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14 September 2008

Hackers infiltrate Large Hadron Collider systems and mock IT security (Daily Telegraph)

Hackers have mounted an attack on the Large Hadron Collider, raising concerns about the security of the biggest experiment in the world as it passes an important new milestone.

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In Tangle of Young Lips, a Sex Rebellion in Chile Brought On, In Part, By An Internet Explosion (New York Times)

... The sexual awakening is happening through a booming industry for 18-and-under parties, an explosion of Internet connectivity and through Web sites like Fotolog, where young people trade suggestive photos of each other and organize weekend parties, some of which have drawn more than 4,500 teenagers. The online networks have emboldened teenagers to express themselves in ways that were never customary in Chile's conservative society.

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Probe into how Google mix-up caused $1 billion run on United Airlines (The Times)

... The errors provide a salutary lesson for investors of the power and perils of computer automation and throw a spotlight on Google's News search technology which, using "Googlebot" algorithms, scours web pages in search of news articles.

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In Digital Age, Federal Files Blip Into Oblivion (New York Times)

Countless federal records are being lost to posterity because federal employees, grappling with a staggering growth in electronic records, do not regularly preserve the documents they create on government computers, send by e-mail and post on the Web.

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What now for XL.com?

The airline XL.com, the UK's third-largest travel operator, that collapsed this week leaving 85,000 tourists stranded throughout Europe, leaves a juicy domain name potentially up for grabs.

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13 September 2008

YouTube Bans Videos That Incite Violence (Washington Post)

The video-sharing service YouTube is banning submissions that involve "inciting others to violence," following criticism from Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) that the site was too open to terrorist groups disseminating militant propaganda.

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eu: Playing a dangerous game with data (The Guardian)

Thanks to a collapsed ceiling in its Strasbourg chamber, the European parliament will have to stay in Brussels for its plenary session later this month. Yet it would be fanciful to imagine that the respite offered to MEPs from their exhausting high-carbon commute will make them more clear-headed than normal when crafting legislation. For many of them appear intent on using the occasion to mount an ill-conceived attack on civil liberties.

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Paedophiles use internet blackmail to claim victims, says CEOP (The Times)

Paedophiles are publishing an increasing number of sadistic and violent images of younger children on the internet and are abandoning the slow grooming of victims, instead using threats to force them into commiting indecent acts, an intelligence review has found.

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Paedophilia blamed on UK teacher's medication (The Independent)

A former headmaster who amassed thousands of indecent images of children on his computer walked free from court yesterday, after a judge ruled that the drug he had been taking to treat his Parkinson's disease was responsible for his crime.

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UK could suffer economicaly and socially with 'poor broadband' (Daily Telegraph)

Britain risks falling behind Europe and the rest of the world socially and economically because of poor broadband internet connection speeds, according to a new study.

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Should the internet game Muslim Massacre be banned? (The Guardian)

Critics say the game of modern religious genocide contains a blatantly destructive message but there is little authorities can do about it

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uk: No aid for next-gen network firms (BBC)

There is no need to use public money to bankroll next-generation broadband in the UK, says a report. The six-month long review of the UK's readiness for high-speed net access said the case for government intervention was "weak".

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France Telecom's E-Reader Experiment (BusinessWeek)

France Telecom's Read & Go device shows one way e-readers could become a distribution channel for newspapers and other frequently updated print media

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12 September 2008

Will new gTLDs cause internet user confusion?

With new gTLDs on the horizon following the decision at the Paris ICANN Meeting to allow for new gTLDs, Sedo wonders whether this will confuse internet users. However their fears are misplaced.

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Can Non-Western Language Internet Addresses Solve The Digital Divide? The Case Of Arabic Language (Intellectual Property Watch)

"Arab information technology experts have welcomed a recent development in internet governance that could allow the use of Arabic script website addresses, saying it will help to protect Arabic culture, remove the language barrier and reduce the digital and knowledge gap between the Arab world and the developed countries. However, they raised some intellectual property considerations as well as technical and cyberspace security concerns." The article is by William New.

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EstDomains: A Superlative Scam and Spam Site Registrar (Washington Post)

EstDomains, the 49th largest domain name registrar, with more than 270,000 domain names, is accused of being one of the largest sources of spam with 10,000 of their domain names currently blacklisted by SURBL.org, which tracks Web site names that are advertised in junk email reports The Washington Post.

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USAF: Cyberspace represents a fifth, costly, realm of warfare (Computerworld)

Once the USAF Cyber Command was effectively put on ice recently, coverage of the US military's approach to network warfare and defence also went away. The existing infrastructure and systems that had been in place prior to the attempted set up of Cyber Command still continue to operate and the head of US Strategic Command, General Kevin Chilton, recently spoke about a range of the issues being faced in operating the US military's lesser-classified networks.

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Japan tops world in attack traffic, Akamai reports (Network World)

What Japan lacks in geographic size, it more than makes up for in Internet attack traffic. Japan accounted for 30 percent of all attack traffic monitored worldwide for the second quarter of 2008, according to a new study issued by content delivery network provider Akamai.

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Microsoft and Google Give The Browser a Rewrite (Washington Post)

Your Web browser is probably the most important program on your computer, and it's now getting the competition it deserves.

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Internet drug trafficking skyrockets, experts warn (The Age)

Drug trafficking on the web has soared as Internet use has become commonplace, presenting far more challenges and dangers than traditional trafficking, experts warned at a conference in Stockholm that wrapped up Wednesday.

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Brussels in 'frightening' grab for personal information (Daily Telegraph)

Civil liberties and privacy are being eroded at a "breathtaking" rate by European Union governments, according to a report.

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The Queen to visit Google's British HQ (Daily Telegraph)

She already exchanges emails with her grandchildren and she has shared video on YouTube but now the Queen plans to make a further foray into the world of cyberspace with a visit to Google.

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Finally, Apple begins to understand there is an environment to care for

Apple has finally realised, no doubt under pressure from groups such as Greenpeace, that they need to take the environment seriously.

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The future of newspapers in the age of the internet (The Australian)

Newspaper companies risk dying "a death of a thousand cuts" if they fire staff en masse without drastically reinventing their businesses, a leading international media consultant warned Australian publishing executives this week. ... Mr Senor said newspapers needed to "innovate or die", completely reinvent the formula of the medium and "rediscover the soul of their business".

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Warning over Obama sex scandal spam (vnunet)

Web monitoring firms are warning IT administrators to update their spam filters after a massive new spamming campaign was detected.

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