Google asks Supreme Court to weigh in over Java API use in Android
The battle between Google and Oracle could be heating up again in the near future, as the search giant has petitioned the US Supreme Court to review the case for a final ruling. Previously, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal District overturned a lower court ruling that found Google didn't infringe upon Oracle copyright by using pieces of open-source Java APIs in Android without a license.
Mark Hurd, Safra Catz both named as CEO of Oracle following exit
Surprisingly, Oracle has announced that founder and CEO Larry Ellison will be stepping down, effective immediately. The outgoing CEO will be replaced by Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, who will both be named CEO of the company, but not use the title co-CEOs. Ellison is remaining on the board as executive chairman, and in a business capacity as chief technology officer for the company.
Promised lawsuit outlines complaints, promises made by Oracle over failed system
More than two months after Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber promised legal action against the company contracted to build the state's healthcare marketplace, the State of Oregon has sued Oracle. The Oregon Department of Justice filed a complaint last week with the Circuit Court for the State of Oregon, containing 14 claims for relief, including breach of contract, fraud and offenses under the Oregon Civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
Company no longer issuing platform fixes, security updates continue until April 2015
When the next quarterly update to Java rolls around later this month, Oracle says it won't include support for Windows XP users. The critical patch update, scheduled for July 15, updates Java 7 and Java 8 for newer Microsoft operating systems from Vista up to Windows 8. The choice to use Java on XP is left up to users because of the potential risk involved.
Attorney general asked to 'immediately initiate legal action' against Oracle
Oregon's Governor John Kitzhaber has asked the state's attorney general to begin filing legal action against the main software contractor behind the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange. Oracle, the targeted contractor, is said to have not delivered on its promises, issuing a website full of bugs, missing a number of deadlines and creating a system with "fundamental flaws" in its architecture.
Next step for Android case either Supreme Court or retrial
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC has overturned the Google vs Oracle court case, finding that Java APIs are subject to copyright protection. Reuters' Dan Levine was the first to break the news with a tweet on the ruling. The trial is now likely to head back to the Northern District of California for a second attempt, or see hearings before the US Supreme Court upon further appeal.
eBay, Amazon, HP, Oracle near bottom of major corporations
In terms of datacenters, Apple has scored the top position on a new Greenpeace list of the most environmentally-friendly high-tech businesses. The company is the only one with a 100 percent figure on Greenpeace's "clean energy index," since its datacenters are completely free of any dependence on coal, nuclear power, or natural gas. It also has an "A" score under categories of Energy Transparency, Commitment & Siting Policy, and Deployment & Accuracy. It achieved a B in terms of Energy Efficiency & Mitigation.
Court appears skeptical of Judge William Alsup ruling
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC, appears to be siding with Oracle in the company's lawsuit against Google over Android APIs. A formal ruling has yet to be handed down, however Reuters' Dan Levine and The Recorder's Scott K. Graham, both in attendance at today's hearing, published Twitter posts suggesting that the appeals court is likely to reverse Google's earlier win.
Update brings OS X 10.9 Mavericks support, USB improvements
Oracle VM VirtualBox has been updated to version 4.3. The newest revision of the virtualization environment for running non-native OS installations introduces a virtual multi-touch user interface, supports additional devices and platforms, and provides enhanced networking capabilities enabling developers to virtualize modern operating system features while maintaining compatibility with legacy operating systems.
Move by Ministry of Public Security response to PRISM, Huawei allegations
In what is likely retribution for both the US government investigating Huawei and the recent PRISM surveillance program leaks, China's Ministry of Public Security are looking into US firms IBM, Oracle, and EMC for potential security problems, reports the state-run Shanghai Securities News. The three companies are the latest in a series of investigations by various agencies within China looking at how both Chinese-national and international businesses act within the country.
Oracle CEO calls Page '100 percent' responsible for suit, NSA 'essential'
Larry Ellison's CBS interview broadcast earlier today, with more controversial contents from the billionaire. Speaking to Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning, in addition to comments about the eventual demise of Apple post-Steve Jobs, the Oracle CEO accused Google CEO Larry Page of acting "absolutely evil" in the Google versus Oracle Java trial. Furthermore, Ellison called the recently revealed NSA surveillance program as "absolutely essential" for national security, and laid out a very narrow parameter where he would be disturbed by it.
Oracle exec expects history to repeat itself
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has voiced a seemingly pessimistic outlook for Apple's prospects without the ongoing leadership of Steve Jobs, according to an interview with Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning. When asked to comment on Apple's future under new leadership, Ellison says "well we already know" and references the company's troubled history between Jobs' resignation in the '80s and his return in the late '90s.
Position has some political support
The BSA -- a group representing technology companies like Oracle, Intel, and Microsoft -- has taken a position against banning products based on infringements of standards-essential patents, a Wall Street Journal article notes. The move appears to have been spurred by a possible ITC ban of some older AT&T-model iPhones and iPads. Samsung scored the ruling in a complaint against Apple.
