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06 September 2009

UK ISPs face child porn crackdown (Independent on Sunday)

Internet service providers that fail to curb child pornography on the web would be criminalised in a crackdown to be introduced in the Queen's Speech this autumn.

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05 September 2009

Statement by European Academics on the Inappropriateness of Imposing Increased Internet Regulation in the EU by Martin E. Cave, Nico Van Eijk, Luigi Prosperetti, Richard Collins, Alexandre De Streel, Pierre Larouche & Tommaso M. Valletti (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: The European institutions are currently debating the desirability of imposing restrictions on the way in which internet service providers (ISPs) in the EU can manage their networks and develop their offerings, under the broad heading of 'network neutrality'.

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Do not adjust your set: a revolution in television as content moves online (The Guardian)

There's a revolution going on in television but you may not necessarily be watching it on the set in your living room.

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Millions of Australians set to disconnect their fixed-line phones (Sydney Morning Herald)

About 2 million people are considering ditching their fixed-line home phones, as Australians move closer to becoming one of the world's first wireless economies.

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Clinic for internet addicts opens in US (The Guardian)

If you have to take a quick break from reading this article to check your Blackberry, send a text or reboot your Xbox 360 before you reach the end of this paragraph, then the good news is that help is at hand.

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04 September 2009

The Internet at 40: 'Net pioneer still surprised by online world (Computerworld)

Can you remember a time when you didn't watch videos of silly cats on YouTube, or didn't buy everything from books to car parts to clothes online? What about mail? You know, the stuff that came in paper envelopes with little postage stamps?

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How Team of Geeks Cracked International Spy Trade (Wall Street Journal)

From a Silicon Valley office strewn with bean-bag chairs, a group of twenty-something software engineers is building an unlikely following of terrorist hunters at U.S. spy agencies.

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Australian betting sites on alert for 'IT gangsters' (Australian IT)

Widespread attempts to shut down betting websites in Australia in recent weeks could be the work of criminal gangs seeking to extort money.

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US Jury Exacts $32M Penalty From ISPs For Supporting Criminal Websites (Dark Reading)

A federal jury in California this week levied a total of $32 million in damages from two Internet service providers that knowingly supported Websites that were running illegal operations.

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Google tries to sidestep criticism of $125m book project (The Guardian)

Google today attempted to rally supporters of its deal with the US publishing industry, in an effort to combat growing criticism of the $125m (£76m) agreement.

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Wiretapping Skype calls: virus eavesdrops on VoIP (The Age)

Some computer viruses have a crude but scary ability to spy on people by logging every keystroke they type. Now hackers and potentially law enforcement have another weapon: a virus that can eavesdrop on voice conversations that go over computers instead of a regular phone line.

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03 September 2009

African ccTLDs hesitate to tap ICANN support (InfoWorld)

Misconception about the role of ICANN has kept many African ccTLDs from taking advantage of support from the organization, according to experts says IDG.

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Legal Dispute Breaks Out Over .FOOD

A spat has broken out between new gTLD parties with Wolfgang Puck, who had joined forces with Minds Machines to promote the .FOOD gTLD, being sued by Minds Machines, Level Domain Holdings Ltd. and Fred Krueger.

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Wolfram Alpha: More than just another Google (The Guardian)

Wolfram Research launched its "computational knowledge engine" Alpha to mixed reviews in May. However, founder Conrad Wolfram says the launch of Alpha is only the first step of a multi-decade project.

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BT, Orange and TalkTalk condemn plan to tackle illegal file sharing (The Times)

The chief executives of Britain's biggest internet providers have united to criticise Lord Mandelson's "misconceived" plans to disconnect users who illegally download music and films.

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US viewers hunger for Web and TV at same time - study (Reuters)

U.S. television viewers are increasingly turning on the Web, tuning into television and not missing a beat on either, as simultaneous TV and Internet use continues to rise, research firm Nielsen said on Wednesday.

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YouTube May Offer Pay Movies (New York Times)

YouTube, the largest video site, is in negotiations with major Hollywood studios for a deal that would let its visitors pay to watch full-length movies, according to two people briefed on the negotiations.

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Music videos return to UK YouTube following deal with PRS (BBC News)

Music videos are once more available to YouTube viewers in the UK after the streaming site reached an agreement with songwriters' group PRS for Music.

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Amazon opposes Google's plan for world's biggest online library (The Guardian)

The movement opposing Google's $125m deal for the rights to digitise millions of books has gained even more momentum, after Amazon called the agreement "dangerous".

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Brussels to hold ICANN June 2010 Meeting

In its most recent board meeting on 27 August, ICANN decided to hold its June 2010 meeting in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting will be hosted by EURid from 21 to 25 June.

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IE tumbles, Firefox regains market share mojo (Computerworld)

Last month, Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer posted its largest market share loss since November 2008, while Firefox reaped nearly all the benefit, Web metrics company Net Applications said today.

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The Race to Be an Early Adopter of Technologies Goes Mainstream, a Survey Finds (New York Times)

For decades, the adoption and use of the latest technologies was limited to a subculture: Whether called "tech enthusiasts" or "gadget geeks," the implication was that most of the world got along fine with older, established products and services, while a smaller group pursued the most leading-edge technology.

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Germany warns pollsters after Twitter leak (Reuters)

Germany's chief electoral commissioner told pollsters on Tuesday to be vigilant with their exit poll data on the Sept. 27 federal election after state results were published on Twitter before polls closed on Sunday.

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South Africa official calls for 'outright ban' on pornography (The Register)

A South African government official is calling for the country to pursue a complete ban on pornography as a way to combat online child porn.

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New NZ internet copyright law on the way (Stuff)

A solution to the thorny issue of policing copyright laws on the internet is on the way, Commerce Minister Simon Power said today.

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