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Hewlett-Packard Co., Oracle Corp. and International Business Machines Corp. are leading an acquisition spree that has propelled the value of U.S. technology deals 24 percent to more than $50 billion this year and broken down decades-old barriers between industries. The companies are using purchases to become one-stop providers of products from computers to software to networking gear, rather than focusing on a niche. A plunge in computing- industry stocks earlier this week, spurred by concerns that demand is slowing, makes some targets more affordable. HP, Oracle, IBM, Cisco Systems Inc. and Dell Inc., with a collective $100 billion

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