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  • European Commission vows to improve cross-border tax rules

    11 Jan 2006

    The European Commission is proposing to address the tax obstacles and inefficiencies faced by SMEs when doing business across borders by allowing firms to calculate their tax profits according to the tax rules of the home state of the parent company....

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  • Microsoft's FAT patents threaten Linux, say critics

    11 Jan 2006

    The US Patent Office has upheld Microsoft patents for a system that helps an operating system locate and retrieve files from a storage device. Some believe this will cause problems for Linux vendors and users, because Linux uses the same system.

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  • How to win Champagne – and other regional trade marks

    10 Jan 2006

    The European Commission has adopted two proposals to clarify and streamline rules for protected geographical indications (PGI), protected designations of origin (PDOs) and “traditional specialities guaranteed” – all types of regional...

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  • Look out for parcel delivery scams

    10 Jan 2006

    Premium rate regulator ICSTIS has urged network operators to be on the alert for customers seeking to operate premium rate related parcel delivery services, in the wake of a pre-Christmas scam that put members of the public out of pocket.

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  • US bans anonymous annoying emails

    10 Jan 2006

    President Bush last week approved a new law that creates a federal offence out of sending an anonymous email or posting anonymous comments with the intention of annoying the recipient. It carries a maximum punishment of two years in prison and a fine....

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  • Man sues over chat room humiliation

    10 Jan 2006

    An Ohio man who claims that he was humiliated by two other participants in an AOL chat room has sued the two men for causing emotional distress and the ISP for failing to stop the alleged abuse, according to a report from Law.com.

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  • FCC knocks telcos' secret plan to divide and bill the web

    09 Jan 2006

    Forgive us if the FCC Chairman’s message today about maintaining a level of decency on the public airwaves didn't take. A pair of very large, very exposed breasts proved too distracting.

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  • AOL agrees to settle 'wrongful billing' lawsuit

    09 Jan 2006

    AOL has agreed to cough up as much as $25m to settle a class action lawsuit that alleged the giant ISP "wrongfully billed consumers".

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  • Apple asks court to condemn Burst.com patents

    09 Jan 2006

    Apple Computer took pre-emptive action against streaming media company Burst.com on Wednesday, seeking a court's declaration that Apple's products are either not in breach of patents held by Burst.com, or that the patents are invalid.

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  • Staff have rights to see job references, says privacy chief

    09 Jan 2006

    The Information Commissioner has published guidance for employers on how the Data Protection Act applies to employee references, highlighting the fact that in most cases the Act entitles individuals to see personal information held about them.

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