HP focuses on Mercury acquisition

PALO ALTO: Hewlett Packard's recent acquisition of Mercury Interactive has given the company some positive news to discuss in the wake of its recent boardroom leak scandal.

PALO ALTO: Hewlett Packard's recent acquisition of Mercury Interactive has given the company some positive news to discuss in the wake of its recent boardroom leak scandal.

HP announced Tuesday it closed the Mercury software deal, said to be worth $4.5 billion, which is its largest ever software buy.

Ryan Donovan, HP's director of corporate media relations, said the company is working with reporters to discuss the acquisition and its benefits to HP.

Asked whether journalists are trying to get information about the leak probe issue, Donovan said no.

"Reporters are asking us about Mercury - nothing more," Donovan said. "We're back to focusing on the business and so are they."

Dawn Kawamoto, one of the reporters targeted by HP in its leak probe, wrote about the acquisition on Tuesday for CNet News, without any mention of the scandal.

The investigation in to its own boardroom leaks blew up for HP in September and became a PR crisis when reporters found out HP had hired investigators who illegally got their phone records, and sent viruses to their email accounts to get data. CEO Mark Hurd took over from Patricia Dunn as chairman of the board, and Dunn resigned. Four felony indictments followed, for which Dunn is scheduled to be arraigned on November 17.

On Wednesday, Dunn appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court, where her lawyer entered her plea of not guilty to the felony charges. She was released pending her next court date.

Dunn and four others charged in the case are scheduled for another court appearance Friday to schedule the next hearings.

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