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19 October 2008

Creationist gets Turkish newspaper website blocked (The Guardian)

The website of Turkey's third largest-selling newspaper has been blocked after a complaint by an Islamic creationist.

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Telecom Spying Amnesty Unconstitutional, Electronic Frontiers Foundation Tells Court (Wired)

The government's attempt to give retroactive immunity to the companies that helped the Bush administration's warrantless spying program violates the Constitution by ripping from the courts the power to hear citizens' grievances against the government, a rights group told a federal court Thursday.

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Google relies on "old" media for content (The Australian)

Google says it wants "old" media to remain robust so it can continue generating searchable content.

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Al-Qaeda Web Forums Abruptly Taken Offline (Washington Post)

Four of the five main online forums that al-Qaeda's media wing uses to distribute statements by Osama bin Laden and other extremists have been disabled since mid-September, monitors of the Web sites say.

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Broadband for all British homes considered by ministers (The Times)

Lord Carter, the new communications minister, is keen to introduce a legal right for every home to have broadband

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Policy Impediments To Media Convergence: An Exploration Of Case Studies From South Africa And India by Siddhartha Menon (International Journal of Communications Law and Policy)

Abstract: This article focuses on regulatory aspects of the media convergence issue in two country cases: South Africa and India. The discussion addresses the central motivating research question of whether and why countries set an agenda to respond to the phenomenon of media convergence which is an inquiry of paramount importance not only to the specific field of international telecommunications policy, but also to the broader discourse of information and new media studies. Consequently this paper examines four dimensions of convergence policy in the two countries including: cross-sector entry; technological neutrality; competitive neutrality; and the role of the regulator.

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18 October 2008

In Targeting Online Ads, Campaigns Ask: Who's Searching for What? (Washington Post)

A day after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin winked playfully during the recent vice presidential debate, the number of people typing "palin wink" into the Google search engine surged, rising to No. 3 on the service's list of newly popular queries.

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Cybersecurity: Users, Other Groups Must Work Together (PC World)

Individual Internet users, businesses, the government and tech vendors all need to focus more on cybersecurity and be aware of the dangers, a group of cybersecurity experts said Thursday.

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Kentucky judge refuses to dismiss gambling domain name seizure

A Franklin County Circuit Court judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit that sought to block access to more than 140 online casinos in Kentucky. However the judge will hear arguments on 17 November before deciding whether the Kentucky state government will be allowed to take control of 141 gambling-related domain names for some of the most popular gambling websites.

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Queen visits Google - and is amused by YouTube video of laughing baby boy (Daily Telegraph)

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were reduced to a fit of giggles when they toured the London headquarters of Google and were shown a YouTube video of a laughing baby boy.

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Google uses Britain as gambling guinea pig; reverses policy (The Independent)

Bookmakers and online casinos will be able to advertise on Google in Britain, the world's most popular internet search engine, from today.

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Link between child porn and Muslim terrorists discovered in police raids (The Times)

A link between terrorism plots and hardcore child pornography is becoming clear after a string of police raids in Britain and across the Continent, an investigation by The Times has discovered. Images of child abuse have been found during Scotland Yard antiterrorism swoops and in big inquiries in Italy and Spain.

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Dangerous and depraved: paedophiles unite with terrorists online (The Times)

For some, the internet is merely a hiding place -- a web of secret corridors where all manner of shameful deeds unfold. But the police never expected that it might become a strategic platform where two groups of society's outcasts, terrorists and child sex abusers, could meet to exchange operational secrets.

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FBI says Dark Market sting netted 56 arrests (Network World)

A two-year undercover FBI sting operation targeting online fraudsters has netted 56 arrests and prevented millions of dollars in economic losses, the FBI said Thursday.

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China watches over internet café customers in web crackdown (The Times)

All visitors to internet cafés in Beijing are to be required to have their photographs taken in a stringent new control on the public use of cyberspace.

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Joetheplumber.com the Buzz of the Day

It seems a rule of thumb in this day and age is when you have your 15 minutes of fame, make sure you have the relevant domain name registered. This would have been a great idea for "Joe the Plumber" (aka Joe Wurzelbacher) who now quite infamously questioned Barack Obama on the campaign trail about his tax policies this week and subsequently mentioned more than 20 times in the latest presidential debate.

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Faster broadband the goal of all parties in NZ election (New Zealand Herald)

Fast, affordable broadband-for-all is a common goal of all political parties in this election. All also recognise that Telecom is not going to deliver such a service anytime soon.

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ICANN Ombudsman Releases Annual Report (ICANN)

ICANN's Ombudsman has released his report for 2008. The report is an annual stocktake of the office and outlines how it has helped individuals and organizations with disputes come to resolution while avoiding formal processes like the courts.

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ICANN: Draft Applicant Guidebook for New gTLDs Available Soon (ICANN)

In the next two weeks, in the lead up to ICANN's Cairo public meeting, the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) Applicant Guidebook, also called the "draft Request for Proposal (RFP)", will be released. This document will provide information to applicants wanting to apply for a new gTLD.

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Vint Cerf, "father" of internet says Obama best for net (The Guardian)

"My Name is Vint Cerf, I'm a Scientist and I am Voting for Barack Obama". Why? Principally because of net neutrality.

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Ofcom to have wider remit with more online powers (The Guardian)

Outgoing Ofcom chairman David Currie has said that his successor should expect the communications regulator to have an expanded remit with responsibility for stricter control over internet content.

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Mobile phones may cause rashes (The Guardian)

People who use their mobile phones for long periods could develop an allergic skin rash, health experts said yesterday.

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Android: An upsell attempt for Google services (CNET)

Android may be a freely available open-source operating system, but Google hasn't shied away from the idea that it hopes to profit by subsidizing its development. And with Google's first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1 built by HTC, nigh upon us, it's becoming clearer exactly how.

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Uganda's rural poor get internet (IT News Africa)

The spread of the Internet to Uganda's rural areas has sparked off excitement among residents giving them hope for future flourishing businesses through communication with the outside world.

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Spammer in Australia could be fined millions (ABC News)

A Queensland man could face multi-million-dollar fines if he is found to have contravened Australia's internet spamming laws.

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