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Google: Vampire Oracle targeting Android after own phone failure

Google: Vampire Oracle targeting Android after own phone failure

Google pulled no punches in its defense of Android against Oracle's Java accusations, painting Sun and Oracle's attempts at a smartphone alternative as one huge failure after the other. While Oracle argues that Google knowingly used Java technology without licensing it for Android, Google claims its foe is trying desperately to cash in on the open-source OS' success having proved singularly incapable of doing anything remotely innovative itself.

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Oracle RIM, Palm purchases were considered

Oracle RIM, Palm purchases were considered

As an outsider, one of the coolest things about high-profile corporate lawsuits is that little details about the inner workings of the companies are revealed. One such tidbit that was discussed in the epic battle between Oracle and Google is that Oracle at some point seriously considered buying either Research in Motion or Palm as part of an unfulfilled strategy to build its own smartphone.

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Oracle: Google execs damned themselves

Oracle: Google execs damned themselves

Google and Oracle's patent trial began yesterday, and Oracle isn't pulling any punches from the offset, accusing execs at the search company of damning themselves with their own email correspondence. "You can't just step on someone's IP because you have a good business reason for it" Oracle lawyer Michael Jacobs told the court, before displaying a number of messages between Android lead Andy Rubin and Google co-founder Larry Page in which the pair apparently discuss first paying for a Java license, and then agreeing to push ahead without licensing.

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Oracle versus Google Android copyright battle kicks off

Oracle versus Google Android copyright battle kicks off

Oracle and Google are set to kick off one of the largest copyright lawsuits in the tech world as the two start their legal battle centering on Android. Oracle alleges that Google has violated multiple patents and copyrights that it owns with the Android operating system. The trial kicks off today in a San Francisco Court.

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$543M Android windfall report ‘flawed’

$543M Android windfall report ‘flawed’

A new source working closely with the Oracle vs Google lawsuit case has this week taken offense to the idea that the $2.8 million dollar settlement price had anything to do with the total revenue generated by Android for Google thus far. Over the past week there've been quite a few reports surrounding and expanding upon the findings of a single story which showed Google's profit from Android since 2008 $543 million USD. This number comes from a Guardian report which hypothesizes that the $2.8 million number comes from a percentage of Google's Android profit - as it turns out, that's probably not true at all.

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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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