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Copied Code? Google, Android, and nasty rumors

Big story in the tech media today asserting that Google copied code for Android. That’s a big deal because Oracle is suing Google for using Java as the basis for Android, which is the operating system in many of the super smart cell phones that are the top of the heap right now.

Ed Burnette says “Oops: No copied Java code or weapons of mass destruction found in Android” and explains the situation.

Sometimes the sheer wrongness of what is posted on the web leaves us speechless. Especially when it’s picked up and repeated as gospel by otherwise reputable sites like Engadget. “Google copied Oracle’s Java code, pasted in a new license, and shipped it,” they reported this morning.

Gotta’ love the pic that Burnette used to illustrate his column, too.

Android is a platform Google built based on Java concepts. It is open source so cell phone manufacturers can adapt it to their devices without hassling the cost of licensing.

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