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Tech titans team up to push immigration reform

Analysis Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley have formed a political lobbying organization, dubbed, to press for more H-1B visas for industry, a comprehensive revamp of the US education and patent systems, and a pathway for talented people now in the US illegally to gain citizenship. "In a knowledge economy, the most …
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2013
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Crowdsourced flaw-finding cheaper than in-house bug hunters

A study into the once-controversial practice of vulnerability rewards programs (VRPs) – paying researchers bug bounties for reporting security flaws – has found that for browser builders, the practice is not only more effective at spotting problems that hiring code-checkers, it's also much better value for the money. "We find …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2013
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UK PC games industry: What recession?

The PC games industry stayed buoyant in the first quarter, with sales up five per cent on the previous year. Brits spent almost £219 million on computer and video games during the first three months of 2001, according to research by trade association the European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA). In terms of …
Linda Harrison, 05 Jun 2001
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Software asset management becomes an ISO standard

A new international standard has been produced to enable organisations to prove they are performing Software Asset Management (SAM) to a standard sufficient to satisfy corporate governance and to aid industry and vendors with software compliance. Published by ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) and IEC ( …
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 May 2006
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Red Hat CEO lambasts ‘feudal’ software industry

"In most businesses in the free market the customer is in charge. But in the computer software business a company can behave like a feudal landlord. They rule by controlling access to knowledge." The Guardian 18 September. Red Hat's Bob Young certainly knows how to give good quote, and he's a history graduate to boot. And it …
Drew Cullen, 22 Sep 1999

BSA name-and-shame tactic may have backfired

The processes – or lack of them – applied by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) to determine if crimes against software were committed have been placed under the spotlight. Call management software developer Tiger Communications was rapped on the knuckles late last month for using software illegally and BSA boasted it had …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2011
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Cold War comfort on software engineering’s birthday

Forty years ago today, at the height of the Cold War, around 50 computing experts gathered in the southern German market town of Garmisch to change history. With the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact glowering at the west, the participants - drawn both from academia and industry - met under the auspices of the North Atlantic Treaty …
Phil Manchester, 07 Oct 2008
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PwC: software patents threat to Europe

Services and accountancy firm Price Waterhouse Coopers has formally identified software patenting as a threat to the growth and success of ICT in Europe. In a report prepared this summer for the Dutch EU presidency, PwC lists ten ICT breakthroughs it says are needed to resume the pace of growth Europe experienced during the IT …
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Sep 2004
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Software pirates still at large in UK

One in three of all business software applications is being used illegally in the UK, according to the latest research from the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Software piracy in the UK cost industry £290 million ($465 million) last year -- an increase of £80 million ($130 million) on the figures for 1997. And according to the …
Tim Richardson, 26 May 1999
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Cut software piracy, boost UK economy

A 10 per cent reduction in the UK's software piracy rate would result in 34,000 new jobs, £11bn of economic growth and a £2.8bn increase in tax revenues, according to a study commissioned by the Business Software Alliance. The study – a global assessment of the IT sector’s economic impact, carried out by International Data …
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Dec 2005
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Linux boss: We're number one where it counts

Collaboration Summit 2012 At the start of the 6th annual Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit, chief executive Jim Zemlin is in buoyant mood. Attendance has never been better, open source code is becoming more popular in new areas of the industry, and Linux is number one in all the sectors that count. "We want to continue our trajectory in every …
Iain Thomson, 04 Apr 2012

High Court approves software patents

Technology firms will be able to patent software programs following a High Court decision on Friday that could see the UK having closer ties with Europe when it comes to the handling of computer-related inventions. The Honourable Mr Justice Kitchin ruled in a case brought by five small UK businesses that the Intellectual …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jan 2008
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Microsoft signs up Aus eco geeks

Australian cloud computing eco-warrior Carbon Systems has scored its most significant deal to date with a global Microsoft agreement. Carbon Systems’ Australian developed cloud app, Enterprise Sustainability Platform (ESP), will be implemented across Microsoft’s 600 global facilities across 110 countries. Microsoft has selected …

