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28 April 2015

Ebay boss on Google EU antitrust case: 'We are a strong commerce competitor' (The Guardian)

bay chief executive John Donahoe has spoken out over the EU antitrust investigation into Google, agreeing with the search giant's claim that his company is a strong competitor for it in the online shopping sector.

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KickAssTorrents down: biggest file-sharing site moves to .cr domain after takedowns (The Independent)

The world's biggest file-sharing site KickAssTorrents has moved to a new Costa Rican domain, as it jumps around the world in an attempt to outrun copyright holders.

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27 April 2015

German Intelligence Under Fire for NSA Cooperation (Der Spiegel)

US intelligence spent years spying on European targets from a secretive base. Now, it seems that German intelligence was aware of the espionage -- and did nothing to stop it.

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EU warns of 'point of no return' if internet firms are not regulated soon (The Guardian)

The European Union is considering the creation of a new regulator with the explicit remit to oversee internet firms such as Google and Facebook, according to a leaked internal document prepared in February.

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Facebook isn't a charity. The poor will pay by surrendering their data by Evgeny Morozov (The Observer)

Luxury is already here - it's just not very evenly distributed. Such, at any rate, is the provocative argument put forward by Hal Varian, Google's chief economist. Recently dubbed "the Varian rule", it states that to predict the future, we just have to look at what rich people already have and assume that the middle classes will have it in five years and poor people will have it in 10. Radio, TV, dishwashers, mobile phones, flatscreen TVs: Varian sees this principle at work in the history of many technologies.

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26 April 2015

Domain Registrations Make Bodies Question if Split Coming in World Cricket

The registration of domain names similar to those of the names of existing governing bodies have led the major cricket bodies to question if there is a move being made to set up a new competition among the major players.

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Human traffickers advertise their trade on Facebook (Financial Times)

Smugglers have taken to Facebook to offer desperate migrants passage across the Mediterranean to Europe in a sign of how brazen human traffickers have become in their lucrative trade.

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25 April 2015

Torrent Sites' ccTLD Merry-Go-Round Continues As KickAss Is Kicked From .IM

KickassTorrents has been kicked from its latest ccTLD after relocating to the .IM (Isle of Man) ccTLD. The world's leading torrent sharing website was only able to use the ccTLD of the British crown dependency for less than 24 hours.

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Verisign Financials For Q1 Released With .Com & .NET Performing Solidly

Verisign Registry Services, the operator of the .com and .net gTLDs, reported Thursday it added 1.51 million net new names during the first quarter of 2015 in its financial results for the first quarter of 2015. This means the quarter ended with 133.0 million .com and .net domain names, a 3.1 percent increase over the base at the end of the first quarter in 2014, as calculated including domain names on hold for both periods.

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Declassified Report Shows Doubts About Value of N.S.A.'s Warrantless Spying (New York Times)

The secrecy surrounding the National Security Agency's post-9/11 warrantless surveillance and bulk data collection program hampered its effectiveness, and many members of the intelligence community later struggled to identify any specific terrorist attacks it thwarted, a newly declassified document shows.

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24 April 2015

Pentagon Announces New Strategy for Cyberwarfare (New York Times)

The Pentagon on Thursday took a major step designed to instill a measure of fear in potential cyberadversaries, releasing a new strategy that for the first time explicitly discusses the circumstances under which cyberweapons could be used against an attacker, and naming the countries it says present the greatest threat: China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.

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23 April 2015

Could New gTLDs Be Equivalent of Cable TV: Wolfe (ClickZ)

Could the introduction of hundreds of new gTLDs be more or less the equivalent of cable, or subscription or digital, television? That's the question Jennifer Wolfe poses in another of her posts on the ClickZ blog.

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Revealed: child sex abuse gang 'with tentacles that go round the world' (The Guardian)

Seven members of a paedophile gang were involved in the rape and abuse of babies, toddlers and children in attacks that were streamed on the internet and seen on every continent.

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What your country's emoji use says about you (The Guardian)

Significant strides were made in the world of international emoji understanding this week, with the publication of a groundbreaking report. Swiftkey, a British software company, trawled through "more than 1bn pieces of emoji data" to extract some enlightening trends in global emoji use across speakers of 16 different languages.

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Facebook's Growth Slows Slightly, but Mobile Shift Intensifies (New York Times)

Facebook is now so thoroughly a mobile service that its original website may soon become a footnote in the company's financial statements.

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Telstra hits 590Mbps mobile data speeds using LTE-A (Computerworld)

Telstra managed yesterday to hit speeds of up to 590 megabits per second using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation on its network, the telco's group managing director for networks, Mike Wright, said today.

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Cyber attacks on Australian businesses rose 20pc last year (ABC News)

Cyber attacks on Australian businesses and government increased by 20 per cent last year, according to a defence force intelligence unit.

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22 April 2015

Twitter announces crackdown on abuse with new filter and tighter rules (The Guardian)

Twitter has announced a crackdown on abuse on its network, unveiling a new filter designed to automatically prevent users from seeing threatening messages.

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Computer Attacks Spur US Congress to Act on Cybersecurity Bill Years in Making (New York Times)

Responding to a series of high-profile computer security breaches, Congress is now turning its attention to far-reaching cybersecurity legislation, after years of false starts and bitter disappointments for the Obama administration.

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Australian tax boss rebukes Google, Apple and Microsoft over Senate inquiry evidence (The Guardian)

The tax commissioner, Chris Jordan, has delivered a public rebuke to multinational tech giants Apple, Google and Microsoft, vigorously contesting evidence they gave to a recent Senate inquiry hearing into corporate tax avoidance.

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21 April 2015

IAB: One-Third of Connected TV Owners Stream Video Every Day (Wall Street Journal)

The idea that all media will be digital is starting to gain momentum in the TV world. Case in point: the Interactive Advertising Bureau is set to release a comprehensive report on digital video consumption that finds that one-third of Americans now own connected TVs, and one-third of those folks claim to stream video to their TVs on a daily basis.

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RIAA, back on anti-piracy warpath, sues song-linking site MP3skull (Ars Technica)

There's a new public enemy #1 for US record labels when it comes to online piracy: a website called "MP3skull."

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French lawmakers want Google to give up its search code (CNN)

French lawmakers want Google to give up its search code.

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Google Adds 'Mobile Friendliness' to Its Search Criteria (New York Times)

Many businesses around the world could wake up on Tuesday to discover their search ranking has been downgraded. After a monthslong warning period, Google will add "mobile friendliness" to the 200 or so factors it uses to list websites on its search engine.

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20 April 2015

Have Your Say As .AU Consults On Opening Up Second Level Registrations

The .au policy and regulatory body is currently consulting on a number of issues relating to the way .au domains are allocated and used, but the main issue is whether second level registrations such as name.au should be allowed.

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