January 11, 1999 |
After weeks of plodding cross-examination of 12 government witnesses, Microsoft Corp. plans a swift counterattack when it begins its defense against federal antitrust charges this week. Before Microsoft even begins to call its own lineup of 12 witnesses, company lawyers will ask U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to dismiss the case. The software giant will argue that America Online Inc.'s planned $4.2-billion purchase of Microsoft archrival Netscape Communications Corp.
January 7, 1999 |
A year ago this week, Hayes Corp. was planning parties to celebrate its historic 20th year in the computer modem business it almost single-handedly created. The company even issued a 20th anniversary commemorative modem, signed by founder Dennis Hayes himself.
December 31, 1998 |
The Clinton administration enacted more lenient rules on the export of powerful data-scrambling technology, used to guarantee privacy of e-mail and credit card sales over the Internet. But critics complained that the relaxed restrictions still leave sensitive data vulnerable to dedicated hackers with sufficient financial resources. The new rules from the Commerce Department allow U.S.
December 13, 1998 |
Despite fears that the world economy is having a long, bad winter and U.S. semiconductor electronics companies are suffering the chills, the stocks of prominent companies such as Intel, Texas Instruments and Advanced Micro Devices are selling at or near 52-week highs. Prices of semiconductor newcomers such as Broadcom and Rambus are soaring. And electronic manufacturing companies such as Solectron, Jabil Circuit and Flextronics all hit new highs in the last week. What's going on?
November 21, 1998 |
Microsoft Corp. will release modified versions of its Windows 98 operating system and other software to comply with a court order in a civil lawsuit, though the world's leading software company still might appeal the ruling, company executives said Friday. Microsoft said the changes would have no impact on customers, nor would they affect products that already have been shipped.
October 28, 1998 |
IBM has developed the world's fastest computer, capable of performing 3.9 trillion operations a second and simulating a nuclear bomb test, government officials said Tuesday. The development was to be announced today at the White House. The new supercomputer, dubbed Pacific Blue and built for the Energy Department, will enable scientists to maintain the reliability of atomic weapons stockpiles without having to conduct nuclear tests, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
October 16, 1998 |
The high-tech industry scored two big victories on Capitol Hill on Thursday as lawmakers approved a three-year moratorium on new Internet taxes and gave the final OK to a separate measure that will let thousands more skilled foreign workers into the United States.
October 12, 1998 |
The Microsoft antitrust trial scheduled to begin this month will no doubt dominate high-tech industry news as an epic and historic battle between the dominant company in the Information Age and the U.S. Justice Department. But, like most other news stories about high tech in newspapers, magazines and on the World Wide Web, this legal battle obscures deeper problems in the relationship between our high-tech companies and the country in which they operate.
August 21, 1998 |
The antitrust trial against Microsoft will begin next month, two weeks later than planned, a federal judge said. U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson agreed to a joint request by Microsoft and the Justice Department to delay the trial until Sept. 23, in part because of the legal fight to let reporters and the public watch the pretrial interviews with Microsoft's billionaire chairman, Bill Gates, and other executives.
June 17, 1998 |
The U.S. software industry lost $11.4 billion in revenue worldwide last year due to illegal copying of programs such as Microsoft Corp.'s Excel and Adobe Systems Inc.'s Illustrator, according to a study released Tuesday by two industry groups. The study, by the Business Software Alliance and the Software Publishers Assn., found that almost half of all newly installed business programs were pirated. In the United States, 27% of software was pirated, resulting in an estimated $2.