Stories by James Niccolai

Compaq expects loss, plans restructuring

Compaq warned this week of an expected loss for its second fiscal quarter, and announced plans for a major restructuring that will leave the company with three distinct business units, each responsible for its own profit and loss.

Pentium III could act up with new chipset

PC makers who try to combine Intel's high-end Pentium III processor with an upcoming chipset designed for low-cost PCs could run into problems, an Intel official acknowledged today.

Russia said to halt Y2K work to protest Kosovo

Russia's defence ministry on Friday reportedly said it will cease cooperating with the US on preparations for possible year 2000 computer problems -- apparently in a show of protest over NATO's military intervention in Kosovo, Yugoslavia.

ICANN delays next stage of domain name process

The group overseeing the introduction of a new system for registering Internet domain names last week said it will delay a key step in the proceedings, although it is hopeful the change won't push back the entire effort.

US DOJ approves AOL-Netscape-Sun deal

The US Department of Justice has approved America Online's proposed acquisition of Netscape Communications and AOL's related strategic alliance with Sun Microsystems, according to a brief statement released by the DOJ.

Microsoft confirms Windows NT security flaw

Microsoft on Wednesday acknowledged a security flaw in its Windows NT operating system that could allow a person to access protected files on a workstation or even deny users access to a Windows NT server.

FTC says Intel curbed PC differentiation

In court filings made public this week, the US Federal Trade Commission enlarged its antitrust complaint against Intel by charging that the chip maker's actions stifled attempts by PC makers to differentiate their products.

MS right to develop Java still a foggy issue

A US federal judge said he needs more facts before he can determine whether Microsoft can distribute independently developed Java products that don't use any technology from Sun Microsystems.
The ruling by the District Court in San Jose, California, was requested by Microsoft to clarify terms of a preliminary injunction issued on November 17, which forced it to make changes to key software products in order to make them compatible with Sun's Java technology.