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26 January 2009

Websites 'must be saved for history': British Library head (The Observer)

Historians face a "black hole" of lost material unless urgent action is taken to preserve websites and other digital records, the head of the British Library has warned.

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25 January 2009

Revolution, Facebook-Style (New York Times)

Only a few hours after Israel's first air strike against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip late last month, more than 2,000 protesters marched through the streets of downtown Cairo, carrying Palestinian flags. This began what would become weeks of protests, in which thousands of Egyptians of all different political leanings gathered in Egypt's main cities, in public squares and at mosques and universities. Hundreds were arrested. In every city, the biggest presence at the protests was the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist political organization, active in many countries throughout the Middle East, that seeks to govern according to Islamic law. Other, smaller demonstrations were put together, sometimes spontaneously, by leftist groups and student organizations.

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Google ready to pursue its agenda in Washington (Los Angeles Times)

The executives and employees of Google Inc., whose whose headquarters is in Mountain View, Ca., overwhelmingly supported Obama's candidacy. Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt is now as likely as any corporate chieftain to get his calls to the White House returned.

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Global Internet Audience Surpasses 1 billion (comScore)

comScore, Inc. reported that total global Internet audience (age 15 and older from home and work computers) has surpassed 1 billion visitors in December 2008, based on data from the comScore World Metrix audience measurement service.

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24 January 2009

US Patent Office Rejects Subdomains Patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rejected 20 patent claims on the idea that a subdomain of a domain name could be patentable. Had the patent claim by the company Hoshiko been allowed, domain names such as news.cnet.com or business.timesonline.co.uk would have been subject to the patent.

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Kentucky Governor to Appeal Online Gambling Decision

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is digging his heels in with the announcement the Commonwealth of Kentucky will appeal the appeal in its attempt to seize 141 gambling-related domain names.

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Apple Mac 25th Anniversary: The cult of Mac is still going strong (Daily Telegraph (UK))

The Apple Macintosh was launched 25 years ago, and laid the foundations for a computing revolution

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US cybersecurity ills will be a tough nut for Obama to crack (ars technica)

The Obama administration has published an overview of its plans to boost homeland security. Major items on the agenda range from defeating global terrorism to modernizing and protecting national infrastructure. One area that is of particular interest to technology enthusiasts is the new president's strategy for increasing network security.

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Staff Finds White House in the Technological Dark Ages (Washington Post)

If the Obama campaign represented a sleek, new iPhone kind of future, the first day of the Obama administration looked more like the rotary-dial past.

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Tech-savvy Obama keeps online lifeline (The Guardian)

Barack Obama is likely to become America's first emailing president, as part of sweeping changes to the way the White House uses technology aimed at making his presidency the most open and connected in history.

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Twitter to hit the big time with explosion in microblogging (The Times)

Twitter, the fast-growing microblogging and social media site, is about to change gears.

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us: RIAA gets a chance to overturn video streaming order in music piracy case (Computerworld)

A federal appeals court in Boston has agreed to hear a motion filed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) that seeks to prevent courtroom proceedings in a music piracy case from being streamed live on the Internet.

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China says Internet crackdown to be "long-lasting" (Reuters)

China sought Friday to portray its Internet crackdown as a campaign to protect youth from filth and nothing to do with stifling political dissent, with an official promising long-lasting action against "vulgarity."

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Ignorance no excuse over new NZ copyright law (The Independent (NZ))

Thousands of New Zealand businesses are unaware they could be in breach of a copyright internet law to come into force next month, says Business New Zealand.

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Obama Plan Says Cyber Infrastructure Is 'strategic' (PC World)

The Obama administration has published a high-level plan to protect U.S. computer networks, saying it considers cyber infrastructure "a strategic asset" and will appoint a cyber adviser who will report directly to the president.

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Microsoft Slashes Jobs as Sales Fall (New York Times)

With sales of computers deteriorating by the day, the PC industry's dominant players -- Microsoft and Intel -- have arrived at the stark realization that the slump in sales could last a long time, perhaps years.

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ICANN: IDN Fast Track Process Update (ICANN)

ICANN recently proposed (for public comment) a Draft Implementation Plan for the introduction of Internationalized Domain Names on a limited basis for ccTLDs. The Plan follows the recommendations of the ICANN's policy making supporting organizations and advisory committees.

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Libya's WiMax web access leap (BBC)

Libya's only internet service provider is launching its first commercial wireless network which it says is one of the most advanced in the world.

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23 January 2009

Jennifer Lopez fights cybersquatting case (Kieren McCarthy blog)

Singer Jennifer Lopez has filed papers against the owner of jenniferlopez.org and jenniferlopez.net, accusing him of cybersquatting, writes Kieren McCarthy on his blog.

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Nominet Board fight rolls on (Kieren McCarthy blog)

The ongoing saga of the Nominet board has caught the attention of Kieren McCarthy on his blog, as he notes "yet another extraordinary statement has come out of Nominet."

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UK Twitter traffic up 974 per cent in a year (Daily Telegraph)

The latest figures from Hitwise shows Twitter's popularity has grown tenfold among UK users.

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Microsoft and Google: Internet Giants Return to Basics (New York Times)

Microsoft and Google have more in common than the dominance of their respective markets. Both are also essentially one-trick ponies that have used their prodigious cash flows to pursue many side projects in attempts to diversify. And neither has had much success.

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Barack Obama to use BlackBerry as president: reports (The Guardian)

Barack Obama could become the first sitting US president to use email, after reports suggested he may be in line for a new spy-proof smartphone.

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Hate Vista? You May Like the Fix (New York Times)

For an operating system that took five years to create, Windows Vista's reputation went down in flames amazingly quickly. Not since Microsoft Bob has anything from the software giant drawn so much contempt and derision. Not every company lives to see the day when its customers beg, plead and sign petitions to bring back the previous version of its flagship product.

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Google's inauguration searches show a changing Internet (Computerworld)

People weren't just sitting back and watching President Barack Obama's inauguration yesterday. They were commenting on Twitter, sharing information on Facebook and turning to Google in significant numbers to find live video and audio of inauguration activities in Washington.

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