EU to take harsh line on Microsoft’s Yahoo! bid

European competition authorities are expected to take a harsh line on Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo and may ultimately block any merger. Read more …

Microsoft Defends Censoring a Dissident’s Blog in China

Microsoft Corp. has shut down a popular Chinese-language blog that has published content potentially offensive to Chinese authorities, amid China’s ongoing efforts to control information on the Internet. Read more …

Tollbooths on the Internet Highway

When you use the Internet today, your browser glides from one Web site to another, accessing all destinations with equal ease. That could change dramatically, however, if Internet service providers are allowed to tilt the playing field, giving preference to sites that pay them extra and penalizing those that don’t. Read more …

Microsoft and Google Set to Wage Arms Race

Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, described Google in an interview late last year as a worthy adversary, a company to test Microsoft’s mettle. “This is hypercompetition, make no mistake,” Mr. Gates observed. The rivalry between the companies is growing more combative, and with good reason: the outcome is likely to shape the future of competition in computing and ...

How one clumsy ship cut off the web for 75 million people

A flotilla of ships may have been dispatched to reinstate the broken submarine cable that has left the Middle East and India struggling to communicate with the rest of the world, but it took just one vessel to inflict the damage that brought down the internet for millions. Read more …

File-sharing suffers major defeat

The US Supreme Court has ruled that file-sharing companies are to blame for what users do with their software. The surprise ruling could start a legal assault on the creators of file-sharing networks such as Grokster and Morpheus. Read more …

Google troubled by Microsoft move

Google has said it finds Microsoft’s $44.6bn (£22.65bn) bid to buy rival Yahoo “troubling” and wants regulators to scrutinise the proposed deal. In a blog, Google said the tie-up could unfairly limit the ability of consumers to freely access competitors’ email and instant messaging services. Read more …

US and UK refuse to sign UN’s communications treaty

The US, Canada, Australia and UK have refused to sign an international communications treaty at an conference in Dubai. The countries had objected to calls for all states to have equal rights to the governance of the internet. Read more …

Microsoft set to open up software

Microsoft has announced that it will open up the technology of some of its leading software to make it easier to operate with rivals’ products. The technology giant is to publish key software blueprints on its website. Read more …

YouTube: Trade secrets are safe but your information isn’t

A judge has ordered YouTube to hand over information about every video watched including logins and user IP addresses to Viacom, which is suing the video sharing service for $1bn. YouTube won’t be forced to hand over its source code to Viacom because a US judge has ruled that it is a trade secret, but ...