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04 October 2008

Remembering Jon: Looking Beyond the Decade by Vint Cerf (ICANN blog)

Jon Postel died ten years ago and Vint Cerf has posted on the ICANN blog a piece remembering Postel and his legacy, and looks forward to the next decade of the internet.

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British spies take war on terror into cyberspace (The Independent)

Britain's security agencies are fighting a covert war in cyberspace against extremist Islamist internet sites as part of a new anti-terrorist strategy, senior Whitehall officials have revealed.

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At WiMAX World, a technology in search of its niche (Network World)

WiMAX has always been something of an oddball technology in the mobile data world.

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Microsoft Unveils Plan for 3 Labs in Europe (International Herald Tribune)

Microsoft said Thursday that it would set up research centers in Britain, France and Germany to improve its Internet search technology, describing the move as a vote of confidence in the European economy and in the company's ability to close the gap with Google.

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Nokia offers unlimited music; Reviews Nokia 5800 & BlackBerry Bold (The Times)

Ten years after internet piracy began to destroy the music business, the world's major record companies will this month offer consumers the chance to download and keep any song ever recorded.

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Digital music ruling ends Apple's threat to shut down iTunes (The Guardian)

Panel of US judges has decided to freeze the amount of royalties paid to songwriters for downloaded tracks

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The censor's dark materials: Censorship is a terrible thing. So thank goodness it never works, says Philip Pullman (The Guardian)

When I heard that my novel The Golden Compass (the name in the USA of Northern Lights) appeared in the top five of the American Library Association's list of 2007's most challenged books, my immediate and ignoble response was glee.

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Bridging Brazil's digital divide (BBC)

This week the BBC World Service's Digital Planet programme is in Brazil. Here the show investigates how the country's enthusiasm for technology is now reaching schoolchildren from all backgrounds.

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Cyber crime on the rise in Australia (ABC 7.30 Report)

Buying goods or services on the internet has become common practice for many Australians, but some cyber consumers have become victims to rogue sellers who fail to deliver. How common is online fraud and what are Australian authorities doing about it?

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03 October 2008

Cash test shows people lie more by email, researchers say (The Guardian)

It could pay to be sceptical next time you check your inbox, according to research which suggests that people are more likely to lie in an email than in other forms of communication.

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Scientists aim to deliver e-paper in full computerised colour (The Guardian)

Scientists in Cambridge have launched a £12m three-year project to create the next generation of e-paper, which may herald the arrival of fully interactive, all-colour computerised newspapers and magazines.

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ICANN hears concerns about accountability, control (InfoWorld)

ICANN needs to take steps to ensure it cannot be taken over by governments and other outside entities, and it needs to create more ways to be held accountable to Internet users, constituents of the nonprofit organization said Wednesday reports IDG News Service.

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US Senate bill sets guidelines for cybersecurity center (CNET)

A new authorization bill would give the White House more oversight of the Homeland Security Department's much-beleaguered cybersecurity efforts.

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Browser metrics: IE slide continues, Firefox users update (Computerworld)

Microsoft's Internet Explorer continued to lose market share in September, Google's Chrome stabilized at under 1 percent and more than half of Firefox 2.0 users accepted an offer to update to Version 3.0, a Web metrics firm said Wednesday.

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Google Touts Energy Efficient Data Centers (New York Times)

Google is many things: The most used Internet search engine, the largest seller of online advertising, the busiest online video site (YouTube), a maker of maps, e-mail and scores of other applications delivered over the Web. And all these things are possible because, first and foremost, Google is a massive collection of electricity-hungry data centers, packed with hundreds of thousands of computers that deliver all these digital services almost instantly to virtually any computer around the globe.

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Many Roadblocks for Mobile Advertising (PC World)

The whole IT industry has high hopes for mobile advertising, but it's still in its infancy and has many hurdles to overcome before it can deliver on lofty promises of billion dollar revenues, according to analysts and ad agencies. Vendors are more upbeat.

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Apple threatens to shut down iTunes over royalty hike (The Times)

Apple considers shutting down their online music store if panel decide royalties for downloaded tracks should be increased

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How the Internet Might Grow a 'Heart' (PC World)

What if there were a way for you to directly help the neediest families in your community and the world -- or for help to find you, after a fire, flood or some personal tragedy -- without the involvement of a government agency, nonprofit organization or church? What if assistance could flow seamlessly, based on information routinely collected and resources instantly deployed online?

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Nokia to take on Apple in music and touch-screen phones (Reuters)

The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia will launch its free music package on Thursday, which analysts see posing a serious threat to Apple's dominance in the digital music business.

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Australian poll finds men happiest online, women prefer family time (Reuters)

For men, bliss is often just a mouse-click away while quality time with family is guaranteed to put a smile on women's faces, according to an Australian study of what makes people happy.

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Surveillance of Skype Messages Found in China (New York Times)

A group of Canadian human-rights activists and computer security researchers has discovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives certain Internet text conversations that include politically charged words.

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Defenders of cyberspace (The Guardian)

Questions were raised by the creation of a command to fight cyber attacks by the US - and more were raised by its sudden suspension

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Rotten smell raises Apple toxin fears (The Age)

Apple is investigating damning claims, published in a leading French newspaper, that its computers emit a toxic odor containing chemicals including the cancer-causing benzene.

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What effect will the financial crisis have on the tech sector? (The Guardian)

Expect to see a slowdown in smartphone sales and a concomitant growth in the use of open source, cloud computing and virtualisation technology as consumers cut back on their "discretionary" purchases while businesses, strapped for credit (because banks won't have it to lend), decide to make the best of what they've got and squeeze the last possible drops of life from the hardware they have, while reducing costs on software as far as possible.

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Google 'Goliath' Microsoft says (BBC)

The chief executive of Microsoft has admitted that his firm's slowness to grasp the potential of internet search had hit the business.

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