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  • Brief: Adobe Sues Macromedia

    SAN MATEO (08/14/2000) - Adobe Systems Inc. last week filed suit against Macromedia Inc. over the issue of Adobe's tabbed palette patent, which is Adobe's method of displaying and working with multiple sets of information in the same area of a computer screen. The patented invention allows users to customize how the functions in the product are organized in the workspace. Bruce Chizen, Adobe's president, said in a prepared statement that Adobe has warned Macromedia several times and wants it to stop infringing on Adobe's patent. Macromedia issued a statement denying the infringement, claiming that the patent is invalid and unenforceable. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court of Delaware.

  • Brief: Verizon Snaps Up OnePoint

    FRAMINGHAM (08/14/2000) - Verizon Corp., the merged Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp., is getting into the building local exchange carrier (BLEC) market by buying OnePoint Communications, which specializes in selling packages of voice, video and data services to specific commercial buildings. Key to the deal is OnePoint's ties with real estate developers that own large office buildings and apartments. Verizon plans to offer voice, Internet access and streaming video-over-DSL connections within the buildings, according to Bruce Gordon, president of Verizon Retail Markets. The purchase is for an unspecified amount and should close by year-end, Verizon says.

  • HP Raises Linux Ante

    On the eve of the Linux World Conference and Expo, Hewlett-Packard Co. Monday announced that it will increase its support for the Linux operating system across a number of platforms, according to officials for the Palo Alto, Calif.-based computer maker.

  • Dragon Dictates Its Last Message

    It's the end of an era: The last edition of NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software developed solely by Dragon Systems makes its debut this week.

  • A Major Stride in Nanotechnology

    The National Science and Technology Council took the next step toward a multiagency initiative to make advances in nanotechnology by releasing a report and implementation plan Thursday for the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

  • GM teams with dealers to sell cars online

    In a bid to keep pace with third-party online car brokers, General Motors in Detroit yesterday launched a joint venture with participating dealers to offer vehicle sales, pricing and competitive information online.

  • Saudi Arabia Blocks Access to Yahoo

    BERLIN (08/14/2000) - The Saudi Arabian government has blocked access inside the country to Yahoo Inc.'s Web pages, citing pornographic content.

  • Brief: Muglia to Head Microsoft .Net

    Microsoft launched its new .Net division last week with the designation of Bob Muglia as group vice president. Muglia will focus on overseeing the development of software, subscription services and interface design. Muglia was vice president of the division responsible for development of Microsoft Office.

  • Broadcom to buy NewPort for $US1.2 billion

    Integrated circuit maker Broadcom continued a buying spree and announced Monday that it will pay approximately $US1.2 billion in stock to acquire optical communications chip maker, NewPort Communications.

  • Ericsson 3G mobile demo heats vendor competition

    Ericsson has staked a claim on tomorrow's wireless Internet market sending a strong warning to traditional networking vendors that another player has hit the scene.

  • Microsoft Forgoes Eating Dog Food in Favor of Unix

    Randi thanks all of you who sent me tips on how to make disgusting tofu burgers more palatable. I tried the Tabasco, the cheese, the ketchup, and all the rest, but still, the McDonald's drive-thru calls out to me, "Bobby, you are a meat eater. Don't listen to that vegetation-eating vixen."

  • Iraq Foils High-Tech Weapons Inspections

    Iraq has dismantled an automated video surveillance monitoring system installed by the United Nations at several weapons facilities, denying the international community a key inspection capability, the CIA reported last week.

  • Support Serves Small Shops

    A small or midsize business that lacks the technical resources to support far-flung employees or those who work odd hours may find another helping hand on the Web.

  • Brief: Bluestone and XML Create XML-to-EDI Link

    SAN MATEO (08/14/2000) - Bluestone Software Inc. and XMLSolutions Corp. have joined forces to enable the exchange of data between EDI (electronic data interchange) and XML-based systems. The integration of Bluestone's Total-e-B2B e-business Integration Server with XML Solutions' XEDI Translator and Schema Central will enable companies with EDI systems, which previously communicated only with other EDI systems, to conduct business with partners using XML. Bluestone and XML Solutions also want to enable companies to exchange XML-to-XML and schema-to-schema data.

  • IBM to Offer Prepackaged Linux Clustering

    SAN FRANCISCO (08/14/2000) - IBM Corp. Tuesday will take the wraps off its first prepackaged Linux cluster offering, a set of hardware and software that will be aimed at businesses running technical and scientific applications, as well as fast-growing dot-coms in need of a scalable Web server.

  • Japan's Police Gain Right to Tap Phone, E-Mail

    TOKYO (07/14/2000) - Japan's police gained at midnight Tuesday the right to eavesdrop on telephone calls and fax messages and access e-mail accounts in the course of their investigations into serious crimes -- defined by the law as those concerning illegal drugs, cases involving weapons, organized group illegal entry into Japan, and organized murders.

  • LinuxWorld Announcements Looming

    Improvements in Linux clustering, system management, and the future of open source as it relates to enterprise performance and 64-bit computing will be hot topics at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo at the San Jose Convention Center, in San Jose, Calif., this week.

  • Brief: Insurer Apologizes for E-Mail Snafu

    FRAMINGHAM (08/14/2000) - Health insurance company Kaiser Permanente last week accidentally sent its customers 858 e-mail messages, some of which contained sensitive personal medical information. Kaiser ascribed the mistake to human error and a technical glitch associated with work done on its Web site earlier this month. In addition to reporting the problem to state insurance regulators, Kaiser was phoning recipients of the e-mail to apologize.

  • Taking Bytes Out of Info

    It's not just a fancy paper shredder. It's a "disintegrator" designed to destroy paper and a variety of high-tech media.

  • DOJ to reply on Tuesday to Microsoft brief

    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and state officials will file a brief with the US Supreme Court on Tuesday rebutting statements by Microsoft Corp. and arguing that the antitrust suit against the company should not be heard by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.