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28 May 2009
Australian Federal Police don't have the resources to raid milkbars, corner shops and service stations in search of pornographic material, a Senate committee has heard.
The Federal Government is considering having a secret blacklist of banned websites reviewed by a panel of eminent Australians or a parliamentary committee to try to get more transparency in the controversial internet censorship regime.
Russian Firm Buys a $200m Stake in Facebook (New York Times)
A Russian investment firm, Digital Sky Technologies, has invested $200 million in the social networking company Facebook in return for a 1.96 percent stake, the two companies said Tuesday.
uk: New rate for music digital stream (BBC News)
The music collection society - PRS - have unveiled a new pricing plan it hopes may entice YouTube and Pandora back to the UK market.
Telstra confirms network backflip (Sydney Morning Herald)
Telstra has confirmed for the first time that it will consider selling parts of its phone system to the Federal Government's proposed national broadband network company, reports The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
Mobile sales ring up record down under (The Age)
The Australian consumers' love of gadgets and a glut of capped plans for expensive handsets has helped create record mobile phone sales this year.
27 May 2009
Domain name sales numbers have continued to increase Sedo's Secondary Domain Market Study for Q1 2009 has found, but the average value of domains sold has continued to decline, undoubtedly a symptom of the global financial crisis.
Microsoft revs up its search engine (Financial Times)
An overhaul of Microsoft's internet search engine could finally put the quality of its service more on a par with search group Google, but the software company is still likely to struggle to win back market share it has lost in recent years, according to analysts.
Obama Set to Create A Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate (Washington Post)
President Obama is expected to announce late this week that he will create a "cyber czar," a senior White House official who will have broad authority to develop strategy to protect the nation's government-run and private computer networks, according to people who have been briefed on the plan.
A Chinese academic has successfully sued an internet company for closing his website after he posted articles on subjects including corruption and environmental issues.
Last.fm rejects Techcrunch claims of illegal behaviour (The Guardian)
The war of words between music website Last.fm and Techcrunch has cranked up several gears, after the Silicon Valley news blog repeated its accusations that Last.fm broke its privacy policies - and the law - by handing over user data to the US music industry.
Auctions Fade in eBay's Bid for Growth (Wall Street Journal)
EBay Inc. is remaking its e-commerce marketplace to combat declining sales. In the process, it has pitted merchants such as Jack Sheng and Walt Kolenda against each other.
26 May 2009
What if you reached to grab a newspaper out of a news stand and you found a rock in your hand instead? How about opening the front door to a grocery store and ending up on a boat?
In South Korea, All of Life Is Mobile (New York Times)
It has been a while since the mobile phone became more than just a phone, serving as a texting device, a camera and a digital music player, among other things. But experts say South Korea, because of its high-speed wireless networks and top technology companies like Samsung and LG, is the test case for the mobile future.
Ad Revenue on the Web? No Sure (New York Times)
For anyone with a crazy idea for a Web business, the way to make it pay was once obvious: get a lot of visitors and sell ads. Since 2004, venture investors have put $5.1 billion into 828 Web start-up companies, and most of them are supported by ads, according to the National Venture Capital Association.
US Judge Backs Craigslist in South Carolina Case (Wall Street Journal)
A federal judge on Friday blocked South Carolina's attorney general from making any move to prosecute Craigslist Inc. executives for ads that lead to prostitution arrests while the company pursues a lawsuit against the state.
Unlikely Allies Say U.K. Libel Laws Limit Speech (New York Times)
The American Civil Liberties Union may not often see eye-to-eye with the American Center for Democracy, a research group with neoconservative credentials. But the two organizations are united on at least one thing: their distaste for British libel laws, which they say are being exploited to suppress free speech in Britain and beyond.
25 May 2009
Gadget boom sends electric bills soaring (The Observer)
Britain's addiction to power-hungry gadgets could raise electricity bills by £100 per year for every household and hamper progress in meeting the country's greenhouse gas emissions targets, according to experts.
The search for unbiased judges in the high-profile Pirate Bay case in Sweden seems never-ending.
Learning, and Profiting, from Online Friendships (BusinessWeek)
Companies are working fast to figure out how to make money from the wealth of data they're beginning to have about our online friendships
Walking the Cyberbeat: To make Facebook advertiser-friendly, its 'porn cops' delete risqué content and enforce decorum (Newsweek)
It's just before lunchtime in the sunny, high-tech headquarters of Facebook in Palo Alto, Calif., and Simon Axten is cuing up some porn. A photo of a young couple sloppily making out pops onscreen. It's gross, but not against the rules, so Axten punches a key to judge the image appropriate. Next up: a young woman in panties only, covering her breasts with her hands. "That's pretty close," Axten says, pondering the image. There's nothing arbitrary about his judgments: at Facebook, they have developed semiformal policies like the Fully Exposed Butt Rule, the Crack Rule and the Nipple Rule. In this photo there's no visible areola, he decides, so it stays. The next photo is a male clad only in a black thong and angel wings. Utterly nonplussed, Axten OKs the picture.
Iran 'blocks access to Facebook' (BBC News)
Iran's government has blocked access to social networking site Facebook ahead of June's presidential elections, according to Iran's ILNA news agency.
24 May 2009
In Germany, widespread spying is back, this time electronically by corporations (Los Angeles Times)
Hundreds of thousands of employees have had their mobile phone, e-mail and computer records secretly searched. Companies say they did it to expose misconduct.
UK Telegraph lawyers shut down Tory MP's blog (The Guardian)
Nadine Dorries, the Conservative frontbencher who claimed the Daily Telegraph's revelations on expenses could drive MPs to suicide, has had her blog shut down by lawyers acting for the newspaper.
23 May 2009
Web Classified Ads Double in Use Over Last Four Years (Wall Street Journal)
Almost half of Internet users have used online classified ads, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.