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18 December 2008

Mobile phone market to shrink in 2009 (Reuters)

Mobile phones sales will shrink next year at their fastest pace ever as consumers cut spending, a Reuters poll showed, with analysts increasingly concerned about unsold phones piling up in stores.

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How to use public Wi-Fi safely (OUT-LAW News)

OPINION: Sandwich chain Pret A Manger became the latest venue to announce free wireless internet access this week. But while public 'hotspots' are growing in number, free bandwidth comes with an element of risk, warns security specialist David Hobson.

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China Is Said to Restore Blocks on Web Sites (New York Times)

The Chinese government has quietly begun preventing access again to Web sites that it had stopped blocking during the Olympic Games in Beijing in August, Internet experts said on Tuesday.

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New York considers taxing iTunes downloads (CNET)

New York wants a share of iTunes' money. The state is staring at a $15.4 billion deficit so Gov. David Paterson is proposing an "iPod tax" as part of his state budget. Under the plan, New York would charge state and local sales tax for "digitally delivered entertainment services."

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us: The Fed Who Blew the Whistle: Is he a hero or a criminal? (Newsweek)

Thomas M. Tamm was entrusted with some of the government's most important secrets. He had a Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance, a level above Top Secret. Government agents had probed Tamm's background, his friends and associates, and determined him trustworthy.

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NZ's telecommunications future - the five options (New Zealand Herald)

Knowing where to invest capital is a complex decision at the best of times writes Paul Winton in The New Zealand Herald.

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Programme to monitor real time web site use (Financial Times)

When Elie Khoury, a self-confessed "computer guy" since the age of 12, started a website about playing the guitar, he struggled to find an analytical programme to give him timely data about who was looking at his website and what they were looking at.

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17 December 2008

Google's 'Treat All Rich Companies the Same' Vision of Net Neutrality (New York Times)

Let's not lose sight of this: There really is a war going on between the phone companies and Google over the way Internet traffic will be priced. And both sides want their self interest to appear to be morally superior.

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Business Gets Knickers Twisted on New gTLD Proposal

Business is lobbying ICANN in an effort to stop the organisation allowing applications for new gTLDs. While the creation of new gTLDs will have brand owners and trademark holders sitting up to monitor the situation, it is most likely that if there are to be hundreds of gTLDs approved, most will not have enough registrations for them to be unduly concerned.

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BT set to go ahead with Phorm (vnunet)

BT has concluded its trial of the Phorm online advertising programme and is set to go ahead with its wide-scale deployment.

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China says within rights to block some websites (Reuters)

China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday the country was within its rights to block websites with content illegal under Chinese law, including websites that referred to China and Taiwan as two separate countries.

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Why an emoticon won't get a trade mark in the EU :-( (OUT-LAW News)

A Russian businessman says that he has trade marked the emoticon and that commercial uses of punctuation marks to convey a wink will require a licence costing over $10,000. A trade mark attorney said that his demands will be irrelevant to uses in the EU.

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Free broadband plan stirs debate on filtering (Washington Post)

[AP] M2Z Networks' proposal to build a free wireless broadband network is not the only controversial part of its business plan. Just as contentious is its intention to filter the content delivered over that network to block any material deemed inappropriate for children.

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Millions of Britons left in slow lane as Virgin broadband shows up web divide (The Times)

It is the digital dream: an internet service fast enough to download a film in seconds. However, it remains an aspiration, rather than a reality, for millions of online customers as Britain becomes increasingly divided by access to broadband.

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Computer hackers selling stolen Facebook accounts to gangs for 89p (Daily Telegraph)

Computer hackers are selling stolen Facebook social networking accounts to gangs for only 89p.

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Editorial: Mr. Obama's Internet Agenda (New York Times)

President-elect Barack Obama recently announced an ambitious plan to build up the nation's Internet infrastructure as part of his proposed economic stimulus package. Upgrading the Internet is a particularly smart kind of stimulus, one that would spread knowledge, promote entrepreneurship and make this country more competitive globally.

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New top-level domain plan dangerous, too costly, critics tell ICANN (Network World)

A controversial proposal to create hundreds of new generic top-level domains is generating harsh criticism as corporations and individuals question the need for additional competition in the domain name marketplace and expense for businesses.

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Mobile phones to be primary Internet device by 2020, experts predict (Network World)

The Web will not increase social tolerance, despite increased exposure to different cultures according to Pew Internet & American Life Project

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Cisco: Cybercriminals Hiding Behind Legitimate Websites, Email Accounts (Dark Reading)

It's getting harder to tell the good guys from the bad: Sophisticated cybercriminals are increasingly taking cover behind legitimate Websites and email domains to lure their victims, according to Cisco Systems' annual security report, released today.

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Secretive North Korea launches restricted mobile phone service (The Guardian)

A giant Egyptian telecoms firm has launched the first hi-tech mobile phone network in North Korea.

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First, the Scandal. Then the Web Site? (New York Times)

In the digital age, it seems that no Wall Street debacle is complete without domain speculators trying to get a piece of the action.

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Telstra to fight bar on broadband bid (The Australian)

Telstra is preparing for war with the federal Government, marshalling its lawyers for legal action and gearing up to go it alone with a high-speed broadband network after being tossed out of the tender process for a $15billion publicly backed national network, reports The Australian.

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16 December 2008

It’s Official: More Than 13m .cn Domain Names Registered

Back in mid-November TechNewsReview broke the story there were more than 13 million domain names registered, using as a guide the average of around 400,000 extra domain name registrations each month. Now CNNIC has confirmed the figures with their website showing that as of end November there were 13,337,889 .cn domain names registered, an increase of 422,152 registrations in the month of November.

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Is ICANN the luckiest organisation around?

That's the question Stephane Van Gelder asks on his blog in a recent posting after he was elected to the GNSO Council. The reason?

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Why the DNS is broken, in plain language (ICANN Blog)

Kim Davies, Manager of Root Zone Services at ICANN has published on the ICANN Blog a summary of a presentation he gave at ICANN's Cairo meeting last month where he explained to various non-technical audiences why the Domain Name System is vulnerable to attack, and why that is important, without needing a computer science degree to understand it.

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