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■ Entertainment
DVD request rejected

A Japanese court rejected a request by a US film company to halt sales of bargain-priced DVD releases of movie classics such as Roman Holiday, Kyodo News reported yesterday. The Tokyo District Court ruled that the copyrights to the movies in question had already expired and the company rereleasing them in DVD format was not required to stop their sales, the report said.

■ Wireless

Nokia probe launched

Wireless technology company Qualcomm Inc said on Monday the US International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into whether Finland's Nokia Corp and its US unit engaged in unfair trade practices and infringed upon six Qualcomm patents. Qualcomm said it seeks an exclusion order to bar importation of Nokia handsets that infringe Qualcomm patents. Qualcomm also seeks a cease and desist order to bar further sales of Nokia products that have already been imported, and to halt the marketing, advertising, demonstration and stocking of inventory for distribution in the US.

■ Internet

Google mulls storage move

Google Inc may release a virtual hard-drive service that lets computer users store their files on the Internet, a Bear Stearns & Co analyst said. The service, codenamed Platypus, would let users synchronize files on different computers and give other people access, Robert Peck, an analyst in New York, said on Monday in a note to clients. The strategy would challenge Microsoft Corp's historical approach of storing files and applications on users' own computers, he said.

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