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  • 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.
  • Gates to take the stand Monday

    Posted April 19, 2002 - 3:34 pm

    Adding some heft to its antitrust case, Microsoft Corp. on Monday plans to call its top official, Bill Gates, to the stand.
  • New US privacy bill aims to protect sensitive data

    Posted April 19, 2002 - 1:45 pm

    A prominent U.S. senator this week introduced a bill designed to safeguard Internet users' privacy while still allowing online businesses to collect personal information by breaking data down into sensitive and nonsensitive categories.
  • FCC OKs bids for Net satellite services

    Posted April 19, 2002 - 10:32 am

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday granted seven companies permission to offer services such as broadband Internet over satellites.
  • Microsoft witness defends Passport

    Posted April 19, 2002 - 9:25 am

    Microsoft Corp.'s Passport authentication system again became the topic of testimony at the company's remedy hearing Thursday afternoon, as a Microsoft executive attempted to clarify what he said were mischaracterizations of the program made by earlier witnesses.
  • Hitachi hits back at EMC with counter patent suit

    Posted April 18, 2002 - 9:27 am

    A week after being accused of infringing six patents owned by EMC Corp., Hitachi Ltd. has filed its own lawsuit in a U.S. District Court seeking damages against EMC for the infringement of eight patents, the company announced Thursday.
  • Intel and Intergraph settle one of two suits

    Posted April 16, 2002 - 11:33 am

    Intel Corp. has agreed to pay $300 million to settle a patent infringement lawsuit brought by software and services company Intergraph Corp., a former chip vendor, and could pay as much as $250 million more in damages in a second ongoing patent dispute.
  • MS says states' case unproven, asks for judgment

    Posted April 16, 2002 - 9:31 am

    Microsoft Corp. has asked a U.S. District Court judge to immediately rule in its favor in its antitrust case, arguing in a motion for judgment filed Tuesday that nine states failed to prove their case in remedy hearings.
  • Judge to hear US$1.3 billion suit against Cisco

    Posted April 15, 2002 - 6:00 pm

    A federal judge in Florida will let telecommunications service provider Vox2Vox Communications Inc. sue Cisco Systems Inc. for US$1.3 billion for allegedly defrauding Vox2Vox by discontinuing a Cisco product without warning.
  • MS/DOJ - Media denied access to Microsoft depositions

    Posted April 15, 2002 - 2:58 pm

    As Microsoft Corp. prepared to put its first witness on the stand at the antitrust remedy hearing this week, a federal judge denied a group of media outlets access to the pretrial depositions of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and a Microsoft account manager, who may both be called as witnesses for the software giant.
  • Company lures piracy whistle-blowers with plug-in

    Posted April 12, 2002 - 3:16 pm

    The Federation Against Software Theft Ltd. relies on the kindness of strangers in its effort to short-circuit pirates selling illegal software over the Internet, so in its effort to encourage the reporting of such pirating, the organization wants to make whistle-blowing as simple as the push of a button.
  • EMC files patent infringement claim against Hitachi

    Posted April 12, 2002 - 10:47 am

    Alleging that Hitachi Ltd. is infringing on six of its patents, EMC Corp. Friday filed a suit in U.S. District Court seeking damages for the infringement and also filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission asking the body to block import of the infringing products into the United States.
  • Xerox settles with SEC on accounting irregularities

    Posted April 12, 2002 - 9:43 am

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accepted Xerox Corp.'s proposed settlement of a complaint about accounting irregularities at the Stamford, Connecticut, company.
  • States' witness declines to endorse remedy

    Posted April 11, 2002 - 3:19 pm

    During the Microsoft Corp. remedy hearing Thursday morning, an economist and expert witness for the states suing Microsoft backed off from supporting one of the key remedies proposed by the states.
  • On2 raises antitrust concerns about MPEG-4 patent pool

    Posted April 11, 2002 - 10:22 am

    Streaming video technology developer On2 Technologies Inc. is seeking a government review of MPEG-4 licensing plans, which it argues may violate antitrust law.
  • Google finds itself in patent suit

    Posted April 8, 2002 - 9:05 am

    Pay-for-performance search company Overture Services Inc., formally GoTo, said Friday that it filed suit against Google Inc. for allegedly infringing upon a patent related to the company's bid-for-placement products and search technologies.
  • US concerned about EU, Japan mobile carrier charges

    Posted April 5, 2002 - 11:23 am

    The U.S. has highlighted the wholesale rates charged by mobile carriers in the European Union and Japan as one of its chief areas of concern in the telecommunication sector, and said U.S. consumers could soon be losing billions of dollars per year in overcharging by foreign carriers.
  • SEC starts formal probe into Qwest

    Posted April 5, 2002 - 10:27 am

    The SEC will begin a formal investigation into accounting procedures at Qwest Communications International Inc., covering the same areas as the SEC's informal investigation, which has been going on for some weeks.
  • AOL exec: Remedies must protect from .Net threat

    Posted April 4, 2002 - 4:41 pm

    Microsoft Corp.'s .Net platform for Web services takes advantage of the company's Windows operating system in a way that will make it difficult for other vendors' software to compete, said an AOL Time Warner Inc. official at the Microsoft remedy hearing Thursday morning.
  • AOL executive favors customizable Windows

    Posted April 4, 2002 - 3:46 pm

    An AOL Time Warner Inc. executive took the stand during the Microsoft Corp. remedy hearing Wednesday afternoon to support the litigating states' proposed remedy that Microsoft be forced to sell an "unbound" version of Windows, one free from software such as its browser and media player.
  • Judge denies motion to dismiss Elcomsoft case

    Posted April 3, 2002 - 10:29 am

    A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion to dismiss the case against Moscow-based software company ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. for allegedly violating the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
  • FTC announces results of Net fraud sweep

    Posted April 2, 2002 - 4:56 pm

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced results from an international law enforcement sweep aimed at squashing deceptive spam and Internet fraud, reporting that 63 cases have been brought against Net scams involving matters such as phony cancer cures and e-mail investment schemes in the last six months.
  • Microsoft asks court to reconsider Lindows ruling

    Posted April 2, 2002 - 12:12 pm

    Saying that the court asked the wrong questions and therefore arrived at the wrong answers in its preliminary injunction ruling that allowed to continue to use the name Lindows, Microsoft filed a motion for reconsideration.

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