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Google will defend itself against Oracle’s charge that it stole code to build its Android operating system before the Supreme Court on Wednesday — and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s absence may be pivotal in a ruling that could shake up Silicon Valley’s business model.

The case is one of the first to be heard by the now 8-member court and Ginsberg’s death likely means one less vote in Oracle’s favor, legal scholars say. It also creates the possibility the remaining justices could split and leave the tech world in limbo on a crucial issue — who controls code that underpins much of modern technology.

“We need a decisive majority opinion in this case to settle critical copyright issues going forward in the digital age, and, without Ginsburg, we may not get it,” said Ralph Oman, the former register of copyrights under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

The Google-Oracle case

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The election is less than a month away, and Nickelodeon is continuing to beef up its news team as we approach the big day.

Nickelodeon announced that it is tapping 60 Minutes veteran producer and Emmy and Peabody Award-winner Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson as vp of news programming. She will also executive produce the recently rebooted Nick News series, which relaunched in June with the Kids Race and Unity special, hosted by Alicia Keys and which Laguerre-Wilkinson co-executive produced.

Based in New York, Laguerre-Wilkinson will report to president of ViacomCBS Kids & Family Entertainment president Brian Robbins.

“Magalie is a gifted journalist and producer with a long-proven ability to communicate the news of the day with compassion, empathy and precision” Robbins said in a statement. “Kids are well aware of the issues that affect their families and the world, and the talent and experience Magalie brings will serve as the foundation

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Roku 4K TVs and streamers will be able to tap into AirPlay later this year. 


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Roku 4K TVs and streaming players will soon become more useful to people who own Apple devices. Before the end of the year, thousands of media players and smart TVs powered by Roku will receive a free software upgrade that adds support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. The catch? Only 4K-compatible Roku devices will work with AirPlay, which leaves out the cheapest players. 

The upgrade marks the first time that any standalone streamer — aside from Apple’s own Apple TV box — will work with AirPlay. It instantly makes Apple’s popular wireless casting system available on TV screens at a more accessible price. The Apple TV starts at $150 (£150, AU$249) while the least expensive current Roku Player to receive the upgrade will be the Roku Premiere, which costs

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