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The 15 Biggest News Stories Of 2016 (So Far)

From company splits to mega acquisitions, from exiting company executives to new technology debuts – and a controversy or two – CRN takes a look at the news stories that captured our attention in the first half of the year.

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15. Oracle Loses Rounds In Legal Fights With HP And Google

The first half of 2016 was not kind to Oracle's legal teams.

On June 30 a California jury ordered the company to pay Hewlett Packard Enterprise a whopping $3 billion in damages in a long-running dispute between the two vendors over Oracle's software support for HPE's Itanium servers. Oracle announced in 2011 that it would stop developing its software for the Itanium chip, saying the processor was at the end of its life. HP said Oracle was contractually obligated to continue supporting the chip and sued.

That followed a ruling by a federal jury one month earlier that Google had not infringed on Oracle's intellectual property when it developed the Android mobile operating system. Oracle had sought up to $9 billion in damages, arguing that technology used in the Android mobile operating system violated a copyright applying to the Java programming language and other Oracle patents.

Oracle has vowed to appeal in both cases.

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