According to Bloomberg.com, on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, a unanimous jury found that Google did not infringe on Oracle’s Java patents in their Android operating system.
This ruling was phase two of the trial between Oracle and Google on patent violations. With this ruling, the jury was immediately dismissed. The judge also cancelled phase three which was to focus on damages.
Oracle was looking for $1 billion in damages for intellectual property theft of two important patents related to system and memory performance. With this ruling and the results of phase one of the trial, Oracle may be limited to $150,000 in damages.
The Java security updates having been building up this week for Apple. Yesterday, they released a malware removal tool for those Lion machines that did not have a full Java install. According to a few sites, including TUAW, even though the computer did not have Java installed, that Mac could still be infected with the Flashback trojan. Apple indicated in their support article that it “is recommended for all OSX Lion users without Java installed.” They also shared that for some, the tool “may need to restart your computer to completely remove the Flashback malware.”
As with other updates, you can either visit the Apple support site, article DL1517, or you can simply run Software Update from System Preferences. The update is small, around 356 KB, and quick to install.
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