Stories by Sam Costello

ICANN unveils final list of new TLDs

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body charged with overseeing the creation of Internet domain names and with resolving domain name disputes, has unveiled the list of the new proposed top level domain (TLD) names.

Philips files suit against six chip makers

Philips Electronics North America, filed a suit this week against six electronics companies, charging that they infringed, and induced others to infringe, on a Philips' patent.

Senate Progresses on H-1Bs, Democrats Object

BOSTON (09/26/2000) - The Senate voted 94-3 today to end debate on a bill which would increase the number of H-1B visas, typically granted to foreign high-tech workers who come to the U.S. for jobs, paving the way for a final vote on the bill before the end of Congress' session, scheduled for next week. But, as of the middle of Tuesday, debate had not ended due to a late-added amendment by Senate Democrats.

UUNet Launches Integrated Internet Service

Telecommunications company UUNet Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of WorldCom Inc., announced Tuesday that it will begin offering its customers high-speed DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), mobile and dial-up Internet access from a single account.

Suspect Arrested in NASA Hack

A man charged with hacking into US government computers is being held in a federal jail in Los Angeles. Jason Diekman, a 20-year-old resident of Mission Viejo, California, is being charged with gaining unauthorised access to government computers in hacking incidents involving the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), as well as computers at, among others, Stanford, Harvard and Cornell universities.

HP Names Fiorina Chairman

Carly Fiorina was named chairman of the board of Hewlett-Packard on Friday, adding to her list of titles and duties. Fiorina, the company's president and chief executive officer, replaces Richard A. Hackborn, a current HP board member, who had been serving as chairman. Hackborn will continue to serve on the company's board.

Despite Optimism, SDMI Wavers

BOSTON (09/20/2000) - After two years of proposals, meetings and controversy, the Secure Digital Music Initiative -- SDMI -- may soon become a major player in the Internet music arena. The technology is nearly ready for the market, according to Leonardo Chiariglione, the executive director of SDMI, and is already available, in an early form, in some devices.

DivX: From the Underground to the Living Room

The din following the decision in the August DVD decryption case has largely drowned out notice of one technology that was a linchpin of the Motion Picture Association of America's successful prosecution of the DeCSS DVD decryption software: DivX.

Some Hackers Say No Thanks to SDMI Challenge

BOSTON (09/15/2000) - Surely you've heard the one about the fox guarding the hen house? Well, what if the hens asked the fox to try and break into their house so that they could learn how to better protect themselves? Strange as it may sound, that's exactly what the creators of SDMI, the Secure Digital Music Initiative, are doing starting Friday.

FCC Treads Water, Makes Ruling on Digital TV

BOSTON (09/14/2000) - While declining to issue a definitive ruling on the future of digital television that some observers expected, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Thursday resolved one issue and ordered the interested parties to resume negotiations and return with a final proposal within 30 days on another.

Intuit Launches Small-Business Marketplace

BOSTON (09/11/2000) - Intuit Inc., the maker of the successful Quicken and QuickBooks lines of accounting software, on Monday announced a new online marketplace, called QuickBooks Shopping Source, targeted at small businesses.

MP3.Com to Resume My.MP3.Com Service

BOSTON (09/08/2000) - Only two days after a judge found the company guilty of "willfully infringing" the Universal Music Group's copyrights, Internet music company Inc. announced that it will relaunch its service starting in a few weeks.

MPAA Pursues DeCSS Posters over Links

BOSTON (09/06/2000) - In the last 10 days of August, the Motion Picture Association of America Inc. (MPAA) began sending cease-and-desist orders to people who post or link to the De-Content Scrambling System (DeCSS) program from their Web sites.

Many observers had expected the MPAA to take such action after the Aug. 17 ruling by New York State District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan barring journalist Eric Corley from linking to DeCSS, a program that decrypts DVDs (digital versatile discs), from the Web site of his publication, 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.