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8/29. Micron filed a complaint against Rambus in U.S. District Court (Del.) alleging patent infringement. The complaint alleges violations of the Federal antitrust laws, and invalidity, non-infringement, and non-enforceability of Rambus patents. See, Micron release.
8/29. UC Irvine Prof. Richard McKenzie published a Cato Institute study which challenges Judge Jackson's conclusions in the Microsoft case. McKenzie wrote that "Jackson bases his ruling against Microsoft on the claim that the company’s monopoly in operating systems is protected by an "applications barrier to entry" made up of 70,000 Windows-based software programs. ... there is a fatal flaw in the judge's argument: The overwhelming majority of the 70,000 Windows applications that make up the supposedly impregnable barrier to entry either never existed as unique products, no longer exist, or are totally out of date. ... Moreover, survey data indicate that the needs of active computer users are satisfied by a very small number of applications. That means the barrier to entry into the operating-system market is nowhere near as impregnable as the judge has claimed ..." See, summary and full study [PDF].
8/29. The SEC and the U.S. Attorney (N.D.Cal.) filed separate civil and criminal complaints against Manu Shrivastava, a former engineer at nVIDIA. Both complaints allege that Shrivastava illegally traded on inside information of a contract between nVIDIA and Microsoft, earning $446,724. nVIDIA is a 3D graphics company based in Silicon Valley. See, SEC release.
8/29. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) called for Congressional and administration action on Third Generation (3G) wireless technology. See, Goodlatte release.
8/28. FCC Commissioner Susan Ness gave a speech in LA bemoaning the lack of women on the boards of high tech and communications companies. "Our preliminary research shows that of Fortune Magazine’s top 20 dot-com companies, only 4% of the board members are women." Ness added: "... when there is a critical mass of women in key decision making positions within companies or on boards, good things happen."
Editor's Note: This column includes all News Briefs added to Tech Law Journal since the last Daily E-Mail Alert. The dates indicate when the event occurred, not the date of posting to Tech Law Journal.
New Documents

Microsoft's "Applications Barrier to Entry": The Missing 70,000 Programs, by Richard McKenzie, dated 8/31/00. [PDF, Cato web site]
Remarks of Commissioner Susan Ness before the Annual Meeting of American Women in Radio and Television, 8/28/00. [HTML, FCC web site]
Quote of the Day

"The 3G technologies currently under development will not only lead to quicker data rates, but they will free consumers from their desktop PCs, allowing them wireless broadband Internet access from almost limitless locations ... and Congress must take action to ensure that the U.S. government facilitates, rather than inhibits, the roll out of this new service." Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Co-Chair, Internet Caucus.

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