Stories by Grant Gross

  • Group urges governments to do more to fight spam

    Governments need to pass more antispam laws, give law enforcement agencies more resources and work better across borders to combat unsolicited e-mail clogging up inboxes, an international economic group said Wednesday.

  • China to toughen stance on software piracy

    Chinese government officials have committed to increased protections for intellectual property such as software, saying they will step up criminal enforcement for software and entertainment piracy after talks with US trade officials.

  • Samsung execs plead guilty to DRAM price fixing

    Three executives from Samsung Electronics Co., the largest manufacturer of DRAM (dynamic random access memory), have agreed to plead guilty and serve jail time for participating in a worldwide conspiracy to fix DRAM prices, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday.

  • Patent showdown heads to Supreme Court

    The "near automatic" injunctions that judges issue when a company is found to be infringing a patent hurt innovation, tech organizations are arguing as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a high-profile patent case.

  • RIM to judge: BlackBerry too important to shut

    A judge should not shut down Research in Motion (RIM)'s BlackBerry mobile e-mail service in the U.S., even though a jury ruled that it infringes another company's patent, because BlackBerry devices play a "crucial role" in important industries such as hospitals, utilities and banks, RIM's lawyers argued in court Friday.

  • IT exec sentenced to eight years for data theft

    Scott Levine, formerly principal owner of email marketing firm Snipermail, has been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges related to theft of more than a billion data records, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said.

  • Patent ruling forces Microsoft Office upgrade

    Microsoft is telling new corporate customers to update versions of its Office suite and Access software package following a 2005 patent infringement ruling that required Microsoft to remove the patented software from its products.

  • Japanese firm pleads guilty to DRAM price fixing

    Japanese DRAM (dynamic RAM) manufacturer Elpida Memory has agreed to plead guilty and pay a US$84 million fine for participating in an "international conspiracy" to fix DRAM prices, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday.

  • F-Secure patches antivirus software

    Antivirus software vendor F-Secure issued a patch for a wide range of its products last Thursday after a security researcher in Luxembourg reported vulnerabilities to the company.