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Search giant Google really annoyed the European 27 member-state bloc after it decided to consolidate its 60-plus privacy policies across its services into one, single policy. Google said it would enhance the experience for users, but critics warned that it would make it far easier to collect data on users, and users could not opt-out of the policy without the user pulling the plug on the service altogether.
Only a few services were exempt -- Google Apps, Google Chrome, and Google Wallet -- but for the remaining users of Search, Gmail, Google+ and so on, they remain vulnerable to having their data collected by advertisers (albeit anonymously), which may make it easier
And Europe wasn't happy, not one bit. After the EU regulators gave their verdict, while Google hadn't directly breached EU data protection laws, it was told to review and change the policy, leaving the search giant rather red faced.
Spinning corporate doors at Yahoo
Former Yahoo chief executive was ousted as the former Web portal giant after he was found to have faked his resume. He claimed that he graduated with a computer science college degree, but one company shareholder discovered that this was far from the truth. Despite ample opportunities to correct the mistake, Thompson failed to, and was ultimately kicked out of the company. Well, he 'resigned,' but plenty of people were lining up to give him a forceful shove if he didn't go quietly.
Former Google executive Marissa Mayer jumped in a few weeks later as Yahoo's new chief executive, making her the fifth chief executive at the company in just two years. That revolving door of top bosses just keeps spinning, but hopefully Mayer can stick around for longer than her predecessors.
Google vs. Oracle: End result, $0 damages
What a doozie. This turned out to be one almighty calamitous failure for Oracle, which brought the case against Google for using Java APIs in the Android mobile operating system. After Oracle bought Sun, the database and cloud giant failed (just as Sun failed) to reach an agreement on licensing Java in Android. Oracle sued Google, which bought Android some years before, for copyright and patent infringement.
One of the more confusing trials of the decade, the jury eventually found that Google didn't infringe Oracle's Java patents and the Java APIs used by Google were not copyrightable. Google only copied a small amount of code, and the two parties agreed to a $0 settlement in statutory damages.
All that fuss for practically nothing.