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Jury orders SAP to pay Oracle 1.3 billion dollars

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 6:50 am

A US jury has ordered German business software giant SAP to pay US rival Oracle 1.3 billion dollars in damages in a record-setting copyright infringement award.

“We’re ecstatic,” said Geoffrey Howard, a partner with the Bingham McCutchen law firm, a member of the Oracle trial team. “The jury recognized the value of the intellectual property stolen by SAP.”

Oracle attorneys called the copyright damages award the highest ever and hailed the verdict as a resounding warning that stealing intellectual property from technology companies will not be tolerated.

SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow recovered and copied massive amounts of Oracle software and confidential data by posing as clients, according to court documents.

A customized software tool dubbed “Titan” was allegedly used to plunder Oracle’s website of patches, updates, fixes and other programs crafted for Oracle’s paying customers.

SAP admitted to the copyright infringement in legal “stipulations” that cleared the way for a jury trial regarding how much should be paid to Oracle in damages.

“SAP wanted to take responsibility,” Oracle attorney David Boies said after the jury revealed its decision. “They now have the opportunity to do that and move on.”

During closing arguments in the case being held in a federal court here, SAP attorney Robert Mittelstaedt conceded the copyright infringement by SAP and focused on minimizing any damage award.

“I’m not proud of this and SAP is not proud of this,” Mittelstaedt said.

SAP will study its legal options before deciding whether to appeal the verdict or petition the judge to reduce the amount, a company spokesman told AFP in the courtroom.

SAP was interested in putting the unflattering case behind it, he added.

“We are, of course, disappointed by this verdict and will pursue all available options, including post-trial motions and appeal if necessary,” head of SAP Americas media relations Jim Dever said in an emailed statement.

“This will unfortunately be a prolonged process and we continue to hope that the matter can be resolved appropriately without more years of litigation.”

SAP could negotiate with Oracle to agree on a reduced settlement payout in exchange for not appealing the verdict.

Jurors interviewed after the verdict said that deliberations focused on how much SAP might have had to pay if it began licensing Oracle’s copyrighted technology in 2005 instead of swiping it.

Award amounts discussed by the jury ranged from 519 million dollars to three billion dollars, according to the jury foreman, who declined to give his name.

“You have something and someone takes it and uses it, they’ve got to pay,” said juror Joe Bangay, a 57-year-old auto body worker.

Jurors were convinced that top SAP executives were aware of what was taking place “every step of the way,” according to the foreman.

He doubted that testimony by former SAP chief executive Leo Apotheker would have changed the outcome of deliberations.

Apotheker avoided efforts by Oracle’s trial team to serve him a subpoena that would have compelled him to testify at trial.

Apotheker was recently hired by US computer giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) to replace Mark Hurd as chief executive, but HP refused to help track the former SAP boss down for the trial.

Apotheker was on the SAP board that unanimously approved a deal to buy US technology firm TomorrowNow, which copied massive amounts of Oracle software and confidential data by posing as clients.

No matter what amount SAP winds up paying Oracle, the case threatens to cost the German firm its reputation as a trusted vendor of business software.

“This will cost SAP moving forward,” said analyst Rebecca Wettemann of Nucleus Research. “Oracle is going to be asking whether you want to buy from an innovator or someone who is stealing others’ innovations.”

Source: SGGP

China orders more inflation fighting measures

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:11 am

Swedish court orders arrest of WikiLeaks founder for rape

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 5:57 am

Rising Chinese plane maker boasts 100 orders at air show

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 3:26 am

Saudi Airlines orders 20 Boeing 777, 787 aircraft

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2010 at 3:21 am

Iraqi court orders parliament back to work

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 at 9:34 am

Iraq’s highest court on Sunday ordered parliament back to work after a virtual seven-month recess, intensifying pressure to break the political stalemate that has held up formation of a new government.

The 325 lawmakers met only once since they were elected on March 7 for a session that lasted 20 minutes and consisted of a reading from Islam’s holy book, the Quran, the playing of the national anthem and swearing in new members.

Under the constitution, parliament was required to meet within 15 days of final court approval of election results, which came on June 1. Lawmakers met on June 14 and should have chosen a parliament speaker during their first session and then the president within 30 days. But these appointments had to be put off because they are part of the negotiations between major political blocs over the rest of the new leadership — including a prime minister and top Cabinet officials.

