Shill count: Oracle 1, Google 0
On the orders of Judge William Alsup, Google and Oracle have filed documents detailing their financial ties to journalists, bloggers, and others who have commented on their legal battle. There are no smoking guns.
Only one commentator, blogger Florian Mueller, seems to fit the spirit of Judge Alsup’s order. Oracle acknowledged that it is a client of Mueller’s, though the database firm insists that “he was not retained to write about the case.” Mueller disclosed the relationship back in April.
Both sides acknowledge that numerous individuals fit the letter of Judge Alsup’s order—including, it should be noted, your correspondent, who was working as an engineering intern at Google the summer Oracle filed its lawsuit. But Oracle argues that Google is the larger offender on this score: