Stories by Grant Gross

Qwest makes revised bid for MCI

Qwest Communications International Inc., in its effort to lure MCI away from rival Verizon Communications, on Thursday made a new bid for MCI that guarantees the price it will pay to MCI stockholders.

Study: Powerline broadband set to grow in 2005

Broadband customers in the US looking for an alternative to cable-modem or DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) service may not have long to wait for broadband over powerline service (BPL), according to a white paper published Thursday by a technology-focused research group.

Qwest bid for MCI may attract stockholders

Qwest Communications International's announcement late Thursday that it plans to renew its bid for MCI could leave MCI stockholders with a tough decision between Qwest and rival bidder Verizon Communications, telecom analysts said Friday.

Judge questions impact of settlement

A U.S. district court judge on Wednesday praised Microsoft for efforts to improve technical documentation for its communications protocols, but questioned the effect in the marketplace of her final judgment in the U.S. government's antitrust case against the software giant.

How AOL earns customer trust

Tatiana Platt, chief trust officer and senior vice president of America Online, carries the reputation of the AOL brand on her shoulders. Security has become a core component of ensuring the integrity of that brand. CSO spoke to Platt recently about her title, online security and the challenges of communicating security to children, retirees and everyone in between.

PhpBB site compromised, developers locked out

A handful of Web sites, including the site for the popular open source bulletin board project phpBB, have been compromised this week by a group apparently trying to make a political point.

IT vendors push for open-standards health network

Eight large U.S. IT vendors have joined together in calling for open standards to be used in building a nationwide health information network proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Congress to focus on telecom reform in 2005

As the U.S. Congress gears up for its 2005 work following the presidential inauguration, reform of the rules governing telecommunications competition promises to be a top priority.

Sun announces Java RFID product, architectures

Sun Microsystems on Monday announced a Java-based product designed to make it easy for suppliers to switch from tagging their products with traditional bar codes to RFID (radio frequency identification) technology.

FBI trying to salvage $170 million software package

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will attempt to salvage parts of a US$170 million case-management software package despite growing criticism that the 4-year-old project doesn't work as expected.

Vonage to offer wireless phones

Vonage Holdings Corp. on Tuesday announced it has partnered with two companies to offer wireless telephone handsets for its VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) service.

Congresswoman reintroduces spyware bill to U.S. Congress

Spyware legislation that would allow fines of up to US$3 million for makers of software that steals personal information from a user's computer or highjacks its browser will get a second look after the U.S. Congress failed to pass the legislation in 2004.

Oracle takes control of PeopleSoft

Oracle Corp. has taken over control of PeopleSoft Inc. by buying 75 percent of the PeopleSoft's outstanding shares from its stockholders, Oracle announced Wednesday.