Google and Oracle Ordered to Disclose Which Journalists They Paid for Coverage

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    Remember that patent wars case that wrapped up a couple of weeks ago between Oracle and Google? Apparently, it isn't completely finished. The judge in that case, William Alsup, has ordered both Google and Oracle to fess up on which bloggers and journalists they paid to influence the media.

    In case you missed the drama here is the backdrop on why this is important. During the Oracle v. Google proceedings, several websites found out that Florian Mueller, of the blog FOSS Patents, had been paid by Oracle and Microsoft to write articles regarding the legal proceedings of their cases. What was particularly distressing about this, was that many of his articles seemed to slant in favor of Microsoft or Oracle. Additionally, his work was the source of many reports across the web, which indirectly made other journalists a party to his potential misconduct (we use the word potential because it was never proven that he intentionally skewed his writing, but it was suspect).

    Here's a quote from The Verge article with the rest of the details,

    That's an interesting and humorous twist to the case, isn't it?

    Source: TheVerge
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    Sounds as though Oracle was the only one doing anything questionable.
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    We don't know that for sure yet, but it does look that way.
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    So much for neutral reporting. His bent always seemed to be against Google. The sad thing is that every other news agency thought that he knew best and as such used his quotes in their reports. I always kinda thought the guys was a tool and this confirms it.
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    Confirmed by Oracle that he was in fact paid.
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