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  • Apple’s 'world’s fastest' claim criticised by ad watchdog

    10 Jun 2004

    Adverts for the Apple Power Mac G5 fell foul of a UK watchdog for the second time, after the Advertising Standards Authority ruled this week that magazine ads describing the G5 as "the world's fastest computer" were misleading.

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  • Don’t rely too much on paid search advertising

    10 Jun 2004

    Too many on-line marketers are overlooking natural search engine optimisation, instead focusing their resources on sponsored search results. This overlooks the fact that most users find natural search results more relevant, according to new research....

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  • Music industry to sue 24 Danish file-sharers

    10 Jun 2004

    Worldwide music industry group the IFPI announced on Tuesday that legal action would shortly be taken against 24 Danish file-sharers, the latest stage in the international campaign against peer-to-peer copyright abuse.

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  • Broadcasting rights: proposed treaty under fire

    09 Jun 2004

    The UN's World Intellectual Property Organisation is this week mulling a proposed treaty to protect the rights of broadcasters in the works that they transmit. But civil rights groups have criticised the proposals as overly broad and based on 'bad science'....

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  • Sensitive corporate data just $10 on eBay

    09 Jun 2004

    Laptops and hard disks containing sensitive corporate data are readily available at auction sites. Researchers paid $10 for a hard disk from eBay which came with access codes to the secure intranet of one of Europe's largest financial services groups....

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  • Microsoft appeals $520 million browser patent ruling

    09 Jun 2004

    Microsoft has filed an appeal against a US jury's verdict that its browser infringed a web browser patent. The jury awarded damages of $520.6 million plus interest in August last year to the University of California and Eolas Technologies over Microsoft's...

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  • Privacy chief attacks Home Office plans for ID cards

    09 Jun 2004

    Britain's Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, yesterday expressed his alarm at the Government's plans for a UK identity card scheme, warning that a draft bill to create a national database takes an unprecedented step too far.

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  • Microsoft appeals EU antitrust ruling

    09 Jun 2004

    Microsoft has filed an appeal against a European Commission ruling that the software giant breached European competition law, arguing that the terms of the ruling will undermine innovation and global economic growth.

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  • BlackBerry maker at mercy of Appeals Court

    08 Jun 2004

    Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the BlackBerry, is fighting for survival in a US Court of Appeals this week, desperate to overturn an injunction blocking the sale of the must-have gadgets in the US. The injunction has been stayed since last August,...

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  • Absolut hunk sues vodka firm over use of fake ad

    08 Jun 2004

    An actor whose fictitious advert for Absolut vodka was part of a storyline in HBO's Sex and the City has taken legal action against the vodka company for promoting the advert without his consent, according to reports.

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