Posts Tagged ‘Oracle Corporation’
Google nets a victory over Oracle in Android patent infringement lawsuit
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 02:54 Written by Ty Abonil Friday, 25 May 2012 03:30
Bloomberg has reported that a federal jury- in the second phase of an intellectual-property trial- has found that Google didn’t infringe on patents held by Oracle. On August 12, 2010, Oracle had sued Google for copyright and patent infringement over Mountain View’s implementation of the Java-like Dalvik virtual machine, a key technology used by the Android operating system. The first part of the trial, which ended May 7, dealt with whether Google had infringed on Oracle’s copyrights. A jury found that they had, but were deadlocked on whether the infringement constituted fair use. On Wednesday, the second part of the trial wrapped up with a jury finding that Google did not infringe on any patents. As a result, the third part of the trial, where damages for the patent infringements would have been determined, won’t be necessary.
The net/net is that Google is currently on the hook for a paltry $150,000 for two copyright infringements. For comparison and a little schadenfreude , Oracle had first reported the value of the infringements worth as much as $6B, proceeded to file a suit at a $2.6B valuation, and finally went to trial with a $30M price tag. Of course, this may not be the end of it; though one would have to question Oracle’s wisdom of incurring any more legal fees at this stage. Brian Love, an Intellectual Property attorney interviewed by Bloomberg, sums it up pretty succinctly “This case is maybe something like a near disaster for Oracle”
Hit the break for a little more background on the Oracle/Sun/Java saga and why Oracle called “shenanigans” on Google.
Malware, Not Just For PC’S
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:10 Written by Laddie13 Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:09
As much as I love Apple products like the iPhone or iPod, I’ve always been a PC girl. One thing that I hear from Mac users is that they are not as susceptible to viruses. This may well be true but last month it was discovered that over 600,000 Mac computers have been infected with the Flashback malware. Surely to Apple and the ever-growing Mac community this has come as a surprise and disappointment.
Apple’s Mac operating system has largely gone unaffected by the malicious programs that have plagued PC’s. Apple is now asking for help from computer security firm Kaspersky to strengthen the OS’s security, looks like Apple is finally realizing their operating system is much more vulnerable than they first thought.. Kapersky’s chief technology officer Nikolai Grebennikov has stated that the Mac OS platform is “really vulnerable,” and that Apple up until recently failed to take the security issue seriously. Read more: Malware, Not Just For PC’S
SAP AG Learns That Hacking is Bad
Last Updated on Friday, 9 September 2011 04:10 Written by Nick McD Friday, 9 September 2011 07:00
The US Department of Justice charged a division of SAP AG, TomorrowNow Inc. (currently closed but still under SAP ownership), with 11 counts of hacking into Oracle‘s computer systems, and one count of criminal copyright infringement. The charges are directed at the company itself, and not at individuals.
Just last year Oracle filed charges against TomorrowNow for downloading millions of private files from Oracle’s secure systems, demanding $1.3 billion, though after finalizing the case the judge reduced the payed amount to just under $275 million.
TomorrowNow provided support and services to Oracle clients, and used these connections (their customer’s ID’s and passwords) to work their way into Oracle’s systems for business espionage. It is unclear what TomorrowNow intended to use the collected data for, aside from enhancing their own products to better compete with Oracle’s offerings.
SAP AG closed the TN offices following the initial lawsuit, but it appears that the DoJ doesn’t think enough has been done, and appears to want to make an example out of this case. SAP has agreed to plead guilty, but the case remains open. Read more: SAP AG Learns That Hacking is Bad