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  • FTC forum: Internet users want cheap privacy

    Posted May 14, 2003 - 7:22 pm

    Internet users want to keep their personal information private, but they want privacy tools to be cheap, easy to use and nearly invisible.
  • Criminal probe into Gateway finances revealed

    Posted May 14, 2003 - 4:33 pm

    The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California has opened a preliminary inquiry into alleged accounting improprieties at Gateway Inc. that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has already been investigating, Gateway disclosed in its quarterly report to the SEC Wednesday.
  • SCO: Unix plus Linux equals trouble

    Posted May 13, 2003 - 1:57 pm

    The SCO Group, arguably, isn't making many friends in the Linux camp these days. Last month it filed a US$1 billion lawsuit against IBM Corp. for allegedly misusing Unix code to bolster Linux efforts. SCO owns Unix System V code, which IBM had licensed to build AIX. SCO now acknowledges it may extend its legal activities to Linux distributors SuSE Linux AG and Red Hat Inc., and doesn't rule out action against users of the open source operating system.
  • Database security in high-risk environments

    Posted May 13, 2003 - 2:26 am

    Database security is especially important when the stakes are high. Find out what the best practices are when you have data that simply cannot be allowed to become public, particularly in light of recent privacy legislation.
  • Visa sued over online authentication patent

    Posted May 12, 2003 - 9:46 am

    Visa USA Inc. and Visa International Service Association have been sued by two technology companies who claim that the credit card companies stole their patented technology for authenticating credit card holders in online transactions.
  • Open source lobby struggles in EU patent debate

    Posted May 9, 2003 - 10:41 am

    Supporters of open source and free software saw an extravagant lobbying exercise against a planned European Union law on software patents backfire on them Thursday.
  • Lawmakers question impact of free trade pacts on IT

    Posted May 9, 2003 - 10:34 am

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and three representatives of the U.S. IT industry Thursday called on Congress to pass free trade agreements with Singapore and Chile, but lawmakers asked whether current trade agreements were hurting the U.S. tech industry.
  • Study: Big companies save big from open source

    Posted May 8, 2003 - 11:19 am

    According to a study published Wednesday by the Swiss consultancy Soreon Research GmbH, big companies can realize big savings by using open source software, mainly from lack of licensing costs. By comparison, small to medium-sized businesses would benefit only marginally from making the switch.
  • European Parliament to tackle software patents

    Posted May 7, 2003 - 5:24 pm

    Deep divisions over the shape of a proposed directive on software patents are prompting European Parliamentarians to convene Monday to try to narrow the range of changes to be tabled at a plenary meeting next month.
  • U.S. agencies defend gov't data-mining plans

    Posted May 7, 2003 - 8:49 am

    Leaders of two much-criticized projects that privacy advocates fear will collect massive amounts of data on U.S. residents defended those projects before the U.S. Congress Tuesday, saying the projects will be much more limited in scope than opponents fear.
  • Developer sues Accenture subsidiary over software

    Posted May 6, 2003 - 7:44 pm

    A California software development company being sued in the U.K. for copyright infringement asked a U.S. court on Tuesday to declare it is innocent of the charges under U.S. law.
  • Microsoft antitrust: Microsoft settles with Montana group

    Posted May 6, 2003 - 1:10 pm

    Microsoft Corp. and a group of Montana residents have settled a class-action antitrust lawsuit against the software giant, with US$12.3 million going to those who purchased Microsoft products during a six-year span.
  • Microsoft antitrust: Two states seek tougher penalties

    Posted May 6, 2003 - 8:54 am

    Two U.S. states have asked a federal appeals court to push for tougher behavioral restrictions against Microsoft Corp., arguing that terms of a settlement reached in its antitrust case with the U.S. government do little to redress the company's anticompetitive behavior.
  • FTC spam forum: Variety of solutions advanced

    Posted May 1, 2003 - 9:00 am

    A group of e-mail experts invited by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission advanced a number of ways to deal with unsolicited commercial e-mail, including better technology, an overhaul of the way the Internet works and new laws, but they couldn't agree on which approach would be best.
  • Nortel, Redback settle patent lawsuit

    Posted May 1, 2003 - 8:39 am

    Nortel Networks Corp. and Redback Networks Inc. have settled a legal spat over alleged claims of patent infringement and have signed a cross-licensing deal that requires Redback to pay Nortel an undisclosed sum, the companies announced Wednesday.
  • EC still concerned about Microsoft monopoly abuse

    Posted April 30, 2003 - 1:30 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has so far failed to offer the European Commission grounds for a settlement in the long-running antitrust lawsuit against the company, a senior antitrust official said Wednesday.
  • UK police nab Fluffi Bunni hacker

    Posted April 30, 2003 - 11:04 am

    Members of the U.K. Computer Crime Unit arrested a suspected member of the notorious hacker group Fluffi Bunni on Tuesday.
  • AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo push effort to fight spam

    Posted April 28, 2003 - 1:37 pm

    Three of the world's leading e-mail providers have joined together to announce their intentions to reduce the amount of spam faced by e-mail users, much of which comes from e-mail addresses set up through participating companies America Online Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc.
  • Judge throws out case against P-to-P networks

    Posted April 25, 2003 - 4:42 pm

    In an enormous blow to the music and motion picture industries, a Los Angeles federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against file-sharing services Grokster Ltd. and StreamCast Networks Inc. Friday, saying that they can not be held culpable for illegal file trading done over their networks.
  • Riverstone gets SEC information request

    Posted April 25, 2003 - 1:48 pm

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has asked networking equipment provider Riverstone Networks Inc. to voluntarily hand over information related to its accounting practices, the company said in a statement released Friday.
  • Judge upholds law requiring ISPs to name downloaders

    Posted April 25, 2003 - 9:00 am

    A U.S. federal judge has again sided with the recording industry in its efforts to subpoena the name of a music downloader, upholding a portion of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that requires Internet service providers (ISPs) to turn over names of alleged copyright infringers. Critics said the law provides a cheap and easy way for music companies, or anyone else, to find out the names of anonymous Internet users.
  • FCC seeks public comment on power line broadband

    Posted April 24, 2003 - 9:36 am

    Hailing the step as a "monumental moment," the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Wednesday to solicit public comment on broadband Internet service delivered over ordinary electric power lines, a step that could create widespread competition for cable modem and DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) services.
  • Reporter's Notebook: At CFP, little things add up

    Posted April 23, 2003 - 3:06 pm

    While checking into the New Yorker hotel for the annual conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP) in New York last week, the man at the front desk took my driver's license and made a copy.
  • Ericsson, InterDigital settle patent dispute

    Posted April 23, 2003 - 2:49 pm

    InterDigital Communications Corp. has reached a worldwide patent and royalty settlement with wireless infrastructure supplier Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and handset joint venture Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, ending a decade-long patent infringement dispute.
  • 3G: Patent service aims to lower equipment costs

    Posted April 23, 2003 - 2:38 pm

    In a move to reduce equipment costs for operators and users alike, 3G Patents Ltd., an industry consortium of more than 50 wireless companies, is now accepting applications to evaluate essential patent claims.
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