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  • South Korea complains to WTO over EU chip tariff

    27 Aug 2003

    The South Korean government filed a complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Monday over the European Union's recent imposition of a 34.8% tariff on imports of computer memory chips made by the country's Hynix Semiconductors Inc.

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  • Don't buy SCO's Linux licence, says Montavista

    26 Aug 2003

    The SCO Group now says it's willing to sue a Linux user to deter those ignoring its demands for licence fees for the open source operating system which it argues infringes its rights. But Montavista Software last week told its customers to ignore SCO's...

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  • Posting DVD-cracking code on-line is not free speech

    26 Aug 2003

    The California Supreme Court yesterday ruled that publication of software code called DeCSS that can be used to break the anti-copying protection in DVDs did not amount to free speech – and therefore it could be banned.

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  • Vodafone initiative to report SMS spam

    26 Aug 2003

    Vodafone UK customers now have a direct line to report any unsolicited text messages, or spam, sent to their mobile phones, according to a report on TheRegister.co.uk yesterday. Details of spam reported to Vodafone (of the "you have won a prize" variety)...

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  • Rally against European software patent plans

    26 Aug 2003

    A proposal for a software patent directive, which will be submitted to the European Parliament for plenary debate and subsequent decision on 1st September, has incited protesters to stage a rally outside the Brussels building on Wednesday.

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  • 'Jane Doe' challenges RIAA

    25 Aug 2003

    The first individual to fight back against a flood of subpoenas issued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lodged a motion in the name of 'Jane Doe' with a Washington court on Thursday, seeking to prevent her ISP handing over her details...

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  • Palm, Microsoft and Compaq face patent litigation

    25 Aug 2003

    The US Court of Appeals on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for patent infringement cases to resume against Palm, Microsoft and Compaq – now part of Hewlett-Packard – and acknowledged that Palm Pilots may have infringed on patents held by E-Pass...

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  • DMA seeks to 'Slam Spam'

    25 Aug 2003

    The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has confirmed that it is trying to set up a group in collaboration with the FBI and ISPs to deal with the worst spam offenders, according to a report in the New York Times. Observers are sceptical.

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  • SoBig.F thwarted – experts await SoBig.G

    25 Aug 2003

    SoBig.F, the computer virus which spread worldwide last week, is the 6th version of the same virus since January. Version F, which began life on an adult newsgroup, was expected to launch a concerted denial of service attack on the internet on Friday,...

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  • Bank security reveals worrying gaps, warns NTA Monitor

    22 Aug 2003

    Over 90% of financial institutions have basic flaws in their IT security systems that could disrupt on-line banking services, according to a report from internet security testing specialists NTA Monitor. Most problems could be fixed in under 20 minutes....

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