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Appeals court considers Oracle's Java copyright claims

A US appeals court on Wednesday considered whether Oracle should be afforded copyright protection over certain portions of the Java programming language in a case that is being closely watched by software developers.

The appeal, being heard by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC, is the latest chapter in the company's long-running patent and copyright battle over Google's use of Java application programming interfaces (APIs) in Android. Oracle sued Google in 2010, alleging that Google's use of 37 Java APIs in its mobile operating system constituted patent and copyright infringement.

Google … Read more

Apple updates Java, removes Java plugin

Apple has issued an update to its officially supported release of Java for OS X. This update addresses security and compatibility bugs; however, it also takes additional steps to distance users from the Apple-supplied Java versions in favor of the latest ones developed by Oracle.

The update brings Apple's version of Java to 1.6.0_65, and is an update for OS X 10.7 or later. As with most updates for Java, this one addresses some known vulnerabilities in the runtime, and is a recommended update for anyone who uses Java.

In addition to bug fixes, Apple is … Read more

Facebook's Sandberg, IBM's Rometty make Fortune power list

Several tech executives made Fortune's annual list of the most powerful women in business, with IBM's Ginny Rometty topping the rankings for the second straight year.

Rometty took over as IBM's CEO in January of 2012 after running Big Blue's sales operations. A longtime IBMer, Rometty made Fortune's list even before becoming CEO. The publication noted Thursday that Rometty is devoting resources to commercializing Watson, IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer, as well as pushing into developing markets such as Africa.

Another familiar face on the list is Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg at No. 5. … Read more

Larry Ellison-backed Oracle Team USA takes America's Cup

OpenWorld, Shmo-penWorld. The real Oracle action Wednesday happened on the San Francisco Bay, where Oracle Team USA cemented an astounding America's Cup comeback by winning the whole shebang to hold on to its defender title.

The Race 19 victory crowned a return from the losing side that many are calling one of greatest turnarounds in recent sports history. Lagging behind finals competitor Emirates Team New Zealand by seven points just a week ago, the team backed by Oracle founder and billionaire Larry Ellison won Race 17 by 27 seconds and Race 18 by 54 seconds Tuesday to erase what once seemed like an insurmountable lead and tie for first. … Read more

Strip club sues Oracle over unpaid $33,540 tab

Corporate life involves a certain amount of carousing.

This is filed by accountants under the line-item "entertainment."

Sometimes, though, the bills get out of hand and the accountants' eyes boggle at the content.

This may have occurred when an Oracle employee allegedly ran up $33,540 of torrid expenses at San Francisco's salubrious New Century Theater.… Read more

Google's Schmidt calls out Oracle chief over Android

The legal battle between Google and Oracle over Android's use of Java isn't over yet, and neither is the war of the words between the two companies.

In a Google+ post, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt responded to comments made a few weeks ago by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison that what Google CEO Larry Page did with Android and Java was "absolutely evil."

After saying in the public Google+ post published Sunday that Google doesn't like to get into public battles with other companies, Schmidt then said that "Ellison's claims that Google 'took [… Read more

China eyes IBM, Oracle, EMC over possible security issues

China is determining whether it should investigate three major U.S. companies following Edward Snowden's National Security Agency leaks.

China's Ministry of Public Security is getting ready to investigate EMC, Oracle, and IBM, to determine whether their technologies are being used to spy on Chinese companies and the government, Shanghai Securities News, a China-based publication, reported on Friday, according to Reuters.

In the report, Shanghai Securities News quotes an anonymous official who said China relies heavily upon the companies' enterprise technologies, which potentially puts the country and its companies in the NSA's cross hairs. The source specifically … Read more

Oracle's Larry Ellison: Google's Larry Page acted 'evil'

Larry Ellison is troubled by the Google guys, especially Larry Page. In a recent interview, Ellison blamed Google CEO Larry Page for using Oracle's code illegally. The charge goes back to a lengthy trial last year in which the two companies faced off over Google's use of code in Oracle's Java language.

In 2010, Oracle sued Google for allegedly infringing copyrights it held on 37 Java application programming interfaces (APIs) in Android. Oracle argued that Google knowingly used the APIs without a license from Sun Microsystems, which Oracle acquired. The trial concluded on May 31, 2012, with … Read more

Larry Ellison: Steve Jobs was 'our Edison'

It's no secret that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison greatly admired Steve Jobs, and he spells out this esteem for the late Apple co-founder in an upcoming interview with Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning."

"He was brilliant," Ellison tells Rose in a preview of the interview released Monday. "He was our Edison, he was our Picasso. He was an incredible inventor."

Ellison was a close friend of Jobs and has frequently commended the Apple co-founder's skill, insight, and attention to detail. As far back as 1998, Ellison sang Jobs' praises, saying that … Read more

Salesforce.com, Oracle merge clouds in nine-year deal

Big news in enterprise land today: sometime-rivals Salesforce.com and Oracle announced Tuesday morning a nine-year partnership to integrate their clouds.

The deal encompasses all three tiers of cloud computing: applications, platform, and infrastructure.

For Salesforce.com's part, the company plans to standardize on the Oracle Linux operating system, Exadata engineered systems, the Oracle Database and Java Middleware Platform.

For Oracle's part, the company plans to integrate Salesforce.com with Oracle's Fusion HCM and Financial Cloud, as well as provide the core technology to power Salesforce.com's applications and platform. Salesforce.com will also implement Oracle'… Read more