Arik Hesseldahl

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Oracle Settles Government Contract Complaint for $199 Million

Software giant Oracle has agreed to pay $199.5 million plus interest to settle a complaint by the U.S. General Services Administration. The case stemmed from a 1998 contract in which Oracle agreed to sell software licenses and technical support to government agencies. The GSA had alleged that Oracle failed to provide accurate and complete information on its sales practices and discounts offered to other customers. Oracle denied the charge but said it decided to settle given the age of the complaint and the costs of litigation.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik