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Ellison ponders restaurant biz as Microsoft goes malling.I hear the Linguini a la Larry is an, ahem, acquired taste," guffawed the Gossipy Gastronome upon hearing that Oracle boss Larry Ellison might be planning to open two restaurants in Malibu, Calif. "Perhaps Larrys grown tired of gobbling up only tech companies and is looking to diversify his portfolio with fine dining," mused the Mouser. The buzz is that one restaurant would carry traditional seafood cuisine, and the neighboring establishment would offer Asian fare. "Maybe Larry himself will show up at your table, brandishing his antique Japanese swords, and supply each diner with a little Benihana-style food presentation," laughed the Lynx. Suddenly, the KattPhones new ring tone, Arlo Guthries "Alices Restaurant," brought forth a call from a crony in the Big Apple. The pal said Microsoft bigwig Steve Ballmer was busy pitching Redmonds Dynamics RMS (Retail Management System) at the National Retail Federation event at the Javits Center. Although Microsoft did announce a couple of productsPoint of Sale 2.0 and RMS 2.0the pal noted that most of Ballmers talk concerned vapory visions of a future where smart-phone-wielding shoppers and sales staff will be as attuned to one another as the Borg Collective.
Future über-consumers will be able to perform their own inventory checks and debit their own checkouts in-store, Ballmer told the crowd. "Mmm, Ellison and Ballmer should open up a mini-mall together. Ballmer can do his monkey-boy dance to the pulsing beats at Abercrombie & Fitch, and Larry can run the food court," tittered the Tawny Titan.