Software as a service needs a clear service level agreement

Software houses must create a whole new kind of service level agreement (SLA) if they start selling their software as a service rather than a product, according to a body which represents software developers. Software developers are increasingly offering their products as an on-demand service with full support rather than …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Feb 2007
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Software sales start climbing again

Economic uncertainty and low business confidence in software spending are hurting software sales, but the sector will experience an upturn in 2003. The software industry is expected to return to positive growth this year after a poor 2002, according to research firm Dataquest. It forecast that the sector would have worldwide …

Automatic software licence checks are 'users' choice'

Most business enterprises are finding it increasingly difficult to keep track of software licence compliance, with 72 per cent of firms manually tracking compliance, or carrying out no tracking at all, according to a report from the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). The report, “Key Trends in Software …
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Oct 2005

Microsoft UK cracks another head over grey software

Microsoft has collared another pirate in the UK for flogging grey software on eBay. The software giant has scored £35,000 in damages against an internet trader for copyright violations and illegally importing cheap American software to Europe. R J Campbell and his company R J Campbell Ltd, which traded as "Software Price Beater …
Austin Modine, 02 Oct 2007
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40 per cent of business software installed illegally

Nearly 40 per cent of all business software installed during 1998 was done so illegally, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) have reported. In a survey conducted jointly by both trade organisations, an estimated 615 million new applications were installed across the …
Tony Smith, 08 Jun 1999
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What would a 'software guarantee' look like in practice?

I commented favourably on Managed Object's "software guarantee" here - but also commented that such a "guarantee" has to be worded carefully if it isn't to have unintended consequences. Well, Managed Objects has sent me a sample contract which it would use as a basis for "milestone payments" from its customers. Milestone …
David Norfolk, 09 Apr 2007
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Fine unlicensed software users, says BSA

Software industry lobby group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has called for government to mandate stiff penalties for companies using unlicensed software. The organisation says it wants a "harder enforcement stick" to ensure compliance. The group, which represents many major software publishers, says the current legal …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Aug 2006
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Software biz attacks BBC education ‘stranglehold’

British educational software publishers are banding together to fight BBC's plans to "monopolise" digital broadcasting in schools. They accuse the BBC of aiming to "dominate classrooms across the country by owning the process for creating and delivering the digital learning environment for children from 5 to 16 years old". If …
Drew Cullen, 07 Feb 2002
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Software sales growth slows – Gartner

Software sales growth is slowing - to less than half that of last year. Spending has climbed by just six per cent in the first half of 2001 according to analysts Gartner Dataquest. Last year worldwide software spending increased by 18 per cent. For all of 2001, new licence revenues are expected to rake in $77 billion, a growth …
Robert Blincoe, 27 Sep 2001
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Sun insures software model with Blue Cross win

Sun Microsystems has found life for its Java Enterprise System (JES) software at a large health insurance company, giving a boost to one of the most aggressive and risky pricing strategies in the software industry. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) is exactly the type of company Sun hoped to woo with the JES …
Ashlee Vance, 13 Jan 2004
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Poland scuppers EU software patent directive

The Polish government has withdrawn its support for the European software patent directive. At a cabinet meeting in Warsaw yesterday, officials concluded that the directive does not meet its original objective of limiting patents on software and business methods in Europe. According to a statement from the FFII (Foundation for …
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Nov 2004
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YOUR Cisco VoIP phone is easily TAPPED, warns CompSci prof

Computer scientists claim security vulnerabilities in Cisco VoIP phones allowed them to eavesdrop on calls and turn devices into bugging equipment. Ang Cui has demonstrated how malicious code injected into 14 of the networking vendor's Unified IP Phone models could be used to record private conversations - and not just those …
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2013
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Software piracy ‘kingpin’ captured in Bangkok

A Ukrainian man alleged to be the mastermind behind a multi-million dollar computer software piracy racket has been captured in Thailand. Maksym Vysochansky, 25, who was arrested in Bangkok Monday evening, allegedly sold US$ 3 million worth of computer software, "resulting in damage worth up to $1 billion to the US software …
John Leyden, 23 May 2003
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AMD tells software companies to re-think dual core

