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20 October 2008

Yahoo! Boo hoo! More bad news for Yahoo! This time from Japan (The Economist)

Ever since Yahoo! rejected Microsoft's offer of $31 a share in February, its fortunes have only worsened. Growth in internet advertising, Yahoo!'s main source of revenue, is slowing as the economy sours. An alliance with its main rival, Google, has been put on hold while antitrust regulators study the deal. Its share price has lately fallen below $13. The brightest treasure in Yahoo!'s empire has long been its Japanese arm, in which it has a 34% stake. It dominates its lucrative local market and reported increased revenue and profit on September 30th for the year to March. But even this jewel is losing its sparkle.

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InternetNZ studies potential DNS attack cure (Computerworld)

New Zealand's domain name system is unlikely to be protected by digital signatures in the near future, despite moves in the US and elsewhere to implement protocols to make this happen.

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Australian Tax Office eyes eBay traders (The Age)

The Australian Tax Office is conducting a sting on unscrupulous eBay users who attempt to avoid paying tax on income earned through the site.

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EU may cut maximum volume on MP3 players (The Times)

Volumes on personal stereos are likely to be restricted by regulators because of fears that MP3 players and "in-ear" phones are damaging hearing.

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China Still A Top Email Spam Location (ChinaTechNews)

A new mail spam report from Commtouch says China is a top location for zombie IP addresses.

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British government gives more detail on communications surveillance plan (OUT-LAW News)

The Government has postponed planned legislation which could create a giant central database containing records of every email, web session and phone call made in the UK.

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British will need passports to buy mobile phones (Sunday Times)

Everyone who buys a mobile telephone will be forced to register their identity on a national database under government plans to extend massively the powers of state surveillance.

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Spy software to combat online paedophiles (Sunday Telegraph)

Scientists are developing a computer program that can identify paedophiles who pretend to be children on the internet.

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19 October 2008

Slow domain name sales week

The past week (to 5 October) in the domain aftermarket was the slowest we've seen this year writes Ron Jackson in his Domain Name Journal. While the financial crisis hitting the world may be one reason, another could have been "the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference in New York were spending almost $4 million in live auctions and nearly $1 million more in a Moniker online auction associated with the show."

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Facebook eyes digital-music business (Reuters)

Social networking site Facebook's founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg plans to enter the digital-music business in the wake of the launch of News Corp's MySpace Music last month.

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AT&T Wants More Web-Enabled Devices (New York Times)

Want to track Fido using GPS? Frame a new photo for grandma in real time? AT&T has created a new division within the company to help devise new consumer devices - digital cameras, devices for cars, even dog collars - which they hope will make it easy to access the Web using AT&T's network.

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Internet police catching up with outlaws (The Guardian)

One of the great claims about the internet has always been that it doesn't respect borders. John Perry Barlow, in his "declaration of cyberspace independence" - written way back in 1996 - claimed that national governments couldn't hold sway against the determined electrons of cyberspace: "Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. You have neither solicited nor received ours," he wrote.

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Stephen Carter to prepare UK digital action plan (The Guardian)

The new minister for communications, technology and broadcasting, Stephen Carter, is to create a wide-ranging "action plan" for the digital media economy that could include greater regulation for the internet.

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Did the HerbalKing Takedown Decrease Spam? (New York Times)

It's been four days since the Federal Trade Commission got an Illinois court to shut down the infamous HerbalKing spam network. The agency, and the anti-spam research organizations that aided it in the investigation, predicted that spam levels would drop as a result. So today we wondered: have they?

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Internet Congestion: ISPs Don Traffic Cop Uniforms (E-Commerce Times)

Anyone who's used popular P2P applications such as BitTorrent, Gnutella or Limewire has probably been plagued by network slowdowns that make sharing heavy media files a time-consuming endeavor. However, a consortium of technologists at the Distributed Computing Industry Association has found a way to alleviate Internet network congestion created by P2P applications. In fact, this new technology will soon exit the testing phase. There's just one problem: Broadband providers such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T may be shy about actually implementing it.

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Creationist gets Turkish newspaper website blocked (The Guardian)

The website of Turkey's third largest-selling newspaper has been blocked after a complaint by an Islamic creationist.

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Telecom Spying Amnesty Unconstitutional, Electronic Frontiers Foundation Tells Court (Wired)

The government's attempt to give retroactive immunity to the companies that helped the Bush administration's warrantless spying program violates the Constitution by ripping from the courts the power to hear citizens' grievances against the government, a rights group told a federal court Thursday.

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Google relies on "old" media for content (The Australian)

Google says it wants "old" media to remain robust so it can continue generating searchable content.

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Al-Qaeda Web Forums Abruptly Taken Offline (Washington Post)

Four of the five main online forums that al-Qaeda's media wing uses to distribute statements by Osama bin Laden and other extremists have been disabled since mid-September, monitors of the Web sites say.

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Broadband for all British homes considered by ministers (The Times)

Lord Carter, the new communications minister, is keen to introduce a legal right for every home to have broadband

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Policy Impediments To Media Convergence: An Exploration Of Case Studies From South Africa And India by Siddhartha Menon (International Journal of Communications Law and Policy)

Abstract: This article focuses on regulatory aspects of the media convergence issue in two country cases: South Africa and India. The discussion addresses the central motivating research question of whether and why countries set an agenda to respond to the phenomenon of media convergence which is an inquiry of paramount importance not only to the specific field of international telecommunications policy, but also to the broader discourse of information and new media studies. Consequently this paper examines four dimensions of convergence policy in the two countries including: cross-sector entry; technological neutrality; competitive neutrality; and the role of the regulator.

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18 October 2008

In Targeting Online Ads, Campaigns Ask: Who's Searching for What? (Washington Post)

A day after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin winked playfully during the recent vice presidential debate, the number of people typing "palin wink" into the Google search engine surged, rising to No. 3 on the service's list of newly popular queries.

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Cybersecurity: Users, Other Groups Must Work Together (PC World)

Individual Internet users, businesses, the government and tech vendors all need to focus more on cybersecurity and be aware of the dangers, a group of cybersecurity experts said Thursday.

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Kentucky judge refuses to dismiss gambling domain name seizure

A Franklin County Circuit Court judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit that sought to block access to more than 140 online casinos in Kentucky. However the judge will hear arguments on 17 November before deciding whether the Kentucky state government will be allowed to take control of 141 gambling-related domain names for some of the most popular gambling websites.

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Queen visits Google - and is amused by YouTube video of laughing baby boy (Daily Telegraph)

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were reduced to a fit of giggles when they toured the London headquarters of Google and were shown a YouTube video of a laughing baby boy.

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