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Published: May 1, 2012
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Oracle, Google in copyright trial

A jury has started deliberations in a closely watched copyright infringement trial pitting Oracle against Google. The federal case in San Francisco centers on Oracle's allegations that Google's popular Android software for mobile devices relies on technology stolen from Java. That's a programming platform that Oracle Corp. acquired in 2010 as part of its $7.3 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Google Inc. says it drew upon small parts of Java not protected by copyright and traditionally have been freely available to all programmers. The case was turned over to the 12-person jury Monday after two weeks of testimony and arguments. Oracle is seeking hundreds of billions of dollars in damages. After a verdict on copyright infringement is reached, the parties will address allegations of patent infringement.

Ex-exec sentenced in fraud case

A former high-tech executive convicted of defrauding investors of at least $30 million was sentenced Monday to 22 years in prison after a judge denounced him for fleecing nearly 100 victims to finance an “obscene lifestyle” of private jets, gaudy jewelry and Swiss bank accounts. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said Samuel “Mouli” Cohen was “nearly sociopathic” for refusing to show remorse for actor Danny Glover and others who suffered after he told them a company Cohen launched called Ecast that made electronic jukeboxes for bars was about to be acquired by Microsoft Corp. The fraud caused the collapse of the nonprofit charity Vanguard Public Foundation, which Glover and singer Harry Belafonte founded in 1972, prosecutors said.

Pepsi to tweet to new generation

PepsiCo Inc. is tweeting to a new generation of music lovers. The No. 2 soda company is partnering with Twitter to provide streaming videos of live music concerts to Pepsi's followers on the social networking site. The deal is part of Pepsi's new global ad campaign that also will feature a TV ad with singer Nicki Minaj. The company, based in Purchase, N.Y., isn't yet saying which musicians will be featured for the Twitter concerts this summer. Terms of the deal with Twitter were not disclosed. The marketing push comes as Pepsi looks to refresh its business and win back soda drinkers from The Coca-Cola Co. Pepsi has been losing market share to Coca-Cola in recent years.

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