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  • English court refuses to confirm software's pedigree

    24 Jan 2006

    A judge has refused a developer's pre-emptive request for a High Court declaration that its software code was not ripping-off a rival's – in part because she had not seen the code or much other evidence, but also because the developer refused independent...

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  • Medical research hampered by data protection fears

    23 Jan 2006

    Data protection concerns are leading UK health officials to refuse medical researchers access to records that could help them find the cure to diseases such as diabetes and cancer, according to a report published by the Academy of Medical Sciences last...

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  • Google fights data demand of US Government

    23 Jan 2006

    Google last week refused a demand for search records from the Justice Department. The Bush Administration wants these as evidence in a dispute over the constitutionality of an Act that aims to protect children from viewing internet porn.

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  • Website told to identify defamers

    23 Jan 2006

    A Philadelphia court has ordered a company to identify those who wrote defamatory comments about a US law firm on two websites, ruling that online statements that are clearly defamatory are not entitled to free speech protection.

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  • Fear of fraud hampers online banking, finds FSA

    23 Jan 2006

    The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has warned banks that they must do more to help consumers to deal with online banking fraud, warning that consumer confidence in internet banking is currently very fragile.

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  • Christmas figures reveal massive rise in e-commerce

    20 Jan 2006

    Half the UK's adult population shopped online for Christmas 2005 and, between April 2000 and December 2005, UK online shopping has grown 2,600%, according to figures released today by the Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG).

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  • Mobile phones do not cause tumours, say experts

    20 Jan 2006

    Mobile phones are not associated with an increased risk of the most common type of brain tumour, according to the first UK study of the relationship between mobile phone use and the risk of glioma. The results were published by the BMJ yesterday.

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  • BlackBerry users to get 30-day warning of shutdown

    20 Jan 2006

    BlackBerry users will receive 30 days' notice to find another wireless email provider before the service is shut down – unless the manufacturer, Research In Motion (RIM), can agree settlement terms with patent holder NTP Inc.

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  • Skype affiliate can keep Skyp.com, says WIPO

    20 Jan 2006

    An amateur photographer, painter and sculptor who uses the domain name Skyp.com to redirect visitors to Skype.com has won a battle to keep his name. He pointed out that the internet telephony company had accepted him as an affiliate.

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  • Executive pay to be revealed by US companies

    20 Jan 2006

    New rules are planned to improve the transparency of board room compensation in the US, forcing annual reports to reveal a single figure for directors' pay and perks, in plain English. Few European countries require companies to reveal such details.

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