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Oracle Co-CEO Catz Turns Eye to Deals in Applications

Oracle Corp.’s Safra Catz, who was named Chief Executive Officer last month along with Mark Hurd, may be turning her dealmaking eye toward applications companies, where the software maker lags behind.

“We’re No. 1 in database, we’re No. 1 in middleware, but we’re No. 2 in applications,” Catz, 52, said yesterday in an interview in San Francisco. “At Oracle, silver medal is first loser.”