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McClatchy-Tribune  12/07/2017 8:35 PM ET
Mercury News Rex Crum column [Mercury News]

Dec. 07--Back In Court: Ever since it was founded, Oracle and its chairman, Larry Ellison, have always enjoyed a good fight. Whether it was against Microsoft, Sun Microsystems (which Oracle eventually acquired for more than $7 billion), or Salesforce.com, Oracle doesn't back down when it thinks someone has done it wrong.

And that goes for when it has already lost a fight, too.

On Thursday, Oracle was back in court, taking on Google in the first round of appealing a 2016 ruling involving Google using parts of Oracle's Java programming language in its Android operating system. Oracle had gone to court seeking up to $9 billion in recompense from Google. However, last year, a court found that Google's use of Java in its Android operating system was considered to be legal.

Needless to say, Oracle wasn't happy about that. Hence, Oracle's appeal, which kicked off Thursday. The case is likely to continue for weeks before a decision is reached.

Nothing Neutral Here: Several advocates who support the net neutrality standards put in place during the Obama administration are preparing to go beyond just protesting the Federal Communications Commission's decision to put an end to net neutrality. With the FCC set to start gutting net neutrality next week, some industry support groups are said to be considering suing the FCC to, at the very least, put a stay in place to keep the commission from killing net neutrality outright.

Good Company: Pinterest may not get the attention that the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or even Snap get. But, that doesn't mean it can't make a big score. And this week, Pinterest said it hired Gary Johnson, Facebook's former director of corporate development, to be its head of corporate and business development. Johnson becomes another former Facebook executive to join the executive ranks of Pinterest.

Quote of the Day: "When a client recently asked for Pink Panther-themed latex bodysuits, 'I pretty much explained to him that this is not what we do." -- Olya Ishchukova, chief executive officer of Models in Tech, a company that is paid to send models to hang out at tech events and socialize with those attending. Ishchukova was speaking about some of the things her company won't allow its models to do.

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