[DNS] domain name news - September 8

[DNS] domain name news - September 8

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2008 22:41:05 -0700 (PDT)
Don't forget to check out www.auda.org.au/domain-news/ for an archive of the last 3 months of the news.


And see my website - http://technewsreview.com.au/ - for daily updates in between postings.


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ICANN Nominating Committee selections announced
http://blog.icann.org/?p=350

Call for nominations for election to auDA Board
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-05092008/

Pentagon debates development of offensive cyberspace capabilities
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cyber8-2008sep08,0,1049889.story

Experts call for united global action against cyber attacks [AFP]
http://news.theage.com.au/technology/experts-call-for-united-global-action-against-cyber-attacks-20080905-4a25.html

How to Handle 'IHateYourCompany.com'
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122057760688302147.html

VeriSign Domain Report Shows Domain Name Growth Remains Strong
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=5826


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 - ICANN
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ICANN Formalizes Relationship with ccTLD Manager for Poland
ICANN has announced today that it has signed an exchange of letters with the country code top level domain (ccTLD) manager for .pl-Poland, Naukowa i Akademicka Si?c Komputerowa (NASK).
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-05sep08-en.htm

2008 ICANN Nominating Committee Announces Selections
The 2008 ICANN Nominating Committee (Nom Com) has completed its selections:
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-05sep08-en.htm

Nominating Committee selections announced
2008 NomCom selectionsThe selections of the 2008 Nominating Committee have just been announced. They include:
http://blog.icann.org/?p=350

ICANN Takes Another Step Toward Creating A Secure Domain Environment
Today ICANN has announced that they have ?formalized? their relationship with ccTLD manager for .pl-Poland, Naukowa i Akademicka Si?c Komputerowa (NASK) with the Accountability Framework program.
http://www.namesmash.com/?p=137

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.ar Introduces IDNs
LatinTLD is advising registrars of a sunrise period for internationalised domain names for the .ar (Argentina) ccTLD.
http://www.domainnews.com/en/general/.ar-introduces-idns.html
http://www.domainpulse.com/2008/09/07/ar-introduces-idns/

au: Call for nominations for election to auDA Board
The election will take place at auDA's Annual General Meeting, to be held on 20 October 2008 in Brisbane. The AGM will elect four directors to the board, to replace the directors who must retire from the board. The directors elected will serve for a term of two years.
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-05092008/

CZNIC issues new registration rules
In connection with the DNNSEC technology implementation the association CZ.NIC issued new registration rules.
http://www.nic.cz/page/505/new-registration-rules/

DNSSEC Protects the Czech National Domain
CZ.NIC continues testing the DNSSEC technology in the registry of .CZ and ENUM domains.
http://www.nic.cz/page/503/dnssec-protects-the-czech-national-domain/

CZ.NIC Opens a Competition for Young Programmers
Participants can enter the competition until September 30.
http://www.nic.cz/page/508/cz.nic-opens-a-competition-for-young-programmers/

SGNIC Revises Registrar Accreditation Framework
SGNIC has revised some of its registrar accreditation criteria. Foreign registrars intending to apply to be SGNIC's accredited registrar need not set up a local presence in Singapore anymore. They will however need to be accredited with ICANN.
http://nic.net.sg/newsroom/20080901162257.html

uk: ENUM consultation
The UK ENUM consortium (UKEC) has launched the final ENUM consultation document. This consultation addresses the issue of telephone number validation and the accreditation of Validation Agencies.
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=5566

Nominet Brand awareness research
Nominet is currently using an external research agency, 2Europe, to carry out a market research project. The project is to measure awareness levels of Nominet and its role in the UK Internet industry.
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=5564

vn: New directive aims to enhance Internet management
An Internet management directive issued by the government last Thursday encourages domestic enterprises to use the ?.vn? country code for their websites.
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/tech/2008/09/802084/

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Pentagon debates development of offensive cyberspace capabilities
The current emphasis is on intelligence gathering and defending U.S. electronic security, but some officials think the military should know how to attack other nations' computer systems.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cyber8-2008sep08,0,1049889.story

Experts call for united global action against cyber attacks [AFP]
The world has to unite against the growing menace of cyber terrorism, IT experts said Thursday, evoking a recent "cyber war" against Georgia as the latest example of the threat.
http://news.theage.com.au/technology/experts-call-for-united-global-action-against-cyber-attacks-20080905-4a25.html
http://news.smh.com.au/technology/experts-call-for-united-global-action-against-cyber-attacks-20080905-4a25.html

Is Rock Phish cybergang set for a comeback?
Do cybergangs work on evil ?product upgrades? to improve their crimeware and attack methods? That's what RSA, the security division of EMC, claims is happening with the Rock Phish gang, described as an East European cybercrime group responsible for creating botnets used in phishing attacks to steal personal information.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/090508-rock-phish.html

