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22 August 2008

FCC Orders Comcast to Stop Blocking Some Large Files (Washington Post)

Comcast is testing new technologies that would slow the transmission of Internet files for its biggest users by as much as 20 minutes during times of heavy network congestion. But the nation's largest cable provider has promised not to target specific content, such as video files that compete with its cable television business.

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iTunes blocked in China after protest stunt (The Age)

Access to Apple's online iTunes Store has been blocked in China after it emerged that Olympic athletes have been downloading and possibly listening to a pro-Tibetan music album in a subtle act of protest against China's rule over the province.

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Tech giants near agreement on human rights code (OUT-LAW News)

Some of the biggest technology and internet companies in the world have agreed a set of standards to protect human rights online that they hope the whole IT industry will adopt. The move could affect companies' privacy policies worldwide.

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Intel Moves to Free Gadgets of Their Recharging Cords (New York Times)

Intel has made progress in a technology that could lead to the wireless recharging of gadgets and the end of the power-cord spaghetti behind electronic devices.

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ICANN IDN TLD Allocation Implementation Processes (ICANN)

Following the progress on the IDN TLD allocation processes during the ICANN meeting in Paris a new area has been made available to describe IDN policy development and IDN ccTLD allocation developments under ICANN's IDN Area.

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Georgia Cyberwar Overblown (PC World)

Last week Russian tanks rolled into South Ossetia while Russian bombers were taking out critical communications infrastructure. But even before the first tank rolled across the disputed borders, another war was brewing in cyberspace.

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Virtual Worlds Get Real About Punishment (Washington Post)

Virtual worlds have often been called the digital equivalent of the Wild West, where animated alter egos can live in a fantasy frontier. But in some of these universes, a sheriff has come to town.

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Convicts log on as US updates jail-mail system (New Zealand Herald)

When Melvin Garcia was sent to prison almost a decade ago for racketeering, he had never used a computer. Now he sends 50 emails a month from a federal prison in West Virginia, punctuating notes with emoticons.

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Greenpeace Raises Alarm Over Rising E-Waste in Africa (Vanguard)

As e-waste continue to pose health problem to the international communities, especially the third world countries, Greenpeace has called on the world's electronics companies to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their products, saying toxic waste from wealthy nations' gadgets ends up being dumped in poor countries despite laws prohibiting it.

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Sex and software diet fuels spam growth (CBR Online)

The "inconvenient truth", according to Bradley Anstis, vice president of products at Marshal, which carried out the research, is that despite complaints about spam volumes, it's clearly a profitable enterprise for spammers and popular with many people.

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Germans urge tougher laws after new privacy scandal (Reuters)

German politicians called for tougher privacy laws on Tuesday after officials revealed personal and financial information on millions of Germans was readily available for cash on the Internet.

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'Rampant piracy' of Olympics footage must be stopped: IOC (New Zealand Herald)

The International Olympic Committee asked Sweden to help stop file-sharing website The Pirate Bay from spreading illegal downloads of ceremonies at the Beijing Games, government officials said.

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Cybersecurity and the Law: Dangerous Cybersilence (Forbes)

Sometimes no news is worse than bad news. When a company's data is stolen by hackers, affected customers typically receive a disturbing note from the breached firm, warning that they could soon become victims of identity theft.

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21 August 2008

"Wildcarding, the implications for the .au space" - Melbourne domain name seminar

A seminar and cocktail party sponsored by Melbourne law firm Cooper Mills Lawyers to discuss the .au domain name space, wildcarding and the implications for .au with special guest Ehud Gavron will be held on Tuesday September 2.

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au: RBA goes after eBay, PayPal (Australian IT)

The Reserve Bank has issued a stern warning to online auction giant eBay Australia, urging it to stop forcing PayPal onto its sellers.

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Palm, Once a Leader, Seeks Path in Smartphone Jungle (New York Times)

... In 1997 the former Hewlett-Packard engineer was asked by Apple's founder, Steven P. Jobs, to lead the hardware engineering division at the company, which was then struggling. ... Those experiences should serve him well as he seeks to resuscitate Palm, whose roots in Silicon Valley go back to the PalmPilot, the revolutionary handheld computer, and the Treo, which turned heads as one of the first smartphones.

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EBay changes aim for fewer critics and more sellers (The Guardian)

EBay will unveil sweeping changes today to encourage more fixed-price sellers as part of a wider attempt to transform the business from global car boot sale to worldwide shopping mall.

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Scammers defraud Aussies of $36m a year: police (The Age)

Australians lose at least $36 million a year to so-called Nigerian scammers who continue to fleece naive internet users because victims fail to report incidents.

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Stephen Colbert interviews Jonathan Zittrain on his book The Future of the Internet (Comedy Central)

Fresh from being awarded his most recent Peabody award, Stephen Colbert interviews Jonathan Zittrain wants to save the good chaos of the Internet and separate it from the bad chaos that will stomp on everything.

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20 August 2008

Computer games industry threat to downloaders: 'pay up or we'll sue' (The Times)

The computer games industry has launched an unprecedented assault on illegal downloads, demanding payment from thousands of families who obtained the latest releases over the internet without paying.

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Global reach of paedophile mastermind Philip Thompson (The Times)

A global investigation into internet child abuse has led to 50 arrests in Britain with dozens more expected, police said yesterday.

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Anti-Georgia spammers building new botnet (Computerworld)

Hackers targeting Georgia in the midst of its conflict with Russia have started sending out a new batch of malicious spam messages, apparently with the aim of building a new botnet network of remote-controlled computers.

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Internet becomes Iraq's new matchmaker (Sydney Morning Herald)

Young Iraqis in Baghdad are surfing the internet to search for partners to tie the knot as violence and sectarian tensions take their toll on more traditional forms of socialising.

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au: Police bust group of alleged child porn downloaders (Computerworld)

The AFP has arrested six men and seized over two million child pornography images alleged to have been downloaded from an international paedophile network.

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Clipboards hijacked in web attack (BBC)

Computer security firms are warning about an attack that hijacks the clipboard where copied text is stored.

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