Stories by Grant Gross

Japanese firm pleads guilty to DRAM price fixing

Japanese DRAM (dynamic RAM) manufacturer Elpida Memory has agreed to plead guilty and pay a US$84 million fine for participating in an "international conspiracy" to fix DRAM prices, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday.

Group files complaint against 'adware' firm

A Washington, D.C., civil liberties and consumer group has filed two complaints against Web-based marketer 180solutions, accusing the company of "duping" Internet users into downloading intrusive advertising software.

F-Secure patches antivirus software

Antivirus software vendor F-Secure issued a patch for a wide range of its products last Thursday after a security researcher in Luxembourg reported vulnerabilities to the company.

Study: Big benefits from reduction of software piracy

A 10-point drop in the estimated 35 percent global software piracy rate would create 2.4 million jobs and US$400 billion in economic growth over four years, according to a study released by a software trade group Thursday.

Ballmer: More software will come from Asia

More and more software will be developed in Asia in the coming years, with China and India far outpacing the number of computer science graduates the U.S. produces each year, Microsoft's chief executive officer said Wednesday.

Consumer advocates push for network neutrality

Would Internet users want to pay US$0.05 every time they visit, or any other Web site? That's one possibility if the U.S. Congress fails to include strong "network neutrality" rules as it debates a comprehensive telecom reform bill, a group of open Internet advocates said Friday.

HP unveils telecom triple-play software

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) Wednesday announced a new software product and a multimedia service designed to help telecommunications providers move to the all-digital networks needed to offer voice, data and multimedia services on the Internet.

SuSE founder leaves Novell

Hubert Mantel, one of the founders of the SuSE Linux project, has resigned from Novell, which acquired SuSE in January 2004.

Verizon revenue up, income flat

Verizon Communications reported Thursday net income of US$1.9 billion for the third quarter of 2005, with income essentially flat from the third quarter of 2004.

Judge questions Microsoft project delays

A U.S. district court judge monitoring Microsoft's antitrust settlement with the U.S. government scolded company lawyers Wednesday because the company recently announced a lengthy delay in a project to improve technical documentation for its communications protocols.

VeriSign settles ICANN lawsuit

VeriSign has settled a breach-of-contract lawsuit accusing the organization that oversees the Internet's addressing system of delaying new domain-name services, the company announced Monday.

IBM income down slightly from Q3 2004

IBM on Monday reported quarterly income from continuing operations of US$1.5 billion (AU$2 billion), down slightly from US$1.6 billion in the third quarter of 2004.