ORACLE’S ANDROID LAWSUIT
Oracle’s patent infringement lawsuit versus Google is all about ego, money and power, says the creator of the key technology in question. In an Aug. 15 blog post, James Gosling, known as the father of Java, said: “There are no guiltless parties with white hats in this little drama.
This skirmish isn’t much about patents or principles or
programming languages. The suit is far more about ego,
money and power.”
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GOOGLE DENIES SELLING OUT
Google denied flouting network neutrality principles and selling out in its broadband policy proposal with Verizon.
It defended itself from attackers who claimed Google was not
sticking to strict principles for an open Internet, which has
been submitted to the Federal Communications Commission.
On Aug. 9, Google and Verizon unveiled a plan that would
prohibit wireline operators from discriminating against any
applications, content and other traffic on the open Internet.
While this is in keeping with network neutrality principles
that call for fair competition for Web content over broadband
pipes, the companies angered some factions because they
did not extend these principles to wireless networks. Google
and Verizon said they did not wish to stifle innovation in an
evolving market. However, member groups of the Media and
Democracy Coalition expressed concern.
In a letter to the FCC, the MDC complained that the prin-
ciples don’t cover wireless networks, which “could further
widen the digital divide. It may also create a barrier to entry
by independent creators, entrepreneurs and startups.”
The crux of the matter lies in this struggle that Gosling
identifies in two sentences: “The freedom we were most
concerned about was the freedom of software developers
to run their applications on whatever OS or hardware they
wanted. In opposition to that, the platform providers wanted
the freedom to make their platforms as sticky as possible.”
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What some call a sell-out, Google calls a compromise. “It’s
true that Google previously has advocated for certain openness
safeguards to be applied in a similar fashion to what would
be applied to wireline services,” wrote Richard Whitt, Google’s
telecom counsel. “In the spirit of compromise, we have agreed
to a proposal that allows this market to remain free from regulation for now, while Congress keeps a watchful eye.”