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02 October 2014

Victory for drag queens as Facebook apologises for 'real-name' policy (The Guardian)

Facebook apologized to drag queens on Wednesday following a meeting with community members and queens who protested against the company's order to use their legal names on the social networking site.

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.BAYERN Off To A Flying Start On First Day Of GA With 19,000 Registrations

The new gTLD aimed at the German state of Bavaria, .bayern, got off to a flying start this week, with 18,677 registrations on day one of General Availability, taking its total to 19,165, according to nTLDstats.com. General Availability commenced at 12:00 on 30 September.

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01 October 2014

Europeans Accuse Ireland of Giving Apple Illegal Tax Break (New York Times)

In a warning shot to companies shopping for tax deals around the globe, the European Commission publicly accused Ireland on Tuesday of giving illegal subsidies to Apple and cautioned that the country might need to collect back taxes from the company, which outside analysts said could reach into the billions of dollars.

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German privacy watchdog tells Google to restrict use of data (Reuters)

A German data protection watchdog told Google Inc on Tuesday to seek users' permission for creating data profiles from its various services, adding to pressure on the U.S. technology giant in Europe over its privacy policy.

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Chinese Web Censors Struggle With Hong Kong Protest (New York Times)

Can Chinese censors vanquish the umbrella? As protesters in Hong Kong continue to defy the authorities with their demands for greater democracy, mainland China's politically minded web users have been trying to outmaneuver the invisible army of Internet guardians working to scour social media of photos and news about the continuing demonstrations.

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Akamai Releases Second Quarter 2014 ‘State of the Internet' Report (Akamai Technologies)

Akamai Technologies, released its Second Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds and broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks, overall attack traffic, global 4K readiness, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation, and traffic patterns across leading Web properties and digital media providers.

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30 September 2014

.NZ Launches Second Level Registrations On 30 September

From 13:00 New Zealand time on 30 September, second level registrations became available for the country's ccTLD .nz.

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Melbourne Joins Cities With Own gTLD – Landrush Starts 1 October

The new gTLD for Australia's second largest city, Melbourne, becomes available for businesses and brands in the state of Victoria to apply for from 10:00 Australian time on 1 October.

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Cisco: The Internet Needs More Control (New York Times)

Cisco Systems is making an unusual case for itself: The Internet must be subject to a higher amount of control, and big companies will work with governments to make that possible.

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EU watchdog to give detail on Apple and Fiat tax investigations (Reuters)

European Union regulators will provide more details on Tuesday of their reasons for launching in-depth inquiries into tax arrangements reached by Ireland with Apple and by Luxembourg with a Fiat subsidiary.

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Europe's police need data law changes to fight cybercrime - Europol (Reuters)

Law enforcers in Europe need greater powers to retain data for longer in order to catch cybercriminals selling discrete services that police cannot trace under existing regulations, according to a Europol report published on Monday.

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Privacy is tech's latest marketing strategy (Washington Post)

Apple and Google are both moving toward deployment of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials can't easily gain access to information stored on the devices -- even with a search warrant. With these changes, it seems that mainstream tech companies are starting to compete for consumers based on technical privacy upgrades in a way almost unimaginable in a world before Edward Snowden's revelations about National Security Agency spying.

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Twitter intimidation not taken seriously enough by police, says UK's Stella Creasy (The Guardian)

The Labour MP Stella Creasy has said that online intimidation is not being taken sufficiently seriously by police despite the jailing of a "Twitter troll" who threatened to rape her.

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Londoners give up eldest children in public Wi-Fi security horror show (The Guardian)

A handful of Londoners in some of the capital's busiest districts unwittingly agreed to give up their eldest child, during an experiment exploring the dangers of public Wi-Fi use.

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Revenge porn: British children as young as 11 are victims - with less than 5% of cases being prosecuted (The Independent)

Children as young as 11 have been the victims of "revenge pornography", police have revealed, with new figures showing less than 5 per cent of cases lead to a prosecution because of legal loopholes.

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29 September 2014

Lawful Hacking: Using Existing Vulnerabilities for Wiretapping on the Internet by Steven M. Bellovin, Matt Blaze, Sandy Clark & Susan Landau (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: For years, legal wiretapping was straightforward: the officer doing the intercept connected a tape recorder or the like to a single pair of wires. By the 1990s, though, the changing structure of telecommunications -- there was no longer just "Ma Bell" to talk to -- and new technologies such as ISDN and cellular telephony made executing a wiretap more complicated for law enforcement. Simple technologies would no longer suffice.

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EU to accuse Apple of taking illegal tax aid from Ireland, reports say (The Guardian)

The European Union will accuse Apple of taking illegal aid from the Irish state through sweetheart tax deals over two decades, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

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The Google Formula for Success (New York Times)

Can Google's winning ways be applied to all kinds of businesses? The authors of "How Google Works," Eric Schmidt, Google's former chief executive, and Jonathan Rosenberg, a former senior product manager at Google, firmly believe that they can.

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28 September 2014

The Unrepentant Bootlegger (New York Times)

Hana Beshara was a founder of NinjaVideo, one of the most popular online sites for illegal TV and movie downloads. To the online community, she was its queen. To the government, she was simply a thief.

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They used to say 'print or digital'. But do we need to choose? (The Observer)

Something significant happened under cover of pinkness while we were busy agonising over Scotland and Ed Miliband's dodgy memory. The Financial Times emerged redesigned: new type, new column widths, new colour graphics. What's significant about that, you say? Papers have fiddled and fettled throughout history. But this time the changes meant so much more. They cost many thousands of pounds, hard cash and hard choices - and they challenged the whole current orthodoxy of print life and death.

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Tim Berners-Lee calls for internet bill of rights to ensure greater privacy (The Observer)

The inventor of the world wide web has warned that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.

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27 September 2014

Signaling Post-Snowden Era, New iPhone Locks Out N.S.A. (New York Times)

Devoted customers of Apple products these days worry about whether the new iPhone 6 will bend in their jean pockets. The National Security Agency and the nation's law enforcement agencies have a different concern: that the smartphone is the first of a post-Snowden generation of equipment that will disrupt their investigative abilities.

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Russia requires Facebook, Twitter and Google to register as social networks or be blocked (Computerworld)

Russia's communications regulator has ordered Facebook, Twitter and Google to join a register of social networks or face being blocked in Russia, according to a report in the newspaper Izvestia.

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26 September 2014

Web attacks build on Shellshock bug (BBC News)

A series of attacks on websites and servers using the serious Shellshock bug has been spotted.

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Google hits back at News Corp's claims that it is a platform for piracy (The Guardian)

Google has hit back at the claim by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp that it is a platform for piracy, arguing that it does more than "almost any other company" to fight illegal online activity.

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