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17 February 2009
Italian bill aims to block mafia Facebook shrines (The Guardian)
Spurred by a row about Facebook pages which honour mafia godfathers, Italian politicians are to vote on new legislation ordering Italian internet providers to block pages on the social networking website which are seen as justifying or encouraging criminal activity.
TV, the Internet's final frontier (New York Times)
You would be hard-pressed to find a screen today that does not get Internet access. It's not just the PC and the phone - online content now appears in elevators, in the back of taxis and at your airplane seat. Some companies even tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to get the Internet displayed on a refrigerator door.
Australian Facebook vigilantes publish alleged arsonist's image online (Sydney Morning Herald)
Facebook vigilantes, frustrated at a court order protecting a man charged with lighting one of the deadly Victorian bushfires, which killed at least 11 people, have published his photograph on the social networking site and threatened his life.
16 February 2009
Four men behind the hugely popular Pirate Bay filesharing website are to appear in court in Stockholm today for helping millions of internet users to make illegal downloads of music, films, games and software.
Consumer demand for data services on mobile phones, such as accessing email or browsing the Web on the go, is rising despite the global economic downturn, a survey released Monday found.
A little more than a month after announcing it had 150 million active users, Facebook has reached 175 million active users--the statistic the social-networking site prefers to use, rather than registered accounts overall.
us: Teens, Nude Photos and the Law (Newsweek)
Ask yourself: should the police be involved when tipsy teen girls e-mail their boyfriends naughty Valentine's Day pictures?
One Laptop Per Child looks to lower price (Boston Globe)
The One Laptop Per Child Foundation was established to bring the world's poor children a $100 laptop and, according to its founder, Nicholas Negroponte, the organization is still determined to reach that goal.
au: ANU helps close digital divide (ABC News)
Researchers from the Australian National University are working on a new project to help close the digital divide between developed and developing nations.
Domain Pulse 2009, the premier annual domain name conference for the German-speaking countries, took place this year in the beautiful Germany city of Dresden. While domain names are the focus of Domain Pulse, DENIC, this year's organisers, diversified the conference to also include internet governance issues such as political campaigning and web 2.0, publicly financed media and the internet, the mobile internet, identity theft and advertising online.
How TV ads are taking the net by storm (The Observer)
As apiece of entertainment, it runs the gamut from highbrow to lowbrow. The latest TV commercial from chocolate maker Cadbury, in which two schoolchildren's eyebrows "dance" along to a funky soundtrack, has been hailed as proof that - for advertisers - the internet, not television, is now king.
15 February 2009
Electronic books and newspapers: An iTunes moment? (The Economist)
The growing popularity of electronic books could offer hope for newspapers
Spam Surges as Valentine's Day Nears (Business Week)
Feb. 14 is a favorite holiday for spammers, who are relying on an old standby in these down times: male insecurities
Do We Need a New Internet? (New York Times)
Two decades ago a 23-year-old Cornell University graduate student brought the Internet to its knees with a simple software program that skipped from computer to computer at blinding speed, thoroughly clogging the then-tiny network in the space of a few hours.
Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Collaborate to Clean Up Web (New York Times)
In a rare instance of collaboration among otherwise fierce rivals, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft said Thursday that they would support a new Web standard that will allow millions of Web publishers to remove duplicate pages from their Web sites. As a result of the effort, search engines should be able to find and index more Web pages, making their search results more comprehensive.
Canadian judge: No warrant needed to see ISP logs (ars technica)
A Superior Court in Ontario, Canada has ruled that IP addresses are akin to your home address, and therefore people have no expectation of privacy when it comes to their online activities being accessed by law enforcement. This means that, in Canada, police can potentially request information from your ISP about online activities, and can do so without a warrant.
How Google Decides to Pull the Plug (New York Times)
Google recently set the blogosphere abuzz by announcing that it was pulling the plug on several products.
Criminals in Italy are increasingly making phone calls over the internet in order to avoid getting caught through mobile phone intercepts, police say.
14 February 2009
A courtroom in Stockholm is set to stage the internet piracy trial of the decade. Four men behind the hugely popular Pirate Bay filesharing website are about to go before a judge for enabling millions of internet users to make illegal downloads of music, movies, games and software.
The world's mobile telecom industry will gather in the Spanish city of Barcelona next week, hoping to find ways to outwit the downturn, powerful new rivals and software developers threatening to steal their thunder.
Taxpayers face a £46m bill for the cost of communications companies storing details of all personal email and internet use, the Home Office has revealed.
Today, Microsoft announced a partnership with technology industry leaders and academia to implement a coordinated, global response to the Conficker (aka Downadup) worm. Together with security researchers, ICANN, and operators within the Domain Name System, Microsoft coordinated a response designed to disable domains targeted by Conficker. Microsoft also announced a $250,000 reward for information that results in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for illegally launching the Conficker malicious code on the Internet.
Google Ends Its Project for Selling Radio Ads (New York Times)
Google entered the radio advertising business with grand ambitions three years ago. On Thursday, those ambitions fizzled.
US Agency Skeptical of Internet Privacy Policies (New York Times)
The Federal Trade Commission had some sharp words for Internet companies Thursday, saying that they are not explaining to their users clearly enough what information they collect about them and how they use it for advertising.
13 February 2009
She regularly e-mails her grandchildren, enjoys listening to her iPod, and has become something of a YouTube phenomenon. Today, the Queen burnishes her growing technological credentials by relaunching the royal website, with new features that even the most web-savvy whizzkids would be proud of.