Stories by Stephen Lawson

US warns AT&T spy charge could help terrorists

A suit against AT&T Corp. over alleged cooperation with government wiretapping should be dismissed because hearing it would mean exposing information that would help Al-Qaeda, the U.S. Department of Justice argued Friday in federal court in San Francisco.

Documents in AT&T spying case unsealed

AT&T Corp. set up a special room at one of its Internet facilities in 2003 that was open only to employees cleared by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), according to a declaration by a retired engineer as part of a lawsuit over alleged mass invasion of privacy by the carrier.

Nortel plans to drop or spin-off more products

Nortel Networks will closely examine all of its product categories and consider dropping out or seeking a partnership or joint venture anywhere it doesn’t hold (or forecast) a 20% market share, president and chief executive officer Mike Zafirovski says.

Lucent veteran Russo faces new challenges

Patricia Russo, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Lucent Technologies, has seen a lot of change since helping to found the AT&T spinoff in 1996. But she'll need to deal with a lot more of it if Lucent's merger with Alcatel goes through.

Hurdles still block the road to faster wi-fi

The forthcoming IEEE 802.11n standard, promoted as the key to wirelessly sharing high-quality multimedia content throughout the home, still faces some hurdles on the way to making that vision a reality.

Government wary of partial BlackBerry shutdown

A court-ordered shutdown of Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry service in the U.S. could hamper response to emergencies, and keeping government users connected while cutting off others might not be feasible, according to a brief filed Wednesday by the federal government in the ongoing patent case involving NTP Inc.

Intel plans 45-nanometer chips next year

Intel will enter the next era of Moore's Law in the second half of 2007 with commercial shipment of its first PC processors based on a 45-nanometer manufacturing process.

Supreme Court won't hear RIM case

The U.S. Supreme Court won't review the patent infringement dispute between Research in Motion and NTP, closing down one of the BlackBerry mobile device vendor's avenues against NTP's suit, RIM said in a statement Monday.

Texas Instruments tackles VoIP QoS

Leveraging its large installed base of chips used in VoIP gear, Texas Instruments aims to make VoIP better sounding and more reliable with a set of quality management tools called Piqua.

Light appears at end of wireless LAN tunnel

An industry group seeking common ground on the emerging IEEE 802.11n high-speed wireless LAN specification has agreed on a compromise proposal that may form the basis of a final standard.