Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Federal Court Blocks Microsoft on Java

A federal judge last week reinstated an injunction against Microsoft Corp. preventing it from developing its own version of Java to compete with rival Sun Microsystems Inc.

Congress: Fed Y2K Spending Was Justified

Witnesses told a congressional panel last week that a huge, Y2K-like spending effort is needed to protect government computers from security threats. But for now, the House Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology seemed content to bask in the glow of a job well done on Y2K.

Companies Bemoan Domain Quicksand

Companies acting already to protect their trademarks from cybersquatters through such means as registering versions of their company names that have misspellings or dashes may soon have to do a lot more.

U.S. Congress Backs Federal Efforts on Y2K

A key U.S. congressional committee that has bird-dogged the year 2000 (Y2K) problem for the past several years put the issue to rest today. In its final hearing on the topic, the House Technology Subcommittee concluded that the US$8 billion-plus spent by federal agencies to fix the problem wasn't wasted.

Government Refutes Microsoft Arguments

The snowstorm that shut down Washington yesterday didn't stop the legal back-and-forth in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case. The government filed a rebuttal to the company's arguments that largely restated its previous positions -- but with more flourish and sting.

Congress' IT Agenda Tackles Privacy, Visas

Congress reconvenes this week prepared to consider a host of information technology-related issues. It's a potential legislative minefield for many companies, especially where online privacy issues are concerned.

Long Domain Names: Anarchy.com?

There's a new rush for domains, as more registrars offer the ability to register names up to 63 characters in length. And Saul Klein is in the thick of it.

Microsoft Aims Antitrust Rebuttal at Appeals Court

Microsoft Corp. is probably beyond the point of being able to change the mind of antitrust trial judge Thomas Penfield Jackson. So last week the company tried out the legal arguments it may use in future court appeals.

U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses Domain-Name Fee Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has given a legal victory to Network Solutions Inc. (NSI) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), upholding a lower court decision that had dismissed charges that domain-name registration fees were excessive and violated antitrust laws.

MS/DOJ - Microsoft: We're not guilty

Microsoft said the government has failed to show that the company broke the law, illegally tied its browser to the Windows operating system or monopolized the operating-system market, according to a legal brief filed in US District Court.

Microsoft: We're Not Guilty

Microsoft Corp. said today that the government has failed to show that the company broke the law, illegally tied its browser to the Windows operating system or monopolized the operating-system market, according to a legal brief filed in U.S. District Court.

IDC: Microsoft Split Could Help Industry

International Data Corp. (IDC) argued in a recently released report that Microsoft Corp. and the information-technology industry as a whole would be better off if the company were broken up.

Government woos private sector for cybersecurity

The White House has released a plan for improving the nation's cybersecurity that relies heavily on the cooperation of the private sector - which controls some 95 per cent of the nation's critical infrastructure and is a potential target of terrorist or hostile states.