Iraq’s new parliament convenes Monday June 14 2010 but postponed a decision on a new president as the country remained in political limbo three months after inconclusive national elections.

After the June meeting, lawmakers agreed to leave the parliament session open but unattended — a technicality to allow more time to choose a new leadership and to put off choosing a new speaker or president.

But the Supreme Court deemed that decision “illegal” in its ruling on Sunday.

“The federal Supreme Court decided to cancel this decision, binding the parliament speaker to call on lawmakers to convene parliament and resume work,” the ruling said. The delay “violated the constitution,” it added.

Parliament’s absence has meant inaction on business-friendly reforms, such as streamlining bureaucracy and clarifying rules for foreign investment, among other major decisions.

The absent parliamentarians are earning $22,500 a month in salary and housing allowance — far more than the average $800 monthly salary of an Iraqi professional. And that doesn’t include a $90,000 stipend they were given after they were sworn in to cover expenses for the next four years.

The court’s ruling effectively turns up the pressure to break the 7-month-old impasse on forming a government.

“This decision will put pressure on political blocs to speed up their negotiations, and to nominate a prime minister candidate,” said Kurdish lawmaker Alaa Talabani, a relative of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

Sunday’s court order settles a lawsuit brought by independent watchdog groups against parliament’s acting speaker, Fouad Massoum. In a brief interview Sunday, Massoum said he has not yet seen the order but has no choice but to abide by the court’s demands.

He told The Associated Press he expects to set a date for a meeting by the end of the week, though it was not clear when the meeting would take place. Lawmakers, however, said they would not be able to accomplish much if they reconvened before political parties agree on a ruling coalition and choose a prime minister.

Under pressure from foreign allies and mounting exasperation from the Iraqi public, leaders since have twice tried — and failed — to bring parliament back.

The March elections failed to give any party a ruling majority. Since then, dueling political leaders have resisted returning as they try to corral alliances that will allow them to choose a prime minister and form a coalition government.

Sunni lawmaker Osama Nujaifi predicted parliament would ignore the order and resist convening for at least a week if “the political blocs haven’t agreed yet” on a new government.

Kurdish lawmaker Azad Chalak said that convening before deals are made on leadership posts “probably would lead to parliament dismantling” without having anybody in charge. He predicted that could, in turn, trigger courts to order a new election.

With 51 seats, the Kurdish bloc is considered a kingmaker whose support is critical to forming any ruling coalition.

Iraq is still struggling with its political identity after its majority Shiite population was ruled for decades by Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-led regime. Since Saddam’s fall, Iraq has been governed mostly by Shiites and Kurds, raising fears that Sunnis who feel they have been sidelined will re-ignite sectarian strife across the country.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is battling to keep his job after the Sunni-backed Iraqiya list led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi narrowly won the most seats in the March vote.

The impasse could drag on for months more.

Source: SGGP

Australia orders visitors to declare illegal porn

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Australia has ordered visitors to reveal illegal pornography to customs officers in a move which was criticised as “totally confusing” and an invasion of privacy on Tuesday.

Justice Minister Brendan O’Connor on Monday said illegal material must be declared on arrival, watering down recent rules that asked for all pornography to be revealed.

But he said anyone who is not sure whether they have illegal pornography should reveal it just in case. The revamped rule is outlined on arrival cards which are filled in by travellers coming to Australia.

A man looks at pirated pornographic CDs at a market stall.

Australian Sex Party leader Fiona Patten said the measure amounted to an invasion of privacy, and warned that many tourists and even Australians would not know what pornography was illegal.

“They are still totally confusing,” she said of the arrival cards. “What is illegal to import to our country is not necessarily illegal to possess,” she added.

Patten said while Australians were rightly concerned about child pornography, travellers should not have to declare all erotic material to customs officers just to be safe.

“It’s a breach of people’s privacy,” she said.

The government said it changed the wording on passenger arrival cards after becoming aware of confusion among travellers about what pornography to declare.

“People have a right to privacy and while some pornography is legal and does not need to be disclosed, all travellers should be aware that certain types of pornography are illegal and must be declared to customs,” O’Connor said.

