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26 May 2008
Web Site Puts Focus on the Fix in Sports Bets (New York Times)
With Internet gambling predicted to surpass $20 billion in 2008, and with illegal wagering accounting for $150 billion in the United States, by some estimates, the temptation for those seeking to influence the outcome of games has never been greater. Now, a raft of gambling scandals in sports, from cricket to soccer and most recently tennis, has raised an uncomfortable question: Are the games we watch fixed?
World's mobile phone users top 3.3 billion (Sydney Morning Herald)
The number of mobile phone users worldwide soared to over 3.3 billion by the end of 2007, equivalent to a penetration rate of 49 per cent, the International Telecommunications Union said in a report this week.
Information Society on the move: ITU issues WSIS stocktaking report (International Telecommunications Union)
The WSIS Stocktaking 2008 Report, an effective tool for fostering development of the information society, was released today. This Report is an update on the activities undertaken by governments, business, civil society and other organizations aimed at the achievement of the objectives and targets of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) from end 2005 until mid 2008.
Web users are getting more ruthless and selfish when they go online, reveals research. The annual report into web habits by usability guru Jakob Nielsen shows people are becoming much less patient when they go online.
25 May 2008
The Perpetration and Prevention of Cybercrimes by Stanley Kratchman, Jacob Lawrence Smith and Murphy Smith [Internal Auditing] (Social Science Research Network)
Abstract: A major problem facing e-business is its vulnerability to cybercrime. Cybercrime includes any criminal activity committed on the Internet, such as phishing, spoofing, botnet, and denial of service attacks that cause e-business websites to lose money.
Does the U.S. need a new broadband policy? (InfoWorld)
Advocates for new policy say nation is falling behind others in key broadband statistics, while providers claim they're spending billions to expand and improve networks
In order to clarify the system for dealing with incorrect "Whois" domain name registration information, and deal with community concern, ICANN is releasing the following information regarding its compliance work.
Virtual worlds can be valuable places where children rehearse what they will do in real life, reveals research.
24 May 2008
Singapore has banned access to two pornographic websites in a "symbolic statement" of the country's societal values, its media regulator said on Friday.
Last June, the Department of Homeland Security leaked a video documenting a disturbing experiment. Using only digital means, researchers hacked into a power plant's generator and caused it to cough and shake before shutting down in a cloud of black smoke.
Battling Botnets and Online Mobs: Estonia’s Defense Efforts during the Internet War (Columbia International Affairs Online)
What would happen if tomorrow the Internet ceased to function? To most critics, and particularly state officials and policy makers, the possibility that the Internet could one day suddenly disappear is no more than a mere speculation, a highly improbable concept. On May 2007, the events that took place in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, proved everyone wrong. On that day, Estonia fell victim to the first-ever, real Internet war.
Homeland Security Moves to Strengthen Domain Name Servers (Government Computer News)
The Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate has awarded a contract to Secure64 Software to increase the security of the Internet's Domain Name Servers reports Government Computer News.
The top Republican on the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee asked Google chief executive Eric Schmidt on Wednesday to detail the search engine's privacy practices since it acquired rival DoubleClick.
Aussies lose millions to Nigerian scams (Australian IT)
Nigerian authorities are presently prosecuting nine "advance fee" fraudsters who conned unsuspecting Queenslanders, but millions of dollars continue to flow out to African scammers, Queensland Police warns.
Are you a trade mark owner? Have you done a search on Google or Yahoo recently to see what results are returned when your trade mark is entered? Are there a number of sponsored sites, possibly competitors, whose results are returned? The use of trade marks as sponsored keywords by search engine operators has become a great concern to trade mark owners. To date the courts have sided with search engine operators.
A 24-year-old Chinese man was arrested in Singapore on May 20 and charged with posting racist comments on his blog, according to the Singapore Police Force.
Google's Mobile Ambitions (Forbes)
Google never intended to become a wireless carrier, even though it had heavy involvement in the Federal Communications Commission's recent wireless spectrum auction, said Larry Page, Google's co-founder, in a talk he gave on Thursday morning.
Yahoo Gets Ready for Proxy Fight (Reuters)
The company nominated 9 of its 10 existing directors for re-election to its board, setting the stage for a showdown with dissident shareholders at its annual meeting, which has been postponed until late July.
Craigslist tops US mobile browsing (ComputerWorld)
Mobile Web surfers in the U.S. spend more time on classified-ad site Craigslist than on any other Web site, and they spent nearly twice as much time browsing as their British counterparts in March.
Online love is often blind, brief: study (Reuters)
Matches made over the Internet often do not last because people end up choosing unsuitable partners and forming emotional bonds before meeting face-to-face, an Australian university researcher has found.
The lack of high-speed Internet access in some areas of the U.S. has been hotly debated, even as that digital divide has narrowed. But a new, wider gap is being created by technology that will make today's broadband feel as slow as a dial-up connection.
'Wireless Telephone' Now 100 Years (AllAfrica.com)
Last week marks the 100th anniversary of what is thought to be the first ever patent for a wireless telephone device.
23 May 2008
Today's budget in New Zealand unveiled the government's broadband plans - a NZ$350 million five-year funding boost for a faster broadband rollout as one part of a package of infrastructure measures reports The New Zealand Herald.
Microsoft Offers Rebates to Shoppers Using Its Search (New York Times)
With its share of the Internet search market in steady decline and its pursuit of an alliance with Yahoo in doubt, Microsoft is taking a new approach to jump-starting its search engine: offering rebates to people who use it to find and buy some products.
MySpace can breathe a little easier. A federal appeals court ruled last week that the News Corp.-owned social network can't be held responsible for the sexual assault of an Austin, Texas, teen by a man she met on the site.