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08 December 2008

As the mouse squeaks to a 40th year, its creator roars on (The Observer)

For everyone who works in computers, this Tuesday, 9 December, is a significant date. It's the 40th anniversary of the day when Douglas Engelbart, one of the industry's great visionaries, gave an audience of geeks at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco their first glimpse of the technological future that we all now inhabit.

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07 December 2008

Microsoft to Google: Get Off of My Cloud (BusinessWeek)

The world's top software maker plans to build about 20 state-of-the-art data centers as it tries to outpace cloud computing rival Google, BusinessWeek has learned

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Steve Ballmer: A Deal for Yahoo Would be Better If Done Soon (Wall Street Journal)

After a nearly five month search, Microsoft Corp. on Thursday said it has found a new executive to lead its charge against Google Inc. in the online search and advertising business: Qi Lu, a technologist who was previously a top executive at Yahoo Inc.

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Marching off to cyberwar: Estonian and Georgian attacks highlight "cyberwar" difficulties (The Economist)

The internet: Attacks launched over the internet on Estonia and Georgia highlight the difficulty of defining and dealing with "cyberwar"

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AT&T Layoffs: The Tip of a Telecom Downturn (BusinessWeek)

Cutbacks in consumer spending will force telecoms to trim staff and spending -- likely spreading the pain to equipment makers as well

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Numeric Trend Grows in Domain Names (Wall Street Journal)

The Internet's domain-name system was meant to spare the general public from numbers. Now, numbers could be making a comeback.

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Koobface virus targets Facebook members (Daily Telegraph)

Computer hackers are targeting the 120 million users of the social networking site Facebook with the 'Koobface' virus, which takes control of a PC's internet searches and can steal sensitive personal information.

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Thieves Winning Online War, Maybe in Your PC (New York Times)

Internet security is broken, and nobody seems to know quite how to fix it. Despite the efforts of the computer security industry and a half-decade struggle by Microsoft to protect its Windows operating system, malicious software is spreading faster than ever. The so-called malware surreptitiously takes over a PC and then uses that computer to spread more malware to other machines exponentially. Computer scientists and security researchers acknowledge they cannot get ahead of the onslaught.

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Seven in 10 parents spy on kids' web use (Computeractive)

Seven in 10 parents snoop on their children's online activities, a study by a search engine has found.

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Modern sex: Catherine Townsend logs on to the new revolution (The Independent)

In the 21st century, technology is allowing people to express their desires and fulfil their fantasies in ways never before possible - and all at the touch of a button. Catherine Townsend logs on to the new sexual revolution

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Intellectual property crime and enforcement in Australia (Australian Policy Online)

This report deals with the nature and extent of intellectual property crime in Australia, its organisation, social and economic impacts, and the efficacy of responses through legislation, law enforcement and criminal prosecution. Response strategies encompass surveillance, regulatory mechanisms and litigation. The report calls for better understanding of the impact of IP crime through monitoring and intelligence gathering, research into enforcement and prosecution activities, and econometric cost modelling, using educational, good practice and legislative reform initiatives.

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Microsoft tackles auction pirates (BBC)

Microsoft has launched 63 separate lawsuits against people peddling counterfeit software on auction sites.

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06 December 2008

GoDaddy Warehousing Customers' Expired Domains (Domain Name Wire)

GoDaddy and its subsidiaries are warehousing its customers' domain names and directly profiting from them reports Domain Name Wire.

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174 Million Domain Names Worldwide, But Registration Growth Slows says Verisign

Verisign's latest Domain Name Industry Brief shows there are now 174 million domain names registered worldwide - a 19 per cent increase over the same time last year, but only a three per cent increase over the second quarter 2008. The slowdown in growth would appear to indicate the global financial crisis is having an impact on domain name registrations.

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Supercomputer is brought a step closer to your desk top (The Times)

The world's first personal supercomputer - a machine 250 times faster than the average PC - was unveiled yesterday. It will go on sale for more than £4,000, beyond the reach of most consumers but a tiny fraction of what computers with similar capabilities usually cost.

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Is technology rewiring our brains? (The Independent)

[AP] What does a teenage brain on Google look like? Do all those hours spent online rewire the circuitry? Could these kids even relate better to emoticons than to real people? These sound like concerns from worried parents. But they're coming from brain scientists.

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uk: Net speed rules come into force (BBC)

British customers will be better informed about the speed of their net connection under new rules.

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YouTube and Ning Just Say No to Sex (New York Times)

A quick Google search for "sex" returns a whopping 67 million pages. A search for "porn" turns up more than 18 million pages.

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Queen's Speech outlaws suicide web sites (vnunet)

Web sites promoting suicide are to be subject to criminal prosecution in changes to UK law proposed in the Queen's Speech outlining the government's plans for the coming parliamentary year.

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ISP filtering a pipe dream: Telstra (Australian IT)

Telstra chief operating officer Greg Winn says the federal Government's attempt to censor the internet is akin to trying to "boil the ocean".

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UN forum advocating an 'Internet for All' is under way in India (United Nations)

[news release] A United Nations-backed international forum focusing on Internet governance issues, particularly the potential expansion of access to greater numbers of people, is under way in India.

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ICANN: More Time and Additional Materials Posted for Applicant Guidebook (ICANN)

ICANN is extending the New gTLDs Applicant Guidebook public comment deadline until December 15. The new deadline applies to the English posting only. For the remaining languages the deadline is still January 7. (The extension is in line with recent community discussion that time during ICANN meetings (i.e., the recent Cairo meeting) should not toll comment periods.) ICANN urges the Internet community to continue providing feedback. This consultative process is key to assist the organization to further improve the New gTLDs program.

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US-Regierung soll Kontrolle über Internet-Verwaltung aufgeben (Heise)

Die US-Regierung sollte im kommenden Jahr, wenn ihr Vertrag mit der ICANN ausläuft, die Kontrolle über die private Netzverwaltung endgültig aufgeben. Diese Empfehlung gaben beim Internet Governance Forum in Hyderabad der italienische Vertreter im ICANN-Regierungsbeirat, Stefano Trumpy, der französische Diplomat Jean-Jacques Subrenat, der auch Mitglied des ICANN-Vorstandes ist, und der ICANN-Experte Milton Mueller, Professor an der technischen Universität in Delft und einer der Gründer des Internet Governance Project.

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Berlusconi plans to use G8 presidency to 'regulate the internet' (The Register)

Italian president and media baron Silvio Berlusconi said today that he would use his country's imminent presidency of the G8 group to push for an international agreement to "regulate the internet".

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New fears over cyber-snooping in China (The Guardian)

Requirements that internet cafes in a southern Chinese city install Chinese-developed operating systems are raising new concerns over cyber-snooping by the authorities, a US government-funded radio station reported yesterday.

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