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30 August 2008

Microsoft slams Google on privacy (ZDNet)

Google's approach to privacy is a decade behind Microsoft, the Redmond software giant's chief privacy strategist told ZDNet.com.au on Thursday in a video interview.

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MarkMonitor reports brandjackers abuse pharmaceutical brands

MarkMonitor have released their Summer 2008 Brandjacking Index, reporting that brandjackers increasingly abuse top-ranked pharmaceutical brands. This abuse, they say, endangers consumers via a supply chain compromised by the sale of questionable prescription drugs through dubious online pharmacies and exchange sites. The report also found that cybersquatting of leading brands has reached an all-time high and that phishers are targeting an increased number of diverse organizations for the first time.

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7 million .uk domain names now registered

Nominet, the registry for .uk (United Kingdom) domain names, has announced there are now seven million .uk domain names registered. This follows the recent announcement of .org also passing seven million names. .Uk is the third largest ccTLD, with both .cn (China) and .de (Germany) both having over 12 million domain name registrations.

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Is Dot-mobi doomed? (ClickZ Network)

Is Dot-mobi doomed? That's the question asked in a recent article in ClickZ Network who say the gTLD "lived a brief (and not particularly productive) life." The article suggests "the iPhone killed it."

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Home broadband gives British kids better GCSE/school results (Silicon)

Having web access at home can make the difference between a pupil getting grade A at GCSE and grade D.

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Microsoft tries to offer something different - get ahead of competition (International Herald Tribune)

Internet Explorer 8, now available in beta, is the company's bid to move ahead of Firefox and Apple's Safari in performance, features and user experience.

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UK hacker Gary McKinnon loses appeal against extradition to US (The Guardian)

Gary McKinnon, a computer expert who hacked into dozens of US military computers, lost his appeal to the European court of human rights today and faces extradition to the US in the next fortnight, his solicitor said.

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Copyright Law and the Web, Part 2: Who Are the IP Police? (TechNewsWorld)

Intellectual property like name brands and company logos can be ripped off with just a few clicks of a mouse. When IP pirates then attempt to profit through channels like counterfeit goods and phishing, corporations lay the hammer down -- if they manage to find out about it. Often, the IP owner itself is the one on patrol.

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Report Slams USA Host as Major Source of Badware (Washington Post)

Last week, I examined a series of Web services that make profiting from cyber crime a point-and-click exercise that even the most novice hackers can master. Today, I'd like to highlight the activities of Atrivo, a Concord, Calif., based network provider that hosts some of these services.

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Veoh decision setback for Viacom, but Google not off hook (CNet)

The unprecedented decision by a U.S. district court judge to dismiss a copyright infringement case against video-sharing site Veoh is definitely favorable to Google, YouTube, and all user-generated sites, copyright attorneys say.

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Aussie telcos hit with record complaints (Computerworld)

Complaints against telecommunications providers are skyrocketing with no end in sight, according to the industry ombudsman.

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WiMax's Invisible Power (Forbes)

You can't see them, but the fastest-ever mobile broadband connections are headed your way.

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FBI Arrests Blogger Over Online Music Sharing (InformationWeek)

Los Angeles music blogger Kevin Cogill is accused of releasing Guns N' Roses songs online before their commercial release.

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How Captcha was foiled: Are you a man or a mouse? (The Guardian)

Captcha systems to stop automated posting have been "completely broken" by spammers, experts say. So what's the alternative?

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"Yahoo! For Good" and the Right to Privacy of Internet Users: A Critique by Surya Deva [Journal of Internet Law] (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: Against the backdrop of internet censorship in China and the disclosure of e-mail users' personal information by Yahoo! to the Chinese authorities, this article assesses the efficacy of privacy data laws in protecting the right to privacy of internet users. The assessment is made with reference to how the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance of Hong Kong fared in making Yahoo! accountable for alleged privacy breaches of its customers.

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29 August 2008

Realising the Global Promise of the Internet: The Future of Internet Governance (Pew Internet & American Life Project)

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has released a report saying there should be an internet bill of rights. The report found two-thirds of respondents, attendees at the second Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro last November, to their survey agreed with the statement "A global internet Bill of Rights should be adopted." Only six per cent disagreed.

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Trusted sites thwart net hijacks (BBC)

US researchers have found a way to thwart hack attacks which intercept data passing from a PC to a website.

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Microsoft web browser that covers its tracks could hit Google's advertising (The Times)

Microsoft's latest internet browser includes a piece of software that allows internet users to hide the audit trail of websites they have visited.

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YouTube's filters help copyright owners profit from pirated videos (CNet)

Instead of just pulling down pirated clips, copyright owners are choosing to use YouTube's copyright filters to generate advertising revenue, Google said Wednesday.

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"Googler" is not a verb: UDRP decision

A registrant who registered 26 domain names with Wild West Domains, Melbourne IT's Internet Names Worldwide and GoDaddy containing "googler" such as businessgoogler.com and cargoogler.com has lost a UDRP complaint. The decision said the domain names were registered in bad faith.

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Online advertising about to overtake radio in slow ad market (The Guardian)

Europe's biggest media buyer yesterday reduced its forecasts for the global advertising market for this year and 2009 as a result of a slowdown in the US, Britain, Spain and China.

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Computer virus infects orbiting space station (The Guardian)

As far as space monsters go it is less menacing than Daleks or Klingons, but an unwanted intruder has made its way aboard the international space station.

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The truth about Windows Vista exposed at last (The Guardian)

Koroush Ghazi of TweakGuides has written an entertaining guide, Vista Annoyances Resolved, showing some of the problems people have had with Windows Vista, and how to resolve them.

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Hackers resort to 'sick' kidnap spam (PC Advisor)

Hackers are claiming they have kidnapped children in a bid to infect PCs with a Trojan Horse virus, says Sophos.

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Euro guidelines will allow Bluetooth spam (The Register)

The Mobile Marketing Association has published its guidelines for advertising pushed over Bluetooth connections, and considers anyone who hasn't opted out to be fair game for spammers.

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