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18 August 2008

LinkedIn warns social networkers about dangers of 'frolleagues' (The Guardian)

Business networking website LinkedIn has published a series of guidelines to help prevent users damaging their careers by mixing professional contacts and friends online.

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VCs Hope to See Wi-Fi Everywhere: Beyond computers, Wi-Fi-enabled televisions, set-top boxes, and cars are entering the market (BusinessWeek)

Many people are familiar with the coffee shop's Wi-Fi, while others even know how to set up a simple home network. Pretty much everyone, however, knows that Wi-Fi is what makes it all possible. That ubiquity is what many venture firms are counting on as they invest in a group of startups putting Wi-Fi into cameras, televisions, and even keyboards and mice.

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British Internet TV: watch this space (The Observer)

The British internet TV market could generate revenues of £1.78bn by 2011, according to research carried out by technology company Alcatel-Lucent.

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17 August 2008

The Future of ICANN: A Series of Regional Consultative Meetings (ICANN)

A series of regional consultative meetings about crucial changes to ICANN will take place over the next three months in an effort to reach out to and involve the organization's global stakeholders.

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U.S. May Ease Police Spy Rules (Washington Post)

The Justice Department has proposed a new domestic spying measure that would make it easier for state and local police to collect intelligence about Americans, share the sensitive data with federal agencies and retain it for at least 10 years.

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16 August 2008

Facebook grabs top spot from MySpace (New Zealand Herald)

Facebook has overtaken MySpace in terms of the amount of users who have signed up to its services, making it the biggest social networking site worldwide.

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Google faces defamation lawsuit in India - WSJ (Reuters)

Google Inc's India subsidiary is being sued for alleged defamation in the Bombay High Court by an Indian construction equipment company, The Wall Street Journal said.

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Self Produced Child Pornography: The Appropriate Societal Response to Self Exploitation by Mary Leary [CUA Columbus School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper] (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: One need only read the newspaper to see a rising dangerous phenomenon among juveniles: the creation and subsequent sharing via the Internet of sexually explicit photographs. This "self exploitation" is not only a tragic social problem, but a growing legal one as well. Judges, attorneys, and legislators, are forced to address this activity because, in addition to being self destructive, it is also a violation of state and federal child pornography laws. Juvenile self exploitation illustrates a clash of two lines of jurisprudence and public policy: the aggressive opposition to child pornography and the more lenient rehabilitative treatment of juvenile self destructive behavior.

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New magazine-sharing site may violate copyrights (The Age)

The magazine industry, already facing a decline in newsstand sales and falling ad revenue, is being besieged by a new foe: digital piracy. A fledgling Web site called Mygazines.com encourages people to copy and upload popular magazines that are currently on newsstands. Visitors can read high-quality digital copies of dozens of current titles, including People, Men's Health and The Economist, in their entirety.

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Canadian paedophile gets three years for molesting Thai boy (The Guardian)

A Canadian teacher who was unmasked after his digitally swirled image was unscrambled has been sentenced to three years and three months in jail for abusing a 14-year-old boy in Thailand.

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IOC under fire for removal of Tibet protest video (The Guardian)

A Free Tibet video on YouTube was taken down under the International Olympic Committee's intellectual-property deal with the internet site.

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15 August 2008

India to host UN meet on Internet governance (CIOL)

India will host the 3rd United Nation's Meet on Internet Governance. The global mega event, with the theme 'Internet for All', is scheduled to be held in Hyderabad from December 3 to 6, 2008, said an official press release.

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Online vandalism does not equal cyberwar (Computerworld)

Despite the hype and excited breathlessness of the reports, there is no cyberwar going on between Russia and Georgia.

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Dutch police, FBI rein in large botnet (Computerworld)

The botnet created by a teenager who was arrested by Dutch police in an outdoor sting is most notable for its total reliance on social engineering to spread.

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Italian judge blocks access to Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay (Network World)

A judge in the northern town of Bergamo, Italy, has ordered Italian ISPs to block access to the Swedish file-sharing Web site The Pirate Bay in a crackdown on the illegal sharing of copyright material over the Internet.

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Longtime Battle Lines Are Recast In Russia and Georgia's Cyberwar (Washington Post)

As the violence unfolded between Russia and Georgia during the past week, hackers waged war on another front: the Internet. The Georgian government accused Russia of engaging in cyberwarfare by disabling many government Web sites, making it difficult to inform citizens quickly of important updates.

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uk: Labour warned over limits to free expression by UN (The Guardian)

The British government has been accused of creating laws that have a chilling effect on freedom of expression in the UK in a sharply critical report from the United Nations' committee on human rights. The report calls for the reform of Britain's libel laws and controls introduced under recent terrorism laws.

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Privacy worry over location data (BBC)

Privacy advocates are warning of the dangers of rushing headlong into using location based services. The Centre for Digital Democracy told the BBC that "while these services will be a powerful force in our lives they are a potential privacy nightmare."

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French Jewish group sues YouTube over 'anti-semitic' video (ABC)

A French Jewish group is suing the YouTube video-sharing website over a clip showing a host of Jewish public figures to the soundtrack of a pre-war anti-Semitic song.

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How the British watch now: tune in, log on, call up (The Guardian)

The traditional picture of the British family spending its evenings slumped in front of the TV has changed dramatically, according to a new report from the watchdog Ofcom, published today. The box is still on, but the people on the sofa are talking on the phone, texting furiously or surfing the internet - increasingly using a laptop with a mobile broadband connection - while they keep one eye on the screen.

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US Ruling Is a Victory for Supporters of Free Software (New York Times)

A legal dispute involving model railroad hobbyists has resulted in a major courtroom victory for the free software movement also known as open-source software.

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14 August 2008

Study shows U.S. broadband speeds continue to lag (CNet)

The average download and upload speeds for broadband services across the U.S. have remained relatively unchanged over the past year as the U.S. continues to lag behind other countries in terms of broadband speeds, according to a report published by the Communications Workers of America labor union.

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US Defense Department puts USAF cyber effort on hold (The Age)

The U.S. Defense Department this week delayed the Air Force's nascent Cyberspace Command and may kill the idea altogether, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press. This comes as Russia used a major computer network attack to begin its assault on Georgia.

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Privacy awareness not backed up by behaviour, UK survey finds (OUT-LAW News)

Almost 90% of UK internet users are prepared to give away private data despite 84% of the same users claiming to be very guarded about online privacy.

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Corporate complicity with the Great Firewall (The Guardian)

Like its precursor, the Great Wall of China, the Great Firewall was constructed to guard China from waves of foreign influence and information intrusion. With the world's spotlight on China and widespread criticism of its repressive actions, one should not forget that the knowledge and technology used to create the world's most prominent Big Brother society was designed in the west, often by the very same corporations whose advertisements on TV take up the time between the relay race and the javelin competition.

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