“Tim Cook has pulled a startling coup, getting Larry Ellison to start cooking — if not eating — his own dog food,” Woody Leonhard reports for InfoWorld. “The headlines make it sound like Oracle, the inherited owner of Java, has generously stepped in to help protect Mac owners from infections like Flashback. There’s an important backstory, though, that hasn’t hit the headlines.”

“Although Steve Jobs tried for years to get out from under the Java ball and chain, last week Tim Cook finally coerced Oracle into supplying updates for its own software,” Leonhard reports. “It seems that Jobs’ desires have finally been fulfilled, with the Java monkey now on Oracle’s back. Cook was at the helm — perhaps actively involved? — when it happened. Apple’s now able to wash its hands of all Java’s faults going forward. Oracle has responsibility for its own product. All it took was 700,000 infections.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Or, Cook simply inherited the fruit of Steve Jobs’ labor.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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