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30 November 2008

Online Shopping to Plateau As Slump Hits Cyberspace (Wall Street Journal)

Nobody was expecting online shopping to be immune from the economic downturn, but most forecasts had been calling for at least a smidgen of growth. Now, even that hope is damped.

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Grandma's on the Computer Screen: Webcams keeping far-flung families virtually within touch (New York Times)

... Video calling, long anticipated by science fiction, is filtering into everyday use. And two demographic groups not particularly known for being high-tech are among the earliest adopters. In a way that even e-mailed photos never could, the Web cam promises to transcend both distance and the inability of toddlers to hold up their end of a phone conversation.

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UK Coroner warns of dangers of internet drugs after policewoman overdoses (Daily Telegraph)

A coroner has warned of the danger of buying medicine over the internet after a policewoman with Multiple Sclerosis died of an accidental overdose of drugs she purchased from a website.

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us: Mom: Verdict shows cyberbullies will be punished (Washington Post)

The mother of a girl who committed suicide at age 13 after being subjected to an Internet hoax says a woman's conviction in the case shows that people who bully others online will face consequences.

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Danish ISP ordered again to block Pirate Bay (The Register)

Danish ISP Sonofon (part of Tele2) has once again been ordered by a Danish court to block the controversial Swedish BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay. The record industry represented by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) calls it a landmark ruling and says the decision confirms the illegality of Pirate Bay.

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Council waters down deal on telecoms package (EurActiv)

After a fierce debate, EU telecoms ministers reached agreement yesterday (27 November) on a review of rules governing electronic communications, scrapping many "ambitious" proposals made by the European Commission.

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Advertising on mobile phones finally seems to be getting through (The Economist)

Marketers have often claimed that mobile advertising is taking off. But this time they could be right, recession or not. Global numbers are hard to come by, but a leading mobile-advertising firm, AdMob, says the number of advertisements it has delivered worldwide has tripled, to 4.5 billion, in the past 12 months. Why? Because many of the obstacles that have held mobile advertising back are going away.

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Fight against cyber crime: cyber patrols and Internet investigation teams to reinforce the EU strategy (Europa)

The Council of ministers of the European Union adopted today the Council's strategy to reinforce the fight against cyber crime. The strategy proposes a series of operational measures, such as cyber patrols, joint investigation teams and remote searches to become part of the fight against cybercrime in the next five years. The strategy also introduces concrete steps for closer cooperation and information exchange between law enforcement authorities and the private sector.

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Broadband: Gap between best and worst performing countries in Europe narrowing (Europa)

Broadband penetration in Europe continues to grow, from 18.2% in July 2007 to up to 21.7% in July 2008, according to a report published today by the European Commission. The report also shows the gap between EU countries narrowing, from 28.4 percentage points in July 2007 to 27.7 this July. With 17 million fixed broadband lines laid in a year, today's figures show high-speed internet in the EU is more widespread and faster, while mobile broadband is starting to take off, with 6.9% penetration. Three quarters of broadband lines in the EU have download speeds of 2 millions of bits per second (Mbps) and above, a speed that supports TV over the Internet, for example.

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Sicherheit und Privatheit Themen des 3. Internet Governance Forum (Heise)

Cybercrime und Datenschutz, das vielsprachige Internet und der physische Zugang zum Netz sowie IPv6 haben es ins Hauptprogramm des 3. Internet Governance Forum der Vereinten Nationen geschafft. Das zentrale Thema des dritten IGF lautet "Internet für alle". Knapp 1400 Teilnehmer aus hundert Ländern erwarten die indischen Gastgeber in der High Tech City von Hyderabad. Der indische IT-Minister Jainder Singh teilte mit, die Veranstaltung werde wie geplant zwischen dem 3. und 6. Dezember stattfinden. UN und Gastgeberland hatten nach den Terror-Attacken in Mumbai zahlreiche Anfragen zur Sicherheit erhalten.

