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Microsoft settles $60 million video patent dispute

Microsoft has settled a patent infringement case by cutting a licensing deal and paying the plaintiff $60 million. ImagExpo GmbH, a Munich-based subsidiary of SPX Corporation, the large US industrial manufacturer, claimed that Microsoft's now defunct NetMeeting software infringed on a whiteboard patent held by the firm. A jury in a Virginia district court decided in favor of SPX in November.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Dec 2003

Arise, Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the Worldwide Web, has picked up a gong in the New Year Honours List.
Drew Cullen, 31 Dec 2003

Colon cleansing spam on the rise

It used to be Viagra, body parts enlargers, mortgages, hair tonics and diet products, but lately spammers want to tell you to get your colon cleaned.
Jan Libbenga, 31 Dec 2003

Guardian’s digital edition raises stakes

The Guardian announced in July that it was joining the rest of the UK broadsheets (well, before half of them starting offering tabloid versions) in charging for some of its Web content.
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Dec 2003

AOL's Sunshine State spam attack thwarted

The legal beagles at AOL will need to alter their attack against some Florida computer technicians charged with delivering spam after a U.S. federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against the alleged mass mailers.
Ashlee Vance, 31 Dec 2003

Mitnick to exploit hackers for $500 a pop

Kevin Mitnick has been commissioned to pen another book on the art of hacking and wants you to do the grunt research work for him.
Ashlee Vance, 31 Dec 2003

DARPA quells robot road rage

After a series of last minute rule changes and a solid outpouring of anger, the final list of competitors for DARPA's Grand Challenge robot race has been set with 25 teams preparing to try and win a $1 million prize.
Ashlee Vance, 31 Dec 2003

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