Stories by Laura Rohde

  • Kazaa owner has its day in court against music industry

    Sharman Networks, the owner and distributor of the Kazaa peer-to-peer (P-to-P) network, argued its case on Friday in the Federal Court of Australia against charges brought by Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI), a subsidiary of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

  • Microsoft deflecting Mydoom-B DOS attack

    Microsoft on Tuesday said it had yet to be affected by a Mydoom-B worm-induced distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which antivirus software companies predicted would be fairly easy for the software company to fend off.

  • Industry group launches wireless DRM initiative

    Industry group the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) on Monday launched its newest Digital Rights Management (DRM) system for protecting digital music, video and software from illegal file sharing over mobile devices.

  • Microsoft Media2Go gets new name, six month delay

    Microsoft has recently updated plans for entering the portable media market, giving the software formerly known as Media2Go the official name of Windows Mobile software for Portable Media Centers and pushing back the time frame for when the devices using the software will become available to the middle of 2004.

  • Nokia upbeat on Q3 sale of handsets

    Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker, presented a mixed picture in its third-quarter financial report, with an increased volume in handset sales, but lower revenue for the period.

  • Patent sharks circle Microsoft, Tiscali

    Microsoft, Italian ISP (Internet service provider) Tiscali and OnDemand Distribution (OD2) are facing a patent infringement lawsuit in a German court over their Western European on-demand music service.

  • Report: Oracle's PeopleSoft bid may hit DOJ roadblock

    UK representatives for Oracle and rival PeopleSoft declined to comment on a report earlier this week that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is preparing a possible anti-trust challenge to Oracle's takeover bid for PeopleSoft.

  • EU software patent plan draws fire

    A group of economists has blasted a proposed European Union (EU) law on software patents, characterising it as damaging to technological innovation and Europe's software industry. The European Parliament is scheduled to vote on the "patentability of computer-implemented inventions" directive today.

  • UN: worldwide use of Internet still growing

    Despite the economic slowdown being felt worldwide and the decline of many Internet-based businesses, global use of the Net continues to boom while e-commerce grows at a robust pace, according to figures released by the United Nations (UN).