Banned material includes child pornography, bestiality, explicit sexual violence, degradation, cruelty and non-consensual sex.

“Even though there have been import bans on illegal pornography for a long time, some travellers still don’t realise that,” O’Connor said in a statement.

Making a false statement to a customs officer carries a fine of up to 11,000 dollars (10,856 US) while bringing in objectionable material, such as child pornography, can incur a fine of up to 275,000 dollars and ten years’ jail.

Source: SGGP

Boeing, Airbus await orders at Farnborough show

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:28 am

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 19, 2010 (AFP) – The Farnborough International Airshow kicks off Monday with Boeing and Airbus hopeful of securing big orders for their planes in the face of rising competition.

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft is seen at the Farnborough Airshow in Hampshire on July 18, 2010. AFP

One of aviation’s biggest trade shows is renowned for being an arena for major deal announcements and this year’s event is set to follow suit, as airlines in Asia and the Middle East seek to meet growing travel demands.

Dubai’s Emirates airline will on Monday announce it is ordering more than 30 Boeing long-range 777 jets, only a month after it ordered 32 A380 superjumbo jetliners from Airbus in a record deal, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“I think what you’re going to find this week is that both Airbus and the Boeing company will be announcing quite a number of orders,” the chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Jim Albaugh, said on Sunday.

Albaugh was meanwhile mindful of the increased competition facing US aerospace giant Boeing and its European rival Airbus, particularly for their smallest civilian planes.

“There has been a duopoly here for a number of years,” Albaugh told reporters on the eve of the Farnborough show.

“We know that’s changing, certainly in the single-aisle market place. You’ve got (plane manufacturers) Comac in China, Embraer in Brazil, Bombardier in Canada, Mitsubishi in Japan and you may have somebody from Russia.

“Our assumption is that they will be successful in developing airplanes. The first airplane might not be a great one but by the time they do their second and third one they’ll probably have very competitive airplanes in the market.

“I think competition makes you better. Again what we’re trying to do is to make sure that we have the best value offer in every market that we are in,” he added.

Boeing has hung its future on its mid-sized 787 Dreamliner — a fuel-efficient jet which will be on display in Farnborough after making its first flight outside of the United States on Sunday.

The plane, which can fly long distances and seat up to 330 passengers, has been beset by production delays. Albaugh on Sunday said Boeing hoped to deliver the first Dreamliner to launch client All Nippon Airways no later than January.

Airbus is working on a new long-haul plane of its own — the A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body). Another big project for Airbus is its long-delayed A400M military transport plane, which is set to make a flypast at Farnborough.

The Farnborough show also traditionally sees the announcement of orders for military jets but with governments set to slash their defence budgets to help reduce huge public deficits, major deals may be scarce.

Source: SGGP

Portugal orders ‘fiscal shock’ as Europe tackles debt

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 8:52 am

 Portugal ordered deep wage and spending cuts along with higher taxes to slash the public deficit by more than half, as Spanish unions called strikes against public sector wage cuts.

As governments stepped up their war on debt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the whole European Union would be under threat if the euro was allowed to fail in the debt crisis.

The European single currency slumped to a new 14-month low at 1.2517 dollars on Thursday amid persistent concerns over the debt crisis. Global stock markets were mixed as more eurozone countries slashed spending.

A late sell-off inflicted heavy losses on US stock markets, with investors spooked by news of a blast outside a prison in Greece and the specter of criminal charges against nine banks.

The blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 113.96 points (1.05 percent) to 10,782.95.

A homeless sleeps on the doorway of a shop in downtown Lisbon on April 29, 2010

Just hours later, in Tokyo Friday, Japanese share prices opened lower, with the benchmark Nikkei-225 index losing 167.15 points, or 1.57 percent, to 10,453.40 in the first minutes of trading.

After Greece’s financial turmoil and debt downgrade to junk status, international attention has turned to Portugal and Spain, which have also had their debt ratings lowered.

Portugal’s Socialist Prime Minister Jose Socrates cut the wages of civil servants and public officials, including ministers, brought in a new profits tax and increased value added tax by one percentage point to 21 percent.

He vowed to reduce the national deficit from 9.4 percent in 2009 to 4.6 percent by the end of 2011 and said a new income tax surcharge of between one and 1.5 percent would be levied on higher earners.

