July 4, 2013 |
LONDON - The saga of Edward Snowden and the NSA makes one thing clear: The United States' central role in developing the Internet and hosting its most powerful players has made it the global leader in the surveillance game. Other countries, from dictatorships to democracies, are also avid snoopers, tapping into the high-capacity fiber-optic cables to intercept Internet traffic, scooping their citizens' data off domestic servers, and even launching cyberattacks to win access to foreign networks.
May 24, 2013 |
Jaded by juggling multiple remotes? Confounded by the connections linking your TV to your cable box to your DVD and other devices in your television room? Ignorant of how to switch inputs - or even which control to use? You know who you are, and some of you have spent time at my house. Microsoft, the long-dominant software-maker lately eclipsed by Apple's smartphones and tablets, says it has an answer: a central command station for your television, gaming, music, Internet video, even Skype video calls - all controlled by your voice and gestures.
August 3, 2012 |
When Microsoft Corp. unveils a new version of its Web browser, users will be able to traverse sites as always, but with one significant difference: The company plans to make "do not track" the default setting. That means Internet Explorer 10, expected to launch in the fall, will automatically curtail the personal information garnered as users surf - data shared by third-party companies to serve up targeted advertising. The move puts Microsoft out in front of a process to set new Internet privacy standards - and puts it at odds with the $31 billion online advertising industry.
November 7, 2002 |
It was in the name of consumers such as Karlie Johanson that the federal government and a phalanx of state attorneys general spent four years battling Microsoft Corp. in a landmark antitrust lawsuit. The settlement of that suit - hammered out last year by Microsoft, the Justice Department and nine states, and largely upheld by a federal judge last week - requires Microsoft to share more technical information with other software-makers, and allows customers to disable some Microsoft programs within Windows.
September 11, 2001 |
The Justice Department has abdicated its responsibility to protect business and consumers from Microsoft. What now? I consider Microsoft the embodiment of evil business practices. Many innovative software companies have met their demise because Microsoft decided to put them out of business. I celebrated Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's original verdict that ordered the breakup of the software monopoly. Jackson's only fault was getting so incensed by the arrogance, obfuscation and obstructionism of the Microsoft defense that he developed an obvious, if just, bias.
December 8, 1999 |
A top executive of Microsoft Corp. yesterday defended his company's "right to innovate" even as he expressed optimism about reaching a settlement in the federal government's antitrust case against the software giant. "We hope that a settlement can be achieved. We've been saying that right from the beginning," said Robert J. Herbold, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Redmond, Wash., company. Herbold was in Philadelphia yesterday to address the Eastern Technology Council, a group of regional technology firms.
November 9, 1999 |
Kill Bill vs. Gates is God. Depending on who you talk to, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is the Antichrist or a great American hero. Around the virtual water coolers, the long-simmering argument reignited last Friday after a federal judge smacked Gates and Microsoft for engaging in relentless and predatory monopoly behavior. The finding is a major rebuke for the computer geek and his $90 billion in Microsoft bucks. The Justice Department case may lead to the breakup of Microsoft or force Gates to pay a huge fine.
November 6, 1999 |
In a withering indictment of Microsoft Corp., Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson declared yesterday that the world's largest software company had harmed consumers by stifling competition. As anticipated, Jackson found that Microsoft had monopoly power in the market for desktop computer operating systems. His 207-page "findings of fact" was issued after the stock market closed yesterday to avoid disruption. But he went far beyond what most analysts had expected, in essence dismissing nearly all of Microsoft's attempts to defend its business practices.
November 19, 1998 |
computers Microsoft to rewrite parts of Windows 98 Microsoft has been ordered to rewrite parts of Windows 98 containing an altered version of the Java programming language that is incompatible with software made by its rivals. The order by U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte also forces the software giant to change Internet Explorer 4.0 and other Java-incorporating software, or stop shipping the products within 90 days. Sun claims Microsoft failed to adhere to terms of a 1995 licensing agreement between the two companies.
November 1, 1998 |
It's big and tough. It's in your face. It inhabits 90 percent of all personal computers and tells them what to do. It gets your money, and it wants more. It constantly needs an upgrade. It is Microsoft - the software giant that the head of America Online has referred to as "the beast from Redmond [Washington]. " So . . . that makes Microsoft bad? Strip away the swaggering lawyers and the pelting rain of corporate press releases, and this is what the two-week-old trial of United States v. Microsoft is all about.