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  • Watchdog threatens premium rate service providers

    16 Mar 2005

    Premium rate regulator ICSTIS has warned premium rate service providers that it will be making more frequent use of the Emergency Procedure in the ICSTIS Code of Practice to combat an increase in breaches of the Code.

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  • WebTV malware author gets six months in prison

    16 Mar 2005

    A man who sent e-mails containing malicious programs to users of Microsoft's WebTV internet service, reprogramming their computers to dial emergency services, has been sentenced to six months in prison, according to reports.

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  • WTO rules on EU regional trade mark policy dispute

    16 Mar 2005

    Both sides have claimed victory in a dispute before the World Trade Organisation ( WTO ) over Europe's policy of recognising regional trade marks only from non- EU countries that have trade mark protections equivalent to those found in the EU .

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  • Apple wins iTunes.co.uk domain name

    16 Mar 2005

    Apple Computer has won the transfer of the domain name itunes.co.uk from a small UK company, which registered it before Apple launched its iTunes service. CyberBritain Group is considering an appeal, according to reports.

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  • Microsoft-Time Warner probe dropped in Europe

    15 Mar 2005

    The European Commission has dropped an investigation into plans by Microsoft and Time Warner to buy a digital rights management firm, following the introduction of substantial changes in the firm's governing rules and the entry of a new key shareholder....

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  • Data protection registration scams keep coming

    15 Mar 2005

    The Information Commissioner's Office has issued three warnings in the space of a week over bogus data protection notices which appear to come from official bodies, demanding up to £135 for registration under the Data Protection Act.

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  • CompUSA penalised over rebate promises

    15 Mar 2005

    The Federal Trade Commission has settled charges brought against US computer superstore CompUSA and the officers of QPS Inc., one of its small suppliers, for failing to pay rebates for products sold under the CompUSA and QPS brands.

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  • FTC bans spyware scaremongering scam

    15 Mar 2005

    The Federal Trade Commission has temporarily shut down a marketing scam that allegedly frightened customers into buying spyware detection software when it was not needed, and failed to properly remove spyware when the customer's PC was actually infected....

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  • Marvel struggles in lawsuit over superhero game

    14 Mar 2005

    Marvel Enterprises has suffered a partial defeat in a trade mark and copyright infringement suit against the developer and publisher of City of Heroes, an on-line multiplayer game in which subscribers create their own superhero characters.

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  • Microsoft settles streaming media patent claim

    14 Mar 2005

    Microsoft and streaming media company Burst.com have agreed to settle a patent infringement suit, it was announced on Friday. Microsoft will pay $60 million to settle the action, and will receive a non-exclusive patent licence in return.

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