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06 June 2008

'No need to panic' over lack of super-fast broadband in the UK (The Independent)

The man appointed to examine why the UK has been left behind many other countries in the roll-out of super-fast broadband believes there is no need for a panic-stricken attempt to catch up.

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Facebook information should be regulated, UK survey says (The Guardian)

Nine out of 10 British people think there should be tighter regulation of information on social networking websites, according to new research.

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Child sex abuse: Operation Centurion's shocking fact file (Sydney Morning Herald)

More than one million child exploitation images have been seized by federal and state police forces in co-ordinated raids around the country that have uncovered 90 alleged offenders, AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty said this morning.

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eBay fined over counterfeit goods in France (Sydney Morning Herald)

Online auction giant eBay has been convicted of selling counterfeit goods and ordered to pay €20,000 ($32,497) in damages to French luxury group Hermes, Hermes' lawyer said.

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Baidu Advertisers Asked to Boycott on Piracy Claims (Bloomberg)

Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group Corp. are among record companies asking advertisers to stop using Baidu.com Inc. Web sites because they claim the Chinese search engine encourages copyright violation.

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No net broadband gains under Telstra says lobby group (Herald Sun)

Australian consumers and the economy would be $897 million worse off if Telstra builds a national broadband network, according to an economic report.

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05 June 2008

70 arrested in Australian, 55 in Spain, in 2 child porn busts (ABC)

Seventy people have been arrested in a nation-wide child pornography bust dubbed Operation Centurion.

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Mobile phones expose human habits (BBC)

The whereabouts of more than 100,000 mobile phone users have been tracked in an attempt to build a comprehensive picture of human movements.

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Beyond Europe: The Internet, Regulation, and Multistakeholder Governance—Representing the Consumer Interest? by Christopher T. Marsden [Journal of Consumer Policy] (SpringerLink)

Abstract: The "Internet," as a global self-regulated and interconnected network of institutions driven by educational and subsequently commercial priorities, has evolved into an element within a broader "global information society." Industry, treated benevolently by market-led governments, has created co- or self-regulatory institutions or compacts, but as consumers have eagerly embraced the broadband Internet the scheme of governance must embrace respect for the social and economic rights and responsibilities of consumers at national, European and global levels.

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Germany to give police more surveillance powers (International Herald Tribune)

The German government decided on Wednesday to give police more rights to monitor homes and phones, fueling a heated debate about privacy laws in a country shocked by a snooping scandal at Deutsche Telekom.

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Google tries to balance censorship and access (International Herald Tribune)

When Thailand blocked YouTube last year, Google, which owns the video-sharing Web site, sent its deputy general counsel, Nicole Wong, to help restore access. In Bangkok, a sea of yellow shirts stunned her.

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McAfee report identifies dangerous ccTLDs; .hk most dangerous (CNet)

McAfee released a study on Tuesday that indicates the domains that tend to be the most dangerous or malware-prone on the Web, and at the top of the list is the Hong Kong (.hk) domain. The McAfee Mal Web report, which serves as a safety guidebook to risky online neighborhoods, reveals that 19.2 percent of all Web sites ending with the .hk domain pose a security threat to Web users, followed by China (.cn), the Philippines (.ph), Romania (.ro) and Russia (.ru).

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MarkMonitor finds brand-jacking, cybersquatting continue to increase

MarkMonitor released the Spring 2008 Brandjacking Index, measuring the effect of online threats to brandsMarkMonitor has released their Brandjacking Index 2008 report. "Brand-jacking is increasing, with online scammers actively abusing a brand's reputation in order to build more legitimacy into their campaigns, by taking advantage of the brand's trusted reputation" reported ZDNet on the study. The report also found cybersquatting is the most pervasive form of brandjacking and grew by 40 percent in Q1 2008 with 402,882 accounts.

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Hidden messages buried in VoIP chatter (The Register)

Polish researchers have revealed the many ways you can hide messages within the bit stream of Voip phone calls.

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Spam emails rocketing (Computeractive)

Internet users had to cope with rocketing levels of spam last month, along with a number of phishing attacks and the arrival of a new botnet.

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Heavy US Internet Users Targeted - Providers to Test Charges, Delays (Washington Post)

Cable service operators Comcast and Time Warner Cable said yesterday that they would begin testing new approaches that would slow Internet access for heavy users and charge more to those who want additional speed.

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Privacy advocates criticize Google home page (Los Angeles Times)

Google Inc. and privacy advocates are in a fight over valuable real estate: google.com. Several top consumer groups wrote an open letter to the Web search leader Tuesday, accusing it of violating a California law by failing to link to its privacy policy from google.com.

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04 June 2008

Yahoo takeover: board had early plans to reject Microsoft bid, papers reveal (The Guardian)

Yahoo drew up a plan to reject a Microsoft takeover bid months before its $45bn offer, according to newly released court documents revealing the lengths the company went to in its attempts to avoid being swallowed up by the technology giant.

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Cybersquatting: Prevention better than cure? by Mairead Moore (International Journal of Law and Information Technology Advance Access)

Abstract: Since the early Commercialisation of the World Wide Web, cybersquatting as a phenomenon has been in existence and has been consistently rising; with recent 2006 figures showing a 25% increase up from the previous year. This paper examines the various legal mechanisms that have been employed to deal with cybersquatting by examining firstly, the reaction of the Courts and secondly, the reaction of the registering authorities. Finally the paper looks at some of the more recent attempts to curb cybersquatting at the registration level by the employment of phased registration periods and additionally some radical solutions suggested in some circles will also be examined.

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U.S. Internet will shrink to 2 strong players - report (Reuters)

An Internet analyst for a major Wall Street firm argues in a new report that Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc will be long-term winners, while Yahoo and IAC InterActiveCorp fall by the wayside and eBay Inc becomes a merger target.

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Sudden Disconnect Over Social Networking Deal (Washington Post)

... Yet within three days of the campfire, a dispute erupted between Google and Facebook, its largest partner in the new service, that reflected the fact that for Web companies there is nothing casual about the business of Internet socializing: There's too much money, maybe billions, at stake.

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UK cops arrest six alleged BitTorrent music uploaders (The Register)

Cleveland police have today confirmed that six people have been arrested for allegedly sharing music files via the defunct BitTorrent tracker OiNK.cd.

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Online Video: Stay Tuned (Washington Post)

The online video advertising market has reached a pivotal stage. While the revenue size of the opportunity is rather small today, the most important metric--consumer use--continues to skyrocket. For this reason, it should be of significant interest to both Microsoft and Google.

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Let the New York Online Tax Collection Begin (New York Times)

If you live or work in New York State, look closely when buying online. Last Sunday, many but not all online retailers started to collect sales tax on goods shipped into New York. Most significantly, Amazon.com, the largest online store, was one of them.

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Lawsuit Criticizes Yahoo Retention Plan (New York Times)

Yahoo's chief executive, Jerry Yang, pushed for an expensive plan to retain employees in the event of an acquisition by Microsoft despite reservations of some Yahoo executives and of a consulting firm that Yahoo hired to help devise the plan, according to a shareholder lawsuit.

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