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10 November 2008

Use of Cloud Computing Applications and Services (Pew Internet & American Life Project)

Some 69% of online Americans use webmail services, store data online, or use software programs such as word processing applications whose functionality is located on the web. Online users who take advantage of cloud applications say they like the convenience of having access to data and applications from any Web-connected device. However, their message to providers of such services is: Let's keep the data between us.

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Mobile phone makers face toughest year since 2001 (Reuters)

A wave of economic gloom is set to hit mobile phone buyers next year, with a growing number of analysts expecting the once-buoyant market to shrink for the first time since the 2001 crash, a Reuters poll showed.

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09 November 2008

Malaysian authorities release detained anti-government blogger (The Guardian)

Malaysian authorities today freed a blogger who edits an anti-government news website, after a court ruled his arrest under a law allowing indefinite detention was illegal.

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Interview: Reding to rescue mobile TV in Europe (EurActiv)

The European Commission will present a new document aimed at paving the way for the spread of mobile television in Europe "within a few weeks," EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding told EurActiv in an interview. She gave positive signals on advertising on mobile handsets, but warned of dangers regarding invasion of privacy.

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ICANN Concludes Successful 33rd Meeting in Cairo (ICANN)

ICANN concluded its 33rd International Public Meeting in Cairo today. During the meeting, key issues that will influence the future development of the Internet were discussed by more than 1,000 delegates from 144 countries, including the introduction of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) and Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs).

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Google at 10: Searching Its Own Soul - Eric Schmidt interview (New York Times)

As Google recently turned 10 years old, some analysts and investors began to say the company was suffering from early signs of maturity. Google's growth rate, while still brisk, has slowed significantly and is expected to slow more because of the economic slowdown. Eric E. Schmidt, chief executive, said that Google was better positioned than other advertising companies to survive a recession.

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YouTube in talks with Hollywood to show free full-length films (The Guardian)

The video website YouTube is preparing to link up with Hollywood to show full-length films for free over the internet, it has emerged.

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Facebook and MySpace go head to head with their visions of future (The Guardian)

In the past few years they have become synonymous with the social networking phenomenon - and become rivals fighting each other for millions of users. Yesterday internet giants Facebook and MySpace went head to head again, as they outlined audacious plans for the future.

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08 November 2008

.berlin, .sport, .brand_name - new gTLDs on the way

In a major change to the domain name system, ICANN has announced a draft plan (or Guidebook) that will allow for applications for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) and is seeking comment from interested parties.

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Researchers Hijack Storm Worm to Track Profits (Washington Post)

A single response from 12 million e-mails is all it takes for spammers to turn annual profits of millions of dollars promoting knockoff pharmaceuticals, according to an unprecedented new study on the economics of spam.

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uk: Web-savvy young make bad jurors because they cannot listen, says Lord Chief Justice (Daily Telegraph)

Young people brought up with the internet are not used to listening for long periods and would not make good jurors, according to the most senior judge in England and Wales.

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Zuckerberg's Law of Information Sharing (New York Times)

On stage at the Web 2.0 Summit Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, was cheerfully unruffled. Mr. Zuckerberg pinned his optimism on a change in behavior among Internet users: that they are ever more willing to tell others what they are doing, who their friends are, and even what they look like as they crawl home from the frat party.

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Pakistan proposes death penalty for 'cyber-terrorists' (ABC News)

Cyber-terrorism causing death is to be a capital crime, Pakistan's government has declared, as it seeks to get tough with extremism and high-tech offences.

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Yahoo tells Microsoft: 'Buy us' (BBC)

Yahoo said the "For Sale" sign is still on its front lawn and that Microsoft should buy the company.

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Movie star in the making: China's answer to YouTube (The Guardian)

With 12 million users a day, Gary Wang's Tudou is the biggest video sharing site in China - and it's set to get much, much bigger

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Telstra warns of broadband network pullout (Australian IT)

Whether it is bluff or whether it is real, Telstra is threatening to not even put in a bid for the national broadband network this month reports Australian IT.

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ICANN: Streit um geografische TLD; ITU und ICANN: Zwangsehe ohne Liebe (Heise)

Viel Streit um die Regeln zur Einführung neuer Top-Level-Domains gibt es auf dem dem morgen zu Ende gehenden 33. Treffen der ICANN in Kairo. Geht es nach dem Willen verschiedener Regierungen, dann muss die private Netzverwaltung mit der Einführung von Länder- oder Regionalnamen als TLDs warten. Zunächst sollten die Verfahren zur Einführung neuer Länderdomains in nicht-englischen Zeichen verabschiedet werden. Das geht aus einem Bericht hervor, den der lettische Diplomat Janis Karklins, Vorsitzender des ICANN-Regierungsbeirates (GAC), beim Treffen der Netzverwaltung in Kairo ablieferte.

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Super-fast broadband, bit by bit (BBC)

The network that powers the next generation of broadband is going to be radically different from the one we currently have. That is the view of Francesco Caio, one of the government's chief advisers on so-called next generation access and author of a major report into how the UK should roll out super-fast broadband.

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07 November 2008

'Miniscule' radiation danger from wireless gadgets, says study (New Zealand Herald)

An Australian study has found that wireless devices like keyboards, mice and PDAs emit less radiation that many believe.

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Hackers tap in to Obamamania (The Times)

Hackers seeking to exploit the global interest in Barack Obama's sweeping election victory have bought their way to the top of the Google results page.

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Google's growth makes privacy advocates wary (Washington Post)

Perhaps the biggest threat to Google Inc.'s increasing dominance of Internet search and advertising is the rising fear, justified or not, that Google's broadening reach is giving it unchecked power.

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French internet law clashes with EU position (EU Observer)

The French Senate has overwhelmingly voted in favour of a law that would cut off access to the internet to web surfers who repeatedly download copyrighted music, films or video games without paying.

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The dangers of Internet censorship (Boston Globe)

Suppose that government regulators proposed to read all postal mail in order to protect families from things they should not see. Anything not legally prohibited would be delivered. Any unlawful words, pictures, or videos would be thrown away.

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Apple response on Norwegian iTunes case fails to impress (PC World)

Norway's consumer protection official is not satisfied with Apple's response to his issue with iTunes DRM restrictions violating the country's laws.

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Surfing violent websites linked to violent behaviour (Reuters)

Young people exposed to violent media are more likely to lash out violently themselves, new research published in Pediatrics shows.

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