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According to a report by security blogger Brian Krebs, Oracle's popular MICROS point-of-sale terminals support website was commandeered by a Russian cybergang. This is bad since MICROS is in the top three most popular payment systems in the world.
There is a long-running legal battle between Oracle and Google over the use of Java, an Oracle product, in Android. In the latest court filing, Oracle is shooting for the moon: $US9.3 billion in copyright damages from Google.
Oracle's security chief Mary Ann Davidson published a rambling screed against the security research industry, bug bounties, and reverse engineering on the company's corporate blog. Oracle took it down, but the rant is one of the most impressively incoherent jeremiads to come out of Silicon Valley. And that's saying something.
Yesterday, Vox somehow managed to write an entire article about the history of Oracle and its founder Larry Ellison without mentioning the CIA even once. Which is pretty astounding, given the fact that Oracle takes its name from a 1977 CIA project codename. And that the CIA was Oracle's first customer.
Intel's always been a bit of a brand machine -- remember the "Intel Inside" stickers? -- and on Tuesday it upheld that tradition. In a pivot from the sort of stodgy "Sponsors of Tomorrow" slogan, the company is going with the hacker-friendly "Look Inside." How much can a new slogan really matter though? A lot, if history is any guide.
Remember that big zero-day Java vulnerability the Department of Homeland Security was all worried about? Well, Oracle fixed it. Oh wait, no. That latest Java fix still has a big ol' hole. It's time to abandon ship, folks.
We've been concerned about the security of Java for a while now. There was that vulnerability that affected like a billion computers, and Apple went so far as to remove Java plugins from all OSX browsers. Now even the US Department of Homeland Security is in on the act with a special message: "Yo, shut off that Java jazz."
The US Military makes its fair share of mistakes when it comes to technology -- but over the weekend, the New York Times revealed that even upgrading a single software system can go horribly wrong for it.
Nokia is to be part of a big mapping tie-in with the enterprise giant Oracle. Given the current map furore, and bearing in mind that Nokia Maps is actually good, this could be the Fins' big chance: maybe, just maybe, Nokia could sneak through the backdoor and claim a victory.
Just as the Google vs Oracle Java lawsuit wraps up, both companies have been ordered by a judge to disclose any payments made to bloggers for their comments during the trial. Google has claimed it had none, contrary to Oracle's assertions, and Oracle has 'fessed up to one such financial arrangement itself.
After the jury returned a partial verdict in the copyright phase of the Google-Oracle trial - unable to decide whether Google's recreation of the Java platform constituted "fair use" of Oracle's copyright - the trial has now entered the patent phase, where the same jury will seek to decide whether Google infringed on Oracle's patents.
Google CEO Larry Page took the stand in US federal court today to answer questions from über-lawyer David Boies -- he of US DOJ v Microsoft, Bush v Gore and a bajillion other high profile cases -- in a case that pits Oracle against Google. So how did it go?
While not quite as imposing as BMW Oracle's USA-17, the Vestas Sailrocket Mk.II is no less impressive. It's aiming to top 105km/h on wind power alone -- the water-borne equivalent to going plaid -- and break the short-distance world speed sailing record.