Technology

  • May 11, 2007

    Senators Join Internet Music Fight

    Two senators have joined the push to undo the royalty dues a panel of judges has imposed on Internet music broadcasters, proclaiming the day the new rates go into effect will be “the day the music died.”

  • May 11, 2007

    Sun Files Amended Complaint In Hynix Feud

    One month after a federal judge dismissed its first price-fixing complaint against Hynix Semiconductor Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc. has filed an amended complaint in the case, continuing its long-running antitrust battle against the South Korean company for allegedly inflating prices for dynamic random access memory products.

  • May 11, 2007

    EEOC Accuses Cisco Of Hiring Discrimination

    An investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has concluded that there was “reasonable cause” to believe that Cisco Systems Inc. discriminated against minority candidates.

  • May 11, 2007

    Jury Hands Former McAfee CFO Fraud Conviction

    In the latest development in the fallout from a massive accounting scandal at security software maker McAfee Inc., formerly known as Network Associates Inc., the company’s former chief financial officer has been convicted of 15 counts of securities fraud.

  • May 11, 2007

    Technology Companies Threatened Over DRM

    A developer of a copyright protection program has threatened to sue Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc., Adobe Systems Inc. and Real Networks for allegedly violating the Digital Millenium Copyright Act by not using its technology, raising questions over whether a third-party vendor can bring lawsuits under the Act.

  • May 14, 2007

    Telcordia Wins $6.5M Jury Verdict

    A jury has ordered Cisco Systems Inc. to pay $6.5 million to Telcordia Technologies Inc., the former research division of the Bell telephone companies, for infringing two of its technology patents.

  • May 10, 2007

    Judge Tosses Fraud Suit Against Peregrine Officials

    In an upset for shareholders who lost $1.5 billion in Peregrine Systems’ alleged accounting fraud, a state judge has thrown out a suit against San Diego Padres owner John Moores and other former Peregrine board members and executives.

  • May 10, 2007

    Acer Wants Manufacturers' Help In HP Patent Case

    Taiwanese computer company Acer Inc. asked a United States court on Tuesday to order three of its contract manufacturers to defend it against two patent infringement lawsuits filed by Hewlett-Packard Co.

  • May 10, 2007

    Ex-Comverse Exec Gets One Year In Jail

    The former general counsel of Comverse Technologies Inc. on Thursday was ordered to serve one year and a day in jail, after pleading guilty to taking part in a stock options backdating scheme.

  • May 9, 2007

    Cyber Riot Sparks Controversy Over DRMA

    When an article containing an encryption key that could be used to break copy protection on HD-DVD was put up and subsequently taken down last week on Internet news site Digg.com, it sparked an Internet riot that pitted digital rights management against what users insisted was their right to free speech.

  • May 9, 2007

    Motorola To Fork Over $25M To Settle SEC Charges

    Motorola Inc. has agreed to shell out $25 million to put to rest accusations that it helped formerly bankrupt Adelphia Communications Corp. deceive investors, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday.

  • May 9, 2007

    Suit Says Toyota's New Hybrid Car Violates Patent

    Nearly a year after losing a patent battle involving three of its hybrid vehicles, Toyota Motor Corp. has not learned its lesson and has launched another infringing hybrid vehicle, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

  • May 8, 2007

    Apple Continues Copyright-Free Battle In iTunes Talks

    One month after Apple Inc. reached a deal with Britain’s EMI Music Group to sell music free of technology designed to protect copyrights, the iPod maker is reportedly sticking fast to its battle to sell MP3 files through iTunes without Digital Rights Management technology.

  • May 8, 2007

    Samsung Sues Renesas Over Semiconductor Patents

    Samsung Electronics Co. filed a lawsuit against rival Renesas Technology Corp. on Friday, accusing the Japanese semiconductor company of infringing on certain patents relating to memory-chip production technology.

  • May 8, 2007

    Judge Again Denies Dismissal Of Broadcom Case

    A judge has shot down a request by Broadcom Corp.’s founders and company directors to toss a suit filed by shareholders alleging that they improperly engaged in backdating stock options.

  • May 8, 2007

    Amazon, IBM Settle Internet Patent Dispute

    Ending years of battling over Internet patents, Amazon.com Inc. and International Business Machines Corp. said on Tuesday that they would settle all intellectual property lawsuits between the two companies.

  • May 7, 2007

    EBay Makes Enemy Over Web Pay Patents

    Online auction site eBay Inc. has been hit with a lawsuit over security patents it allegedly infringes through its Web payment subsidiary PayPal Inc.

  • May 7, 2007

    Chi Mei Sues LG Philips Over TFT-LCD Patents

    Continuing a run of intellectual property battles in the lucrative liquid crystal displays industry, Taiwan’s Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. has hit LG Philips LCD Co. Ltd. with a suit alleging LG Philips infringed four of its patents.

  • May 7, 2007

    Antitrust Probes Mounting For Siemens

    Antitrust probes into German engineering giant Siemens AG continue to mount, with competition authorities in Poland and France launching separate investigations into the company’s practices regarding its health and transportation technology.

  • May 4, 2007

    SEC: Game Over For Take-Two Distributor

    The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday instituted cease-and-desist proceedings against a game distributor that allegedly helped Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. play the system by buying shipments of games to boost Take-Two’s revenue and then returning them.