In an odd turn of events, Oracle and Google have been ordered to disclose the
names of any journalists, commentators and bloggers they paid to influence
public opinion on the high-profile Android Java trial that Oracle wound up
District Court Judge William Alsup, who presided over Oracle's patent and
copyright suit against Google, wrote in his one-page order Tuesday that:
"The Court is concerned that the parties and/or counsel herein may have
retained or paid print or Internet authors, journalists, commentators or
bloggers who have and/or may publish comments on the issues in this case.
Although proceedings in this matter are almost over, they are not fully over
yet and, in any event, the disclosure required by this order would be of use
on appeal or on any remand to make clear whether any treatise, article,
commentary or analysis on the issues posed by this... (more)
Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has
announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform
dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services.
Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important
product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the
de facto commerce engine for the cloud.”
With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the
company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on
driving revenue from cloud computing.
It figures there... (more)
Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo
Cloud Computing News - Oracle co-president Charles Phillips was supposed to
become CEO of CA - for all its muddied skirts still one of the world's
largest software companies - and then those "soul mates forever" billboards
popped up in New York, Atlanta and San Francisco, exposing his near
decade-long bi-coastal double life with wife and son in the East and a
live-in girlfriend in the West.
Six days after Phillips was forced to admit that a picture of him and his
ex-girlfriend canoodling was hanging over Times Square, CA named board member
and execu... (more)
Researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the
University of California, San Diego have gotten a two-year $450,000 grant
from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore new ways for academic
researchers to provision and manage extremely large data sets on clouds using
the Google-IBM CluE Cluster Exploratory Cluster and the open source Apache
Hadoop programming environment. Seems the ever-increasing volume of
scientific data is beginning to overwhelm current approaches to data
management. IBM and Google are picking up the tab for running CluE.
Another day, another statement out of Oracle meant to embarrass HP's brand
Late Wednesday, three days into the SAP trial, Oracle came out and said,
"Hewlett-Packard has refused to accept service of a subpoena requiring Mr.
Apotheker to testify about his role in SAP's illegal conduct. Mr. Apotheker
started work for HP on Monday, but it now appears that the HP Board of
Directors has decided to keep him away from HP's headquarters and outside the
court's jurisdiction. We will continue to try to serve him."
HP might as well have painted a big bull's eye on Apotheker's chest ... (more)