Microsoft to appeal Japan's Federal Trade Commission findings
Microsoft has said it will appeal against the findings of an investigation by Japan's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that said a part of its contracts for computer makers to use Windows violated Japanese Fair Trade Law.
The sticking point is a clause that forbids the box builders from pursuing any patent claims against Microsoft. Japan's FTC says this violates Section 19 of the Antimonopoly Act. ...more
Comment: Email tax faces user backlash
Email - one of the key drivers of the digital revolution - is an invaluable tool for companies keeping in touch with customers, but fresh moves from AOL and Yahoo! could mean higher costs for firms and lost email for end users.
The two companies say they'll guarantee access to your inbox for emailers who pay anywhere between 0.25 cents and 1 cent per message - a controversial plan that's being marketed as a way of limiting spam. ...more
Hollywood moves closer to digital movies
US movie studios are reported to be close to reaching an agreement on what format to use for digital movies.
According to the New York Times, an announcement may be made later today that will finally enable cinemas to
begin installing digital projectors.
Although digital film has many potential benefits, not least saving the huge cost of producing prints and enabling movies to be delivered over the Internet, cinema owners have been reluctant to invest in projection technology without the studios agreeing a common standard. ...more
Vonage faces injunction against Voip tech use
A federal judge has said he will issue an injunction barring Vonage from using Internet phone call technology patented by Verizon Communications. He will sign the order in two weeks.
Vonage shares fell sharply after the ruling, falling 16. ...more
Lenovo takes up IBM's baton, plans chart-topping supercomputer
China's Lenovo is planning to build a supercomputer 10 times as powerful as the current fastest.
The computer company hopes to generate 1,000 teraflops of raw processing power. It has set no date for completion, but as part of China's 11th Five Year Plan it should be completed by 2010. ...more