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June 13, 2003
The Pentagon approved a $900-million project to build a high-speed fiber optic network connecting U.S. defense command posts around the world, allowing the government to begin awarding contracts to communications equipment makers. Makers of equipment and software such as Tellabs Inc., Lucent Technologies Inc. and Juniper Networks Inc., which all have suffered a slump in demand for their products, have said they may submit bids for some of the contracts. From Bloomberg News
December 18, 2002 | From Reuters
Federal prosecutors Tuesday charged a disgruntled former employee of UBS PaineWebber with fraud and accused him of trying to sabotage the brokerage's computer network with an electronic "logic bomb." The Justice Department's New Jersey district accused Roger Duronio, 60, of planting the logic bomb in about 1,000 of PaineWebber's 1,500 networked computers. So-called logic bombs are pieces of software code buried within another program that are designed to disrupt computer systems.
November 22, 2002 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
A group of record companies and music publishers has asked a federal judge to hold the Madster online file-sharing system in contempt of court for allegedly failing to halt piracy. The motion, filed late Wednesday, came a week after Madster told U.S. District Judge Marvin E. Aspen in Chicago that it was "impractical" to comply with a pretrial injunction he issued last month to stop copyright infringement.
November 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal authorities have cracked the case of an international hacker who broke into roughly 100 unclassified U.S. military networks over the last year, officials said. Officials declined to identify the British citizen but said he could be indicted as early as today. U.S. authorities reportedly were weighing whether to seek his extradition from England for prosecution.
November 1, 2002 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge has ordered the Madster file-sharing network to stop its users from making unauthorized copies of music and movies, but the network's creator said he can't stop infringements or control what users do. The major record companies and movie studios hailed the preliminary injunction issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Marvin E. Aspen in Chicago against John A. Deep and two Madster-related companies that he operates.
October 25, 2002 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
Continuing their battle against online piracy, the trade associations representing record companies, Hollywood studios, songwriters and music publishers are urging the country's largest corporations to prevent their computer networks from being used to make unauthorized copies through the Internet.
If going online with your home computer is like turning on the tap for a glass of water, getting on the Internet this fall at Case Western Reserve University is going to be like opening a fire hydrant. In all, 16,000 computers, including machines in every dorm room, will be capable of being linked over the coming year to a fiber-optic network that delivers data at up to 1 gigabit per second.
July 9, 2002 | Jon Healey
U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson of Los Angeles agreed to let the movie and music industries expand their copyright infringement lawsuit against Kazaa and two other leading file-sharing networks, adding Sharman Networks and five other new defendants. Based in the South Pacific island of Vanuatu, privately held Sharman Networks distributes the Kazaa software and owns its Web site.
Day after day since 1984, teams of programmers, linguists, theologians, mathematicians and philosophers have plugged away at a $60-million project they hope will transform human existence: teaching a computer common sense. They have been feeding a database named Cyc 1.4 million truths and generalities about daily life so it can automatically make assumptions humans make: Creatures that die stay dead. Dogs have spines. Scaling a cliff requires intense physical effort.
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