Stories by Paul Meller

European ministers agree on spam ban, cookie rules

European telecommunication ministers agreed Thursday that unsolicited e-mail and wireless text messages should be prohibited under a new data protection law. They also agreed to allow leeway for law enforcement to access logs of e-mail and telephone traffic.

Microsoft pushed to disclose Windows code in EU case

Microsoft Corp. is fighting off pressure to license its Windows operating system source code to other companies in the ongoing European antitrust lawsuit against the software maker, according to a source familiar with the case.

Microsoft cancels Europe competition hearing

Microsoft has cancelled its hearing with European competition officials next month to discuss the European Union's antitrust case against the company, John Frank, Microsoft's chief legal officer in Europe said late Tuesday.

European Commission to enforce local loop access

The European Commission is poised to take legal action against member states whose former telecommunication monopolies have failed to open the local loop to competition, Erkki Liikanen, Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society, said on Thursday.

Europe waffles on spam; holds the cookies

A Europe-wide measure on direct marketing via e-mail appeared less likely than ever to win approval Tuesday, as the European Parliament failed to agree whether marketers should be allowed to send unsolicited messages to potential customers.

EU expected to reject longer data retention

European Union lawmakers are expected to ignore a request by the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush to revise a data protection law they are drafting in a way that would allow law enforcement officers greater access to information about telephone and Internet messages.

EU approves Hitachi, LG disc drive JV

The European Commission has given its consent to a joint venture between Hitachi Ltd. of Japan and LG Electronics Inc. of South Korea, arguing that the combine will face stiff competition from competitors.

EU says its pursuit of Microsoft continues

The European Commission declined comment Thursday on the latest twist in the U.S. government case against Microsoft Corp., although an official with the competition office of the EuropeanUnion executive body said the new case there is "factually and legally different" from the one being conducted in the U.S.

EU delays final vote on spam legislation

The European Parliament failed to agree on a position regarding whether or not to outlaw spamming -- or the sending of unsolicited e-mail -- Thursday at its plenary session in Strasbourg, France.

EU expands Microsoft investigation

The European Commission confirmed Thursday that it is merging its two antitrust investigations into Microsoft's operating systems, but that it will not seek to block the launch of the company's new operating system, Windows XP.