate-jmx and hibernate-annotations modules
have been merged into hibernate-core. Annotations support for
discriminators, column-level read/write expressions, and timestamp
versions, have all been improved. ValidityAuditStrategy has been
added to Envers, in an attempt to accelerate and simplify the
queries to retrieve historical data, and implement other types of
queries, such as latest changes.

Sneak Peek at Chrome 8

A pre-release build of Chrome 8 is now available from
the Google dev channel. This pre-release integrates Google Instant
search technology in the browser, and uses your browser history in
fetching the search results or taking you straight to the

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