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Google CEO Page tiptoes around questions during court testimony in Oracle-Android case
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ' Google CEO Larry Page has spent nearly an hour in a federal courtroom Wednesday deflecting questions about his role in a copyright dispute.
The case is over some of the technology in his company's Android software for smartphones.
The taciturn Page often looked uncomfortable on the witness stand as he sparred with David Boies, a tenacious lawyer who grilled former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates in an antitrust lawsuit filed by the U.S. government in 1990s.
In this trial, Boies is working for Oracle Corp. That company alleges Google Inc. built its Android software by stealing pieces of the technology from Java, a programming platform that Oracle now owns.
Page rarely looked at Boies and frequently said he couldn't remember seeing some of the internal Google documents that Oracle is using to build its case.