Microsoft settlement closer
It seems increasingly likely that Microsoft and the US Department of Justice are close to reaching a settlement to the three-year long anti-trust case. The states, however, are not on board.
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly had ruled that both parties had until today to reach a settlement before one would be imposed by the court. ...more
Virus damage tops $80bn in February
According to security experts mi2g, virus activity caused as much as $83bn in economic damage in February.
With numerous variants of MyDoom, Doomjuice and NetSky causing havoc over the wires, the shortest month of the year looks set to be one of the largest in terms of virus impact.
'The internet world is descending into total anarchy if the online business of organisations can be threatened so overtly and their senior managements' policies can be challenged in this way. ...more
Anti-piracy campaign looks at P2P log files for copyright abusers
The US movie industry has found a new method for identifying unauthorised file sharers.
For the first time, the Motion Picture Association of America has used P2P operators' own log files to discover who has been swapping films on the Internet. Most of the information came from websites connecting users of BitTorrent software. ...more
Free information protesters march on Brussels
The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) is organising a march in protest against EU legislation that could make software patentable.
Tomorrow's march outside the EU's headquarters in Brussels will take place while ministers within discuss whether to include software in its proposed directive on patents.
Although software was explicitly excluded in a vote on the proposed directive last September, activists are worried that powers within the EU are planning to make amendments that would include software before the directive is finalised. ...more
US anti-spam laws face first test
In a first test of the recently-enacted Can-Spam legislation in the US, a Californian ISP Hypertouch has filed a lawsuit against BlueStream Media and BVWebTies which owns BobVila.com.
'The Can-Spam Act provides only the most minimal protections to the public,' said Hypertouch President and Founder Joe Wagner. ...more