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11 April 2009

YouTube and Universal to Create a Hub for Music (New York Times)

YouTube, the most popular online video site, and Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, said on Thursday that they would create an online hub for music videos and related content, called Vevo.

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Street View UK is here to stay, says Google Maps boss (The Times)

Google will continue to take pictures of the streets of Britain and put them online for its controversial Street View mapping service, the head of Google Maps has told The Times.

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Cathode ray YouTube (The Guardian)

Online content is about to enter your home in its most accessible format yet, as the big TV makers switch on to supplying an internet widget as standard

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Extremist Web Sites Are Using U.S. Hosts (Washington Post)

On March 25, a Taliban Web site claiming to be the voice of the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" boasted of a deadly new attack on coalition forces in that country. Four soldiers were killed in an ambush, the site claimed, and the "mujahideen took the weapons and ammunition as booty."

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10 April 2009

Newspapers set to merge or die, ABC chief (The Age)

ABC head and former Fairfax newspaper executive Mark Scott has painted a bleak picture of the future of newspapers, predicting Melbourne will become a one-newspaper city amid mergers, closures and cost-cutting.

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Is Yahoo a Better Friend to Newspapers Than Google? (New York Times)

On Tuesday, Eric Schmidt, Google's chief executive, told newspaper executives to think of the search engine company as their friend and potential partner.

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Drivers using internet chat sites while driving (Drive.com.au)

A British study has found that some people like to talk on Twitter or Facebook while they are driving.

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Facebook set to hit milestone today - 200 millionth user (Computerworld)

Just a few months after its fifth anniversary, Facebook Inc. Wednesday is set to welcome its 200 millionth user.

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Plan to Curb Internet Piracy Advances in France (New York Times)

French lawmakers are poised to approve a law to create the world's first surveillance system for Internet piracy, one that would force Internet service providers in some cases to disconnect customers accused of making illegal downloads.

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iPhone Skype may be tip of the iceberg for carriers (Computerworld)

Though mobile operators say they want more open phone platforms and are moving toward packet-based 4G networks, they are stuck between a future of being "dumb pipes" like DSL or cable operators and a present in which the bulk of their revenue still comes from the sale of voice minutes.

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Fall in number of global new mobile subscribers (Financial Times)

The number of net new mobile phone subscribers in the world fell sharply in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the growth of mobile data revenues stalled for the first time, providing further evidence of the impact of the global economic downturn on the mobile telecoms sector.

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State Liberals defy Malcolm Turnbull on broadband (The Australian)

Senior Liberals in two states have delivered Malcolm Turnbull an embarrassing rebuff, rejecting his staunch opposition to Kevin Rudd's proposed $43 billion high-speed broadband service, reports The Australian.

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09 April 2009

Pentagon Bill To Fix Cyber Attacks: $100M (CBS News)

The Pentagon spent more than US$100 million in the last six months responding to and repairing damage from cyber attacks and other computer network problems, military leaders said Tuesday.

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US takes steps to create infrastructure against cyber attacks (The Guardian)

The US Congress is taking up legislation to dramatically bolster the government's response to the growing threat of international computer espionage and cyber terrorism, a move that would give the president broad authority to sever from the internet private computer networks at risk of attack.

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Google Insists It's a Friend to Newspapers (New York Times)

It had the makings of a high-tension face-off: Eric E. Schmidt, Google's chief executive, spoke Tuesday at a convention of newspaper executives at a time when a growing chorus in the struggling industry is accusing Google of succeeding, in part, at their expense.

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BT blocks up to 40,000 child porn pages per day (The Register)

Between 35,000 and 40,000 attempts to access child pornography sites via BT Retail's broadband network are blocked every day, it was revealed today.

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uk: Amazon to challenge iTunes with 29p MP3 music downloads (The Guardian)

The giant online retailer Amazon declared an MP3 price war yesterday by slashing the price of many top-selling downloads in an attempt to grab a bigger slice of the legal music download market.

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CNNIC Releases Statistical Report on State of Internet in China

CNNIC, the China Internet Network Information Center, released its 23rd statistical report on the internet development in China in January. The report found there were 13.572 million registered .CN domain names, the highest of any ccTLD in the world. Today there are approximately 14.5 million .CN domain names.

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Digital Piracy Spreads, and Defies a Fix (New York Times)

Less than a week after a pirated copy of the unreleased movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" popped up on the Internet, federal legislators and entertainment executives presented an extraordinarily bleak picture of the damage digital piracy can inflict, and the grim prospects for limiting it.

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Does YouTube actually make any money? (The Guardian)

While the video sharing website is so phenomenally popular that it has become the second biggest search engine in the world - there's still precious little information on whether the money is rolling in.

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UK authorities deny prototype intercept database (ZDNet)

According to the U.K. Home Office, no prototype database has been built by either the Home Office or the intelligence services, to test whether all U.K. citizens' communications information can be stored.

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Spam overwhelms e-mail messages: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (BBC News)

More than 97% of all e-mails sent over the net are unwanted, according to a Microsoft security report.

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FCC Broadband Proposal May Miss Out on US Stimulus (Washington Post)

The Federal Communications Commission will embark today on a nearly year-long project aimed at bringing high-speed Internet to every U.S. home, a process that many hope will bring an agency long focused on arcane telephone rules into the digital age.

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Classified adverts booming online (BBC News)

The traditional advertising market may be in decline, but online classifieds are bucking the trend, according to research.

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Technology and Great Teachers are Essential for the U.S. (Huffington Post)

As President Obama returns from a week abroad and an immersion into the issues of the world, he'll again take to defending the merits of his stimulus plan and his budget on the home-front. Underlying one of his biggest priorities, education reform, sits the kernel idea that investing in education will produce long-term economic gains for our country. So aside from simply wanting American children to be better educated, we must ensure that we can fill our seat at the global "big kids table" for decades to come.

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