Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.
- Effective January 1, Google is giving every one of its 25,000 or so employees a $1,000 bonus and 10% raise. (Fortune)
- Facebook engineer Mike Vernal openly chastised Google for attempting to block the social network's access to the Gmail Contacts API. "Openness doesn't mean being open when it's convenient for you." (Electricpig)
- The Apache Software Foundation will ditch Java unless Oracle lightens up on use restrictions, claiming the company has "willfully disregarded the licensing terms for its own Java technology." (ITworld)
- Ask.com, the search engine Barry Diller bought for $1.85 billion, is cutting 130 jobs, getting out of search, and focusing on its recently-introduced Q&A service. (Technologizer) More
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