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  • Broadband bill scheduled for House vote Wednesday

    Posted February 26, 2002 - 11:44 am

    After many delays and contentious industry debate, the Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act, better known as the Tauzin-Dingell bill, is scheduled for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday.
  • Palm ordered to post bond in Xerox patent dispute

    Posted February 26, 2002 - 10:08 am

    A federal judge denied Xerox Corp.'s request to stop sales of Palm Inc. handheld computers, but has ordered Palm and its former parent 3Com Corp. to post a US$50 million bond as insurance in a long-standing patent dispute.
  • Witness interviews see the light of day

    Posted February 25, 2002 - 4:59 pm

    Transcripts and video tapes of pretrial interviews with several top industry executives in the ongoing antitrust case between Microsoft Corp., nine states and the District of Columbia will be released to the media, a court ruled Sunday.
  • A perfect storm of telecom regulation on the horizon

    Posted February 25, 2002 - 3:28 pm

    Activities surrounding arcane telecommunication issues in Congress, the FCC and the Supreme Court could converge in the coming weeks, all in the name of bringing broadband Internet connections to the masses. The fallout may affect the services available to telephone and data communication customers of all types, by changing the very basic rules of competition.
  • RIAA blames piracy, CD burning for sales drop

    Posted February 25, 2002 - 2:16 pm

    Online piracy and CD burning took a significant bite out of record sales last year, the Recording Industry Association of America Inc. claimed Monday, as it released figures showing sluggish shipments for the record companies it represents.
  • Microsoft defends settlement deal

    Posted February 25, 2002 - 11:24 am

    A top Microsoft Corp. official refuted allegations that the company is using the proposed antitrust settlement with the DOJ and nine states to its benefit, according to a court filing Friday.
  • Whose Pocket PC is it anyway?

    Posted February 25, 2002 - 11:05 am

    I'm no expert on trademark law, but a lawyer who is has managed to convince me that a trademark dispute brewing over the term "Pocket PC" offers more humor than insight into the complex system of owning a name.
  • Judge grants Napster time to probe record companies

    Posted February 25, 2002 - 10:48 am

    Napster Inc., the online music exchange shuttered by the recording industry's legal action, is allowed to investigate whether the record companies misused their copyright in attempt to control the market for online music, a U.S. District Court Judge has ruled.
  • Court appoints expert to study Windows code

    Posted February 20, 2002 - 5:28 pm

    A professor of computer science who is also the lead technical expert for the states in the antitrust case against software maker Microsoft Corp. was appointed to inspect Microsoft Corp.'s Windows source code to determine if it is technically possible to ship a version of its operating system that doesn't come bundled with other applications.
  • Supreme Court takes up copyright debate

    Posted February 19, 2002 - 3:07 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up a case that challenges a copyright extension law in a move that could affect how much content is available on the Internet and in digital form.
  • Four years on, digital copyright law bears its teeth

    Posted February 15, 2002 - 12:14 pm

    When Dmitry Sklyarov arrived at the Def Con hacker show in Las Vegas last July he had no idea that the conference would end with his highly publicized arrest. Nor did the then-26-year-old Russian programmer glean that his incarceration would stir the maelstrom of debate surrounding U.S. copyright law.
  • Under SEC scrutiny, Nvidia reports record Q4 results

    Posted February 15, 2002 - 10:20 am

    Graphics chip designer Nvidia Corp. Thursday reported record quarterly and year-end financial results for its 2002 fiscal year. At the same time, Nvidia said the SEC has begun an investigation into certain transactions conducted by the company during its 2000 and 2001 fiscal years.
  • FCC authorizes ultra-wideband wireless

    Posted February 15, 2002 - 10:12 am

    The FCC on Thursday authorized limited commercial use of wireless devices based on a communication technology called ultra-wideband.
  • FCC leaning toward deregulated broadband

    Posted February 14, 2002 - 6:04 pm

    The FCC on Thursday proposed to define high-speed broadband connections as information services, which would free providers from the web of regulation that surrounds telecommunication services.
  • Microsoft, states still at odds on witness list

    Posted February 14, 2002 - 10:23 am

    The tug-of-war over how many witnesses Microsoft Corp. will be allowed to call in its ongoing antitrust hearings with nine states and the District of Columbia continued Wednesday, as the two sides laid out their disagreement on the matter in a joint status report filed with the court.
  • Comcast says it will stop tracking customer Web use

    Posted February 13, 2002 - 4:28 pm

    Comcast Corp. acknowledged Wednesday that it had begun tracking and storing information on its cable Internet service subscribers' Web usage, but said it will end the practice immediately in response to customer concerns.
  • Report: Microsoft's accounting under scrutiny

    Posted February 13, 2002 - 2:34 pm

    Adding fuel to suspicions raised over corporate accounting methods, a report surfaced Wednesday that the SEC is still actively investigating questions over whether Microsoft hoarded revenue in certain quarters so that it could be used to inflate future earnings results.
  • Justice wants Microsoft settlement comments on the Web

    Posted February 13, 2002 - 12:23 pm

    The DOJ is hoping to publish the 30,000 public comments received regarding its antitrust settlement with Microsoft Corp. on the Internet and on CD-ROM, instead of in the Federal Register, claiming there would be greater public access to the documents in electronic form.
  • UPDATE: Sun says Kodak suing over Java technology

    Posted February 13, 2002 - 10:15 am

    Eastman Kodak Co. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Sun Microsystems Inc. over its Java programming technology, Sun said late Tuesday.
  • Microsoft, Sony sued over game controllers

    Posted February 12, 2002 - 10:55 am

    Immersion Corp., which develops technology used in making video game controllers vibrate, has caused a legal rumble by suing Microsoft Corp. and two Sony Corp. subsidiaries for alleged infringement of its intellectual property.
  • States ask court to bar Microsoft witnesses

    Posted February 12, 2002 - 10:12 am

    Microsoft Corp. is trying to derail the remedy proceedings in its antitrust case by adding 23 witnesses to its witness list at the eleventh hour, nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia said Monday. They have filed a motion to bar 18 of these witnesses.
  • UDPATE: Gates, Ballmer may testify at MS remedy hearing

    Posted February 11, 2002 - 1:41 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer may testify in upcoming court hearings on remedies in the ongoing antitrust case, according to published reports.
  • Global Crossing battles accounting controversy

    Posted February 11, 2002 - 10:48 am

    A wailing chorus of investors have joined a former Global Crossing Holdings Ltd. financial vice president in criticism of the accounting practices of this provider of telecommunication services. Together, the picture they paint portrays the company's executives as negligent at best, and purveyors of fraud at worst.
  • SEC probe into Global Crossing crosses Qwest's path

    Posted February 11, 2002 - 10:10 am

    Qwest Communications International Inc. has been subpoenaed by the SEC for documents relating to the investigation of bankrupt telecommunication services provider Global Crossing Ltd.
  • Microsoft wants Oracle forced to comply

    Posted February 8, 2002 - 3:42 pm

    Microsoft Corp. asked a federal judge to force competitor Oracle Corp. to comply with deposition and document subpoenas served in preparation for a March hearing in Microsoft's antitrust battle with the nine states that refused to settle.
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