Oracle certifying software to run on Windows Server Hyper-V
Microsoft and Oracle today announced a partnership that will enable customers to run Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. Customers will be able to deploy Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V or in Windows Azure and still receive full support from Oracle. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
CEO Tim Cook notably missing
Four out of the top five highest-paid executives among Standard & Poor 500 companies belonged to Apple during 2012, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission filings seen by Bloomberg. The people included senior VP of Technologies Bob Mansfield, CFO Peter Oppenheimer, senior VP of Operations Jeff Williams, and general counsel Bruce Sewell. About 80 percent of S&P 500 companies had submitted 2012 data as of April 12. The figures for the Apple execs are based on the total current worth of their possible stock and pay packages, rather than their actual 2012 salaries and bonuses.
Five more vulnerabilities discovered
Oracle has released a new version of Java 7, Update 17. The patch is being released early, Oracle says, to cope with a security hole that is being "actively exploited by attackers to maliciously install the McRat executable onto unsuspecting users’ machines." The vulnerability was made public late last week. It also fixes a second, previously undocumented flaw, believed to be likewise connected to Java SE's 2D component.
Major tech companies wield influence on American government
Google increased the amount it spent on lobbying the US government 90 percent year-over-year in 2012, according to data compiled by Fortune. The company ended up spending $18.22 million, easily beating out any other American technology firm. Microsoft, in fact, came in second place with $8.09 million, despite likewise increasing its spending. Other major tech businesses that funneled more money toward lobbying last year included HP, Facebook, and Amazon.
Move intended to push adoption of IP telephony
In a bid to solidify its networking hardware business, Oracle is intending to purchase equipment manufacturer Acme Packet Inc from Bedford, MA for $2.1 billion. The deal is Oracle's largest acquisition since it purchased Sun Microsystems for $7 billion, and follows a year rife with purchases, all pointing to a greater emphasis on the hardware aspects of its business in the future.
Java resumes working in OS X
Oracle has released Java 7 Update 13. In an announcement, Oracle explains that the update was originally slated to go live February 19th, but that it was pushed out early because of "active exploitation in the wild of one of the vulnerabilities affecting the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in desktop browsers." In all the code fixes 50 security holes; 44 of these are said to have been browser-only.
Vulnerability found in Java 7 Update 10
A previously unknown vulnerability in Java is being used online by hackers, according to security researchers. The 0-day exploit has also reportedly been included in two malware toolkits used by hackers, with the best form of protection currently being to turn off the Java plug-in for all browsers until the hole is patched.
Oracle buys software maker Eloqua
Oracle has agreed to buy software maker Eloqua for $23.50 per share, or about $871 million, it was revealed today. Eloqua's board has reportedly agreed to the purchase price, which is more than twice the value of the company's initial public offering price in August, and 31 percent higher than its closing price yesterday. The deal will give Oracle more of a presence in cloud computing and bring it into fiercer competition with Salesforce and SAP.
Oracle must overcome both 'fair use' and non-patentable API issues
At the end of the day on Wednesday, and months after the surprise close of the trial, Oracle filed with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California a notice of appeal of Judge William Alsup's decision in the Java patent trial with Google. Oracle is contesting the decision based on Judge Alsup's ruling of the Java API being non-patentable.
Nokia could use deal as launching pad for enterprise
Nokia and Oracle have finalized a deal that will see the Finnish smartphone maker providing Oracle's clients with access to Nokia's map data and location services. The Wall Street Journal confirmed the deal with a Nokia representative on Sunday, and it is likely to be announced tomorrow at the OracleWorld conference in San Francisco. For Oracle, the deal represents an easy way to provide its clients with solid mapping data, while Nokia gains a foothold in the enterprise sector as well as a way to demonstrate its technologies to a range of potential customers who might not otherwise have seen them.
No further action to be taken regarding 'astroturfers' in case
US District Court Judge William Alsup has awarded Google $1 million in legal fees in a hearing earlier today -- denying the search engine giant its initial request of $4 million. Additionally, the judge has decided to take "no further action regarding the subject of payments by the litigants to commentators and journalists," referring to his order requiring Oracle and Google to disclose astroturfers on the payroll.
Update 7 addresses hole ahead of planned update
Oracle has issued a patch to address a recently discovered security hole affecting Mac, Windows, and Linux users. The patch represents a rare early fix release, as Oracle was already slated to release a patch in October of this year. The patch is available for download at Java.com.
Search giant does not admit it paid writers to comment on case
While Google continues to claim that it has not paid any writers to directly report or comment on the Oracle versus Google lawsuit, in response to a second judicial order the search engine and advertising giant has provided a list of individuals and groups who have commented on the case and have, possibly coincidentally, received money from the company. The list includes Google lawyer William Patry, Java creator James Gosling, and Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) overseer Ed Black.
