Stories by James Niccolai

Domain name tests extended again

The US Department of Commerce and domain name registrar Network Solutions Inc (NSI) have agreed to extend for a fourth time the testing phase of a new, competitive system for registering internet addresses, the DoC said in a statement today.

Gates hedges on Windows 2000 delivery date

Microsoft is "pretty sure" that Windows 2000 will ship by the end of the year, although delivering a top-quality product is the main concern and will dictate when the operating system is released, Bill Gates, the company's chairman and chief executive officer, said last week.

HP gets serious about thin-client PCs

Hewlett-Packard will take aim at what it sees as a booming thin-client market next week when the company announces a new family of thin-client computers along with a new brand name, an HP official said last week.

MCI WorldCom, Cisco bail ICANN out of debt

MCI WorldCom and Cisco Systems have agreed to lend $US650,000 to the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that is helping to overhaul some of the internet's key management functions, rescuing it for the time being from financial dire straits.

Apple sues eMachines over iMac lookalike

Apple Computer said it filed a lawsuit last week against eMachines in its latest attempt to prevent upstart rivals from cashing in on its innovative iMac design.

Australia loosens software copyright law

Australian software developers will legally be able to decompile other companies' software products in order to build compatible products, thanks to an amendment to the country's copyright laws passed last week, according to a statement issued Friday by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.