rm69990 writes: The SEC has fined Google's Chief Legal Officer over accounting issues arrising from overstated earnings at a former company. David C. Drummond, former CFO of software maker SmartForce, was ultimately responsible for financial statements that overstated revenue by US$113.6 million and net income by US$127 million during a three and a half year period ending in mid-2002, the SEC said. Drummond also enjoys the role of President of Corporate Development at Google currently.
rm69990 writes: The new Joost internet television service, formerly known as the Venice Project, announced a handful of new content distribution agreements. In addition to previously-announced content deals with CBS and Viacom, Joost will also carry programming from CNN and other Turner Broadcasting System properties. Current beta users will also be able to invite anyone to sign up with Joost in advance of the service moving out of its beta phase later this month, as opposed to the old system where invites were sparse, much like the very early days of Gmail.
rm69990 writes: Google has officially rebranded their personalized homepage as iGoogle. According to Marissa Mayer, Google's VP of search products and user experience, iGoogle was floated as a name for the Personalized Homepage back in 2005 when the service was being assembled. One of the major new features of iGoogle is the ability to build gadgets without any prior programming experience. For those not in the know, Gadgets are similar to widgets on Apple's Dashboard or... gadgets on Vista's toolbar.
rm69990 writes: Novell has filed 4 motions for Summary Judgment against SCO, which essentially ask the court to toss the remainder of SCO's case that isn't already being arbitrated between SUSE and SCO. One seeks a ruling from the court that Novell transfered none of the copyrights in Unix to SCO, which is backed up by many exhibits and declarations from people who negotiated the deal. Another, along the same lines, asks the court to toss the portions of SCO's Unfair Competition and Breach of Contract claims pertaining to the Unix copyrights. The third asks the court to rule that Novell did not violate the Technology License Agreement between SCO and Novell, and last and also least, the fourth seeks to toss the Slander of Title for the additional reason that SCO has failed to prove any special damages. These motions follow 2 motions for summary judgment filed by Novell late last year on 2 of their counterclaims.
rm69990 writes: Google today released their new Google Desktop for Mac application. Initial reports say that it does retrieve results faster than Spotlight, and obviously has much better integration with other Google services such as Gmail. However, some features of its Windows counterpart, such as the sidebar and gadgets, are not currently present in the Mac version. Google is positioning Google Desktop for Mac as being complimentary to, and not a replacement for, Spotlight. It also follows Spotlights privacy settings automatically instead of having its own privacy settings.
rm69990 writes: Yet another piece of SCO news this week. Novell has filed a new motion for Partial Summary Judgment, asking the court to declare that Novell is entitled to direct SCO to waive its claims against IBM, that Novell has the right to take these actions on SCO's behalf if SCO refuses to comply and that SCO is obligated to recognize Novell's waiver. Since SCO's case against IBM is primarily a contract case, this issue affects the IBM case far more than the ongoing copyright issue between Novell and SCO. This bad week for SCO just got even worse.
rm69990 writes: A day after Judge Dale Kimball reaffirmed Judge Wells' order tossing most of SCO's case, Judge Wells has stricken large portions of SCO's expert reports, stating that SCO was trying to do an end-run around IBM. As IBM put it in its motion papers, SCO will not be allowed to "litigate by ambush". This motion was regarding SCO's expert reports, where SCO attempted to insert new evidence after discovery had ended via their expert reports. Wells' ruled directly from the bench, and finished by telling SCO to "take it up with Judge Kimball" if they had a problem. This really hasn't been a good week for SCO.
rm69990 writes: The Summary Judgment Motions just keep on flying in the SCO litigation. On the same day that IBM has filed oppositions to all of SCO's motions for Summary Judgment, IBM has filed 2 new motions for Summary Judgment. The first motion covers IBM's Second (Lanham Act Violations), third (Unfair Competition), fourth (Intentional Interference with Prospective Economic Relations) and fifth (Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices) counterclaims. The second motion covers Counterclaims six (Breach of the GNU General Public License), seven (Promissory Estoppel) and eight (Copyright Infringement). IBM appears to be trying to bury SCO's lawyers in paperwork. Even though the documents aren't available yet, I am posting this now seeing as it could take a while before copies are available due to them being filed conventionally as opposed to electronically. Keep checking Groklaw if you want to know when PDFs are available.
rm69990 writes: Today, Novell filed a motion with Judge Dale Kimball asking him to grant summary judgment or a preliminary injunction on Novell's claims that SCO wrongfully retained the money it received from Microsoft and Sun for their SVRX licensing and sublicensing agreements. Novell indicated over a year ago, when they initially filed their counterclaims against SCO, that they were planning on asking Judge Kimball to force SCO to turn over these monies. However, Novell only recently received the actual licensing agreements between SCO, Sun and Microsoft through discovery, despite demanding copies of them as early as 2003, and thus was unable to determine that SCO had breached the APA until now, which is why this motion is being filed so late in the case. This motion will likely bankrupt SCO if granted.
rm69990 writes: Google today has begun allowing users of the Google Books service to download full PDF versions of books that are no longer protected by copyright. Of course, books that are still covered by copyright, or books that have been licensed to Google for limited page views by each user will not be downloadable in PDF format. An example of a book that is available for download is Divine Comedy, The Inferno.
rm69990 writes: Apple today released version 1.1 beta of its Boot Camp software that allows Apple users to run MacOS X side by side with Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac. The 202 MB download adds support for newly released Intel-Macs, simplified partitioning, the ability to install Windows XP on any internal disk, support for the Isight camera and built-in microphones, as well as improved Apple keyboard support. Apple says that users should create a new Macintosh Drivers for Windows CD and install the updated software it contains on Windows XP. According to Apple, this will not require the user having to reinstall Windows XP or Mac OS X.