Google is set to shake up its search results by adding facts and direct answers to its usual list of ranked pages.Using "semantic search" technology which allows for a better understanding of the true meaning of words, the company hopes to provide more relevant results.Google search executive Amit Singhal said that the new system will be more like "how humans understand the world."Search queries will be matched with a database of "entities" which includes people, places and things which Google has been building for the last two years.This will likely be bolstered by Google's acquisition of Metaweb Technologies in 2010.
Oracle attorneys told a federal jury that Google knew as far back as 2005 that it needed to license Java when developing the Android OS.In an October 2005 email brought out in court, Google senior vice president Andy Rubin was cited as proposing a licensing agreement with Oracle chief executive officer Larry Page.Evidence was also brought forward showing that as of February 2006 Google was in negotiations for a Java license with Oracle. However, ultimately the deal fell through when Google didn’t agree to the terms of the license, Oracle’s attorney said.Oracle is now seeking $1.1 billion in damages as well as a license agreement for Google to continue distributing Android.“The creators of Java made it free and open, and cheered the launch of Android,” a Google spokesperson told TechRadar.“Oracle’s claims not only go beyond copyright and patent law, but also threaten the entire Java community, software developers, and the goal of making systems work together smoothly.”The cheering Google refers to came from Sun Microsystems then-CEO Jonathan Schwartz back in 2007, who praised Android at launch. That same blog post of praise mysteriously vanished after Oracle acquired Sun and became embroiled in the current copyright suit with Google.The two month long trial between Oracle and Google only just started today, which may finally bring closure to the long-standing patent dispute.
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