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Keine Nummer für diesen Anschluss (Süddeutschen Zeitung)

Man kann den Vätern des Internets nicht vorwerfen, sie wären kleinlich gewesen. Zwar waren 1981 gerade einmal 200 Rechner über Datenleitungen zusammengeschlossen. Dennoch sah der neue Standard für Internetadressen, der damals entwickelt wurde, bereits mehr als vier Milliarden mögliche Kombinationen vor. Aber das weltweite Datennetz übertraf mit seiner rasanten Entwicklung sogar diese kühnen Erwartungen. Die Folge ist: Internetadressen werden knapp.

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29 November 2008

Nominet Report Shows Worldwide ccTLD Registrations Growing Rapidly

Nominet held their second annual .uk registrar conference at Wembley Stadium last week where they released their Domain Name Industry Report 2008 that highlights some interesting statistics about domain name registrations both in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.

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France to intervene in broadband coverage (Reuters)

France will shortly call on telecoms operators to offer broadband services across all its territory for a maximum of €35 a month, a government minister said on Thursday.

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EU governments to widen cap on mobile roaming costs (Reuters)

European Union governments are set on Thursday to cap prices of roamed mobile phone texts and data downloading along with other measures to spur a wider range of cheaper services for customers.

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Estonian ISP Cuts off Control Servers for Srizbi Botnet (PC World)

An Estonian ISP that temporarily hosted the command-and-control servers for the Srizbi botnet, responsible for a large portion of the world's spam, has cut off those servers, according to computer security analysts.

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Searching the Web for Flu Outbreaks: Editorial (New York Times)

Two recent studies have shown the promise of using data from search engines to provide early warning of influenza outbreaks -- and the pitfalls and limitations, as well. Privacy considerations aside, it is a technology that will need refinement if it is to be used by public health officials for early warning duties.

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Vatican warns mobile phones are bad for the soul (Daily Telegraph)

The Vatican has warned that our obsession with modern technology, such as the internet and mobile phones, is not leaving people enough time for spiritual pursuits.

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Cyber-attack on US Defense Department computers raises concerns (Los Angeles Times)

The 'malware' strike, thought to be from inside Russia, hit combat zone computers and the U.S. Central Command overseeing Iraq and Afghanistan. The attack underscores concerns about computer warfare.

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Cyberbully verdict poses question of online identity (New York Times)

Is lying about one's identity on the Internet now a crime? The verdict on Wednesday in the MySpace cyberbullying case raised a variety of questions about the terms that users agree to when they log on to Web sites.

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Ashdown: Internet is a 'lawless space' (ZDNet)

Lord Paddy Ashdown has said that terrorism is being facilitated by a lack of oversight of the internet.

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Citizen journalists told to stop using Twitter to update on Bombay attacks (The Times)

News on the Bombay attacks is breaking fast on Twitter with hundreds of people using the site to update others with first-hand accounts of the carnage.

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Google's next step towards domination of the Information Age (ABC News)

The recent announcement of a proposed settlement in the class action by US publishers and authors in the copyright case against Google signals an inevitable, but nevertheless worrying, milestone in the collection and storage of the world's information.

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Forget productivity: more people should join Facebook (ABC News)

Concerns about Facebook's negative effect on the economy - especially an economy on the verge of recession - were raised just recently when 13 Virgin Atlantic staff were sacked for criticising the airline online.

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28 November 2008

Activists target Aust govt's net censorship plans (Sydney Morning Herald)

The political activists who helped free David Hicks and abolish Work Choices have now set their sights on the Government's plan to censor the internet, which is already facing a major backlash and a lack of political support.

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Microsoft files new cybersquatting charges (Network World)

Microsoft has charged a Florida company with cybersquatting in a new lawsuit filed Wednesday reports IDG. In the lawsuit, Microsoft listed 23 domain names that it says are registered to Domain Investments and contain Microsoft trademarks or intentional misspellings of such names.

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