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18 September 2008

RVRental.com tops weekly sales chart (Domain Name Journal)

RVRental.com sold for $325,000 in a private sale in last week's listing of reported top domain name sales according to Ron Jackson's Domain Name Journal. Next on the list was bj.com ($200,00 and sold by Moniker/Internext) while yb.com was the only other six-figure sale going for $125,000 (Sedo/Great Domains).

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Directi's Divyank Turakhia: The Makings of a Multi-Millionaire (Domain Name Journal)

Directi's Divyank Turakhia earned his first million dollars at the age of 18 and went on to build a company valued at $300 million. Ron Jackson's Domain Name Journal cover story for September looks into Turakhia and finds out what was it that made him.

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Google shows Android running on a phone in Europe (Computerworld)

Google Android logoGoogle showed its Android OS running on a mobile phone for the first time in Europe on Tuesday in a cautious screening ahead of its imminent launch.

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us: Survey: Nearly every kid a video gamer (Sydney Morning Herald)

A new survey finds that nearly all young Americans play video games, showing just how ingrained the technology has become in youth culture.

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Cybercriminals use celebrity names to lure victims (Reuters)

Looking for information about Brad Pitt or Beyonce on the Web? It could be risky. An internet security firm has dubbed the actor and singer the most dangerous celebrities to search for on the Internet because cybercriminals use their names to lure victims.

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Major labels to offer free music streaming (New York Times)

Just a few years ago, a Web site giving away virtually every notable song ever recorded would have had music business executives speed-dialing their lawyers. But in the next two weeks, a battered music industry, facing slumping CD sales and a bleak future, will help to introduce just such a service.

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Report: T-Mobile to Announce Google Phone Sept. 23 (PC World)

T-Mobile USA will become the first company in the world to announce a mobile phone based on Google's Android OS at a New York press conference Sept. 23, the New York Times reports, citing T-Mobile.

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US Teens, Video Games and Civics: Pew report (Pew Internet & American Life Project)

The first national survey of its kind finds that virtually all American teens play computer, console, or cell phone games and that the gaming experience is rich and varied, with a significant amount of social interaction and potential for civic engagement. The survey was conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, an initiative of the Pew Research Center and was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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UK government responds on Phorm (BBC)

The government has outlined how a controversial online ad system can be rolled out in the UK. In response to EU questions about its legality, it said that it was happy Phorm conformed to EU data laws.

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17 September 2008

Porn less popular as Web users become social (Reuters)

Social networking sites are the hottest attraction on the Internet, dethroning pornography and highlighting a major change in how people communicate, according to a web guru.

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US focusing cybersecurity on backdoors in tech products (Network World)

As part of a comprehensive cybersecurity push, the U.S. government will focus on improving its network defense capabilities and on revamping acquisition rules to protect against malicious code installed during the manufacturing process of electronic devices.

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EU competition officials probing Google-Yahoo deal (Reuters)

European Union antitrust watchdogs are looking into a planned deal between Internet giants Google Inc and Yahoo Inc to share some advertising revenue.

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Newspapers Worldwide (Minus U.S.) Oppose Google-Yahoo Deal (New York Times)

A worldwide association of newspapers asks regulators to block the Google Yahoo deal, even as its U.S.-based member says it has taken no position on it.

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Fight Google by competing with it rather than feeding it (The Guardian)

In America, we love a success story. But we distrust too much success. No one today is more successful than Google. So it is no surprise that the US justice department appears to be looking at whether Google has grown too big and successful. The department last week hired Sanford Litvack, a well-known litigator and former head of antitrust under Jimmy Carter, to look into Google's deal to sell ads on Yahoo's pages - and, by implication, Google's dominion over the ad industry.

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MEPs to vote on European telecoms reform (vnunet)

MEPs will vote on new European telecoms reforms next week, and are likely to throw out proposals for a Europe-wide telecoms regulator.

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Lehman and Merrill Collapse Leads to Domain Name Speculators (International Herald Tribune)

The collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings and Merrill Lynch has led to some enterprising people keen to cash in. As well as Lehman coffee mugs and Merill-logo golf balls, others have registered domain names such as lehmanbankruptcy.com, offering to sell them for as much as $5,000 reports Reuters.

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16 September 2008

Do ISPs pose a bigger online privacy threat than Google? (Computerworld)

The increased monitoring and profiling of Internet users by companies such as Google Inc. and its DoubleClick online advertising subsidiary is widely seen as one of the biggest threats to online privacy. But in reality, said university professor Paul Ohm, the potential for the same kind of activities by ISPs poses a much greater privacy risk.

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The Rise and Fall of Invasive ISP Surveillance by Paul Ohm (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: Nothing in society poses as grave a threat to privacy as the Internet Service Provider (ISP). ISPs carry their users' conversations, secrets, relationships, acts, and omissions. Until the very recent past, they had left most of these alone because they had lacked the tools to spy invasively, but with recent advances in eavesdropping technology, they can now spy on people in unprecedented ways. Meanwhile, advertisers and copyright owners have been tempting them to put their users' secrets up for sale, and judging from a recent flurry of reports, ISPs are giving in to the temptation and experimenting with new forms of spying. This is only the leading edge of a coming storm of unprecedented and invasive ISP surveillance.

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auDA's Industry Competition Advisory Panel releases draft recommendations for public consultation

auDA's Industry Competition Advisory Panel is currently reviewing auDA's competition model for the Australian domain name industry. As part of its consultation, the Panel has released its Draft Recommendations for public consultation.

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Fake Antispyware Purveyor Doubles as Domain Registrar Klikdomains.com (Washington Post)

"A cyber gang known for aggressively spreading fake anti-spyware programs through hijacked and malicious Web sites has become an authorized reseller of domain names," reports The Washington Post. The Post reports "this gang is using its access as a registrar to ease the process of creating new Web sites used to push their invasive software." The registrar is Klikdomains.com, part of Klikvip.com, and is also known as Vivids Media GMBH.

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U.N. Agency Eyes Curbs On Internet Anonymity (CNET)

A United Nations agency is quietly drafting technical standards, proposed by the Chinese government, to define methods of tracing the original source of Internet communications and potentially curbing the ability of users to remain anonymous.

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One Million dotMobi Domain Names

It has been confirmed in online sources that there are now one million .mobi domain names registered. .mobi domain names are designed to be used for web content for mobile devices. While one million domain names is a significant achievement, there are questions as to whether there is any need for a .mobi name.

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EstDomains Denies Links to Malware Distribution; Fails to Deny Washington Post Allegations

Following articles in The Washington Post accusing EstDomains of being "a superlative scam and spam site registrar", the company has sought to distance themselves from the allegations with the news release below.

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Australian ISP filtering gains momentum (Australian IT)

The federal Government's plan to implement content filters at the internet service provider level is one step closer to reality with live trials set to commence after next month.

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Ads That Built Google Could Now Pose Test (Washington Post)

Most people pay little mind to the text ads that surface after an Internet search. ... But appearing as they do millions of times daily, such unremarkable quatrains form one of the largest single sources of the $21 billion Internet advertising market in the United States. For Google, the undisputed master of delivering them, those slivers of text are the foundation of a digital empire.

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