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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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Court rejects Oracle’s attempt to kill Itanium processor support agreement with HP

Court rejects Oracle’s attempt to kill Itanium processor support agreement with HP

Oracle and HP have been in court with Oracle trying to get out of an agreement it is said to have in place with HP that covers the support of Itanium processors. The legal fuss came about after Oracle announced in March of last year that it would no longer support the Intel Itanium processors with the latest version of its database system. Oracle's claim was that these processors were nearing their end of life.

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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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Google CEO Larry Page faces 2hr Oracle grilling in patent case

Google CEO Larry Page faces 2hr Oracle grilling in patent case

Google CEO Larry Page will face a two hour grilling in the Oracle patent infringement suit, after the judge presiding the case agreed that the exec should answer questions as to whether Android willfully oversteps into Oracle's intellectual property. Google's attorneys were warned that the search giant would definitely be looking at paying damages "probably in the millions, maybe in the billion," FOSSPatents reports, though also saved some scorn for Oracle, which was scolded that "this [court] is not a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle Corp."

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My Two Concerns for Android

My Two Concerns for Android

Android's continued momentum continues to be good news for many handset and device manufacturers who need a solid platform in the market. Since Windows Mobile has failed to make a compelling offering to those in the space, Android has seemed to be the savior of many. I do however have two primary concerns that could put a dent in the Android ecosystem if not dealt with.

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Photos From Obama’s Tech Dinner

Photos From Obama’s Tech Dinner

The White House has released photos of President Obama’s tech leader consortium at a dinner last night. The dinner was attended by most of Silicon Valley’s top CEO’s and people who generally manage and direct your digital lives.

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Android Code Copying Evidence from Florian Meuller Found Weightless

Android Code Copying Evidence from Florian Meuller Found Weightless

If you'll remember yesterday, a rather big bit of news (if proven true) seemed to be a story by the name of Android code copying evidence lends weight to Oracle suit. In that article, a man by the name of Florian Mueller provided what he saw as evidence that Android had used code written by Sun Microsystems, now owned by Oracle, without permission, this evidence thus lending itself mightily toward Oracle's current lawsuit against Google. Today there's a rebuttal written by ZDNet's Dev Connection writer Ed Burnette saying that the entire proof is bunk, primarily due to the face that most, if not all of the files in question were not included in the shipped Android product.

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Android code copying evidence lends weight to Oracle suit

Android code copying evidence lends weight to Oracle suit

Evidence that Google directly copied Sun Microsystems code - now owned by Oracle - has been found in multiple Android files, suggesting the Oracle's patent infringement case against the search giant does indeed hold water. IP expert Florian Mueller dug through the evidence and discovered 37 files in Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread which were labeled "PROPRIETARY/CONFIDENTIAL" by Sun, and had a copyright notice file saying "DO NOT DISTRIBUTE!"

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SEC investigating ex-HP Mark Hurd over insider info & expenses allegations

SEC investigating ex-HP Mark Hurd over insider info & expenses allegations

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd's departure from the company back in August, amid ongoing allegations that the ousted chief executive shared insider information before he left. According to the WSJ's sources, Hurd is suspected of having passed information about HP's $13.9 billion acquisition of tech-consulting firm Electronic Data Systems Corp. back in 2008 to an HP contractor.

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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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HP and Oracle Resolve Litigation, Mark Hurd Able to Work at Oracle

HP and Oracle Resolve Litigation, Mark Hurd Able to Work at Oracle

At the beginning of August, former CEO of HP Mark Hurd resigned from HP due to some pesky situations that threw around the words sexual harassment. It was, perhaps more than anything else, the fact that Hurd had violated HP's standards of business conduct. A month later, he landed a job at Oracle as co-President. And then, immediately after that announcement, HP sued Hurd because of it. HP was afraid that Hurd would hurt HP by talking about confidential information, among other things. But, it looks like that's all come to an end, as HP and Oracle have resolved their litigations, and Hurd is free to do what he wants.

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