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Tag Archives: Microsoft

Law Enforcement Requests Report from Microsoft

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
World-wide law enforcement agencies requested information regarding 137,424 Microsoft and Skype accounts in 2012 based 75,378 requests for customer information. Microsoft’s General Counsel Brad Smith blogged that the Microsoft’s first Law Enforcement Report includes customer requests for:  Skype, Hotmail, Outlook.com, SkyDrive, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Account, and Office 365. In an effort of transparency the Report… Continue Reading

EU Fines Microsoft $732 million for Antitrust Violation

Posted in eCommerce
The EU Competition Commission concluded that Microsoft failed to comply with its 2009 agreement to offer browser choices to 15 million Windows customers so rather the customers were stuck with Internet Explorer. Under the terms of the 2009 settlement agreement between the EU and Microsoft when Microsoft Windows customers bought a new version they would… Continue Reading

Windows President Departs Abruptly

Posted in IT Industry
With little fanfare and soon after the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft announced the departure of 23 year veteran Steven Sinofsky which is leading to speculation that Windows 8 may not be as successful as Microsoft hoped. Also the New York Times reported that in recent SEC filings Microsoft blamed Sinofsky for failing to comply… Continue Reading

Software Patents – US Government vs. Microsoft

Posted in eCommerce
The US Supreme Court will hear argument on April 18 in the patent infringement case in which Microsoft has been enjoined from selling Word with XML features.  The US Solicitor General filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court against Microsoft and endorsing the US Patent & Trademark Office who issued the 5,787,449 patent that… Continue Reading

Google Gets Injunction Stopping Microsoft’s eMail Service

Posted in eCommerce
The Department of Interior (DOI) was enjoined from awarding Microsoft a contract to provide a Cloud email service following Google’s bid protest. US Judge Susan Braden issued a temporary injunction because the DOI failed to comply with federal procurement laws. Google and Microsoft both offer Cloud email services, but apparently the DOI’s Request for Quotation… Continue Reading

Court Grants Microsoft’s Request to Ownership of Spamming Botnet Domain Names

Posted in eCommerce
276 domain names maliciously used by Waledac botnets were transferred to Microsoft, even though Waledac never participated in the suit. Waledac sent more than 1.5 billion daily spam messages in 2009. US District Judge Leonie Brinkema issued the Order transferring the 276 domain names which in one recent seven-day period counted 58,000 PCs attempting 14.6… Continue Reading

Wow! Google TV – What a Concept!

Posted in eCommerce
Google demonstrated its new entertainment hub for TV with a browser which includes a joint effort with Sony, Intel and Logitech. As part of the announcement Google explained that “Google TV is a new experience made for television that combines the TV you know and love with the freedom and power of the Internet.” No… Continue Reading

f8 – Facebook’s Play to Take Over the Entire Internet

Posted in eCommerce
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerman recently announced significant changes to Facebook expanding 100’s of websites with "open graph" and  “like” which may revolutionize the Internet. At the annual f8 Facebook outside developers’ conference on April 21, 2010 Zuckerman demonstrated "open graph" and how the use of “like” on hundreds of websites (including Yelp, CNN, Pandora, ESPN, and… Continue Reading

Baidu – China’s Big Winner

Posted in eCommerce
With all the press about the disaster for Google in China somebody had to benefit, and it turns out the predominant search engine Baidu will be the big winner. Baidu had 63.9% and Google had about 31.3% of China’s search engine’s market before the December attacks. Ironically Baidu was started by Li Yanhong, a.k.a. Robin… Continue Reading

Cyber Czar Finally

Posted in eCommerce
Months after declaring the importance of CyberSecurity as a national priority President Obama will name Howard Schmidt as Cyber Czar today. “Schmidt served as special adviser for cyberspace security from 2001 to 2003 and shepherded the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, a plan that then was largely ignored. He left that job also frustrated, colleagues… Continue Reading

Google Update!- Estimated Value – $32B, But Also Taking Over News and Display Ad Leadership!

Posted in eCommerce
Watching the world economy meltdown in the past year it’s not much of a surprise that Google value increased by about 25% to number 7 in the world with an estimated value to an $32B! Other technology companies did not fare as well as reported by BusinessWeek and Interbrand:IBM increased by about 2%, Microsoft lost about 4%,… Continue Reading

Holy Smokes What at Headline- Judge Order Microsoft to stop selling Word!

Posted in IT Industry
A permanent injunction was entered based on Microsoft’s patent infringement that prohibits the sale of Word products for certain custom XML codes! Also US District Judge Leonard Davis (Eastern District of Texas in Tyler) ordered Microsoft to pay $40 million for willful infringement and $37 million in prejudgment interest. This injunction and award of willful… Continue Reading