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  • Ballmer targets Linux in annual memo

    Posted June 5, 2003 - 10:31 am

    Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer didn't mince his words when he wrote in a memo to all Microsoft Corp. employees that noncommercial open source software, particularly the Linux operating system, was a "competitive challenge."
  • SCO hit by legal action in Germany

    Posted June 4, 2003 - 10:35 am

    The German subsidiary of The SCO Group Inc. has temporarily shut down its Web site after a local Linux user group received a restraining court order against the U.S. software group, but plans to reactivate the site shortly.
  • SEC asks IBM for information

    Posted June 3, 2003 - 9:02 am

    After the market closed Monday, IBM announced that the SEC was investigating its accounting practices in certain customer transactions from 2000 and 2001.
  • AOLTW, MS settle Netscape suit

    Posted May 30, 2003 - 8:42 am

    Microsoft Corp. will pay AOL Time Warner Inc. (AOLTW) US$750 million to settle a private antitrust suit filed on behalf of Netscape Communications Corp. by America Online Inc. in January 2002, the companies announced Thursday.
  • DOJ will defend Microsoft settlement

    Posted May 29, 2003 - 1:35 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has taken a pass on filing a brief in defense of its antitrust settlement with Microsoft Corp. in one case, but it still plans to defend the sanctions in a second case winding its way through an appeals court.
  • Jury rules against EBay in patent case

    Posted May 28, 2003 - 8:59 am

    EBay Inc. has been ordered to pay $35 million in damages after the jury in a federal district court in Virginia found it had infringed two patents held by MercExchange LLC, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) online edition.
  • Microsoft antitrust: DOJ won't intervene in states' ongoing case

    Posted May 27, 2003 - 4:47 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice has notified an appeals court that it won't intervene in a continuing antitrust case two states are pressing against Microsoft Corp.
  • Spam legislation likely to pass; will it work?

    Posted May 27, 2003 - 9:50 am

    Amid a chorus of voices calling on the U.S. Congress to do something about spam, lawmakers appear to be ready to pass antispam legislation this year, but consumer advocacy groups say current proposals are likely to lead to more spam, not less.
  • RIM ordered to pay extra damages in patent case

    Posted May 27, 2003 - 9:19 am

    Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry wireless e-mail device, was ordered to pay almost $9 million in enhanced damages in a post-trial ruling on a patent dispute with NTP Inc.
  • W3C unveils formal patent policy

    Posted May 22, 2003 - 11:24 am

    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced its formal policy for ensuring that key Web technologies, even if patented, are made available on a royalty-free basis. In a statement, the consortium said that the W3C Patent Policy is designed to reduce the threat that key components of Web infrastructure may be covered by patents which block further development.
  • German Linux association may drop SCO as member

    Posted May 21, 2003 - 11:15 am

    LIVE Linux-Verband e.V., a German association promoting the interests of Linux users and software developers in the country, is mulling whether to drop the German subsidiary of the SCO Group Inc. as a member.
  • Managing software licenses in a U.C. world

    Posted May 20, 2003 - 3:01 pm

    As if the myriad of software licensing options weren't already confusing enough, the "on-demand" model of utility computing adds another layer of complexity. But when you're paying for what you use, it's critical to your bottom line to manage software licences very tightly.
  • MCI settles fraud charges with SEC

    Posted May 20, 2003 - 9:46 am

    According to court documents released Monday, MCI would pay $500 million of a $1.51 billion civil penalty in a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over charges of a massive accounting scandal.
  • EU software patent law delayed by a month

    Posted May 19, 2003 - 9:02 am

    A proposal for a pan-European law on software patents is being delayed by a failure among European parliamentarians to agree on the text, an official at the European Parliament said Monday.
  • WorldCom close to SEC settlement

    Posted May 19, 2003 - 8:22 am

    WorldCom Inc. is close to an agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission that would settle all accountancy fraud charges against it, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal online edition Monday.
  • New insurance products for the hosting industry

    Posted May 18, 2003 - 6:21 pm

    Beyond SLAs, firewalls, and virus protection, learn what steps your organization needs to take to mitigate risk in this age of hosting.
  • Legal risks of on-demand computing

    Posted May 16, 2003 - 4:01 pm

    On-demand computing differs from traditional outsourcing in at least one important respect: the very nature of on-demand means that there are unknowns.
  • FTC goes after 45 alleged spammers, Net scammers

    Posted May 16, 2003 - 8:42 am

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and several other law enforcement agencies have filed 45 civil and criminal actions against alleged Web scammers and deceptive spammers, and have kicked off an initiative to close the open relays that allow spammers to evade filters.
  • Businesses fail to meet SEC rules on e-mail archiving, risk fines, imprisonment

    Posted May 15, 2003 - 9:29 pm

    The SEC has imposed strict rules on e-mail that some types of businesses must archive - but many affected organizations don't know about or fully understand their legal obligations. Read on to find out more, so you don't have to find out the hard way.
  • EU mulls report of Microsoft antitrust pricing

    Posted May 15, 2003 - 10:03 am

    The European Commission is considering whether to order Microsoft Corp. to hand over internal memos revealed in the International Herald Tribune and New York Times newspapers that describe sales practices the European regulator suspects may break its antitrust rules, people close to the Commission said Thursday.
  • Sun in talks over US export control allegations

    Posted May 15, 2003 - 9:42 am

    Accused of violating U.S. export controls, Sun Microsystems Inc. is trying to negotiate a settlement with a U.S. government agency, it reported Wednesday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Antispam bill allows racketeering charges

    Posted May 15, 2003 - 9:18 am

    The U.S. Congress' race to be tough on spam was ratcheted up Tuesday when Senator Bill Nelson introduced a bill that would allow federal authorities to charge some spammers with racketeering crimes.
  • SCO drops Linux, warns Linux users

    Posted May 15, 2003 - 8:41 am

    The SCO Group Wednesday announced it was abandoning its Linux business and warned commercial Linux users they may be liable for intellectual property violations that, it alleges, exist in the Linux source code.
  • 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.

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