Stories by Grant Gross

Gates to students: We need your ideas

Microsoft needs students interested in computer science to program the IT innovations of tomorrow, including Tablet PCs that users can write on with a pen and wireless camera phones that interpret foreign street signs, Bill Gates said Friday.

Samsung to pay US$300M fine for DRAM price fixing

Samsung Electronics and its U.S. subsidiary Samsung Semiconductor have agreed to plead guilty and pay a US$300 million fine for participating in an "international conspiracy" to fix prices on DRAM (dynamic RAM), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday.

MCI expands enterprise professional services

MCI is expanding its offerings of on-site enterprise services with the goal of helping large businesses add Internet, data and VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) applications to their networks, the company said Tuesday.

Google fixes flaw before publicized

Google fixed a security vulnerability on its search-engine Web site within days of being notified by security vendor Finjan Software, Finjan said Monday.

BMC expands ID management suite

BMC Software on Monday released a new version of its Identity Management Suite, including three new products designed to help businesses manage passwords and employee identities and comply with government regulations.

Watson search tool adds to MSN Search

The Watson 2.0 contextual search software released by Intellext earlier this month is now available as an add-in package for Microsoft's MSN Search Toolbar application, Intellext announced Friday.

DOJ sues real estate group for Web listing policy

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against a real estate broker trade group, saying the organisation's policies block competition among brokers using a Web-based property listing service.

NSF proposes next-generation Internet

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has proposed a next-generation Internet with built-in security and functionality that connects all kinds of devices, with researchers challenging the government agency to look at the Internet as a "clean slate."

Sun releases DRM project as open source

Sun Microsystems is releasing its digital rights management (DRM) project under an open-source license, in hopes of driving a unified standard in the technology used to project digital media such as music and movies.

Verizon may get discount in MCI acquisition

Verizon Communications may pay up to US$0.21 less per share for telecom rival MCI because of MCI liabilities, according to a document Verizon filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Monday.

US H1-B visa limits already reached for 2006

A controversial visa program that allows U.S. companies to hire foreign IT workers and other professionals has reached its cap for 2006 applications, a month and a half before the U.S. government's 2006 fiscal year begins.

MCI posts profit, but revenue is down

Citing cost cuts, MCI posted a net income of US$64 million for the second quarter of 2005, turning around net losses from a year ago and from the first quarter.