Business software maker Oracle Corp. said it has received the Justice Department’s approval to move forward with its $7.4 billion acquisition of former dot-com-era star Sun Microsystems Inc., reports the Associated Press. The deal still needs the go-ahead from the European Commission. Clearance by the Justice Department had been held up over questions about the licensing of Java, a programming language that Sun invented that now runs on more than 7 billion electronic devices around the world, including cell phones and personal computers. Another potential antitrust question was Sun’s MySQL database, an open-source product. Some technologists worry Oracle could make MySQL a lower priority as it tries to boost sales of its market-leading database software. Sun’s performance had been shaky for nearly a decade before Oracle outbid IBM Corp. for the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company in April. IBM is one of Oracle’s biggest database software rivals and is a major Sun rival in computer servers. Its acquisition of Sun will give Oracle more control over the development of Java, a key technology used in its products, and also thrust the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company into hardware, a new area for Oracle…

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