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26 September 2008

London police close file on BT's Phorm trials (BBC)

The City of London Police have said there will be no formal investigation of BT over its secret trials of an ad monitoring system.

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Microsoft research tackles teen social networking (Computerworld)

Microsoft Corp. is throwing computer scientists and physicists together with economists and psychologists in its new East Coast research facility.

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Blogs becoming entrenched in mainstream, and more profitable (Computerworld)

Blogs have become entrenched in mainstream life, according to the 2008 "State of the Blogosphere" report that found bloggers are adding new posts at a staggering rate - more than 37,000 per hour - to their increasingly profitable blogs. That growth, the report said, has attracted the attention of companies who are turning to such blog sites to promote their brands.

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Facebook ban for odd names (The Age)

Facebook users with even slightly unusual names beware: your account can be suspended by the site's draconian administrators without warning and your personal information held to ransom until you show them a government-issued ID.

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Finland massacre raises fears of online network for school killers (The Times)

... Tuesday's shooting horrified Finland and was seen widely as a carbon copy of the attack in Jokela, where Pekka-Erik Auvinen killed eight people. Both had placed videos of their intentions on YouTube shortly before their attacks, and both killed themselves with a shot to the head rather than face arrest.

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MySpace finally rolls out music site with all labels (Reuters)

News Corp's MySpace, the world's largest social networking site, on Wednesday unveiled a long-expected joint venture with all four major music companies in a bid to compete with Apple Inc's market-leading iTunes store.

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An epidemic in illegal downloading (The Age)

More Australians are illegally downloading entertainment files, with little to fear from the copyright police.

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EU adopts law to raise telecom competition (International Herald Tribune)

The European Parliament adopted measures Wednesday to increase competition in EU telecommunications markets in a bid to give consumers a wider choice and less-costly services.

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MySpace, Facebook show off tools that can ward off child predators (Computerworld)

MySpace is using technology to analyze whether potential users trying to sign up for the social network may be registered sex offenders, the company's chief security officer said today.

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Barracuda opens up spam blocking list (vnunet)

Barracuda has announced it is opening up its spam blocking list for companies to use for free.

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Controversial ISP Intercage Now Back Online (PC World)

Pressure from computer security researchers may have knocked ISP Intercage offline, but not for long. The San Francisco company, accused of being a haven to online criminals, is now back, just days after its last upstream network provider, Pacific Internet Exchange, dropped it as a customer.

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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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