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THE ANTI-TRUST trial against Microsoft will be delayed by two weeks as details over public access to the pre-trial examinations of witnesses, including Bill Gates, are worked out. To Microsoft's chagrin, US media companies successfully argued last week that any deposition by witnesses must be open to the public. The opportunity to see Gates cross-examined by lawyer David Boies, has created massive interest. US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson refused a Microsoft request to overturn his decision. However, he also said that he was not allowing depositions to go ahead until a protocol is worked out between the media, government prosecution and Microsoft.

SONY HALTED shipments last week of some of its video cameras when it was discovered that the NightShot infra-red technology used to allow nocturnal filming can also be used to see through clothes. The Handycam picks out the underwear of lightly dressed people, while those wearing swimsuits look almost naked. Sony was unaware of this until journalists brought it to its attention. In a step to thwart other uses of the technology, Sony has modified the camera so the NightShot mode works only in the dark. More than 1.5 million cameras have been sold since going on sale in March.

GEOCITIES, the Web site whose initial public offering last week raised $80.75m, has settled privacy charges brought against it by the US Federal Trade Commission. In its first case involving Internet privacy, the FTC said that GeoCities had "misrepresented the purposes for which it was collecting personal identifying information from children and adults" to create a database that included "e-mail and postal addresses and demographics including income, education, gender, marital status, and occupation".

APPLE LAUNCHED its iMac in the United States on Saturday with a $100m advertising campaign. Television commercials, which will be shown in Europe next month when the iMac is launched here, are spearheading the largest marketing campaign in the company's history.

ADOBE SYSTEMS shares plummeted after it said that a loss may be posted this quarter, up to 10 per cent of its workforce could be laid-off, and three of its leading executives - P Jackson Bell, chief financial officer; Robert Roblin, executive vice-president of marketing; and Ross Bott, executive vice-president of product divisions - had resigned. In an effort to increase profitability, it announced a broad restructuring aimed at lowering expenses.

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