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Another day, another statement out of Oracle meant to embarrass HP's brand new CEO. 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 because Oracle's gonna use his failure to show as evidence, circumstantial or otherwise, of his alleged complicity in the illegal downloading of Oracle IP that went for years at SAP's now shuttered third-party maintenance outfit, TomorrowNow. The trial is supposed to decide how much SAP ow... (more)

Google Maps May Be Banned in Germany

Google and its subsidiary Motorola Mobility may have to break down and start paying Microsoft royalties on the IP Redmond claims is in Android like the rest of the Android ecosystem. That is if they want to keep Google Maps alive in Germany. FOSS Patents reported Thursday that the Munich I Regional Court told Google and Motorola "in no uncertain terms" that it's likely to decide that they infringe a Microsoft patent on a "computer system for identifying local resources and method therefore." And that means that Google Maps will be banned locally despite Google complaining that ... (more)

Zuora Seeks Cloud's Silver Lining

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)

Gmail Inches Toward Offline Support

Eighteen months or so after Google Gears debuted, a period of time scarred by several major Gmail outages, Google’s cloud-accessible-only e-mail is finally getting invested with offline support. English-speaking US and UK Gmail users who want to test the new skill can now catch up with the rest of the world. Google calls the feature “early experimental,” but then Gmail is still in beta two years after its general release. Although Google has been using the widgetry internally “for quite a while,” it warns that there still may be “some kinks that haven’t been completely ironed ou... (more)

Lindows Upgrades to 4.5

Lindows.com, which Microsoft is now suing in Europe as well as America over its choice of name, has upgraded its desktop LindowsOS 4.0 kit to 4.5 adding integrated search, free SIPphone support and ability to translate Web content back and forth into six different language - English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Portuguese - facilities Windows XP doesn't have and, so, provoking Lindows CEO Michael Robertson to proclaim that Lindows "is taking a leadership role in innovation in the operating systems business." The rev is supposed to be the first time an operating system has ... (more)