By Heather Clancy
October 21, 2015

Michael Dell won’t talk yet about the “unifying theory of the universe” that will be unleashed by the mammoth EMC acquisition. But he had these brief words for Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, who has famously railed her troops to badmouth their competitors’ merger: “I think she got some of the facts wrong. We’ll let the fact speak for themselves.” Meanwhile, he reminds Meg that HP is a huge VMware partner.

His comments came during a briefing at this week’s Dell World customer event in Austin, Texas. Dell (the executive) dodged Fortune‘s question about whether the $67 billion union reflects slower growth in corporate technology sales. But he was unambiguous about plans to stay in the personal computer market. Dell (the company) reported 10% growth in China during the past quarter, and there’s plenty of upside in both established and emerging markets. (Read more of Stacey Higginbotham’s on-the-scene coverage.)

Several other stories that have my attention this Wednesday morning: Facebook has created a new resource called TechPrep to address high-tech’s diversity gap. The mission is to educate minority parents about careers in technology and prepare their children for potential jobs.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff preaches being “mindful” as a long-term strategy for appealing to millennials.

Prepare to learn more about the payment-processing company behind the year’s biggest initial public offering. Read Fortune‘s exclusive story about why First Data is making a big bet on technology and small businesses.

Plus, this just in: Disk drive company Western Digital will pay $19 billion to buy flash-memory maker SanDisk. Enjoy your day!



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