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  • Judge: Microsoft's Java deadline starts ticking

    Posted January 21, 2003 - 12:10 pm

    The final judge's order requiring Microsoft Corp. to distribute Sun Microsystems Inc.'s version of Java gives Microsoft a deadline of 120 days after Feb. 4 to include Sun's Java with all versions of Windows XP and with all Web browsers that include .Net functionality.
  • Sun, Microsoft agree on Java order

    Posted January 21, 2003 - 11:11 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have agreed on how Microsoft should comply with a federal judge's order to carry Sun's version of Java with its newest operating systems.
  • Microsoft privacy chief quits

    Posted January 21, 2003 - 10:47 am

    Microsoft Corp.'s Corporate Privacy Officer, Richard Purcell, will resign at the end of March, the company said Tuesday in a statement.
  • IT needs a voice in the privacy debate

    Posted January 17, 2003 - 4:17 pm

    Roller coaster economies aside, the IT industry has had it pretty good for the past quarter-century. In fact, information -- along with the stone, bronze, iron and the rather enigmatic dark -- has even had an age named after it. Today we are firmly entrenched in it.
  • Senators want to block government data mining

    Posted January 16, 2003 - 5:52 pm

    The U.S. Department of Defense Total Information Awareness data-mining project, which has set off alarms over privacy issues, would be put on hold if a bill from three U.S. senators eventually passes.
  • ACLU finds technology is eroding privacy

    Posted January 16, 2003 - 5:33 pm

    The Orwellian vision of a "surveillance society," where the government peeks over everyone's shoulder and there are scant chances to hide, is coming dangerously close to reality, according to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) this week.
  • Spam fighters to gather at MIT

    Posted January 16, 2003 - 5:22 pm

    Spam, long the arch nemesis of e-mail users, has become so pervasive recently that a whole conference is being held to try to find better ways to fight it. Researchers, industry experts and spam filter hackers are descending on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Friday for what is being dubbed as the first-ever Spam Conference.
  • FTC asks to skip Rambus trial over missing documents

    Posted January 16, 2003 - 5:11 pm

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has asked an administrative law judge to issue a "default judgment" against memory chipmaker Rambus Inc. and go straight to the punishment phase in the FTC's anticompetition case against the company because Rambus allegedly destroyed documents related to the matter.
  • Security companies seek legislative boost

    Posted January 16, 2003 - 2:28 pm

    An organization made up of Washington, D.C., lobbyists, computer industry groups and corporations is urging members of the U.S. Congress to speed up appropriations for domestic security and warns that delays in funding leave the nation vulnerable.
  • Sex.com case seeks to define domain names as property

    Posted January 16, 2003 - 2:10 pm

    In what adult Internet search engine Sex.com is calling a partial victory in its case against registrar VeriSign Inc., a federal appeals court has asked the California Supreme Court to consider whether a domain name can be considered property.
  • RIAA still not thinking of consumers

    Posted January 15, 2003 - 5:35 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of America Inc. (RIAA) and two major IT trade groups have agreed on the direction public policy for copyright projection should take, but representatives of a couple of consumer groups say the agreement may still hurt Internet users.
  • RIAA, IT groups agree on digital rights

    Posted January 15, 2003 - 10:47 am

    The music and technology industries, which have often clashed in the past over how to limit the sharing of songs over the Internet, have agreed on at least one thing: the U.S. Congress should keep its hands off the issue.
  • US gov't to re-examine patents in RIM case

    Posted January 15, 2003 - 10:34 am

    In the latest twist in the ongoing patent dispute between Research In Motion Ltd., the vendor of the BlackBerry device, and NTP Inc., the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will re-examine the validity of five patents owned by NTP, RIM said in a statement Tuesday.
  • WSIS: Delegates fail to agree on open-source 'support'

    Posted January 15, 2003 - 10:24 am

    A three-day meeting that brought together Asian governments, organizations, companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) ended Wednesday morning with the approval of a declaration that, among other things, calls for encouraging the development of open-source software. A draft of the declaration had called for open source to be "supported" but was changed after objections from the U.S. government delegation late Tuesday night.
  • UPDATE: Google responds to search ranking suit

    Posted January 13, 2003 - 5:06 pm

    In a case that underscores the increasing importance search rankings have on business, Google Technologies Inc. is fighting to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that it purposely devalued the search rankings of online advertising network Search King Inc.
  • Judge says trade groups can't appeal ruling

    Posted January 13, 2003 - 4:09 pm

    A federal judge has denied attempts by software and technology trade groups to intervene in the U.S. government's historic antitrust settlement with Microsoft Corp.
  • California comes clean

    Posted January 13, 2003 - 1:06 pm

    Like an earthquake threatening a seismic shift, California is a state on the move. It's only been a few months since a hacker obtained the personal information of more than 200,000 state employees, but California's legislature quickly retaliated, passing Senate Bill 1386, which expands protections for personal data stored online.
  • Judge denies Microsoft bid to dismiss lawsuits

    Posted January 10, 2003 - 2:49 pm

    A federal court judge Friday denied Microsoft Corp.'s motions to dismiss the private antitrust lawsuits brought by Be Inc. and Burst.com Inc.
  • First point to Lexmark in toner cartridge lawsuit

    Posted January 10, 2003 - 11:31 am

    Printer manufacturer Lexmark International Inc. scored the first point in a lawsuit against Static Control Components Inc. (SCC) Wednesday, when it won a temporary court order requiring SCC to stop making and selling a microchip used in remanufactured laser printer toner cartridges.
  • MS to ask judge to dismiss lawsuit claims

    Posted January 10, 2003 - 10:42 am

    Microsoft Corp. is scheduled to ask a federal court judge Friday to dismiss some of the claims made in private antitrust lawsuits brought by three competitors.
  • Bill would allow copying of music, movies

    Posted January 8, 2003 - 5:39 pm

    If "DVD Jon" Lech Johansen, creator of the DeCSS DVD descrambling program, had been tried in a U.S. court instead of in Norway, he may have been found in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. But a bill reintroduced in the U.S. Congress would allow consumers to defeat anticopying measures on digital content in some cases.
  • EC likely to investigate France Télécom aid

    Posted January 8, 2003 - 10:36 am

    The European Commission said Wednesday that it will decide "in a few weeks" whether to open a state aid investigation into France Tlcom SA.
  • UPDATE: "DVD Jon" acquitted in Norway cracking case

    Posted January 7, 2003 - 10:36 am

    Jon Lech Johansen, also known as DVD Jon, has been acquitted of charges over his development and distribution of DeCSS, a program that can be used to break the digital copy-protection mechanism of DVDs, his attorney said Tuesday.
  • FCC may relax competition rules for local carriers

    Posted January 7, 2003 - 10:06 am

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is unlikely to recommend doing away entirely with current rules designed to create competition in the local phone service market when it reviews the rules over the next several weeks, a source close to the proceedings said Monday.
  • MS ANTITRUST: Microsoft, DOJ oppose group intervention

    Posted January 6, 2003 - 3:27 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice and Microsoft Corp. Monday filed their opposition to an attempt by trade groups to intervene in the government's antitrust case against the software juggernaut, claiming that the groups fall short of the minimum requirements for intervention.
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