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worth noting 24/4/03

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:: Copy protection specialist Macrovision has signed a digital rights management deal with Microsoft which licenses the latter's Windows technology. Macrovision believes that the new deal will help overcome many labels' reluctance to release copy-protected CDs in the US because it allows consumers more flexibility to use CDs on computers and move music on to MP3 players.

:: Google has snapped up Applied Semantics, the advertising tools specialist marking its first move into this sector. Applied Semantics key tool is AdSense which enables Web publishers to understand the key themes on Web pages to deliver highly relevant and targeted ads, which Google will use to improve its own targeted ad programs.

:: The Independent Newspaper has started charging for access to content on its Web site. The paper which follows the lead of the Financial Times and The Times, will charge for only specific areas of the site while the majority will remain free. It's hoping that this will bring the site into profitability for the first time, it's said to have just broken even before now.

:: US researchers at the Center for Democracy and Technology have found that email addresses posted on Web sites or in newsgroups attract the most spam. Spam is estimated to account for up to 40% of global email traffic and is causing a massive headache for businesses, which are losing billions in productivity.

:: A computer worm that takes advantage of growing concerns about the Sars virus has hit the Web. The computer virus, known as Coronex, takes advantage of public panic about the real life virus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. The mass-mailing Windows worm aims to persuade people to open an attachment offering details on the current epidemic. Subject lines include 'Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome', 'SARS Virus' and 'Hongkong.exe'.

:: AOL's recent return to profit has been hit by news that it's ongoing financial regulation investigation may hamper its plans to spin-off its cable TV division. AOL has confirmed that investigations by the Securities & Exchange Commission over accounting irregularities could delay its plans until later this year.