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  • Absolut wins rights to escort agency address

    03 Aug 2006

    Absolut vodka has won the rights to a domain name belonging to an escort agency. The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has transferred the rights to absolut-escort.com to Absolut's owner, V&S Vin&Spirit AB of Sweden.

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  • Apple 'unmovable' on iPod lock-in

    03 Aug 2006

    Apple has told a Norwegian regulator that it will not change its policy of locking iTunes purchases so that they can only be played on its iPod devices. Consumer activists who have read the company's response to a case against describe it as 'unmovable'....

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  • Woman forces US record industry to drop file-sharing case

    03 Aug 2006

    A group of US record labels agreed to drop a music piracy case in the US after the alleged file-sharer argued that it could not be proved that she downloaded any illegal music. The case may set a precedent that undermines scores of other music piracy...

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  • City worker awarded £800,000 in bullying payout

    02 Aug 2006

    A City worker has won £800,000 in damages from Deutsche Bank in a landmark workplace bullying case. The award is said by legal experts to be particularly high and likely to be appealed.

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  • Rambus distorted market through deception, says FTC

    02 Aug 2006

    US technology firm Rambus illegally monopolised the market for some kinds of memory chips by abusing a standards setting process, the US competition regulator has ruled. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has yet to decide on a penalty.

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  • ScanSafe forces MessageLabs to clarify sales pitches

    02 Aug 2006

    MessageLabs has been ordered to provide a court-approved press release to everyone enquiring about its new web-browsing control system, Web Security Service. The statement distances its software from that of another company, ScanSafe.

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  • Apple requests secrecy in bid to keep iTunes legal in Scandinavia

    02 Aug 2006

    Apple's request that its submission to Scandinavian consumer rights regulators be kept secret is being reviewed and could be declined. The Californian computer firm is fighting to prevent a ban on its market-leading iTunes music download software.

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  • Microsoft wins battle for new judge in browser patent suit

    02 Aug 2006

    Microsoft has succeeded in its application to have a new judge hear the latest twist in its patent case against Eolas. The case, which is worth over $500 million to Eolas, will be reassigned on the orders of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...

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  • City of Cork loses battle for Cork.eu

    02 Aug 2006

    The city of Cork will have to take a Dutch company to arbitration if it wants to continue to fight for the cork.eu domain name. The City Council of Ireland's second largest city lost its arbitration case against .eu domain registry EURid.

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  • British betting boss pleads not guilty, stays in jail

    01 Aug 2006

    The British chief executive of a London-listed betting firm will stay in a Dallas jail after pleading not guilty to a series of charges. David Carruthers said he was not guilty of racketeering and committing mail and wire fraud in a Missouri court room....

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