Supreme Court to mull Google bid to end Oracle copyright suit

By Jan Wolfe



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A 3D printed Android mascot Bugdroid is seen in front of a Google logo in this illustration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday is set to consider whether to protect Alphabet Inc’s Google from a long-running lawsuit by Oracle Corp accusing it of infringing Oracle copyrights to build the Android operating system that runs most of the world’s smartphones.

The shorthanded court, down one justice following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month, is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Google’s appeal of a lower court ruling reviving the lawsuit in which Oracle has sought at least $8 billion in damages. The arguments will be held by teleconference because of the coronavirus pandemic.



a large tall tower with a clock at the top of a building: FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court is seen through the U.S. Capitol columns in Washington


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FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court is seen through the U.S. Capitol columns in Washington

A jury cleared Google in 2016, but the U.S.

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New class action suit resurrects iPhone throttling controversy

A new class action lawsuit filed in California takes aim at an erstwhile iOS battery management tool that allegedly hindered the performance of certain iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and iPhone SE series devices.

Filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the complaint is the latest in a series of lawsuits targeting the so-called “batterygate” fiasco from 2017. The complaint arrives on the same day as a submission deadline for iPhone owners to file claims in a $500 million settlement that was reached earlier this year to rectify identical grievances.

Discovered shortly after the release of iOS 10.2.1, the iPhone throttling issue was traced back to a hardware management tool that was included in iOS to mitigate negative effects of aging iPhone batteries. In particular, the software was designed to thwart unexpected shutdowns suffered by certain iPhone 6 and 6s devices, but was maintained well

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Google antitrust suit is coming, but not next week

The Justice Department and state attorneys general are closer to filing an antitrust suit against Google over its online search dominance after two days of talks, but disagreements over the exact scope of the complaint mean they are more than a week away from doing so, two people involved in the case told POLITICO Friday.

The Justice Department met with state attorneys general Thursday to outline a proposed antitrust suit against the company related to its search business in the hopes of filing a complaint soon and discussions over the breadth, timing and location of the suit continued into Friday afternoon.

At Thursday’s meeting, attended in person by Attorney General William Barr and several Republican attorneys general, at least one disagreement involved how broad to make the search complaint, a person familiar with the discussions said. The investigations have looked into several issues related to the company, including contracts with

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Alphabet Settles Its Historic Harassment Suit

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A yearlong lawsuit against Alphabet’s board of directors over allegations of shielding the sexual harassment has, at long last, come to a close. It’s a decision that, as one attorney on the plaintiff’s side said, will “fundamentally alter” the way Google’s parent company operates—and hopefully the way some of its senior staffers operate, too.

To give a quick recap: back in 2018, the New York Times published a pretty grisly exposé detailing the lengths Google’s board went in order to keep a select few high ranking employees comfortable, even after they were credibly accused of sexual harassment. Notoriously, former Android senior VP Andy Rubin allegedly cheated on his then-wife with Googlers that were—in at least one case—not only a direct employees, but direct employees that he pressured into sex. That decision (among others) would eventually lead to his quiet termination, but

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Researchers developed a smart suit that is wirelessly powered by a smartphone

Researchers from NUS have developed a smartphone-powered suit that is capable of providing athletes with physiological data, including information on their posture, running gait, and body temperature while they are performing. The team says athletes are always looking for new ways to push human performance and to be able to improve the need to know their current limits objectively so they can overcome them. Current ways that athletes can track performance include wearables, such as the Apple Watch or Fitbit.

Better performing systems are available, but typically include tangles of wire and are too bulky to be used outdoors. The researchers sat about developing a system optimized for collecting data on athletes in the outdoor environment during performance using multiple sensors at different points on the body. One major goal was to reduce the system’s bulk, weight, and wires to an absolute minimum.

The researchers came up with a wearable

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Smartphone-powered athletic “smart suit” needs no batteries

When it comes to tracking an athlete’s performance, a single wearable sensor doesn’t always provide much information, yet multiple hard-wired sensors restrict movement. That’s a where a new sensor suit comes in – and it’s powered by a smartphone.

Developed by a team at the National University of Singapore, the battery-free garment contains multiple custom-made sensors that are linked together by conductive thread that’s sewn into the fabric.

When a smartphone is placed on or near one of the conductive coils of that thread, its NFC (near-field communication) signal temporarily powers up the sensors, allowing them to transmit stored readings back to the phone. That data is then displayed on the device’s screen.

In its present prototype form, the outfit can support up to six sensors per smartphone. These provide data on factors such as running gait, body temperature and spinal posture. The latter is particularly important, as the university

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NUS develops smartphone-powered suit that provides physiological data

Athletes are always on the lookout for new ways to push the limits of human performance and one needs to first pinpoint their current limits objectively if they seek to overcome them.

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a smartphone-powered suit capable of providing athletes with physiological data such as their posture, running gait and body temperature while they are out on the field.

The current technology used to monitor athlete performance range from small wearable fitness trackers to elaborate clinical monitoring equipment. Fitness trackers are compact and lightweight but are only able to collect data from a single point which is insufficient to generate meaningful insights.

Clinical monitoring equipment can incorporate multiple sensors to capture data from various points on the athlete’s body, but are mired in tangles of wires and is too bulky

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