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27 August 2008

No quick fix on broadband for Australian regions (Australian IT)

Australians living in metropolitan areas may be logging on to the internet using the Government's $4.7 billion national broadband network as early as next April, although regional users will not be so lucky.

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NZ Govt details $340 million broadband fund (New Zealand Herald)

Communications Minister David Cunliffe today unveiled details of the Government's $340 million Broadband Investment Fund.

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RAM raiders: inside secrets of the cyber hackers (The Times)

Hackers have a reputation for sneaking around the internet stealing money and identities, even threatening national security. But the White Hats are hackers who spot security breaches and are a force for good

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za: Every Call You Take, They'll Be Watching You (IOL)

Imagine eavesdropping on criminals or terrorists plotting to smuggle drugs or weapons into South Africa, knowing their exact location and time of delivery.

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26 August 2008

Internet access falls short but Games force improvement: Rogge (Australian IT)

Internet access during the Beijing Olympics had not lived up to expectations, but the Games had helped open it up, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said yesterday.

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Andrew Keen: Forget Phelps, this year's greatest Olympic winner has to be NBC (The Independent)

... But for all the success of NBC's online coverage, the lesson of Beijing is that television unquestionably remains America's platform of choice for the majority of media consumers. Ninety per cent of viewers of NBC's Olympic coverage watched the games on television and only 10 per cent watched on the internet. So forget all the hype about the interactive YouTube Olympics, the fragmentation of viewing habits, niche media and the death of television. Ninety per cent of Americans still rely on the original tube. When the revolution happens, it will appear on TV first.

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Low cost Internet phone revolution beckons for India (Sydney Morning Herald)

Battle lines are being drawn after India's telecoms regulator called for full-blown telephone services via the Internet, paving the way for another fall in the nation's already cheap call rates.

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Research aims to put tongues in control of devices (The Age)

The tireless tongue already controls taste and speech, helps kiss and swallow and fights germs. Now scientists hope to add one more ability to the mouthy muscle, and turn it into a computer control pad.

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Olympics set the stage for emerging Web tech fight-Microsoft (Reuters)

As the world's best athletes compete in Beijing, the summer Olympic games are setting the stage for a battle between Microsoft Corp and Adobe Systems Inc over the Internet's next big competition.

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China, India to Lead in Broadband Connections (PC World)

India and China are to overtake Western Europe to become the region with the largest number of broadband connections, says analyst and consulting firm Ovum.

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Calling Venus, Calling Mars: Differences in Men's and Women's Use of Mobile Phones (Forbes)

It's easy enough to spot a girly cellphone--just look for bright finishes in shades of pink, purple and red. But is it possible to use a phone like a girl? Research says yes.

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A Decade of Internet Evolution by Vinton G. Cerf, Google (Cisco Internet Protocol Journal)

In 1998 the Internet had about 50 million users, supported by approximately 25 million servers (Web and e-mail hosting sites, for example, but not desktops or laptops). In that same year, the ICANN was created. Internet companies such as Netscape Communications, Yahoo!, eBay, and Amazon were already 3 to 4 years old and the Internet was in the middle of its so-called "dot-boom" period. Google emerged that year as a highly speculative effort to "organize the world's information and make it accessible and useful." Investment in anything related to the Internet was called "irrational exuberance" by the then head of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, Alan Greenspan.

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A Decade in the Life of the Internet by Geoff Huston, APNIC (Cisco Internet Protocol Journal)

The evolutionary path of any technology can often take strange and unanticipated turns and twists. At some points simplicity and minimalism can be replaced by complexity and ornamentation, while at other times a dramatic cut-through exposes the core concepts of the technology and removes layers of superfluous additions. The technical evolution of the Internet appears to be no exception, and contains these same forms of unanticipated turns and twists.

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Multistakeholder Advisory Group Renewed To Prepare Internet Governance Forum Meeting In Hyderabad, India, 3-6 December

The membership of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group, which is entrusted with assisting in the preparations for the annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, has been renewed.

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7 Million .ORG Domain Names Now Registered

.ORG, The Public Interest Registry, the registry behind the global .ORG domain name, announced today that more than 7 million domain names are now registered as .ORG, making it the third largest generic domain (after .com and .net). Since management of the registry was assumed by Public Interest Registry in 2003, .ORG registrations have increased more than 250%.

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The Regulation of the Internet with Relation to Speech and Expression by the Indian State by Raman Chima [National Law School of India University] (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: This paper examines how the Indian State regulates the Internet and the relation this has to the limitations imposed on the State's actions vis-a-vis the rights provided by the Indian constitution protecting speech and expression as well as privacy.

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For Sale: Your Browser History (Slate)

In May, Charter Communications, one of the nation's largest Internet service providers, sent letters to hundreds of thousands of its customers promising "an enhancement coming soon to your Web browsing experience." This was a heroic bit of corporate doublespeak -- Charter planned to "enhance" its service by installing software on its Internet lines to scrutinize its customers' browsing habits. The company's aim: to sell lucrative ads tailored to users' interests. For instance, if Charter saw that you'd been reading lots of auto reviews, it might show you spots for new cars. The company described the plan as a benefit for users. "You will not see more ads -- just ads that are more relevant to you," it said.

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Apple's Ambitious iPhone 3G Plans (BusinessWeek)

It intends to make at least 40 million iPhones in the next year; selling so many will hinge on global success and fixing connection glitches

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25 August 2008

Babies are new target, Met warns as paedophile threat spirals (The Observer)

Children too young to speak are increasingly being targeted by sex offenders - and members of the professions are among those trawling the net for images. In the week Gary Glitter returns, police say the scale of the threat is 'massive'

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Slipping Over the Great Firewall of China by Nicholas D. Kristof (New York Times)

For all the continuing repression, Chinese live far freer lives now than they did in the 1980s and '90s. The openness even continues to expand on the Internet.

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Poor earning virtual gaming gold (BBC)

Nearly 500,000 people in developing nations earn a wage making virtual goods in online games to sell to players, a study has found.

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Caution: Driver May Be Surfing the Web-Chrysler Adds Wi-Fi & Internet to Cars (New York Times)

Anything that keeps tykes pacified on long car trips, like video systems in rear seats, is a boon to automotive safety. Today, Chrysler is poised to offer in its 2009 models a new entertainment option for the children: Wi-Fi and Internet connectivity. The problem is that the entire car becomes a hotspot. The signals won't be confined to the Nintendos in the rear seat; front-seat occupants will be able to stay online, too.

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My husband, the internet paedophile: A tale of secrets, lies and family breakdown (Independent on Sunday)

Next week the BBC screens a major new drama about the families of men caught sharing images of child sex abuse. Here, researcher Clare Dwyer Hogg meets three wives whose real experiences informed the show - and hears how one knock on the door changed their lives forever...

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24 August 2008

Cracking China's Social Network Market (Forbes)

With the biggest and fastest-growing online population on the planet, China is the holy grail for social networking sites. No surprise, then, that U.S.giants such as MySpace and Facebook are eager to reel in some of China's 250 million Netizens.

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Widget Channel: Yahoo promises to bring wonders of the web to TV (The Guardian)

A new project announced by internet giant Yahoo is promising to bring the wonders of the web to television, allowing viewers to customise their TV screens with a swathe of internet services including eBay listings, weather, financial news and Twitter updates.

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