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Oracle grabbed Java in Sun purchase

Google is a huge technology firm that is slipping its hand into any cookie jar it thinks may hold a profit. The company already rules the internet search and advertising market and is on track to rule the smartphone OS market as well.

Part of the success of Google's Android mobile operating system, which is growing faster than any other smartphone OS, is its open source nature. As a result, the software is offered for free to phone makers. 
Reuters reports that Oracle has sued Google over the Android operating system. The suit centers on alleged patent infringement by Google.

Oracle claims that Google infringed on patents and copyrights it holds relating to Java. Oracle purchased the rights to Java when it gobbled up Sun Microsystems for $5.6 billion in 2009. The suit was filed in federal court in California yesterday and the main claim in the suit is that Google knowingly and directly infringed on Oracle patents and copyright.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who earlier this week condemned HP's board for firing personal friend Mark Hurd,  says that Java is a key asset for Oracle and that the software is used in all manner of products.

IP litigator Edward Reines told Reuters, "Sun's corporate philosophy was obviously very different from Oracle's in terms of enforcing the Java patents."

San Jose Mercury News cites Al Hilwa from research firm IDC saying, "At the end of the day, it [the suit] could mean a fair amount of money."  Hilwa points out that it is likely that Oracle and Google have been negotiating for months on licensing terms and the suit is a tactic by Oracle to press the issue.

Hilwa continued saying, "Java is essential for Android. Since Android has been out there for more than a year, most people would have expected they were in compliance with whatever license terms apply."

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Android only grows
By ipay on 8/13/2010 10:12:04 AM , Rating: 0
Wow, it's looking more and more like Android will become the 'Windows' of the mobile devices. One day soon you will see 90+% of the phones in the world with Android and apple with its piddly 3-4%. Once that happens, apple will be a thing of the past.

RE: Android only grows
By Pirks on 8/13/2010 11:06:50 AM , Rating: 1

RE: Android only grows
By AnalogToDigitalKid on 8/13/10, Rating: -1
RE: Android only grows
By Camikazi on 8/13/2010 3:31:16 PM , Rating: 5
My Windows 7 installs run fast, no crashes, bugs or problems and no viruses either, so the question I see is... What are you doing wrong on your computer?

RE: Android only grows
By Azure Sky on 8/14/2010 1:33:38 AM , Rating: 5
its called a PEBKAC or EUE or ID-10T error



or even
PICNIC (Problem in Chair, Not in Computer)

90% of the people who actually have these problems are as listed above, ID107s Like my father who use to disable his antivirus when ever a website would tell him to......*rolls eyes*

the only cure for these kind of people is to shoot them, giving them a mac or linux system just gives then a false sense of security and leads to them complaining about problems they run into with linux systems(as they insist that linux/osx are superior in every way)

RE: Android only grows
By umop apisdn on 8/16/2010 3:50:52 PM , Rating: 3
I prefer "layer 8 issue".

RE: Android only grows
By LRonaldHubbs on 8/13/2010 6:52:21 PM , Rating: 2
Let me guess...the last Windows computer you used was running XP SP1, IE6, and McAfee antivirus.


RE: Android only grows
By Tony Swash on 8/14/2010 12:15:23 AM , Rating: 1
Wow, it's looking more and more like Android will become the 'Windows' of the mobile devices. One day soon you will see 90+% of the phones in the world with Android and apple with its piddly 3-4%. Once that happens, apple will be a thing of the past.

Keep dreaming :)

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