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  • Red Hat sues Swiss government over $39M Microsoft contract

    Posted May 26, 2009 - 12:07 pm

    Red Hat has filed suit with the Swiss Federal Administrative Court, asking it to cancel a contract for desktop software and services that a government agency awarded to Microsoft without calling for competitive bids, the company said.
  • Trade group: Stripping IE from Windows harms ISVs

    Posted May 25, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    The European Commission claims it is acting in the interests of consumers in pursuing an antitrust ruling against Microsoft for bundling Internet Explorer into the Windows OS, but unbundling them would be a nightmare for independent software developers, said Jonathan Zuck, president of the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), on Monday.
  • Hard drive missing from US National Archives

    Posted May 20, 2009 - 11:58 am

    A hard drive containing personal information of White House staff and visitors during former U.S. President Bill Clinton's administration is missing from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, the agency said.
  • EPA gives servers Energy Star ratings

    Posted May 16, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    The spec measures power supply efficiency and the energy consumed when a server is idle.
  • US FTC drops Rambus antitrust case

    Posted May 15, 2009 - 10:38 am

    The FTC has officially dropped its antitrust case against memory maker Rambus, after losing a Supreme Court case in February.
  • Intel ruling opens the floodgates for civil cases

    Posted May 15, 2009 - 9:48 am

    Intel could face even more payouts if competitors, such as AMD, take civil cases on the back of the European Commission's regulatory action.
  • NSF wants $7B to head off demise of Moore's law, fund cybersecurity research and more

    Posted May 14, 2009 - 4:53 pm

    The National Science Foundation is looking to spend a good chunk of its proposed $7.045 billion budget for FY 2010 on advanced network technologies.
  • Is the U.S. ready for government-sponsored cyberattacks?

    Posted May 14, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    Although it's not discussed very openly, the U.S. has significant cyberattack capabilities, according to some.
  • Intel CEO 'strongly disagrees' with 'baffling' $1.44B antitrust fine

    Posted May 13, 2009 - 8:53 pm

    Intel Corp. said today it intends to appeal the European Commission's $1.44 billion fine for anticompetitive behavior in the chip market, with CEO Paul Otellini arguing that the EC "ignored or disregarded" evidence "refuting" its judgment.
  • Intel: Antitrust agencies are testing the limits

    Posted May 13, 2009 - 1:36 pm

    Antitrust regulators around the world, led chiefly by the European Commission, are testing the limits of the law in their pursuit of Intel and its practice of offering rebates to computer manufacturers and IT retailers, Intel Senior Vice President Bruce Sewell said Wednesday.
  • EU fines Intel €1.06 billion in antitrust case

    Posted May 13, 2009 - 9:23 am

    The European Commission Wednesday found Intel guilty of antitrust violations in the market for PC microprocessors and fined it €1.06 billion (US$1.44 billion).
  • EC sets out privacy requirements for smart RFID tags

    Posted May 12, 2009 - 1:48 pm

    The European Commission Tuesday set a code of conduct for companies using RFID (radio frequency identification) tags that it hopes will safeguard citizens' privacy and allow the quick rollout of the new technology.
  • US DOJ takes more aggressive approach to antitrust

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice has repealed a policy seen as being lax on antitrust violations, signaling a more aggressive approach toward antitrust enforcement under the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama.
  • FTC chairman: Agency may enforce net neutrality

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 1:26 pm

    The FTC may start enforcing net neutrality rules and take action against bad network management practices when broadband providers don't live up to the promises they make to consumers, the agency's chairman said.
  • The Smart Grid

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 11:36 am

    What is the smart grid, when will it get here, and what difference will it make?
  • EU antitrust ruling against Intel due next Wednesday

    Posted May 8, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    The European Commission is expected to make one of the most significant antitrust decisions in its history on Wednesday when it punishes computer chip-maker Intel for stifling competition from smaller rivals.
  • Survey: Most companies ready for SEC conversion

    Posted May 8, 2009 - 11:38 am

    At least 340 of the estimated 500 public companies required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to begin filing financial data in the XBRL format in June have made the conversion, according to a survey from XBRL US, a nonprofit standards group.
  • Obama orders review of NASA return to the moon

    Posted May 7, 2009 - 8:55 pm

    As NASA presents its $18B budget, White House calls for closer look at space flight plans.
  • US gov't: 'Top obligation' is to US workers

    Posted May 7, 2009 - 10:32 am

    DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano told a congressional committee that ensuring American workers have jobs is a "top obligation," and that her agency was stepping up its enforcement of the H-1B program.
  • Groups complain of continued secrecy about trade pact

    Posted May 6, 2009 - 4:49 pm

    USTR continues to withhold 1,000 pages of information on an antipiracy agreement.
  • Policy issues surround US gov't mounting cyberattacks

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 9:41 pm

    Two weeks ago I wrote about methods by which law enforcement could cyber-target individual miscreants. Since then, the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies of Science has published a report on a whole different scale of cybertargeting: It deals with policy issues of the United States mounting cyberattacks on groups of cyberterrorists or on countries.
  • P2P bill could regulate browsers, cloud computing

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 5:17 pm

    Legislation aimed at curtailing the inadvertent file sharing of personal data on P2P networks could create new regulations for makers of other software, including Web browsers and cloud computing, groups told a congressional subcommittee.
  • EU slates Microsoft's IE antitrust hearing for June

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    European Union antitrust regulators have set an early June date for an oral hearing during which Microsoft Corp. can defend its practice of bundling Internet Explorer with Windows news reports said today.
  • EU mulls new legal fight against spam, invasion of privacy

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 1:25 pm

    In a bid to patch holes in Europe's rules governing the Internet, the European Commission is considering a renewed effort to clamp down on spam and online abuse of consumers' privacy.
  • Can Obama curb offshoring with tax code?

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 9:53 am

    President Obama unveiled tax code changes Monday he said could curb offshoring, but analysts and tax experts believe the plan will have little to no impact on the megatrend that threatens as many as one-in-four IT jobs at large companies.

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