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  • PeopleSoft and Oracle to merge

    13 Dec 2004

    Enterprise software firms Oracle and PeopleSoft announced yesterday that they were to merge in a deal worth around $10.3 billion, bringing to an end 18 months of hostilities following Oracle's initial takeover bid for its competitor.

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  • One in five UK consumers buy spam-advertised software

    10 Dec 2004

    One in five British consumers have purchased software through spam, according to research carried out on behalf of the Business Software Alliance, which warns that purchasers of such software are putting themselves at risk of installing spyware onto their...

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  • BT wrong to contact transferring customers, says Tribunal

    10 Dec 2004

    BT's suspended practice of targeting customers who are transferring to alternative telecoms suppliers, in order to persuade them not to make the switch, is illegal under the Communications Act, according to a ruling by the Competition Appeal Tribunal....

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  • Freedom of Information readiness 'patchy', warns Committee

    10 Dec 2004

    With less than a month to go before major provisions of the Freedom of Information Act come into force, public sector preparedness for the new regime is patchy, according to a report by the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee.

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  • Consumer credit agreements to be completed on-line

    10 Dec 2004

    Consumers who apply for credit on-line will be able to electronically complete the credit agreement over the internet from 31st December, the UK's Consumer Minister Gerry Sutcliffe announced yesterday.

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  • Ofcom publishes premium rate review

    09 Dec 2004

    The regulator for the UK's communications industries has today recommended that the rules governing premium rate 090 telephone services be tightened and that the maximum fine available to the premium rate watchdog, ICSTIS, be increased.

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  • JK Rowling wins typosquatting claim

    09 Dec 2004

    JK Rowling, author of the world famous Harry Potter books, has won an order for the transfer of two domain names, "kjkrowling.com" and "www-jkrowling.com", that had been registered by a known typosquatter.

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  • EU safer internet plans approved

    09 Dec 2004

    The EU Council of Ministers has today approved plans for "Safer Internet Plus" – a programme designed to make the internet safer for children by tackling illegal, unwanted and harmful content – including spam – and to promote awareness....

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  • On-line paedophiles top net-crime threats, says report

    09 Dec 2004

    Internet paedophilia is the top on-line criminal threat facing the UK, according to a report published by the Home Office yesterday, which calls for more training and cooperation between agencies in order to tackle net-crime.

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  • Meta tag suit filed by plasma derivative firm

    08 Dec 2004

    A biopharmaceutical firm that distributes plasma derivatives has sued a rival, alleging that Health Coalition Inc. used the trade marked name "BDI Blood Diagnostics" as a meta tag in its web site source code, according to a report by Law.com.

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