AMD has urged ISVs to re-examine their software licensing policies for dual-core systems, the same day IBM reportedly said it will pursue separate policies for x86 and its own Power5 processor. While Oracle has declared it will treat dual core chips as separate processors, and price its software accordingly, Red Hat, Sun …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2005
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New boss of tif calls for software that works

The new chairman of tif, the UK body for enterprise IT users, is calling on the software industry to pull its socks up and improve quality. Denise Plumpton was previously UK IT director for TNT and is soon to start a new job as IT chief for handset maker Sendo. She will continue tif's campaign to encourage software vendors to …
John Oates, 06 May 2004
For Sale sign detail launches software financing market

Comment Traditionally organisations have "bought" the software they use, although the range of licensing options available can be enough to confuse anyone. However, on both sides of the IT world (vendor and customer), surprisingly little attention has been given to acquiring the right to use software on a "subscription" basis rather …
Tony Lock, 30 Jan 2006

Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?

Analysis Those who upgraded to Windows 8 aren't the only ones unhappy with the new touch-driven operating system - Wall Street is too. Just don't expect any of the criticism hurled at Steve "Teflon" Ballmer, Microsoft's shy and retiring boss, to stick. The chief executive is under fire from money men who responded to tech reporters …
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2013
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Congress warned that military systems may already be pwned

Security experts testifying at hearings held by the US Senate Armed Services Committee on cybersecurity have warned that maintaining a perimeter to keep out spies is unsupportable, and that the US should assume that its networks have already been fully penetrated. "We've got the wrong mental model here," said Dr. James Peery, …
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2012
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Cut software piracy and jumpstart ‘stagnant’ economies

Clamping down on software piracy could help "jumpstart the world's stagnant and struggling economies" by creating new jobs and business opportunities. So says a major new economic impact study of 57 countries by IDC on behalf of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) which found 40 per cent of all software breaches copyright. …
Tim Richardson, 03 Apr 2003

Avnet TS senior veep Coburn exits amid divisional tweak

Avnet Technology Solutions' senior veep EMEA Gary Coburn has left the distributor following a divisional tweak designed to reduce management costs. As part of the move, Avnet has handed Miriam Murphy - SVP of the IBM Product Business Group - control of the Business Product Group that had previously been managed by Coburn. …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jul 2011
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Vietnam crowned as top software pirate nation

Vietnam remained the top country for counterfeit software last year, with a 97 per cent piracy rate. It was followed by China (94 per cent) and Indonesia (89 per cent), according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Next on the list of worst offenders were the Ukraine and other CIS countries (89 per cent) and Russia (88 per …
Linda Harrison, 21 May 2001
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Chinese crack down on 'money-sucker' Androids

The Chinese government is to crack down on "money sucking" mobiles: Android-based handsets that subsidise themselves by stealing from the customer's account. The crackdown aims to involve network operators, target retailers and ensure that selling handsets featuring pre-installed Trojans is explicitly illegal, according to the …
Bill Ray, 14 Jan 2011

Industry split over Web services platform

Control of the potentially lucrative Web services market is still up for grabs with vendors and businesses appearing to be split between the two main specifications. Recent surveys from a leading research firm have indicated that opinion is divided on whether to plump for Microsoft's .Net products or those based on Java 2 …
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Malays in software piracy malaise

A Malaysian trade minister has risked the ire of the software industry by suggesting the country would turn a blind eye to the use of pirated software in schools. While stressing that the authorities in Malaysia take a firm line against piracy in the commercial sector, Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told the >Sunday Star …
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2002
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Ballmer to China: 'Steal all the software you want, so long as it's ours'

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has signed a memorandum of understanding with China's State Development Planning Commission (SDPC) worth $750 million over three years, involving both software and services, Reuters reports. "We want the Chinese industry to grow. The success of Microsoft in every market, including China's, is highly …
Thomas C Greene, 28 Jun 2002
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Microsoft accused of leaking RDP attack code

