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  • Microsoft prevails in Office Smart Tag patent suit

    Posted September 25, 2003 - 4:25 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has won a patent lawsuit brought against it by Hyperphrase Technologies LLC and Hyperphrase Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin. The case, due to go to trial in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on Oct. 6, was decided by summary judgment Wednesday.
  • Flextronics 'appalled' by $934M damages judgment

    Posted September 25, 2003 - 11:00 am

    A jury in California has awarded a $934 million damages settlement against contract electronics manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd., an award which Flextronics has said is "absurd" and "irrational."
  • California bans all spam e-mail

    Posted September 24, 2003 - 4:45 pm

    California took a tough stand against spam e-mail on Wednesday after Governor Gray Davis signed a law prohibiting anyone from sending unsolicited commercial e-mail advertisements to a California e-mail address.
  • TI sues Qualcomm over handset chip deal

    Posted September 24, 2003 - 11:28 am

    Chip maker Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has sued Qualcomm Inc., alleging the cellular technology vendor violated a December 2000 cross-licensing agreement.
  • European Parliament agrees on software patent text

    Posted September 24, 2003 - 10:34 am

    The European Parliament voted in favor of a law that goes some way towards limiting the scope for patents on software programs Wednesday.
  • HP to indemnify Linux clients against SCO

    Posted September 24, 2003 - 9:59 am

    Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) is reportedly planning to indemnify its Linux customers against legal action from SCO Group Inc., offering to take over any litigation against its customers by SCO.
  • European Parliament software patents vote will be close

    Posted September 23, 2003 - 3:02 pm

    With most of the main political parties divided, Wednesday's vote at the European Parliament on a Union-wide law on computer-implemented inventions is expected to be a close call.
  • VeriSign ignores ICANN, faces new wildcard suit

    Posted September 23, 2003 - 9:07 am

    Internet infrastructure company VeriSign Inc. has rejected a request from ICANN to suspend a service that redirects Internet users who have mistyped domain names. Instead, the company is forming a committee to assess the issues raised by the new service.
  • Strike and counterstrike: The law on automated intrusions and striking back

    Posted September 22, 2003 - 11:47 pm

    With current law ill-equipped to deal with electronic intrusions, more and more computer users are considering the options of striking back at attackers. This paper examines the legal details of such maneuvers. (Paper is in PDF format.)
  • Is vigilante hacking legal?

    Posted September 22, 2003 - 11:42 pm

    Many of those who counsel against strikeback hacking - launching attacks against attacking computers - state that the practice opens the cybervigilante up to potential legal prosecution. But some security experts argue that taking actions against poorly secured machines that have been compromised and used as a platform for attacks may be legal under nuisance laws.
  • U.K. fights spam with law and a trip to Washington

    Posted September 22, 2003 - 11:32 am

    As part of an assault on unsolicited commercial e-mail, better known as spam, a delegation of Members of Parliament (MPs) will go to Washington, D.C., next month in an effort to persuade U.S. lawmakers to take a tough "opt-in" approach to spam.
  • ICANN asks VeriSign to suspend controversial service

    Posted September 22, 2003 - 9:32 am

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has asked VeriSign Inc. to suspend its new Site Finder service while it conducts an investigation into the system.
  • VeriSign sued over Site Finder

    Posted September 19, 2003 - 10:35 am

    An Internet search company has sued VeriSign Inc. over a widely-criticized service that sends Web users to a VeriSign search page after entering a non-existent Web address.
  • More senators question DMCA subpoenas

    Posted September 18, 2003 - 9:07 am

    Three more U.S. senators have questioned a provision in the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that allows copyright holders to subpoena the names of alleged file traders without first getting a judge's permission, with one suggesting that the DMCA subpoenas give copyright holders more power than U.S. law enforcement agencies have to seek information on terrorists.
  • Avoiding common e-mail storage policy mistakes

    Posted September 17, 2003 - 3:04 pm

    Analyst offers a better way to approach e-mail management than the "delete all" method you might be using today. Storing the e-mail in personal files is also a problem
  • Nine German cities poised to adopt Linux

    Posted September 17, 2003 - 2:07 pm

    Nine German cities in the state of Rheinland Pfalz are in advanced talks to replace many, if not all, of their Microsoft Corp. software products with open-source alternatives, particularly the Linux operating system.
  • New bill challenges RIAA's subpoena campaign

    Posted September 17, 2003 - 9:43 am

    Amid an escalating debate over the enforcement of copyrights online, a U.S. senator has introduced a bill that would prevent copyright holders from compelling Internet service providers (ISPs) to reveal names and information of subscribers suspected of infringing without first filing a civil lawsuit.
  • Holding vendors responsible for regulatory compliance

    Posted September 16, 2003 - 3:23 pm

    Many IT departments, particularly in the medical and financial services field, are straining under the burden of regulations pertaining to security and record retention. There are many vendors out there who claim that they'll help you meet your legal responsibilities. But how can you choose the best vendors - and how can you hold them to their promises? These links will help.
  • A list of HIPAA-certified software vendors, clearinghouses, and service bureaus

    Posted September 16, 2003 - 2:02 pm

    If you're looking for HIPAA-compliant software and hardware, this list can point you in the right direction.
  • Have I got a deal for you! Cutting through vendor hype

    Posted September 16, 2003 - 1:58 pm

    Vendors will play on your fear of regulatory actions to oversell their products. This article will help you cut through the hype and choose the vendor that will keep your company on the straight and narrow.
  • Security: Can you afford not to outsource it?

    Posted September 16, 2003 - 1:52 pm

    The demands of regulators have prompted many IT pros to outsource their IT security. But how to pick a vendor? This article offers some tips from the field.
  • Compliance buying decisions: The right way, the smart way

    Posted September 16, 2003 - 1:47 pm

    New government regulations are placing a burden on IT departments to store vast amounts of data. This buying guide will help you decide which vendors can help you meet your regulatory burden.
  • Why managed security services are so popular in financial institutions

    Posted September 16, 2003 - 1:41 pm

    Regulations actually drive many financial institutions to outsource their security. Find out how vendors can help such institutions meet their regulatory burden.
  • Questions to ask your practice management software vendor

    Posted September 16, 2003 - 1:36 pm

    The HIPAA placed a heavy burden on medical providers to keep their paperwork in order. This checklist outlines the questions that any medical practice needs to pose to its software providers to make sure that their management software will keep up with the law.
  • Due diligence gets its due

    Posted September 16, 2003 - 1:32 pm

    With increased security regulations in the financial services world, a host of outsourcing firms have sprung up promising to manage the regulatory complexity for financial institutions. But as this article explains, such institutions need to find out all they can about outsourcing firms before they sign on the bottom line.
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