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Google, Oracle asked not to Google

U.S. District Judge William Alsup has barred 's and Oracle Corp. frommaking online searches during jury selection for Oracle's copyright against Google,Bloomberg News reported April 28.

Alsup, who reportedly has headed proceedings between Oracleand Google since 2010, maintains that the privacy of jurors should beparamount.

Both Google and Oracle agreed to not do internet or socialmedia research on prospective or selected jurors for the duration of the trial.

According to the report, online vetting of prospectivejurors to disclose any bias is commonplace among lawyers, with some courts evenendorsing the practice. The lawsuit is scheduled for May 9.