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  • AT&T sues PayPal and eBay over payment patent

    21 Nov 2003

    US telecoms giant AT&T yesterday sued payment provider PayPal and eBay, its parent company and the leading on-line auction service. It claims they infringed its patent for processing payments made over the internet.

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  • Audit threshold raised to £5.6 million for SMEs

    20 Nov 2003

    The UK Department of Trade and Industry yesterday announced that the audit threshold for small companies is to be raised from £1 million to £5.6 million annual turnover. Turnover limits defining small and medium-sized companies will also be...

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  • Gambling law updated in the UK for the internet

    20 Nov 2003

    Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell yesterday published the main parts of a draft Gambling Bill, to revamp Britain's dated rules for the industry. It creates a new regulator, the Gambling Commission, and introduces a Remote Gambling Licence for phone and internet...

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  • Lastminute.com achieves profit, loses Martha Lane Fox

    20 Nov 2003

    Martha Lane Fox, arguably Britain's best-known web entrepreneur, today said she is stepping down from her post as Group Managing Director of lastminute.com. The announcement comes as her travel and leisure company reports its first full year of profitability....

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  • Internet porn addict claims unfair dismissal

    20 Nov 2003

    A German civil servant is claiming unfair dismissal after being sacked because he spent his time surfing for porn and amassing a bill of €10,000, according to Expatica.com. "I am an addict and as such am unaccountable for my actions," the unnamed...

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  • Outsourcing does not guarantee cost savings

    19 Nov 2003

    A report published yesterday suggests that of firms that outsource their IT capabilities, almost one-in-five make no cost savings and almost one-in-ten experience an increase in costs. A major problem is that project management is much more expensive...

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  • ISPs and telcos must choose between two dispute schemes

    19 Nov 2003

    T-Mobile, Telewest, Orange and the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) today won regulatory approval for a scheme to resolve customers disputes. All telcos and ISPs should, by law, be members of this or Otelo, the only other approved scheme....

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  • Plans for Enforcement Directive threaten broadband

    19 Nov 2003

    A telecoms association has warned the European Commission that proposed changes to a draft Directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights go too far and risk stifling the development of broadband.

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  • Newspaper web sites fail on disabled access

    19 Nov 2003

    The web sites of the UK's ten most widely read newspapers are failing to meet minimum accessibility standards on their web sites, effectively barring millions of disabled people, and potentially breaking the country's Disability Discrimination Act.

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  • Ewan McGregor wins privacy action

    18 Nov 2003

    The right to privacy received a boost last week as Scottish actor Ewan McGregor won a court action over the publication of unauthorised photographs of his children. Damages for breach of confidence and compensation under the Data Protection Act have yet...

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