April 17, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle and Google were facing off in the second day of a high-stakes intellectual property showdown in a San Francisco federal courtroom Tuesday when Twitter made a surprise announcement: It pledged that employees who created its technology would exercise control over the patents so they could not be used as a legal battering ram against other companies. The “Innovator's Patent Agreement,” or IPA, would give legal rights to inventors and ensure that patents are not used to “impede the innovation of others,” the San Francisco company said in a post on its official blog.
April 24, 2012 |
Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt testified that his company developed the Android operating system using the Java programming language after partnership talks with Sun Microsystems Inc. fell through and Sun made no demand for a license to use Java. Sun sought $30 million to $50 million and tight control over Java's use for Android, Schmidt told jurors Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco during Oracle Corp.'s trial against Google. When deal negotiations fell through in 2006, Google built the Android software for mobile devices using aspects of the Java platform without infringing on Sun's intellectual property, he said.
June 12, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. snatched a popular mobile mapping service from the outstretched hands of its Internet superpower rivals, securing its dominance in real-time navigation information. Tuesday's $1-billion deal for Waze and the weeks of fevered speculation leading up to its acquisition signal the growing importance of digital maps, apps that are shaping up to be among the most important ones people use on smartphones and tablets. Waze, which helps drivers find the fastest and easiest routes, was being wooed by Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc., among others.
May 23, 2012 |
A district court jury in Northern California cleared Google of infringing patents held by Oracle in six claims brought by the company. But the verdict isn't the end of the case. Oracle sued Google in August 2010, alleging Google's Android phone software infringed patents and copyrights covering Java. The first part of the trial over Java copyright claims ended in a mixed verdict. Despite the result of that trial, in which Google was found to have infringed only a small segment of Java code, it appears Oracle plans to pursue significant damages.
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June 22, 2012 |
Google Chief Executive Larry Page has reassured employees that he does not have a serious medical condition and that he will continue to run the search giant. Page delivered the news in an email to employees Thursday after skipping the company's annual shareholder meeting that day, the Wall Street Journal reported . In the email, Page said: "There is nothing seriously wrong with me. " Page has been having trouble with his voice, said Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who filled in for him Thursday.
March 14, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's senior ranks continue to shuffle with Jeff Huber stepping down as head of mapping and commerce. Huber will move to Google X, the lab run by Google co-founder Sergey Brin that is working on experimental projects such as the wearable computer Google Glass and self-driving cars, a person familiar with the situation said. The move was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. With Huber's departure, the mapping division will join the Google search team led by Alan Eustace and the commerce division will move under the advertising group led by Susan Wojcicki.
June 7, 2011 |
One of the more intriguing auctions scheduled this month won't involve fine art or vintage sports cars or other expensive trinkets, but it is expected to attract some deep pockets. The bankrupt telecommunications company Nortel Networks is selling a cache of patents that cover a wide range of technologies used in wireless phones and infrastructure, Internet search and social networking. "We think it's likely that the Nortel portfolio will sell for several billion dollars," said Raymond Zenkich, a partner at Red Chalk Group, a Chicago-based patent broker.
June 26, 2013 |
Leaving the front door unlocked is a risky move. And that risk is the same with smartphones running Android, Google's open operating system. Android phones come with unlocked doors, allowing them to install applications found almost anywhere online. But when downloading applications from somewhere other than the Google Play store, Android device users must be more cautious than ever, according to Juniper Networks third annual Mobile Threats Report . People who create viruses and other malicious software, or malware, for mobile devices have targeted Android because it has become the dominant mobile operating system worldwide.
February 14, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sebastian Holst makes yoga mobile apps with his wife, a yoga instructor. The Mobile Yogi is sold in all the major mobile app stores. But when someone buys his app in the Google Play store, Holst automatically gets something he says he didn't ask for: the buyer's full name, location and email address. He says consumers are not aware that Google Inc. is sharing their personal information with third parties. No other app store transmits users' personal information to third-party developers when they buy apps, he said.
July 30, 2011 |
Google Inc. has purchased more than 1,000 patents from IBM to defend itself from an onslaught of patent litigation. The Internet search giant is taking part in what has become an arms race for patents. Its anemic intellectual property portfolio has made it vulnerable to legal assault, said technology patent valuation specialist Alexander Poltorak, chief executive of General Patent Corp. Google has more than 700 patents, mostly for search engine technology. Most of its competitors, particularly in the mobile industry, lay claim to thousands.