Technology

  • August 2, 2006

    Rigas Family Transfer Clinched Time Warner Deal

    A federal bankruptcy court judge approved a settlement Friday that transferred control of two cable systems from the Rigas family to Adelphia Communications Corp., setting the stage for a $17 billion sale to the company's former rivals.

  • August 2, 2006

    Apple Responds to Scandinavian Antitrust Inquiry

    Apple Computer Inc. has met a deadline imposed by a Scandinavian federal consumer agency to respond to claims that it is violating antitrust laws by not making songs purchased on its online music store compatible with other brands’ mp3 players.

  • August 1, 2006

    Microsoft Sues Belkin Over Plug-And-Play Technology

    Microsoft Corp. filed a patent infringement complaint Tuesday with the International Trade Commission against Belkin Corp. over so-called U2 technology.

  • August 1, 2006

    Microsoft Wins Bid For New Judge In Eolas Spat

    After years of legal sniping with browser technology firm Eolas Technologies Inc., Microsoft Corp. will have a chance to renew its battle cry after a Federal Circuit ruling Monday that will allow the software giant to bring its long-simmering patent infringement case before a different judge.

  • August 1, 2006

    Caught Cashing In Expired Options, CEO Resigns

    Embattled Brooks Automation Inc., a supplier for the semiconductor industry, has restated its earnings over a nine-year period by a whopping $64.5 million after an internal investigation found widespread “errors” in stock option grants.

  • August 1, 2006

    Ericsson Takes Aim At Samsung Over Phone Patents

    Taking the offensive against South Korean Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. once again, Swedish handset maker Ericsson Inc. has brought an infringement suit, alleging its rival has violated 11 of its mobile communication patents.

  • July 31, 2006

    Daily Fines Against Microsoft Loom, But No Ruling Yet

    The clock began ticking for Microsoft Corp. on Monday, as hefty daily fines from the European Union’s antitrust authority went into effect. Microsoft will have to pay up if the E.C. finds the software maker hasn’t complied with court orders against its perceived abuse of dominant position.

  • July 31, 2006

    Chunghwa To Appeal Jury Decision

    Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd. announced Friday that it will appeal a jury decision to award LG Philips LCD Co. $52.5 million for patent infringement.

  • July 31, 2006

    Adelphia’s DIP Loan Extension Approved

    A judge has approved bankrupt cable provider Adelphia Communications Corp.’s bid to extend its $1.3 billion debtor-in-possession loan, extending the maturity date from Aug. 7 to Nov. 7, according to court filings.

  • July 31, 2006

    Ex-Telecom Exec Settles IPO Spinning Case

    The last of five executives accused of IPO spinning has settled with New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer for $4.4 million.

  • July 28, 2006

    E.U. Eyes Online Movie Market In Competition Probe

    The European Commission said Friday it planned to investigate obstacles to competition in the burgeoning market for online distribution of movies and games.

  • July 28, 2006

    House Passes Medical Data Technology Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would set up a framework for a national system of electronic medical records, a measure that has drawn criticism for failing to adequately protect patient privacy.

  • July 28, 2006

    Small Firms Face Royalty Leakage And Portfolio Woes

    More than one third of small high-tech companies surveyed in 2005 failed to receive all revenue due from their licensing agreements during the past year, according to a recent report.

  • July 28, 2006

    Samsung Loses Bid For Rambus To Pay Attorney Fees

    Delivering a blow to Samsung, a Virginia judge has rejected the Korean electronics maker’s request that Rambus Inc. pick up the tab for its attorneys' fees, despite the chip maker's “unclean hands” in the long-simmering semiconductor patent case.

  • July 28, 2006

    Judge OKs SGI Disclosure As Patent Spat Is Resolved

    A federal bankruptcy judge in Manhattan approved Silicon Graphics Inc.’s disclosure statement Thursday, after a last-minute amendment vitiated a claim that the disclosure didn’t contain enough information about LG Electronics' patent infringement claims against the company.

  • July 28, 2006

    WorldCom's Ebbers Loses Bid To Scrap Conviction

    Former WorldCom Inc. chief executive officer Bernard J. Ebbers lost his bid Friday to have his conviction overturned, one year after being sentenced to 25 years in jail for his role in the securities fraud that brought down the company.

  • July 28, 2006

    Rambus Accepts Slashed Jury Award

    Faced with the choice of accepting a $133.6 million jury award—an amount the judge slashed by $174 million—or risking a new trial, Rambus Inc. took the safer route.

  • July 28, 2006

    Rambus General Counsel Steps Down

    After five years and dozens of high-stakes patent and antitrust lawsuits, former Rambus Inc. general counsel John Danforth is moving down in the company.

  • July 27, 2006

    Matsushita Brings Patent Suit Against DVD Maker

    Japanese electronics giant Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has hit a Taiwanese rival with a patent infringement suit, alleging the optical disc maker’s DVD discs violated its patents.

  • July 27, 2006

    Fed. Circuit Upholds Ruling In Cell Phone Dispute

    A U.S. Appeals Court upheld a lower court decision Wednesday that will allow Sony Ericsson to continue marketing two different cell phones.