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23 April 2014

WhatsApp grows to half a billion users (CNET)

Messaging app WhatsApp now reaches 500 million people each month and is growing fastest in Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, the company said Tuesday. Collectively, the application's users are sharing 700 million photos and 100 million videos on a daily basis.

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Which countries are the world's spammiest nations? (CBR)

US continues to top the list of the ten most spam spreading countries, with Spain breaking into the league for the first time this quarter and taking the second position in the chart.

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You've got spam mail: Slew of AOL email accounts fall prey to spoofing attack (PC World)

The undead are rising from their graves -- or at least a legion of long-forgotten AOL email addresses are.

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Focus Turns to Samsung's Patents at Trial (New York Times)

Before Monday, the focus of the latest Apple and Samsung patent trial was whether Samsung copied Apple. But on Monday, Samsung said Apple has done some copying of its own -- including a method for transmitting video over wireless devices.

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22 April 2014

The Sports Torrent Network closes after UK police warning (BBC News)

A leading sports file-sharing site has shut down after a UK police force threatened its operators with jail.

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Erdogan challenges social media in top Turkish court (Reuters)

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan applied to Turkey's constitutional court on Friday to challenge the alleged violation of his and his family's rights by social media, a senior official in his office told Reuters.

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China steps up purge of online porn amid wider censorship push (Reuters)

China has shut down more than 100 websites carrying pornography and closed thousands of accounts on social media sites in an re-newed effort to clean up the internet, state media reported.

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Pirate Bay Hits Historic 10 Million Torrent Milestone (TorrentFreak)

The Pirate Bay hit a new milestone today when the site processed its 10 millionth torrent upload. The landmark came as a surprise, and caused some trouble behind the scenes, where some of the code had to be changed to accommodate the extra digit.

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Washington on back foot in web negotiations (Financial Times)

A meeting in Brazil this week will reveal whether Washington has succeeded in preventing international anger over the Edward Snowden revelations clouding discussions about future governance of the internet.

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U.S. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet. Some Nations Push for New Supervisory Body (Wall Street Journal)

The U.S. has agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names, hoping to satisfy countries that want more international control over the Internet. This week, Washington will find out if its actions have eased global tensions over its cyberspying activities.

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21 April 2014

New gTLD Registrations Soar Past Half Million As .GURU Passes 50,000

The total number of domain names registered across all new gTLDs roared past 500,000 on 15 April, jumping 46,349 registrations in one day according nTLDstats.com. The number of domains registered across all of the new gTLDs stood at 558,051 as of 21 April.

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U.S. Promotes Network to Foil Digital Spying (New York Times)

This Mediterranean fishing town, with its low, whitewashed buildings and sleepy port, is an unlikely spot for an experiment in rewiring the global Internet. But residents here have a surprising level of digital savvy and sharp memories of how the Internet can be misused.

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Friends, and Influence, for Sale Online (New York Times)

Whoever said, "Money can't buy you friends," clearly hasn't been on the Internet recently. This past week, I bought 4,000 new followers on Twitter for the price of a cup of coffee. I picked up 4,000 friends on Facebook for the same $5 and, for a few dollars more, had half of them like a photo I shared on the site.

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Google Asked to Censor Two Million Pirate Bay URLs (TorrentFreak)

The Pirate Bay reached a dubious milestone today, as copyright holders have now asked Google to remove two million of the site's URLs from its search results. According to Google this means that between one and five percent of all Pirate Bay links are no longer discoverable in its search engine.

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The Internet's destructive gender gap: Why the Web can't abandon its misogyny (Salon)

... Powerful and exceedingly familiar hierarchies have come to define the digital realm, whether you're considering its economics or the social world it reflects and represents. Not surprisingly, then, well-off white men are wildly overrepresented both in the tech industry and online.

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Your cellphone is killing you: What people don't want you to know about electromagnetic fields (Salon)

You may not realize it, but you are participating in an unauthorized experiment -- "the largest biological experiment ever," in the words of Swedish neuro-oncologist Leif Salford. For the first time, many of us are holding high-powered microwave transmitters -- in the form of cell phones -- directly against our heads on a daily basis.

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Is Apple trying to torpedo the market for affordable smartphones? (Salon)

In 2007, when Apple unveiled the iPhone, this recent college graduate was thrilled: The future had arrived and I was going to be a part of it. Unfortunately, once I saw the price, $702, the thrill of the future turned to the agony of my economic reality. While more affordable smartphones are available today, a costly new trial between Apple and Samsung may lead to an equally financially burdensome situation for many consumers stuck in the middle.

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Free trade on steroids: The threat of the Trans-Pacific Partnership by US Democrats George Miller, Rosa DeLauro and Louise Slaughter (Los Angeles Times)

Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama's bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this week. If Japan and the United States can sort out market access issues for agriculture and automobiles, the wisdom goes, this huge deal -- in effect, a North American Free Trade Agreement on steroids -- can at last be concluded.

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20 April 2014

Why Facebook and Google are buying into drones (The Observer)

Back in the bad old days of the cold war, one of the most revered branches of the inexact sciences was Kremlinology. In the west, newspapers, thinktanks and governments retained specialists whose job was to scrutinise every scrap of evidence, gossip and rumour emanating from Moscow in the hope that it would provide some inkling of what the Soviet leadership was up to. Until recently, this particular specialism had apparently gone into terminal decline, but events in Ukraine have led to its urgent reinstatement.

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19 April 2014

Nic.at Celebrates 10 Years of .AT IDNs

On 31 March, the Austrian registry, nic.at, celebrated ten years of .at internationalised domain names. In the 12 months since .at IDNs were introduced they total 2.4 percent, or 29,729, of the 1.23 million .at domains under management.

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Heartbleed Highlights a Contradiction in the Web (New York Times)

The Heartbleed bug that made news last week drew attention to one of the least understood elements of the Internet: Much of the invisible backbone of websites from Google to Amazon to the Federal Bureau of Investigation was built by volunteer programmers in what is known as the open-source community.

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It's simple: criminalize revenge porn, or let men punish women they don't like (The Guardian)

Parting from someone you love is never easy. It often means watching the affection and intimacy you once shared turn into bitterness and resentment. It often means sorting out who sees the children when, who lives where, and who gets what.

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Google under fire from European media tycoon (BBC News)

The boss of one of Europe's largest media companies has strongly criticised Google in an open letter printed in a German newspaper.

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18 April 2014

ICANN Begins Transition To New Website (ICANN)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today (17 April) announced the beginning of a transition to a new ICANN.org website.

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Netherlands arrest in Amanda Todd webcam blackmail case (The Guardian)

An arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of the Canadian teenager Amanda Todd who was blackmailed to expose herself in front of a webcam, Canadian police confirmed on Thursday. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.

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