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21 November 2008

Australian electronic waste tax ruled out by Environment Minister Peter Garrett (Australian IT)

Australian consumers won't be taxed for recycling electronic goods such as computers, TVs and mobile phones. Instead the federal Government will look at developing policy to encourage consumers to dispose electronic waste in a proper manner.

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How Much Does Spam Cost Your Company? Google Will Calculate (PC World)

How much is spam costing your company? Google unveiled a nifty little calculator Wednesday to help you add it up.

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Study Finds Teenagers' Internet Socializing Isn't Such a Bad Thing (New York Times)

Good news for worried parents: All those hours their teenagers spend socializing on the Internet are not a bad thing, according to a new study by the MacArthur Foundation.

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UK registry, Nominet, faces split (The Guardian)

When the government talks about "critical national infrastructure", for most of us it brings to mind images of guarded nuclear facilities, choked railways and failing banks. But now, on a business park on the outskirts of Oxford, a keystone of the modern economy is the subject of an increasingly bitter power struggle that could trigger a Whitehall power grab at the independent heart of the UK internet.

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Fears over Australia's £55m plan to censor the internet (The Guardian)

Won't somebody think of the children? This mantra is being used with great effect by the Australian government to increase its control over what Australians see, watch and do - all, ostensibly, in the name of protecting the nation's youth. And a scheme that amounts to censorship is coming closer: the government has said that it wants to start live trials of ISP-level content filtering before Christmas.

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20 November 2008

Diffusion and Adoption of IPv6 in the Arin Region by Hillary Elmore, Brandon Stephens & L. Jean Camp [Indiana University Bloomington - School of Informatics] (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: In the near term there will be no available, unallocated IPv4 addresses. From original estimates of IPv4 exhaustion in 2037, the most widely-cited current estimates for ARIN IPv4 address depletion is now at 2013. This deadline gives a particular importance to IPv6 adoption. The goals of this work were to identify valid measures of IPv6 diffusion and use classic diffusion models to bound the uncertainty in those measures.

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Hosting firm takedown bags 500,000 bots (ARN)

The shutdown last week of a US-based Web hosting company crippled more than 500,000 bots, or compromised computers, which no longer are able to receive commands from criminals, a security researcher said Tuesday.

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OpenNet Initiative: Australia’s content filtering "frightening" (ARN)

The principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative (ONI) has labelled the federal government's proposed mandatory Internet filtering scheme "frightening" and typical of non-democratic regimes.

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Now comes the hard part as Yahoo wrestles with a question of direction (New York Times)

... But even before its new boss is selected, Yahoo has an even more fundamental decision to make, say analysts and other Internet watchers. Does it want to remain an independent company, trying to expand in a range of businesses while it combats Google in the crucial arena of Web search? Or should it finally listen to the devotees of deal-making and sell some or all of itself to another Internet player, most likely Microsoft?

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Mobile messaging grows globally (CNET)

Worldwide mobile messaging grew nearly 10 percent in the third quarter compared to the second quarter of the year, fueled by new trends in the messaging market, according to VeriSign, which provides Internet infrastructure services and delivers messages on behalf of carriers and content providers.

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Draft Applicant Guidebook Now Available in Additional Languages (ICANN)

A draft 'Applicant Guidebook' for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) is now available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian for review and comment at icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/comments-en.htm. The draft Guidebook provides information for those interested in applying for new generic top-level domains.

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Yahoo back on takeover alert as Yang quits (The Guardian)

Microsoft could be poised to make a fresh bid for its internet rival Yahoo, after Yahoo's chief executive, Jerry Yang, announced his intention of stepping down from the struggling web giant.

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us: Wife's iPhone plea as hubby emails raunchy pictures to lover (Sydney Morning Herald)

A US woman has discovered her husband using his iPhone to send raunchy pictures of his genitals to a lover, which he tried to explain was caused by an Apple bug.

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19 November 2008

ICANN Goes to Sydney in June 09

ICANN has selected Sydney as the venue for their June 2009 meeting that they expect around 1,700 experts from around the world to discuss issues regarding the future of the Internet such as new gTLDs, internationalised domain names and the security of the DNS.

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EFF: Kentucky domain seizures flawed on many levels

The legal victory in September by the state of Kentucky to control gambling within its borders through the seizure of 141 domain names belonging to online gambling companies has been appealed. The appeal has now been joined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, ACLU, and the Center for Democracy and Technology, who use an amicus brief to argue that the initial seizure ruling was flawed on several levels.

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ICANN drops bad domain registrar, but on technicality

Confirmation of EstDomains' accreditation being revoked came through last week with ICANN in the process of finding a suitable registrar to transfer EstDomains' 281,000 domain name records to.

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Touré's ITU still pushing for an Internet counter-revolution by Milton Mueller (Internet Governance blog)

In his speech at the ICANN meeting in Cairo, the ITU's Hamadoun Touré "spoke openly of the ongoing 'war' between ICANN and the ITU writes Milton Mueller. Mueller notes Touré demanded a stronger role for governments in ICANN, dismissed ICANN's GAC as "cosmetic" (quite wrong says Mueller) and correctly accused the IGF of "avoiding issues" but also rather harshly dismissed it as a "waste of time." Mueller commended "Touré for his forthrightness, which is all too rare in international organizations. Unfortunately, his blunt speech supports the wrong cause."

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Cyber defense, not cyberattacks, top priority (NextGov)

The United States remains the country most vulnerable to a cyberattack and should concentrate more on defending its computer networks, not on launching offensive cyberattacks, said one of the nation's top cybersecurity officials.

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Murdoch attacks newspaper doomsayers (The Independent)

Rupert Murdoch tore into the "doom and gloomers" predicting the demise of newspapers yesterday, backing the industry to hit new heights this century, but admitted this involved "moving beyond dead trees".

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Spam drop could boost Trojan attacks (TechWorld)

After rogue ISP McColo was taken offline global spam was estimated to have dropped from 50 to 80 percent, but spammers are starting to reconstitute botnets elsewhere

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Ads seek to bolster distribution of laptops for Third World children (International Herald Tribune)

After a rocky beginning, the nonprofit group One Laptop Per Child thinks that an advertising campaign will give a lift to its effort to place low-cost laptops in the hands of children in developing nations.

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UK identities sold for £80 online (BBC)

Internet fraudsters sell complete financial identities for just £80, according to an online safety group.

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Web Sites That Dig for News Rise as Watchdogs (New York Times)

Over the last two years, some of San Diego's city's darkest secrets have been dragged into the light -- city officials with conflicts of interest and hidden pay raises, affordable housing that was not affordable, misleading crime statistics.

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Jerry Yang, Yahoo Chief, Steps Down (New York Times)

Jerry Yang, who, as chief executive of Yahoo, resisted a takeover bid from Microsoft only to later ask that merger talks resume, said he was stepping down.

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Europeans becoming "connect-aholics" (Reuters)

According to a new survey conducted for the chipmaker AMD by YouGov, 77 percent of Europeans say they couldn't live without the internet.

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