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12 September 2008

Internet drug trafficking skyrockets, experts warn (The Age)

Drug trafficking on the web has soared as Internet use has become commonplace, presenting far more challenges and dangers than traditional trafficking, experts warned at a conference in Stockholm that wrapped up Wednesday.

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Brussels in 'frightening' grab for personal information (Daily Telegraph)

Civil liberties and privacy are being eroded at a "breathtaking" rate by European Union governments, according to a report.

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The Queen to visit Google's British HQ (Daily Telegraph)

She already exchanges emails with her grandchildren and she has shared video on YouTube but now the Queen plans to make a further foray into the world of cyberspace with a visit to Google.

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Finally, Apple begins to understand there is an environment to care for

Apple has finally realised, no doubt under pressure from groups such as Greenpeace, that they need to take the environment seriously.

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The future of newspapers in the age of the internet (The Australian)

Newspaper companies risk dying "a death of a thousand cuts" if they fire staff en masse without drastically reinventing their businesses, a leading international media consultant warned Australian publishing executives this week. ... Mr Senor said newspapers needed to "innovate or die", completely reinvent the formula of the medium and "rediscover the soul of their business".

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Warning over Obama sex scandal spam (vnunet)

Web monitoring firms are warning IT administrators to update their spam filters after a massive new spamming campaign was detected.

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Bridging the digital divide with mobile telephony (CNN)

Robert Conway is the CEO of the GSM Association, which comprises over 800 GSM mobile phone operators, manufacturers and suppliers from across the world. In countries such as India, efforts have led to reduced phone costs and basic services are offered at lower revenues. He participated in the Principal Voices debate in 2005 and talked about how technology impacted development across the world and the role mobile phone technology played. Three years on, CNN caught up with Robert Conway and asked whether there's been any shrinking of the digital divide.

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11 September 2008

DVD copier by RealNetworks is sure to ire Hollywood (International Herald Tribune)

People have been avidly feeding music CDs into their computers for years, ripping digital copies of albums and transferring the files to their other computers and mobile devices. This has not happened nearly as much with DVDs, for both practical and legal reasons. But that may soon change.

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ph: Mobile phones key to universal ICT access - NTC official (GMA News)

Mobile phones and their applications hold the key to reaching universal access to information and communications technology (ICT) in the [Philippines], not the Internet or broadband, an official of National Telecommunications Commission has said, pointing to the lack of fixed lines in rural areas.

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Zimbabwe bloggers shine a light on their troubled country (Los Angeles Times)

With most independent newspapers shut down by Mugabe's regime, activists -- and even a diplomat -- have turned to the Internet.

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Will the world end on Wednesday? The $9b question (The Guardian)

Be a bit of a pain if it did, wouldn't it? And the most frustrating thing is that we won't know for sure either way until the European laboratory for particle physics (Cern) in Geneva switches on its Large Hadron Collider the day after tomorrow.

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U.S. May Be Preparing Antitrust Suit in Google-Yahoo Partnership (New York Times)

The US justice department has hired a top Washington lawyer to head up a possible antitrust investigation into the activities of Google.

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10 September 2008

ICANN: Global Policy Proposal for Remaining IPv4 Address Space – Background Report (ICANN)

ICANN have released an updated version of their Global Policy Proposal for Remaining IPv4 Address Space - Background Report. This is the fourth update.

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Google backs $750m African internet project (The Times)

Google has teamed up with John Malone, the media billionaire, and HSBC on a venture that will offer internet access to three billion people in Africa and other emerging markets as the US search engine continues to expand its presence across the Web.

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British bosses more likely to ban Facebook than European counterparts (Daily Telegraph)

British companies are twice as likely to ban or restrict the use of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace compared to their European counterparts, according to new research.

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Threat From DNS Bug Isn't Over, Experts Say (Dark Reading)

The Domain Name Server design flaw that threatened the entire Internet earlier this year has mostly been patched, but the threat is far from over, experts say.

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us: Massive Takedown of Anti-Scientology Videos on YouTube (Electronic Frontiers Foundation)

Over a period of twelve hours, between this Thursday night and Friday morning, American Rights Counsel LLC sent out over 4000 DMCA takedown notices to YouTube, all making copyright infringement claims against videos with content critical of the Church of Scientology.

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Dealing With I.S.P. Snooping (New York Times)

Even though Congress has growled loudly enough to get Internet service providers to back off their plans to sell information about their customers' Web surfing to advertising companies, one prominent legal expert argues that the law governing the issue should still be made tougher.

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Google to Digitise Newspaper Archives (New York Times)

Google has begun scanning microfilm from some newspapers' historic archives to make them searchable online, first through Google News and eventually on the papers' own Web sites, the company said Monday.

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Google Tightens Data Retention Policy - Again (New York Times)

Under pressure from regulators, policymakers and privacy advocates around the world, Google said late Monday that it would further tighten its data retention policy. In its official blog, the company said it would "anonymize" search records after 9 months, rather than the current 18 months.

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Google's Search Goes Out to Sea (New York Times)

Call it Google's data navy. The search and advertising company has filed for a patent that describes a "water-based data center." The idea is that Google would create mobile data center platforms out at sea by stacking containers filled with servers, storage systems and networking gear on barges or other platforms.

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au: Bob Carr backs Telstra in bid for broadband network (The Australian)

Former NSW Labor Government politicians have thrown their weight behind opposing bids in the bid for the National Broadband Network. In June Michael Egan was announced as chairman of Terria, a consortium of Telstra's rivals, while yesterday former premier Bob Carr announced his support for the Telstra bid reports The Australian.

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NICTA team looks to internet's future (Australian IT)

A team of five scientists from Australia's national ICT research centre, NICTA, are lending their wireless expertise to a collaborative European research project that aims to one day lay the foundations for a future internet.

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au: RBA to review PayPal, eBay link (Australian IT)

The Reserve Bank has summoned top executives from online auction house eBay Australia and its subsidiary, PayPal, to review their alleged anti-competitive behaviour, in a meeting to be held next month.

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Brave New World of Digital Intimacy (New York Times)

On Sept. 5, 2006, Mark Zuckerberg changed the way that Facebook worked, and in the process he inspired a revolt.

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