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18 January 2009
Microsoft and Yahoo Executives Meet (New York Times)
Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, met in New York earlier this week with Roy J. Bostock, Yahoo's chairman, according to a person briefed on the meeting.
The music industry is still losing out to internet pirates on a huge scale, with an estimated 95% of music available online being downloaded illegally.
Mobile Internet To Grow Rapidly By 2010 (Information Week)
There are more than one billion Internet users around the globe, but a new study from ReportLinker said that number could be dwarfed by the amount of mobile Web surfers in a few years.
[Billboard] Wireless carriers appear poised to deliver on what the mobile industry has long seen as its holy grail -- location-based services.
[IDG] Craig Barrett spent decades using his business skills to make Intel the world's most powerful semiconductor company. He has now turned his attention to an even bigger challenge -- spreading computers and education throughout the developing world.
Tricky Windows Worm Wallops Millions (Washington Post)
A sneaky computer worm that uses a virtual Swiss army knife of attack techniques has infected millions of Microsoft Windows PCs, and appears to be spreading at a fairly rapid pace, security experts warn.
In a move to stop the spread of child pornography on the Internet, German officials will soon be asking ISPs to filter out Web sites they deem offensive, according to news magazine Der Spiegel.
The European Commission accused Microsoft Corp on Friday of stymieing competition by bundling its Internet Explorer Web browser with Windows systems, firing the latest salvo in an expensive, years-long battle with the software titan.
17 January 2009
Domain Pulse 2009, an annual meeting organised by the registries of Austria (nic.at), Switzerland (SWITCH) and Germany (DENIC) will this year be held in Dresden, Germany on February 12 and 13.
Information technology (IT) and broadband are major drivers of economic change, restructuring businesses, affecting skills and employment, and contributing to growth and consumer benefits. This volume describes recent market dynamics and trends in industries supplying IT goods and services and offers an overview of the globalisation of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector and the rise of ICT-enabled international sourcing.
Internet security task force downplays online threats to children; critics blast report (Computerworld)
A report released Wednesday by a multi-organization task force whose formation was spearheaded by MySpace Inc. paints a surprisingly benign picture of the online security and privacy threats faced by children. But the report's conclusion -- that some of the common concerns about those threats may be overstated or misplaced -- is drawing sharp criticism from some quarters.
FCC: How will changing of the guard impact big telecom issues? (Network World)
Now that Julius Genachowski has been selected by President-elect Barack Obama to chair the Federal Communications Commission, he can expect to be a very busy man over the next four years.
US businesses concerned about ICANN changes (PC World)
Some Internet-based businesses in the United States would support the splitting of the domain-name governance system instead of allowing an agreement ICANN and the U.S. government to end later this year, the leader of a U.S. trade association NetChoice said this week, reports IDG. Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, suggested ICANN's traditional role be split, with ICANN retaining responsibility for overseeing gTLDs and a new organisation oversee ccTLDs.
Missing White House E-Mails Traced, Justice Aide Says (Washington Post)
A Justice Department lawyer told a federal judge yesterday that the Bush administration will meet its legal requirement to transfer e-mails to the National Archives after spending more than $10 million to locate 14 million e-mails reported missing four years ago from White House computer files.
us: Intelligence Court Rules Wiretapping Power Legal (New York Times)
A federal intelligence court, in a rare public opinion, issued a major ruling validating the power of the president and Congress to wiretap international phone calls and intercept e-mail messages without a specific court order, even when Americans' private communications may be involved.
Advertisers and agencies in the US have promised to create a code of practice to allay fears about increasingly intrusive forms of online advertising. Four major advertising trade associations said that they will work together on self-regulation.
Internet piracy regulations planned for UK (Financial Times)
Ministers intend to pass regulations on internet piracy requiring service providers to tell customers they suspect of illegally downloading films and music that they are breaking the law, says the draft report by Lord Carter.
16 January 2009
Report: South Korean blogger arrested (Washington Post)
A South Korean blogger pleaded not guilty Saturday to charges that he spread false economic information on the Internet, a news report said, in a case that drew heated debate over freedom of speech.
In a new trend spreading across America, teens are sending nude or semi-nude pictures to one another on their mobile phones in a practice called "sexting".
Change Sweeping to the FCC (Washington Post)
Julius Genachowski, technology adviser to President-elect Barack Obama, is poised to become chairman of the Federal Communications Commission at a time when communications policy lies at the intersection of sweeping changes in the high-tech business landscape.
German Chatroom Addict on Trial for Two Murders (Der Spiegel)
A German man who met around 150 women in Internet chat rooms went on trial in Germany on Wednesday charged with murdering two of them. Dubbed "Germany's First Internet Murderer" in the press, he has confessed to the killings, but denies he's a serial killer.
uk: Broadband for all to be funded by the industry (The Guardian)
The government wants everyone in the UK to have access to a basic broadband service by 2012, either through a traditional phone line or over a mobile phone network, with the telecoms industry paying for it.
Judge Orders Search of Bush Administration Appointees' E-Mails (Washington Post)
With Bush administration White House aides on their way out the door in coming days, a federal judge this morning ordered the president's executive office to undertake a comprehensive search for millions of senior appointees' e-mails that have been inaccessible and possibly missing since 2005.
About 69.5 percent of Internet searches in the U.S. took place through Google during 2008, with search traffic increasing 8 percent over 2007, according to research firm Hitwise.
It may seem as though Congress has completely forgotten about Net neutrality, a topic that has languished in legislative purgatory since mid-2006. But a Democratic aide said Wednesday that it's likely to come back this year, along with potential alterations of digital copyright and patent law.