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29 December 2017

Obama warns against irresponsible social media use (BBC News)

Former US President Barack Obama has warned against the irresponsible use of social media, in a rare interview since stepping down in January.

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Facebook and Twitter threatened with sanctions in UK 'fake news' inquiry (The Guardian)

Facebook and Twitter could face sanctions if they continue to stonewall parliament over Russian interference in the EU referendum, the chair of a Commons inquiry has said.

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27 December 2017

Australia's digital agriculture dream stymied as government scrimps on broadband (Reuters)

Gooda Creek Farm, located just outside Australia’s capital city of Canberra, exemplifies the country’s agricultural ambitions - a boutique producer that sells more than 2,000 kilograms a week of highly sought shiitake mushrooms to domestic and Asian consumers.

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Russian submarines are prowling around vital undersea cables. It's making NATO nervous. (Washington Post)

Russian submarines have dramatically stepped up activity around undersea data cables in the North Atlantic, part of a more aggressive naval posture that has driven NATO to revive a Cold War-era command, according to senior military officials.

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China closes more than 13,000 websites in past three years (Reuters)

China has closed more than 13,000 websites since the beginning of 2015 for breaking the law or other rules and the vast majority of people support government efforts to clean up cyberspace, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday.

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Bitcoin is a bubble, but the technology behind it could transform the world (The Observer)

Humanity’s earliest, truly transformative general purpose technologies were the ability to cross-fertilise plants and cross-breed animals. Suddenly, it made more sense to farm than to hunt and gather. The surge in agricultural output meant humans could do other things than worry about survival; they could live in cities. Human civilisation began.

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Bitcoin's boom is a boon for extremist groups (Washington Post)

After Charlottesville’s bloody Unite the Right rally in August, technology companies tightened rules against hate speech and banned many extremists from using Web hosting services, social media platforms and online payment systems.

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YouTube a shop window for child abuse videos (The Times)

Child predators are using YouTube as a “shop window” to showcase abused children before exchanging explicit footage and images with paedophiles around the world.

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22 December 2017

Crooks Switch from Ransomware to Cryptocurrency Mining (Threat Post)

Criminals behind the VenusLocker ransomware have switched to cryptocurrency mining in their latest campaign targeting computer users in South Korea. Instead of attempting to infect targeted computers with ransomware, the group is now trying to install malware on PCs that mines for Monero, an open-source cryptocurrency.

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Online, but can't ditch paper? You may be future-proofing yourself (Reuters)

You’re on the web, you’re in the cloud. But don’t neglect good old-fashioned paper. That’s the advice from internet pioneer Vint Cerf, who is afraid that all our digital memories could be lost as technology moves on.

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21 December 2017

What To Do When There Are Problems Transferring Domain Names

Transferring a domain name from one registrar to another should be a relatively straightforward procedure. But there will be times when it doesn’t happen which could be because of a dispute, court order or even a 60-Day Change of Registrant lock. There could even be issues with the terms and conditions from the existing registrar.

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ICANN Facing Budget Cuts as Expected Income Doesn't Materialise

Lower than expected domain name registrations are forcing ICANN to make significant budgetary cuts, CEO and President Göran Marby explained in his recent post on the ICANN Blog. In the first quarter of 2018 ICANN’s income was $1 million lower than expected and income for the year is expected to remain flat compared to 2017. Marby says ICANN is forecasting lower funding for 2019 compared to the approved 2018 budget.

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U.N. freedom of speech expert concerned about net neutrality (Reuters)

The U.N.’s freedom of speech expert said on Wednesday he was concerned about the ramifications of a decision in the United States to roll back net neutrality, since it could lead to small and independent voices being drowned out on the web.

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The future of connectivity: Enabling the Internet of Things (McKinsey)

With new connectivity technologies unlocking opportunities along the IoT value chain, companies must create detailed plans to harness their potential.

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20 December 2017

High-speed broadband to be legal right for UK homes and businesses (The Guardian)

British homes and businesses will have a legal right to high-speed broadband by 2020, the government has announced, dismissing calls from the network provider BT that it should be a voluntary rather than legal obligation on providers.

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Uber Is a Taxi Service, the E.C.J. Says, in Major Setback to Firm (New York Times)

Uber lost a major legal battle on Wednesday when the European Union’s highest court declared that the ride-hailing app must comply with tough rules governing traditional taxi associations, a significant setback for a company already grappling with a string of scandals.

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Google's most searched health-related questions in 2017 (The Independent)

Once upon a time, your first port of call for health-related queries would’ve been a doting family member, or a wise old friend.

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Upgrade to 5G will costs billions a year and may not be worth it (Bloomberg)

In the wildest dreams of wireless engineers, the mobile network of the future controls our cars, lets our refrigerators talk to the grocery store to order more milk, and provides fast, reliable broadband connections to our homes so we can sever ties with cable companies.

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Facebook abused dominant position, says German watchdog (Reuters)

Germany’s competition watchdog has found that Facebook abused its dominant market position, challenging the U.S. social network’s model of monetising the personal data of its 2 billion users worldwide through targeted advertising.

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Facebook's New Nemesis Is a Besuited German Antitrust Watchdog (Bloomberg)

Andreas Mundt is Facebook Inc.’s new nemesis. Mundt, 57, is the president of the Federal Cartel Office, Germany’s competition regulator. For nearly two years, his agency has been probing whether a key part of the Silicon Valley giant’s business model is an abuse of a market dominance.

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Is Uber a Taxi Company or Not? The EU's Top Court Will Decide (Bloomberg)

Uber Technologies Inc. is set to reach the end of the road in a legal battle over a question that’s reached the European Union’s top court -- is the world’s most valuable startup a taxi company or not?

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New gTLD Plunge Sees Global Domain Name Registrations Drop 1.2 Million in Third Quarter

There was a 1.2 million drop in the number of domain names registered around the world in the third quarter of 2017, a decline of 0.4% over the second quarter, which was largely due to a drop of 3.2 million registrations in new gTLDs, the vast majority in 2 new gTLDs - .xyz and .top. However year-on-year registrations, or domains under management (DUM), grew 1.1%.

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19 December 2017

GGRG's Giuseppe Graziano Talks Domain Name Investing

Giuseppe Graziano is the CEO and founder of GGRG.com. With a focus on the 586,848 short .com domain names defined as “liquid”, Giuseppe has helped his clients sell over $10 million dollars worth of domain names, receiving award nominations for “Blogger of the Year“ and “Industry Goodwill Ambassador” in 2015 and “Broker of the Year” in 2016. Escrow.com awarded Giuseppe “Master of Domains”, as one of the top 3 highest grossing domain brokers in the world in 2016. Giuseppe has lived in 5 countries across 3 continents, speaks 5 languages and holds a Master Degree in International Management from the Fudan University in Shanghai, China. With all that, it was surprising that Giuseppe had the time to sit down and talk to Internet.bs to give his thoughts on the domain name aftermarket, with a few tips for investors.

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Internet giants told: Accept cyber curbs to be welcome in China (Reuters)

Google and Facebook will have to accept China’s censorship and tough online laws if they want access to its 751 million internet users, Chinese regulators told a conference in Geneva on Monday.

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Verisign Gets U.S. Govt Green Light to Auction O.COM, With Proceeds to Charity

Verisign has received the green light from the U.S. Department of Justice to auction the domain name o.com after ICANN referred the proposal to the department “of a potential competition issue.”

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