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26 September 2008

Computer Users Overeager to Click Popup 'OKs' (PC World)

Web surfers have a standard reaction to error messages that pop up in their Web browsers, according to new research published this week: They click "OK" and hope it will disappear.

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Brown promises internet access for all children (The Guardian)

The government will spend £300m so that the poorest families can connect to the internet at home

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400,000 .no Domain Names Registered

Norid, the ccTLD registry for .no (Norway) announced this week there were now 400,000 registrations of .no domain names, increasing tenfold in ten years. Today there are 400,331 domain names registered.

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Cybercriminals go mobile (Personal Computer World)

The increasing use of smart mobile devices will make them a major target for cybercriminals, a security analyst warned today.

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China befürchtet Knappheit an IP-Adressen (Golem)

Das China Network Information Center (CNNIC) warnt davor, dass dem Land die IP-Adressen bald ausgehen. Bei dem gegenwärtigen Bedarf seien die Vorräte an Adressen Anfang 2011 aufgebraucht. Das Wachstum des Internets im Reich der Mitte hält unterdessen unvermindert an.

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YouTube treads fine line over Finnish gunman video (The Times)

Within a couple of hours of the shootings in Kaujahoki, several videos posted by the YouTube user Wumpscut86 had been taken down by the site.

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25 September 2008

Australia's cybersecurity needs work (ZDNet)

A previously unreleased report from Australia's attorney-general's department has urged the government to take action to curb the quick and ferocious nature of modern cyber-attacks.

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Malaysian blogger jailed for inciting racial tensions (The Guardian)

A high-profile anti-government blogger has been jailed for up to two years in Malaysia, his lawyer said today.

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Authorities look for answers after Finnish mass shooting (ABC News)

A deadly shooting at a Finnish school has raised questions about tougher policing of the internet, and whether the thrill of posting threatening videos encourages other potential killers.

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Google's phone software launched (BBC)

The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones takes a look at Android, the new mobile phone platform launched by Google.

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Political barrels pushed in NZ internet debate (New Zealand Herald)

Some of the first shots in the election were fired last night, when the four main parties fronted up to a debate broadcast live over the internet and TV to discuss four of the key ICT-related issues; broadband, cyber-safety, copyright and the convergence of traditional and digital media channels.

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Kentucky Governor Seizes 141 Illegal Online Gambling Site Domain Names

In an effort to clamp down on illegal and unregulated online gambling, the Kentucky Govenor Steve Beshear sought and was granted an order transferring the domain names of 141 illegal online gambling sites to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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au: ACCC to name and shame dodgy websites (Computerworld)

More than 20 agencies worldwide - including several from Australia - will sweep thousands of sites for misleading or fraudulent claims in the next 24 hours.

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UK PM pledges internet access for all children (The Independent)

Parents are to receive vouchers worth up to £700 to ensure that all 1.4 million children growing up in homes without computers can have access to the internet, Gordon Brown will announce today. In his speech to the Labour conference, Mr Brown will trumpet the £300m scheme as evidence that the Government has not run out of steam and still has a radical agenda for the next 10 years.

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European Parliament to postpone IP address privacy issue (Network World)

European parliamentarians, set to vote on changes to the European telecommunications legal landscape this week, will put off at least one crucial question: Should IP addresses be considered private data?

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24 September 2008

Japan Domain Market Demystified by Darshaun Nadeau

Ever sat at one of the VeriSign "State of the domain" meetings at any of the ICANN meetings? Or read their reports about countries with the greatest opportunity in domains? Almost without question you will learn that Japan is earmarked as the country with the greatest opportunity for growth in the domain market. They take into consideration important factors such as GDP of a country, internet population, and current domain registration levels. With this they compare registrations with nations from around the world to come up with some predicted level of domain registrations a country should have.

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Internet Shuns U.S. Based ISP Amid Fraud, Abuse Allegations (Washington Post)

A California based commercial Internet service provider whose clients included a laundry list of spammers and scammers is now offline, after the last of the company's upstream Internet providers decided to the pull the plug.

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The mobile Internet you'll be using in 10 years (Computerworld)

The US military's new space based communications network opens a glimpse at the sort of data rates and network that you might be using on mobile devices within the next decade.

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Microsoft plans $40bn stock buyback (The Times)

Microsoft was joined by PC maker Hewlett-Packard and Nike, the sportswear maker, in announcing a share buyback scheme

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US Politicians Push for Net Neutrality, Broadband Policy (PC World)

The U.S. needs to adopt a comprehensive broadband policy to bring connections to many areas of the country that don't yet have them, two Democratic politicians said Monday.

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Euro MPs to vote on anonymous blog ban (Daily Telegraph)

Euro MPs are preparing to vote on proposals for European Union regulation of blogs with the aim of countering a "dangerous" and unregulated blogosphere.

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With Google Phone, HTC Comes Out of the Shadows (New York Times)

When executives from Google and T-Mobile converge on a stage in New York Tuesday to unveil the first mobile phone powered by Google's software, the event will be a coming-out party of sorts for another, far more obscure, but no less ambitious company -- HTC.

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Battle Over Stolen Goods Sold Online Goes to Washington (New York Times)

Does the freedom of selling on the Web lure otherwise law-abiding citizens into an addictive world of organized Internet crime? That's the somewhat overheated assertion being made to support three bills now under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on crime, terrorism, and homeland security.

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Nokia tops latest Greener Electronics Guide (Greenpeace)

Company scores plummeted in the previous edition of Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics, when new criteria on climate change were introduced. However, leading brands like Nokia and Samsung are now making significant progress in greening their electronics products, with improved environmental policies responding not only to these new energy criteria, but also to the more stringent chemical and e-waste criteria.

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Taking the next step to rein in European mobile phone industry (International Herald Tribune)

The European Union's telecommunications commissioner is gearing up for the next phase of her effort to bring the Continent's mobile phone industry under control and pass the benefits on to consumers.

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