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29 September 2008

Electrosensitivity-Mind your phone: Sham radiation can cause real pain (The Economist)

Whether mobile phones can cause cancer remains moot. But they are also accused by some of causing pain. A growing number of people around the world claim to be "electrosensitive", in other words physically responsive to the electromagnetic fields that surround phones and the other electronic devices that clutter the modern world. Indeed, at least one country, Sweden, has recognised such sensitivity as a disability, and will pay for the dwellings of sufferers to be screened from the world's electronic smog.

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Social networking-Facebook for suits: Websites that encourage business networking are thriving (The Economist)

Among the few firms benefiting from the upheaval in the financial markets are professional social networks -- websites that help with business networking and job-hunting. On LinkedIn, the market leader, members have been updating their profiles in record numbers in recent weeks, apparently to position themselves in case they lose their jobs. The two most popular sites, LinkedIn and Xing, have been growing at breakneck speed and boast 29m and 6.5m members respectively. And, in contrast to mass-market social networks such as Facebook and MySpace, both firms have worked out how to make money.

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Mobile Phones and Cancer: More Research Needed (BusinessWeek)

A large-scale study of the long-term effects of cell-phone use needs to be carried out, medical professionals said at a congressional hearing

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Murdoch declares war in the last great battle of the barons (The Observer)

The Wall Street Journal and New York Times are locking horns in the old press tradition. But the fight is looking increasingly irrelevant as their readership deserts them for the internet

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28 September 2008

US Congress takes up online threats to children (CNET)

Amid an economic crisis, Congress found some time this week to address online threats to children. The Protect Our Children Act, introduced by Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., made it through the Senate on Thursday. Separate bills authored by Sens. John McCain and Hillary Clinton were folded into the legislation, which authorizes more than $320 million for the Justice Department over the next five years for, among other things, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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RFP for New gTLDs to be Published by ICANN

An initial draft version of the RFP for new gTLDs, an "Applicant Guidebook", is due to be published by ICANN prior to their Cairo meeting in early November.

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us: Domain Name Registrars Required to Help Fight Child Porn

Domain name registrars are being brought into the fight against child pornography in the United States, with registrars being included among those required to report child pornography. Failure to do so will be a federal crime.

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ICANN Cairo Meeting Schedule Posted (ICANN)

ICANN today posted the schedule for its public Meeting to be held in Cairo 2-7 November. The meeting, which also serves as ICANN's 2008 annual general meeting, takes place at the InterContinental CityStars Hotel, Cairo.

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VoIP system users can be targeted in attacks (CNET)

Jason Ostrom of VoIP Hopper on Saturday plans to release his next-generation VoIP sniffer at Toorcon in San Diego to help raise awareness of the type of vulnerabilities businesses face as they adopt unified communications (UC) technology.

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German gamer admits killing British rival, claim Germans (The Guardian)

A German internet wargame enthusiast who has confessed to murdering a Briton he met online was in love with the victim's girlfriend and had tried to woo her, German police claimed yesterday.

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UK children at greater risk from online predators as they spend more time indoors (Daily Telegraph)

British children are at greater risk from online predators than those elsewhere in Europe because their paranoid parents keep them cooped up indoors, a report claims.

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27 September 2008

Vint Cerf talks up the next-generation internet (vnunet)

Google's chief internet evangelist Vint Cerf has set out his view of the internet's future to coincide with the search giant's 10th birthday.

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Cyber sex causes depression: study (Sydney Morning Herald)

People who seek out cyber sex have "alarmingly high" rates of depression, anxiety and stress and typically devote hours a day to the covert activity, a study shows.

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Japan home owners to be offered 1Gbit/s Internet connection (TechWorld)

Japanese telecommunications carrier KDDI is to start offering 1Gbit/s fibre optic Internet hook-ups for less than the current price of a connection one tenth the speed.

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WIPO warnt vor Problemen mit neuen Top Level Domains (Heise)

Die geplante Einführung neuer Top Level Domain, darunter auch nicht-englische Adresszonen, wird von der Weltorganisation für geistiges Eigentum (World Intellectual Property Organization) mit Argusaugen verfolgt. Markeninhaber seien durch die Erweiterung des Namensraums vor zusätzliche Probleme gestellt, heißt es in einem zur laufenden Generalversammlung der WIPO vorgelegten Bericht.

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Les marques s'inquiètent du prix des nouvelles extensions Internet (Le Journal du Net)

L'Icann l'a promis. Les entreprises pourront bientôt créer des extensions de noms de domaines du nom de leur marque. Mais les marques s'inquiètent. 300 000 euros pourraient être nécessaires à cela.

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Half world's population 'will have mobile phone by end of year' (The Guardian)

The world's love affair with the mobile phone shows no sign of abating, with the head of the UN's agency for information and communication technologies predicting that there will be 4 billion mobile phone users - or more than half of the planet's estimated 6.7 billion inhabitants - by the end of this year.

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US ISPs endorse user opt-in on Web tracking, deflect calls for privacy laws (Computerworld)

Three of the four largest Internet service providers in the U.S. promised today that they will adopt policies requiring them to get meaningful permission from customers before tracking their online activities for targeted advertising purposes.

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Quarter of workers' time online is personal (New Zealand Herald)

Most people spend more than 25 per cent of their time online at work on personal activities. And 80 per cent of emails sent by volume in the workplace are personal.

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Europe-wide wireless broadband on the way (ZDNet)

EU politicians have backed measures to help create a wireless broadband service that could work across Europe.

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Indie labels cry foul at MySpace Music launch (The Guardian)

MySpace, the social networking site, last night launched its long-awaited music service, which offers millions of streaming tracks on demand in the US, and revealed plans to launch it worldwide. But it provoked a furious reaction from the largest independent record labels, which accused it of leaving them out in the cold.

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Domaincheck: DENIC stellt neuen Abfrageservice für Domains zur Verfügung (Denic)

Ab dem 23. September 2008 stellt die DENIC eine Implementierung des Dienstes „Domaincheck" bereit. Die DENIC stößt so als erste Domainregistrierungsstelle das Tor in die Zukunft auf. Denn der leistungsfähige Domaincheck soll mittelfristig den bekannten Abfragedienst whois ersetzen. Seine Spezifikation, die Anfang 2008 veröffentlicht wurde, basiert auf dem Standard IRIS (Internet Registry Information Service). An der Erarbeitung dieses Standards wurde über mehrere Jahre intensiv gearbeitet. DENIC-Mitarbeiter Marcos Sanz war als Mitglied der IETF-Arbeitsgruppe CRISP (Cross Registry Information Service Protocol) führend an der Formulierung von IRIS beteiligt.

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26 September 2008

London police close file on BT's Phorm trials (BBC)

The City of London Police have said there will be no formal investigation of BT over its secret trials of an ad monitoring system.

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Microsoft research tackles teen social networking (Computerworld)

Microsoft Corp. is throwing computer scientists and physicists together with economists and psychologists in its new East Coast research facility.

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Blogs becoming entrenched in mainstream, and more profitable (Computerworld)

Blogs have become entrenched in mainstream life, according to the 2008 "State of the Blogosphere" report that found bloggers are adding new posts at a staggering rate - more than 37,000 per hour - to their increasingly profitable blogs. That growth, the report said, has attracted the attention of companies who are turning to such blog sites to promote their brands.

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