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  • NextWave can keep wireless licenses, Supreme Court rules

    Posted January 28, 2003 - 11:03 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that bankrupt wireless provider NextWave Telecom Inc. can keep 63 wireless spectrum licenses it bid $4.74 billion for, and that may be what the company intends to do.
  • Yahoo, Sony settle Launchcast lawsuit

    Posted January 28, 2003 - 10:09 am

    Yahoo Inc. has settled a copyright infringement lawsuit with Sony Music Entertainment Inc. over the company's Launchcast audio and video streaming service, it said in a statement.
  • UPDATE: US Senate blocks government data-mining plan

    Posted January 24, 2003 - 12:15 pm

    The U.S. Senate has put the brakes on a much-criticized U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) data-mining project until Congress can review it.
  • CA to provide customer contracts in gov't investigation

    Posted January 23, 2003 - 3:43 pm

    Computer Associates International Inc. is cooperating with a formal request from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for contracts with 10 of CA's customers, in an ongoing investigation in the company's accounting practices, it said Wednesday.
  • Microsoft asks appeals court to stay Java order

    Posted January 23, 2003 - 9:48 am

    Microsoft Corp. asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to delay a lower court order that forces it to distribute Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java software with Windows.
  • SBC tries to enforce patent on frame-like browsing

    Posted January 22, 2003 - 3:18 pm

    SBC Intellectual Property owns two U.S. patents on a Web site navigation tool called a "structured document browser" and it is asking MuseumTour.com and other sites to pony up licensing fees.
  • Microsoft rivals fear EU ruling may be narrow

    Posted January 22, 2003 - 2:58 pm

    As the European Union wraps up its antitrust investigation into Microsoft Corp., competitors fear that the European Commission may issue a ruling that fails to prevent future abuses by the software maker.
  • UK mobile operators ordered to cut fees

    Posted January 22, 2003 - 11:31 am

    UK telecommunication regulator Oftel is ordering the country's four mobile phone operators to reduce fees by July for fixed-line calls terminated on their networks. The decision has led to protests by the mobile operators, with some threatening to launch legal challenges.
  • UK virus writer sentenced to two years in prison

    Posted January 22, 2003 - 11:18 am

    A 22-year-old British man has been sentenced to two years in prison for creating and sending out three computer viruses, one of the toughest sentences given so far to a virus writer.
  • Judge says Verizon must turn over name of downloader

    Posted January 22, 2003 - 10:13 am

    The recording industry can get its hands on the name of an Internet user who downloaded more than 600 songs in a single day, a federal judge has ruled.
  • 'DVD Jon' to face appeal

    Posted January 21, 2003 - 4:37 pm

    The Norwegian government submitted an appeal Tuesday on the acquittal by Oslo City Court of Jon Lech Johansen, also known as "DVD Jon," on charges regarding his development and distribution of DeCSS, a program that can be used to break the digital copy-protection mechanism of DVDs.
  • Judge: Microsoft's Java deadline starts ticking

    Posted January 21, 2003 - 12:10 pm

    The final judge's order requiring Microsoft Corp. to distribute Sun Microsystems Inc.'s version of Java gives Microsoft a deadline of 120 days after Feb. 4 to include Sun's Java with all versions of Windows XP and with all Web browsers that include .Net functionality.
  • Sun, Microsoft agree on Java order

    Posted January 21, 2003 - 11:11 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have agreed on how Microsoft should comply with a federal judge's order to carry Sun's version of Java with its newest operating systems.
  • Microsoft privacy chief quits

    Posted January 21, 2003 - 10:47 am

    Microsoft Corp.'s Corporate Privacy Officer, Richard Purcell, will resign at the end of March, the company said Tuesday in a statement.
  • IT needs a voice in the privacy debate

    Posted January 17, 2003 - 4:17 pm

    Roller coaster economies aside, the IT industry has had it pretty good for the past quarter-century. In fact, information -- along with the stone, bronze, iron and the rather enigmatic dark -- has even had an age named after it. Today we are firmly entrenched in it.
  • Senators want to block government data mining

    Posted January 16, 2003 - 5:52 pm

    The U.S. Department of Defense Total Information Awareness data-mining project, which has set off alarms over privacy issues, would be put on hold if a bill from three U.S. senators eventually passes.
  • ACLU finds technology is eroding privacy

    Posted January 16, 2003 - 5:33 pm

    The Orwellian vision of a "surveillance society," where the government peeks over everyone's shoulder and there are scant chances to hide, is coming dangerously close to reality, according to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) this week.
  • Spam fighters to gather at MIT

    Posted January 16, 2003 - 5:22 pm

    Spam, long the arch nemesis of e-mail users, has become so pervasive recently that a whole conference is being held to try to find better ways to fight it. Researchers, industry experts and spam filter hackers are descending on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Friday for what is being dubbed as the first-ever Spam Conference.
  • FTC asks to skip Rambus trial over missing documents

    Posted January 16, 2003 - 5:11 pm

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has asked an administrative law judge to issue a "default judgment" against memory chipmaker Rambus Inc. and go straight to the punishment phase in the FTC's anticompetition case against the company because Rambus allegedly destroyed documents related to the matter.
  • Security companies seek legislative boost

    Posted January 16, 2003 - 2:28 pm

    An organization made up of Washington, D.C., lobbyists, computer industry groups and corporations is urging members of the U.S. Congress to speed up appropriations for domestic security and warns that delays in funding leave the nation vulnerable.
  • Sex.com case seeks to define domain names as property

    Posted January 16, 2003 - 2:10 pm

    In what adult Internet search engine Sex.com is calling a partial victory in its case against registrar VeriSign Inc., a federal appeals court has asked the California Supreme Court to consider whether a domain name can be considered property.
  • RIAA still not thinking of consumers

    Posted January 15, 2003 - 5:35 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of America Inc. (RIAA) and two major IT trade groups have agreed on the direction public policy for copyright projection should take, but representatives of a couple of consumer groups say the agreement may still hurt Internet users.
  • RIAA, IT groups agree on digital rights

    Posted January 15, 2003 - 10:47 am

    The music and technology industries, which have often clashed in the past over how to limit the sharing of songs over the Internet, have agreed on at least one thing: the U.S. Congress should keep its hands off the issue.
  • US gov't to re-examine patents in RIM case

    Posted January 15, 2003 - 10:34 am

    In the latest twist in the ongoing patent dispute between Research In Motion Ltd., the vendor of the BlackBerry device, and NTP Inc., the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will re-examine the validity of five patents owned by NTP, RIM said in a statement Tuesday.
  • WSIS: Delegates fail to agree on open-source 'support'

    Posted January 15, 2003 - 10:24 am

    A three-day meeting that brought together Asian governments, organizations, companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) ended Wednesday morning with the approval of a declaration that, among other things, calls for encouraging the development of open-source software. A draft of the declaration had called for open source to be "supported" but was changed after objections from the U.S. government delegation late Tuesday night.
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