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8/23. Bill Clinton decided not to intervene in NTT Communications Corp.'s planned acquisition of Verio. See, Clinton letter to Congress and White House press office release.
8/23. The FTC and New York Attorney General filed a complaint in U.S. District Court (SDNY) against several porn site operators for fraud and deception. Defendants illegally billed thousands of consumers for services that were advertised as "free," and other consumers who never visited the porn sites. Visa disqualified defendants from using its credit card system; and then defendants moved their merchant banking relationship to Guatemala, adopted several new merchant names, and continued to process credit card transactions. See, FTC release.
8/23. SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt named Russell Horwitz to the newly created position of Senior Advisor to the Chairman for Policy. Horwitz, 29, has been at the SEC since 1998. Before that he worked in the Clinton White House. See, SEC release.
8/23. The SIIA reported that 1/4 of its open corporate software piracy audits involve high-tech companies. See, SIIA release.
8/23. Verizon said it reached a tentative agreement on a new three year contract with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in the mid-Atlantic states. Verizon also said that the deal is substantively the same as the Aug. 20 agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the CWA in New York and New England.
8/23. The USPTO's Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) held their inaugural meetings.
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