Google (GOOG) is one of the most fabled names in global tech, the unrivaled leader of Internet search with a market capitalization of about $293 billion. It’s also a punching bag for all manner of corporate competitors that trash talk the company with all the subtlety of a NFL linebacker.
Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison this week called Google “evil” for allegedly infringing on its patents by using 37 of its Java Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for the Android mobile operating system. (Oracle acquired Java with its 2009 acquisition of Sun Microsystems.)Google has argued that it didn’t do anything wrong because the Java programming language is free to use, and the APIs are required to use the language. Oracle has unsuccessfully sued Google over the matter. As Ellison told CBS This Morning Host Charlie Rose:
We don’t compete with Google. We don’t do anything Google does. We just think they took our stuff and that was wrong. That’s a completely separate issue … I think what they did was — was– absolutely evil.Here’s a link to the entire interview: Meanwhile, Microsoft’s (MSFT) co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates also took at swipe at Google over one of its projects to increase Internet connectivity in the developing world by floating broadband transmitters on balloons. In a recent interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Gates said:
When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look up and see that balloon, and I’m not sure how it’ll help you. When a kid gets diarrhea, no, there’s no website that relieves that. Certainly I’m a huge believer in the digital revolution. And connecting up primary-health-care centers, connecting up schools, those are good things. But no, those are not, for the really low-income countries, unless you directly say we’re going to do something about malaria.