Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has nothing but praise for the US National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance programs, but he’s far less kind when it comes to Google – and in particular its CEO, Larry Page, whose behavior he describes as “evil.”
“I know his slogan is ‘don’t be evil,'” Ellison told correspondent Charlie Rose in an interview with CBS This Morning that aired on Tuesday. “I think he slipped up this one time.”
By “this one time,” Ellison meant Google’s decision to use Oracle’s Java language and tools as the development platform for its Android smartphone OS, which has been the subject of an ongoing court battle between the two companies.
Most of the US federal court decisions in the case have fallen on Google’s side, but Oracle hasn’t given up yet, and Ellison himself remains unswervingly convinced that the Mountain View Chocolate Factory is in the wrong.