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Microsoft Fined $1.5B in Patent Suit

A jury in federal court in San Diego has ordered that Microsoft Corp. pay $1.5 billion in damages to Alcatel-Lucent SA for infringing on patents for MP3 encoding and decoding technology. Alcatel-Lucent, then called Lucent Technologies, first filed suit in 2003 against Microsoft customers Dell Inc. and Gateway Inc. for infringing on 15 patented technologies it said were being used in the Windows client operating system. Microsoft said it will appeal the decision.

Veritas to Pay $30M for SEC Charges

Veritas Software Corp. has agreed to pay $30 million to settle charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission that it engaged in fraudulent accounting practices and aided Time Warner Inc.’s AOL LLC unit in committing fraud. Veritas, acquired by Symantec Corp. in 2005, agreed to pay the fine “without admitting or denying the allegations,” according to an SEC filing.

Many Apps Not on Microsoft Vista List

Microsoft has released a list of 800 applications that have been officially verified to run bug-free on Windows Vista. The list compiled by the vendor does not include Adobe Systems Inc.’s line of graphics and multimedia software, Symantec security products, the Mozilla Foundation’s open-source Firefox Web browser and the OpenOffice.org alternative to Microsoft Office.

Flaw Found in Google Desktop

Security researchers have disclosed a flaw in Google Inc.’s desktop software that could be used to wreak havoc on a victim’s computer. Google has issued a patch for the bug, which was made public last week by Watchfire Corp. Watchfire first notified Google of the problem on Jan. 4, and a fix was produced on Feb. 1.

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