Stories by Grant Gross

HP puts US$750m behind small business strategy

Hewlett-Packard plans to pump US$750 million into a new "Smart Office" initiative to market its computers, printers and services to small and medium-sized businesses, the company said Thursday.

Sprint to save millions with IBM, EDS service contracts

Sprint expects to save US$150 million over five years on outsourcing contracts with IBM Global Services and Electronic Data Systems (EDS), with the two contractors developing and maintaining some software systems for the telecommunications company.

Bill Joy to leave Sun

After more than 20 years at Sun Microsystems, co-founder and Chief Scientist Bill Joy is leaving the company, Sun announced Tuesday.

AT&T files racketeering suit against two carriers

AT&T Corp. has filed a lawsuit against MCI and Onvoy Inc., alleging the two companies have cost AT&T tens of millions of dollars by rerouting U.S. telephone calls through Canada in an effort to stick AT&T with termination charges.

MCI rolls out enterprise content delivery service

MCI has rolled out a managed content management system aimed at enterprises that want to spice up their Web-based presentations to stockholders or employees with video or other multimedia offerings, but don't want to spend money to buy or maintain extra servers.

Spammer faces jail time for envelope-stuffing scheme

An e-mail spammer who promised people cash for stuffing envelopes in a bogus work-at-home scheme has agreed to pay more than US$200,000 to victims and may be sentenced to close to five years in prison for wire fraud, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Wednesday.

Court: Microsoft not required to carry Sun's Java

An appeals court has reversed a lower court's ruling that Microsoft must distribute a version of Java endorsed by Sun Microsystems. But the appeals court also affirmed a ruling saying Microsoft violated Sun's copyright by distributing its own version of the Java programming language with its products.

Experts: Worry more about insiders than cyberterrorism

Enterprises worried about cybersecurity should pay more attention to their own employees than to the as-of-yet unrealized threat of cyberterrorism, two cybersecurity experts warned a group of IT professionals Tuesday.

DOJ will defend Microsoft settlement

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has taken a pass on filing a brief in defense of its antitrust settlement with Microsoft in one case, but it still plans to defend the sanctions in a second case winding its way through an appeals court.

Wireless standards groups merge

Two groups that already have worked closely together on developing wireless security standards have decided to formally join forces. By mid-June, the PAM Forum, a consortium working on presence and availability (P&A) security standards within the wireless industry, will become part of the Parlay Group, a multi-vendor industry consortium encouraging common standards across wireless and other networks.

FTC cracks down on Internet auction fraud

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) along with 29 state attorneys general have completed an operation netting 57 criminal and civil actions against perpetrators of Internet auction fraud, and the agency promised more criminal and civil investigations are on the way.

NetLedger enhances products, adds partners

NetLedger Inc., which makes a suite of applications for small and medium-sized businesses, is set to announce partnerships with vertical industry software providers in the biotechnology, agriculture, construction and other industries.

OpenBSD contract suspended because of 'world events'

The U.S. Department of Defense now says "world events" are the reason it has suspended a contract with the OpenBSD software project, not the project founder's antiwar comments, but the agency that cancelled the project won't say much more than that.