31st > December > 2003 Archive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.