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Oracle, SAP fight may go back to trial

A federal appeals court indicated that the bitter legal tussle between business software maker Oracle Corp. and rival SAP over a jury’s $1.3 billion copyright infringement verdict should head back to a trial court

The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard oral arguments in the case Tuesday.

The 7-year-old legal battle revolves around SAP’s $10 million acquisition of a small software services firm, TomorrowNow, that had promised to help corporate customers and government agencies maintain the applications that they had purchased from Oracle.

After SAP took over TomorrowNow in 2005, Oracle uncovered evidence that TomorrowNow was breaking into Oracle’s computers to steal instruction manuals and other technical information about copyrighted software.

Oracle filed a lawsuit in 2007, and the trial started three years later. SAP acknowledged much of the misconduct alleged by Oracle but argued that damages were little more than $40 million.

New technology takes clearer mammograms

Breast Diagnostic Center has invested about $500,000 in 3-D digital tomography technology for mammograms, the health care provider announced Tuesday, the same day the equipment was first used locally on patients. The machine is at the center’s Parkview Regional Medical Center campus location.

The state-of-the-art equipment produces images in 1 millimeter slices, a much clearer image than is possible with digital mammogram machines widely in use. Officials expect it will reduce the frequency of ambiguous mammogram results, which prompt follow-up testing.

Tomography costs $50 more than a traditional mammogram, a cost not typically covered by insurance, said Marita Dwight-Smith, Breast Diagnostic Center’s director. Patients will be given the option of using the more precise technology when they schedule appointments at one of the center’s three locations.

“I foresee it getting so busy that we’ll need to buy a second machine,” Dwight-Smith said.

Breast Diagnostic Center, which sees about 25,000 patients a year, is a joint venture between Fort Wayne Radiology and Parkview Health.

Microsoft unbundles Kinect from Xbox One

In a move to spur sales of the Xbox One and catch up with rival Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it will start selling the console without the Kinect sensor, which cuts $100 from the price.

The new price of $399 begins June 9.

Microsoft says it is also allowing entertainment apps such as Netflix to be used on both the Xbox One and the older Xbox 360 console without having to pay for an Xbox Live Gold membership, which costs $60 a year.

The membership will still be required for multiplayer game mode, but it will also provide discounts on games and free games.

Building permits steady year to year

The Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne on Tuesday said there were 81 Allen County residential construction requests in April, compared with 82 permits the same month a year ago.

The average construction price in April was $239,382, compared with $192,084 in April 2013, the association said. Year to date, 197 permits have been sought, compared with 240 during the same period in 2013.

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