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05 April 2008
The last time Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang was called from Silicon Valley to the nation's capital, politicians lambasted him as a moral "pygmy" and subjected him to multiple hours of grilling about the company's role in the conviction of a Chinese cyberdissident.
Imagine digital music without Apple as the marquee act. That's what the music labels want. For years, they have wished for a legitimate challenger to wrest away some of the bargaining power Apple has wielded as the No. 1 online music seller. So, here we go again: it's another iTunes killer.
Norwegian ISPs refuse to finger P2P users for movie biz (ars technica)
While copyright holders once told consumers, "Don't copy that floppy," the Norwegian Consumer Council has a new message: "Don't sign on the dotted line." Late last week, it came to light that Internet users who have been picked out for distributing movies are being asked to sign a letter admitting guilt and making a pledge not to engage in illicit file-swapping again (no word on whether a blood oath is required). The NCC is telling people not to sign, however.
Apple's iTunes has overtaken supermarket group Wal-Mart to become the largest music retailer in the US, an independent study has said.
UK ISP fires shot across bows of music industry on piracy (The Guardian)
TalkTalk, the internet service-provider owned by Carphone Warehouse, has flatly rejected demands from the music and film industries that it should "police" the internet and cut off some broadband customers in an attempt to stem the flood of illegal file-sharing.
04 April 2008
ICANN welcomed today's statement regarding the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) mid-term review from the United States Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
Social networking sites should carry the telephone numbers of child welfare agencies, the police and confidential hotlines under guidance to be published tomorrow, aimed at improving online security.
Tackling cybercrime: guidance on sharing Internet data (International Herald Tribune)
The Council of Europe settled on voluntary guidelines Wednesday to strengthen cooperation between the police and Internet service companies, starting a long process to build support for a common global system to combat cybercrime.
VoIP System Security: Time to Worry, or Maybe Not (New York Times)
As computer-based technologies, Voice over Internet Protocol telephone systems (VoIP) are as vulnerable to attacks as PCs. The problem is, says one telecommunications security company, few people ever think that their voice conversations-and their user accounts- can easily be spied upon, recorded, and stolen.
MySpace music venture to take on iTunes (Los Angeles Times)
News Corp.'s MySpace, the largest online social networking site, will unveil as early as Thursday a joint venture with the world's top three music labels, according to several people familiar with the matter.
BT admits tracking 18,000 users with Phorm systems in 2006 (The Guardian)
BT Broadband has admitted that it carried out secret trials on 18,000 user accounts in autumn 2006 with technology from 121Media, which became the targeted advertising company Phorm. Though BT has not yet said where the trials were done, the systems were used to analyse web traffic and then serve selected adverts on a number of selected websites.
By 2020 the terms 'interface' and 'user' will be obsolete as computers merge ever closer with humans. It is one of the predictions in a Microsoft-backed report drawn from the discussions of 45 academics from the fields of computing, science, sociology and psychology.
'Dongles' to revolutionise mobile web access (The Daily Telegraph)
... Vodafone, claims the product "is flying off the shelves", which is why it has hired an extra 450 frontline staff to help sell mobile broadband at the same time as laying off staff at Vodafone HQ. Mobile provider 3 has also seen this shift towards USB modems, with more than 20 per cent of new customers to their monthly packages purchasing dongles. A report by Arthur D Little and Exane BNP has suggested half of all consumers in Europe will have mobile broadband access by 2012.
Si vous avez l'intention de déposer un nom de domaine contenant le mot « paris », réfléchissez-y à deux fois... Ou vous pourriez bien connaître la mésaventure de cette jeune société décidée à lancer un site de paris en ligne. Au mois de décembre dernier, Stéphane Nachez et son associé déposent un nom encore disponible et qu'il considère à fort potentiel : paris-fr.biz.
10 Simple Steps to Boost Search Engine Rankings (E-Commerce Times)
The E-Commerce Times gives several steps to follow to ensure top rankings in search engines. They say sites that follow these simple steps will likely see their traffic and search engine rankings soar through the roof. The better optimized your site is for the search engines, the better results you can expect.
La Argentina es la sexta operadora entre los países con dominios de primer nivel (TLD, sigla en inglés)) con código de países y la primera de América latina. Así se desprende del último informe de VeriSign, la empresa que opera los dominios .com y .net. Según sus datos, hay 1,6 millones de dominios .ar.
Steuerkurs – DENIC veröffentlicht Strategiepapier (Domain Recht)
Wohin steuert die deutsche Domain-Verwaltung DENIC eG? Mit einem Strategieplan hat der Vorstand nun erstmals ein Papier vorgelegt, das als Leitbild für die kommenden Jahre fungieren könnte.
Deuxième année d’existence pour le .CAT (DomainesInfo)
Le registre du .CAT fête sa deuxième année d'existence et totalise à ce jour 27 500 enregistrements.
NTIA Statement on ICANN JPA Mid-Term Review (National Telecommunications and Information Administration)
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released a statement on its mid-term review of the Joint Project Agreement between itself and ICANN. The review found "there was general consensus on the need to preserve the security and stability of the DNS and the recognition that ICANN is the appropriate technical coordinator of the Internet DNS."
03 April 2008
Geoff Huston and George Michaelson recently wrote an article published on Circle ID on IPv6 and looks at where we are now. They say following the stories of impending doom for IPv4 addresses running out, that didn't eventuate as predicted, we are now getting to the stage where we really will run out of addresses. They write that since "Since 2005 we've been consuming IPv4 addresses at a rate of some 160 million addresses per year, and what's left in the IPv4 unallocated address pool looks like lasting for no more than another 3 years."
Estonia to drill NATO's future cyber-war defenders (Sydney Morning Herald)
Almost a year after falling victim to a "cyber-war" blamed on Russian hackers, the Baltic state of Estonia is now piloting NATO's efforts to ward off future online attacks on alliance members.
uk: YouTube under fire over 'rape' footage (The Guardian)
YouTube, the video-sharing website owned by Google, yesterday came under attack from MPs after admitting that an error in its review procedure meant it had failed to remove footage apparently showing a gang rape.
A set of guidelines to help European ISPs and law enforcement agencies cooperate on cybercrime investigations are close to being complete. The guidelines are aimed at satisfying law enforcement's need to quickly obtain data needed for investigations while also not unduly burdening ISPs (Internet service providers) or threatening subscribers' right to privacy, said Alexander Seger, head of the economic crime division for the Council of Europe.
Apple's latest iMac desktop monitor boasts the broadest rainbow palette in the computer world with a capacity to display "millions of colours", according to its marketing material. Or does it?
Pizza.com is cooking and nearly done. The current bid is a nice US$2,605,000 with almost 34 hours to go in the Sedo auction before bidding closes. There have been 76 bids to date with two bidders, listed as bidders "22" and "23" currently slugging it out.