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06 October 2008

Beware of Online Brand Scams and Frauds (Law.com)

For all the good of the internet, like probably any thing, place or activity, there is also a dark side. This article from Law.com looks at the bad side of the internet and gives a layman's description of the nefarious ways in which domain names, and the internet in a wider sense, are used.

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Merchant Group Blasts EBay (PC World)

A powerful and vocal group of large eBay merchants has blasted the e-commerce giant for changes it has implemented this year, saying they have done more harm than good.

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Flexible screen could lead to foldable computers (Daily Telegraph)

Researchers have demonstrated a flexible television screen which could result in people folding up their computer and putting it in their pocket.

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Palin Easily Wins 'Spam Debate,' As Does Obama (PC Magazine)

If only determining the winner of a debate was this easy. In a study released by Secure Computing on Friday, the amount of spam citing Gov. Sarah Palin topped her opponent, Sen. Joe Biden, by a ratio of 5 to 4 during the month of September. But in a top-of-the-ticket comparison, spam using the name of Sen. Barack Obama easily topped the use of his opponent, Sen. John McCain, by 6 to 1.

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"Le cyberespace, un territoire sur lequel les Etats cherchent à affirmer leur emprise" (Le Monde)

Invitée du Festival international de géographie de Saint-Dié, vous donnez une conférence sur les guerres du cyberespace. Qui sont les belligérants de ces conflits?

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UCLA study suggests most kids suffer from cyberbullying (Salon)

A new UCLA study of nearly 1,500 12-to-17-year-olds finds that 72 percent of respondents self-reported "at least one incident" of bullying online, which can take the form of name-calling or insults, "most typically" through instant messaging or social networking sites. Further, nearly all (90 percent) said that they didn't report these incidents of cyber-bullying to an adult, and half of them said that they just "need to learn to deal with it."

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U.S. mobile users unplugging landlines (Network World)

More than one-quarter of mobile-phone users in the U.S. have effectively stopped using their fixed-line phones for voice calls, according to a survey by research company J.D. Power and Associates.

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What's the big deal about WiMax? (CNET)

Sprint Nextel has made headlines all week as it's started lighting up its first 4G wireless network using a technology called WiMax. But what exactly is WiMax? And how does it fit into the future of wireless? Here's a primer to help you sort it out.

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British government will spy on every call and email (Sunday Times)

Ministers are considering spending up to £12 billion on a database to monitor and store the internet browsing habits, e-mail and telephone records of everyone in Britain.

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'Intelligent' computers put to the test': Programmers try to fool human interrogators (The Observer)

... No machine has yet passed the test devised by Turing, who helped to crack German military codes during the Second World War. But at 9am next Sunday, six computer programs - 'artificial conversational entities' - will answer questions posed by human volunteers at the University of Reading in a bid to become the first recognised 'thinking' machine. If any program succeeds, it is likely to be hailed as the most significant breakthrough in artificial intelligence since the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. It could also raise profound questions about whether a computer has the potential to be 'conscious' - and if humans should have the 'right' to switch it off.

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05 October 2008

Nokia Aims to Be No. 1 on the Mobile Web (BusinessWeek)

With its series of new Internet phones, the global leader in handset sales aims to outrace rivals

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China's online vigilantes: Virtual carnivores - Struggling to protect privacy behind the great firewall (The Economist)

Untold legions police the internet in China to block information deemed politically threatening. But the world's biggest online population still has a wild streak. Worries are growing about internet vigilantes who mount "renrou sousuo", or "human-flesh searches", to ferret out perceived wrongdoers.

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04 October 2008

Department of Homeland Security will den Masterschlüssel fürs DNS (Heise)

Das US-amerikanische Department of Homeland Security (DHS), das nach den Anschlägen vom 11. September 2001 als eine Art US-Superbehörde für innere Sicherheit gegründet wurde, will den Schlüssel für die Signierung der DNS-Rootzone allein in der Hand der US-Regierungen sehen.

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EBay shoppers using PayPal get better protection (Daily Telegraph)

EBay shoppers are to receive full refunds for faulty or non-existent goods bought on the site after a long campaign against the payment service PayPal.

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McCain and Palin Gun for MILFs with VoteForTheMILF.com (The Huffington Post)

There are reports such as one in The Huffington Post that with Sarah Palin's hotness, among some, has led to the McCain campaign registering the domain name voteforthemilf.com. Currently this forwards to the Google home page.

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Which region is taking the lead in IPv6 deployment? (ICANN blog)

With the depletion of IPv4 addresses meaning the conversion to IPv6 is becoming vital, Leo Vegoda writes on the ICANN blog where IPv6 deployment most evident.

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Remembering Jon: Looking Beyond the Decade by Vint Cerf (ICANN blog)

Jon Postel died ten years ago and Vint Cerf has posted on the ICANN blog a piece remembering Postel and his legacy, and looks forward to the next decade of the internet.

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British spies take war on terror into cyberspace (The Independent)

Britain's security agencies are fighting a covert war in cyberspace against extremist Islamist internet sites as part of a new anti-terrorist strategy, senior Whitehall officials have revealed.

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At WiMAX World, a technology in search of its niche (Network World)

WiMAX has always been something of an oddball technology in the mobile data world.

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Microsoft Unveils Plan for 3 Labs in Europe (International Herald Tribune)

Microsoft said Thursday that it would set up research centers in Britain, France and Germany to improve its Internet search technology, describing the move as a vote of confidence in the European economy and in the company's ability to close the gap with Google.

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Nokia offers unlimited music; Reviews Nokia 5800 & BlackBerry Bold (The Times)

Ten years after internet piracy began to destroy the music business, the world's major record companies will this month offer consumers the chance to download and keep any song ever recorded.

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Digital music ruling ends Apple's threat to shut down iTunes (The Guardian)

Panel of US judges has decided to freeze the amount of royalties paid to songwriters for downloaded tracks

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The censor's dark materials: Censorship is a terrible thing. So thank goodness it never works, says Philip Pullman (The Guardian)

When I heard that my novel The Golden Compass (the name in the USA of Northern Lights) appeared in the top five of the American Library Association's list of 2007's most challenged books, my immediate and ignoble response was glee.

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Bridging Brazil's digital divide (BBC)

This week the BBC World Service's Digital Planet programme is in Brazil. Here the show investigates how the country's enthusiasm for technology is now reaching schoolchildren from all backgrounds.

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Cyber crime on the rise in Australia (ABC 7.30 Report)

Buying goods or services on the internet has become common practice for many Australians, but some cyber consumers have become victims to rogue sellers who fail to deliver. How common is online fraud and what are Australian authorities doing about it?

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