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The Supreme Court of the U.S. turned to the Obama administration about the Oracle vs. Google case on the Java language
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) asked the Obama administration an opinion about the case of Oracle vs. Google in the case which for years has seen the two giants in a lawsuit about the use of the Java language in Android. The dispute began in 2010 after Oracle bought Sun, the company that developed Java, and claimed that Google violates copyright and patents related to Java. This isn’t one of the many clashes between companies regarding software patents but a special case where the final decision may have a significant influence on the future of software development.
In Las Vegas, at CES 2015, among the many new technologies, you can see a remarkable promotion of the so-called Internet of Things. Representatives of some of the most important technology companies made statements concerning the possibility to connect to the Internet your household appliances and other devices. According to their indications, home automation is no longer a niche for fans but will be in all homes.
A team of astronomers from the Dutch University of Leiden and the British one of Durham created a simulation of the universe called EAGLE (Evolution and Assembly of Galaxies and their Environments). This project is run by the Virgo Consortium which has exactly the aim to produce cosmological simulations using supercomputers. The result, published in the January 2015 edition of the journal “Monthly Notices from the Royal Astronomical Society”, reproduces faithfully the evolution of the galaxies from a very uniform starting point.
RPX Corporation has announced that its subsidiary RPX Clearinghouse LLC has agreed to buy about 4,000 patents held by the Rockstar consortium for $900 million. This is the majority of the patents acquired following Nortel bankruptcy, the market operation behind the creation of the consortium, which includes Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony. The transfer of so many patents to RPX Corporation could score at least a truce in the tough war fought in recent years using software and hardware patents as weapons.
On November 11, 2014 the videogame “Assassin’s Creed Unity” was released to the market. It’s one of the most anticipated titles of the year, with the launch in North America first and in the following days in the other continents. This new chapter in a series developed by Ubisoft and began in 2007 is set in Paris during the French Revolution and includes new expected features but also various problems that angered many fans. The discontent was such that apologies and promises of compensation came from Ubisoft.