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22 April 2009

A Pentagon Cyber-Command Is in the Works (Washington Post)

The Obama administration is finalizing plans for a new Pentagon command to coordinate the security of military computer networks and to develop new offensive cyber-weapons, sources said last night.

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Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project (Wall Street Journal)

Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project -- the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever -- according to current and former government officials familiar with the attacks.

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Finjan finds botnet of 1.9 million infected computers (CNET)

Security firm Finjan has uncovered what it says is one of the largest bot networks controlled by a single cybergang, with 1.9 million infected zombie computers.

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Call to rally against cyber crime (BBC News)

Security professionals are being called on to band together to fight the highly organised cyber criminals of the world.

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Facebook and MySpace users 'fed up with spam marketing messages' (The Guardian)

Almost a third of users of social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace are fed up with receiving requests to join online groups or try new applications, according to a study.

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CNET Sorting out the Pirate Bay verdict; Paul McCartney says verdict 'fair' (CNET)

In the aftermath of the Pirate Bay trial, many Swedish law experts say they consider Friday's high-profile guilty verdict severe but fair. Very few had predicted the verdict before it was handed out.

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LimeWire targeted in US filesharing investigation (New Zealand Herald)

[AP] A House committee is reopening its investigation of internet services that let computer users distribute music and movies online amid reports the same software was exploited to gain unauthorised access to government and private data.

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us: EBay pledges to work with police, opposes e-fencing bills (PC World)

[IDG] Officials with eBay encouraged police, prosecutors and U.S. enforcement agencies to contact them for help on investigations, saying that working with law enforcement is a top priority for the huge retail and auction site.

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Yahoo Posts 78% Profit Drop, Cuts Jobs (Wall Street Journal)

Yahoo Inc. posted a 78% quarterly profit decline as the recession hit its slumping advertising business and the Internet company said it would eliminate about 675 more jobs, or 5% of its work force.

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Facebook Users -- and Research -- Need Further Study (Wall Street Journal)

Good News: The Social-Networking Site Likely Doesn't Cause Poor Grades. Bad News: Students Achieve Them on Their Own

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Russia Web Firm Negotiates Autonomy (Wall Street Journal)

Russia's most prominent Web player, Yandex NV, is in discussions to give a state company veto power over changes in its ownership while ensuring independence in other areas, amid growing Kremlin calls for more control over major local Internet companies.

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Tech giants to pay Aust science agency, CSIRO, $1 billion (Australian IT)

Australia's top science agency has walloped some of the world's biggest industrial giants in the US patent courts to bring the country a pay check worth up to $1 billion over the next five to 10 years.

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To Nonprofits Seeking Cash, Facebook App Isn't So Green - Though Popular, 'Causes' Ineffective for Fundraising (Washington Post)

It seems foolproof: nonprofits using the power of the Internet to raise money through a clever Facebook application. After all, the Web earned gobs of cash for Barack Obama's presidential campaign. And besides, going online means sending fewer fundraising letters, which makes it appealing to penny-pinchers and environmentalists alike.

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Ignore Twitter? Major brands learn they'd better respond -- and quick (Los Angeles Times)

Separate incidents involving CNN, Amazon and Domino's Pizza reveal that fluency in the evolving language of digital public relations comes easier to some companies than others.

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Calls for study into effect of computer games, social networking sites on children's brains (The Guardian)

The leading neuroscientist and director of the Royal Institution, Lady Greenfield, will today call for ministers to fund a study into the impact of repeated use of computer games and social network sites on the development of children's brains.

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21 April 2009

Google rolls out search changes (BBC News)

Google has launched two experimental products it hopes will change the way users search for pictures and news.

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Civil Liberties Groups Urge Kentucky Judges to Uphold Block on Domain Name Seizure

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU of Kentucky) on Friday urged the Kentucky Supreme Court to uphold an appeals court ruling that blocked state officials from ordering out-of-state registrars to turn over control of over 100 overseas domain names accused of violating state gambling laws.

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The Cost of Downloading All Those Videos (New York Times)

In an article in today's New York Times, I wrote about the controversy over the now-abandoned plan by Time Warner Cable to impose additional fees on customers who upload and download more than a set quota.

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Online slacking not all bad - study (Stuff)

Employee cyberloafing - using work internet for personal use - may be good for the economy, a new study shows.

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Study: pirates biggest music buyers. Labels: yeah, right (ars technica)

Those who download illegal copies of music over P2P networks are the biggest consumers of legal music options, according to a new study by the BI Norwegian School of Management. Researchers examined the music downloading habits of more than 1,900 Internet users over the age of 15, and found that illegal music connoisseurs are significantly more likely to purchase music than the average, non-P2P-loving user.

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Pirate Bay says appeal is filed (CNET)

Days after four defendants in the high-profile Pirate Bay case were found guilty of violating copyright law, the Web site implored fans to stay calm, not to send donations, and to stay united.

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Australian courts use social networking sites as evidence (Sydney Morning Herald)

Constable Robert Hogan claimed he was just playing around outside a nightclub when an off-duty military commando bit his face so hard that he drew blood and a five-centimetre gash.

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Internet leading to cultural 'black hole' in Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)

Australia is in danger of losing its cultural heritage and much of its recent history if ephemeral material on the web isn't archived for future generations, the National Library of Australia has warned.

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European Plan to Fight Illegal Downloads (New York Times)

The governing party of President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, scrambling to save a national law that would cut off Internet service to those who make repeated illegal downloads, is threatening to block a European Union telecommunications bill that would undermine the legal foundation of the French plan.

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A Lawyer, Some Teens and a Fight Over 'Sexting' (Wall Street Journal)

Revealing Images Sent Via Cellphones Prompt District Attorney to Offer Seminars but Threaten Felony Charges

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