The Top 10 Stories in IT This Week
We used to go weeks -- months even -- with no news about Java, but that seems to be changing since Oracle bought Sun Microsystems and took over licensing control of the language, which sparked heat this week from the Apache Software Foundation. Oracle also brought star-power to the witness stand this week as CEO Larry Ellison testified in its intellectual-property theft case against SAP.
1. Apache declares war on Oracle over Java and Apple contributing to open source Mac Java project: The Apache Software Foundation contends that Oracle disregarded its own licensing terms for Java technology and so the foundation is urging members of the Java Community Process to join forces against the next proposed version of the language if Oracle does not straighten up. The foundation also threatened to pull out of the JVC is Oracle does not lift licensing restrictions. There also was happier Java news for Oracle as Apple announced that it will contribute to the open-source Mac Java project.
2. Ellison gets a grilling at Oracle-SAP trial: In other Oracle news, Ellison claimed under oath that SAP would have had to pay $4 billion had it licensed all of the intellectual property that its now-closed subsidiary TomorrowNow stole from Oracle, based on his assessment of what percentage of his company's PeopleSoft and Siebel customers could have been stolen away by SAP. His figure was based on how much Oracle paid for those two companies when it acquired them. SAP admits that the theft occurred, so the case now is all about how much it will have to pay.
3. EU invests
4. Red Hat releases RHEL 6: Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 6.0 came out this week, with company executives saying they aim to "erode the Microsoft server ecosystem."
5. Obama may toughen Internet privacy rules, report says: A U.S. Department of Commerce report next week will detail Obama administration plans to toughen policing of Internet privacy, with the president planning to also announce a new federal position to oversee that effort, according to The Wall Street Journal.
6. Amazon bows to social networking pressure on pedophile book: Users of Facebook and Twitter vented their fury in posts and calls for boycotts against Amazon after it was discovered that the online retailer was selling copies of a guide to pedophilia, leading Amazon to stop selling the book.
7. FCC investigating Google over Street View: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission joined what seems to be an ever-growing list of agencies globally that are investigating Google and its data collection for the Street View service.
8. Zeus threatens to strike down community banks: Community banks face a financial threat from the Zeus Trojan, which continues to be used to steal money from accounts, according to speakers at a symposium about cybercrime.
9. At IBM's Zurich nanotech laboratory, silence is key: IBM gave journalists a peek at its advanced nanotechnology laboratory due to open in a few months in Zurich.
10. Supercomputing fest will spotlight world's fastest computers, high-performance issues: We're looking forward to next week's SC10 supercomputing conference in New Orleans, which always provides interesting news about the frontiers of high-powered machines.