You asked for it. Here’s the news (round 1):
- A big victory for Eolas in its patent suit against Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. A Chicago federal appeals court judge upheld Eolas’s $512 million judgment. Microsoft will appeal. Eolas and UC Berkeley claim the patent to web pages that call up other programs like Java, Quicktime, or ActiveX to display content. IE will be crippled by the judgement. The W3C and others are searching desperately for prior art to overturn the patent – the PTO is investigating.
- ISPs unite to fight spam. Bell Canada, BellSouth, Cox Communications, Internet Initiative Japan, NII Holdings, Openwave Systems and other ISPs have joined together to form the ISP Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group. Companies are particularly worried about spam clogging wireless services. They’ll create a “neighborhood watch” to share information about spammers, hoping to block them at the network’s edge. Given the pathetic federal SPAM-CAN act (have you noticed any drop in spam since it was enacted Jan 1?), it looks like the ISPs are our last best hope.
- HP made $2.5 billion on its Linux business in fiscal 2003, more than twice IBM’s revenue in 2002 and up 49% from last year.
- We’re back baby! Intel announced yesterday that its net for Q4 was $2.2 billion – more than double last quarter, and Yahoo! made a pretty penny, too. Q4 earnings were a healthy $75 million mostly from ads and paid searches.