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18 October 2008

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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17 October 2008

Internet phone calls are crippling fight against terrorism (The Times)

The huge growth in internet telephone traffic is jeopardising the capability of police to investigate almost every type of crime, senior sources have told The Times.

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Mobile phones increase risk of cancer, study says (Daily Telegraph)

Mobile phones do increase the risk of brain cancer, an international team of scientists have warned.

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Legal music downloads gain in popularity (Daily Telegraph)

Fewer people are downloading music from the internet illegally than ever before, according to a report this week from Entertainment Media Research.

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A Look at Google's First Phone (New York Times)

The Google phone is real, and it's finally here. Stand clear of popping corks. Actually, to be completely accurate, there isn't anything called "the Google phone." You can't buy "the Google phone," any more than you can buy "the Windows PC." Google makes the software (called Android), and it's up to the phone manufacturers to build cellphones around it.

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New powers for UK state snoopers on the net (The Guardian)

The British government is drawing up plans to give sweeping new powers to the security and intelligence agencies, and other public bodies, allowing them to access personal data using a wide range of internet sites, including social and gaming networks, Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, signalled yesterday.

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The Changing Foundation of the Internet: Confronting IPv4 Address Exhaustion by Geoff Huston, APNIC (Cisco Internet Protocol Journal)

Why IPv6 has not been deployed on a large scale is discussed by Geoff Huston in this article for the Cisco Internet Protocol Journal. Huston examines the timing of the IPv4 address exhaustion and the nature of the intended transition to IPv6 as well as considering the shortfalls in the implementation of this transition, and identifying their underlying causes. Finally he considers the options available at this stage and identify some likely consequences of such options.

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uk: Big Brother database: the revolt grows (The Independent)

Jacqui Smith faces a parliamentary backlash over "Orwellian" plans to intercept details of email, internet, telephone and other data records of every person in Britain. Labour MPs joined opposition parties in expressing doubts about plans announced by the Home Secretary which could lead to a vast database of information about Britons' calls and internet habits.

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