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  • Prodigy wins first round in BT hyperlink patent case

    Posted March 18, 2002 - 11:30 am

    British Telecommunications PLC suffered a setback in its patent-infringement lawsuit against Prodigy Communications Corp. last week when an initial ruling narrowed how BT can present and defend its claim to have invented hyperlink technology.
  • UPDATE: MS/DOJ - States' remedy hearing starts

    Posted March 18, 2002 - 10:51 am

    The states that are seeking tougher remedies against Microsoft Corp. asked a federal court today to make Internet Explorer software code open source as a way of denying the company the benefits of its illegal conduct.
  • Global Crossing executives to face Congress Thursday

    Posted March 18, 2002 - 10:31 am

    Executives of bankrupt undersea fiber-optic cable network operator Global Crossing Holdings Ltd. will testify before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services on Thursday, the company said Sunday.
  • Reports: 25 states back ongoing Microsoft remedy hearings

    Posted March 18, 2002 - 10:11 am

    A group of 24 state attorneys general as well as New York's top cop Friday opposed a request by Microsoft Corp. to block nine states and the District of Columbia from continuing their antitrust litigation against the software maker, according to news reports.
  • Dept. of Transportation sued to disclose security plans

    Posted March 15, 2002 - 2:02 pm

    A Washington, D.C.-based privacy group filed suit against the U.S. Department of Transportation Thursday for failing to respond to requests it made for information on the department's planned post-Sept. 11 security systems, saying that it feared that the DOT measures could impinge on the privacy of U.S. citizens.
  • UPDATE: Arthur Andersen indicted on obstruction of justice

    Posted March 15, 2002 - 12:34 pm

    A federal grand jury has indicted Arthur Andersen LLP on an obstruction of justice charge, a development that hurts the embattled accounting firm's efforts at surviving the Enron Corp. debacle it is involved in.
  • IT, media companies find copyright common ground

    Posted March 14, 2002 - 6:17 pm

    Either the witnesses who testified at a U.S. Senate hearing Thursday were on their best behavior, or the IT and entertainment industries really are coming to agreement on technology to combat digital copyright violations.
  • FCC declares cable Internet an information service

    Posted March 14, 2002 - 3:18 pm

    The FCC defined cable Internet services as an "information service" on Thursday, potentially placing cable Internet on the same and relatively lenient regulatory footing as high-speed Internet services offered by phone companies.
  • FCC to make preliminary Internet cable decision

    Posted March 14, 2002 - 12:48 pm

    The FCC today will consider how to classify cable network operators that provide Internet services, a decision that could foreshadow the extent to which the agency will or will not regulate cable broadband providers going forward.
  • Morpheus enters pay-to-play business

    Posted March 14, 2002 - 12:36 pm

    Hoping to slough off legitimacy concerns and make partners of its opponents, StreamCast Networks Inc., the company behind the popular peer-to-peer software Morpheus, said Thursday that it plans to begin distributing music protected by its own digital rights management technology.
  • UPDATE: InterTrust broadens MS suit to include new charges

    Posted March 13, 2002 - 1:00 pm

    InterTrust Technologies Corp., a digital rights management software company, announced Wednesday that it is broadening the scope of its ongoing patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. to include the File Protection components of Windows XP, which InterTrust claims violate a patent it holds on secure transactions and digital rights management.
  • US House committee examines Global Crossing

    Posted March 12, 2002 - 3:04 pm

    A U.S. House of Representatives committee has requested that Global Crossing Holdings Ltd. turn over financial records and internal documents so it can determine whether the bankrupt telecommunication company engaged in questionable accounting practices.
  • UPDATE: Compuware sues IBM for antitrust violations

    Posted March 12, 2002 - 11:32 am

    IBM mainframe software vendor Compuware Corp. said it is suing IBM Corp. for unauthorized use of Compuware source code and for antitrust violations.
  • WorldCom is subject of SEC inquiry

    Posted March 12, 2002 - 10:14 am

    WorldCom Inc. has joined the growing ranks of telecommunication service providers known to have come under the scrutiny of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over corporate accounting issues.
  • Microsoft to offer concessions to EC in antitrust case

    Posted March 12, 2002 - 9:56 am

    In a bid to settle its European antitrust case, Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday it will submit an offer to the European Commission to grant rivals access to two of the technical standards needed to make full use of its Windows operating systems.
  • Industry ponders government role in digital identities

    Posted March 11, 2002 - 6:00 pm

    In the U.S. nearly all of the identification forms citizens use on a regular basis -- driver's license, passport, Social Security number -- are created and managed by the government. So what role should the government play in formulating and authenticating our online identities?
  • Accounting inquisition takes center stage in IT

    Posted March 11, 2002 - 5:51 pm

    IT managers aren't supposed to be financial analysts. In the wake of the collapse of energy giant Enron Corp., however, the revelations of financial problems and accusations of accounting irregularities at some IT vendors are forcing technology executives to take a harder look at the financial health of their suppliers.
  • Accounting fallout clouds Europe, too

    Posted March 11, 2002 - 5:38 pm

    Companies in Europe are lining up to deny they have Enronitis, and government officials have used allegations of accounting trickery to press for changes in how companies report their financial status.
  • IT accounting under the gun: the hit list

    Posted March 11, 2002 - 5:28 pm

    A look at the growing list of companies either known or believed to be under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for accounting irregularities.
  • Economic stimulus package signed into law

    Posted March 11, 2002 - 3:18 pm

    President George W. Bush has signed the economic stimulus bill, turning the package of business tax incentives and unemployment benefits into law.
  • Qwest under SEC probe

    Posted March 11, 2002 - 3:12 pm

    Amid increased federal scrutiny of corporate financial reports, Qwest Communications International Inc. Monday confirmed that it is the subject of a probe of its accounting practices.
  • Senate passes 'lite' version of stimulus bill

    Posted March 8, 2002 - 5:46 pm

    Following the U.S. House of Representatives' overwhelming approval of the bill Thursday, the Senate on Friday voted 85 to 9 to pass the measure, which includes changes to tax depreciation laws for IT equipment purchasing designed to encourage businesses to buy more hardware and software.
  • Judge grants one-week delay

    Posted March 8, 2002 - 2:54 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Friday won a request to delay the set of hearings in its ongoing antitrust case, in which a federal judge could impose remedies that go beyond a proposed settlement the company has agreed to.
  • UPDATE - Sun sues Microsoft over Java

    Posted March 8, 2002 - 2:12 pm

    Sun Microsystems Inc. has filed a private federal antitrust lawsuit against rival Microsoft Corp., alleging that Microsoft's anticompetitive behavior regarding the Java platform caused Sun harm.
  • House panel approves kids.us domain

    Posted March 8, 2002 - 12:23 pm

    Plans in the U.S. House of Representatives to stake out a safe haven for kids on the Internet moved one step closer to fruition Thursday when a panel of the Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bill to create the "kids.us" domain name.

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