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Dell won't merge its hot acquisition, Alienware, with its own high-end hardware division, XPS, chairman Michael Dell told reporters yesterday. No, he'd rather let the two fight it out, instead of letting Alienware teach the rest of his company how to rock. When a reporter asked about Alienware helping XPS, Dell (pictured here impersonating Fonzie) "struggled to come up with a workable answer."

The head engineer at XPS is more than a bit nervous. "I thought it was a good purchase for Dell," he said. "In fact, I'm excited by it. We compete with each other, still. We're still friendly competitors."

In other words, "I'm gonna go cry at my desk and polish my resumé."

A chat with Michael Dell: Alienware and XPS to stay separate [TG Daily]