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HP Calls Oracle Move ‘Shameless Gambit’ to Hurt Competition

Oracle Corp.’s plan to drop support for a server chip made by Intel Corp. is a “shameless gambit” that jeopardizes customers and will cost hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity, Hewlett-Packard Co. said.

Oracle said yesterday that it will stop developing software for Itanium-based servers because the processor is “nearing the end of its life.” Intel denied that assertion, saying it will continue to produce Itanium and has plans for future versions.