“All these measures will remain in place until the end of 2011,” Socrates told reporters.

The government is also to freeze major public works such as a new Lisbon airport. Portuguese media called the government programme a “fiscal shock” and anticipated protests.

As a eurozone member, Portugal must keep its annual public deficit under 3.0 percent of output. Its public debt, 76.6 percent of GDP last year, is projected to widen to 86 percent in 2010, beyond the 60 percent eurozone rule.

Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Wednesday ordered a five percent pay cut for public workers, a partial freeze on pensions and the scrapping of a 2,500-euro-payout for new births as he seeks to save an extra 15 billion euros over two years.

Spain announced a 50-billion-euro (63-billion-dollar) austerity package in January designed to slash the deficit to three percent by 2013 from 11.2 percent last year.

But the move infuriated unions and the UGT union called a civil service strike for June 2. The CCOO union has also threatened a strike. The UGT called for demonstrations May 20 when Zapatero’s measures go before parliament.

The Italian government is now considering a freeze on public sector salaries and new hiring, Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper reported. The government this week renewed a pledge to reduce Italy’s public deficit from 5.3 percent last year to 2.7 percent in 2012.

Britain’s new centre-right coalition also started discussing the economy on Thursday. The government has promised an emergency budget in 50 days that will aim to start slashing public spending.

New measures have been announced by governments on top of the 750-billion-euro (one-trillion-dollar) fund set up by the EU and International Monetary Fund to help debt-stricken eurozone countries.

Many analysts say the euro remained under pressure, however, because of Greece’s problems raising money and fears this could spread. Germany’s Merkel warned that this was a threat to the whole of the EU.

“If the euro fails, it’s not only the currency that fails but much more, it’s Europe that fails and with it the idea of the European Union,” Merkel said.

Merkel called the crisis “the biggest test” for the EU, possibly since the founding Rome Treaty in 1957, but that it should strengthen the bloc.

“We have a common currency but we don’t have economic and political union,” she said, adding that one day “all European Union member states will have the euro as means of payment.”

Australia’s central bank warned that Europe’s financial turmoil could pose a risk to Asian growth.

Assistant governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia Phillip Lowe said: “Despite the recent announcements having stabilised confidence in Europe, concerns about public finances could build again.”

Source: SGGP

PM orders to quickly control pig disease

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 6:27 am

To deal with an outbreak of blue-ear pig disease in the country, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung Wednesday ordered localities to quickly deploy public health measures preventing the disease from the outbreak.

A local health servant disinfects sick pigs in Vu Thu District, northern province of Thai Binh. (Photo:VNA)

The PM asked provinces and cities where the disease was found to strictly forbid transporting and selling pigs contaminated with the disease, focus on quarantining sick pigs.

Local health authorities would be punished if they fail to prevent residents from dumping dead pigs’.

Since the end of March, the blue-ear pig disease has broken out in several northern provinces, including Hai Duong, Thai Binh, Hung Yen, Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen, causing a big damages for breeders as well as raising concerns over epidemic prevention in localities, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported.

According to the Animal Health Department, thousands of pigs have contracted the virus so far. Hung Yen Province has the largest figure with 10,000 cases, followed by Thai Binh Province with about 7,000 cases.

On the same day, Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute organized a seminar on cholera and measures to prevent spread of cholera.

Speaking at the seminar, Dr. Le Truong Giang, Vice Director of the HCMC Health Department said the city continued to control over the spread of cholera and quarantine new cases meanwhile many street vendors in the city did not ensure safety food, especially lack fresh water for cleaning dishes.

The city will hold a training course for street food sellers to enhance awareness on safety and hygiene food in the end of May, said Mr. Giang.

According to HCMC Pasteur Institute deputy director, Dr. Le Hoang San, a threat of cholera spreading from Cambodia where over 300 cholera patients and five deaths have been reported.

According to the Health Ministry, Vietnam has 19 cholera cases in five provinces – five cases in An Giang, seven cases in HCM City, five in Hai Duong, one in Bac Ninh and one in Hanoi.

The institute will also coordinate with Cambodia to control cholera and prevent the spread of the disease to Vietnam, said Mr. San.

Source: SGGP