Date: Jun 27, 2000 

Bill Gates and Larry Ellison were never fond of each other. Tensions became so bad between the two that when Microsoft went under investigation for antitrust violations, Ellison called in private investigators to rummage through the trash cans of a research group suspected to be working for the PC giant. "It's absolutely true we set out to expose Microsoft's covert activities…I feel very good about what we did … Maybe our investigation organization may have done things unsavory, but it's not illegal. We got the truth out," said Ellison.