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  • Employees waste an hour a day online, says survey

    12 Aug 2005

    Employees spend an average of 56 minutes at work each day on personal internet activities such as checking sports scores or sending instant messages to friends, according to a survey by US staffing agency Accountemps.

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  • Judge clarifies Google AdWords ruling in the US

    12 Aug 2005

    A district court judge this week clarified her decision of last December to dismiss important parts of a trade mark case against Google brought by car insurance firm GEICO over the search engine's AdWords service.

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  • Phishing by fax evades Oxford English Dictionary

    12 Aug 2005

    Fraudsters sending emails that ask recipients to confirm their bank account details by fax are using a new form of phishing, says security firm Sophos. But not according to the Oxford English Dictionary – which this week defined 'phishing' for the...

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  • Gamer dies after 50 hours of play

    11 Aug 2005

    A South Korean man has died of exhaustion after playing the online multiplayer game Starcraft virtually non-stop for almost 50 hours, according to reports. Throughout the session he stopped only to visit the toilet and to take short naps.

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  • Equipment recycling rules postponed in UK for third time

    11 Aug 2005

    The Department of Trade and Industry has announced that major parts of an EU law requiring businesses to recycle their old IT and telecoms equipment will not come into force in the UK until June 2006 – which will be 10 months late.

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  • Patent repository to aid open source development

    11 Aug 2005

    A project was launched this week to collate details of all software patents pledged or donated to the open source community. The patent commons project has been set up by Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a non-profit organisation.

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  • AOL raffles spammer's loot

    11 Aug 2005

    America Online is raffling a Hummer H2 and almost $100,000 in gold bars and cash that it won after a lawsuit against a spammer who peddled enhancement pills and more, its first lawsuit under the CAN-SPAM Act.

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  • Dethroned Spam King pays $7 million to Microsoft

    10 Aug 2005

    Self-proclaimed "Spam King" Scott Richter and his company OptInRealBig will pay $7 million to Microsoft to settle a lawsuit brought against them for sending millions of spam emails with forged sender names and misleading subject lines.

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  • UK firms to increase their offshoring, says TPI

    10 Aug 2005

    Eighty-one percent of large UK companies plan to increase their offshore outsourcing over the next two to three years, while only 4% expect to decrease it, according to research published by sourcing advisory firm TPI.

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  • Ofcom deregulates RFID in the UK

    10 Aug 2005

    Communications watchdog Ofcom yesterday said that it would be making radio spectrum available for use by Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) equipment, and that those using the new technology would not need a wireless telegraphy licence.

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