The new judge in the Microsoft antitrust case ordered both sides to work around the clock to settle the long dispute, citing economic fallout from the terror attacks as one reason for haste.
"There's no reason this case can't be settled," U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said Friday. She said she would appoint a mediator in two weeks if sufficient progress isn't made toward settlement.
The Justice Department has said it is no longer seeking to break up Microsoft but is opting instead for restricting the company's business practices. Prosecutors have not said what restrictions they would seek.