This was originally posted at ZDNet's Between the Lines.
Sun Microsystems will reportedly be willing to resume takeover talks with IBM if Big Blue says it will commit to closing the deal.
Gee, I wonder why Sun would be so willing to talk to IBM again...
Fairly obvious, eh? But it's not all about the stock chart. There's another little problem: Sun doesn't have any other interested parties. Meanwhile, rivals are preparing campaigns to poach customers. See Dell's latest move--perfectly timed at the exact moment Sun announced its server refresh.
Update at 6:45 a.m. PDT: Wall Street doesn't appear to be buying into Sun's prospects. In early trading, Sun spiked, but then quickly retreated. It's one thing if Sun wants to talk. It's quite another if IBM wants to do so.