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  • Judge says Elcomsoft case will go to trial

    Posted May 9, 2002 - 9:21 am

    Following several failed attempts by Moscow-based software company ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. to have charges filed against it by the U.S. government dismissed, the case is now expected to go to trial later this month.
  • US House votes to delay spectrum auction

    Posted May 8, 2002 - 2:56 pm

    An auction of airwaves in the 700MHz band of spectrum by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission set to take place in a few weeks will be delayed if the U.S. House of Representatives has its way.
  • European online taxation rules formally adopted

    Posted May 8, 2002 - 1:56 pm

    European finance ministers have officially adopted rules for collecting value-added tax on online sales of products and services, such as software and Web-based pay TV, delivered via the Internet.
  • Analysis: HIPAA compliance -- the clock is ticking

    Posted May 7, 2002 - 5:53 pm

    With the first deadline to implement new medical record regulations less than a year away, bioscience companies should be taking a hard look at whether these complicated federal mandates will affect them.
  • Yahoo Nazi case tests bounds of online free speech

    Posted May 7, 2002 - 5:48 pm

    Civil liberties groups continued to battle this week against a case that they say could potentially curtail free speech on the Net by imposing regional restrictions on global Internet content.
  • Microsoft's Allchin takes the stand, testifies on security

    Posted May 7, 2002 - 5:19 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Group Vice President for Platforms Jim Allchin took the stand at the remedy hearing in its ongoing antitrust case late Tuesday morning to testify about, among other things, the company's focus on providing users with computer security.
  • Taiwanese gov't to investigate MS business practices

    Posted May 6, 2002 - 9:45 am

    Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission is set to investigate whether Microsoft Corp. has abused its market position as the dominant supplier of PC operating systems and violated Taiwanese laws governing fair trade practices.
  • Online activities exempted from E.U. law

    Posted May 6, 2002 - 9:27 am

    The lobbying worked. The European Commission has granted an exemption to all online activities from the most contentious element of a controversial law on cross-border disputes in the European Union Friday.
  • Adobe wins patent trial against Macromedia

    Posted May 3, 2002 - 8:57 am

    A jury in Delaware has determined that Macromedia Inc. infringed on technology patents held by Adobe Systems Inc. and has awarded Adobe US$2.8 million in damages.
  • Judge might not admit licensing evidence

    Posted May 1, 2002 - 1:10 pm

    The states suing Microsoft Corp. may not be able to use evidence that they say shows that Microsoft is forcing PC vendors into unfair Windows licensing terms, during the company's remedy trial currently under way.
  • States question Microsoft's interoperability

    Posted April 30, 2002 - 9:15 am

    A Microsoft Corp. executive testified at the software giant's remedy hearing that the company goes to great lengths to disclose interfaces and protocols that allow third-party software products to interact with Windows. But a lawyer with the states suing Microsoft pointed out that when it comes to the company's use of the Kerberos authentication specification, not everyone agrees.
  • Adobe, Macromedia meet in court

    Posted April 29, 2002 - 1:22 pm

    Adobe Systems Inc. opened its courtroom arguments against Web design rival Macromedia Inc. on Monday in a federal court. The two companies accuse each other of patent infringement for Web design software tools.
  • Qwest faces new probe on collusion

    Posted April 29, 2002 - 8:24 am

    Already facing a probe by the SEC into whether it misleadingly inflated revenues in 2000 and 2001, telecommunication carrier Qwest Communications International Inc. is under suspicion of striking secret deals with competitors who agreed not to oppose Qwest's rapid expansion, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
  • States to MS: 'Commingling' must end

    Posted April 26, 2002 - 10:39 am

    The nine states still pursuing Microsoft Corp. in a federal antitrust case took an opportunity in a Thursday court filing to remind the company that the remedy phase of the trial isn't about whether the software maker broke the law, but about what should be done about its operating system monopoly.
  • U.S. senator's privacy bill draws industry opposition

    Posted April 25, 2002 - 3:38 pm

    A prominent U.S. senator held a congressional hearing Thursday morning to collect feedback on his proposed online privacy bill. While panel members representing the technology industry said the measure goes too far in limiting online companies' actions, advocates for consumer rights said the bill could go even further to protect privacy.
  • Gates ends testimony at remedy hearing

    Posted April 25, 2002 - 1:00 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates Wednesday ended three days of testimony on the witness stand with a warning that the remedies sought by the nonsettling states will take away Microsoft's incentives to innovate and send his company's multibillion-dollar research and development engine "into a 10-year period of hibernation."
  • Gates, states' lawyer continue sparring match

    Posted April 24, 2002 - 4:04 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates continued defending his take on the remedy proposals by the states suing Microsoft as his third day of testimony unfolded at the company's remedy hearing.
  • E-mails may trap ISPs in web of intrigue

    Posted April 24, 2002 - 10:53 am

    Internet service providers may be forced to assist in criminal investigations and face more incidents of data surveillance if proposed changes to the laws on e-mail interception by Australian law enforcement agencies proceed.
  • US criticizes China over copyrights

    Posted April 24, 2002 - 10:06 am

    Appearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary in Washington, D.C., the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office criticized the Chinese government for inaction over continuing intellectual property theft in the country.
  • CA agrees to pay DOJ in Platinum settlement

    Posted April 23, 2002 - 3:23 pm

    Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over a civil suit filed last year that revolved around CA's acquisition of Platinum Technology International Inc., the company said Tuesday in a statement.
  • Gates testimony continues, tempers flare

    Posted April 23, 2002 - 12:37 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates sparred with an attorney representing the states suing Microsoft over his interpretation of the states' proposed antitrust remedies, as he began his second day of testimony at the Microsoft remedy hearing Tuesday morning.
  • EU to take action on cybercrime

    Posted April 23, 2002 - 10:59 am

    The European Commission has adopted measures to combat criminal activity against information systems, such as hacking, creating viruses and launching denial of service attacks.
  • UPDATE: Gates takes the stand at remedy hearing

    Posted April 23, 2002 - 9:37 am

    Facing a barrage of skeptical questions, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates finished his first day on the witness stand defending predictions that the tough remedies sought by the nonsettling states would devalue his company, cause the loss of key employees and its intellectual property.
  • Gates takes the stand at remedy hearing

    Posted April 22, 2002 - 2:52 pm

    Lawyers for Microsoft Corp. on Monday afternoon put Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates on the stand to detail the devastating effects that the remedies proposed by the states suing Microsoft for antitrust violations would have on the company.
  • WORLDBEAT - 15 minutes of privacy

    Posted April 22, 2002 - 1:27 pm

    "In the future everybody is going to have 15 minutes of privacy." Of course it wasn't twentieth-century pop-art icon Andy Warhol who said this -- his famous comment was about fame. But the quote has been appropriated and tweaked by cryptography pioneer Phil Zimmerman, the man who created PGP encryption products.
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