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16 April 2009
France's parliament will vote again on a government-backed bill to crack down on Internet piracy, a proposal that was rejected the first time around in an embarrassing defeat for the ruling UMP party.
U.S. Telecoms Eager to Get Cuba on the Line (Washington Post)
U.S. telecommunication firms could open up investment in Cuba now that the Obama administration will allow companies to operate there, a final global frontier for the Internet age.
When Cloud Computing Doesn’t Make Sense (New York Times)
Clouds, clouds, clouds. Everyone talks about Google-style cloud computing -- software as services off in the Internet "cloud" -- as the future.
Should Google run the mobile gateway? (The Guardian)
Google, the world's favourite search engine, just gets more and more powerful. The question is what to do about it. Even though it remains largely a one-product company - search - there is nothing on the horizon to dislodge it.
Cybercrime: GhostNets in the machine (The Guardian)
Cybercrime is big business - and perhaps nowhere more so than in China, with many attacks motivated by nationalism. Meet the people on the frontline
EBay Looks Abroad for Growth (Wall Street Journal)
EBay Inc. reached a tentative agreement to buy a controlling stake in Gmarket Inc., a leading South Korean e-commerce company, in a move that would make eBay the top player in the country's online shopping market.
Current Australian business bad boy Nicholas Bolton who has recently become a media star in all the wrong ways has landed himself in hot water over another of his business ventures. This time Australian Style which trades as Bottle Domains, a domain name registrar, has had its accreditation removed resulting in the virtual collapse of the business.
Facebook and YouTube ahead of Ashes summer (The Guardian)
It may prompt some spluttering from the Pimms and cucumber sandwich brigade. But after a winter of negative headlines off the pitch and indifferent performances on it, the England and Wales Cricket Board has vowed to embrace Twitter, Facebook and other modern marketing tricks as part of a drive to expand the appeal of the sport during what will be its busiest summer ever.
The latest comScore data is good news for Facebook, ranking the site as the sixth most popular website in the world with 275 million unique users each month. That exceeds the 200 million user mark that Facebook recently made public, but regardless of different metrics the trends are interesting here.
Australian ISPs may be liable for illegal downloads (Australian IT)
The NSW Federal Court has not ruled out the possibility that an ISP could be in direct breach of copyright laws if it provides internet service to individuals that illegally share files on peer-to-peer networks.
Pirate Bay confident of trial win (BBC News)
One of the founders of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has said he anticipates victory in the court battle over alleged copyright theft.
Hulu snapping at heels of YouTube (Daily Telegraph (UK))
Hulu, which offers free video of television shows and films from a number of networks and studios, has been ranked second largest web video site after YouTube, according to new figures.
Internet privacy: Britain in the dock (The Independent)
Britain's failure to protect its citizens from secret surveillance on the internet is to be investigated by the European Commission.
Amazon blocks Phorm adverts scan (BBC News)
Amazon has said it will not allow online advertising system Phorm to scan its web pages to produce targeted ads.
Der Streit zwischen den Betreibern des deutschen Wikileaks-Projekts und dem Hamburger Domain-Registrar Beasts Associated über die Gründe der aktuellen Nichterreichbarkeit von wikileaks.de wird jetzt über die Öffentlichkeit ausgetragen. Wikileaks hatte Ende vergangener Woche eine Pressemitteilung herausgegeben, in der zunächst die in Frankfurt ansässige Registrierungsstelle für .de-Domains, Denic, beschuldigt wurde, wikileaks.de "ohne Vorwarnung" gesperrt zu haben.
Spam 'uses as much power as 2.1m homes' (The Guardian)
Internet users have long known that spam emails - offering everything from cheap medicines and sex aids to get-rich-quick schemes - are an unwanted annoyance, but new research suggests that they are also hugely damaging to the environment.
In another sign that the worst of the economic downturn might have passed, Intel said on Tuesday that the personal computer industry had bottomed out in the first quarter of the year.
Symantec Internet Security Threat Report Finds Malicious Activity Continues to Grow at a Record Pace (Symantec)
[news release] Symantec Corp. today (April 14) announced that malicious code activity continued to grow at a record pace throughout 2008, primarily targeting confidential information of computer users. According to the company's Internet Security Threat Report Volume XIV, Symantec created more than 1.6 million new malicious code signatures in 2008. This equates to more than 60 percent of the total malicious code signatures ever created by Symantec -- a response to the rapidly increasing volume and proliferation of new malicious code threats. These signatures helped Symantec block an average of more than 245 million attempted malicious code attacks across the globe each month during 2008.
Businesses warn of rising risk of counterfeiting on internet (The Independent)
Popular brands have called for stricter policing of the internet, as they fear fraud will soar during the first "digital recession".
EBay Plans Public Offering for Skype (New York Times)
EBay announced plans on Tuesday to spin off Skype, its Internet calling division, in an initial public offering aimed at the first half of 2010.
EC starts legal action in Britain over Phorm (BBC News)
The European Commission has started legal action against Britain over the online advertising technology Phorm.
After claiming the German registry DENIC had deleted the domain name wikileaks.de, it now turns out the problem lies with Wikileaks themselves.
15 April 2009
Putting Twitter's World to Use (New York Times)
The first reaction many people have to Twitter is befuddlement. Why would they want to read short messages about what someone ate for breakfast?
Twitter fights off computer worm (ABC News)
Micro-blogging service Twitter was targeted by a wave of attacks by a computer worm over Easter weekend, a co-founder of the web messaging company said.
Phishing Attacks Surge Amid Recession (BusinessWeek)
The latest evidence that economic woe is leaving more Americans vulnerable to Internet fraud came from an Apr. 14 report from Gartner. More than 5 million U.S. consumers lost money to phishing attacks in the 12 months ending in September 2008, a 39.8% increase from a year earlier, according to the new Gartner study. "Phishers are preying on the bad economy," says Avivah Litan, a security analyst at Gartner.