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Oracle pledges annual Solaris updates for you to install each summer

Oracle will deliver “update releases” of Solaris every northern Summer, under a new plan it revealed this week along with news of the Solaris 11.4 beta and a hurry-along for users of old Sun hardware. In a post detailing “minor changes” to its release schedule, Scott Lynn, director of product management for Oracle Linux and …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2018
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Oracle whips out the swatter, squishes 254 security bugs in its gear

Oracle this week emitted its April security update, addressing a total of 254 security vulnerabilities across dozens of products. Among the more noteworthy patches is a fix for lingering Spectre-related vulnerabilities in Solaris systems – specifically, CVE-2017-5753, also known as Spectre variant 1. Oracle had mitigated most …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2018
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Oracle demands dev tear down iOS app that has 'JavaScript' in its name

Oracle, claims developer Zhongmin Steven Guo, has demanded that Apple remove an app he created because it contains the trademarked term "JavaScript." The app in question, published by Guo's Tyanya Software LLC – which appears to be more a liability shield than a thriving software business – is titled "HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Apr 2018
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Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

The US Department of Defense (DoD) still intends to choose just one vendor for its multibillion-dollar cloud contract – amid complaints from Oracle's co-CEO that such a plan "makes no sense". The Pentagon made waves last month when it published a draft proposal document calling for just one cloud services provider to run the …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Apr 2018

SAP okays Java EE being Eclipsed, six months after Oracle's announcement

SAP has revealed its attitude to Oracle’s decision to let go of Java EE and have it tended by the Eclipse Foundation. SAP’s position is simple: it’s cool with it. “The announcement of Oracle to handover stewardship of Java EE to the Eclipse foundation is a forward-looking process targeting future releases of the technology …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2018

Lights, camera, Actian! Open-source database biz sold for $300m

HCL Technologies and Sumeru Equity Partners have slurped privately-owned database (DB) supplier Actian for $330m from current owner Garnett Helfrich Capital. Indian-based IT services biz HCL, will own 80 per cent ($264mn) of Actian with SEP having the other 20 per cent ($66m). Actian will operate as a separate entity, led by …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2018
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Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last

Google has publicly revealed more files documenting its Fuchsia operating system. The last time we updated readers on the OS it needed fair amount of work to get going. Now, Google has decided it's time it gave the world something more informative than a bunch of Git-managed open-source code, and this week published what it …

Terix boss thrown in the cooler for TWO years for peddling pirated Oracle firmware, code patches

A California bloke who operated an unlicensed Oracle support company has been sentenced to 24 months in prison. Bernd Appleby, former CEO of Terix, an IT support company, was sent down after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He will also serve two years of supervised release. Appleby's co- …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Apr 2018
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'Extreme, unnecessary, overheated': US judge slams Oracle salvo in HPE Solaris squabble

A US judge has slammed Oracle for using "extreme, unnecessary, overheated rhetoric" in its latest submission in an ongoing court battle with HPE. Elizabeth Laporte, US magistrate judge in the court of the Northern District of California, this week issued an order (PDF) admonishing Big Red for its "tit for tat" retaliation in …
Rebecca Hill, 6 Apr 2018
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Donald Trump whines and dines Oracle co-CEO Catz – reports

Oracle’s co-CEO Safra Catz was reportedly set to enjoy a slap-up meal with US president mop-haired windbag Donald Trump last night, giving the pair a chance to compare Amazon-bashing notes. The evening was, according to Bloomberg, also going to involve Peter Thiel, founder of CIA-backed data analytics biz Palantir, making it …
Rebecca Hill, 4 Apr 2018
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Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case

Comment One piece of paper. Just one lousy piece of paper. That's the difference between success and a potential $8.8bn payout. Google's lucky streak finally ran out this week. Its defense for using Oracle's copyrighted Java code in Android – without paying the database giant a penny in royalties – collapsed in a US Federal appeals …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Mar 2018
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Java-aaaargh! Google faces $9bn copyright bill after Oracle scores 'fair use' court appeal win

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC has revived Oracle's bid to bill Google for billions over its use of copyrighted Java APIs in its Android mobile operating system. On Tuesday, the appeals court reversed a 2016 jury finding of fair use that deemed Google's actions acceptable, and sent the case …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Mar 2018
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Oracle sued over claims of shoddy service, licensing designed to force adoption of its kit

Oracle has been sued in the US for allegedly engaging in a scheme to force owners of point-of-sale gear to switch to its subscription-based Simphony system in violation of contract and trade laws. A&E Adventures, a Florida-based operator of family entertainment centers, filed the complaint last month in Florida state court. …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Mar 2018
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US Senate green-lights controversial anti-sex-trafficking law amid warnings of power grab

The US Senate has passed the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act (SESTA) with a 97-2 vote. The passage comes after its twin bill, FOSTA, was passed in the House. President Trump is expected sign the legislation into law shortly. Aimed at ending sex trafficking through online personal ads, SESTA has generated debate between …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Mar 2018

What's going great for Oracle? Cloud. What's not great? Just about everything else

Oracle is shaking off falling revenues in hardware and services by pointing to soaring cloud numbers in the three months to March. House Larry says that its Q3 FY2018 figures show its focus on cloud and SaaS paying off: Revenues of $9.8bn were earned in the last three months, up 6 per cent from the year-ago quarter. Net …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2018

Oracle botherer Rimini Street brags of swelling fortunes – but hands tied on reinvesting cash

Rimini Street, the third-party support thorn in Oracle's side, has reported increased revenue and operating profit in 2017 – but complained unspecified covenants have prevented it from investing in sales staff or marketing. The Las Vegas-based biz's financial numbers for the year ended December 31, 2017 – which are the first …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Mar 2018
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The Java release train is moving faster, but will developers be derailed?

Qcon "How you deploy Java, how you get access to updates and patches is all changing. Although Oracle has told people about this, they haven't been shouting about it," Azul Systems deputy CTO Simon Ritter told attendees at QCon, a developer conference under way in London. Java used to evolve with comfortable though frustrating …
Tim Anderson, 9 Mar 2018

Oracle UK's profits have more than halved

Oracle's vital statistics in the UK have moved in the wrong direction – at least from Big Red's perspective – with sales and profits slumping in the year ended 31 May 2017, accounts filed at Companies House this week reveal. According to the accounts (PDF), revenues fell by 8 per cent year-on-year to £788.1m. This was "due to …
Rebecca Hill, 8 Mar 2018

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