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Sun vs Sun at Google Oracle case

Sun vs Sun at Google Oracle case

Two former Sun leaders have sparred off this week in the Oracle vs Google case that's shaking the Android universe to its knees with its implications. Though we first heard about this Oracle business with Google over a year ago, the case has only just started officially this past month, today showing Oracle's case for Java code used by Google in Android to perhaps have been the non-free-use property of Sun (now part of Oracle), but perhaps not. Former Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz as well as Sun cofounder and chairman Scott McNealy have testified this week, each having their own rather different view of the situation.

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Ex-Sun chief supports Google in Oracle trial

Ex-Sun chief supports Google in Oracle trial

Oracle may have hit a roadblock in its trial against Google over Java licensing issues in Android. Former Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz took the stand today as a witness for the defense, disputing Oracle's claims that the Java APIs in question were Sun's proprietary code.

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Original Google Phone revealed

Original Google Phone revealed

This week at Google's court case against Oracle, an original slide deck has been shown with photos of the original Google Phone - well before the first actual Android-based product. The slide deck containing these images shows several mentions of Java integration and is being used against Google on account of Oracle's claim that they lifted code from them without permission. These decks also showed this week that Google's original intent all the way back in 2006 was to work with the carriers it would be compatible with SIM cards of all types and would provide hardware with "integrated services," all this two years before the original G1 was released to T-Mobile.

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Google’s Bloch on Oracle: ‘it was a mistake’

Google’s Bloch on Oracle: ‘it was a mistake’

Oracles lawsuit against Google may have just taken a turn for the worse for the latter company as it appears their own Java guru Joshua Bloch may have admitted some incriminating evidence this Friday. According to Bryan Bishop of The Verge, Oracle's attorneys questioned Bloch today and appear to have turned up some interesting admissions. The first of these was a question of copying copyrighted Sun code directly for the files under the name Timsort.java - Bloch replied "I don't recall."

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New Apple Flashback removal for non-Java Lion Macs released

New Apple Flashback removal for non-Java Lion Macs released

Apple has already delivered one Flashback malware removal option for Mac users, and now the company has released a second clean-up tool for those who don't have Java installed on their systems. The new Flashback malware removal tool (DL1517) is intended for users of OS X 10.7 Lion who, for one reason or another, are avoiding Java altogether; like its predecessors, it scans for the most common variants of the malware and, if discovered, removes them.

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Google/Oracle Java patent trial date set

Google/Oracle Java patent trial date set

All talks of settlement over what's sure to be an electric case between Oracle and Google over copyright infringement of the former by the latter have failed and a trail date has been set to end the conflict. It will all end (or begin in ernest, rather) on April 16, 2012, and Google may be in for a world of hurt if Oracle is found on the winning end of this particular battle. If you'll remember back months and months ago, Oracle claimed the Android lifted Oracle-made code without their consent - the results could be dire if Google is proven guilty.

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Oracle vs Google Android lawsuit headed to settlement talks

Oracle vs Google Android lawsuit headed to settlement talks

In one of the most important law-related situations in Google's mobile OS Android's relatively short history, Google and Oracle appear to be heading to a settlement agreement over whether Android does indeed infringe upon Java code owned by the other party. In a case we've been covering since its inception in over a year ago in August of 2010, Google's original claim that this is a "baseless lawsuit" appears to still be their position, Eric Schmidt's July 2011 comments still ringing true, yet both Oracle and Google have agreed to a court-suggested mediation between the two parties.

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Java creator James Gosling ditches Google for robotics firm after less than 6 months on the job

Java creator James Gosling ditches Google for robotics firm after less than 6 months on the job

In March of 2011, Google hired James Gosling, the father of Java for an unspecified position. We naturally assumed that Gosling was going to work on Android in some capacity. Strangely, at the time Gosling landed at Google, it and Oracle were in a legal battle over the alleged use of some Java code in Android. Gosling is no longer working at Google and the reason for leaving isn’t noted. I wonder if it had anything to do with the Google/Oracle fight over Java.

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Apple to provide OS X code for OpenJDK Java SE 7 project

Apple to provide OS X code for OpenJDK Java SE 7 project

Apple has announced that, along with Oracle, it is kicking off the OpenJDK project for Mac OS X. As part of the partnership, Apple's software engineers "will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology" involved in a Java SE 7 implementation, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client, all released as open-source.

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Oracle Sues Google Over Java Usage in Android, Google Calls It “Baseless”

Oracle Sues Google Over Java Usage in Android, Google Calls It “Baseless”

Oracle has decided to sue Google over patent and copyright infringements, as it relates to Java's usage in Android. It's a decision that has many scratching their heads in confusion over, especially the open source community. While a large market of analysts have already chimed in on their own regard about the situation, it's been Google that's waited the longest to comment. But, now, that's changed, as the Big G has come forward to put their statement on the situation forward.

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Apple eying Chinese Java game developer Handseeing?

Apple eying Chinese Java game developer Handseeing?

As we've seen in the past, publicly announcing your deals with Apple before the Cupertino PR machine has had its way is generally a shortcut to seeing your business partnership dissolve, but that hasn't stopped Chinese game developer Handseeing.  The company's VP for operations has apparently confirmed that they're in talks with Apple regarding acquisition: "We should have a decision in about one or two months," Tian Bo told Reuters, "they're still talking about it and it's not quite settled yet right now."

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