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  • New judge named in Microsoft-E.U. case

    Posted July 11, 2005 - 9:01 am

    Microsoft Corp.'s appeal against the European Union's antitrust ruling will be judged by Bo Vesterdorf, the president of the Court of First Instance (CFI), the court said Friday. Vesterdorf was the judge who in December 2004 threw out Microsoft's attempt to temporarily halt measures imposed by the European Commission, the E.U.'s antitrust watchdog, in April last year.
  • CA restates results, identifies weak financial controls

    Posted June 30, 2005 - 9:14 am

    Computer Associates International Inc. filed its delayed annual financial report on Wednesday, formalizing another round of financial restatements that the software vendor hopes will let it finally leave behind the shadows of its troubled past few years.
  • SEC investigating IBM stock option accounting

    Posted June 28, 2005 - 3:31 pm

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched an informal investigation into the way IBM Corp. reported stock options in its most recent financial statements, the Armonk, New York, company said Monday.
  • The Sarbox assessment

    Posted June 23, 2005 - 1:36 pm

    Now that the first round of filing deadlines for the corporate governance law known as Sarbanes-Oxley have come and gone, companies can rest on their laurels, right? Wrong.
  • Judge change proposed in Microsoft-E.U. case

    Posted June 20, 2005 - 10:27 am

    A decision to change the judge presiding over the E.U.'s antitrust case against Microsoft could substantially delay the final ruling, a representative of an industry association backing the European Commission's case against the company said on Monday.
  • Judge throws out parts of Novell lawsuit

    Posted June 14, 2005 - 8:48 am

    A U.S. district court judge has thrown out four counts in Novell Inc.'s antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp., but let stand two other counts accusing the software giant of damaging Novell's business through monopolistic behavior.
  • Microsoft works to fix tech documentation

    Posted June 6, 2005 - 3:27 pm

    Microsoft Corp. and the technical committee assigned to work with it on antitrust settlement concerns are in the process of fixing about 200 errors in the company's documentation for its proprietary communications protocols, lawyers told a U.S. district court judge during a compliance hearing Monday.
  • Microsoft reveals changes in E.U. agreement

    Posted June 6, 2005 - 2:58 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has revealed details of the concessions it offered last week to the European Commission in negotiations over how it will comply with the terms of an antitrust case settlement.
  • Industry to mull Microsoft's EU offer

    Posted June 1, 2005 - 9:15 am

    The European Commission will check with IT sector players whether Microsoft Corp.'s latest proposal for changing its business practices will be effective before deciding whether to hit the company with a fine of $5 million a day for noncompliance, the Commission said Wednesday.
  • E.U. will decide Microsoft fine within weeks

    Posted May 31, 2005 - 8:25 am

    The European Commission, the antitrust regulator of the European Union, will decide whether to fine Microsoft Corp. up to 5 percent of its daily global turnover in "several weeks" starting from June 1, it said on Monday.
  • E.C. gives Microsoft May deadline to agree on sanctions

    Posted May 23, 2005 - 11:13 am

    Microsoft Corp. has until the end of May to reach an agreement with the European Commission on how it will meet antitrust sanctions imposed against it, or face a $5 million a day fine.
  • Tech vendors align against Micosoft in E.U. case

    Posted May 23, 2005 - 9:01 am

    A group of five large technology vendors, including IBM Corp. and Oracle Corp., have officially been approved to raise their voices against Microsoft Corp. in an appeal of the European Commission's antitrust case.
  • Ballmer pays visit to E.U. antitrust chief

    Posted April 27, 2005 - 9:51 am

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer met the European Union's competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, on Tuesday to discuss the company's failure until now to fully comply with the E.U.'s antitrust ruling against the firm in May 2004, a spokesman for Kroes has confirmed.
  • HIPAA deadline passes, SMBs fall short

    Posted April 25, 2005 - 10:06 am

    The majority of SMBs in the healthcare field failed to meet the HIPPA security-compliance deadline on April 21. Only about 30 percent of health plan providers and and 18 percent of healthcare providers are in compliance with the security regulations outlined by the act, according to the Information Technology Solution Providers Alliance.
  • Rising to the compliance challenge

    Posted April 21, 2005 - 12:22 pm

    Over the next two years, enterprises are expected to allocate an additional 23 percent of their budgets to IT compliance, according to a recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers survey of business executives. For CIOs, this new regulatory landscape means implementing changes in people, processes, and technology to ensure IT controls are operating in compliance with internal policies and regulatory mandates.
  • Tech helps firms bear cross of compliance

    Posted April 20, 2005 - 11:30 am

    Faced with the responsibility of complying with a myriad of global regulations governing business, companies are increasingly turning to technology to help with the task.
  • Microsoft responds to EU's trustee concerns

    Posted April 14, 2005 - 2:15 pm

    Microsoft Corp. confirmed on Thursday that it had formally answered a request from the European Commission on the powers an independent trustee would have to monitor the company's compliance with conditions laid down in the antitrust ruling against the firm.
  • Microsoft to pay Gateway to settle claims

    Posted April 11, 2005 - 11:01 am

    Microsoft Corp. and Gateway Inc. have reached an agreement to settle all past legal issues arising from the U.S. antitrust case against the software maker, the companies said Monday.
  • Five vendors join against Microsoft in E.U. case

    Posted April 6, 2005 - 9:29 am

    Five large technology companies have banded together to support the European Commission in its attempt to stop Microsoft Corp. using its PC operating systems monopoly to dominate the markets for workgroup server and media player software.
  • Microsoft sends revised proposal to European Commission

    Posted April 4, 2005 - 4:19 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has sent a revised proposal to the European Commission for the terms under which it will license Windows protocols to competitors to comply with last year's antitrust ruling against the company. Microsoft believes it has addressed most of the concerns raised by European regulators, but the two sides continue to wrangle over half a dozen remaining issues.
  • Microsoft to respond to E.C. over licensing

    Posted April 4, 2005 - 10:29 am

    Microsoft Corp. is due to respond this week to the European Commission's demand that it come up with more acceptable licensing terms for its workgroup server protocols or face a possible noncompliance fine of $5 million a day.
  • Intel agrees to abide by Japanese FTC ruling

    Posted April 1, 2005 - 9:40 am

    Intel Corp.'s Japanese subsidiary has agreed to accept recommendations made by the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) as part of an investigation into Intel's business practices but the chip maker said it disagrees with the commission's findings.
  • 'N' to mark Windows without Media Player

    Posted March 28, 2005 - 3:45 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has agreed to tag an "N" to the name of the Windows XP versions without Windows Media Player that it was ordered to offer in Europe.
  • Opportunity knocks: Healthcare and regulations

    Posted March 25, 2005 - 10:45 am

    With the final HIPAA compliance deadline set for spring 2005, organizations in the healthcare industry have been working to come up with solutions to secure their electronic data. On top of that, many healthcare organizations have also been grappling with the accountability requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. This article looks at what lies ahead for the healthcare industry this year, and at some important security strategies and technologies that are being adopted.
  • Level 3 withdraws VoIP petition before FCC

    Posted March 22, 2005 - 4:45 pm

    Level 3 Communications Inc. on Monday withdrew a petition before the U.S. Federal Communications Commission that sought to reduce access charges paid to telecommunications carriers when calls originated over VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) end on the traditional telephone network.
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