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  • Mobile phone database reunites phones and owners

    24 Nov 2004

    A national mobile database, designed to keep a record of mobile phones and their owners, has been set up to help in the recovery of lost or stolen phones. The Mobile Equipment National Database (MEND) has the support of the police's National Mobile Phone...

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  • Casino pays $28,000 for Holy toast

    24 Nov 2004

    An internet casino has purchased a grilled cheese sandwich on eBay that bears the image of the Virgin Mary. Despite being 10 years old and having one bite taken out of it, the slice of Heaven has, perhaps miraculously, stayed free of mould.

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  • UK internet sales double to £40 billion

    23 Nov 2004

    The value of internet sales by UK businesses doubled to £39.5 million in 2003, from £19 billion in 2002, according to the latest experimental figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

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  • Senate passes watered down copyright law

    23 Nov 2004

    The US Senate on Saturday approved a copyright Act that consolidates several anti-piracy proposals but omits a controversial measure that could have made file-sharing a criminal offence. The Act has still to be approved by the House of Representatives,...

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  • Google sues over click fraud

    23 Nov 2004

    Google has brought an action against an internet sales and marketing company, accusing the firm of fraudulently generating revenue by clicking on text ads displayed on its web site under the search engine's AdSense scheme.

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  • Adult site sues Google over photo copyrights

    23 Nov 2004

    The publisher of adult web site and magazine Perfect 10 has brought an action against Google, alleging that the search engine breaches copyright and trade mark rules by showing copyrighted photos in the results of its images search.

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  • Internet tax ban extended in US until 2007

    22 Nov 2004

    The US Congress on Friday finally approved legislation that extends a ban on internet access taxes. Debate over the ban, which expired on 1st November 2003, had stalled over proposals that the moratorium be made permanent.

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  • Internet matchmaker liable for violent husband

    22 Nov 2004

    A Baltimore jury has told Encounters International to pay damages of $434,000 after it was sued by a Ukranian woman who used the firm's on-line matchmaking service to meet her US husband whom she accused of beating her.

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  • Privacy groups warn of 'dangerous farce'

    22 Nov 2004

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Privacy International on Wednesday released their seventh annual Privacy and Human Rights survey, warning that invasions of privacy have increased significantly over the last year.

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  • Broadcasting treaty will subvert rights of creators, say critics

    22 Nov 2004

    The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) met last week to discuss a proposed treaty on the rights of broadcasters. But critics say the proposals will undermine public interest and subvert the rights of creators in favour of large broadcasters....

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