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February 28, 2008 by

"Vista Capable" logo - what went wrong?

Now that a federal judge has unsealed nearly 160 pages of internal Microsoft emails which have been used to support the plaintiffs' lawsuit relating to the "Windows Vista Capable" program we can start to get a clearer picture of how the logo program went wrong.

April 11, 2007 by

Windows Vista Capable logo confusing to customers

Following a lawsuit which charges Microsoft with deceptive practices by allowing PC manufacturers to fix "Vista Capable" stickers onto PCs which lack the power to offer the consumer the ability to run some of Vista's most touted features, there's been a lot of discussion about what the Windows Vista Capable logo means. Is the logo program deceptive? Are consumers being duped into buying an underpowered PC? Is Microsoft to blame?

April 4, 2007 by

Microsoft sued over Vista branding

Microsoft has come under attack for the way it advertises the Vista operating system.The proposed class action suit -- filed in Seattle on behalf of PC buyer Dianne Kelley of Camano Island -- alleges that the company advertised systems as "Vista capable," when in fact the systems were not able to run Vista properly.

March 13, 2002 by

InterTrust expands Microsoft lawsuit

Digital rights management company InterTrust Technologies says it has expanded a lawsuit filed against Microsoft, alleging the software giant's Windows File Protection infringes on an InterTrust patent issued three years ago. The patent covers technologies and methods for protecting software and files as they are loaded and executed on operating systems. Windows File Protection, used in Windows XP and Windows 2000, prevents overwriting or replacement of certain system files. Santa Clara, Calif.-based InterTrust makes software that protects songs and videos from being illegally copied. InterTrust has filed two patent infringement suits against Microsoft. In April 2001, it targeted music and video software in Windows Media Player; that suit was later expanded to include Microsoft's Windows XP operating system and .Net initiative. Last month, InterTrust filed a second suit targeting technology that helps connect audio players and other peripherals to PCs. --Gwendolyn Mariano, Special to ZDNet News

February 19, 2002 by

Muze to stream Sony-owned songs

Entertainment information company Muze said Tuesday that it has formed ties with Sony Music Entertainment to stream music samples for online promotions. Under the licensing deal, New York-based Muze has secured rights to Sony's vast catalog of songs and is authorized to stream the tunes as promotional samples for its streaming audio preview service, dubbed MuzeTunes. Launched in May, MuzeTunes provides retailers with audio clips in Microsoft's Windows Media Audio format. The deal also gives Muze the authorization to display front cover album art. The announcement comes shortly after Muze settled a patent infringement lawsuit with digital music company Intouch Group. The Berkeley, Calif.-based company sued Muze,, AOL Time Warner's Entertaindom, Liquid Audio, and Loudeye Technologies' DiscoverMusic, accusing them of infringing its patent covering a potentially wide range of music for downloading and streaming. -- Gwendolyn Mariano, Special to ZDNet News

April 12, 2001 by

Judge clears Juno of ad restraints

A federal judge on Thursday lifted a temporary restraining order barring Juno Online Services from displaying advertisements on its free Internet service, the companysaid.The order clears the way for Juno to begin selling ad space on the service pending resolution of a lawsuit filed in December by rival NetZero, in which the ISP stands accused of patent infringement for displaying advertising pop-up windows.

May 31, 2000 by

Newest Napster keeps users honest

Napster may be trying to deflect the heat from a recording industry lawsuit by adding Microsoft's piracy-proof Windows Media Audio to its latest beta. Is tougher copyright protection in the works?

February 17, 2000 by

Gates: Willing to compromise on Windows source code?

Is Microsoft ready to blink? In an interview with BloombergTelevision on Thursday, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said the software giant would be willing to open the source code of its Windows operating system to competitors to settle the antitrust lawsuit brought by the U.


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