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18 September 2009

Twitter funding would value it at $1 bln - report (Reuters)

Twitter is closing a round of funding that will value the company known for its 140-character, stream-of-consciousness blogs at $1 billion (₤606 million), technology news site TechCrunch reported on Wednesday.

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Microsoft's search engine boosts market share (The Australian)

Microsoft's Bing search engine is emerging as a challenger to the dominance of Google after capturing a near-11 per cent share of the market in little more than three months.

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750,000 paedophiles prowling the net: UN (ABC News)

About 750,000 sexual predators are constantly prowling the internet in a bid to gain contact with children, a United Nations report warned.

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France Télécom bosses to hold crisis talks over staff suicides (The Guardian)

The French government will hold a crisis meeting with the boss of France Télécom today as concern mounts over a spate of suicides among staff which unions have blamed on workplace stress.

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Chinese Schools Defy Beijing, Remove Web Filter (Wall Street Journal)

Some Chinese schools are removing the Web-filtering software that Chinese authorities ordered installed on all computers this summer, further weakening the influence of a controversial censorship measure that was intended for PC users throughout China.

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Skype Founders File Copyright Suit Against eBay Niklas Zennstrom Janus Friis (New York Times)

The founders of Skype are escalating their legal battle with eBay. Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, who became billionaires after selling Skype to eBay in 2005, filed a copyright lawsuit on Wednesday against Skype in the United States District Court of Northern California. The suit comes a little more than two weeks after eBay announced it would sell most of Skype for $1.9 billion, to a consortium of investors led by the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners.

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$43bn was bluff to flush out resistance to Australia's national broadband network (Australian IT)

The $43billion price tag on the national broadband network was designed to open the bidding in the government's poker game with Telstra with a royal flush, reports The Australian.

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Australian national broadband network technologies up in air (Australian IT)

The wireless technologies to power the national broadband network won't be known until an implementation study is completed next February, reports The Australian.

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16 September 2009

Facebook now reaches 300 million users - and makes money (The Guardian)

Cynics have long dismissed social networking as a fad - but the appetite for connecting online appears to be growing more rapidly than ever, after Facebook announced today that it now has more than 300 million users worldwide.

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UK music industry ready for climbdown on internet piracy demands (The Times)

The music industry is preparing to back down from its demands that people caught downloading songs illegally be disconnected from the internet after a revolt by leading musicians.

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French 'pass' piracy legislation to thwart file downloaders (BBC News)

The French National Assembly has passed a draft law that would allow illegal downloaders to be thrown off the net.

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New Africa broadband link 'ready' (BBC News)

A new high-speed undersea cable connecting East Africa with the rest of the world is poised to go live, Kenya's top internet official has told the BBC.

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Standing on guard in Canada for privacy - before Facebook by Michael Geist (Toronto Star)

The recent Canadian privacy case involving Facebook attracted international attention as the world's leading social networking site agreed to implement a series of changes that will affect 250 million users. While the case is a significant victory for Canadian privacy, the issue might never have been addressed but for a second, little-noticed privacy decision released two weeks later.

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Intel Says Europe Erred in Levying $1.4 Billion Fine (New York Times)

The Intel Corporation, the computer chip maker, is claiming in court documents that European Union regulators made serious mistakes in levying a record fine of €1.06 billion (US$1.45 billion) last May on a charge of illegally restricting a competitor.

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Telstra break-up will be pain for telco and gain for consumers (The Australian)

Stephen Conroy's radical reshaping of the telecommunications industry will not change the way Australians use their mobiles, surf the internet or watch pay-TV, reports The Australian.

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15 September 2009

Domain-name abuse proliferates; rogue registrars turn a blind eye (Network World)

The contribution of domain names to cybercrime are outlined in this Network World report. "In the criminal world, domain names are a key part of botnet and phishing operations, and cyber-criminals are plundering domain-name registrars around the world to get them," the report says.

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How registrars tackle domain name abuse (Network World)

Cybercriminals worldwide are amassing domain names to keep their botnet and phishing operations a step ahead of authorities, reports Network World as part of a report on crime involving domain names.

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Hathaway: US Feds Starting to Get Cybersecurity (Internet News)

In her first public address since leaving the White House, Melissa Hathaway issued an urgent warning about the severity of the cyber threats facing America's digital networks, a message she tempered with a cautious optimism about the mounting political will toward addressing the challenges.

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Latest Google news service promises publishers money and readers (The Guardian)

Google is launching an experimental news service that it says will boost the revenues and readership of newspapers and allow people to mimic the experience of flicking through pages to find a good read.

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Recession hasn't slowed global Internet traffic (Computerworld)

Not even the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression could slow the ongoing explosion of traffic over international Internet connections, and service providers are still building to accommodate it.

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Lily Allen hits out at file sharers as Tories mock government plans (The Times)

The battle within the music industry over how to deal with internet pirates intensified today as the Conservatives announced their opposition to government plans to disconnect repeat offenders from the internet, and Lily Allen condemned artists who have spoken out against the proposals.

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Swiss watchdog threatens to sue Google over Street View (The Age)

Switzerland's data protection watchdog on Monday threatened to sue Google over its "Street View" facility, saying that measures taken by the American Internet giant to address privacy concerns were inadequate.

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Australian Communications Minister to impose separation framework on Telstra (The Australian)

Telstra has been warned voluntarily to separate its wholesale and retail arms or be prevented from acquiring new wireless broadband spectrum.

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14 September 2009

Australia's growing addiction to wireless broadband; 40% of population now subscribes to internet (The Australian)

Australians can't get enough of mobile wireless internet, new Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows. Since December last year there has been a 51 per cent increase in subscribers to mobile wireless while 40% of the population now subscribe to an internet connection.

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The US as Keeper of a 'Free' Internet? by Rudolf Rijgersberg (Circle ID)

Rudolf Rijgersberg, Research Fellow Netherlands Institute for International Relations 'Clingendael' looks at the United States' role in internet oversight in light of the imminent expiration of the Joint Project Agreement between the Department of Commerce and ICANN.

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