Oracle wipes an embarrassing blog from site – not before it’s noticed though
August 3, 2011
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You may have been following the Oracle V’s Google patent lawsuit. If you haven’t Oracle is looking for over One Billion dollars (needs to be read in a sinister tone with a little finger up to the mouth – sorry, it’s the Austin Powers Imagery at work). Actually, Oracle’s damages expert, Dr. Cockburn submitted a damages report that ranged from $1.4 billion, to $6.1 billion but that doesn’t sound like a Dr Evil amount of money..
Apparently Google is a patent stealing thief with the technology used to develop Android.
Imagine now, if you will, the embarrassment after all this posturing when they come across a blog posting from the then CEO of Sun Microsystems, Jonathan Schwartz endorsing the use of Java in Android development. So they then did what any honest half decent company would do in a situation like this; They scrubbed the post. In fact they removed all of Jonathon’s posts; other Sun employees posts still remain. All in all this was probably not the best course of action.
Of course, nothing ever really disappears from the Web. Using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, Web surfers can find the post. Click here to view it. The image above comes from a screenshot from CNET who in turn retrieved it from Internet Archive.
Keeping evidence from court judges doesn’t tend to go down well and I can’t help but think that it’s going to damage Oracles position in this case. Google seems to think so and aims to use it as part of their defence.