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Pro-Google jury doubted Oracle all along says foreman

Pro-Google jury doubted Oracle all along says foreman

Oracle faced a stronger than expected challenge convincing the jury in the Android case that Google had willfully infringed Java patents, post-trial comments have revealed, with most leaning heavily toward the search company throughout the case. Despite earlier speculation that the 12-strong jury was looking negatively on Google's arguments, jury foreman Greg Thompson told Ars Technica that in fact it was a 9-3 split in Google's favor on copyright issues. There are also suggestions that Oracle's stance left some on the jury feeling the company's strategies weren't in the public's best interest.

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Java judge scolds Oracle for Google fair-use ruling desperation

Java judge scolds Oracle for Google fair-use ruling desperation

Oracle has been spanked by the judge in the Android Java case for flip-flopping on its demands for a jury verdict, telling the firm he won't rule on whether Google overstepped "fair use" in its code. The ongoing lawsuit was thrown into confusion earlier this week, when the jury decided it could not settle on whether Google's use of certain lines of Java code in among Android counted as fair-use or not. Oracle's legal team subsequently pressured Judge William Alsup to make a "judgment as a matter of law" himself.

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Oracle targets Dalvik VM as Google case continues

Oracle targets Dalvik VM as Google case continues

Though the first portion of the Oracle vs Google case ended on something of a hollow victory for Oracle, the networking giant intends to plow on with its patent claims in the second section. Oracle's attorneys contend that the Dalvik virtual machine used to speed up Android's processes infringes on two of the patents that it inherited from Sun Microsystems after they purchased the company. Damages nad payments, if any are deemed necessary, will be decided in the third portion.

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Oracle vs Google suit could set dangerous API openness precedent

Oracle vs Google suit could set dangerous API openness precedent

The Google vs Oracle trial could have serious and long-lasting implications for app developers and manufacturers, experts have warned, with decisions around fair-use of APIs potentially casting coders into the morass of copyright hell. "Treating APIs as copyrightable would have a profound negative impact on interoperability, and, therefore, innovation" Julie Samuels, staff attorney at the Electronics Frontier Foundation, said of the decision. Presiding Judge William Alsup has said he will rule on whether APIs come under fair-use before the trial is out.

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Google vs Oracle: Jury torn but case plows on

Google vs Oracle: Jury torn but case plows on

Google and Oracle may be unable to decide who is the victor after the latest jury decision in the Android Java trial, but even with no clear decision on fair use the case moves on now to whether Oracle's Sun patents have been infringed. Presiding Judge Alsup accepted no delay in the momentum of the suit, shifting attention to the second phase of what is expected to be a three step process: first copyright infringement, then patents, and finally a decision on what damages - if any - are appropriate. Google, meanwhile, is demanding a mistrial based on the jury's inability to decide one way or the other.

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Oracle vs Google: jury deadlocked over copyright fair use

Oracle vs Google: jury deadlocked over copyright fair use

Deliberations in the first portion of Oracle vs Google have gone on for the better part of a week, with little movement in the case. The jury reached a verdict late Monday afternoon, declaring that Google's use of Java APIs in the Android platform constituted copyright infringement. However, the jury was deadlocked over whether or not the use of these APIs counted as fair use under American copyright law. The partial verdict may not be enough for Oracle to claim damages from copyright.

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Oracle vs Google verdict to drop Monday

Oracle vs Google verdict to drop Monday

As it stands today, the jury has delivered note to the judge in the case of Oracle vs Google which says that all but one count has had a unanimous decision made on it. The case at hand has been going on for a little over a week here in the spring of 2012 and has been ramping up for over a year. Google and Oracle are certain to continue this battle with or without a full verdict into the near future as the stakes are so very high they absolutely cannot be denied.

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Jury closing in on verdict in Oracle vs Google

Jury closing in on verdict in Oracle vs Google

In what's easily the highest-profile patent case so far this year, the jury is narrowing down its information while it prepares for a verdict. Three days into deliberations, the jury for Oracle vs Google is asking for more specific information of who uses the Java software, the patents of which are the central crux of Oracle's case. While it's dangerous to infer what the jury is thinking, it indicates that they're seeking out the audience that may have been affected by Google's alleged infraction.

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Xamarin XobotOS ports Android to C# and .NET framework

Xamarin XobotOS ports Android to C# and .NET framework

If you are a fan of Android, I'm sure you're familiar with the legal wrangling going on between Google and Oracle. A company called Xamarin has announced that it has ported the Java-based Android operating system over to C# and the .NET framework. The new operating system resulting from the port is being called XobotOS.

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Oracle vs Google Wrap-up: All Possibilities

Oracle vs Google Wrap-up: All Possibilities

The are several different things that could happen as the jury deliberates in the most massive case in code in recent history: Oracle vs Google with Android's life in the balance and the freedom of all developers hanging in the balance. Or so some would have you believe. In reality there are more than just terrifying outcomes here in the case that's destined to go down in Java history one way or another - but the scary outcomes are there as well indeed. Lets have a look at what we've seen thus far as well as what we'll see as the jury makes their decision.

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