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WATCH: Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy Interviewed About Oracle-Google Case

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Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy went in court to testify about the Oracle-Google trial. Bloomberg TV followed that up yesterday with an interview. McNealy talked about Java, API licensing, and some of the social media tools he has been using to determine who people think is right. Check out the interview below:
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Java Creator James Gosling Says Google Totally Slimed Sun


Java creator James Gosling believes that Google “totally slimed” Sun Microsystems by using a large amount of Java without paying for a license. He said that he agrees with Oracle in the lawsuit between them and Google. Gosling quit his job at Sun shortly after Oracle bought the company and joined Google. Gosling then quit Google and is now working at a startup company called Liquid Robotics.
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Former Sun CEO Says Google Did Not Need Licenses To Use Java APIs For Android


Two former Sun Microsystems CEOs were witnesses in the lawsuit between Google and Oracle Corporation. The two had opposing views about how Sun saw the Java language being used by Google. Sun’s last CEO Jonathan Schwartz believed that Google was free to use parts of Java when building Android.
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Google Hires James Gosling For Undecided Position


James Gosling is known for founding Java while working at Sun Microsystems. After Oracle bought out Sun, Gosling decided not to quit. It turns out that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has hired Gosling for an undecided position.
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Sun Almost Acquired Apple In 1995 For $5-$6 Per Share


Former Sun CEOs Scott McNealy and Ed Zander were at a Churchill Club dinner earlier this week and McNealy shared a story about how the company almost bought out Apple. However if that deal went through, we most likely would not see the invention of iPods or iPads because McNealy said he wold “have screwed that up.” Around 1995, Sun was one of the largest producers of servers, data storage systems, and unix data center software. When Sun was at one of its highest points, they went into negotiations for buying out Apple.
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Will Oracle Keep OpenOffice.org Running?


Earlier this year Amsterdam based software consulting company Software Improvement Group warned the government not to implement OpenOffice.org unless Oracle proved they will properly maintain the software. Before Oracle bought out Sun Microsystems, Sun had properly maintained and invested in OpenOffice.org.
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JAVA Creator James Gosling Has Left Oracle


James Gosling invented the Java Programming Language and also implemented the original compiler and virtual machine. Gosling worked at Sun Microsystems since 1984. Oracle bought out Sun in April 2009.

“Yes, indeed, the rumors are true: I resigned from Oracle a week ago (April 2nd). I apologize to everyone in St Petersburg who came to TechDays on Thursday expecting to hear from me. I really hated not being there. As to why I left, it’s difficult to answer: Just about anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more harm than good. The hardest part is no longer being with all the great people I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years. I don’t know what I’m going to do next, other than take some time off before I start job hunting,” said Gosling in a blog post. [Nighthacks.com via eWeek]

Tim Bray Leaves Oracle To Join Google Android Team


Tim Bray, the co-inventor of XML and a tech blogger was a Sun Microsystems employee (now property of Oracle). Now he has joined the Google Android team.

“Google and I have been a plausible match for a long time. Web-centric, check. Search, check. Open-source, check. The list goes on,” stated Bray in a blog post called Now A No-Evil Zone. “We’ve talked repeatedly over the years, but the conversations all ended at the point when I said ‘…and I don’t want to move to the Bay Area.’”

Bray had an offer from Oracle, but he declined. “I’ll maybe tell the story when I can think about it without getting that weird spiking-blood-pressure sensation in my eyeballs.” [TBray.org]