Today’s Supreme Court Hearing On A $9 Billion Case Involving Oracle And Google Could Reshape The Software Industry

In a landmark moment in the history of the U.S. software industry, the Supreme Court held a hearing today on a long-running legal dispute that pits tech giants Oracle and Google against one another.

The case centers around whether or not a key foundation of today’s increasingly software-driven economy—blocks of code known as “application programming interfaces”, or APIs—is subject to copyright protection. Oracle claims Google infringed copyright when it used elements of the Oracle-owned Java programming language to build its Android operating system, which now powers billions of smartphones and other devices. Google denies the claim, which involves about 11,500 lines of code out of millions of new lines that it wrote to create Android. The two companies have been battling one another in the courts for over a decade, with Oracle demanding $9 billion in compensation.

The outcome of this epic legal fight matters because APIs, which enable different software applications to talk to one another and swap information, are essential for building larger systems. Developers at startups and large companies have been copying them for free for years and using them to knit together complex tapestries of applications that power online commerce platforms, advanced manufacturing facilities and other elements of modern digital economies.

If the Supreme Court ultimately rules Google did infringe Oracle’s copyright when it copied the Java APIs in question, it could trigger a tsunami of litigation as other companies seek payments for their APIs too. Google’s supporters, which include Microsoft and IBM, argue this will prove a costly headache for many companies. Some fear it will also have a chilling effect on startups and further boost the immense power of cash-rich tech platforms—including, ironically, Google itself—that are already under intense political and regulatory scrutiny.

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Legendary tech investor Bill Gurley says today’s markets remind him of the dot-com bubble



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  • Legendary tech investor Bill Gurley told CNBC on Friday that the stock market reminds him of the late ’90s dot-com bubble. 
  • “There is certainly what I would call a highly speculative nature to the markets today, a willingness to take on risks, a willingness to get excited about projects that may be five or 10 years in the future,” the Benchmark partner said. 
  • Other investors like Stanley Druckenmiller have drawn similar conclusions about today’s technology stocks. 

Legendary venture capitalist Bill Gurley told CNBC on Friday that the stock market reminds him of the late-1990s tech trading environment that led to the dot-com bubble.

“There is certainly what I would call a highly speculative nature to the markets today, a willingness to take on risks, a willingness to get excited about projects that may be five or 10 years in the future, that we haven’t seen since the ’99 time frame,” the Benchmark partner said. 

He added: “I really can’t speculate or know exactly what it was, or the confluence of events that led to that, but we are living in a more speculative technology market for sure.” 

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Other investors have echoed these concerns about frenzied traders pushing technology stocks into dangerously high territories. The top five tech stocks — Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, and Facebook — make up nearly a quarter of the S&P 500. 

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Google Pixel 5 phone launch: Watch today’s virtual event live

It’s been a busy month for virtual phone launches and now it’s Google’s turn. The company is today hosting its Sept. 30 Launch Night In. It already unveiled the Pixel 4A budget phone in August, confirming on the same day the existence of its next flagship, the Pixel 5, and the upcoming Pixel 4A 5G, both of which will have support for 5G. The invitation for Google’s September event confirmed that “new Pixel phones” would be among the products unveiled today, along with a new Chromecast and a new Nest-branded smart speaker.

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The Pixel 5, like Google’s previous flagship phones, has been poorly protected from leaks (or perhaps, as CNET’s Lynn La suspects, the leaks are part of an intentional strategy on Google’s part). We got a first look at the design of the Pixel 5 last week, when photos surfaced along with details about the new phone’s processor, display, cameras, battery life and more. 

Rumors suggest that Google’s next flagship will include a hole-punch camera, a fingerprint sensor on the back (unlike the Pixel 4, which swapped it for Face Unlock), wireless charging and no headphone jack. Not much is officially known about the Pixel 5, other than its support for 5G, but leaks suggest a price of 629 euros (roughly $735, £575 or AU$1,035), with color options reportedly including green and black. The phone’s on-sale and release dates are not yet known.

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Google’s new Chromecast streamer (code-named Sabrina) has also attracted a flurry of rumors. According to photo leaks, the device will come with a remote, a first for the Chromecast

Epson Expands Business Inkjet Portfolio with Cost-Effective, Color A3 Multifunction Printer for Businesses in Today’s Shifting Work Environments

New WorkForce EC-C7000 Ushers In-House, On-Demand Printing for Professional-Quality Prints up to 13″ x 19″

LONG BEACH, Calif., Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Epson America, Inc. today introduced the Epson WorkForce®EC-C7000, the affordable color A3 multifunction printer designed for reliability and to deliver fast, professional-quality prints up to 13″ x 19″. Engineered to meet the needs of today’s hybrid workforce, the EC-C7000 produces fast, high-quality, color prints with DURABrite® Ultra instant-dry pigment ink and offers simple wireless setup1 for professionals working remote, promoting productivity at home, in small businesses or wherever work might lead.

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To support businesses in today’s shifting work environments, the EC-C7000 offers flexible features for retail, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), remote offices, and home offices requiring a reliable, color MFP capable of printing up to 13″x19″. The EC-C7000 offers convenient security features, including secure wireless and secure data erase, and easy wireless setup on a smartphone or mobile device1 with Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE). Additional flexibility and convenience features include built-in wireless, Wi-Fi Direct®2 and Ethernet networking.

“Epson aims to equip its partners with the technology to ready their clients’ businesses for prosperity and maneuver workflow obstacles,” said Alan Chen, product manager, Business Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “Recognizing the surge in employees working from home and in hybrid environments, Epson designed the EC-C7000 to help businesses bring affordable,  professional-quality printing in-house for businesses such as the hospitality sector mandated to print and display signage or create disposable menus.”

The comprehensive color MFP, the EC-C7000 offers auto two-sided print, copy, scan, and fax capabilities with a large, 550-sheet paper capacity, two 250-sheet front trays and 50-sheet rear tray, plus a 50-sheet ADF. Engineered with PrecisionCore Heat-Free Technology, the EC-C7000