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In a landmark moment in the history of the U.S. software industry, the Supreme Court held a hearing today on a long-running legal dispute that pits tech giants Oracle and Google against one another.

The case centers around whether or not a key foundation of today’s increasingly software-driven economy—blocks of code known as “application programming interfaces”, or APIs—is subject to copyright protection. Oracle claims Google infringed copyright when it used elements of the Oracle-owned Java programming language to build its Android operating system, which now powers billions of smartphones and other devices. Google denies the claim, which involves about 11,500 lines of code out of millions of new lines that it wrote to create Android. The two companies have been battling one another in the courts for over a decade, with Oracle demanding $9 billion in compensation.

The outcome of this epic

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division is using computer analysis as part of an ongoing investigation into video released of Belton Mayor Tiffany Ownbey that her attorney says is a case of “revenge porn.”

A spokesman for the agency, which was asked to take up the case by local law enforcement in late June, said Friday that they’re “actively using computer forensics” as part of the investigation, according to the Greenville News.


Ownbey last year became the first woman elected mayor of Belton, which is located about 25 miles southwest of Greenville.

Druanne White, an attorney representing Ownbey, has said a man secretly recorded a “private, intimate encounter” with Ownbey years ago and then threatened to release it if she ended their relationship. The man has not been identified.



Agency spokesman Tommy Crosby has said the case centers

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