Oracle sues Google over Android mobile OS. Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Google in California claiming the search giant's Android mobile OS infringes on its patent for the Java programming language, which was originally created by Sun Microsystems and acquired by Oracle earlier this year. An Oracle spokesperson said the search giant had knowingly and repeatedly infringed on Oracle's intellectual property and said the lawsuit would seek "appropriate remedies" for the infringement. http://bit.ly/cS5qm4
Cisco, IBM miss sales forecasts. Weaker-than-expected sales from tech leaders IBM and Cisco may signal a slowdown in the U.S. corporate recovery, according to a report from Bloomberg. Cisco plunged 10 percent on Thursday after its revenue fell short of expectations, and CEO John Chambers expressed some skepticism about the health of the economy. IBM missed revenue targets last month, blaming a second straight monthly drop in the market for contract services. http://bit.ly/a3AMFu
ACTA discussions come to Washington next week. "A lot is at stake for the tech sector at next week's Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations," reports Tech Daily Dose. Not much is known about where the negotiating countries are in the talks. The secrecy about the negotiations is to "tamp down on public participation because it slows down the process," says Sean Flynn, an expert on information justice and intellectual property. http://bit.ly/dunH5T
New FCC office targets broadband for Native Americans. It will work to increase the adoption and availability of broadband and other communications technologies among Native communities. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Thursday that the Office of Native Affairs and Policy would be headed by former FCC attorney Geoffrey Blackwell and housed in the Commission's consumer and governmental affairs bureau. It will promote policies to expand broadband availability in tribal lands and Native communities. http://bit.ly/cGkY4v
"As a general rule, whenever you hear special-interest groups using near-hysterical language to warn that some proposal will destroy jobs, snuff out innovation and end free-market capitalism as we know it, you can generally assume that progress is being made."
—Business columnist Steven Pearlstein in the Washington Post on Friday, discussing a net-neutrality regulatory proposal from Google and Verizon. http://bit.ly/cJOrth
TWITTER, THE MOVIE — This parodic trailer for a (made-up) Twitter movie features an actor yelling, in agony, "hasssshtag!" http://youtu.be/putQn89TQz (Context to watch first: The non-parodic Facebook movie trailer: http://bit.ly/9XQDG2.)