Which storage vendor changed its mind on a venue for a press lunch when it found out a competitor was eating in the very same restaurant . . . Which of the big vendors could be embarrassed quite severely if one of its main channel partners gets impatient with them and spills the beans on a failed relationship. . . Which major chip manufacturer made a blank, "we know nothing" statement about imminent price cuts when queried by ARN journalists, only to announce the cuts within a matter of a few days? It appears not all parties are waxing lyrical over the falling price of databases being spurred on by the competitive tussle between IBM and Oracle, least of all IBM and its dealers. At a recent elite black-tie do, which included CEOs and managing directors of IBM's big-end-of-town technology partners, the chatter revolved around the falling price of products and the knock-on effect this would have down the food chain. As a result, rumour has it the pricing structure of DB2 databases are set for a reshuffle . . .