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Last month, French law forced Apple to promise that consumers could buy a version of its iPhone in this country without having to be locked into a long-term contract with Orange, the only mobile phone operator offering the new device. Now, the same issue is tripping up Apple`s plans to sell the music-playing cellphone in Germany, the largest European telephone market. Last week, the Vodafone Group won the first round of a legal case against T-Mobile over its exclusive deal to sell the iPhone there. A German court ruled that T-Mobile must offer the iPhone to everyone, even without the 24-month contract that it had required for buyers of the phone, which went on sale in Germany for 399 euros ($591) on Nov. 9. T-Mobile is appealing the ruling.
Extreme cases of surveillance carried out against punk-bands, members of the “Eastern German magazine” ‘telegraph’ and other press representatives is raising the degree of uneasiness felt throughout the country. More and more details emerge in relation to the investigations into the authorities’ conduct concerning the “militante gruppe” (mg) [militant group] and the suspects associated with it. It transpired that investigators to the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office not only intercepted letters originating from within the leftist spectrum addressed to Berlin-based daily news papers, but also engaged in the eavesdropping, protocolling and non-anonymous filing of phone conversations between journalists of the NDR [North German Broadcasting], taz [left-wing daily paper] and Spiegel Online, to name a few. The former GDR-opposition magazine further reports that the investigations against the ‘mg’ even resorted to the inclusion of materials derived from personal files on victims of the Eastern German state security police ‘Stasi’ for the purpose of drawing up-to-date personal profiles, formerly maintained on GDR system-critics.
Websites promoting anorexia shut down in Spain: Microsoft – Agency France-Presse
Four websites accused of promoting anorexia and bulimia as acceptable weight-loss methods have been shut down in Spain, a spokesman for Microsoft’s Spanish division said Tuesday. The blogs, housed by the Microsoft division, were shut down at the request of Catalan Internet quality control agency Iqua, the spokesman added. He did not provide details on the content of the websites. It was the first time in Spain that a company housing Internet sites has shut down web pages seen as promoting eating disorders following a complaint from authorities, Iqua said.
Sony BMG, Yahoo ink online video licensing deal for music and video content – Associated Press
Sony BMG Music Entertainment has inked a licensing deal with Yahoo Inc. that clears the way for people to upload files with music or video content by the record company’s artists to Yahoo, the companies said Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Like similar deals, the agreement calls for Sony BMG to receive a cut of advertising revenue, Yahoo said. The deal also covers the distribution of music videos via Yahoo player applications and widgets that computer users can place on other Web sites.
U.N. aid agency seeks YouTube ad – Reuters
The United Nations’ food aid agency has called on budding film-makers to help it raise awareness of hunger and bring the reality of abject poverty and suffering to the “YouTube” generation. The World Food Program (WFP) launched a contest on Wednesday for “edgy 30 or 60 second video(s) that will make the online community buzz about global hunger,” it said.
Two computer discs holding the personal details of all families in the UK with a child under 16 have gone missing. The Child Benefit data on them includes name, address, date of birth, National Insurance number and, where relevant, bank details of 25 million people.
A court hearing about whether a Christian activist can prosecute British state broadcaster BBC under blasphemy laws wound up on Wednesday, and judges will deliver a written verdict at a later date. Stephen Green of Christian Voice was at London’s High Court this week to try to overturn a decision by a district judge not to allow him to pursue his case against BBC director-general Mark Thompson and Jon Thoday.
LA rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers are suing the network behind TV hit Californication, alleging that the title is stolen from their 1999 single and album. But the group may struggle because it failed to protect its brand, according to a legal expert. Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, John Frusciante and Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary, doing business as Red Hot Chili Peppers, are suing Showtime Networks and others. They argue that the creation and marketing of the TV series “constitutes a false designation of origin, and has caused and continues to cause a likelihood of confusion, mistake, and deception as to source, sponsorship, affiliation, and/or connection in the minds of the public”.
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