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Oracle vs Google: Triple Damage!

Aug 20, 2010, 12:32 (1 Talkback[s])
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"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..."

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