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2002 Articles

  • EBay and Yahoo! claim – but fail – to block Nazi auctions

    18 Jan 2004

    According to a report by Newsbytes, auction site eBay has said that it will comply with a request from the German Government to block Nazi memorabilia from its US-based web site. However, the ban does not appear to be entirely effective.

  • Law Commission wants review of defamation law

    19 Dec 2002

    The Law Commission of England and Wales has suggested a need for a global treaty to address defamation and the internet. The opinion comes in a report with other recommendations which was yesterday submitted to the Lord Chancellor's department.

  • EU acts against printer makers

    19 Dec 2002

    The European Parliament yesterday voted to ratify two tough new Directives that introduce IT recycling rules in the EU. In a last-minute change, the Parliament voted unanimously to ban printer manufacturers forcing customers to buy own-brand ink refills....

  • Cost of registering Community designs

    19 Dec 2002

    The European Commission has set the fees payable for registering designs with EU -wide protection in a single application. For €230, a design can be registered at the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market ( OHIM ) in Alicante, giving the...

  • Top internet searches for 2002

    19 Dec 2002

    Search engines Lycos and Google have compiled their lists of the top internet searches over the course of 2002. Google users made 55 billion searches over the year, or 150 million per day, according to the company. Both sets of results have been censored...

  • AOL has patent for instant messaging

    18 Dec 2002

    America Online has the patent rights to instant messaging, or IM, one of the most popular applications on the internet, which lets those on-line with compatible networking software to communicate in real time.

  • Hints and tips on securing your mobile workforce

    18 Dec 2002

    An employee losing a laptop or PDA containing confidential company information is a significant risk for companies with a mobile workforce. A security software company specialising in mobile computing devices has compiled a list of hints and tips for...

  • Jury acquits Russian developers in landmark copyright case

    18 Dec 2002

    A jury in California yesterday acquitted Moscow software company ElcomSoft yesterday in the first criminal trial under the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998. The charges concerned software that evaded the anti-copying protections...

  • Microsoft has 95% of browser market

    18 Dec 2002

    Microsoft's Internet Explorer dominates the browser market with a worldwide usage share of 95%, according to new findings from web site analysts Netscape Navigator is the second most popular browser – but its market share is just 3%....

  • Royal Bank of Scotland fined over money laundering compliance

    17 Dec 2002

    The Royal Bank of Scotland was today hit with a £750,000 fine by the UK's Financial Services Authority (FSA) for failing adequately to establish the identity of its customers, in breach of money laundering rules. It is the first time the FSA has...