It looks like Oracle's takeover of Sun Microsystems will go through. The EU was holding back approval of the deal but now appears to be backing off. The reason the EU was hesitant to approve the deal was Sun's ownership of mySQL, a free open source database. It is obvious what Oracle, the largest database company, would want to do with a free open source database. Logic would dictate forcing Oracle to spin off mySQL, which is what the EU was asking for.
Recently, 56 senators signed a letter to the EU demanding that they allow the deal to go through. They were appalled and outraged. The Obama administration even got into the act and applied pressure on the EU. The EU was right in holding up the deal and was steamrolled into approving it. It looks like Larry Ellison has been a good citizen and was not stingy with his political contributions. While money might not be able to buy you love, its good to know it can still buy you politicians.