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Weekly News Round-up: What You May Have Missed in the World of Android

The big news coming out of the Android/Google tech world is the update to the Android-exclusive, Google Maps. The  update brings offline use and 3D mapping. Pretty sweet if you ask me. This compliments the newest capabilities of Google Earth, which I guarantee will blow your mind:

Bingo, bango, blown.

And in other news:

  • I guess I won’t be going to Chicago to watch the Apple v. Motorola Mobility trial. As of yesterday, Judge Posner tentatively dismissed both parties’ claims with prejudice. Judge Posner stated that “[o]n the basis of the motions filed by the parties regarding damages, injunctive and declaratory relief, and mootness, and the parties filings this morning addressed to these matters and the hearing held this afternoon, I have tentatively decided that the case should be dismissed with prejudice because neither party can establish a right to relief . . . I will delay entry of judgment until I have prepared a full opinion, because in the course of that preparation I may change my mind. I will merely sketch the grounds for my tentative view very briefly in this order.” Ouch. Judge Posner followed up with a more laid-out Order, but I doubt it’s much comfort to either party. Despite Apple’s request, Judge Posner could not find any evidence or “entitlement” to injunctive relief for Apple.
  • It might be time for me to try Foursquare again. The app updated to 5.0, with a totally new design. So much has changed that the “what’s new” is short: “We’ve re-imagined the entire app to make it even easier for you and your friends to share and catalog your experiences and find new places to go. It’s also really really pretty, with tons of fun surprises.” Might be worth a try.
  • LinkedIn confirmed a password leak. It’s important to visit their site and reset your password. Since the breach is pretty severe, you’ll have to use email
    verification to change your password. It’s quite simple and painless. My problem is, I don’t remember if my old password is the same as my new password.
  • There’s a story from Android Community, which states that Oracle will be reimbursing Google’s attorney fees to the sum $300,000. The story got picked up by a lot of sources. I believe, based on my examination of the supposed Order (filed 01/20/12) (see the full order here) and PACER, that this is incorrect. In fact, no such order has been entered, though there is a case management conference scheduled for June 20, 2012. The cited order refers to the costs incurred by Google in employing their expert to respond a third time to Oracle’s expert report and calculations on damages (“Oracle should be required to make the reimbursements described above as a condition of a third try because it would be unfair to impose on Google the fees and expenses necessary to respond to the third effort. Oracle has already had two full and fair opportunities and has overreached on both. Oracle has behaved unreasonably and should bear the burden of the consequences.”) I believe, the fees for trial are likely to be a lot more. Furthermore, Oracle has yet to appeal, if any, the jury verdict and Judge Alsup’s May 31 Order.
  • Google Scholar Blog has a great post on using Google Scholar to perform case law research. I love Google Scholar, and combined with my Fastcase access from the Oklahoma Bar Association, I can find almost any relevant cases and materials. Plus, since I read all of the cases citing my case anyway, I’m not particularly concerned about not having Shepherd’s or KeyCite.
  • Engaget reports on Corning’s new, Willow glass. One word: freaking awesome! Okay, that was two, but you have to admit, Willow glass deserved it.
  • Gamers be aware, in the near future, you’re going to be able to link your Android device and Microsoft Xbox through a program called “SmartGlass.” You can check out a video by G4tv on the new application.

And, that’s “all the news that’s fit to print.”

2 Responses to Weekly News Round-up: What You May Have Missed in the World of Android

  1. [...] I stated here, I don’t believe this story is correct, at least in whole. Yet, sources like this one, keep [...]

  2. [...] couple things: Apple hates Google (and Google Maps); Google will probably develop its own app; the new Android Google Maps is awesome (I added that one); and I’ve had turn-by-turn navigation with “real-time” traffic [...]

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