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  • Qwest faces new probe on collusion

    Posted April 29, 2002 - 8:24 am

    Already facing a probe by the SEC into whether it misleadingly inflated revenues in 2000 and 2001, telecommunication carrier Qwest Communications International Inc. is under suspicion of striking secret deals with competitors who agreed not to oppose Qwest's rapid expansion, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
  • States to MS: 'Commingling' must end

    Posted April 26, 2002 - 10:39 am

    The nine states still pursuing Microsoft Corp. in a federal antitrust case took an opportunity in a Thursday court filing to remind the company that the remedy phase of the trial isn't about whether the software maker broke the law, but about what should be done about its operating system monopoly.
  • U.S. senator's privacy bill draws industry opposition

    Posted April 25, 2002 - 3:38 pm

    A prominent U.S. senator held a congressional hearing Thursday morning to collect feedback on his proposed online privacy bill. While panel members representing the technology industry said the measure goes too far in limiting online companies' actions, advocates for consumer rights said the bill could go even further to protect privacy.
  • Gates ends testimony at remedy hearing

    Posted April 25, 2002 - 1:00 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates Wednesday ended three days of testimony on the witness stand with a warning that the remedies sought by the nonsettling states will take away Microsoft's incentives to innovate and send his company's multibillion-dollar research and development engine "into a 10-year period of hibernation."
  • Gates, states' lawyer continue sparring match

    Posted April 24, 2002 - 4:04 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates continued defending his take on the remedy proposals by the states suing Microsoft as his third day of testimony unfolded at the company's remedy hearing.
  • E-mails may trap ISPs in web of intrigue

    Posted April 24, 2002 - 10:53 am

    Internet service providers may be forced to assist in criminal investigations and face more incidents of data surveillance if proposed changes to the laws on e-mail interception by Australian law enforcement agencies proceed.
  • US criticizes China over copyrights

    Posted April 24, 2002 - 10:06 am

    Appearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary in Washington, D.C., the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office criticized the Chinese government for inaction over continuing intellectual property theft in the country.
  • CA agrees to pay DOJ in Platinum settlement

    Posted April 23, 2002 - 3:23 pm

    Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over a civil suit filed last year that revolved around CA's acquisition of Platinum Technology International Inc., the company said Tuesday in a statement.
  • Gates testimony continues, tempers flare

    Posted April 23, 2002 - 12:37 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates sparred with an attorney representing the states suing Microsoft over his interpretation of the states' proposed antitrust remedies, as he began his second day of testimony at the Microsoft remedy hearing Tuesday morning.
  • EU to take action on cybercrime

    Posted April 23, 2002 - 10:59 am

    The European Commission has adopted measures to combat criminal activity against information systems, such as hacking, creating viruses and launching denial of service attacks.
  • 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.

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