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  • Protestors call for release of Russian programmer

    Posted July 23, 2001 - 2:14 pm

    Despite the Electronic Frontier Foundation's decision to withdraw from actions late last week, protests aimed at freeing jailed Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov were planned for 21 cities worldwide today.
  • MS and the DOJ to hold settlement talks

    Posted July 23, 2001 - 9:46 am

    Microsoft Corp. and the DOJ plan to meet this week in the first face-to-face discussions since a federal appeals court decision unanimously declared the software company a monopolist, according to news reports.
  • U.S. trade group says Broadcom violated Intel patents

    Posted July 23, 2001 - 9:40 am

    An administrative law judge for The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that broadband chip maker Broadcom Corp. infringed on two intellectual property patents held by Intel Corp.
  • Microsoft opposes speedy trial

    Posted July 20, 2001 - 4:59 pm

    Microsoft Corp. filed a motion today with the U.S. District Court of Appeals asking the court to deny a request by the DOJ to speed its antitrust case to the trial court.
  • Russian's DMCA arrest sparks outcry, protests

    Posted July 20, 2001 - 3:58 pm

    The arrest of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov for alleged violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act has sparked plans for protests in three cities, calls to boycott Adobe Systems Inc., the company whose complaint led to Sklyarov's arrest, and a stock divestiture movement.
  • Napster rivals' rise is bad news for labels

    Posted July 20, 2001 - 3:19 pm

    Occupied and knocked offline by legal battles, Napster Inc. is rapidly losing users who are seeking their free song-swapping fix wherever they can find it. While this is bad news for Napster, it could be even worse news for the record labels.
  • Gov't reply to MS rehearing request due by Aug. 3

    Posted July 19, 2001 - 4:12 pm

    The DOJ and 18 state attorneys general who are plaintiffs in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case have until Friday, Aug. 3 to respond to a petition Microsoft filed yesterday asking an appeals court to reconsider whether the company illegally "commingled" software code.
  • Damage control: protecting customer privacy

    Posted July 19, 2001 - 10:20 am

    Eli Lilly & Co. did just about everything it was supposed to do to protect its customers' privacy. When the company set up its Medi-Messenger e-mail service to remind people to take their medications, the automated system sent the messages as blind carbon copies -- the "To:" line was blank. That worked fine for two years. Then, on June 27, Lilly sent one last mass e-mail to notify users that it was discontinuing the service and mistakenly included the names of hundreds of Medi-Messenger users.
  • Microsoft seeks rehearing on part of appeal ruling

    Posted July 19, 2001 - 10:04 am

    Claiming "that critical evidence was overlooked or misinterpreted," Microsoft Corp. yesterday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington to reconsider its recent ruling that the software vendor violated antitrust laws by tying the Internet Explorer browser to Windows.
  • Financial firms dread California's tougher privacy bill

    Posted July 18, 2001 - 10:35 am

    California lawmakers, in a key vote this week, moved closer to giving consumers in the nation's largest state more control over their financial information than a recently enacted federal law allows.
  • Microsoft approaches DOJ to discuss settlement

    Posted July 16, 2001 - 2:17 pm

    Microsoft Corp. last week approached a top official at the U.S. Department of Justice with a proposal to launch a new round of settlement talks, according to an article in today's Wall Street Journal.
  • NPI: IT's responsibility

    Posted July 16, 2001 - 10:46 am

    As an IT professional you should be proactively involved in making sure your organization acts responsibly and ethically with regard to NPI because it is most likely that non-IT staff will not begin to understand the issues beyond the basics that the law demands.
  • DOJ asks appeals court to hurry Microsoft case

    Posted July 16, 2001 - 9:09 am

    The DOJ late last week asked an appeals court to speed up the process for sending the government's antitrust case against Microsoft back to the trial court, arguing that a "delay in imposing an effective remedy inflicts substantial and widespread consumer injury and needlessly prolongs uncertainty in the computer industry."
  • FCC backs CLECs in collocation ruling

    Posted July 13, 2001 - 1:30 pm

    The FCC adopts new rules for phone companies, permitting competitive local exchange carriers to install telephone switching and routing equipment capable of multiple functions in incumbent carrier facilities.
  • New Mexico settles with Microsoft

    Posted July 13, 2001 - 9:27 am

    New Mexico said yesterday it has settled its antitrust claims against Microsoft Corp., the first of 19 states attorneys general to bow out of the legal battle since Microsoft was deemed last year to be a predatory monopolist by a U.S. District Court.
  • Napster settles with Dr. Dre, Metallica

    Posted July 12, 2001 - 4:55 pm

    This is a teaser
  • Checking out your shopping cart

    Posted July 12, 2001 - 3:53 pm

    Attention shoppers: There's a new aisle open in the privacy debate. Supermarkets are cheering a new way to discourage "basket splitters" -- pesky shoppers who don't put all their food purchases in one store's basket -- while privacy advocates are booing about Big Brother watching what you eat.
  • Congress members introduce E-Government Act to House

    Posted July 12, 2001 - 3:10 pm

    Senator Joseph Lieberman joined a group of U.S. Congress members to introduce the E-Goverment Act of 2001 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The act is designed to accelerate the federal government's use of technology to better serve citizens and heighten efficiencies.
  • Judge puts clamp on Napster's return

    Posted July 12, 2001 - 12:31 pm

    A San Francisco judge ruled yesterday that Napster Inc. cannot resume its music file trading service until the company shows that it can fully comply with court orders governing Napster's use of certain copyright songs.
  • Bush said to be planning cybersecurity board

    Posted July 11, 2001 - 10:16 am

    Effectively doing away with the idea of a single cybersecurity "czar," the Bush administration is said to be planning to create a board of senior national security officials to oversee the federal government's critical infrastructure protection efforts.
  • Monitoring of employee e-mail, Web use escalates

    Posted July 9, 2001 - 2:10 pm

    According to a study released by the Denver-based Privacy Foundation, 14 million employees, or just over one-third of the online workforce in the U.S., have their Internet or e-mail use monitored by their employers.
  • Security concerns prompt Safe Harbor Web site changes

    Posted July 9, 2001 - 12:41 pm

    Because of security concerns, two features were removed last week from a U.S. government Web site designed to aid the flow of personal information and commerce between the U.S. and the European Union.
  • Privacy measures fail to grab IT's attention

    Posted July 6, 2001 - 3:55 pm

    According to new research, a majority of companies are lukewarm on two major pushes underway in the privacy community: membership in privacy consortiums and the adoption of a new standard called P3P.
  • Eli Lilly cites programming error for privacy gaffe

    Posted July 6, 2001 - 9:19 am

    Pharmaceutical maker Eli Lilly & Co. blamed a programming error for a recent incident in which it accidentally disclosed the e-mail addresses of about 600 medical patients who had registered to get messages reminding them to take the antidepressant drug Prozac or to attend to other health-related matters.
  • NextWave plans services on disputed spectrum

    Posted July 3, 2001 - 12:17 pm

    NextWave Telecom announced plans to purchase wireless networking equipment from Lucent Technologies, signaling its intention to offer services over airwaves that are the subject of a heated dispute between the wireless company and the FCC.

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