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  • Web tracking patents used to sue Amazon

    15 Sep 2004

    A British firm yesterday announced that it has sued a number of companies, including Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, over alleged infringements of patents relating to the tracking of the navigational path of a user through the internet.

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  • iTunes referred to consumer watchdog

    15 Sep 2004

    The Consumer Association has today complained to the UK's Office of Fair Trading that downloading tracks from Apple's iTunes costs UK consumers more than their counterparts in France and Germany.

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  • FIFA wins World Cup trade mark dispute

    15 Sep 2004

    Football's governing body yesterday announced that it has won a six year dispute with former US network StarMedia, now Cyclelogic, over that company's use of the domain names CopaMundial.com and CopaDoMundo.com.

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  • European Company framework now in place in UK

    14 Sep 2004

    New rules setting out a framework for a new type of company – the European Company, or "Societas Europaea" – were laid before the UK Parliament on Monday. The rules come into effect from 8th October this year.

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  • Microsoft patents web link tabbing

    14 Sep 2004

    The US Patent and Trademark Office last month granted Microsoft a patent for the process of tabbing through the hyperlinks on a web page – a feature that is found on most web browsers and relied upon by many people with disabilities that prevent...

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  • Privacy guidelines for Irish web sites

    14 Sep 2004

    Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner has published Guidelines for the content and use of privacy statements on web sites to help businesses comply with the country's rules on data protection. It appears that Irish sites may find compliance easier than...

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  • Scottish newspaper settles internet defamation case

    14 Sep 2004

    Lord Robertson and the Sunday Herald have settled a defamation dispute over allegations posted on the Scottish newspaper's internet message board.

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  • PayPal to fine gambling users

    13 Sep 2004

    PayPal, the popular service for making and receiving payments over the internet, is to start fining those who use it to pay for on-line gambling and porn services, according to a report by Reuters. PayPal will also target the unauthorised sale of prescription...

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  • Free speech challenge defeats child porn law

    13 Sep 2004

    Civil rights groups and an ISP on Friday won a free speech challenge to a Pennsylvanian child pornography statute that results in the blocking of wholly innocent web pages as well as those targeted by the Act.

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  • Sendo settles mobile dispute with Microsoft

    13 Sep 2004

    UK mobile phone maker Sendo announced today that it has settled a dispute with Microsoft over allegations that the company stole and disclosed Sendo's technical know-how to competitors, and nearly drove the UK company to bankruptcy.

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