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The battle for brand Kylie

For virtually everyone over the age of 30 there is only one Kylie. However, based on recent activity within the intellectual property world, the name of the Australian pop princess, Kylie Minogue, has been challenged by a reality TV star, Kylie Jenner, who wants to use the term ‘Kylie’ for herself.

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New Google security updates - are you secure?

With the New Year came new security updates to the Google Chrome browser (Chrome 56). So what’s new and what does it mean for you?

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A warning for Super Bowl fans as NFL counterfeits hit record levels

The countdown to the 51st Super Bowl has begun, with the Atlanta Falcons taking on the red-hot-favorite New England Patriots in New Orleans this Sunday. But sadly, despite warnings from the authorities, the issue of counterfeit tickets and merchandise is once again hitting the headlines.

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Don't let the catfishers use you as bait this Valentines Day

In a few weeks’ time, we’ll all be bombarded with reminders that it’s Valentine’s Day; that one day of the year when we’re expected to go over and above to tell our loved ones exactly what they mean to us, with overpriced flowers, a romantic meal that costs three times as much as it should do, and greeting cards that cannot stuff any more hearts onto the cover.

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Back to basics to try to stop ticket touts

The battle against the ticket touts took an interesting turn this week when the producers of hit Broadway show Hamilton announced the ticketing process for when the show opens in London.

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The iPhone turns 10

A decade ago today, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, and nobody knew quite what to think. It was expensive, it didn’t have 3G, there was no physical keyboard and the touchscreen didn’t have a stylus.

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DotBrand thinking for 2017

The news that hotel and leisure company Belmond has decided to terminate its dotBrand application for the iconic Orient Express brand will have undoubtedly passed under the radar for many people, but it represents the 20th such withdrawal of a dotBrand since the program started in earnest back in 2013.

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Why phishing is a growing business for cyber-criminals

According to a new report from PhishMe, one of the global leaders in threat management solutions, 91% of all cyber-attacks start with a phishing email. One click from a single unsuspecting user and the results can be devastating for a business. We are naturally suspicious in the real world, but put us in front of a computer or a smart device and that barrier falls; we seem to believe that because we can’t see anyone doing anything wrong, it is all fine.

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When the Internet of Things becomes the Internet of Stings

In our quest for simplicity, we today want smart technology that we can control from the palm of our hands. Lighting, heating and front doors can all now be controlled remotely through the Internet, via apps on our phones, making our lives easier. More and more devices will follow this trend in the future as technology manufacturers look to make their products more attractive to consumers. But what happens when some of these devices become self-aware?

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Missing a trick

On the Monday before Christmas, I sat down to watch the Merseyside Derby on Sky Sports. Whilst Everton and Liverpool huffed and puffed their way through 90 minutes, I was more interested by some of the advertising boards around the edge of the pitch (it wasn't the most enthralling of games!) and how they were using digital assets.

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Will 2017 finally be the year of the new gTLD?

If 2015 was a year of slow burn and frustration in the new gTLD world, then 2016 has been a year when we’re finally starting to see the registration numbers many predicted when the expansion of the Internet was first announced back in 2011. Registration numbers have increased by 240% in just 12 months, despite the number of new gTLD launches dropping from 136 in 2015 to just 62 in 2016.

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Could this be the next tipping point for the new gTLDs?

Despite the huge growth in 2016 of new gTLD registrations from the Chinese market, there have always been restrictions on how most of the domain names can and can’t be used. Any domain name registrar wishing to operate in China needs a license from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) before it can allow any registrants in the country to activate the names.

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Guilty as charged – why buying counterfeit mobile phone chargers puts lives at risk

In our recent report on the cost of the counterfeit economy, NetNames estimated that the value of fakes in the consumer electronics sector is now $169 billion – the second most affected market segment behind pharmaceuticals (which is worth an estimated $200 billion). But what people may not realize is the huge risks they’re taking by using counterfeit electronics.

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‘Tis the season to shop from anywhere we please – the end of ‘geo-blocking’ is nigh

At the end of November, the European Council agreed on draft regulation to ban what it calls “unjustified geo-blocking between member states”. The Council’s move is an attempt to make it easier for consumers and companies to buy and sell products online across the EU, making cross-border parcel delivery more affordable, and increasing consumer confidence through better protection.

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Amazon targets the 'flikers'

Global e-tailing giant Amazon has taken a step towards reducing the number of misleading or fake reviews on its website (a practice referred to as ‘fliking’) by placing a limit on the number of reviews an individual can leave. Although the limit is not enforced for buyers of products from the site, individuals can now only leave five reviews for items they have not bought.

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New York takes a stand against unauthorized ticket resellers

At 10.29pm EST on Monday 28th November 2016, the fight against the illegal resale of tickets in New York State took a new direction when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that criminalizes the use of ‘ticket bots’. Ticket bots are machines that run scripts on ticketing websites that can complete transactions faster than a human can, and thus capture tickets for popular events almost instantaneously. For anyone left scratching their head, empty handed after failing to secure just-released tickets for sporting events, theatre shows or concerts – ticket bots are the reason.

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A ticket to ride?

We’ve discussed the issues surrounding counterfeit tickets in a number of previous articles, as well as how technology has facilitated the ease with which they can be passed to legitimate buyers without their knowledge until they’re refused entry into events.

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2017 – the year of…?

Rolling towards the end of November and into the almost daily updates to the kids’ Christmas lists, it’s that time when we start to look ahead to next year and think about the changes that we might expect to see over those 12 months.

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Five tips to ensure that you stay one step ahead of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness

Despite their origins across the Atlantic, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now as big a part of the UK’s digital economy as they are in the United States. A few UK retail stores use Black Friday to kick off their Christmas offers, but it certainly doesn’t have the same level of traction in the high streets and shopping centers as it does in America. However, online it’s a different matter.

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Zuckerberg, we have a problem

For those of us who have been around social media for a while, we’ve learnt to take the content published with a pinch of salt. Whether it’s the incessant “you will never believe what she did next” buzzfeed-type stories, the ‘looks too good to be true’ discount vouchers or counterfeit goods, or the recently discovered videos proving that the Loch Ness monster is real, the aim remains the same − to drive traffic to external websites where more nefarious activities can be actioned by cyber-criminals.

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