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07 March 2009

NZ plugged into secret internet (Stuff)

A leaked American study into military actions in Afghanistan reveals New Zealand is quietly plugged into the world's most secret internet allowing access to the Pentagon's battle plans at strategic and tactical level.

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Why Web Site Security Matters to Us All (Washington Post)

For the past several months, some of the sharpest minds in the security community have teamed up to block cyber criminals from wresting control over what may be one of the largest armies of hacked computers ever built. While those efforts are ongoing and so far appear effective, all of that work could be undone thanks to the lax security of a single Web site.

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Chinese fight internet censors with "Grass Mud Horse" cuddly toy (The Times)

From unprintable curse word to cuddly children's toy: that has been the voyage charted by an imaginary beast invented by Chinese internet users to poke fun at a new nationwide crackdown against online content deemed vulgar.

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Craigslist sued for being 'single largest source of prostitution in US' (The Times)

Craigslist, the world's most popular online classified advertisements site, is being sued by an Illinois sheriff who alleges that the site is a clearing house for prostitution.

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Internet growing weapon in Asian radicalisation (Reuters)

Extremist groups in Southeast Asia are increasingly using the internet and social networking to radicalise the youth of the region, said a new security report released on Friday.

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The US's New Chief Information Officer Speaks (New York Times)

Reforming the entire health care system may be easier than doing everything Vivek Kundra says he wants to do when it comes to reforming the government's computer systems.

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French gambling plan seeks to stem illegal betting (International Herald Tribune)

[Bloomberg News] France will open its gambling market to competition and begin to grant online betting licenses in 2010 as it seeks to stem illegal gambling and safeguard the billions of euros in tax revenue provided by the industry each year, the country's budget minister said Thursday.

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Kyrgyzstan Govt Considers Draconian Changes to .KG ccTLD

The Kyrgyzstan government is rushing to pass legislation that would see management of the ccTLD transferred from the current manager of the ccTLD, AsiaInfo who has managed the .kg ccTLD since 1997, to KyrgyzPatent, the government patent office. It is feared this transfer will see government interference into who can register .kg domain names.

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06 March 2009

Australians spend much more time online (Australian IT)

Australians spend most of their waking hours consuming media and are spending more time online than ever before, a study has found.

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Offbeat Name? Then Facebook's No Friend (Washington Post)

What Caitlin wanted did not seem that hard. She had signed up for Facebook after she married, as Caitlin Shaw. Now, to make it easier for old friends to find her, she wanted to add her maiden name. Her maiden name is Batman.

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YouTube and Universal Music Are Said to Discuss Deal (New York Times)

Google's YouTube and the Universal Music Group, the world's largest music label, are in advanced discussions over a licensing agreement that could lead to the creation of a premium site for music videos, according a person briefed on the talks.

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ICANN : New gTLDs - Preliminary Reports on Competition and Pricing (ICANN)

An important element of ICANN's consideration of the introduction of new gTLDs is consumer benefit as well as pricing issues. ICANN commissioned an independent third-party report and retained Dennis Carlton, who is a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and who, from 2006 to 2008, was the highest-ranking economist in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Carlton also is a Senior Managing Director of Compass Lexecon, a prestigious economic consulting firm that specializes in competition matters.

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05 March 2009

Why did New Zealand drop plans to cut off net users? (The Guardian)

Because the law was badly drafted, and ISPs, telecoms companies and copyright holders did not have a voluntary code for its use. That's what John Key, New Zealand's prime minister, said as he told a media conference that plans to introduce a law that would in part oblige ISPs to cut off "repeat copyright infringers" would be delayed until 27 March - and that if rights holders and ISPs couldn't agree on a code of practice, that part of the new law would be suspended indefinitely.

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Facebook Plans Changes to Friend Updates (New York Times)

In recent months, Facebook, the popular social network, has endured a user rebellion over changes to its terms of service, reports of a failed takeover of Twitter, and its founder's somewhat awkward appearance on the Today Show.

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Spam kingpin booted off Facebook by judge (Techworld)

[IDG] A US judge has ordered convicted spammer Sanford Wallace to stay away from Facebook.

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Cybercrime: From (& To) Russia, With Love (Washington Post)

Would authorities in Russia and Eastern Europe be more willing to pursue cyber crooks if they were forced to confront how deeply those groups have penetrated key government and private computer networks in those regions?

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Finnish Parliament approves e-mail tracking law (Sydney Morning Herald)

[AP] The Finnish Parliament has approved controversial legislation that allows employers to track workers' e-mails.

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au: Microsoft, AFP partner for online safety program (PC World)

The Australian Federal Police and Microsoft have brought the ThinkUKnow education program to Australia. The program, which originated in the UK, is aimed at educating parents and teachers about how to keep kids away from online predators and other threats.

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India launches pan-African network project (Computerworld)

The Indian government has finally launched the pan African e-network project, a joint initiative with the African Union, which aim is to connect African countries to satellite and fiber-optic networks.

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Google's Eric Schmidt looks down his nose at Twitter (The Times)

Hands up who thinks Twitter is a bit of a waste of time. Those who think that the micro-blogging site is nothing to write home about (let alone fill newspaper columns with) will be glad to know that Google CEO Eric Schmidt feels the same way.

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04 March 2009

Thou shalt not text, nor listen to thy iPod: Bishops set new rules for Lent (The Independent)

Chocolate, cigarettes and alcohol may be the predictable vices to give up for the 40 days of Lent but Italians are being urged to abstain from more contemporary pleasures, like texting, Facebook and iPods.

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Pirate Bay awaits court verdict (BBC News)

The trial of the creators of the file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has ended. Lawyers for both the prosecution and defence have delivered their closing arguments in the high-profile copyright trial in Sweden.

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Utah: Online Porn Capital of America? (Computerworld)

For most of my life I have lived in the cauldrons of sin - first New York, then California. These Bluer than Blue states are the source of most of our society's ills, or so we are constantly told.

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German 20-somethings prefer Internet to love (Reuters)

German twenty-somethings would ditch their spouses and do without a car in a heartbeat if they had to choose between having them or Internet access or a mobile phone, according to an industry study.

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Internet Mirrors Recession's Gloom (New York Times)

Americans' search patterns reflect their narrowing financial straits, according to the marketing research firm comScore. The number of Internet searches incorporating the word "unemployment" more than tripled from December 2007 to December 2008. Bankruptcy appeared in more than twice as many searches, and "coupons" went from 7.6 million searches to 19.9 million.

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