Originally created 12/31/98

Business briefs



Company demands Microsoft's programming code

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A federal judge Wednesday rejected a preliminary injunction sought by a small Danbury-based computer company to force software giant Microsoft to turn over a programming code.

But U.S. District Judge Janet Hall refused Microsoft's request to dismiss the lawsuit, setting a trial date of June 1 to hear Bristol Technology Inc.'s request for Microsoft's source codes.

Bristol filed an antitrust lawsuit in federal court in August, claiming the software giant has stifled competition by manipulating access to its Windows programming interfaces.

Dow ends winning streak

Stock prices fell. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 46.34 to 9,274.64, finishing the day almost exactly 100 points below the Nov. 23 record of 9,374.27.

The dollar was mixed against other major currencies as traders looked ahead to the Jan. 1 launch of Europe's common currency. Gold and bond prices rose.

Platinum futures hit 3-month high

Platinum futures prices rose to a three-month high in relatively quiet trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.