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2001 Articles

  • Critical security flaw in Windows XP

    21 Dec 2001

    Microsoft yesterday acknowledged a number of critical security flaws in its new Windows XP operating system, despite having promoted XP as the most secure version of its flagship product to date. The company’s security officer said, Every Windows...

  • Palm to appeal Graffiti case against Xerox

    21 Dec 2001

    A US court yesterday ruled that Xerox's handwriting recognition patent called “Unistrokes” is valid and was infringed upon by Palm Inc. and its former parent 3Com in their personal digital assistants (PDAs) which use the popular Graffiti recognition...

  • Adobe settles software dispute with Trio Systems

    21 Dec 2001

    Adobe Systems yesterday announced that it has settled its copyright dispute with Trio Systems. Earlier this week, Trio Systems won a court order which required Adobe to remove from the marketplace all unsold copies of its InDesign software.

  • Contractors lose IR35 appeal

    21 Dec 2001

    The Professional Contractors Group (PCG) this morning lost an appeal which challenged the legality of the controversial IR35 legislation. It has vowed to continue lobbying against the tax which treats small businesses in the knowledge-based sector as...

  • Freeserve demands urgent VAT Directive action in the UK

    20 Dec 2001

    Freeserve, the UK’s largest ISP, today called on the UK government to urgently implement into domestic law the new European proposal to regulate VAT on digital supplies. Doing so would solve the company’s much-publicised concerns that US-based...

  • Seasons greetings from Reeesak virus

    20 Dec 2001

    A malicious computer worm known as Reeezak or Maldal.c is propagating through e-mail accounts by masquerading as a Macromedia Flash festive greeting and threatens to render computers inoperable.

  • Court action to lift porn laws

    20 Dec 2001

    A court action has been filed against the US Attorney General by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) which is hoping to overturn an internet censorship provision in the country’s Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996.

  • HP joins Liberty Alliance, Microsoft might follow

    20 Dec 2001

    The Liberty Alliance Project today announced the addition of seven major companies as founding members and members of the management board. The Alliance was launched by Sun Microsystems and others to compete against Microsoft’s Passport for control...

  • Major labels launch Pressplay music service

    19 Dec 2001

    Sony, Universal and EMI today launched their belated answer to the internet’s plethora of unauthorised MP3 download sites and services. Pressplay is offering a limited service initially.

  • EU pushes its e-commerce laws to Russia

    19 Dec 2001

    Experts from the EU and Russia have been working together on the development of legislation in Russia which would be largely compatible with Europe’s e-commerce laws. The Russian legislation is now in its second reading in the State Duma. EU Commissioner...