Daily Cuppa: Google's bloggers and DNA storage

Google can't keep track of all the bloggers its paying. Maybe it should encode the information into DNA, like some researchers have done?

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A judge has struck out at Google for not complying with an order to disclose the details of the bloggers it paid during the trial that Oracle brought against it for copyright infringement of Java in Android. Google said that it paid so many bloggers, it couldn’t possibly list them all, to which the judge said: try, please.

Harvard scientists have managed to encode a whole book onto DNA and retrieve the information, paving the way to use DNA as a high-density storage medium.

Ed Bott delved into Microsoft's licence agreements for Windows 8 , saying that Microsoft has completely reworked them.

HTC will book a US$40 million loss from its investment in gaming service OnLive, after OnLive laid off its employees , and then offered jobs to many of them under the new OnLive company, which is funded by a single investor. Investors, such as HTC, and company shareholders get nothing from the restructuring.

The company announced another investment of around the same amount in a US software firm called Magnet Systems, saying that the cash would help boost its range of applications for mobile enterprise customers.

Samsung and Apple are reportedly having eleventh-hour talks about the patent-infringement case being held in the US. ZDNet editor in chief Larry Dignan pointed out how crucial victory is for the firms .

Google is integrating Google+ with Gmail, with some drawbacks that Jack Schofield has noted.

Stephen Vaughn Nicholls also took some time out to liken the spat between Motorola and Apple — Motorola filed another complaint against Apple in the US International Trade Commission (ITC) at the end of last week — to the Cold War .

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