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26 August 2015

Russian Internet watchdog orders ISPs to block Wikipedia (CNET)

The Russian government has aimed its cyber crosshairs at Wikipedia, ordering the country's Internet service providers to block the widely read online encyclopaedia.

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25 August 2015

Is this really the beginning of the end for web ads? (The Guardian)

As you've probably heard, the "infidelity" website Ashley Madison (motto: "Life is short. Have an affair") has been hacked and the personal details of its 33 million users have been dumped on the internet, with predictable results. Reckoning that it's the kind of story that is made for tabloid news outlets, I logged on to Mail Online, and sure enough, they did it proud.

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Australian regulator must wake up to big data (Australian Financial Review)

It is starting to become apparent that an important potential impact of the growing use of big data technology, is the ability to influence competition, and the ACCC needs to take notice.

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24 August 2015

AuDA Panel Recommends 2LD .AU Registrations

Allowing registrations of .au domain names at the second level, such as, is the most significant of the draft recommendations from the Names Policy Panel that is currently examining changes to registration policies.

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23 August 2015

.DE Registrations Pass 16 Million Today

Checking the DENIC website today (Sunday) I noticed that registrations of .de domain names passed the 16 million mark today (or possibly Saturday depending on how regularly the site is updated). [Monday update] With deletes, renewals and new registrations, the number of .de domains under management has, temporarily, slipped below the magical 16 million mark.

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22 August 2015

How Google's Alphabet restructuring helps protect the Web as we know it (Washington Post)

When Google announced it was restructuring itself as Alphabet, a few things happened. One, Google got a little more focused as all of its non-core businesses, like Google X, got spun off into their own firms. Two, Alphabet became the big parent company overseeing them all.

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21 August 2015

.NET Turns 30 And Verisign Wants You To Know!

In 1985 .net was one of nine top level domains that went live. The other eight were .com, .gov, .mil, .org, .edu, .us, .uk and .il. To commemorate .net's 30th birthday, registry operator Verisign has put out an infographic with some of its highlights.

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Ashley Madison: More data leaks onto dark net (BBC News)

A fresh set of files that appear to be leaked Ashley Madison data has been uploaded to a part of the internet known by some as the "dark web".

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Google ordered to remove links to 'right to be forgotten' (The Guardian)

Google has been ordered by the Information Commissioner's office to remove nine links to current news stories about older reports which themselves were removed from search results under the 'right to be forgotten' ruling.

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Facebook's growth just ain't what it used to be (Washington Post)

Americans' addiction to social media is deepening, according to a new report that found that while Facebook devotion has plateaued, other social networking platforms are gaining in popularity.

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20 August 2015

Ashley Madison database suggests paid-delete option left identifiable data intact (The Guardian)

The hacked infidelity site Ashley Madison apparently retained enough personal data about users to identify them to spouses - as the site's hackers have claimed - despite offering a paid-for "full delete" service, which charged users £15 or $20 to remove all their information.

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19 August 2015

Hackers Say They Have Released Ashley Madison Files (New York Times)

Hackers claim to have made good on their threat to release data they stole in a breach last month of the company behind Ashley Madison, the popular online dating website aimed at people hoping to cheat on their spouses.

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Ad Blockers and the Nuisance at the Heart of the Modern Web (New York Times)

The great philosopher Homer Simpson once memorably described alcohol as "the cause of and solution to all of life's problems." Internet advertising is a bit like that -- the funder of and terrible nuisance baked into everything you do online.

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18 August 2015

Chehadé Announces Next Move In Life After ICANN As US Govt Extends ICANN IANA Contract

ICANN's CEO And President Fadi Chehadé has announced that when he departs ICANN he will take up a position in what he describes in a post on the ICANN blog as a portfolio of activities, the main one being a Senior Advisor on Digital Strategy for ABRY Partners, a Boston-based private equity investment firm.

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Age ratings enforced for UK-produced music videos on YouTube and Vevo (The Guardian)

Clear age ratings will be displayed on UK-produced music videos on YouTube and Vevo, as the government seeks to protect children from inappropriate content online.

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Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace (New York Times)

On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult them into Amazon's singular way of working.

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17 August 2015

Spelling it out: Google's new corporate structure will provide more clarity for investors (The Economist)

These days it seems as if there is almost no area of technology that Google can resist dipping its toes into. Among other things it is working on driverless cars, delivery drones, glucose-detecting contact lenses for diabetics, devices for the "smart home" and research into extending human lifespans. The corporate reorganisation it announced this week is an acknowledgment of what Google has become: a sprawling conglomerate, albeit with one predominant, profit-generating division in the form of its original internet business.

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16 August 2015

Google may have changed its name but the game remains the same by Evgeny Morozov (The Observer)

Google's bombshell announcement that it's going to fold itself into a new conglomerate called Alphabet has been met with overwhelmingly positive responses from the financial markets and technology pundits alike.

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AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale (New York Times)

The National Security Agency's ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.

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15 August 2015

New gTLDs Pass Another Registration Milestone With 7 Million Registrations

The number of domain names registered across the 737 new gTLDs to have been delegated passed the seven million registrations mark on 13 August according to, making it just over two months to achieve the last million domains registered. The previous million domains were registered in pretty much right on two months while it took around three months for the million before that to be registered.

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14 August 2015

Dallas Buyers Club: Australia's Federal Court backs ISPs in row over illegal downloads (ABC News)

The Federal Court has refused an application from the makers of the movie Dallas Buyers Club which would have forced internet service providers to hand over the details of customers who illegally downloaded the film.

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Europe Gives Google More Time to Respond to Antitrust Charges (New York Times)

Europe has spent years investigating Google's alleged antitrust activities. Now the search giant wants a little more time to respond to the charges.

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Even in the New Alphabet, Google Keeps Its Capital G (New York Times)

G is for Google, as the company's chief executive, Larry Page, put it this week in a blog post introducing Alphabet, Google's new corporate name.

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13 August 2015

Google's Restructuring As Alphabet Could Lead To Greater Awareness Of New gTLDs

Google's announcement this week that it is restructuring under a new company setup called Alphabet could lead to a greater awareness for new gTLDs.

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Don’t panic, the internet won't rot children's brains by Andrew Whitehouse, Winthrop Professor, Telethon Kids Institute at University of Western Australia (The Conversation)

You know the deal: a social phenomenon rises from obscurity to international familiarity within the blink of an eye. Pitchforks are sharpened, torches lit, and higher thought goes out the window. Elvis Presley's hips, the skin revealed by a bikini, Harry Potter's sorcery - you would think by now we'd have learnt to occasionally sit back and thoughtfully stroke our collective chin before writing the eulogy for humankind.

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