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Twitter acquires password security startup Mitro

The social network buys Mitro and lets it keep operating as is -- the only change is now the startup's code will be open source.

By July 31, 2014


Google Glass kernel software goes public

Continuing a string of revelations about its high-tech spectacles, Google makes the software kernel underlying the devices -- and the things they'll eventually let you do -- available for download.

By April 28, 2013


Robo-cars face a new threat: Lawyers

Robot enthusiasts debate ways to protect self-driving cars and other autonomous machines from the looming existential threat of class action lawsuits.

By April 9, 2013


Jonathan Schwartz: Oracle bungled its chance at mobile Java

Oracle could have innovated with Java instead of litigated, says CareZone co-founder and Sun's former CEO. Also: Why Amazon won at cloud computing, "Intel Inside" was a blip, and the Mac is back.

By July 26, 2012


U.S. Navy turns to Linux to run its drone fleet

A deal will pay giant military contractor Raytheon about $28 million to install the operating system on its vertical take off and landing (VTOL) drones.

By June 8, 2012


Andy Rubin: I didn't know about Sun's patent portfolio

Google's Android chief was called back to the stand -- possibly not for the final time -- in the Oracle v. Google trial in San Francisco this morning.

By May 9, 2012


Person or computer: could you pass the Turing Test?

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of famed British mathematician Alan Turing, who designed a test in which a human converses with another human and a computer program, and then attempts to determine which is the human and which is the computer.

By May 2, 2012


Oracle-Google trial puts ex-Sun execs on opposite sides

Former Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz sided with Google in its court battle with Oracle, while Sun co-founder Scott McNealy and Java father James Gosling believe that Google infringed on Sun's intellectual property. Who is right?

By April 28, 2012


Google's Eric Schmidt defends Android in court

Google's executive chairman testifies that the Android team developed a "clean room" implementation that uses a completely different approach to the way Java worked internally. So why did Google think it still needed a license from Sun in 2010?

By April 24, 2012


Android, Java, and the tech behind Oracle v. Google (FAQ)

Wondering what the lawyers and programmers are talking about in the highest-profile tech trial in years? Here's a guide to the ties between Android and Java -- and the history leading up to the case.

By April 20, 2012