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  • EU likely to impose punitive import duties on Hynix

    Posted March 25, 2003 - 11:20 am

    The European Union is likely to approve punitive import duties on microchips made by South Korean firm Hynix Semiconductor Inc., a Commission source said Tuesday.
  • Lawsuit puts spotlight on Huawei

    Posted March 25, 2003 - 10:45 am

    On Jan. 23, Cisco Systems Inc. filed suit against Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., alleging that the Chinese company had unlawfully copied its IOS software, including source code, and infringed upon at least five Cisco patents.
  • Court upholds junk fax ban, spam next?

    Posted March 24, 2003 - 5:21 pm

    Antispam crusaders plan to use an appeals court ruling against unsolicited faxes last week to push harder for a U.S. federal law against unsolicited e-mail.
  • UPDATE: F5 files lawsuits over Web persistence patent

    Posted March 24, 2003 - 10:02 am

    F5 Networks Inc. has been awarded a patent for its Cookie Persistence technology and has filed an infringement lawsuit against three companies for violating the patent.
  • MS ANTITRUST: EU Microsoft guilty ruling takes shape

    Posted March 12, 2003 - 4:05 pm

    The shape of a probably guilty ruling in the five-year-long European Union antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. emerged this week, following a leak from an internal panel reviewing the handling of the case.
  • Jury turns down Internet patent claims

    Posted March 11, 2003 - 10:07 am

    A jury has struck down four patent-infringement claims against two Internet security companies, and a judge threw out a fifth, in a Delaware trial in which a retired electronics engineer claimed to have invented a popular method for processing secure transactions over the Internet.
  • Sun: Overturning Java order will damage us

    Posted March 10, 2003 - 10:43 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. faces "irreparable harm" if an injunction ordering Microsoft Corp. to include Sun's Java Runtime Environment (JRE) with its products is overturned, Sun said in a legal brief filed Friday.
  • Appeals court rules online porn law unconstitutional

    Posted March 7, 2003 - 12:13 pm

    A U.S. federal appeals court has ruled that a law seeking to protect children from online pornography was not constitutionally sound because it limits Web publishers' free speech.
  • SCO sues IBM over Linux, seeks $1 billion

    Posted March 7, 2003 - 9:52 am

    Unix developer The SCO Group has filed a lawsuit against IBM Corp. charging it with misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition and other illegal actions related to IBM's Linux business. The suit seeks at least $1 billion in damages.
  • FTC judge rules Rambus destroyed evidence

    Posted March 6, 2003 - 10:09 am

    Rambus Inc. destroyed material evidence relevant to the government's antitrust case against the company, the chief administrative law judge of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ruled last week in a court action made public Wednesday.
  • In Sendmail threat, beginnings of a cyber plan

    Posted March 5, 2003 - 2:23 pm

    The new U.S. Department of Homeland Security received praise for the role it played in coordinating the response to the recent Sendmail vulnerability, but challenges remain as the agency defines its role in securing the nation's information technology infrastructure, according to those familiar with the Sendmail investigation.
  • Court to hear appeal in 'DVD Jon' case

    Posted March 4, 2003 - 2:56 pm

    Jon Lech Johansen will be returning to court to contest for a second time charges related to his development and distribution of DeCSS, a program that can be used to break the digital copy-protection mechanism of DVDs, his attorney said Tuesday.
  • ISPs worried about FCC's next DSL decision

    Posted March 4, 2003 - 10:16 am

    Fresh from a defeat at the hands of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, independent DSL providers say that what may happen next -- a further relaxing of requirements that regional Bells must share their DSL networks -- may kill off some small Internet service providers.
  • Microsoft, Lindows trial delayed; more evidence sought

    Posted March 3, 2003 - 12:13 pm

    A federal court has ordered Microsoft Corp. to produce more than 300 boxes of evidence to support its claims in a trademark suit against software startup Lindows.com Inc., pushing back the jury trial in the case from April until December.
  • Warez site sidesteps DOJ

    Posted March 3, 2003 - 10:41 am

    A public Internet site that offered information on the underground software piracy scene was back online late last week, only days after it was "seized" by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • EU justice ministers to agree cybercrime law

    Posted February 28, 2003 - 3:55 pm

    European Union justice ministers agreed on Friday to a new legal code designed to clamp down on hackers, virus spreaders and ultimately terrorists and criminal gangs that might attempt to disrupt information networks.
  • IETF creates anti-spam research group

    Posted February 28, 2003 - 3:09 pm

    Underscoring growing concern over spam, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has created a new Anti-Spam Research Group (ASRG) that aims to put unsolicited commercial e-mail in its crosshairs by setting standards for spam detection and potential legislation.
  • Lucent, SEC staff reach deal to end probe

    Posted February 27, 2003 - 3:35 pm

    Telecommunications equipment vendor Lucent Technologies Inc. has reached an agreement in principle with the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to resolve the SEC investigation of the company, Lucent said Thursday.
  • US government seizes news Web site

    Posted February 27, 2003 - 3:27 pm

    In a move that has alarmed free speech advocates, the U.S. Justice Department this week seized a news Web site containing information on pirated software and hardware, turning it into a government-run site containing warnings about software piracy and links to antipiracy investigations.
  • German copyright levy on PCs worries many

    Posted February 27, 2003 - 2:20 pm

    Plenty of anxious eyes are following a feud escalating in Germany over attempts to impose a copyright levy on computers.
  • NIPC: Leadership, protocol are question marks in move

    Posted February 27, 2003 - 1:48 pm

    With the transfer of the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security days away, top positions remain vacant at the fledgling agency and questions linger about its ability to work with other agencies and respond to cyber attacks.
  • Microsoft to cut prices in Taiwan settlement deal

    Posted February 27, 2003 - 11:59 am

    Microsoft Corp. will lower prices for some of its software sold in Taiwan by more than 25 percent as part of a settlement agreement reached with Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission, the company said. The agreement ends a nine-month-long investigation into Microsoft's business practices in Taiwan.
  • Enterasys settles SEC investigation

    Posted February 27, 2003 - 10:51 am

    Network equipment vendor Enterasys Networks Inc. has settled a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into its accounting practices, the company announced Wednesday.
  • Internet transaction patent case goes to trial

    Posted February 27, 2003 - 10:05 am

    A retired electronics engineer from Florida claims to have invented the way in which secure transactions are processed on the Internet, and opening arguments were heard Wednesday in his lawsuit asking for license fees from two technology companies.
  • AOL offers music downloads through MusicNet

    Posted February 26, 2003 - 11:24 am

    America Online Inc. (AOL) on Wednesday launched MusicNet on AOL, an important test for subscription-based online music services pushed by the recording industry as the answer to renegade file-swapping services such as Kazaa and Morpheus.
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