Sun Picks Thinking Machines' Brains

Last spring, Sun Microsystems spurned supercomputer pioneer Thinking Machines' pleas for a buyout. Its finances exhausted by a decline in government purchases, Thinking Machines, based in Cambridge, Mass., filed for Chapter 11 on Aug. 18. So what company is now negotiating a license to Thinking Machines' parallel technology and gobbling up the company's top programmers and designers?

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