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  • Google sued by book publishers for 'freeloading'

    20 Oct 2005

    The Association of American Publishers has sued Google over its Print Library Project, accusing the search giant of digitally copying and distributing copyrighted works without permission of the copyright owners. Google denies any copyright infringement....

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  • Pensions go portable with EU travel package

    20 Oct 2005

    Workers switching jobs or countries will no longer have to worry about substantial loss of work pension benefits under the 'portability of pensions' Directive, proposed by the European Commission today.

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  • How to check your customer is over 18 and still alive

    20 Oct 2005

    By adding less than two seconds to an e-commerce process, website operators can now check the age, identity and vital status of customers against the UK Electoral Roll, BT directory enquiries, a credit reference database and a mortality database.

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  • 'Palpable nonsense' backfires for owner of Citigroup.co.uk

    20 Oct 2005

    A former intellectual property lawyer who grabbed citigroup.co.uk on the very day in 1998 when it was announced that two financial giants were merging to form Citigroup Inc. has been ordered to transfer the domain name and could face substantial damages....

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  • Nominet votes for Argentinian solution to net ownership

    19 Oct 2005

    In an historically unusual decision, the company running all .uk internet domains, Nominet, has voted for an Argentinian solution to the current crisis over internet ownership.

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  • Google loses its G-spot

    19 Oct 2005

    A trademark dispute has forced Google to re-brand its Gmail web mail service in the UK. Existing users get to retain their Gmail address (at least for now) but from Wednesday onwards new UK users will be given a Googlemail email address instead.

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  • UK law will demand better authentication for online banking

    19 Oct 2005

    Editorial: It is time for internet banks to start reviewing their authentication procedures because best practice is changing. It's a change that directly impacts upon the legal duty that a bank owes to its customers and means the days of single-factor...

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  • OFT objects to Visa transaction fee pact

    19 Oct 2005

    The Office of Fair Trading says that Visa and its members, including most major banks, are breaking competition laws by agreeing a fee that is payable on card transactions. It follows a similar ruling last month against MasterCard.

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  • Secret tracking codes in laser printers cracked

    19 Oct 2005

    The pages that are printed by your colour laser printer may include tiny dots, almost invisible to the naked eye. The dots form a code that can be read by the US Secret Service, ostensibly to track down counterfeiters. Now, for the first time, the code...

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  • How to prepare your business for a bird flu pandemic

    18 Oct 2005

    Businesses should factor the possibility of an avian influenza, or bird flu, pandemic into their continuity planning and crisis management preparations, according Gartner. Its experts recommend that IT managers develop contingency plans now.

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