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24 October 2016

Google and Facebook contribute zero economic value. That’s a big problem for trade. (Washington Post)

How much value do free online services contribute to the U.S. economy? Ask any user of Google, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter, and the answer would most likely be, "A lot." But according to every statistic created by the U.S. government, the answer is actually zero.

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23 October 2016

A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices (New York Times)

When surveillance cameras began popping up in the 1970s and '80s, they were welcomed as a crime-fighting tool, then as a way to monitor traffic congestion, factory floors and even baby cribs. Later, they were adopted for darker purposes, as authoritarian governments like China's used them to prevent challenges to power by keeping tabs on protesters and dissidents.

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22 October 2016

Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S. (New York Times)

Major websites were inaccessible to people across wide swaths of the United States on Friday after a company that manages crucial parts of the internet's infrastructure said it was under attack.

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20 October 2016

ICANN Study Maps Changes To Global Domain Market, But Misses Significant Legacy gTLD Declines

It's been 2.5 years since the first of the new gTLDs were launched and there have been some significant changes to the global domain name market since then, which have been outlined in a new report from ICANN called Phase II Assessment of the Competitive Effects Associated with the New gTLD Program.

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Stepping Up Security for an Internet-of-Things World (New York Times)

The vision of the so-called internet of things -- giving all sorts of physical things a digital makeover -- has been years ahead of reality. But that gap is closing fast.

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19 October 2016

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017 (Gartner)

Gartner, Inc. highlighted the top technology trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2017. Analysts presented their findings during the sold-out Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, which is taking place here through Thursday.

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18 October 2016

Verisign's Eight Tips To Finding That Elusive .COM Domain

Verisign being the .com registry obviously have it in their interests to promote .com, and as the number of .com registrations has climbed well past 127 million, it is increasingly difficult to get a good short domain name.

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Trump's Twitter debate lead was 'swelled by bots' (BBC News)

More than four times as many tweets were made by pro-Donald Trump bots in and around the first US presidential debate as the number made by those backing Hillary Clinton, a study found.

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UK spy agencies broke privacy rules says tribunal (BBC News)

UK spy agencies broke privacy rules by collecting large amounts of UK citizens' data without adequate oversight, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has ruled.

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12 October 2016

‘Self-Driving Cars’ Make It Into Verisign's Trending .NET Keywords For September

The September top ten trending keywords for domain names registered in the .com and .net top level domains is always worthy of a quick look. Sometimes they throw up keywords that correlate with newsworthy and popular events and anticipated trends. Sometimes there seems no reason!

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Australian woman fights to have harmless selfie removed from 'parasite' porn sites (ABC News)

A young woman who had her photo stolen off social media and used in porn websites is calling on regulators to crack down on an emerging practice known as "parasite" or "morph" porn.

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10 October 2016

Breitbart Survey On IANA Transition Shows Biased Polls Get The Result You Want

The ultra-right news website Breitbart recently conducted an opinion poll asking its equally right wing readers what they thought of the recent transition of the IANA functions from the oversight of the US government to a global multi-stakeholder group.

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auDA Deletes Over 1,000 Ineligible Domains Mostly From Chinese Registrants

The .au namespace is one of the more highly regulated ccTLDs and in effect, registrants need to be Australian businesses or organisations and they need to show a "close and substantial connection" to the domain they register. A recent audit by auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, of domains registered through one reseller found 1,025 registrations that were ineligible and subsequently deleted.

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Editorial: Surveillance in the Post-Obama Era (New York Times)

During his 2008 campaign, President Obama vowed to assert greater oversight of the massive surveillance apparatus built in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, arguing that the United States needed to strike a better balance between privacy and security and that all intelligence programs should be lawful.

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08 October 2016

Data drought: Rural Australians find alternative ways to get online despite Sky Muster rollout (ABC News)

A grassroots internet revolution is underway in regional Australia, as small telecommunications companies and farmers try to help end the data drought.

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Yahoo email spying claims prompt warning from UN rights tsar (The Guardian)

Yahoo's alleged scanning of emails of hundreds of millions of users at the request of US intelligence raises serious human rights concerns, according to a United Nations advocate.

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07 October 2016

When Free Speech and German Law Collide on Facebook (Der Spiegel)

American authorities are fining companies like Volkswagen and Deutsche Bank billions of dollars for violating the law. In Germany, though, where Facebook is allowing mass violations of hate speech legislation, the government is letting the social media platform get away scot-free.

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05 October 2016

Vint Cerf: If I Recreated Internet, I’d Include IPv6 And Public Key Cryptography

Even the father of the internet would do things differently if he were creating the internet all over again. At a recent conference, Cerf said he would have started with 128-bit addresses from the start.

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Yahoo 'secretly scanned emails for US authorities' (BBC News)

Yahoo secretly scanned millions of its users' email accounts on behalf of the US government, according to a report.

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04 October 2016

After 18 Years Of Discussions, IANA Functions Transferred To Global Multi-stakeholder Group

On 1 October the US government through the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration relinquished its role of overseeing the technical management of the 'internet's address book', or the IANA functions, that ICANN has overseen since its inception. The role was handed over to a global multi-stakeholder group, allowing the IANA functions contract to expire.

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Ship Fire Hits ICANN Preparations for Hyderabad Meeting

A fire aboard a ship berthed in Hamburg, Germany, has impacted on preparations for the ICANN57 meeting to be held in Hyderabad, India, meeting. ICANN was shipping two containers of equipment from Helsinki, Finland, following ICANN56 and the ship they were aboard had a minor fire.

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Google has until October 31 to reply to EU's Android antitrust charges (Reuters)

Alphabet's Google has been given until the end of October, the fourth extension, to rebut EU antitrust charges that it uses its dominant Android mobile operating system to block competitors, the European Commission said on Monday.

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Fears of massive net attacks as code shared online (BBC News)

Computer code used to mount one of the biggest web attacks ever seen has been released online.

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On Twitter, Hate Speech Bounded Only by a Character Limit (New York Times)

If you go by what some Twitter users have to say, it's a wonder I can string together a sentence. I don't know how I ever manage to get myself to the office given what a "dumb ass" I am -- a Jew, no less, and someone who soils his pants out of fear of a Trump presidency. And if you don't believe that last bit, someone using a pseudonymous Twitter account was kind enough to provide a graphic photograph of the supposed soiling, but not his or her actual name, because it's just so much easier to hurl bile while cowering behind anonymity.

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03 October 2016

EU wants Google to stop anti-competitive Android practices, fine expected (Reuters)

EU antitrust regulators plan to order Alphabet's Google to stop paying financial incentives to smartphone makers to pre-install Google Search exclusively on their devices and warned the company of a large fine, an EU document showed.

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