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10 January 2009

UK web users are being left in the slow lane, says Ofcom (The Guardian)

British broadband users are being left in the slow lane by their internet service providers, with one in five people who sign up for the most popular high-speed package actually getting less than a quarter of the advertised speed.

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Green gadgets - The Greenpeace search continues (Greenpeace)

[news release] The latest Greenpeace survey of greener electronics products has revealed that the greenest consumer electronic products on the market today may have a smaller environmental footprint than those sold a year ago, but the industry still has a way to go before they can claim a truly green product.

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MI5: Internet phone services a risk to national security (Computerworld)

Internet telephone services pose a serious threat to Britain's security, the head of MI5 said.

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Cracking down on dissent in China (The Economist)

Increasingly worried about a sickly economy sowing social unrest, the Chinese government is tightening state control over the media. Its main aim appears to be to smother dissemination of politically sensitive discussions and information on the Internet.

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ICANN seeks public involvement in GNSO (ICANN)

At a Glance: The ICANN Board has recently approved a variety of important structural and operational changes designed to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accessibility of the GNSO. Now is an excellent time for interested individuals/entities to become engaged in this critically important work. Those interested are invited and encouraged to contribute their time and expertise. This announcement identifies several specific opportunities and efforts that are underway or will soon be initiated, and how you can become involved.

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Before you sell your computer, smash the hard drive, says Which? (The Guardian)

The only surefire way to stop criminals stealing data from secondhand computers is to destroy the hard drive, a study by Which? Computing magazine has warned.

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Telstra CEO puts $2bn tag on NBN loss (Australian IT)

Telstra chief Sol Trujillo has cautioned that up to $2 billion worth of revenue could be at risk following its exclusion from the federal government's $15 billion tender process for the National Broadband Network.

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Concern over new NZ downloading laws (Stuff)

[The Press] Opponents of an illegal-downloading law that comes into force next month fear it could see people disconnected from the internet without proof they are breaking copyright rules.

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Online Racial Discrimination Linked To Depression, Anxiety In Teens (ScienceDaily)

In the early days of the Internet, some scholars once predicted a lessening of racism and race-based discrimination in online interactions thanks to the anonymity and race-neutral nature of the medium.

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Canadian model wants Google to ID blogger she says defamed her (Canoe)

[Canadian Press] A Canadian model is taking Google to court in an attempt identify an anonymous blogger she says has been using the company's Blogger service to defame her.

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09 January 2009

Microsoft begins Windows 7 push (BBC)

The first public trial, or beta, version of Windows 7 has been released.

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US security braced for 'cybergeddon' (The Age)

[AFP] Cyber attacks pose the greatest threat to the US after nuclear war and weapons of mass destruction - and they are increasingly hard to prevent, FBI experts said Tuesday.

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Web defacements escalate as Israel moves farther into Gaza (SC Magazine)

The number of websites defaced in protest of the Israeli invasion of Gaza dramatically spiked over the weekend as the war entered its 10th day on Monday.

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Netbooks next big thing in electronics world (The Times)

Market for small, cheap laptops with limited memory and features predicted to withstand downturn this year

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Internet travel seaches drop 42 per cent (The Times)

The number of people searching for flights in the week after Christmas fell 42 per cent this year compared to the same period last year, as consumers reign in their spending as a result of the slowdown.

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China blogger population exceeds 50 mln: report (The Age)

[AFP] China now has more than 50 million bloggers as increasing numbers of people seek an outlet for their views, state press reported.

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Social networks link terrorists (Network World)

[IDG] A new breed of terrorists are using online forums to recruit people who align themselves with the mission of Al Qaeda, creating global networks of would-be terrorists who pose a growing threat, a senior cyberterrorist researcher warned this week.

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Chinese mobile phone users receive 300b spam messages in 2008 (China Daily)

[Xinhua] Every mobile phone subscriber in China was receiving 10 spam text messages each week on average as of the end of 2008, despite the government and operators' continuing anti-spam efforts, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

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The CAN-SPAM Act as a warning (Network World)

It is widely expected that the new Congress and administration will be passing a lot of regulations to deal with all sorts of perceived problems. It may be that the now 5-year-old CAN-SPAM Act is one of the better examples of what not to do as far as regulations go.

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Report: Phishing A Low-Paying, Low-Skills Job (Dark Reading)

Most experts agree that phishing has become more automated, sophisticated, and widespread. But that doesn't mean all phishers make big bucks, according to a recently published report.

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Will iTunes Changes Hurt Competing Music Sellers? (New York Times)

Apple's announcement on Tuesday that it would drop anticopying measures from all of the music in its iTunes store is likely to shake up the digital music business in more ways than one.

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Aussie pair in $4m Nigerian scam (Sydney Morning Herald)

Two Queenslanders have been charged over recruiting people to a Nigerian scam which netted the fraudsters more than $4.3 million.

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Zuckerberg: New year, 150 million Facebook users (CNET)

It was only a matter of time. Social network Facebook says it has hit the milestone of 150 million active users, just more than two months after reaching 120 million and about four months after reaching 100 million. The site hit 140 million in the middle of December.

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08 January 2009

Baidu Web site apologises for pornography charge (Washington Post)

[AP] China's most popular search engine Baidu apologized Wednesday for hosting links to pornographic content after it was criticized by the government, saying it was sorry for the negative impact on society.

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Chinese Internet portals argue porn crackdown easier said than done (Sydney Morning Herald)

Leading Chinese Internet portals said Tuesday they would do what they could to stamp out pornography in line with a new government crackdown, but said it would be hard to carry out in practice.

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