- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - A published report says International Business Machines Corp. is in preliminary talks to buy Sun Microsystems Inc. for at least $6.5 billion in cash.

The Wall Street Journal, which cited unnamed people familiar with the matter, said Wednesday the deal could occur as early as this week.

IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., and Sun Microsystems of Santa Clara, Calif., both make computer systems for corporate customers, and the newspaper says a purchase of Sun Micro would help IBM in the finance and telecommunications markets.

The Journal says both companies declined to comment on the report.

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