Programmers' art recognized -- A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, based in Ohio, has overturned the July 1998 ruling of a federal district judge who held that computer programming languages were more functional than expressive and thus did not merit First Amendment protection. The unanimous decision comes after four years of litigation in Junger v. Daley, a case filed in August 1996 on behalf of Peter Junger, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Junger teaches a class on computers and the law, which includes instruction on encryption, the encoding and decoding of messages and data.
SEC defends its Internet snooping plan -- Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt issued a statement defending the SEC's plans to electronically monitor Internet sites to uncover cases of stock fraud. "These concerns appear to be based on a misunderstanding about what we seek to do. The SEC has never had any intention of intercepting or monitoring private transmissions, including conversations taking place in chat rooms or on e-mail, in the pursuit of Internet fraud," Levitt wrote. The controversy arose after the SEC sent out an RFP (Request for Proposals) for an automated Internet search system. The RFP was carefully drafted to require that the contractor chosen respect the privacy of non-public communications conducted over the Internet, Levitt said.
What price free Forte? -- While Sun Microsystems at one time discussed opening up its Forte application server software, a recent release appears to adhere to a traditional pricing model. Sun announced the Forte Fusion 2.0 product suite this week. This release includes support for integration at the business process level, rules-based message brokering and point-to-point integration. It supports eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT). Pricing is dependent on options and configurations. A single Forte Fusion Adapter is priced at $10,000; a Forte Fusion solution that includes the business process engine starts at $150,000.
Linux firm buys Alpha shop -- Linux house Atipa Linux Solutions has acquired DCG Computer Corp., a provider of Alpha and Intel computing solutions on multiple platforms. DCG's professional staff will be integrated into Atipa's R&D, sales, and marketing operations and will continue working out of Londonberry, N.H., Atipa representatives said. DCG's addition to the Atipa product line includes custom Alpha and Intel workstations in Linux Beowulf clustering configurations. DCG was the first Digital Alpha partner to support Linux running on Alpha.
NetObjects opts for WebSphere -- NetObjects and IBM announced an agreement to further expand their alliance. NetObjects will license the IBM WebSphere Application Server and integrate that technology with its collaborative Web content design and management environment.
Dell server to run on Red Hat Linux -- Red Hat announced that its Linux 6.2 operating system will power Dell Computer Corp.'s PowerApp.web appliance servers. Red Hat and Dell closely collaborated on development of the server.
Estrin leaving Cisco -- Cisco Systems announced the departure of Judith Estrin, chief technology officer, and the promotion of Michelangelo Volpi to chief strategy officer. In his new role, Volpi will assume many of the responsibilities of the CTO and manage the adoption of new technologies into Cisco's overall business strategy. Estrin will depart Cisco to pursue an entrepreneurial effort with her husband and business partner, Bill Carrico. Estrin joined Cisco when the company acquired Precept Software, which she cofounded. Previously, she was president and CEO of Network Computing Devices and a cofounder of Bridge, which merged with 3Com in 1987.
Computer science star taking Stanford helm -- John Hennessy, 47, a noted teacher and the computer scientist largely responsible for MIPS Technologies' RISC chip architecture, has been named president of Stanford University, effective Sept. 1. Hennessy has taught at Stanford for 23 years.
In case you missed it dept. -- Bungo.com, a provider of B2B information management and sharing solutions, is now targeting the social sector. It is said that in the United States alone, this sector includes 1.5 million organizations that spend nearly $500 billion each year. Bungo.com's suite of Web-based software offers "best of breed" features that enhance workgroup productivity, thereby expediting product development, reducing administrative burdens, and accelerating mission objectives. Bungo.com says it has set itself apart from such concerns as Mail.com and Driveway.com by offering complete packages for online communications and for information storage, management, sharing, and tracking, all accessible from internal and external control areas.