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19 November 2008

Cyber defense, not cyberattacks, top priority (NextGov)

The United States remains the country most vulnerable to a cyberattack and should concentrate more on defending its computer networks, not on launching offensive cyberattacks, said one of the nation's top cybersecurity officials.

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Murdoch attacks newspaper doomsayers (The Independent)

Rupert Murdoch tore into the "doom and gloomers" predicting the demise of newspapers yesterday, backing the industry to hit new heights this century, but admitted this involved "moving beyond dead trees".

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Spam drop could boost Trojan attacks (TechWorld)

After rogue ISP McColo was taken offline global spam was estimated to have dropped from 50 to 80 percent, but spammers are starting to reconstitute botnets elsewhere

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Ads seek to bolster distribution of laptops for Third World children (International Herald Tribune)

After a rocky beginning, the nonprofit group One Laptop Per Child thinks that an advertising campaign will give a lift to its effort to place low-cost laptops in the hands of children in developing nations.

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UK identities sold for £80 online (BBC)

Internet fraudsters sell complete financial identities for just £80, according to an online safety group.

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Web Sites That Dig for News Rise as Watchdogs (New York Times)

Over the last two years, some of San Diego's city's darkest secrets have been dragged into the light -- city officials with conflicts of interest and hidden pay raises, affordable housing that was not affordable, misleading crime statistics.

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Jerry Yang, Yahoo Chief, Steps Down (New York Times)

Jerry Yang, who, as chief executive of Yahoo, resisted a takeover bid from Microsoft only to later ask that merger talks resume, said he was stepping down.

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Europeans becoming "connect-aholics" (Reuters)

According to a new survey conducted for the chipmaker AMD by YouGov, 77 percent of Europeans say they couldn't live without the internet.

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Taming Korea's Wild Wild Web (Far Eastern Economic Review)

In a society where over 97% of households have high-speed broadband access, the Internet has the power to make or break the careers of South Korean politicians and entertainers and to publicize the private lives of common individuals. Live Web-casts of political rallies and street protests, like those this summer against U.S. beef imports, are common. And "netizens" are vigilant in their monitoring of politicians and the press.

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Black Monday fear for malware spike (Sydney Morning Herald)

Security researchers have deemed November 24 "black Monday" following predictions it will herald this year's peak in the spread of information-stealing malware.

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18 November 2008

us: A New Voice in Online Privacy - Group Wants Tighter Rules for Collecting, Using Consumer Data (Washington Post)

A group of privacy scholars, lawyers and corporate officials are launching an advocacy group today designed to help shape standards around how companies collect, store and use consumer data for business and advertising.

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Google and Europe at odds over privacy (International Herald Tribune)

When Google began hiring in Zurich for its new engineering center in 2004, local officials welcomed the U.S. company with open arms. Google's arrival is still bearing fruit for Zurich: 450 employees, about 300 of them engineers, work in Google's seven-story complex in a converted brewery on the outskirts of the placid mountain metropolis.

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Can One Lawsuit in the US Kill Behavioral Ads? (PC World)

A lawsuit filed against NebuAd may cause the death of online behavioral advertising, or in the very least, provide a cautionary tale to ISPs.

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US law professor fires back at song-swapping lawsuits (The Age)

The music industry's courtroom campaign against people who share songs online is coming under counterattack. A Harvard Law School professor has launched a constitutional assault against a federal copyright law at the heart of the industry's aggressive strategy, which has wrung payments from thousands of song-swappers since 2003.

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Wireless at warp speed: White space promises to put WiFi on steroids (The Economist)

How much would you pay for unlimited access to WiFi hotspots that stretched for miles instead of a few hundred feet, provided unbroken connections even deep inside buildings, and offered broadband speeds ten times faster than today's wimpy connections found in coffee shops, hotel lobbies, airport lounges and homes?

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Facebook Pulls Italian Neo-Nazi Pages After Outcry (Reuters)

Facebook said on Friday it had removed several pages from its site used by Italian neo-Nazis to incite violence after European politicians accused the Internet social networking site of allowing a platform to racists.

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us: Opponents of Internet gambling ban like their odds in '09 (NextGov)

Critics of long-awaited regulations issued this week by the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Board to enforce a federal ban on Internet gambling are betting on the Obama administration and Congress to overturn the rules. Lawmakers and financial services firms have complained that the proposed rules were vague, burdensome and not likely to stop millions of Americans from online betting, but the Bush administration worked hard to finish the guidelines, which stemmed from 2006 legislation, before the end of the term.

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17 November 2008

Say Goodbye to BlackBerry? Yes He Can, Maybe (New York Times)

Sorry, Mr. President. Please surrender your BlackBerry. Those are seven words President-elect Barack Obama is dreading but expecting to hear, friends and advisers say, when he takes office in 65 days.

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Implementing a Domain Name Strategy - What Every Business and IP Owner Should Know (Traverse Legal)

Traverse Legal asks "Have you implemented a domain name strategy?" The reason they ask this questions is "Many established businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups fail to account for their use of domain names in their general business planning. A comprehensive and effective domain name strategy can often boost profits and extend your marketing to new niches, all while defending from would-be cybersquatters and others that would seek to cash in on your business's goodwill. An effective domain name strategy consists of a plan to protect your trademarks in domain names, to register generic domain names related to your business niche, to defensively register domain names similar to your trademarks, to monitor for confusingly similar domain names, and to handle cybersquatters and typosquatters through legal and extra-legal means."

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Real and virtual chase for Second Life divorce couple (The Guardian)

It was a story that unfolded in two very different venues. Half of it took place in a Cornish seaside resort - an old-fashioned media footrace for a decent story.

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The net generation: The kids are alright (The Economist)

Worries about the damage the internet may be doing to young people has produced a mountain of books -- a suitably old technology in which to express concerns about the new. Robert Bly claims that, thanks to the internet, the "neo-cortex is finally eating itself". Today's youth may be web-savvy, but they also stand accused of being unread, bad at communicating, socially inept, shameless, dishonest, work-shy, narcissistic and indifferent to the needs of others.

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Pirated articles costing publishers (International Herald Tribune)

The audience for unauthorized copies of newspaper articles online is nearly one and a half times larger than the readership on the newspapers' own Web sites, a study released Thursday found.

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Study: OpenOffice five times more popular than Google Docs (Computerworld)

Confirming recent comments by Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer, an independent study released Friday found OpenOffice.org's free office suite to be five times more popular among adult U.S. internet users than Google Docs.

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Hosting firm shutdown forces botnets to relocate (Computerworld)

The shutdown Tuesday of a California-based hosting company not only knocked down spam volumes but has also put a dent in malware-spreading botnets and other criminal activity, researchers said today.

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US Lawmaker plans bill on Web neutrality (Reuters)

A senior U.S. lawmaker plans to introduce a bill in January that would bar Internet providers like AT&T Inc from blocking Web content, setting up a renewed battle over so-called network neutrality.

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