- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 18, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — Google co-founder Larry Page stuck to his guns in a San Francisco courtroom Wednesday, testifying that the Internet giant did nothing wrong when it built the Android platform for mobile gadgets.

Mr. Page returned to the stand to field questions in a trial over accusations by business software titan Oracle that Google opted to infringe on Java program copyright and patents instead of licensing code from Sun Microsystems.

“We did nothing wrong,” Mr. Page said as he dueled with an Oracle attorney. “We are very careful about what information we use and do not use.”

Mr. Page held firm even when confronted with a key piece of evidence - an email from Android team engineers saying Google should license Java technology from Sun Microsystems for the Android project.

Google worked long and hard with Sun to work out a way to incorporate Java into a smartphone platform, but efforts failed, and Google went its own way with Android, Page said.


City OKs Facebook deal for infrastructure costs

MENLO PARK — A Silicon Valley city where Facebook recently opened its new headquarters approved a deal that will allow the company to bring in thousands more employees.

The Menlo Park City Council agreed unanimously Tuesday to let the social networking giant make annual payments totaling nearly $10 million to cover the impact that the influx of new workers will have on city infrastructure.

Facebook also will pay for more than $1 million in capital improvements, such as pedestrian and bicycle paths, and set up high school internship and job-training programs. The agreement establishes a $500,000 fund for the nearby city of East Palo Alto, where unemployment is high and the median income is low.

In exchange, Menlo Park will expedite permits and not levy unexpected city fees on the company.

Residents who attended the Tuesday night meeting urged city leaders to approve the deal.

Facebook wants to employ about 6,600 people on its 57-acre, nine-building campus. It needed the city’s approval to exceed the limit of 3,600 employees that was placed on the previous occupant, Sun Microsystems.

Facebook eventually wants to expand and build a west campus across the street to make room for a total of 9,400 employees.


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