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Tech wrap: Oracle and HP keep sparring

Oracle and Autonomy escalated their war of words on Thursday, sparring publicly over whether the British software firm had ever been shopped to the U.S. technology giant.

Autonomy, which Hewlett-Packard this year agreed to buy for $12 billion, is at the center of a debate on Wall Street over the tenure of fired HP CEO Leo Apotheker and the future direction of the company he once ran. The spat comes at an inopportune time for HP, fighting to salvage its reputation with investors.

Entrepreneur, venture capitalist and HP board member, Marc Andreessen, referred to Oracle as an “oldline” software company and took a jab at outspoken CEO Larry Ellison: “Larry is one of my idols,” Andreessen said. “I wouldn’t quite say my role model.”

Despite losing two more senior executives, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion brushed off suggestions on Thursday that it would discontinue production of its PlayBook computer tablet as “pure fiction.”

Fortune’s annual ranking of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” was released on Thursday and former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz was a noticeable omission. HP’s new CEO Meg Whitmen made the list at No. 9 and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg came in at No. 12. Google was well-represented with two women: Susan Wojcicki (No. 28) and Marissa Mayer (No. 38).

Obama talks jobs in Sil Valley; ex-Googler begs to be taxed more

It may be one of those “only in Silicon Valley moments.”

President Barack Obama made a return visit to the country’s high-tech cradle on Monday for a town hall event hosted by LinkedIn Chief Executive Jeff Weiner.

The theme of the one-hour-long question-and-answer session was Obama’s job’s plan, with the professional social networking service’s popularity as a tool for modern-day job searches providing the perfect backdrop.

Indeed, several of the questions from the audience were from folks who said they were unemployed – and Obama sought to offer reassurance by walking through the standard doctrine and talking points from his jobs plan.