Google Free to Use Oracle's Java; LinkedIn's 15 Million Users in India

A look at the ways Mountain View tech companies have made news this week.

Every week, Mountain View makes news with technology developments, discoveries and sometimes controversies.

In the weekly “Bits and Bytes” column we’ll relay the past week’s news highlights from our backyard giants, start-ups and small businesses alike.

A Northern California District judge ruled Friday that Google is off the hook for the its use of Oracle’s Java programming language in the development of the Android software. Oracle sued back in 2010 and alledge the Internet giant infringed on its copyrights and patents. Oracle plans to appeal the decision. 

Can’t make it to the Versailles Palace in Paris or Australia’s Shark Bay this summer? Google may have a fix. This week it launched its World Wonders Projects, which offers virtual tours of 132 famous sites in 18 countries. The project is in collaboration with UNESCO, the United Nations's cultural agency.

isn’t just popular in its home turf. This week it grew to over 15 million members in India, making it the most popular country for the social networking site outside of the U.S. LinkedIn opened its India operations in 2009, then with a member base of 3.4 million.

MobileIron, a Mountain View IT company, has raised $40 million in Series E mezzanine funding. The company, which has now raised $97 million, plans to use the funding to spur global growth and drive product innovation. 

Ooyala released its Q1 Video Index Report this week, showing some surprising trends in video consumption. For the first time, videos longer than 10 minutes in length accounted for over half of the consumed on the web. The report also shows, among many findings, that the overall share of video watched on smartphones grew 41 percent last quarter.

Things are looking up for small businesses, which added 40,000 jobs in May. That’s according to an Intuit Index, which also stated that small business employment grew 2.5 percent since May of last year. 


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