Oh, this is fantastic, Oracle is suing Google. Larry Ellison vs. Eric Schmidt — the Alpha Male vs. the Science Geek. This is going to be very interesting!
Oracle says in a press release that Google “knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property.” What’s interesting is that it involves Java technology, which Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems earlier in the year. Hmmm, did Oracle lawyers know something that Sun lawyers didnt?
I’m sure you’ll be reading more about that in the days ahead. On to some more news:
- IBM is buying software company Unica for $480 million (ZDNet). Unica helps retail sellers target marketing efforts and predict consumer behavior. I bet they can’t predict my behavior.
- Sequoia is backing Airstrip, a software company that makes mobile patient monitoring applications (VentureBeat).
- WePay raises $7.5 million for group payment systems (TechCrunch).
- Retail sales rise less than estimated (Bloomberg). Hmm, just a theory here, but does that mean everybody spent their tax refunds?
- China mudslides kill more than 1,000 (CNN).
- Russian fire spreads near nuclear facility (Bloomberg). No, they don’t mean it’s come close to Boris Yeltsin.
- Google defends net neutrality plan (PCWorld).
- New Google apps extend the cloud (InformationWeek).
- Citizen scientists, using their computers in the Einstein@Home project, have discovered a rare star (BBC).
- Belgium is looking to get greener — by liquifying corpses (Greenbiz.com). Ewwww.
- Liberals start “F*ck Tea” party compaign (CBSNews). Now, that’s kind of funny.