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11 February 2009
Google on trial: Privacy, Italian Style (Der Spiegel)
Criminal charges against four Google executives over an allegedly offensive video posting raise troubling questions about the liabilities of Web companies.
US Stimulus Bill Bears Imprint of Technology (New York Times)
To rally support for his administration's economic recovery bill recently, President Obama invited about a dozen chief executives, seven of them from technology and energy companies, to the Oval Office.
British teenagers 'spend an average of 31 hours online' (Daily Telegraph (UK))
Teenagers spend an average of 31 hours a week online and nearly two hours a week looking at pornography, according to a study.
Cyber-Scams on the Uptick in Downturn (Wall Street Journal)
The bear economy is creating a bull market for cyber-crooks.
10 February 2009
An administration official says that President Barack Obama has ordered a 60-day review of the nation's cybersecurity to examine how federal agencies are using technology to protect U.S. secrets and data.
While papers fold, television prospers (International Herald Tribune)
Subscribers to print newspapers have gone missing, as everyone knows. Book publishers are also wondering where readers have disappeared to.
Another day wasted as I turn to the Twittering classes to provide suggestions for my column (The Guardian)
What's that? You think it's easy filling a page each week with this gibberish? Well, it is. But some weeks aren't as easy as others. For one thing, pretty much all I've been aware of all week is snow tumbling from the sky, and everyone else has already written about that - and I mean everyone, from Melanie Phillips to the late Roy Kinnear. The only other thing I've noticed is some kind of acute muscular spasm in my neck and left shoulder, and that's hardly entertaining, except maybe for the bit where the doctor rather brilliantly prescribed me diazepam so I necked some and walked very slowly around the Westfield shopping centre listening to Henry Mancini's Pink Panther theme on repeat on an MP3 player, smiling eerily at shoppers.
EC agrees to children's online safety deal (The Guardian)
The European Commission has brokered a deal with internet companies to help protect children using social networking sites, it announced today.
Mozilla to join EU suit against Microsoft (Computerworld)
The European Commission (EC) has granted Mozilla, the open-source collaboration behind the Firefox Web browser, the right to join the antitrust case against Microsoft, a spokesman said Monday.
Broadband set to grow in Africa (International Herald Tribune)
[Reuters] Africa is the fastest-growing telecommunications market in the world, but growth of broadband on the continent has been hamstrung by a patchy national network and costly connections to international systems. That may be about to change.
Undersea Fibre-Optic Cable Nears East African Coast (East African Business Week)
Undersea Fibre-Optic Cable Nears East African Coast The wait for the landing of an undersea fibre-optic cable to boost communication in the region could be coming to fruition as indications point that one arm is almost at the East African coast.
After extensive consultation with the community, the July 2009 - June 2012 Strategic Plan is being posted following its approval by the ICANN Board at its February meeting. The Strategic Plan sets out ICANN's priorities for the next three years and is used as the basis for shaping ICANN's annual operating plan and budget.
us: Free speech or cyberbullying? (New York Times)
Katherine Evans said she was frustrated with her English teacher for ignoring her pleas for help with assignments and a brusque reproach when she missed class to attend a school blood drive.
eBay stops sale of illegal knives (The Independent)
The online auction site eBay has admitted it needs to do more to protect its users after allowing the sale of illegal knives. Researchers on the BBC's Watchdog bought five knives, including a stealth knife and a dagger disguised as a pen, on the website. All were illegal to sell or carry in the UK and cost less than £10 each. They were sold by US vendors through eBay's British website.
09 February 2009
Eco, the German ISP and internet industry association, has written to ICANN questioning the new gTLD process due to questions arising from members and German business on the same day ICANN has posted a video Applicant Guidebook Update.
NZ Domain Renewals Slump in Financial Crisis (Business Day (NZ))
The current financial crisis appears to be impacting on the New Zealand domain name market, with the number of domain names not renewed in 2008 jumping almost four-fold over 2007 according to a report in New Zealand's Business Day.
Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) may supplant both smartphones, such as Apple's iPhone, and netbooks, such as the Asus Eee PC, according to a survey of US consumers released last week.
The One Laptop per Child initiative seems to have found that imitation isn't simply a form of flattery, it's grounds for a new business model.
Online ads rise to defy crisis (The Australian)
Online advertising has defied expectations that the financial crisis would also crimp its growth, with annual spending to December up 27 per cent from a year ago to $1.7 billion.
InternetNZ looks forward to fibre future (InternetNZ)
InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) today responds to the announcement by Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce in respect to cancellation of the Broadband Investment Fund.
The extraordinary increase in the number of .cn registered domain names continues unabated, with the number set to pass the 14 million mark in February going by previous monthly increases.
There are now more than 800,000 .at (ccTLD for Austria) domain names, with the landmark being passed in January 2009. The achievement is quite remarkable for a small country with a population of 8.2 million, but no doubt achieved in part due to the lack of a requirements of registrants to have a physical presence in Austria. A factor that no doubt restricts the total number of registrations in several ccTLDs.
08 February 2009
The £7 laptop that wasn't (The Independent)
From the start, it sounded too good to be true. A laptop for just 500 rupees (£7).
More Internet spam in January: MessageLabs (MIS-Asia)
Global Internet spam levels rose 4.9 per cent in January this year since December 2008 to 74.6 per cent, according to the MessageLabs Intelligence Report. This is the proportion of e-mail that was blocked as spam by the tech firm's e-mail protect services.
Norway Drops Apple iTunes Complaint (Information Week)
A Norwegian consumer watchdog group has dropped its complaint against Apple's iTunes, which the agency said unfairly tied the music purchased through the online store to the iPod player.