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17 October 2009

Thou shalt not fleece: scammers target Christians in Australia (The Age)

Online romance scammers are trawling Christian websites in search of lonely hearts and generous souls to "suck the life out of".

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16 October 2009

Bing US market share up marginally in September, Yahoo! slides (The Independent)

Bing, Microsoft's new search engine, is making steady if unspectacular progress in its bid to wrest a bigger share of the lucrative US search and advertising market away from Google.

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Facebook friends and survival of the twittest (The Australian)

Demographer Bernard Salt writes he is always impressed by the academic work of evolutionary psychologists, who attribute human behaviour to survival skills.

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Google says worst of downturn is over; internet advertising picks up (Financial Times)

Google on Thursday declared the worst of the recession over as it reported a surprisingly strong 8 per cent increase in net revenues in the latest quarter and earnings per share that were 10 per cent ahead of Wall Street's expectations.

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Internet now dominated by 'traffic superpowers' (TechWorld)

Something extraordinary is happening to the Internet. According to one of the largest analyses of traffic yet undertaken, what the world calls ' the Internet' is rapidly turning into an entity that exists inside and between a tiny number of hosting superpowers.

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MySpace tanks in Australia as social networks soar (Sydney Morning Herald)

MySpace has lost more than half of its market share in the past year even though Australians have doubled the amount of time they spend on social networking sites in that period.

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More UK web users reporting child pornography (PC Advisor)

More web users than ever are reporting child pornography images on the web, says the Internet Watch Foundation.

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Australian ISPs stay hush hush on copyright breach notices (Computerworld)

Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are remaining tight lipped over the number of copyright breach notices they have received from copyright holders as the iiNet versus the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) case continues in the Federal Court of Australia.

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Finland makes broadband access a legal right (The Guardian)

The Finnish government has become the first in the world to make broadband internet access a legal right.

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15 October 2009

Australian Communications Minister rejects Telstra's call for delay (The Australian)

Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy yesterday rejected calls by Telstra for delays in the national broadband network legislation, saying he was committed to having it debated and passed this year and that the government was proceeding with construction without Telstra, reports The Australian.

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Australian Government to re-write Privacy Act (Australian IT)

The Rudd Government will rewrite the 21-year-old Privacy Act for the technology age, ending the fragmentation of state laws and streamlining the rules to apply to both private and public sectors.

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User-pays won't save traditional media, says Australian ABC chief Mark Scott (The Australian)

ABC managing director Mark Scott has rejected plans by commercial news outlets to charge for online content as fanciful, and pilloried media organisations as dying leviathans too large to adapt to the digital economy.

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US fugitive caught after updating his status on Facebook (The Guardian)

Some people take to becoming a fugitive like a duck to water. They lay low, go out only in disguise, even create whole new identities. Others, it would appear, do not.

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Sweden Removed from the Internet for One Hour Following ccTLD Maintenance

A maintenance error on Monday night led to Sweden's country code Top Level Domain, .SE, being removed from the internet for about one hour meaning all .SE domain names were unavailable worldwide.

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British youth 'cannot live' without web (BBC News)

A survey of 16 to 24 year olds has found that 75% of them feel they "couldn't live" without the internet.

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Swedish court overturns landmark file sharing ruling (The Age)

A Swedish appeals court on Tuesday overturned a landmark file sharing ruling that forced an Internet service provider to reveal an Internet user's identity to five publishers.

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Study charts links between mobile phones, tumours (Reuters)

Studies on whether mobile phones can cause cancer, especially brain tumours, vary widely in quality and there may be some bias in those showing the least risk, researchers reported on Tuesday.

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Trafigura: A few tweets and freedom of speech is restored (The Guardian)

The Guardian story announcing that it had been restricted by an existing high court order from reporting certain parliamentary proceedings had been published online for just a matter of minutes before internet users began tearing apart the gag.

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Cyber criminals find new ways to attack (Network World)

Cyber criminals are finding new ways to steal information, including infecting legitimate Web sites with Trojans and creating rogue software packages that look legitimate but contain malware, cybersecurity experts warned.

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Telecoms reform tabled as EU plots spam clampdown (The Register)

The European Commission is calling on tougher action to fight spammers and protect online privacy.

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Britain to get high-tech 'virtual villages' in 2010 (The Times)

A new network of communities linked by super-fast broadband is to go on trial in the UK next year, it was announced today.

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ACMA urges Australians to report spam and unwanted telemarketing phone calls (Australian Communications and Media Authority)

[news release] A Newspoll survey commissioned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority indicates nearly two in five Australians with mobile phones or an email account (39 per cent) were unaware of who to contact to complain about spam email and SMS, while almost half the population (47 per cent) were not sure where to direct complaints about unwanted telemarketing calls.

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13 October 2009

The Web's Inventor Regrets One Small Thing (New York Times)

Any conversation with Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the Web's bedrock software standards, tends to be fast-paced and nonlinear. When he worked at the CERN physics laboratory in Geneva, colleagues tried to get him to speak French instead of English, in hopes of slowing him down.

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Getting all Britons online would save billions, says Martha Lane Fox (The Guardian)

The founder of lastminute.com, Martha Lane Fox, has unveiled an ambitious policy to get everyone in Britain online by 2012, backed by a study that says it would save the government up to £1bn annually in customer service costs and boost the economy by more than £20bn.

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nz: Facebook court comments under spotlight (Stuff)

The Crown Law Office is conducting a review of internet publication, after recent cases raised questions over contempt of court and suppression order breaches.

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