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Java 7 brought a new awesome feature called Security Control to the table. With update 11 of Java 7, the security level was set to high, requiring users to approve if they wanted to run an applet irrespective of whether it was signed or not.

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Last month, a number of major companies such as the New York Times, Washington Post and most recently, Twitter had revealed that they were targeted by hackers leading to some form of data breach. In a recent development, Facebook has also now revealed that some of the computers of its employees were hacked by using a Java exploit.

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Sitebuilder comes with Java 6 update 7, which came out back in the summer of 2008. That version of java is severely flawed and outdated.

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New Java vulnerability allows attacker to escape sandbox and execute arbitrary code on affected systems.

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The exploit has been successful in installing a variant of the Poison Ivy trojan. It is originating from servers in China and Oracle has not yet treleased any statement on fixing the exploit.

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Google offered Oracle a small cut of Android revenues, if it is able to prove infringement, without requiring it to prove damages.

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for the third time in a row, Oracle has come up with inflated damage reports claiming more than the applicable reasonable amount. The initial claim from Oracle was a ridiculous 6 billion USD, which has come down to 52.4 – 169 million USD. Google is still not satisfied with these estimates, and has filed a motion to cut this damage list and hence the claim amount, shorter.

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Oracle has claimed in a court filing that Google makes around $10 million in mobile advertising revenue from Android every day.

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While this battle was ongoing, Java founder James Gosling joined and left Google. The Lindholdm email revealed some important facts and Groklaw has presented an analysis of the entire matter. In addition to those events, Google appealed to the Patent and Trademark office (PTO) to re-check Oracle Java patents. The re-examination was favorable for Google, as the PTO has rejected some of Oracle’s Java patents.

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NoScript comes to Firefox Mobile as NoScript Anywhere, works on Android and Maemo platforms.

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Kik claws back to BlackBerry phones. Completely new app forgoes RIM API for a custom Java job.

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This will affect all corporate businesses (ones that are transaction based) and some regular features of services that explicitly rely on the Java plugin, ones like Facebook video chat and Google+ video chat.

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Oracle Changes its JDK Licensing, Oracle JDK No More Available for Linux Distros

From JDK version 7, Oracle has planned to support OpenJDK and withdraw the Operating System Distributor License for Java. This has resulted in a withdrawal of OracleJDK from the repositories of Linux distributions.

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At Google, James Gosling will find other familiar faces like Tim Bray, the co-inventor of XML who has worked at Google for over a year now.

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“Android has used Java code, Android has infringed upon Java and Androids Dalvik virtual machine uses Java code” are claims from Oracle we have heard over the last few months.

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