Oracle vs Google: Triple Damage!
Aug 20, 2010, 12:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rowan Wilson)
"In Norse mythology it's predicted that the final days of the
world will see a supernatural wolf called Sköll swallow the
sun before helping to kill Odin, the mightiest of the Gods. In a
move that will surprise no ancient Vikings, Oracle – the
gigantic database corporation that up swallowed Sun Microsystems
– has made a wide-ranging patent and copyright infringement
complaint (pdf) against the mighty Google Inc. that may or may not
indicate that the world will soon end.
"The complaint concerns the use of Java-related technologies in
Google's Android mobile Linux platform, and the details are ugly
indeed. Ever since Sun released Java back in 1995, they (and now
new owners of the Java IP Oracle) have been looking for ways to
make some money off it. Java was intended to provide a solution to
the problem of platform fragmentation..."