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  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

    Posted June 8, 2003 - 5:50 pm

    Federal government information page for HIPAA, from the folks at the former Health Care Financing Administration.
  • Study: Compliance bodes well for the storage industry

    Posted June 8, 2003 - 5:37 pm

    The Enterprise Storage Group says that storage providers will reap as much as $6 billion in the next four years as companies struggle to comply with several SEC and other federal regulations.
  • HIPAA compliance: Tools are not enough

    Posted June 8, 2003 - 5:31 pm

    Here's what to plan for and consider to get your company ready for this year's compliance requirement.
  • Be ready for HIPAA requirements

    Posted June 8, 2003 - 5:20 pm

    The CEO of StorageTek talks about the companies products and strategies designed for the life sciences market in this interview.
  • Five things IT needs to know about Sarbanes-Oxley compliance

    Posted June 8, 2003 - 3:51 pm

    What you need to consider: who is required to comply, the audit trail required for retention and disclosure, which data needs to be retained, and real-time reporting requirements. In general, remember that compliance is an ongoing process, requiring a change to systems, storage and archival processes.
  • Companies will spend up to $2.5 million for Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance

    Posted June 8, 2003 - 3:31 pm

    AMR Research recently released this CIO survey report on Sarbanes-Oxley and it's implications for IT. Seventy-seven percent reported that they will be spending more to achieve compliance; about 52% have actually started to implement compliance plans.
  • Accounting rules: You must keep e-mails

    Posted June 8, 2003 - 3:19 pm

    A nice overview of what the Sarbanes-Oxley Act is and what you need to do to comply with it's reporting and retention requirements.
  • Summary of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

    Posted June 8, 2003 - 11:11 am

    Here's the CPA institutes take on Sarbanes-Oxley, with a look at specific sections of the act pertaining to accounting and reporting.
  • H.R.3763: The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

    Posted June 8, 2003 - 11:02 am

    Here's the actual bill, an act "to protect investors by improving the accuracy and reliability of corporate disclosures made pursuant to the securities laws, and for other purposes." The good news is that you can call it by its official short title: The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
  • Homeland Security creates cybersecurity division

    Posted June 6, 2003 - 3:17 pm

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a new cybersecurity center, but not all cybersecurity experts welcomed the move of the former White House cybersecurity office to a division at DHS.
  • U.S. Department of Defense sets open-source policy

    Posted June 6, 2003 - 3:03 pm

    The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has issued a policy that officially authorizes the use of open-source software at the department, a move open-source pundits say opens the door to more government use of open-source software.
  • UPDATE: Novell backs off copyright claims against SCO

    Posted June 6, 2003 - 2:54 pm

    The SCO Group Inc. has found what it says is proof that it owns all copyrights related to the Unix operating system, a claim rival Novell Inc. had contested last month.
  • Report: WorldCom's Ebbers aware of inflated revenue

    Posted June 6, 2003 - 10:08 am

    A report expected to be released on Monday will conclude that Bernard Ebbers, the former chief executive officer (CEO) of WorldCom Inc., played a role in inflating the company's revenue to meet Wall Street expectations, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.
  • Verizon turns over names of downloaders

    Posted June 5, 2003 - 7:13 pm

    Verizon Internet Services Inc. turned over the names of four alleged music downloaders late Thursday, but the Recording Industry Association of America Inc. (RIAA) isn't sure what it will do with the names it's been seeking for nearly a year.
  • 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.
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