Hewlett-Packard boss to testify

Hewlett-Packard’s new chief executive is set to testify at Silicon Valley’s biggest trial in years, possibly answering charges he oversaw SAP’s theft of software from Oracle. Oracle attorney Geoffrey Howard told a court yesterday that former SAP boss Leo Apotheker -- who started his job as head of HP on Monday -- would testify at the high-stakes trial, with his credibility at stake. The trial’s other celebrity witness will be Oracle chief Larry Ellison, a billionaire playboy known for his public outbursts and a passion for racing sailboats and cars. SAP has admitted liability for the wrongful downloading of software content from Oracle, but the two disagree sharply on how much SAP should pay in damages.