At times when Google is fighting a tough battle over Java that has the potential of shattering its Android dreams, James Gosling, the father of Java has joined Google and has already started working there.
Java was acquired by Oracle, as part of its acquisition of Sun Microsystems. The deal went well and Sun managed to sell out. However, what Oracle acquired through this deal was much more than Sun products. It also got hold of a set of extremely well formulated Intellectual Property from Sun Microsystems, that was specifically written as leverage against being bullied by other tech-giants. Oracle is making the most out of this.
James Gosling has written on his blog announcing this as Next on the Road. 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. Sun Microsystems and Google have seen some employee love earlier (think Eric Schmidt). Gosling’s announcement of his new job goes as,
I don’t know what I’ll be working on. I expect it’ll be a bit of everything, seasoned with a large dose of grumpy curmudgeon.
Many people have speculated that Gosling joining Google is less of a coincidence, that it is a well-calculated move to strengthen Google’s voice when it comes to Java. With the Father of Java on their side, Google might have a better chance of saving Android now.
The Sun.com domain name is the property of Oracle now that it owns everything Sun. The deal was closed at $7.4 billion, a loss making one for both Oracle and Sun. Now, Oracle has nearly completed the process of acquiring all Sun services and products under its own brand, and the last remnants of Sun Microsystems, the Sun.com website, will go down soon.
However, one question that arises here is what happens to the Sun.com domain name? The domain is an extremely business specific domain, with a dictionary word and is short and authoritative. At the present scenario, the Sun domain is valued at nearly $2 million and quite a few organizations are speculated to have their eyes on it. This can end up as one of the largest domain biddings ever.
One thing is for sure though, that the domain can go on sale anytime now and it will probably earn Oracle a huge sum. In exclusive talks with PCWorld, Paul Nicks, the Director of domain aftermarket services for GoDaddy remarks,
Sun.com is appealing because it could be used in a number of ways. Solar power companies, companies with ‘sun’ currently in their name, domain name investors or anyone looking to leverage the history behind the name could have a bidding interest.
The Sun.com domain is the 11th oldest .com domain name still in use and it is surely a golden goose by now in terms of traffic. The domain ends its registration period on 20 March 2012 after which, it will be free of Oracle, for anyone to pick up for a mere $10. However, I am sure, Oracle is definitely going to re-register it and even more so, sell it in a few months’ time.