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22 September 2008

Mobile phone use 'raises children's risk of brain cancer fivefold' (Independent on Sunday)

Alarming new research from Sweden on the effects of radiation raises fears that today's youngsters face an epidemic of the disease in later life

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21 September 2008

Comcast details BitTorrent 'delay' tactics (The Register)

Responding to August's landmark order from the FCC, Comcast has provided an extensive description of its infamous BitTorrent blocking - though it has yet to admit that blocking is the right word.

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Experts: US Is Not Prepared to Handle Cyber Attacks (Dark Reading)

In Congressional testimony, authorities on cyber defense say neither government agencies nor private companies are ready for what may come

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After Virginia's Losses In Court, a Flurry Of Finger-Pointing (Washington Post)

The Virginia Supreme Court's rejection of an anti-spam law is the state's latest high-profile legal defeat, a string of losses that some lawyers see as coincidental but others say reflects the General Assembly's willingness to pass aggressive measures that are more likely to face a constitutional challenge.

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As Text Messages Fly, Danger Lurks: Dangers of SMS (New York Times)

... But even as industry calculations show that Americans are now using mobile phones to send or receive more text messages than phone calls, those messages are coming under increasing fire because of the danger they can pose by distracting users. Though there are no official casualty statistics, there is much anecdotal evidence that the number of fatal accidents stemming from texting while driving, crossing the street or engaging in other activities is on the rise.

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20 September 2008

How telcos and ISPs are prepping for a pandemic (Network World)

Network operators and IT professionals already worried about how hurricanes and financial meltdowns will impact their work lives can add another potential catastrophe to their list of concerns: a global pandemic.

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Cyber Attack Data-Sharing Is Lacking, US Congress Told (Washington Post)

U.S. intelligence agencies are unable to share information about foreign cyber attacks against companies for fear of jeopardizing intelligence-gathering sources and methods, cyber security expert Paul B. Kurtz told lawmakers yesterday.

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US environmental agency doing little to curb e-waste exports, report says (The Guardian)

Those old computers Americans discard often end up in developing countries, bridging the so-called digital divide - when they work. But there's a dark side to computer exports in which children are threatened by open-air burning of hazardous metals and the "acid baths" used to recover bits of gold, a report from the US government accountability office report said yesterday.

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EFF Sues NSA, President Bush, and Vice President Cheney to Stop Illegal Surveillance (Electronic Frontiers Foundation)

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency and other government agencies today on behalf of AT&T customers to stop the illegal, unconstitutional, and ongoing dragnet surveillance of their communications and communications records. The five individual plaintiffs are also suing President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Cheney's chief of staff David Addington, former Attorney General and White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and other individuals who ordered or participated in the warrantless domestic surveillance.

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European telecoms told to end broadband monopoly (Financial Times)

Leading European telecoms companies should give rivals access to their superfast broadband networks, the European Commission said on Thursday.

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EU Invites Comments on High-speed Telecom Growth (PC World)

The European Commission invited the telecommunications industry to comment on its plans to encourage the creation of high-speed, (NGA (next generation access) networks across the E.U. Thursday, sparking swift criticism from both sides in the debate.

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Asia Pacific world's hottest telco market (Computerworld)

Research firm Gartner is predicting that the Asia Pacific telecommunications market will topple North America as the largest, most lucrative telecommunications market for 2008.

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Facebook reflects struggle over Islam's role (Los Angeles Times)

In the Middle East, the devout and the secular are duking it out online. But does one side hear the other?

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Echoing the Campaign of a Rival, Microsoft Aims to Redefine 'I'm a PC' (New York Times)

Relax, computer users, after only two weeks Microsoft will stop teasing you as the company begins the next phase of an ambitious -- and risky -- $300 million campaign intended to make over its tarnished image.

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IBM 2nd, Microsoft 3rd & Google joins world brands' top 10 (The Guardian)

In just 10 years, it has spawned a verb, revolutionised the media and made billionaires of its founders. Now Google has broken into the definitive list of the 10 most valuable global brands.

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FBI on the trail of hackers after Palin's emails made public (The Guardian)

FBI officials and secret service investigators were trying yesterday to track down hackers who broke into an email account belonging to US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

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GSMA Launches Renewable Energy Push For Mobile Networks (GSM Association)

The GSMA launched the Green Power for Mobile programme with the goal of helping the mobile industry use renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, or sustainable biofuels*, to power 118,000 new and existing off-grid base stations in developing countries by 2012. Achieving that target would save up to 2.5 billion litres of diesel per annum and cut annual carbon emissions by up to 6.3 million tonnes.

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Turkish court bans Richard Dawkins website (The Guardian)

A Turkish court has banned internet users from viewing the official Richard Dawkins website after a Muslim creationist claimed its contents were defamatory and blasphemous.

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Internet Gambling Vote Looms In US Congress (InformationWeek)

If the new Payments System Protection Act becomes law, it will be a boon to the estimated 23 million Americans who play poker over the Web.

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Comcast exec: Expect more Web regulation (CNET)

Web companies had better get used to more government interference, intervention, and regulation targeting their businesses, Kevin Kuzas, vice president and general counsel for Comcast Interactive Media, said on Wednesday.

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OneWebDay is the New "Earth Day" for the Internet (Huffington Post)

Some times it's easy to take the Internet and the Web for granted, but in 2008, the growing number of Americans actively participating in democracy through the Internet is making headlines. The presidential campaigns have invited unprecedented amounts of input from voters who can volunteer or contribute online, and public advocacy groups are leveraging the power of the Web to provide fresh information, organize voters and make sure more voices get heard in our local and national elections. To bring attention to this new chapter in the history of democracy, activists, academics and entrepreneurs around the globe are celebrating OneWebDay on September 22nd, 2008.

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19 September 2008

Internet needs a strong system of self-regulation (The Times)

Cyberspace does not lend itself well to censorship. But while policing every strand of the world wide web would be impossible, that does not mean it cannot be better regulated.

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Cyber-squatters and -speculators on the march

Cyber-squatters and -speculators have been in the news this week taking advantage of Olympic bids, the collapse of Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch, the registering of domain names relating to major infrastructure projects in Dubai and the train disaster in Los Angeles.

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EU calls for help to protect IT infrastructure (Network World)

The European Commission's justice and security department is seeking outside help to improve Internet and telecoms security in the European Union.

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Web boom in English-obsessed Korea (Reuters)

Armed with the world's fastest Internet and an even stronger desire to learn English, South Koreans are using the latest Web resources to master a language that is the economic and emotional focus of their education.

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