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11 September 2008
Will the world end on Wednesday? The $9b question (The Guardian)
Be a bit of a pain if it did, wouldn't it? And the most frustrating thing is that we won't know for sure either way until the European laboratory for particle physics (Cern) in Geneva switches on its Large Hadron Collider the day after tomorrow.
U.S. May Be Preparing Antitrust Suit in Google-Yahoo Partnership (New York Times)
The US justice department has hired a top Washington lawyer to head up a possible antitrust investigation into the activities of Google.
10 September 2008
ICANN have released an updated version of their Global Policy Proposal for Remaining IPv4 Address Space - Background Report. This is the fourth update.
Google backs $750m African internet project (The Times)
Google has teamed up with John Malone, the media billionaire, and HSBC on a venture that will offer internet access to three billion people in Africa and other emerging markets as the US search engine continues to expand its presence across the Web.
British bosses more likely to ban Facebook than European counterparts (Daily Telegraph)
British companies are twice as likely to ban or restrict the use of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace compared to their European counterparts, according to new research.
Threat From DNS Bug Isn't Over, Experts Say (Dark Reading)
The Domain Name Server design flaw that threatened the entire Internet earlier this year has mostly been patched, but the threat is far from over, experts say.
us: Massive Takedown of Anti-Scientology Videos on YouTube (Electronic Frontiers Foundation)
Over a period of twelve hours, between this Thursday night and Friday morning, American Rights Counsel LLC sent out over 4000 DMCA takedown notices to YouTube, all making copyright infringement claims against videos with content critical of the Church of Scientology.
Dealing With I.S.P. Snooping (New York Times)
Even though Congress has growled loudly enough to get Internet service providers to back off their plans to sell information about their customers' Web surfing to advertising companies, one prominent legal expert argues that the law governing the issue should still be made tougher.
Google to Digitise Newspaper Archives (New York Times)
Google has begun scanning microfilm from some newspapers' historic archives to make them searchable online, first through Google News and eventually on the papers' own Web sites, the company said Monday.
Google Tightens Data Retention Policy - Again (New York Times)
Under pressure from regulators, policymakers and privacy advocates around the world, Google said late Monday that it would further tighten its data retention policy. In its official blog, the company said it would "anonymize" search records after 9 months, rather than the current 18 months.
Google's Search Goes Out to Sea (New York Times)
Call it Google's data navy. The search and advertising company has filed for a patent that describes a "water-based data center." The idea is that Google would create mobile data center platforms out at sea by stacking containers filled with servers, storage systems and networking gear on barges or other platforms.
au: Bob Carr backs Telstra in bid for broadband network (The Australian)
Former NSW Labor Government politicians have thrown their weight behind opposing bids in the bid for the National Broadband Network. In June Michael Egan was announced as chairman of Terria, a consortium of Telstra's rivals, while yesterday former premier Bob Carr announced his support for the Telstra bid reports The Australian.
NICTA team looks to internet's future (Australian IT)
A team of five scientists from Australia's national ICT research centre, NICTA, are lending their wireless expertise to a collaborative European research project that aims to one day lay the foundations for a future internet.
au: RBA to review PayPal, eBay link (Australian IT)
The Reserve Bank has summoned top executives from online auction house eBay Australia and its subsidiary, PayPal, to review their alleged anti-competitive behaviour, in a meeting to be held next month.
Brave New World of Digital Intimacy (New York Times)
On Sept. 5, 2006, Mark Zuckerberg changed the way that Facebook worked, and in the process he inspired a revolt.
09 September 2008
Super-fast UK broadband will cost at least £5bn (The Guardian)
Building Britain's next generation of super-fast broadband network, which can download music in seconds and movies in minutes, will cost between £5.1bn and £28.8bn, according to the government's independent advisory group.
Pentagon debates development of offensive cyberspace capabilities (Los Angeles Times)
The current emphasis is on intelligence gathering and defending U.S. electronic security, but some officials think the military should know how to attack other nations' computer systems.
3/4 of Brits 'Can't Live' without the Web (PC World)
The U.K. is a nation of net-addicts, with 76 percent of Brits admitting they can't live without the web.
Traffic Growth Isn't Using Up the Internet (BusinessWeek)
Are we running out of Internet? That's what some experts say. AT&T's top lobbyist, James Cicconi, recently warned that "we are going to be butting up against the physical capacity of the Internet by 2010." Cicconi and others say this warrants charging heavy users a premium, and he doesn't want new laws that would stop AT&T from doing so.
Cyber Crime - Time to Stop Nigeria's Dominance (Daily Trust)
Nigeria ranks third among the cyber crime committing countries in the world, according to a 2007 internet crime report released by the Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3), which puts the country alongside the US, UK and Romania among the top ten countries where internet crimes are perpetrated.
South Korean government looks to rein in the Net (International Herald Tribune)
The South Korean government is pursuing a series of restrictions on Internet use to prevent what the embattled administration of President Lee Myung Bak calls the spread of false information that prompts social unrest.
As Google prepares to blow out the 10 candles on top of its birthday cake this Sunday, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin can be forgiven for cracking a wry smile as they reflect upon the fire they have just lit under Microsoft.
08 September 2008
Analysts: Google spreading itself too thin (Computerworld)
As Google enters its second decade of existence with no apparent rivals for the search-king throne, industry observers warn that the company's biggest enemy may be itself.
Printer.com was the biggest seller in the most recent weekly Domain Name Journal's list of reported top selling domain names, selling for US$800,000. The report says the domain name was bought by the Dutch company Treasuron.
How to Handle 'IHateYourCompany.com' (Wall Street Journal)
With the internet becoming a haven for disgruntled fans of companies, often registering domain names such as starbucked.com and ihatestarbucks.com to boycottwalmart.org and againstthewal.com, the Wall Street Journal looks at whether companies are fighting back. The WSJ finds many are, some more aggressively than others, and uses research by FairWinds Partners, the people behind CADNA.