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posted in March 2006
A U.S. software expert is scheduled to testify at the European Commission meeting on Microsoft, refuting claims that Microsoft's software documentation is "totally unusable."
eBay said it learned this week that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had upheld an earlier decision in a case involving the auction site's "Buy It Now" feature.
The company worked with 911 Public Safety Answering Points throughout the U.S. to turn on the emergency calling service, Vonage said.
Long commutes, high fuel costs, and a high percentage of white-collar workers put the nation's capital at the top of the list for teleworking, says a new study.
Unlimited broadband service is available for $59.99 a month for subscribers who have certain Cingular voice contracts.
MSN is offering dial-up service for a total monthly fee of about $8 less than AOL.
A free software update, available immediately, lets users set maximum volume limits. In addition, parents can set and lock volume limits on their children's music players.
The exception to the near-term growth figure is the Department of Homeland Security, which will receive renewed interest because of an increase in focus for funding for natural disaster relief and preparation, Input says.
Florian Mueller, a German software developer and anti-patents activist, says the recent BlackBerry patent battle is helping reunite Europeans who oppose software patents.
The primary market for Hughes--with services including a new E-mail system and starter Web pages--includes customers who have been "overlooked" by cable and DSL providers, an executive said.
BMC Software said Monday that it will acquire Israel-based Identify Software Ltd. for about $150 million in cash in a move to beef up its transaction management solutions.
The VoIP marketplace is getting another major player in the form of Lycos Phone, which is offering a bundle of free features and services.
PC shipments are still expected to grow at slightly more than 10% a year over the next several years, an IDC report said Monday.
Responsible for some key inventions in Alta Vista, Flaherty died recently from a heart attack.
The search firm does better there than it does in the U.S., where it typically garners a 50% share.
The delay gives Microsoft time to challenge the Open Document Format in Massachusetts. By January, Microsoft is expected to have received approval from the ECMA standards body for Office 2007.
The new 6.5-square-mile deployment in Milpitas will provide high-speed Internet access while also delivering Wi-Fi network services for city employees.
There's a new breed of so-called "Skype-killer" products filtering into the marketplace. They aim to help overworked IT shops get a grip on the popular P2P application.
In-Q-Tel, a venture capital organization established by the Central Intelligence Agency, has invested in Initiate Systems, which sells software to help users share data from multiple sources in real time.
A team of top European video gamers is competing in a real-time wireless online gaming exhibition onboard a Scandinavian Airlines flight.
The goal is to combine the pen and the computer in new ways, for both educational and broader use. Microsoft will fund the center with $1.2 million over the next three years.
The goal is to combine both privately held firms to provide Internet TV tools.
Some lawmakers want to ban online gaming outright; others want to regulate it along the lines of casinos and other comparable offline activities.
The assets, which include 2 million new subscribers in the Carolinas, were purchased from Palmetto MobileNet LP.
Three neighboring cities of Gilbert, Tempe, and Chandler will create a single network that all residents, visitors, and businesses can use, as opposed to deploying three separate, incompatible mesh networks.
The company has constructed the product from dual Xilinx Virtex 4 FPGAs to create a high-performance computing configuration that features a low-cost, small footprint.
Microsoft said the sellers of the alleged bootleg software all used eBay for their transactions.
Two vendors of phones used on airplanes noted that a recent Carnegie Mellon study, which questioned the safety of cell phones on flights, covered a time period some three years ago. Since then, additional steps have been taken to ensure that passengers can't interfere with aircraft navigation systems, the vendors said.
Domain name registrar GoDaddy.com has appealed to the U.S. Department of Commerce, asking it to reject a new agreement between VeriSign and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names.
Pi Day Tuesday honors the infinite numerical challenge whose first three numbers--314--connote March 14.
Bill Gates said Ray Ozzie, who is charged with reinvigorating the software colossus' technology, is fitting in very well at Microsoft, according to The Boston Globe.
The search giant will open up a branch on the campus of Arizona State University, in Tempe, due to the school's engineering and other strengths. Tempe being in the vanguard of citywide Wi-Fi deployments was considered a factor in the choice, too, Google said.
NEC Europe unveils a combination biometric user ID product for authentication between a NEC laptop PC with a built-in fingerprint reader and a NEC 3G mobile phone.
Darwin Partners' new Chinese operation has expertise in .Net, J2EE, and product life-cycle management and offers an alternative to Indian outsourcers, officials said.
Demonstrated on Thursday at the CeBIT trade show in Germany, the infrared device matches a user's palm against a database to verify the user's hand veins.
In an uncharacteristic move, a conference habitually attended by underground but influential search specialists has invited a Google executive to deliver a keynote.
The goal of 100 Gbits/sec is within reach, but not ready for commercial deployment, according to Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs, which says it has successfully tested the super-high-speed data transmission.
Rising economic tides appear to be lifting IT hiring boats across the U.S., according to the most recent Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report.
Microsoft has acquired Onfolio, whose add-in for the Windows Live Toolbar beta is expected to bolster Microsoft in its effort to catch up to Google.
The OASIS standards consortium said Tuesday it's forming a new committee to rally support for the OpenDocument format.
AT&T's Cingular Wireless unveiled a mobile TV service, and Verizon Wireless launched TiVo Mobile for remote recording of TV shows.
Users of some Sprint and Nextel mobile phones can buy movie tickets from Fandango from their phones.
AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth will enable the new company to move ahead more aggressively with its Cingular Wireless unit, already the largest cell phone service provider in the country.
In Hyderabad Friday, President Bush proclaimed his longtime support for the outsourcing of U.S. jobs in general, and to India in particular.
Countering criticism over its Internet domain name settlement with VeriSign, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Friday challenged complaints that the agreement was anticompetitive with a list of companies and organizations that support the decision.
Mobile phones can disrupt the normal operation of key cockpit instruments, especially Global Positioning System receivers, Carnegie Mellon researchers have concluded.
A thumbnail-sized surface mount GPS receiver was unveiled Thursday by Trimble and the firm said the tiny device would be ideal for use on Bluetooth appliances and communications peripherals.
Domain registrars are seeking to derail the new agreement between VeriSign and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) before the U.S. Department of Commerce approves the deal. Opposition is already mounting in Congress.
The finalized agreement will create a 135-square-mile hotspot covering the entire city supplied largely by 700 discounted T-1 links.
The Association for Computing Machinery says this year's winner is Peter Naur, who carried out key work in defining the Algol 60, a high-level compiler language.
The Society of Information Management is trying to buy its members more time to test the BlackBerry workaround and to try out alternatives in case the service is shut down.
IT customers in multivendor shops can use the service in a variety of ways--from their own locations, in third-party locations, or from one of Verizon's more than 100 data centers.