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  • Microsoft sues porn spammers

    03 Dec 2004

    Microsoft announced yesterday that it has filed seven lawsuits against spammers who allegedly sent sexually orientated spam that did not include the warning "SEXUALLY-EXPLICIT:" in the subject line, in breach of US anti-spam rules.

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  • European Parliament limits plans for biometric passports

    03 Dec 2004

    The European Parliament yesterday approved proposals to include facial images as a biometric identifier in passports, but rejected the creation of a central database of EU passport and travel documents.

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  • Lycos screensaver for anti-spam vigilantes

    03 Dec 2004

    A screensaver that uses idle computing power to identify the sites of spammers and forward data traffic to them has been too successful, according to reports, generating so much traffic that the sites are being forced off-line.

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  • Kids seek royalties for Another Brick In The Wall

    03 Dec 2004

    Over 25 years after it became a Number One hit, a claim for royalties has been filed on behalf of schoolchildren who sang on Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall Part II", seeking payment as session musicians.

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  • Phishing without e-mail

    02 Dec 2004

    Phishing attackers have long used e-mail as bait for victims. But a security software provider has identified a growing trend: fraudsters create fake retail sites, optimised for search engines, in the hope that victims will stumble upon them.

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  • Better skills can save IT jobs from offshoring, says BCS

    02 Dec 2004

    IT professionals looking to survive the growth in IT offshoring must embark on a programme of continual retraining in order to "upskill" and show that they meet internationally recognised qualifications, according to a new report by the British Computer...

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  • Overture settles keyword trade mark case

    02 Dec 2004

    Overture has settled a trade mark action brought against it and rival search engine Google over the sale of the terms "Geico" and "Geico Direct" in keyword advertising, according to a report by MediaPost. The case against Google continues.

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  • Christmas shoppers must obey Customs on-line

    02 Dec 2004

    British surfers hoping to exploit a weak US dollar this Christmas mustn't forget that their purchases from US web sites can attract both VAT and customs duty, which can quickly chill any savings made on current exchange rates.

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  • Too soon to buy 3G, says watchdog

    02 Dec 2004

    It is not worth splashing out on a 3G phone this Christmas, according to consumer watchdog Which?, which has warned that the current patchy coverage makes accessing 3G services difficult outside big towns and cities.

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  • Microsoft sues over fake labels

    01 Dec 2004

    Microsoft has sued eight US computer resellers who it says bought or sold counterfeit Certificate of Authenticity labels or genuine labels that had been separated from their related software, all in breach of copyright and trade mark laws.

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