Stories by Nancy Weil

Report: Feds looking at Apple stock-option documents

U.S. federal investigators are "looking closely" at stock-option documents that former Apple Computer officials allegedly falsified to boost their own profits, The Recorder legal newspaper reported late Tuesday in its online edition. Revelations rega...

MIT debate: Will a 'conscious' machine ever be built?

The question of whether machines will be capable of human intelligence is ultimately a matter for philosophers to take up and not something that scientists can answer, an inventor and a computer scientist agreed during a debate night at the Massachus...

Ray Ozzie's illustrious IT career takes another turn

Within minutes of the official Microsoft announcement Thursday that Ray Ozzie has stepped into the role of chief software architect, his official biography at the company Web site was updated to reflect this latest development in what was already an ...

Kumar erased evidence from his hard drive, US says

The U.S. government will present evidence at the upcoming trial of Sanjay Kumar that the former chief executive officer of CA erased from his laptop computer potential evidence related to the accounting fraud case against him and the company, accordi...

US court sets date for Google hearing

Google attorneys will square off against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) at a Feb. 27 hearing over the issue of providing the government with information about searches for pornography on the company's site.

Adobe buys Navisware DRM division

Adobe Systems has acquired the DRM (digital rights management) division of Navisware, a privately held company that creates software for CAD (computer aided design) systems.

Vendors warn of new Sober variants

Yet more variants of the mass-mail Sober worm are making the rounds of the Net and could infect Windows-based computers, antivirus firms warned Tuesday. Thus far, the variants present a low risk and haven't been widely distributed.

IDC, Gartner find Q3 PC shipment increases

Spurred by low-priced computers, global shipments of PCs increased more than 17 per cent in the third quarter, according to analyst companies, IDC and Gartner, which have independently released figures from that period.

Microsoft says it would settle employee case

If Google would agree to make a preliminary injunction become permanent in a lawsuit Microsoft filed against it related to a former employee who has gone to work for Google, the matter could be settled, Microsoft said in a statement issued Tuesday.

CA opens access to 14 patents, announces deal with IBM

Computer Associates International (CA) will allow access to individuals and groups in the open-source software community to technology included in 14 of its U.S. patents and counterpart patents held in other countries, the company said Wednesday, as ...

Moto Q will support Napster To Go

Motorola's Moto Q smart phone will be compatible with the Napster To Go portable subscription music service, Napster said Wednesday. A growing list of Windows-based phones are becoming available that are compatible with the service, Los Angeles-based...

Court finds Microsoft infringed AT&T codec patent

Microsoft infringed an AT&T patent for speech-coding technology in its distribution of a master version of the Windows operating system outside of the US for replication abroad, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday, conclud...

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