The newly-found attack code that exploits critical flaws in Microsoft's RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) system appears to have been leaked by Microsoft or one of its partners, says the researcher who originally discovered it. Luigi Auriemma, an Italian security researcher who originally reported the flaw to Microsoft, has examined …
Iain Thomson, 16 Mar 2012
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Planet-wide cloud dream burst by nations' laws - BSA

A US software industry report has warned that certain countries are threatening the future of cloud computing with regulations and policies that stifle the fluffy atmosphere. The Business Software Alliance published a Global Cloud Computing Scorecard, which noted that countries including India, China and Brazil would need " …
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Anti-virus industry: white knight or black hat?

Opinion One has to wonder whether the anti-virus industry sleeps well at night. On one hand, it purports to serve the world by defending our computers and networks from any number of electronic critters and malicious code. On the other hand, sometimes its "cure" is worse than the problem its products allegedly treat. Add to that the …
Richard Forno, 16 Feb 2004
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Banana trade war threatens software sector

The banana trade war could spread to the UK software industry, a leading UK politician warns. John Redwood, Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, said: "The last thing we want now is a trade war with America, which could spiral out of control, and damage more of our businesses." Speaking at the opening of new offices …
Drew Cullen, 07 Mar 1999
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Hollywood, software groups push DoJ copyright busts

Music bootleggers and software crackers tired of wading through the entire United States Code to see if they're about to break the law, or incur daunting criminal liabilities in excess of the potential value of their planned activities, may now consult a handy reference guide on line. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has …
Thomas C Greene, 08 Jan 2001
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BSA software audit ‘will not trigger legal action’

The Business Software Alliance last week launched a 'software detox' initiative to help organisations check their software licenses. Today, the anti-piracy group rejected concerns that firms could incriminate themselves via the on-line audit returns. Software asset management is an integral part of good business governance. …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Feb 2004
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OEM software scams on the rise

Among the ever-increasing payload of spam landing each day in users' inboxes, there is certainly a burgeoning market for missives promoting OEM software - programmes originally distributed with system hardware. "DONT BE SILLY TO PAY HUNDRED FOR SOFTWARES" is typical. "Take discount on Microsoft, Corel, Adobe stuff from Cortes's …
Jan Libbenga, 03 Jun 2004
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Software standards put technology in its place

The fact that SAP and Oracle, normally the deadliest of enemies with rarely a kind word to say about each other, are prepared to sit down at the same table and be party to setting up the same set of software standards demonstrates well one of the fundamental issues underpinning the importance of standards to every aspect of the …
Martin Banks, 12 Jan 2006
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Designing security into software

Editor's blog In previous lives I have worked in software QA and in internal control in a major bank, and I am convinced that security must be designed into software from the start. Bolting on security to an insecure design is fraught with problems (just ask Microsoft): You decide that making things secure needs a major rewrite of the …
David Norfolk, 23 Jun 2006
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College students care more about beer than software

The ever-vigilant Business Software Alliance (BSA) has struck out against immoral college students, saying it's concerned about the lack of respect kiddies have for software. The software industry trade group commissioned a study that found students are quite willing to pirate software. The collegians' main motivations for …
Ashlee Vance, 30 Oct 2003
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Antitrust probe looms over Windows RT 'browser ban'

US politicians are reportedly poring over complaints by Mozilla that Microsoft will block access to rival browsers in Windows 8 on ARM, aka Windows RT. The powerful Senate Judiciary Committee plans to “take a look” at the allegations made by the Firefox maker last week, which were backed up by Google. Whispers of a probe …
Gavin Clarke, 14 May 2012
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US court ruling nixes software EULA sales restrictions

In an intriguing ruling picked up by LinuxJournal's Don Marti, a US district court has given encouragement to software users who want to extricate themselves from restrictive software licenses. The judge, in the case Adobe vs Softman heard in the Central District of California, has ruled that consumers can resell bundled …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2001