Judge Says Google E-mail Not Protected in Java Case

Google Inc. lost a bid to keep an engineer’s e-mail saying the company should negotiate a license for the Java programming language out of an Oracle Corp. lawsuit alleging Google software infringes Java patents. U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who had said at a July hearing that Google would be “on the losing end of this document” at trial, ruled in San Francisco that the electronic message isn’t subject to attorney-client confidentiality protection.