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  • Select Committee criticises ID Cards Bill

    15 Jun 2005

    Government plans for a national identity cards scheme will change the fundamental relationship between the State and the individual, according to a report published last week by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution.

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  • Support slips for ID cards, says survey

    15 Jun 2005

    Public support for the Government’s national identity card scheme has fallen from a trumpeted 81% approval rating in December to just 55%, according to an ICM poll carried out on behalf of campaign group NO2ID.

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  • EU's nanotech plan calls for patent changes

    15 Jun 2005

    The European Commission yesterday published an action plan setting out what it calls a safe, integrated and responsible strategy for keeping Europe at the forefront of nanotechnology. It includes a call for global harmonisation of nanotech patent processes....

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  • OECD alerts governments to on-line music business

    15 Jun 2005

    Governments and industry should re-think their policies in respect of on-line music distribution in order to promote the technology as a viable business model and as a new social and cultural phenomenon, according to a new OECD report.

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  • Half-page deal torn apart in BlackBerry patent dispute

    14 Jun 2005

    A long-running patent dispute between BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion ( RIM ) and the holding company NTP Inc. just won't go away. Despite agreeing settlement terms in March, the companies are returning to court, fighting over the details.

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  • Trivial Pursuit loses 'utterly trivial' domain name pursuit

    14 Jun 2005

    A popular board game is not the only trivial pursuit worthy of the domain name TrivialPursuits.net, according to an arbitration panellist who refused to take it away from an individual who said he registered it to lament life's loss of individual creativity....

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  • Premium rate payments to slow down

    14 Jun 2005

    ICSTIS is instructing phone networks not to make payments to their premium-rate service providers for at least 30 days after calls have been made, in order to slow down the flow of money to providers who break the rules.

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  • Security risks of USB flash drives are ignored, says survey

    14 Jun 2005

    Insecure hi-tech devices such as USB flash drives and media players are being used in 84% of companies, but little is being done to address the information security risks that they present, according to a survey by mobile security firm Pointsec.

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  • Symantec takes firm to court over adware

    10 Jun 2005

    Security firm Symantec has filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against software distributor Hotbar.com, asking a court to declare that Symantec can classify some of Hotbar’s programs as adware and give customers tools to remove the Hotbar files.

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  • Patent reform bill pitched to Congress

    10 Jun 2005

    Legislation to reform the US patent system was introduced into Congress yesterday. The Patent Reform Act 2005 switches to a system where a patent goes to the first inventor to file, not the first to invent, and allows post-grant opposition without litigation....

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