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  • Microsoft could face EU privacy probe

    Posted May 27, 2002 - 8:20 am

    The European Commission is investigating whether Microsoft Corp.'s .Net Passport breaches European privacy laws.
  • FCC delays June wireless spectrum auction

    Posted May 26, 2002 - 1:52 pm

    An auction slated for mid-June to sell off licenses to valuable wireless spectrum has been delayed until next January, the U.S. FCC announced on Friday afternoon.
  • In US case, Kazaa surrenders to paper tiger

    Posted May 24, 2002 - 9:35 am

    It looks like the renegades of the digital age are being mauled by a paper tiger. Kazaa BV, creator of technology behind the popular Kazaa, Grokster and early Morpheus peer-to-peer programs, told a U.S. district court that it could no longer afford to battle a lawsuit lodged against it by the music and motion picture industries, due to the multitude of motions, pleadings and letters landing on its doorstep.
  • Network deregulation a hot topic at Senate hearing

    Posted May 22, 2002 - 5:09 pm

    Deregulating local phone service to spur the move to high-speed Internet connections, as a handful of bills currently in Congress propose, would only hinder competition and raise prices going forward, according to witnesses at a U.S. Senate hearing about telecommunications competition and the adoption of broadband.
  • Trial set for ElcomSoft case

    Posted May 21, 2002 - 3:17 pm

    A federal judge has set August 26th as the date for the opening of the trial against Russian software company ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. The case will mark the first time criminal charges made under the DMCA have gone to trial.
  • SEC after Ernst & Young over PeopleSoft partnership

    Posted May 21, 2002 - 3:09 pm

    A business relationship with PeopleSoft Inc. has put accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP in hot water with the SEC. Ernst & Young stands accused of violating SEC rules on auditor independence and, if found guilty, could be barred from auditing public companies and forced to give back audit fees it charged PeopleSoft.
  • Library of Congress rejects Webcaster royalty rates

    Posted May 21, 2002 - 1:37 pm

    In what is being seen by Webcasters as a ray of hope, the U.S. Librarian of Congress rejects proposed royalty rates set forth by a U.S. government panel.
  • UPDATE: Merrill settles case over misleading research

    Posted May 21, 2002 - 1:30 pm

    In what could mark the beginning of a research shakedown akin to the accounting fracas caused by Enron Corp., vaunted New York financial management and analysis firm Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. said that it will pay US$100 million to settle charges lodged by the New York State Attorney General that it misled investors with Internet sector research.
  • Report: CA probe focuses on 1998, 1999 revenue

    Posted May 20, 2002 - 3:40 pm

    A federal probe of Computer Associates International Inc.'s accounting practices is focusing on whether the company wrongly booked more than US$500 million in revenue in its 1998 and 1999 fiscal years in order to inflate its stock price and enrich top executives, according to a report Monday in the Wall Street Journal.
  • I've seen the competition, and it's us

    Posted May 20, 2002 - 9:29 am

    It's not enough to have competition these days -- you must be seen to have competition.
  • Judge hears Microsoft's motions against states

    Posted May 17, 2002 - 11:05 am

    The judge overseeing Microsoft Corp.'s remedy hearing on Thursday afternoon listened to the company's arguments for why the states' remedies are invalid and heard reactions from attorneys representing the states suing Microsoft, but offered little indication of which way she might rule in the antitrust matter.
  • Report: SEC widens accounting investigation

    Posted May 16, 2002 - 11:03 am

    A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into revenue accounting among telecommunication service providers has regulators questioning the business practices of a broader array of companies, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
  • Judge denies second Microsoft motion in Lindows case

    Posted May 16, 2002 - 10:41 am

    A U.S. federal judge has denied Microsoft Corp.'s request for reconsideration on a ruling that, if granted, would have barred upstart Linux vendor Inc. from using the name Lindows, citing Microsoft's own evidence as a reason for his decision.
  • SEC expands CA accounting probe

    Posted May 15, 2002 - 3:24 pm

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is now formally investigating Computer Associates International Inc. and has issued subpoenas to outside parties for relevant documents, CA disclosed Wednesday in a regulatory filing.
  • German state considers tighter Net surveillance

    Posted May 15, 2002 - 10:15 am

    The German state government of North Rhine Westphalia plans a new law that would give criminal investigators in the state greater rights to monitor voice and data services provided by communication companies, and obtain personal data from companies such as banks and airlines, the state Justice Ministry announced on Wednesday.
  • Judge orders VeriSign to halt ads

    Posted May 15, 2002 - 9:48 am

    A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against domain name wholesaler VeriSign Inc., temporarily halting the company from publishing advertisements that allegedly attempt to trick domain name holders into switching to its service.
  • Industry, government endorse P3P privacy spec

    Posted May 14, 2002 - 3:19 pm

    The Platform for Privacy Preferences specification may not be a panacea for the online privacy dilemma, but panelists at a conference in Washington Tuesday said it will go a long way to help consumers better understand Web sites' privacy policies.
  • Supreme Court upholds COPA ban; lower court to review

    Posted May 14, 2002 - 12:15 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld an injunction against a hotly contested law designed to protect children online, kicking it back down to a lower court to decide if the legislation impinges on constitutionally protected free speech.
  • Supreme Court upholds telecom competition rules

    Posted May 13, 2002 - 4:43 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to local carriers that compete against Bell incumbents when it pronounced as legal the pricing requirements set by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for Bell incumbents to resell their network services to rivals.
  • VeriSign sued for unfair marketing practices

    Posted May 13, 2002 - 3:39 pm

    Domain name wholesaler Inc. has filed a lawsuit against VeriSign Inc., alleging that the company engaged in unfair marketing practices in an attempt to trick users into switching domain name services.
  • Macromedia 1, Adobe 1 in patent disputes

    Posted May 13, 2002 - 9:20 am

    In an ongoing duel over patents, Macromedia Inc. Friday said a jury has ruled in its favor on claims that competitor Adobe Systems Inc. infringed three of its patents.
  • EU regulator targets DT

    Posted May 10, 2002 - 9:57 am

    European Union antitrust officials launched an investigation Wednesday into the local telephone pricing practices of Deutsche Telekom AG. The EU accused DT of abusing its dominant position in the local network through unfair pricing and discouraging new players from entering the market.
  • States discredit Microsoft witness's testimony

    Posted May 9, 2002 - 5:04 pm

    An attorney with the states suing Microsoft Corp. poked holes Thursday morning in testimony from a Microsoft witness who said that the states' antitrust remedies were largely crafted by the software giant's competitors.
  • 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.

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