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As Google and Oracle duke it out in court over claims that the search giant violated copyrights and patents now owned by Oracle in developing Android, it appears that the battle may have wide-ranging ramifications.
Yesterday, a jury decided that Google violated Oracle copyrights related to the organization and structure of Oracle's Java APIs, but was unable to decide whether Google had a valid fair use claim.
Amazon isn't just the world's largest ecommerce company. Thanks to its Amazon Web Services (AWS) offering, Amazon has become the 800 pound gorilla of cloud computing.
It's a role it shows no intention of relinquishing.
Last week, I listed the 'enterprise cloud' as one of the five things to watch in 2012.
My rationale was straightforward; while the cloud has been a hot topic in the consumer space for the past several years, there's increasing activity in the enterprise space as major software vendors like Oracle and SAP move to ensure that they don't get left behind.
Salesforce.com, one of the first big players in the enterprise cloud space, didn't wait for the new year to make a new move of its own. Yesterday, it announced that it was acquiring human capital management SaaS Rypple for an undisclosed sum.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison hasn't exactly been the biggest proponent of 'the cloud'. In fact, in 2008 he went so far as to state that the cloud is "the Webvan of computing".
To be sure, the cloud isn't without its problems, and as a buzzword, it's a bit worn.
But the rise of services like Amazon AWS has proven one thing: the cloud, for better or worse, is here to stay.
For most companies, however, such debates may seem too technical and abstract to be of any importance. But that doesn't mean that the NoSQL 'movement' should be ignored.
Two software giants, Oracle and Google, are fighting a fierce war that could upend the mobile market. Oracle, which owns Sun Microsystems, alleges that parts of Android use Sun software that Google didn't license.
Apparently, the allegation may be legitimate, and preparing for victory, Oracle is reportedly approaching handset makers that use Android and asking them to license its software directly at significant cost.
There's a lot of talk about multichannel commerce and the future, but major retailers already know that multichannel commerce isn't the future; it's already here. Consumers are shopping using many platforms, and companies that want to maximize their sales have to have a cross-channel strategy today, not tomorrow.
That explains in large part why software giant Oracle is shelling out $1bn to buy ATG, one of the leading cross-channel commerce platform providers.
Even if you're one of the brave few who tries to make it through the world without a copy of Microsoft Office, chances are you can't live without a decent word processor and spreadsheet program. For those who want something free and are wary of cloud-based solutions like Google Apps, one free, there's a decent chance you've considered OpenOffice.org, a popular open source productivity suite that offers a lot for very little ($0).
But OpenOffice.org's future is being called into question. That's because OpenOffice.org in its current form had much of its development funded by Sun Microsystems, which agreed to be acquired by Oracle in 2009.
If you're a big tech company, chances are the EU isn't your friend. Why? Just ask Intel or Microsoft. Targeted by the EU for antitrust violations, combined both companies have been forced to pay billions of dollars in fines. Other companies, like Oracle and Qualcomm, have faced EU antitrust scrutiny as well, but who eventually managed to escape with only a few minor bruises.
So it's probably no surprise that the EU is now eyeing another tech giant: Google.
Oracle's pending acquisition of Sun Microsystems apparently has some users of MySQL worried. MySQL, of course, is the open source database owned by Sun and offered freely under a GNU General Public License.
It's the most popular open source RDBMS in the world, and is used with popular products like WordPress and on major websites like Facebook and Wikipedia.
MySQL is the most widely-used open-source database in the world. Many popular open-source applications, from WordPress to SugarCRM to Joomla!, use it. And popular websites like Facebook and Twitter rely on it as well.
The popular database system is offered by MySQL AB, which was purchased by Sun Microsystems in 2008. Sun Microsystems, of course, was just purchased for $7.4bn by database and enterprise software giant Oracle.