Kickstarter would prefer that you don’t notice failed projects, and those are definitely not the droids you’re looking for. [Misener.org]
Google takes down 250,000 search links every week due to alleged copyright violations. In the spirit of transparency, the company is now keeping a running list of who’s requesting what. [Google Official Blog]
Speaking of, looks like Microsoft has a bit of a piracy problem. [BBC News]
Google had a decent week. For one thing, the company closed that Motorola deal and so now owns a hardware company. [BusinessWeek]
The company also won that Oracle suit, which means no, Android isn’t going anywhere and the company doesn’t have to shell out for royalties. [CNET]
Finally, we thought you should know that someone has created “Skipper Nick Bilton,” a nautically themed fake Twitter account for New York Times tech writer Nick Bilton. [Twitter]
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New York may have double the female founders, but that statistic refers primarily to fledgling startups. What about the ladies leading large technology companies?
According to a new report by technology recruiting company the Harvey Nash Group, the number of women in top-tier IT positions has decreased since 2010. “Nine percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) are female, down from 11 percent last year and 12 percent in 2010,” reports Reuters.
After a partial ruling on the question of copyright infringement, the Oracle v. Google saga continues. But as of yet, there’s no answer to the question everyone’s asking: Are APIs copyrightable? And if they are, what does that mean for the tech industry?
Background: Oracle claims that, when Google built the Android platform, the company infringed on Java-related copyrights and patents (acquired by Oracle when it bought Sun). This first phase of the case deals specifically with the copyright allegations and, as Wired points out, Judge William Alsup has instructed the jury to assume for the purposes of the trial that APIs can be copyrighted. Mr. Alsup will ultimately have to make that call himself.