The Verge: As Google heads to the Supreme Court, Oracle takes aim at its industry allies

The Verge: As Google heads to the Supreme Court, Oracle takes aim at its industry allies. “For almost 10 years, Google and Oracle have been fighting over a set of Android APIs, and for almost that long, conventional wisdom has been that the tech industry is on Google’s side. But as the case moves to the Supreme Court for the second time, Oracle is taking aim at that idea — and calling out Google’s allies one by one.”

ZDNet: Google garners support from tech industry in Supreme Court API copyright fight

ZDNet: Google garners support from tech industry in Supreme Court API copyright fight. “Submitting a joint ‘friend of the court’ brief on Monday — a legal document that offers information that has a bearing on the issues of a court case — Mozilla, Medium, Cloudera, Reddit, along with others, have pleaded for SCOTUS to reverse the Federal Court’s decision and allow for APIs to continue to be free from copyright, or at least be available for fair use.”

Ars Technica: Oracle copied Amazon’s API—was that copyright infringement?

Ars Technica: Oracle copied Amazon’s API—was that copyright infringement?. “Early this year, the Supreme Court will hear an important case that will determine the legal status of application programming interfaces under copyright law. If the high court sides with Oracle in its multibillion-dollar lawsuit against Google’s Android platform, it could stifle competition and entrench dominant technology firms—possibly including Google itself.”

Reuters: U.S. Supreme Court to hear Google bid to end Oracle copyright suit

Reuters: U.S. Supreme Court to hear Google bid to end Oracle copyright suit. “The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear Google’s bid to escape Oracle Corp’s multi-billion dollar lawsuit accusing Google of infringing software copyrights to build the Android operating system that runs most of the world’s smartphones.”

Exclusive: Oracle says investigators have asked it for information about Google (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Oracle says investigators have asked it for information about Google. “Oracle Corp (ORCL.N), which has clashed with Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) in business disputes, has received requests for information from congressional and state investigators looking into allegations that Google violated antitrust law.”

Yahoo Finance: U.S. Supreme Court seeks Trump administration views on Google-Oracle copyright feud

Yahoo Finance: U.S. Supreme Court seeks Trump administration views on Google-Oracle copyright feud. “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the Trump administration to offer its views on whether it should hear Google’s bid to end Oracle Corp’s copyright infringement lawsuit involving the Android operating system that runs most of the world’s smartphones. The justices are considering whether to take up Google’s appeal of a lower court ruling reviving the lawsuit. Oracle has sought about $9 billion in damages.”

Google v. Oracle: Silicon Valley Braces for “Lawsuit of the Decade” as Google Petitions for Cert to decide API Copyrightability (JOLT Digest)

JOLT Digest: Google v. Oracle: Silicon Valley Braces for “Lawsuit of the Decade” as Google Petitions for Cert to decide API Copyrightability. “In January of 2019, Google petitioned for certiorari in Google LLC v Oracle America, Inc. The case concerned a copyright infringement claim filed by Oracle against Google for use of the Java API in Android smartphones. Oracle seeks damages that could exceed $8 billion.” A good overview of a legal situation that’s been going on for a long time.

CBR: Seven Out of Every Ten Open Vulnerabilities Belong to Just Three Vendors

CBR: Seven Out of Every Ten Open Vulnerabilities Belong to Just Three Vendors. “Seven out of every ten open vulnerabilities observed by customers belongs to just three vendors, Oracle, Microsoft and Adobe. These are the findings of cyber security enterprise Kenna Security in their new report Prioritization to Prediction, which explores how enterprises are dealing with open vulnerabilities.”

Reuters: Google wants Supreme Court to hear Oracle copyright case – just not quite yet

Reuters: Google wants Supreme Court to hear Oracle copyright case – just not quite yet. “The billion-dollar copyright war between Google and Oracle has arrived at the U.S. Supreme Court. Sort of. On Friday, Google filed a request for an extension of its deadline to petition for review of the Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling (886 F.3d 1179) last March that Google did not make fair use of Oracle America’s Java code in creating the Android platform.”

Oracle: Run, don’t walk, to patch this critical Database takeover bug (The Register)

The Register: Oracle: Run, don’t walk, to patch this critical Database takeover bug. “Oracle is advising customers to update their database software following the discovery and disclosure of a critical remote code execution vulnerability. The flaw, dubbed CVE-2018-3110 was given a CVSS base score of 9.9 (out of 10) and Oracle warns that successful exploit of the bug ‘can result in complete compromise of the Oracle Database and shell access to the underlying server.'”

VentureBeat: Oracle’s Internet Intelligence Map presents a real-time view of online threats

VentureBeat: Oracle’s Internet Intelligence Map presents a real-time view of online threats. “Distributed denial of service attacks. Malware. State-imposed internet blackouts. It’s hard to keep abreast of every bad actor and natural disaster impacting the internet, but Oracle is making it a bit easier with the launch of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s Internet Intelligence Map, a real-time graphical representation of service interruptions and emerging threats.”

CNET: Google copyright battle with Oracle could cost $8.8 billion

CNET: Google copyright battle with Oracle could cost $8.8 billion. “Google just suffered what could be a nearly $9 billion blow in its long-running legal battle against Oracle. On Tuesday, a federal appeals court revived a multi-billion dollar copyright case that dates back to 2010. The court said Google’s use of Oracle’s Java software went beyond the bounds of fair use when the Android mobile operating system was created, according to a report by Bloomberg.”

Techdirt: Oracle Files Its Opening Brief As It Tries (Again) To Overturn Google’s Fair Use Win On Java APIs

Techdirt:
Oracle Files Its Opening Brief As It Tries (Again) To Overturn Google’s Fair Use Win On Java APIs
. “As was widely expected, back in October, Oracle announced its appeal of Google’s big fair use win, concerning its reuse of certain Java API components in Android. If you’ve been following this (long, long, long) case, you’ll recall that Google has won twice at the district court level. The first time, Judge William Alsup correctly noted that APIs were not subject to copyright, because copyright law clearly states that copyright protection does not apply to “any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery” and an API is a process, system or method of operation. However, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), who only had jurisdiction over the case because it initially involved a patent issue, seemed unable to understand that an API is different from software and overturned the lower court’s sensible ruling.”

Oracle to Google: See You In Court – Again

Oracle just won’t let its case against Google go. “It was only a matter of time until this happened, but Oracle has officially appealed its fair use Java API loss to the Federal Circuit (CAFC). As you recall, after a years-long process, including the (correct) ruling that APIs are not covered by copyright being ridiculously overturned by CAFC, a new trial found that even if APIs are copyright-eligible, Google’s use was covered by fair use.”

Oracle’s Latest Security Patch Addresses 253 Flaws

Oracle’s latest security patch addresses 253 flaws. “Oracle released its October Critical Patch Update, fixing 253 different vulnerabilities across the company product portfolio. The update, released Oct. 18, is the second-largest ever issued by Oracle, outpaced only by the company’s July CPU in which 276 vulnerabilities were patched.”