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Google v/s Oracle: The former file supplemental brief in Supreme Court

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  • Google commented that the decision in their favour will benefit developers, consumers and innovation
  • Oracle sued Google for using the Java software to develop the Android smartphone operating system
  • The decade long battle on copyright infringement will have a final hearing on October 

Interoperability is the augment

Search Engine giant Google has filed a supplemental brief in The United States Supreme court in order to save the software development. Google v/s Oracle began when the latter accused google of using 37 java API’s structure, sequence and organization into Android OS.

Kent Walker, Google’s chief legal officer said that the refreshment of augmenting was not just to have the decision in their favour. A recent blogpost by Walker claimed. “The interoperability of open software interfaces is what lets different technologies like apps work together on a variety of devices and platforms. Our legal case with Oracle turns on our belief that interoperability has been good for innovation, good for developers, and good for consumers”

He said that the court’s decision in favour of Oracle can harm the consumer’s freedom.

“It would upend the way developers have always used software interfaces, locking them into existing platforms and giving copyright owners new power to control the building blocks of new technologies,” he argued.

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Google v/s Oracle: A long battle

Oracle acquired the Java Code developed by Silicon Valley server and software pioneer Sun Microsystems in 2010. The lawsuit against Google was filed in 2010 seeking a penalty of $9 billion, $475 million damages in addition to the $8.8 billion relating to the “infringed Java Copyrights”.

The companies took the issues to court in 2012. However, the jury was unable to decide whether Google’s use of Java was legal or not.

Two years after this, Oracle appealed the court which turned out to be favourable for them. In 2016, Google’s use of API’s was cleared to be legal under the copyright laws. Oracle again appealed this decision overturning the jury in their favour. Last year Google filed a petition in the U.S Supreme Court to review this decision

 Did Google overlook certain lines?

Like Apple and Microsoft, Google is at liberty to write its own code for its Android smartphones, which can even be similar in function to Java’s code. However, Google’s decision to simply copy the code might have crossed some lines that have led to the infringement issues.

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Social video App TikTok reported to have violated Google policies

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  • The Android App have reportedly collected the MAC addresses of the users for at least 15 months
  • The practice came into light through a journalistic investigation
  • The use of the app was banned in India and US prior to the new report

 

Wall Street Journal investigation have uncovered the malpractice

The Android version of the Chinese video sharing social networking service TikTok is reported to have been using an overlaying encryption to disguise a plan to track the users by collecting the MAC address of their device which had violated the Google policies. An investigation led by the Wall Street journal said that TikTok had been continuing the practice for over 15 months until the latest version of the application came into existence last November.

The app is said to have exploited a loophole that had been prevailing in the Android. It is said to have gathered the fixed identifier without informing its users.

Responding to the reports

Tiktok did not contradict the fact of the matter. A statement sent by a TikTok spokeswomen asserted that the app has never shared the user’s data with the Chinese government. The statement read:

Under the leadership of our Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Roland Cloutier, who has decades of experience in law enforcement and the financial services industry, we are committed to protecting the privacy and safety of the TikTok community. We constantly update our app to keep up with evolving security challenges, and the current version of TikTok does not collect MAC addresses. We have never given any TikTok user data to the Chinese government nor would we do so if asked.

Exploiting the loophole

Foreseeing the security danger in the iOS , Apple in 2013 had prevented third party developers from collecting MAC addresses of iPhone users. The practice was later followed by Google in 2015 and restricted Android apps in the Play store from collecting the users MAC addresses and IMEI numbers. TikTok is supposed to have acknowledged the flaw in the system and used a “more circuitous route”.

Wall Street Journal has conducted an inquiry into this and reported that more than 350 applications in the Google Play store have taken advantage of the loophole. Google is yet to respond to the news.

Earlier this week, the US posed a ban on the application citing security threats. India also banned TikTok last month.

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New WhatsApp Feature Enables same Account on Multiple Devices

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  • The feature was reported by the website WABetaInfo
  • A new iOS application by the messaging app is also rumoured to be in development
  • This might be an interface between Android and iOS users

A reported hearsay

Facebook owned WhatsApp messaging app has been reported on the development of a new feature which will allow users to use the same WhatsApp account on up to four devices. The new feature was tracked down by the website WABetaInfo, which features a beta version of the free messaging app.

The launch of the multi-device support feature was not officially announced but it has been rumoured that the company has been working on this feature to create an interface for both Android and iOS users.

New-feature can save a lot of data

Normally, while needing to use the application on a secondary device, it requires Wi-Fi connection to load the chat history, which utilises a large amount of data. It was only operational on a single device with the only option to access it on WhatsApp Web.

With the launch of the new feature, WhatsApp will allow other devices (up to four) to be connected to the main device slightly later than WhatsApp desktop. This means the accessibility of WhatsApp Desktop without internet connection. It will be possible to use the account from a second device after the chat history has been copied to it.

Once the device synchronizes the data, there is no need for the primary device to stay connected. The encryption keys, however, will be changed every time the user adds or removes a device.

The feature is still on the way of making its final development. However, the WhatsApp community is hoping that the release of the latest feature will take place soon.

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Recently, WhatsApp has been rolling many new features  

The social media app, with 2 billion users now, has been introducing new features in the recent months. Last week, WhatsApp came up with an additional search feature to debunk the spread of fake news. After the launch of the multi-device support system, it also set to release a long-time rumoured iPad application.

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Currencycloud Spark Sets The FinTech Community Abuzz

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  • Currencycloud announces the release of Currencycloud Spark and it has already attracted the attention of Financial Tech companies
  • The release of Currencycloud Spark has already captured the attention of Financial. Tech companies like Starling, TranSwap, and Remitr

Currencycloud announces the release of Currencycloud Spark and it has already attracted the attention of Financial Tech companies like Starling, TranSwap, and Remitr. Currencycloud is a global payments platform that is fully cloud-based to assist in B2B cross border payments. It was founded in 2012, and since then has rapidly expanded its reach and now it functions in 180 countries and has already processed upwards of US$65 billion, making it one of the biggest names in FinTech.

Currencycloud announces the release of Currencycloud Spark and it has already attracted the attention of Financial Tech companies. It acts as a backdrop process while companies and consumers deal with each other.

The platform integrates to the current framework with ease and has the following features:

  1. It supports named customer accounts for a personalized experience
  2. It supports flexible credit and debt payments
  3. The costs of transactions are reduced due to automation.

The company talks about simplifying the international transaction process to be as effortless as possible and provided a hypothetical example of a US-based company selling commodities to a UK based firm. 

Currencycloud in its press release said, “For too long businesses around the world have faced unacceptable levels of friction when trading with each other.” It also added that payment processes and information would be “opaque, expensive and protracted”. 

Spark’s pilot program had been announced back in 2019 and it was circulated like wildfire, causing much stir among the global FinTech community. Since then Starling has helped its SMB customers open USD accounts, TranSwap has been using Spark’s own program to develop its Global Borderless Virtual Account platform and Remitr has launched a similar Global Business Account.

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