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30 November 2008

Keine Nummer für diesen Anschluss (Süddeutschen Zeitung)

Man kann den Vätern des Internets nicht vorwerfen, sie wären kleinlich gewesen. Zwar waren 1981 gerade einmal 200 Rechner über Datenleitungen zusammengeschlossen. Dennoch sah der neue Standard für Internetadressen, der damals entwickelt wurde, bereits mehr als vier Milliarden mögliche Kombinationen vor. Aber das weltweite Datennetz übertraf mit seiner rasanten Entwicklung sogar diese kühnen Erwartungen. Die Folge ist: Internetadressen werden knapp.

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29 November 2008

Nominet Report Shows Worldwide ccTLD Registrations Growing Rapidly

Nominet held their second annual .uk registrar conference at Wembley Stadium last week where they released their Domain Name Industry Report 2008 that highlights some interesting statistics about domain name registrations both in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.

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France to intervene in broadband coverage (Reuters)

France will shortly call on telecoms operators to offer broadband services across all its territory for a maximum of €35 a month, a government minister said on Thursday.

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EU governments to widen cap on mobile roaming costs (Reuters)

European Union governments are set on Thursday to cap prices of roamed mobile phone texts and data downloading along with other measures to spur a wider range of cheaper services for customers.

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Estonian ISP Cuts off Control Servers for Srizbi Botnet (PC World)

An Estonian ISP that temporarily hosted the command-and-control servers for the Srizbi botnet, responsible for a large portion of the world's spam, has cut off those servers, according to computer security analysts.

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Searching the Web for Flu Outbreaks: Editorial (New York Times)

Two recent studies have shown the promise of using data from search engines to provide early warning of influenza outbreaks -- and the pitfalls and limitations, as well. Privacy considerations aside, it is a technology that will need refinement if it is to be used by public health officials for early warning duties.

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Vatican warns mobile phones are bad for the soul (Daily Telegraph)

The Vatican has warned that our obsession with modern technology, such as the internet and mobile phones, is not leaving people enough time for spiritual pursuits.

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Cyber-attack on US Defense Department computers raises concerns (Los Angeles Times)

The 'malware' strike, thought to be from inside Russia, hit combat zone computers and the U.S. Central Command overseeing Iraq and Afghanistan. The attack underscores concerns about computer warfare.

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Cyberbully verdict poses question of online identity (New York Times)

Is lying about one's identity on the Internet now a crime? The verdict on Wednesday in the MySpace cyberbullying case raised a variety of questions about the terms that users agree to when they log on to Web sites.

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Ashdown: Internet is a 'lawless space' (ZDNet)

Lord Paddy Ashdown has said that terrorism is being facilitated by a lack of oversight of the internet.

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Citizen journalists told to stop using Twitter to update on Bombay attacks (The Times)

News on the Bombay attacks is breaking fast on Twitter with hundreds of people using the site to update others with first-hand accounts of the carnage.

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Google's next step towards domination of the Information Age (ABC News)

The recent announcement of a proposed settlement in the class action by US publishers and authors in the copyright case against Google signals an inevitable, but nevertheless worrying, milestone in the collection and storage of the world's information.

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Forget productivity: more people should join Facebook (ABC News)

Concerns about Facebook's negative effect on the economy - especially an economy on the verge of recession - were raised just recently when 13 Virgin Atlantic staff were sacked for criticising the airline online.

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28 November 2008

Activists target Aust govt's net censorship plans (Sydney Morning Herald)

The political activists who helped free David Hicks and abolish Work Choices have now set their sights on the Government's plan to censor the internet, which is already facing a major backlash and a lack of political support.

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Microsoft files new cybersquatting charges (Network World)

Microsoft has charged a Florida company with cybersquatting in a new lawsuit filed Wednesday reports IDG. In the lawsuit, Microsoft listed 23 domain names that it says are registered to Domain Investments and contain Microsoft trademarks or intentional misspellings of such names.

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Experts to Feds: Sign the DNS root ASAP (Network World)

Internet security gurus and leading vendors are urging the US federal government to rapidly deploy security and authentication mechanisms at the top level of the DNS hierarchy - the root zone. The comments are the result of a call for public comments regarding the deployment of DNSSEC by the NTIA that closed earlier this week.

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AFNIC publish annual report on booming state of .fr domain name industry

AFNIC have published their annual report on the French domain name industry. Today there are almost 1.3 million .fr names registered, making .fr the 16th largest TLD.

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Talking Web, memory assistants and solar-powered mobile phones headed mainstream, IBM says (Network World)

A talking Web, solar technology embedded in windows and mobile phones, and the end of forgetting will all come in the next five years, IBM predicts in its third annual Next Five in Five list, detailing innovations that could change our lives in the next half-decade.

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AFACT v iiNet: the case that could shut down the Internet (APC Magazine)

APC Magazine asked prominent legal experts for their opinion on iiNet's chances of successfully defending itself in the user piracy lawsuit.

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Is a picture really worth £1,000? Getty bullies churches over image use (The Guardian)

The perennial tale about church fundraising is that it's to rebuild the steeple. But one church in Lichfield, Staffordshire, faced a different fundraising problem: to pay a £6,000 bill demanded for photographs used on its website. The case came to the attention of Gavin Drake, the communications director for the diocese's 600 churches. In creating the church's website, a volunteer had included a couple of images sourced from Getty, a large picture agency, without paying for them. A couple of months later, Getty sent the church a demand for £6,000.

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L'Afnic note la bonne santé du .fr (Le Monde Informatique)

Pour la deuxième année consécutive, l'Afnic a présenté son observatoire des noms de domaines en France. Avec une croissance de 36 %, l'extension en .fr se porte bien mais reste à la traîne sur le plan mondial.

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American Mother Convicted in MySpace Bullying Case (Washington Post)

A Missouri woman who posed as a 16-year-old boy on MySpace, wooed and rejected a troubled teenage girl who later committed suicide was found guilty Wednesday of three misdemeanor charges, but no felonies, by a federal jury.

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More Australians use Facebook, but usage time declines (The Age)

The Facebook website has opened a huge lead in Australia in the number of users it attracts against social networking rivals including News Corp's MySpace. Six months ago Facebook and MySpace were close to even in user numbers.

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Spam on rise after brief reprieve (BBC)

In the world of spam, what goes down must come up. Two weeks after the shutdown of web hosting firm McColo, which saw a two-thirds drop in spam worldwide, spam numbers are creeping up again.

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27 November 2008

Telstra submits non-compliant bid for national broadband network

As expected, Telstra today lodged a last minute, albeit non-compliant, bid to build the national broadband network. Optus, a Canadian telco Axia NetMedia and Acacia - led by a consortium including Melbourne businessman including Solomon Lew, also submitted proposals to build the national network. Other bids to build smaller parts of the network came from the Tasmanian Government and TransACT.

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