Larry Ellison's Oracle Started As a CIA Project

Yesterday, Vox somehow managed to write an entire article about the history of Oracle and its founder Larry Ellison without mentioning the CIA even once. Which is pretty astounding, given the fact that Oracle takes its name from a 1977 CIA project codename. And that the CIA was Oracle's first customer. » 9/19/14 1:02pm 9/19/14 1:02pm

6 Tech Company Slogans That Mattered

Intel's always been a bit of a brand machine—remember the "Intel Inside" stickers?—and on Tuesday it upheld that tradition. In a pivot from the sort of stodgy "Sponsors of Tomorrow" slogan, the company is going with the hacker-friendly "Look Inside." How much can a new slogan really matter, though? A lot, if history… » 6/05/13 3:01pm 6/05/13 3:01pm

Even The Department Of Homeland Security Wants You To Disable Your Java

We've been concerned about the security of Java for a while now. There was that vulnerability that affected like a billion computers, and Apple went so far as to remove Java plugins from all OSX browsers. Now even the Department of Homeland Security is in on the act with a special message: "Yo, shut off that Java jazz » 1/12/13 10:00am 1/12/13 10:00am

The List of Google's Paid Bloggers Is Way Less Fun Than We Wanted It to…

Well, to be fair, any list of bloggers is going to be less fun than any expectation you could possibly have for it. (And your expectations for a blogger list better be pretty low to begin with.) But this list of who commented on the Oracle vs. Google trial, while also being paid by Google? Dud. » 8/27/12 12:09pm 8/27/12 12:09pm

Oracle v. Google Juror: 'Wanted Steak. Got Parsley'

Jury duty! The worst. Civic duty? Oh please. And since we can't avoid serving, it better be good. One unnamed juror from the high-profile Oracle v. Google case was described by Jury Foreman Greg Thompson, 52, as dissatisfied with Oracle uber-lawyer David Boies's attempts to prove Google had infringed on both its… » 5/25/12 2:30am 5/25/12 2:30am

Google and Oracle Enter Round Two of Heavyweight Legal Fight

After the jury returned a partial verdict in the copyright phase of the Google-Oracle trial - unable to decide whether Google's recreation of the Java platform constituted "fair use" of Oracle's copyright - the trial has now entered the patent phase, where the same jury will seek to decide whether Google infringed on… » 5/09/12 3:30am 5/09/12 3:30am