The week in business tech – 10/10/2014

Brid-Aine Parnell

Friday 10 October 2014

This week, will Oracle and Google’s long-time court battle go all the way to the Supreme Court?  Meanwhile, Britain’s National Crime Agency reckons the country needs to spy more, Amazon may be about to get physical and humanity has been outnumbered by mobile gadgets.

Oracle v Google headed for Supreme Court

Google is petitioning the Supreme Court to hear both sides of the long-running dispute over whether Android infringes on Oracle-owned Java APIs, in the case that could have huge implications for the technology world.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/9/6953215/oracle-v-google-case-supreme-court-hearing


Does Google do enough to do no evil?

Celebrities whose private photographs were hacked and published online have threatened  to sue Google for making millions from the “victimisation of women”. They claim that Google didn’t do enough to pull the photos from the internet, though Google says it pulled tens of thousands of the images from the web within hours of requests to do so.

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240232039/Google-could-face-100m-lawsuit-over-nude-celebrity-pics


I know what you read last summer…

Blogger Nate Hoffelder has discovered that Adobe’s ereading software Digital Editions 4 is collecting detailed data on what users are reading, including ebooks that aren’t even being read by DE but just happen to be on the same computer.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/07/adobe_digital_editions_4_caught_snooping_into_ebook_collections_of_users/


Britain actually needs more spying power

The head of Britain’s National Crime Agency, Keith Bristow, has said that the country needs even more power to monitor data about emails and phone calls because the biggest threats to public safety are online.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/06/digital-freedoms-terrorism-crime-uk


Amazon’s new address in New York

The most famous internet warehouse may be about to come full circle as it prepares to open its first bricks-and-mortar outlet in the middle of New York City. The site is expected to be up and running in time for the holiday season on the same street as Macy’s.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/amazon-to-open-first-store-1412879124 


Humanity outnumbered by machines

There are now officially more active mobile devices in the world than there are people, according to digital analysts at GSMA. Gadgets pipped humanity around the 7.19 billion post, growing to around 7.22 billion to become the fastest growing man-made phenomenon ever.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/there-are-officially-more-mobile-devices-than-people-in-the-world-9780518.html

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