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IBM Corp. has fired back at The SCO Group Inc. with a lawsuit filed recently asserting that SCO is in violation of the licence that governs contributions to the Linux operating system, and that SCO has infringed upon IBM patents, an IBM spokesman said. In the lawsuit, filed in Utah, IBM claims that SCO has violated the GPL (general public license) that regulates how the Linux operating system can be used.

Intel may owe US$600 million in back taxes

Intel Corp. has been notified that it may have to pay approximately US$600 million in back taxes, plus interest, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing recently. The Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker said that during a regular review of its tax returns for the years 1999 and 2000 the IRS proposed an adjustment relating to the company’s tax benefit for export sales. Furthermore, in the filing submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Intel said that the IRS may make similar claims for years subsequent to 2000 in future audits.

Tell us how Office is working, Microsoft asks

Microsoft Corp. wants more details on how its products are used so it can make its applications “almost entirely crash-free” and build features users want, the company said recently. With the launch of Office 2003 later this quarter, Microsoft will also introduce a Customer Experience Improvement Program for Office. Users will be asked to volunteer to share information on feature usage, software and hardware performance and the type and frequency of errors, said Eric LeVine, group program manager for Office.

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