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07 October 2009

With no plan to respond to cyberattacks, U.S. risks reliving 9/11 (NextGov)

In the wake of a widespread cyberattack, the United States could face the same lack of coordination and preparedness the nation experienced after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because the government has not developed clear policies for how to respond, a panel of current and former federal security officials said on Monday.

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Olympics urged to open content rights to online (The Age)

The Olympic movement needs to learn from the likes of YouTube or risk losing young viewers for life, IOC members were told Monday.

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When Old Flames Beckon Online (Wall Street Journal)

Is it really a good idea to "friend" our old flames and crushes online?

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Soon, US Bloggers Must Give Full Disclosure (New York Times)

For nearly three decades, the Federal Trade Commission's rules regarding the relationships between advertisers and product reviewers and endorsers were deemed adequate. Then came the age of blogging and social media.

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Australian Government looks at e-waste recycling scheme (Australian IT)

Mountains of old televisions and computers will finally be diverted from the local tip if the federal government agrees to a new electronic waste recycling scheme to be unveiled next month.

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Pirates v the English Premier League: a war on the web (The Independent)

England's match in Ukraine this weekend is a major landmark in the history of sports broadcasting: as many as a million fans will subscribe to Britain's first high-profile football match available exclusively online. It is of course entirely legal: Kentaro, a European agency that deals in sports broadcasting right, set up the deal with the Ukraine's FA when traditional broadcasters showed little interest.

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Opinion: Thumbs on the Wheel: How to Stop Texting and Driving (New York Times)

President Obama has forbidden federal employees from texting while driving. The federal Transportation Department plans to do the same for commercial-truck and Interstate-bus drivers. And support is building in Congress for legislation that would require states to outlaw texting or e-mailing while driving. Such distractions cause tens of thousands of deaths each year.

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How Google Deals With Web Spam (BusinessWeek)

It's up to Matt Cutts and his team at Google to keep search results as free as possible from Web spam, those pages full of Viagra ads or even malware. A 10-year veteran of the company, he got into this online underworld after working on the first version of Google's family filter, SafeSearch.

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Canadian anti-spam bill far from a done deal by Michael Geist (Michael Geist)

The introduction last spring of Bill C-27 - the Electronic Commerce Protection Act - represented the culmination of years of effort to address concerns that Canada is rapidly emerging as a spam haven. Industry Minister Tony Clement's anti-spam bill has steadily made its way through the legislative process, with the Standing Committee on Industry likely to conduct its final "clause by clause" review this week.

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In Rural Africa, a Fertile Market for Mobile Phones (New York Times)

Laban Rutagumirwa charges his mobile phone with a car battery because his dirt-floor home deep in the remote, banana-covered hills of western Uganda does not have electricity.

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US court says software is owned, not licensed (OUT-LAW News)

Software company Autodesk has failed in its bid to prevent the second-hand sale of its software. In a long-running legal battle it has not been able to convince a court that its software is merely licensed and not sold.

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France Telecom executive resigns after employee suicide tally rises to 24 (The Guardian)

The deputy chief executive of France Telecom today resigned in the wake of a spate of staff suicides that unions have blamed on a bullying management style and brutal approach to restructuring.

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ICANN Announces Important Milestones in Making the Internet More Accessible to All (ICANN)

In the past several days, ICANN has announced recent milestones regarding changes in how the Internet community will use the Internet in the near future. These important developments include the plan for deployment of Internationalised Domain Names in the next few months and significant progress in developing the model for delegating new generic top-level domains.

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New York City Plan to Seek .NYC Top Level Domain

New York City has become the first American city to openly state it will seek a generic Top Level Domain. The City of New York will seek the .NYC gTLD working with dotNYC LLC, a private company that for the last year has been meeting with city officials about the plan for the .NYC web address.

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06 October 2009

Media organisations turn to mobile phone applications to raise revenue (The Guardian)

In the two years since it appeared the iPhone has transformed the mobile phone industry and now its effect is being felt in the media world. But it is not the device's successful introduction of the touchscreen into daily life, nor its stylish looks that have the media world in a spin. It is the fact that iPhone users are personalising their phones with applications - 2bn so far - and amid all the downloadable games, maps, pint-glass emulators and fart generators, some of the "apps" that are proving particularly popular are news.

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Terrorists nearing ability to launch big cyberattacks against U.S. (NextGov)

The biggest threat to U.S. computer networks is terrorist organizations that will purchase software code from cybercriminals to penetrate sensitive systems, a possibility that could be just a few years away, information security and former intelligence officials said on Friday.

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Hollywood warming to Internet as DVDs begin to fade (Reuters)

Higher margins, the ability to collect and use information about customers, more revenue and greater willingness to share content with Internet operators is prompting Hollywood to join forces with the likes of Google's YouTube or set up its own Internet portals.

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Apple bites over Australian supermarket chain logo (The Age)

Woolworths insists its new logo is a stylised ''W'' or a piece of fresh produce. Apple thinks it is an apple, and the California-based technology company wants to stop Australia's largest retailer from using it.

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05 October 2009

Get everyone in US online, high-level panel says (Washington Post)

The nation needs to give the same urgency to making sure all Americans have broadband access as the Eisenhower administration did in building an interstate highway system a half-century ago, a report released Friday concluded.

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Cybersecurity Starts at Home and in the Office (New York Times)

When swine flu broke out, the government revved up a massive information campaign centered on three words: Wash your hands. The Obama administration now wants to convey similarly clear and concise guidance about one of the biggest national security threats in your home and office -- the computer.

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Honduran Govt Criticised for Takeover of .HM Management

The Honduran government has informed the .HM ccTLD manager, RDS-HN, they must hand over the management of the ccTLD to CONATEL as CONATEL has not signed any agreement with any public or private entity to manage .HN domain names.

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Child Pornography's Forgotten Victims by Audrey Rogers [Pace Law Review] (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: The goal of this paper is to demonstrate that possession of child pornography is not a victimless crime. It will illustrate the problem and explain the harm suffered by its victims. It will then trace factors that may have contributed to the perception that possession of child pornography is a victimless offense.

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Murdoch wants to charge for news, but what will readers be prepared to pay? (The Observer)

While Rupert Murdoch was busy choosing the next British prime minister last week, his able lieutenants seemed somewhat less in control of events. "We will figure out a way of doing it because that is what we have to do," according to Wapping's chief of commerce. "Do we have the answer? No. Are we working towards the answer? Yes." Compare and contrast, Gordon Brown. Even on a lacklustre day.

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04 October 2009

Could Swine Flu Take the Internet Down? (Wall Street Journal)

If the H1N1 swine-flu pandemic arrives this fall, one thing that may break under the strain is the Internet. Emergency planners say that school-age children and telecommuting adults could be accessing the network simultaneously, potentially overloading the public Internet's capacity.

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Motivation and competency keys to lifting Australian's adult digital literacy (Computerworld)

Low levels of competency with digital media and perceived motivation are core factors behind increasing media literacy within community segments, an ACMA-commissioned research report has found.

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