Report: inside the network architecture of SPAM and malware
Two websites have recently published reports on Internet security and the spread of malware across the web, and both documents examine the problem from a new perspective. Most online security coverage tends to focus on the perpetual war between the antimalware industry and the companies that earn an illicit living from selling botnets and developing new exploits. The reports from HostExploit and Knujon, however, focus on the registrars and ISPs that actually provide hosting to the black hats, and explore the various connections between the organizations.
http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/network-architecture-of-malware.ars

ITU?s Global Cybersecurity Agenda housed in Malaysia [news release]
ITU concluded an agreement with the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-Terrorism (IMPACT) to operationalize the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA). IMPACT?S state-of-the-art global headquarters in Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur will be the home of ITU?s Global Cybersecurity Agenda.
http://www.itu.int/newsroom/press_releases/2008/27.html

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A popular website domain name is for sale and politicians are fighting it out in cyberspace
The nationalist socialist Danish People's Party has a strong party line on tougher immigration laws. The Danish Refugee Council aims to help the less fortunate immigrants to this country. And the National Association of Danish Folk Dancers - well they just like to dance.
http://www.cphpost.dk/get/108986.html

How to Handle 'IHateYourCompany.com'
In recent years, disgruntled consumers have launched hundreds of Web sites to air their grievances -- from starbucked.com and ihatestarbucks.com to boycottwalmart.org and againstthewal.com.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122057760688302147.html

Solidhost Saga Continues
Michele Neylon mentioned the issue facing Solidhost a while back. Although the legal proceedings are still ongoing the Dutch company have managed to regain control of the domain name in the interim.
http://www.isquattedyour.eu/2008/09/06/solidhost-saga-continues/

us: Coral Gables ready to sue a man over his website's domain name
The city is poised to sue a Gables resident, activist and businessman to take a domain name he owns for a website about the historic Venetian Pool.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami-dade/coral-gables/story/674380.html

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VeriSign Domain Report Shows Domain Name Growth Remains Strong
The number of domain names continues to grow around the world with 168 million domain name registrations across all of the TLDs in the second quarter of 2008, representing a four percent increase over the first quarter of 2008 and 22 percent growth over the same quarter last year reports VeriSign's most recent Domain Report released this week.
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=5826
http://www.domainpulse.com/2008/09/04/verisign-domain-report-shows-domain-name-growth-remains-strong/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/general/verisign-domain-report-shows-domain-name-growth-remains-strong.html

VeriSign Reports Internet Growth
VeriSign has released its Domain Report for the second quarter of 2008, reporting a continued global internet growth of four percent over the previous quarter and 22 percent growth over Q2 last year.
http://www.thewhir.com/marketwatch/090408_VeriSign_Reports_Internet_Growth.cfm

EuroDNS launches WHOIS.de [news release]
EuroDNS, in partnership with Sedo, is glad to announce the launch of the newly created whois.de service (www.whois.de).
http://www.domainnews.com/en/general/eurodns-launches-whois.de.html

Domain Name Lessons from Napster by Alex Tajirian
I first outline a brief history of free file-sharing technology, then draw some general and domain name lessons, then outline the what, how, and why that make your activism effective and necessary... The domain name industry is decentralized and atomic in that anyone from anywhere in the world can register a domain name, keep the ownershp name and address private, and host it from a country where the U.S. and European legal systems don't apply. Thus, legal action will only drive domain owners further underground.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/domain_name_lessons_from_napster/

GoDaddy Jacks Up Domain Prices ? Again
Just a few days after we swallowed the news that GoDaddy increased .net and .org prices to 13.19, and a few weeks after the company claimed Yahoo ?Jumped the Shark? by raising its domain prices to $35, GoDaddy has hiked prices again.
http://domainnamewire.com/2008/09/05/godaddy-jacks-up-domain-prices-again/

Unreasonable ccTLD Registry Price Increases!
It highly concerns me when domain registries controlling a certain Top-Level Domain (TLD) raise the wholesale prices they charge to registrars (domain retailers) without consultation to domain registrants (domain buyers).
http://www.circleid.com/posts/unreasonable_cctld_registry_price_increases/

The Private Domain Registration & Google Dilemma
The Search Engine Roundtable scoop has drawn our attention towards the fix situation that is faced by the majority of online marketers regarding the registration process of their domain names. Jim Boykin's Blog post is still very pertinent in this context today as the number of web scammers trying to make money out of the domain name scam seems to be ever increasing.
http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2008/09/06/the-private-domain-registration-google-dilemma

Countdown to ARIN XXII
There are only forty-one days left until ARIN XXII Public Policy and Members Meeting. Please join us 15-17 October 2008 in Los Angeles, California to add your voice to the community discussions!
http://www.arin.net/announcements/20080904.html

