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Supreme Court declines to Google’s appeal in Oracle copyright suit

Supreme Court declines to Google’s appeal in Oracle copyright suit

The United States Supreme court rejected an appeal from Google after it lost a copyright infringement case against Oracle. The case originally dates back to 2010. It was then that Oracle Corp., the software company behind Java, alleged that Google's Android OS infringed on copyrighted Java APIs (application programming interfaces). In 2012, a district court found the case in favor of Google, but, in May of last year, the judge's ruling was overturned when an appeals court ruled in favor of Oracle. As the U.S. Supreme Court has backed off, this could be the ruling that stands, holding that API's can be copyrighted.

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Yahoo teams up with Oracle to one up Google

Yahoo teams up with Oracle to one up Google

When a former search giant trails well behind even something like Microsoft's Bing, you know that it is in a world of trouble. That might be the situation that Yahoo has continually found itself in, and CEO Marissa Mayer is not shy about taking drastic, even unpopular, steps to change that image. In a shareholder meeting, Mayer revealed that the company struck a deal with Oracle to rope in more users to use its search services. How? By asking users if they want to change their browser's default search engine whenever they install or update Java.

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Oracle’s Ask Toolbar gets the malware treatment from Microsoft

Oracle’s Ask Toolbar gets the malware treatment from Microsoft

Microsoft security tools will now be treating the Ask Toolbar that comes alongside Oracle's Java installations as "unwanted software" (a category that also includes malware). For a while now, when Windows users install Java, they have to opt out of getting the Ask Toolbar installed in their browser. Opting out is a small task, but it's enough to give Java users a bad impression of Oracle.

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Oracle adds Ask Toolbar to Java for Mac

Oracle adds Ask Toolbar to Java for Mac

It has long been known that installing Java meant having to keep an eye out for that pesky adware Ask Toolbar, which would be selected by default and, unless you explicitly made it known you didn't want it, would appear to muck up your browser -- assuming you were using Windows. Nothing about that has changed. What has changed is who this toolbar now affects: Mac users in addition to Windows users. Oracle has begun bundling Java for Mac with the Ask Toolbar.

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America’s Cup winner Team Oracle takes second sailing race trophy

America’s Cup winner Team Oracle takes second sailing race trophy

Larry Ellison's Team Oracle has won the 2013 America's Cup, with the sailing competition coming down to a final deciding race after Oracle and Emirates Team New Zealand ended up neck and neck. The deciding race, the nineteenth in the America's Cup series this year, saw Oracle Team USA pip its New Zealand rivals to the finishing line by just 44 seconds, taking the trophy with a score of 9-8 and squeezing even greater performance out of the high-tech sailing boat.

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Larry Page talks simplicity in future technology at Google I/O 2013

Larry Page talks simplicity in future technology at Google I/O 2013

This week Larry Page stepped on stage at Google I/O 2013 during the one keynote of the multi-day event, speaking about how the company must continue to create and advance without getting distracted the negative elements that appear in competition. He made mention of the film The Internship as a good program to get the world out of the mindset that computer science is an odd, untouchable environment: "computer science has a marketing problem."

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Oracle rolls out patch for Java vulnerabilities, Apple responds with update

Oracle rolls out patch for Java vulnerabilities, Apple responds with update

Another day, another Java security alert. In this case, Oracle has released Security Alert CVE-2013-1493, which highlights two vulnerabilities that are particular to Java in browsers. The patch for these issues was originally slated for release in April as part of Oracle's Critical Patch Update for Java SE. Because the vulnerabilities are being exploited in the wild, however, the company has elected to push out the updates now.

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Java zero-day exploit strikes again

Java zero-day exploit strikes again

The Java zero-day exploit has been making the rounds lately, hitting both Facebook and Apple just recently. However, it doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. A newly discovered zero-day vulnerability in the most recent versions of Java 6 and Java 7 has been discovered, and it allows attackers to install malicious software on vulnerable PCs, specifically a new "McRat" trojan.

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