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Stories by Grant Gross

  • Gates to pay $US800,000 stock-trading fine

    Microsoft chairman and chief software architect, Bill Gates, has agreed to pay a $US800,000 civil penalty to settle charges that he violated stock-buying requirements in 2002, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced.

  • RIAA files 477 more file-sharing lawsuits

    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed 477 more lawsuits against people trading unauthorised music online, including lawsuits against 69 people who allegedly used university networks to download music.

  • China agrees to drop WAPI standard

    The government of China has agreed to suspend indefinitely its proposed proprietary national standard for wireless LANs after objections from the U.S. government and IT vendors, U.S. and Chinese officials announced Wednesday.

  • MCI emerges from bankruptcy

    MCI has formally emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is beginning to distribute securities and cash to its creditors.

  • Major US ISPs sue hundreds of spammers

    Four major U.S. Internet service providers (ISPs) are suing more than 220 alleged spammers responsible for sending out hundreds of millions of pieces of unsolicited commercial e-mail, the companies announced Wednesday.

  • Oracle responds to antitrust lawsuit

    Oracle's attempted takeover of PeopleSoft would enhance competition, not harm it, the company has argued in its response to the US Department of Justice's (DOJ) antitrust lawsuit seeking to block the merger.

  • Verisign sues ICANN over delay in services

    VeriSign has filed a lawsuit against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), accusing the organisation of overstepping its contractual authority and improperly attempting to regulate VeriSign's business.

  • First test of IPv6 network goes well

    An early test of a multisite, next-generation Internet, powered by IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) went well, and the coalition of groups working on the so-called Moonv6 project will conduct more comprehensive tests starting in February, said two people involved in the project Tuesday.

  • US Spam bill heading to president

    The US House of Representatives has approved an amended version of a bill that will allow penalties of up to $6 million and five years in jail for sending some email spam, the last step before the bill can be signed into law by President George W. Bush.

  • VoIP providers: Lay off the regulation

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should take a mostly hands-off approach to regulating the VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) industry, so that VoIP can continue to grow and provide consumers with a choice as to which type of telephone service they use, a chorus of vendors told the FCC Monday.

  • Kazaa enlists users to counter industry

    Distributor of the Kazaa Media Desktop peer-to-peer (P-to-P) software, Sharman Networks, will launch a $US1 million advertising campaign, hoping to mobilise its 60 million users to pressure the entertainment industry to agree to licensing deals with Sharman.