These guys would be better off with a clean break-up. "Let's just be friends" is just too awkward for everybody involved.
As of last Friday, with an already-extended deadline looming large, only 0.28% of Data Duplication's shares had been tendered to EMC's offer. That's tantamount to a vote of "no confidence" in the deal.
To put that tiny number into perspective, consider that Electronic Arts
Put another way, it looks like Data Domain's owners prefer to see the competing NetApp
EMC would have to cough up more cash to win this battle. Even then, EMC might have to resort to downright hostilities if it really wants Data Domain, similar to the acrimonious proxy fight brewing in Broadcom's
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