How Oracle might kill Google's Android and software patents all at once
Aug 18, 2010, 16:05 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Eran Dilger)
"Well we can do the same here, because Oracle's Larry Ellison isn't just more eccentric than Jobs (Ellison lives as a fantasy samurai in a medieval Japanese villa; Jobs just wears a turtleneck), he's also Jobs' long term friend, neighbor and business associate. Since the 1990s, Jobs has frequently referred to Ellison as his "best friend" and "idol," while Ellison has been a long term enemy to Apple's arch-rival Microsoft, acting as one of the few CEOs with the balls to testify against the company at its Monopoly trial.
"On the surface, one could make the case that Oracle is stepping in to partner with Apple in striking down the Microsoft-like advances of Google's broadly licensed Android monoculture. However, Google isn't actually aligned with Microsoft, and is instead helping Apple kill off Windows Mobile and the Windows/Internet Explorer monopoly, confusing the direction of knee jerks by Windows Enthusiasts following the case."