Stories by Tom Krazit

Santa Claus worm strikes IM clients

The Santa Claus worm doesn't care whether you've been naughty or nice, but it's making a list of PCs to infect this holiday season, according to a threat alert released by security firm IMlogic Tuesday.

RIM goes on offensive in patent dispute with NTP

Despite expectations by industry and legal analysts that Research in Motion (RIM) would settle its ongoing patent dispute with NTP, the BlackBerry maker came out swinging Monday, bolstered by recent decisions by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) that call NTP's claims into question.

HP no longer feeling blue, to support HD-DVD

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has dropped its exclusive support for the Blu-ray high-definition DVD recording standard, pledging to support both Blu-ray Disc and a rival standard known as HD-DVD, the company announced Friday.

Spansion takes in US$506M in flash memory IPO

Spansion made its debut as a publicly traded company Friday, offering shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange that closed up 13 percent from their opening price. However, the initial public offering did not raise as much money as the company had once hoped.

RIM and NTP trying to mediate their dispute

Research in Motion (RIM) and NTP are in talks with a mediator in a possible attempt to settle their legal dispute, which could result in an injunction on the sales of the BlackBerry handheld and e-mail service in the U.S., according to a RIM executive.

Coming soon: Indium Antimonide Valley?

Intel has improved its work on building a new type of transistor that uses elements other than silicon as building blocks for a future generation of processors, researchers said Wednesday at the International Electron Device Meeting.

Network Chemistry rolls out notebook security software

Wireless security seems like an elusive goal with the proliferation of Wi-Fi hot spots and broadband cellular connections, but a new product from Network Chemistry is designed to let corporations enforce security policies for their traveling users.

Microsoft modifying IE to get around Eolas patent

Microsoft plans to change the way its Internet Explorer (IE) browser handles Web pages with interactive content, in part to sidestep patents held by Eolas Technologies, a company spokesman confirmed late Friday.

Key ruling in Blackberry dispute imminent

An important ruling in the ongoing patent dispute between Blackberry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) and NTP could come as early as this Tuesday, as RIM puts the finishing touches on a "workaround" that it claims sidesteps NTP's patents.

Study: Security still top IT spending priority

A recent survey of 100 US IT executives predicts that IT spending will decrease slightly in 2006 as more businesses worry about global economic conditions, but security software and enterprise IT upgrades remain top concerns, according to Goldman, Sachs & Co.

HP Q4 revenue up, profits fall on layoff charges

Hewlett-Packard's fourth-quarter revenue rose on strong growth in PC and server shipments, but restructuring charges and a decline in revenue from consumer printers hurt its profitability for the quarter.