Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Biggest Geek Trial of the Year -- The intrigue will include testimony from the two companies' multibillionaire CEOs, Oracle's Larry Ellison and Google's Larry Page over JAVA and Android

"SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oracle began Monday trying to convince a jury that Google's top executives have long known that they stole a key piece of technology to build the Android software that now powers more than more than 300 million smartphones and tablet computers.
The unflattering portrait of Google Inc. was drawn by Oracle lawyer Michael Jacobs in the opening phase of a complex trial pitting two Silicon Valley powerhouses in a battle delving into the often mind-numbing minutiae of intellectual property and computer coding.
"We will prove to you from beginning to end ... that Google knew it was using someone else's property," Jacobs said near the end of his hour-long opening statement.
Google's lawyers will counter with their opening statements Tuesday.
The showdown in a San Francisco federal court centers on Oracle's allegations that Google's Android software infringes on the patents and copyrights of Java, a programming technology that Sun Microsystems began developing 20 years ago."

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