Company must disclose paid writers by noon Friday
In the ongoing dispute between Google and Oracle over patents related to Android's use of Java code, US District Court Judge William Alsup last week ordered both parties to disclose any paid journalists, bloggers, pundits or other writers who may be writing opinion pieces with or without fully disclosing their relationship with the companies -- a practice known as "astro-turfing" since it mimics "grassroots" opinion.
Promises JRE downloads from Java.com 'soon'
Oracle has released a collection of new Java updates for OS X. The most important of these is Java SE 7 Update 6, which brings SE 7 to OS X for the first time. Matching an updated Java Runtime Environment is a new Java Development Kit, plus the JavaFX 2.2 rich client platform and JavaFX Scene Builder.
Lists due August 17, intended for appeals court use
In an unusual declaration, Judge William Alsup has ordered both parties in the Google versus Oracle Java patent case to reveal to the court the identities of bloggers, commenters, and pundits on their payrolls. Alsup doesn't state any detailed reasons for the order, but has said in his ruling that information on "whether any treatise, article, commentary or analysis on the issues posed by this case are possibly influenced by financial relationships to the parties or counsel" would be useful on any appeal.
Oracle now required to port previously-agreed software for HP
Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg has ruled on the HP versus Oracle legal battle regarding Oracle's decision to cease support for HP's Itanium servers. Kleinberg ruled that a contract exists between HP and Oracle, and Oracle is required to continue to offer its agreed-upon products on the Itanium server platform. Oracle plans on appealing the decision.
Judge Alsup unlikely to overturn his own rulings
Fresh off a triumph over Oracle in its Java plagiarizing dispute, Google has undertaken a potentially-risky maneuver by filing for a judgement as a matter of law (JMOL) ruling from Judge William Alsup on various unresolved issues from Oracle's copyright claims, and requests a hearing date of August 23. Given Alsup's comprehensive judgement on the matter, the next venue for the appeal is almost certainly the Federal appeals court in Washington, DC. Both Oracle and Google have requested the judge rule on a JMOL motion related to the unceremonious $0 dollar settlement marking the end of the trial.
Federal appeals court likely next venue for Oracle
After multiple defeats in its Android patent-violation lawsuit against Google, Oracle has suffered another -- not entirely unexpected -- setback. Judge William Alsup has denied Oracle's month-old motion for a retrial in his court, forcing Oracle to try and interest a federal appeals court. Oracle, which brought the lawsuit believing it had a clear-cut case of Google stealing code, saw Judge Alsup dismiss the copying as trivial and the jury deadlocked on what if any damages were due. Ultimately, Alsup ruled that Oracle was entitled to nothing and furthermore, was responsible for Google's legal bills.
Over $2.9 million claimed for document production alone
Accompanying documentation filed with Judge William Alsup on Thursday night, Google head lawyer Robert Van Nest argued that Oracle must pay the search engine giant $4 million to cover the costs generated during this year's Java court battle. A public list of itemized expenses was not made available, but the bill included $2.9 million for organization of copied court-necessary documents, $143,341 for transcript services, and $986,978 for compensation of the court-appointed experts. Oracle is expected to contest the fees.
Oracle, UsedSoft case returns to German Federal Court
Selling used software licenses is legal, according to the European Union Court of Justice. In a judgment published today, a preliminary ruling in a case between Oracle and UsedSoft saw the highest court in Europe side with the German reseller, declaring that software developers and distributors cannot step in and prevent license resale after the initial purchase from them.
Firm sues Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn and others on same day
A new lawsuit has been filed against Apple and its iOS Developer Program for patent infringement. Delaware-based Cathas Advanced Technologies believes the iOS Developer Program infringes on two claims of a patent entitled "Web-Based Design Software for Keep-Alive Boards," according to Patently Apple. Cathas expects a “reasonable royalty” along with a payment with interest for "suffered damages."
41-page brief first ruling of its kind
Further announcements have come from Judge William Alsup's courtroom in the Google versus Oracle case today. The judge has decreed programming APIs to be non-copyrightable. The ruling comes in accordance with existing copyright law declaring "a utilitarian and functional set of symbols, each to carry out a pre-assigned function" non-copyrightable under Section 102(b) of the Copyright Act. Alsup's court is the first court, district or appeals, to have specifically addressed the separate matter of API copyrightability, instead of the complete codebase copyrightability issue.
Legal battle centers around copyright issues
A jury at the US District Court of Northern California has determined that Google has not infringed on six claims contained in two Oracle patents. The unanimous decision is viewed as a partial win for the search giant, however the company still faces potential damages in an earlier verdict that focused on copyright violations for a number of Java APIs.
