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09 April 2009

FCC Broadband Proposal May Miss Out on US Stimulus (Washington Post)

The Federal Communications Commission will embark today on a nearly year-long project aimed at bringing high-speed Internet to every U.S. home, a process that many hope will bring an agency long focused on arcane telephone rules into the digital age.

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Classified adverts booming online (BBC News)

The traditional advertising market may be in decline, but online classifieds are bucking the trend, according to research.

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Technology and Great Teachers are Essential for the U.S. (Huffington Post)

As President Obama returns from a week abroad and an immersion into the issues of the world, he'll again take to defending the merits of his stimulus plan and his budget on the home-front. Underlying one of his biggest priorities, education reform, sits the kernel idea that investing in education will produce long-term economic gains for our country. So aside from simply wanting American children to be better educated, we must ensure that we can fill our seat at the global "big kids table" for decades to come.

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Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies (Wall Street Journal)

Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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Google addresses newspaper woes (BBC News)

The majority of newspapers should be online, says Google boss Eric Schmidt, amid criticism it should share some of the millions it makes from newslinks.

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Aust Govt gambles with visionary national broadband; Opposition/Independents in the Dark Ages

The Australian Government's decision to go-it-alone and build the national broadband network has gained widespread support among telcos and ISPs. However the Opposition has come out against the proposal, along with independents Nick Xenophon and Steve Fielding who seem determined to keep Australia in the dark ages when it comes broadband access.

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08 April 2009

How the Internet Got Its Rules (New York Times)

Today is an important date in the history of the Internet: the 40th anniversary of what is known as the Request for Comments. Outside the technical community, not many people know about the R.F.C.'s, but these humble documents shape the Internet's inner workings and have played a significant role in its success.

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Russia's .RU Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Russia's ccTLD is celebrating its 15th anniversary this week (Tuesday). In 15 years the Russian ccTLD has existed, it has reached two million registered domain names with some 40 million internet users in the country. Today there are 2,027,086 domain names registered.

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Australian government moves on e-security as spy concerns increase (Australian IT)

E-security will be brought under the federal Government's umbrella as it seeks to boost protection against a surge in "foreign" spying on private and public networks.

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07 April 2009

Aust govt scraps broadband tender process for public/private company; Telstra dealt back in (ABC News)

The Federal Government has scrapped the controversial broadband tender process and will instead form a new public/private company to build a national network, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced, reports ABC News.

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UK ISPs start storing user data under EU directive (BBC News)

Details of user e-mails, website visits and net phone calls will be stored by internet service providers (ISPs) from Monday under an EU directive.

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Facebook lures 200m with poker and pets (Financial Times)

Spectacular growth in online social gaming is prompting companies such as Google to enter the market and developers to rethink how they design video games.

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US senators introduce bill to curb mobile spam (CNET)

Two Senators are attempting to curb unsolicited text messages with a bill to strengthen government oversight of commercial texts.

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Korea Bridges Digital Divide: Korea's IT agency has advice for the Obama administration (Forbes)

Dr. Yeongi Son has a message for President Obama: If you're serious about making broadband a priority, establish an agency dedicated to digital divide issues.

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Google and Music Labels Bet on Downloads in China (New York Times)

Can global music companies make money by giving away songs in China, where piracy is rampant?

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Gore: Wireless access to info means power (CNET)

Former Vice President Al Gore sought to link the democratic effects of information sharing with the growth of the wireless industry as the solution to all of life's problems.

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European call for a watch on the watchers (BBC News)

Organisations tracking net use should themselves be monitored, say MEPs. The Euro-MPs overwhelmingly backed a statement which called on governments to list internet watching organisations and report on what they do.

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Internet Ads Say Goodbye to Glory Days (New York Times)

Now even the Internet is heading into recession. Growth in online advertising largely ground to a halt in the final months of last year in major markets like the United States and Britain, according to several reports published last week. And forecasters say it may have gone into reverse since then, as the economic downturn has deepened and marketers have continued to pare their budgets.

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Grappling With Internet Addiction: How Korea is battling Internet addiction and cybercrime (Forbes)

There are plenty of benefits to expanding access to broadband, ranging from educational to environmental gains. Increasingly, there are drawbacks too.

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Cyberwarfare: A Chinese ghost in the machine? Identifying the perpetrator of cyber-attacks can be impossible (The Economist)

Cyberspace is ideal for spies. Digitally disguised and undeterred by borders or passports, they can pick locks anywhere in the world, pilfer secrets without trace and even leave toxic traps for the unwary.

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White House to oversee coordination of cybersecurity efforts (NextGov)

Two officials in the Obama administration confirmed on Friday that the White House would oversee the coordination of securing networks governmentwide, identifying more than 250 requirements in an on-going 60-day review of federal cybersecurity initiatives.

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Clash of the clouds: A familiar-sounding industry spat breaks out over standards (The Economist)

Cloud computing may be the next big thing, but its politics are as old as the mainframe. Geeks from the early years of the information-technology (IT) industry would have had no difficulty deconstructing a quarrel that has broken out among IT's modern giants. At issue is an "Open Cloud Manifesto", which was published on March 30th.

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Online gaming in China: Intangible value - Changyou is making a fortune selling items in a virtual world (The Economist)

Perhaps it should not be a surprise. In the midst of a global capital shortage, the first company to list this year on New York's NASDAQ exchange not only needs no money; its source of profit is receiving cash for items that do not exist.

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Concern on Australia's broadband security (The Age)

A $10 billion-plus tender to build a new national broadband network will finally be unveiled this week, but the Opposition is warning that national security concerns must be paramount in determining the winner, reports The Age.

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Several options open on Australia's national broadband network (The Australian)

Late last year, the Rudd Government rejected Telstra's proposal for a new Telstra-owned national broadband network. That was the easy part, reports The Australian.

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