Technology

  • March 26, 2007

    Mitsubishi Opts To Fight E.C. Rather Than Pay Up

    Hit with a €118 million fine by the European Commission, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has decided to appeal the massive penalty stemming from its alleged involvement in an electricity-transmission technology cartel.

  • March 28, 2007

    Justices Debate Seventh Amendment In Tellabs Case

    In what came as a surprise to many, the Supreme Court’s discussion of the federal pleading standard included a lengthy discussion of whether heightening the requirements for scienter would violate the Seventh Amendment.

  • March 23, 2007

    XM Faces More Litigation Over Music Copyrights

    A music industry association sued XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. on Thursday for being out of tune with copyright law by allegedly letting users reproduce and distribute copyrighted music without paying royalties.

  • March 23, 2007

    Vonage Slapped With Injunction In Verizon Case

    In a troubling development for Vonage Holdings Corp., a federal judge on Friday issued an injunction barring the Internet phone carrier from using the technology at the center of its patent litigation with Verizon Communications Inc.

  • March 23, 2007

    Judge Bars Cablevision From Launching RS-DVR

    In a blow to Cablevision System Corp., a federal judge on Thursday barred the cable company from launching a digital video recorder that would allow users to record and store programming on the company’s network instead of their cable boxes.

  • March 22, 2007

    Microsoft Continues To Stir Ire In E.U.: Kroes

    European Commission Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes reportedly told the European Parliament on Thursday that Microsoft continues to gain market share through abusive behavior, indicating that the software giant’s recent addition of its first European licensee has done little to appease regulators.

  • March 22, 2007

    Ex-Qwest CEO Ignored Analyst Concerns: Witness

    Former Qwest Chief Executive Joe Nacchio repeatedly ignored analysts' questions about one-time transactions allegedly used to inflate the company’s apparent expansion, a former senior vice president told the jury in Nacchio’s insider-trading trial.

  • March 22, 2007

    Affiliated Shareholders Petition To Block Buyout

    The shareholders who hit Affiliated Computer Services Inc. with a derivative suit in the wake of the options backdating scandal at the company have taken issue with the proposed buyout of the company, amending their lawsuit to formally oppose the $6 billion deal.

  • March 22, 2007

    Oracle Accuses SAP Of Theft "On Grand Scale"

    Software maker Oracle Corp. fired a legal volley against archrival SAP AG on Thursday, accusing the German company of accessing its computers to steal “thousands of Oracle software products and other proprietary and confidential materials.”

  • March 22, 2007

    Palm Wins Stay In Case Brought By RIM Nemesis

    Mobile computing company Palm, Inc. won a stay of proceedings in the patent infringement litigation brought by NTP, the company that successfully sued Blackberry maker Research in Motion, Palm said Thursday.

  • March 23, 2007

    Disney Hit With Copyright Suit Over Internet Movies

    A subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co. was hit with a copyright infringement and breach of contract suit Friday for allegedly selling movies for transmission online after it had already licensed the movies exclusively to a content provider.

  • March 23, 2007

    Shareholders Slam KLA-Tencor In Amended Suit

    A consolidated securities class action complaint has been filed against KLA-Tencor amidst a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe into the technology company’s admitted backdating.

  • March 23, 2007

    Under Pressure, Judge Opens Nvidia Case To Public

    After catching heat from reporters, a bankruptcy judge has withdrawn an order requiring members of the press to sign confidentiality agreements to attend a trial involving a creditor dispute with Nvidia Corp. over its 2001 purchase of 3dfx Interactive Inc., a struggling graphics chip designer.

  • March 22, 2007

    Sirius, XM Promise Lower Prices, More Choice

    A merger between Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings would provide a wider menu of programming choices at lower prices, Sirius said Tuesday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

  • March 22, 2007

    Microsoft, Fuji Xerox Sign Patent-Sharing Pact

    In its continuing bid to speed development and avoid costly patent litigation, Microsoft Corp. has struck a deal with a fifth Japanese electronics maker, this time Fuji Xerox Co., to share each other’s intellectual property.

  • March 22, 2007

    Broadcom Asks ITC To Ban Qualcomm Phones

    Despite dropping patent claims against each other in district court, Broadcom Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. continue to wage their battle in front of the International Trade Commission, with Broadcom urging a government panel to bar imports of cell phones with Qualcomm chips that infringe on its patents.

  • March 22, 2007

    Judge Casts Veil Of Secrecy Over Nvidia Case

    A bankruptcy judge has drawn fire from reporters after ordering confidentiality in a high-stakes trial over whether Nvidia Corp. owes money to creditors for its 2001 acquisition of a struggling graphics chip manufacturer.

  • March 21, 2007

    Board Will Rehear Internet Music Royalty Case

    In response to motions filed by online music broadcasters and programmers, the Library of Congress Copyright Royalty Board has agreed to rehear certain parts of its decision to raise royalty rates.

  • March 21, 2007

    Ex-Qwest Exec Says CEO Was Optimistic For Analysts

    A former Qwest executive testified Wednesday that Qwest Chief Executive Joe Nacchio remained optimistic about the phone company’s financial outlook during a December 2000 conference call with analysts even though many companies in the industry were lowering their growth targets.

  • March 21, 2007

    Christian Worker Sues Raytheon Over Sunday Work

    A devout Baptist has sued a division of defense contractor Raytheon Co. for forcing him to work Sundays.