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04 October 2008

Cyber crime on the rise in Australia (ABC 7.30 Report)

Buying goods or services on the internet has become common practice for many Australians, but some cyber consumers have become victims to rogue sellers who fail to deliver. How common is online fraud and what are Australian authorities doing about it?

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03 October 2008

Cash test shows people lie more by email, researchers say (The Guardian)

It could pay to be sceptical next time you check your inbox, according to research which suggests that people are more likely to lie in an email than in other forms of communication.

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Scientists aim to deliver e-paper in full computerised colour (The Guardian)

Scientists in Cambridge have launched a £12m three-year project to create the next generation of e-paper, which may herald the arrival of fully interactive, all-colour computerised newspapers and magazines.

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ICANN hears concerns about accountability, control (InfoWorld)

ICANN needs to take steps to ensure it cannot be taken over by governments and other outside entities, and it needs to create more ways to be held accountable to Internet users, constituents of the nonprofit organization said Wednesday reports IDG News Service.

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US Senate bill sets guidelines for cybersecurity center (CNET)

A new authorization bill would give the White House more oversight of the Homeland Security Department's much-beleaguered cybersecurity efforts.

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Browser metrics: IE slide continues, Firefox users update (Computerworld)

Microsoft's Internet Explorer continued to lose market share in September, Google's Chrome stabilized at under 1 percent and more than half of Firefox 2.0 users accepted an offer to update to Version 3.0, a Web metrics firm said Wednesday.

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Google Touts Energy Efficient Data Centers (New York Times)

Google is many things: The most used Internet search engine, the largest seller of online advertising, the busiest online video site (YouTube), a maker of maps, e-mail and scores of other applications delivered over the Web. And all these things are possible because, first and foremost, Google is a massive collection of electricity-hungry data centers, packed with hundreds of thousands of computers that deliver all these digital services almost instantly to virtually any computer around the globe.

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Many Roadblocks for Mobile Advertising (PC World)

The whole IT industry has high hopes for mobile advertising, but it's still in its infancy and has many hurdles to overcome before it can deliver on lofty promises of billion dollar revenues, according to analysts and ad agencies. Vendors are more upbeat.

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Apple threatens to shut down iTunes over royalty hike (The Times)

Apple considers shutting down their online music store if panel decide royalties for downloaded tracks should be increased

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How the Internet Might Grow a 'Heart' (PC World)

What if there were a way for you to directly help the neediest families in your community and the world -- or for help to find you, after a fire, flood or some personal tragedy -- without the involvement of a government agency, nonprofit organization or church? What if assistance could flow seamlessly, based on information routinely collected and resources instantly deployed online?

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Nokia to take on Apple in music and touch-screen phones (Reuters)

The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia will launch its free music package on Thursday, which analysts see posing a serious threat to Apple's dominance in the digital music business.

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Australian poll finds men happiest online, women prefer family time (Reuters)

For men, bliss is often just a mouse-click away while quality time with family is guaranteed to put a smile on women's faces, according to an Australian study of what makes people happy.

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Surveillance of Skype Messages Found in China (New York Times)

A group of Canadian human-rights activists and computer security researchers has discovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives certain Internet text conversations that include politically charged words.

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Defenders of cyberspace (The Guardian)

Questions were raised by the creation of a command to fight cyber attacks by the US - and more were raised by its sudden suspension

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Rotten smell raises Apple toxin fears (The Age)

Apple is investigating damning claims, published in a leading French newspaper, that its computers emit a toxic odor containing chemicals including the cancer-causing benzene.

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What effect will the financial crisis have on the tech sector? (The Guardian)

Expect to see a slowdown in smartphone sales and a concomitant growth in the use of open source, cloud computing and virtualisation technology as consumers cut back on their "discretionary" purchases while businesses, strapped for credit (because banks won't have it to lend), decide to make the best of what they've got and squeeze the last possible drops of life from the hardware they have, while reducing costs on software as far as possible.

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Google 'Goliath' Microsoft says (BBC)

The chief executive of Microsoft has admitted that his firm's slowness to grasp the potential of internet search had hit the business.

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'It's every man for himself': The Guardian's Jack Schofield meets Vint Cerf (The Guardian)

Meet Vint Cerf, the 'father of the internet', and find out what he thinks about net neutrality, spam and how we deal with use and abuse of the web

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77% of Koreans use internet (AsiaMedia)

Some 77 percent of Koreans use the internet, spending an average of 13.7 hours online each week, a government poll showed yesterday.

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02 October 2008

Britain's first internet crime unit to be established (Daily Telegraph)

The first specialist internet crime unit in Britain is being set up by Scotland Yard to fight £50 billion worth of fraud and organised "cyber" crime, ministers announced.

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Spain cracks down on child porn with 121 arrests (The Guardian)

121 people arrested as raids uncover network that distributed files in 75 countries over internet

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US Congress OKs Greater Broadband Access (Washington Post)

Congress has passed legislation that will require the government to keep closer tabs on who has access to the Internet and who does not.

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Road test: Does WiMAX work in the real world? (Network World)

Just a couple short years ago, many people were abuzz over metro Wi-Fi experiments in Philadelphia, Houston, and San Francisco, only to see those efforts largely collapse as slow speeds, expensive deployments, and economic tussles between carriers and municipalities resulted in low adoption. But waiting in the wings for several years has been the promise of WiMAX technology to deliver broadband connectivity wirelessly across entire cities with less equipment to deploy than metro Wi-Fi. After nearly two years of uncertainty, Sprint and its partner Clearwire are now starting to set up WiMAX networks in several cities.

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ICANN: 10 Years Old Today (ICANN)

ICANN is ten years old today. On 30 September 1998, ICANN's articles of incorporation were officially filed, recognizing "a nonprofit public benefit corporation...not organized for the private gain of any person."

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Fighting the scourge of scareware (BBC)

Microsoft and Washington State's Attorney General filed lawsuits against scam artists who frighten consumers into buying useless software.

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