Archive for May, 2012

Judge Says Oracle Can’t Copyright Java APIs

May 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

One of the more controversial stances that the software giant Oracle had taken as part of its dispute over Java with the search giant Google was that 37 specific application programming interfaces — software tools that programmers use to work with Java — could be subject to copyright protections. Today the judge hearing the case ruled that they cannot. Judge William Alsup ruled only on the issue of the 37 specific APIs and didn’t tackle the wider issue over whether or not an API actually can be protected under copyright law. Some software developers had worried that it might be an overbroad interpretation that would tie up some widely used techniques under tricky copyright rules. Oracle you’ll recall had sued Google alleging both copyright and patent infringement over Google’s use of Java in creating the Android mobile operating system. Google had countered that Java is free to use and that the APIs are more or less required to use Java in the first place

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Upfront Begins to Heat Up as Fox, ABC Cut First Deals

May 31, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The 2012-13 upfront marketplace sleepily shook itself to life today, as Fox began piecing together a wave of preliminary commitments. Sources say that the network is doing business with two of its most stalwart categories, writing deals with auto manufacturers and at least two movie studios. As the leader in delivering adults 18-to-49, Fox tends to have first dibs on movie dollars. Retail is also said to be in play. Auto is expected to be strong throughout the upfront sales period, while studio dollars may run a little lighter than last year—largely because there are fewer prospective blockbusters on the calendar. The early run of business is an encouraging sign, given that media buyers indicated clients had been slow to register their TV budgets. That delay ended earlier today as budgets began flooding into the top agencies

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FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz Backstage With Katie Boehret

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Self-described Washington bureaucrat Jon Leibowitz spent some time talking with Walt Mossberg on the D conference stage about privacy and digital property. Once he stepped off the stage, though, he shared a different kind of scoop with Katie Boehret — what are his can’t-miss stops on a visit to Washington, D.C. [ See post to watch video ]

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Google VPs Sundar Pichai and Susan Wojcicki Talk Ads, Chrome and YouTube (Video)

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It’s a rich time for Google: Ad revenue is up, the Chrome division will soon launch a new version of its Chromebook, and YouTube still receives hundreds of hours of video every single day. Check out Google SVPs Sundar Pichai and Susan Wojcicki in conversation with Walt Mossberg at D: All Things Digital conference. [ See post to watch video ] Full D10 Conference Coverage

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Tony Bates on Skype Becoming the Virtual Kitchen Table (Video)

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Microsoft closed the acquisition of Skype eight months ago for a whopping $8.5 billion. And, today, at D10 , Skype boss Tony Bates said the integration of the two companies is going well , and that he’s busy coming up with ways to serve billions of monthly users . Bates talked a lot about how he was investing in mobile, including phones and tablets, to reach his aggressive growth targets, as well as, solutions for the living room. During the interview and following Q&A session, Bates repeatedly answered questions about how Skype hasn’t — or has — changed since the merger. One thing he said won’t change is that he’ll still have the opportunity to build the service on non-Microsoft products, such as Android and iOS. But he was clear about what he wasn’t open to — creating it so users could access Skype with people using different video-calling services. “It’s critical to what we do,” he said. Watch those highlights and others in this video: [ See post to watch video ]

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Stanford President John Hennessy Talks Backstage at D10

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Stanford President John Hennessy presides over one of the most prominent educational institutions on the globe, and he spent time onstage at the D conference talking about the future of costs, formats and education systems. Backstage, he talked with AllThingsD ’s Katie Boehret about being smart, working hard, and Catholic nuns: [ See post to watch video ]

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Stanford President John Hennessy Talks Backstage at D10

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Stanford President John Hennessy presides over one of the most prominent educational institutions on the globe, and he spent time onstage at the D conference talking about the future of costs, formats and education systems. Backstage, he talked with AllThingsD ’s Katie Boehret about being smart, working hard, and Catholic nuns: [ See post to watch video ]

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Secrets of the Secret Shopper — Justin Behar of Quri Talks With Katie Boehret

May 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

After giving a demo of Quri, a new app that enables consumers to get paid to act as secret shoppers on behalf of brands, Justin Behar, co-founder of the company, spent a few minutes backstage at D10 with Katie Boehret: [ See post to watch video ]

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Slowly But Surely, Twitter Use Grows Among Adults

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More than 15 percent of online adults in the U.S. are active Twitter users, according to a recent Pew Research study , with as many as 8 percent of those users tweeting from the microblogging service on a daily basis. The study also included a less-surprising fact: Youngsters between the ages of 18 and 24 make up the majority of Twitter users, at 31 percent.

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How Do Credentials Change as Education Goes Online? Stanford and Khan Academy Respond. (Video)

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Stanford President John Hennessy and Khan Academy founder Salman Khan are coming at online education from very different angles — one is an elite institution being shaken up by experiments, the other is a widely loved upstart that’s increasingly being used in traditional schools. In conversation with Walt Mossberg at D10 , Hennessy and Khan talked about the future of the education credential; the opportunities for “flipped classroom”-style education, where class time is spent on collaboration, tutoring and projects; the move away from lectures and toward social media; and the opportunity to provide practical education for kids in a sort of “shadow school district,” as Khan called it, with classes in computer science, statistics and law. Here’s a highlight reel: [ See post to watch video ] Full D10 Conference Coverage

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