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  • Under SEC scrutiny, Nvidia reports record Q4 results

    Posted February 15, 2002 - 10:20 am

    Graphics chip designer Nvidia Corp. Thursday reported record quarterly and year-end financial results for its 2002 fiscal year. At the same time, Nvidia said the SEC has begun an investigation into certain transactions conducted by the company during its 2000 and 2001 fiscal years.
  • FCC authorizes ultra-wideband wireless

    Posted February 15, 2002 - 10:12 am

    The FCC on Thursday authorized limited commercial use of wireless devices based on a communication technology called ultra-wideband.
  • FCC leaning toward deregulated broadband

    Posted February 14, 2002 - 6:04 pm

    The FCC on Thursday proposed to define high-speed broadband connections as information services, which would free providers from the web of regulation that surrounds telecommunication services.
  • Microsoft, states still at odds on witness list

    Posted February 14, 2002 - 10:23 am

    The tug-of-war over how many witnesses Microsoft Corp. will be allowed to call in its ongoing antitrust hearings with nine states and the District of Columbia continued Wednesday, as the two sides laid out their disagreement on the matter in a joint status report filed with the court.
  • Comcast says it will stop tracking customer Web use

    Posted February 13, 2002 - 4:28 pm

    Comcast Corp. acknowledged Wednesday that it had begun tracking and storing information on its cable Internet service subscribers' Web usage, but said it will end the practice immediately in response to customer concerns.
  • Report: Microsoft's accounting under scrutiny

    Posted February 13, 2002 - 2:34 pm

    Adding fuel to suspicions raised over corporate accounting methods, a report surfaced Wednesday that the SEC is still actively investigating questions over whether Microsoft hoarded revenue in certain quarters so that it could be used to inflate future earnings results.
  • Justice wants Microsoft settlement comments on the Web

    Posted February 13, 2002 - 12:23 pm

    The DOJ is hoping to publish the 30,000 public comments received regarding its antitrust settlement with Microsoft Corp. on the Internet and on CD-ROM, instead of in the Federal Register, claiming there would be greater public access to the documents in electronic form.
  • UPDATE: Sun says Kodak suing over Java technology

    Posted February 13, 2002 - 10:15 am

    Eastman Kodak Co. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Sun Microsystems Inc. over its Java programming technology, Sun said late Tuesday.
  • Microsoft, Sony sued over game controllers

    Posted February 12, 2002 - 10:55 am

    Immersion Corp., which develops technology used in making video game controllers vibrate, has caused a legal rumble by suing Microsoft Corp. and two Sony Corp. subsidiaries for alleged infringement of its intellectual property.
  • States ask court to bar Microsoft witnesses

    Posted February 12, 2002 - 10:12 am

    Microsoft Corp. is trying to derail the remedy proceedings in its antitrust case by adding 23 witnesses to its witness list at the eleventh hour, nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia said Monday. They have filed a motion to bar 18 of these witnesses.
  • UDPATE: Gates, Ballmer may testify at MS remedy hearing

    Posted February 11, 2002 - 1:41 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer may testify in upcoming court hearings on remedies in the ongoing antitrust case, according to published reports.
  • Global Crossing battles accounting controversy

    Posted February 11, 2002 - 10:48 am

    A wailing chorus of investors have joined a former Global Crossing Holdings Ltd. financial vice president in criticism of the accounting practices of this provider of telecommunication services. Together, the picture they paint portrays the company's executives as negligent at best, and purveyors of fraud at worst.
  • SEC probe into Global Crossing crosses Qwest's path

    Posted February 11, 2002 - 10:10 am

    Qwest Communications International Inc. has been subpoenaed by the SEC for documents relating to the investigation of bankrupt telecommunication services provider Global Crossing Ltd.
  • Microsoft wants Oracle forced to comply

    Posted February 8, 2002 - 3:42 pm

    Microsoft Corp. asked a federal judge to force competitor Oracle Corp. to comply with deposition and document subpoenas served in preparation for a March hearing in Microsoft's antitrust battle with the nine states that refused to settle.
  • Microsoft girds for fight with nonsettling states

    Posted February 8, 2002 - 3:18 pm

    Reaffirming its stance that the antitrust settlement reached with the DOJ and nine states is fair, an attorney for Microsoft Corp. told a federal judge Friday that the nonsettling states are not entitled to remedies that go beyond the current settlement proposal.
  • Websense, Sonicwall team on Net security

    Posted February 8, 2002 - 2:28 pm

    Enterprise users will soon be able to buy a single product both to manage their employees' Internet usage and to operate a network firewall, thanks to a new company alliance.
  • Second-hand .tv, one careful owner

    Posted February 8, 2002 - 10:08 am

    Verisign Inc., having last month acquired the .tv Corporation which runs the .tv country-code domain belonging to Tuvalu, may find itself with a worthless asset.
  • U.S. House passes cybersecurity research bill

    Posted February 7, 2002 - 5:54 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill designed to fund research and workforce training in computer security.
  • UPDATE: New York sues Network Associates over license terms

    Posted February 7, 2002 - 4:38 pm

    New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer Thursday filed suit against Network Associates Inc. seeking to end restrictions that he charges Network Associates places on what its customers may say about the company.
  • Gov't, Microsoft consider settlement changes

    Posted February 7, 2002 - 1:10 pm

    Microsoft Corp. and the DOJ are considering whether, in reaction to public comments, they will modify their proposed settlement in the government's antitrust case against the software giant, according to a joint status report made available Thursday.
  • Marketing group sets spam guidelines

    Posted February 7, 2002 - 12:53 pm

    The Direct Marketing Association Inc., which represents about 5,000 direct marketers, released its first set of guidelines this week for sending online commercial solicitations, better known to consumers as spam.
  • BT will press on with U.S. hyperlink patent lawsuit

    Posted February 7, 2002 - 12:27 pm

    With a court date set for next week in New York, British Telecommunications PLC will press ahead with its patent-infringement lawsuit against Prodigy Communications Corp.
  • U.S. Senate kills economic stimulus package

    Posted February 6, 2002 - 5:21 pm

    The U.S. Senate today ended debate on the economic stimulus package, killing any chances that the bill will be enacted into law in its current form.
  • UPDATE: Deloitte to separate accounting from consulting

    Posted February 6, 2002 - 2:24 pm

    Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu has become the latest accounting firm to separate its core financial auditing services from its consulting services, to avoid conflict of interest concerns raised by Enron Corp.'s bankruptcy and the dual role of auditor and consultant played by Arthur Andersen LLP.
  • Opinion: IT industry at least partly to blame for piracy

    Posted February 6, 2002 - 12:03 pm

    You have to wonder. There have been floods of reports over the past year about the dizzying spread of pirated software on the Web. But what is missing from those reports is any discussion of the industry's own participation in setting up the conditions to encourage piracy.
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