Most pay locked up in stock options
Apple CEO Tim Cook was the highest-paid CEO of 2011, according to a study released by the Hay Group and the Wall Street Journal. Cook's package for the year was valued at $378 million, although most of it is locked up in the form of stock grants issued after he took control from Steve Jobs in August. The first half of the shares will vest in 2016; the remainder will follow in 2021, contingent on Cook staying with Apple.
Phase two of trial complete, damages could start Wednesday
The same California jury that couldn't decide on the "fair use" aspects of the Google versus Oracle is now debating Oracle's patent claims. Oracle began this suit in 2010, claiming that Android infringes on its Java patents. Google says that it has not infringed and furthermore, Oracle can't copyright certain parts of Java, an open source language. Closing arguments were made today in phase two of the three-phase, multi-year trial.
Noser engineers had Oracle install, copied freely
Oracle and Google continued the debate over how to proceed with the ongoing Java patent infringement suit. During the discussion and filing with the Judge William Alsup, Oracle presented a document summarizing why it is entitled to Google's profits from the case -- "super shady" contractors from Noser in Google's Android team. Google disputes the relevance of the filing.
Trial continues, damages phase may start next week
It appears the Google versus Oracle legal skirmish regarding Java patentability is beginning to wind down. At the beginning of today's hearings, Judge William Alsup granted Oracle's request for a judgement as a matter of law (JMOL) in regards to eight files copied directly into Android from Oracle's code base, and awarded an additional copyright infringement to Oracle. The matters of "fair use" and willful violation have yet to be decided.
If needed, Oracle wants retrial limited to 'fair use'
Multiple decisions have been made by Judge William Alsup today in the ongoing Oracle versus Google copyright infringement case. To start the day, the judge told Oracle that by statute, the most it could expect is $150,000 for the nine duplicated lines of rangeCheck. More recently, Oracle filed a brief with the court requesting that any retrial be limited to the one issue the jury couldn't agree on -- "fair use."
Oracle wants judge to rule on 'fair use' as a matter of law
[Update: judge denies Oracle motion, reduces Google liability] As expected, Google has petitioned Judge William Alsop for a mistrial following the jury's refusal to rule on a crucial matter in phase one of its trial versus Oracle. Near-simultaneously, Oracle filed its response to suggest that the judge rule on the "fair use" question that the jury couldn't agree on. Neither Google nor Oracle has responded to its counterpart's filing with the court.
No decision on fair use, trial continues
The jury assigned to the Oracle versus Google lawsuit has returned a partial verdict. On the matter of API copyright infringement, Google has been found to have violated the sequence, structure, and organization of 37 Java API copyrights. However, whether or not the infringement was fair use remains to be decided, as the jury was unable to break through a previously reported impasse on the matter. Judge Alsop is not waiting for motions from either side, and is immediately moving forward with the next phase, the patent phase, of the trial.
Large losses by Android group taken in FY2010
Judge William Alsup unexpectedly read portions from a previously-sealed Googledocument during a Thursday compensation hearing, a part of the company's ongoing legal battle with Oracle. While not disclosing specific figures, Alsup revealed that Google's Android mobile platform lost money in every quarter of 2010. Google does not release financial information about Android.
Judge urges Oracle vs Google jury to reconvene
The jury in the Oracle vs. Google lawsuit has reached a partial verdict on three of four questions that they were required to consider as part of the copyright liability phase of the trial. The foreman said that a minority of the jury felt that more time would be helpful in reaching agreement on all four questions. Judge Alsup pointed out that the jurors did not need to reach a unanimous agreement on the fourth question, but the foreman told the Judge the impasse was on one of the three questions (embedded below) that required full agreement.
20 hours of deliberation, no decision
After 20 hours of deliberations spread over four days, the jury responsible for the Google versus Oracle Java court battle has so far failed to reach a decision. A question posed to Judge William Alsup posed more questions as to the timely resolution of the trial -- a note passed to the judge by the jury asked what would happen if they couldn't reach a unanimous decision.
Dispute centers around Oracle's Itanium support
Less than 24 hours after a judge refused to rule before trial, an Oracle Corp attorney dismissed the possibility of a settlement with Hewlett-Packard out of hand. HP is seeking $4 billion in damages from Oracle's decision to discontinue Itanium support in the product lineup.
Itanium Judge denies HP and Oracle motions
HP and Oracle have both had motions denied in the Itanium support legal dispute. Judge James Kleinberg of Santa Clara County has given the companies until noon today to contest the ruling, which maintains that none of the claims will be rejected in the early stages of the court proceedings.
Microsoft backs CISPA bill to the end
Microsoft in a statement Monday clung to a firm stance on the proposed CISPA bill. The firm told The Hill that, despite having said it wanted to "honor the privacy" of users, it wanted the bill to continue forward. It would "look forward" to working with the Senate on the bill.