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15 December 2008
[AP] In late 2007, Carlos Miguel Sobral and 14 other Brazilian police investigators were getting ready for another day of fighting Internet crime when one of them suggested looking into peer-to-peer file sharing networks.
Online film and music piracy 'could cost 30,000 UK jobs' (The Observer)
Illegal downloading of films, TV programmes and music could mean the loss of 30,000 British jobs, according to a powerful alliance of retailers and rights-holders.
Advertisers Face Hurdles on Social Networking Sites (New York Times)
For some time, Procter & Gamble, the world's largest advertiser, has been dipping its big toes into the vast pool of Facebook, now the world's largest social network. I recently knocked on the doors of both companies to hear how the experiment was going. Neither was inclined to say much.
14 December 2008
Study: Identity Theft, Organized Retail Crime On The Rise (Dark Reading)
Identity theft, organized retail crime, and the effects of terrorist attacks are among the most urgent threats facing security managers in the near future, according to a new report issued earlier this week.
A series of punctuation marks used to convey a wink in text messages - known as an emoticon - has been trademarked in Russia, says a local businessman.
60 Americans arrested in child-porn swoop (Sydney Morning Herald)
[AP] US government authorities acting on a lead from Australian police have arrested 60 people in the United States on charges they were part of a global network of child pornographers.
Survey Asks: Internet Access or Sex? (New York Times)
Intel came up with a novel way to show how important the Internet and computing have become in the lives of Americans. In conjunction with Harris Interactive, the company conducted a survey of adults in the United States under the prosaic-enough banner "Internet Reliance in Today's Economy."
Australian court serves documents via Facebook (Sydney Morning Herald)
The big question about Facebook is does it have any valuable commercial application? Well it seems that the courts have found one.
13 December 2008
The expiry of the domain name for George W. Bush's presidential library is a salient lesson for us all to never let your domain name expire if you want to keep it. The web developing company that had acquired the domain name for the presidential library, Yuma Solutions, forgot to renew it, and was forced to pay $35,000 out of their own money to retrieve it earlier this year.
Virginia seeks revival of its anti-spam law (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Virginia's attorney general asked the nation's highest court Thursday to revive a state anti-spam law struck down by a lower court as unconstitutionally overbroad.
Child pornography charges for 22 Australian men in global network (The Australian)
One of 22 men accused of downloading videos of child abuse in Australia as part of an international crackdown on online child pornography will also face multiple charges of child sex.
An in-depth look at the government's controversial proposal for mandatory ISP-level content filtering
Retail Fraud Rates Plummeted the Night McColo Went Offline (Washington Post)
One month after the shutdown of hosting provider McColo Corp., spam volumes are nearly back to the levels seen prior to the company's take down by its upstream Internet providers. But according to one noted fraud expert, spam wasn't the only thing that may have been routed through the Silicon Valley based host: New evidence found that retail fraud dropped significantly on the same day.
Facebook under fire for racist rants in Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)
Facebook has come under fire from Australian users for ignoring racial vilification on the site and failing to remove blatantly racist groups even though they have been flagged as offensive.
Why the IWF was wrong to lift its ban on a Wikipedia page (OUT-LAW News)
EDITORIAL: The Internet Watch Foundation faced a storm of criticism this week over its decision to add a Wikipedia entry to a blacklist of pages that ISPs block. Under pressure, the IWF removed the image from its blacklist. That decision was a mistake.
A new report has revealed a big increase in the number of broadband users in Australia.
US Court Freezes Assets of Alleged 'Scareware' Purveyors (Washington Post)
A federal court has frozen the assets of several businesses accused of conspiring to trick more than one million consumers into purchasing and installing "scareware," which uses fake security alerts to frighten consumers into paying for bogus computer security software.
20% of teens say they've put nude pics of themselves online (ars technica)
... A survey of 1,280 teenagers (users age 13-19) and young adults (age 20-26) conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com has revealed that one out of five (20 percent) teens overall have posted nude photos or video of themselves on the Internet -- that number goes up to a third when young adults are included.
New hurdle for Australian net censorship (Sydney Morning Herald)
An ultra-conservative politician, South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, known for his attempts to censor television has strongly opposed the Government's plans to introduce mandatory internet censorship, highlighting the policy's lack of support across the political spectrum.
12 December 2008
Dating site 'prostitution', says Iran (The Guardian)
A popular Iranian internet dating website that claimed to be helping people find a spouse and start families has been banned for "promoting prostitution", on the advice of leading Islamic clerics.
Muslims: In a virtual world of their own (The Guardian)
A social space aimed at the global Muslim community might not seem a good idea in the face of recession, but its creator could be on to something
YouTube Videos Are Pulling in Serious Money (New York Times)
One year after YouTube, the online video powerhouse, invited members to become "partners" and added advertising to their videos, the most successful users are earning six-figure incomes from the Web site.
QC arrested in Australian child porn swoop (Sydney Morning Herald)
Police say a retired Victorian QC was among 19 men arrested during the global bust of a child pornography network that allegedly shared "among the worst" abuse images ever seen by investigators.
On October 16, 2008 the Kentucky Circuit Court for Franklin County ordered the seizure of 141 domain names, forcing registrars to forfeit the registrations of these domains to the state of Kentucky. This order was the result of the Circuit Court’s holding that internet domain names are a form of physical property located within the state and therefore subject to in rem jurisdiction of the courts. Though currently on appeal, the courts decision in this case could have a serious negative impact on all domain owners due to its sweeping expansion of jurisdiction. The good news is that, many in the internet and domain industry believe that the ruling will not stand upon review by the Court of Appeals, writes Elizabeth Oliveira from Sedo's Legal Team.
For all the anguish that comes with an economic downturn, it may be of some solace to know that these hard times also provide us with ample investment opportunities. In fact, if history is any indicator, many of today's proactive investors will be the ones profiting in a few years when the markets improve. By taking advantage of the possibilities that present themselves now, you too can help ensure your future success, writes Jay Finnan, Portfolio Sales Manager at Sedo.