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  • UPDATE: States discuss antitrust settlement in court

    Posted November 6, 2001 - 11:45 am

    With the U.S. Department of Justice and Microsoft Corp. having reached a settlement last week in their long-running antitrust battle, today the representatives of the 18 U.S. states that were part of the lawsuit but not the settlement met in U.S. District Court to discuss signing on to the deal.
  • Report: At least six states reject settlement

    Posted November 6, 2001 - 10:22 am

    At least six of the 18 state attorneys general will reject the terms of a proposed settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Microsoft Corp. in the antitrust case against the software maker, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
  • EU: Microsoft investigation continues

    Posted November 5, 2001 - 3:36 pm

    The proposed settlement between Microsoft Corp. and the U.S. Department of Justice for now does not change the European Commission's investigation into the practices of the software maker, a Commission spokeswoman said.
  • Massachusetts AG rejects Microsoft deal, settlement in question

    Posted November 5, 2001 - 1:00 pm

    Dissension reverberates in the ranks of state attorneys general over settling the three-and-one-half-year-old antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp., with Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly publicly saying he will not sign the settlement agreement proposed by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Regulatory roundup: 'Patriot Act' aids law enforcement

    Posted November 5, 2001 - 11:39 am

    Under the newly enacted Patriot Act of 2001, ISPs and network administrators may give law enforcement agents access to their networks without a warrant in order to track hacker activities.
  • DOJ claims victory for consumers, competitors

    Posted November 2, 2001 - 3:21 pm

    "This is the right result for consumers and businesses, the right result for the economy ... and for the government," Attorney General John Ashcroft said during a press conference at the DOJ's Washington, D.C., headquarters on Friday morning.
  • Gates Says Settlement 'fair,' urges state approval

    Posted November 2, 2001 - 3:14 pm

    Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates said that while the settlement deal announced Friday will change how the company develops and licenses its software, it also will allow it to "continue delivering important new innovations."
  • UPDATE: Reaction mixed to Microsoft-DOJ settlement

    Posted November 2, 2001 - 3:07 pm

    The proposed settlement between Microsoft Corp. and the U.S. Department of Justice drew a mixed response Friday from observers of the antitrust lawsuit filed more than three years ago.
  • States might break off from Microsoft settlement

    Posted November 2, 2001 - 2:56 pm

    The 18 state attorneys general who are plaintiffs in the antitrust case against software maker Microsoft Corp. convened Thursday to discuss the case, following reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has come to terms with Microsoft to end the long legal battle against the company.
  • MS/DOJ - Points of the settlement deal

    Posted November 2, 2001 - 12:49 pm

    The settlement deal between the U.S. DOJ and Microsoft Corp. includes a series of provisions covering Microsoft behavior with competitors and creation of a panel to oversee the company's compliance with the agreement. The 18 states that are also plaintiffs in the government's antitrust case have not yet agreed to the settlement deal and are due back in court Tuesday to report their position to District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.
  • UPDATE: MS/DOJ - Settlement reached in historic case

    Posted November 2, 2001 - 10:35 am

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that it has reached a settlement with Microsoft Corp. in the government's historic antitrust case against the software giant.
  • Reports: Microsoft, DOJ near a settlement

    Posted November 1, 2001 - 1:58 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has reached a tentative settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in the landmark antitrust battle, and the two sides might announce a plan that could bring the long-fought lawsuit to a conclusion this week, according to published reports.
  • AOL enjoined for nabbing MP3 technology

    Posted October 30, 2001 - 2:53 pm

    A U.S. federal judge has enjoined America Online Inc. (AOL) from distributing its AOL 6.0 client amid allegations that the company nabbed PlayMedia System Inc.'s AMP MP3 playback technology for use in its Media Player without permission.
  • Ashcroft has plans for antiterrorism tools

    Posted October 25, 2001 - 2:26 pm

    Expecting an antiterrorism bill to be signed into law by Friday, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has immediate plans to use the new legislation -- specifically more liberal surveillance allowances and expanded jurisdiction of search warrants -- to capture known and suspected terrorists operating in the U.S.
  • Germany joins worldwide surveillance trend

    Posted October 25, 2001 - 10:17 am

    The German government has approved a surveillance regulation that is intended to make it easier for authorities to eavesdrop on communications via fixed-line and mobile phone, e-mail, fax, and SMS.
  • Bertelsmann licenses Napster Web technology

    Posted October 24, 2001 - 10:42 am

    Bertelsmann AG's electronic commerce division has signed a technology licensing deal with Napster Inc., marking the next step in an ever-closer cooperation between the German media giant and the file-sharing company.
  • Privacy advocates warn of security implications

    Posted October 23, 2001 - 10:00 am

    As it is likely that the U.S. government will take legislative steps to heighten national security following the hijackings of Sept. 11, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) held a press conference in an attempt to raise awareness of the privacy implications that such action will bring.
  • Ministers extend APEC online tax moratorium

    Posted October 22, 2001 - 10:10 am

    Ministers representing the 21 member nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) agreed to extend a moratorium on customs duties on electronic transmissions until at least next year and possibly 2003.
  • Congress to let Internet tax ban lapse

    Posted October 19, 2001 - 3:27 pm

    Despite the U.S. House of Representatives' approval earlier this week of an extension on the current Internet tax moratorium, the Senate on Thursday failed to do the same. The ban expires this Sunday. No additional measures can be taken to prevent the ban from expiring, since both the House and Senate will be closed until Tuesday.
  • InterTrust widens Microsoft infringement complaint

    Posted October 18, 2001 - 9:59 am

    InterTrust Technologies Corp. has expanded its lawsuit against Microsoft Corp., claiming that the software maker is infringing on the company's patented technologies to implement its .Net Web services strategy.
  • Online privacy

    Posted October 17, 2001 - 4:18 pm

    --Scott McNeely, CEO, Sun Microsystems

  • U.S. House votes to keep Net tax ban

    Posted October 17, 2001 - 9:32 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives votes to extend the current moratorium on Internet taxes for two years, aiding states as they work together to invent a new tax structure that incorporates Internet commerce.
  • New mediator to help Microsoft settlement push

    Posted October 15, 2001 - 10:07 am

    Having failed to come to a settlement on their own, Microsoft and the U.S. DOJ asked that a mutually agreed upon mediator be appointed by the U.S. District Court to facilitate negotiations. Eric Green, a professor at Boston University's School of Law, was ordered to serve as facilitator/mediator by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.
  • No formal European investigation into Microsoft XP

    Posted October 15, 2001 - 9:34 am

    The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, said today that it has been in informal talks with Microsoft Corp. concerning Microsoft's latest operating platform, XP.
  • Microsoft, government face settlement deadline

    Posted October 12, 2001 - 9:59 am

    Microsoft Corp. and its antitrust foes in the state and federal governments reached an incremental deadline today in their efforts to settle the landmark legal bout outside of a U.S. courtroom.
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