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  • On-line Christmas shopping to boom in Europe, says Forrester

    14 Nov 2003

    European consumers are expected to spend almost $10.5 billion in on-line Christmas shopping, according to a new report by market analysts Forrester Research. Consumers in the UK and Germany will make up over two thirds of the sales, which come close to...

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  • Human Rights Committee concerned about Data Retention Code of Practice

    13 Nov 2003

    UK Government plans for ISPs and telecommunication companies ("telcos") to retain communications data suffered a slight setback today as the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) published a report expressing concerns over a Code of Practice contained...

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  • Microsoft, Compaq and Visa face patent suits

    13 Nov 2003

    A US Federal Court has given the go-ahead for patent infringement cases to resume against Microsoft and Compaq (now part of Hewlett-Packard). E-Pass Technologies Inc has also filed another case, over the same patent, against Visa International.

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  • US Patent Office looks again at browser patent

    13 Nov 2003

    The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has agreed to look again at a controversial web browser patent after the World Wide Consortium, known as W3C, asked the agency to declare the patent invalid, according to reports on CNet News.Com.

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  • SCO and IBM fire off subpoenas

    13 Nov 2003

    The SCO Group and IBM have sent off a flurry of subpoenas in the past two weeks as part of their on-going dispute over the Linux operating system, according to CNET News.com. SCO is targeting the Open Source community, while IBM's subpoenas focus on investors...

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  • Apple ad banned on UK TV

    12 Nov 2003

    A television advert for the Apple Power Mac G5 has been banned as misleading by the UK's Independent Television Commission (ITC) following complaints by eight viewers. The advert claimed that Apple's G5 was "the world's fastest, most powerful personal...

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  • Recording industry announces “one-stop” webcast licence

    12 Nov 2003

    The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) yesterday announced the launch of an international agreement permitting internet webcasters to stream music programmes to listeners on the basis of a single "one-stop" licence.

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  • Government sets out plans for ID cards

    12 Nov 2003

    UK Home Secretary David Blunkett yesterday set out his plans for the controversial UK identity card scheme. The scheme, which will initially operate on a voluntary basis, is to be introduced in incremental stages, with the intention that costs, practical...

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  • Ireland implements new spam and cookies law

    12 Nov 2003

    New rules to deal with unsolicited commercial e-mail, cookies and other privacy issues in electronic communications were brought into effect in Ireland this week. The new law implements the European Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive which...

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  • Bosses likely to punish e-mail and internet abuse

    11 Nov 2003

    There is a growing trend among UK employers to take action against e-mail and internet abuse by their employees, according to research published yesterday by the IRS Employment Review. However, the research report states that employers may not be concentrating...

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