Crazy ccTLD Price Hikes?
Jackie Liu's post on CircleID raises some very interesting questions, though whether or not any answers will be forthcoming or not is a totally different matter.
http://www.isquattedyour.eu/2008/09/05/crazy-cctld-price-hikes/

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.TEL Dials Up New Revenue Generating Opportunities for Domainers
As plans for the launch of .Tel were unveiled at the ICANN meeting in Paris last week, it is apparent that .TEL is even more exciting than many people first envisioned?especially for those domainers who are looking for new and more innovative ways to monetize top level domain (TLD) names.
http://moderndomainer.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=128

Ad trade group opposes Yahoo-Google search deal
The Association of National Advertisers announced Sunday it sent a letter to the head of the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice, citing its opposition to the controversial Yahoo-Google search advertising deal.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10034530-93.html

Advertiser group objects to Google-Yahoo tie up
The Association of National Advertisers sent a letter objecting to the proposed Internet search advertising partnership between Yahoo Inc and Google Inc to government regulators reviewing the deal, the group said on Sunday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUKN0737470020080908
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/07/AR2008090701571.html

Blockbuster Sales of Printer.com and Affiliate.com Pace Another Big Week for the Domain Aftermarket
The summer doldrums were sent packing again this week as a quartet of huge six-figure sales led another banner outing for the domain aftermarket. Two of those rank among the ten biggest sales of the year.
http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2008/domainsales09-02-08.htm

Apo.com Tops Sedo Weekly Sales List Selling for $27,000
Below is Sedo's latest weekly sales list for all the domains sold by Sedo in the week commencing 25 August. The biggest seller was apo.com, selling for US$27,000 while fight.tv was the biggest seller among the ccTLDs selling for $18,000 while open-office.de was close behind selling for ?12,000 ($17,350).
http://www.domainpulse.com/2008/09/05/sedo-weekly-sales-list/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/general/apo.com-tops-sedo-weekly-sales-list-selling-for-27-000.html

uk: Old gov website in private hands
Fears over security have been raised due to a German web marketing company purchasing the domain name of the now defunct National Hi-Tech Crime Unit.
http://www.publicservice.co.uk/news_story.asp?id=6972

Editorial: How the Domain Industry Can Clean Itself Up
The domain business is a good business with a bad image. What can be done about it? Earlier today I read DNJournal?s weekly sales recap. There were some good sales, including RoomDividers.com at $75,000 (congratulations, Rick). But all of the good sales were overshadowed by a couple bad sales: Mozzilla.com for $40,000 and wwwMatch.com at $11,100.
http://domainnamewire.com/2008/09/04/editorial-how-the-domain-industry-can-clean-itself-up/

It?s Time For a Domainer Meetup in Austin
There are a lot of domainers in Texas, and even a strong contingent in the Central Texas area, but we haven?t made the effort to all get together. Heck, one of the domain print publications is even based here. I?ve been talking about organizing an event for about a year but have procrastinated. That?s going to change.
http://domainnamewire.com/2008/09/05/its-time-for-a-domainer-meetup-in-austin/

ME DOMAINS SELLS AT AUCTION FOR OVER 2 MILLION DOLLARS - Record Domains
Me domains sells at auction for over 2Million dollars - Internet Record Domains online casino news. The Land-Rush me domain auction has just ended and what a amazing internet auction!
http://www.onlinecasino.org/news/me-domains-sells-at-auction-for-over-2-million-dollars-record-domains-1837.php

Google Says Private Registration Won't Hurt Your Search Rankings
With the number of scammers who try to usurp ownership of domain increasing (I got 2 letters for 3 domains last week), it's a surprise that few people really take advantage of private registration for their domain names. However, many people don't know about WhoisGuard or Domains By Proxy and instead leave their domain names exposed with all identifying information intact.
http://www.seroundtable.com/archives/018172.html

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RESEARCH PAPERS
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The Rise and Fall of Invasive ISP Surveillance by Paul Ohm
Abstract: ... This Article proposes an innovative new theory of communications privacy to help policymakers strike the proper balance between user privacy and ISP need. We cannot simply ban aggressive monitoring, because ISPs have legitimate reasons for scrutinizing communications on an Internet teeming with threats. Using this new theory, policymakers will be able to distinguish between an ISP's legitimate needs and mere desires.
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1261344

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INTERNET USE
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ITU?s Asia-Pacific Telecommunication and ICT Indicators Report focuses on broadband connectivity: Too much or too little? [news release]
ITU launched its key Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Report for the Asia-Pacific region at ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008, which got under way today in Bangkok, Thailand. The Report focuses on broadband connectivity as a vehicle for content to drive development and build a knowledge-based information society.
http://www.itu.int/newsroom/press_releases/2008/25.html

Asia-Pacific world?s largest broadband market, but wide gap in access, says UN [news release]
While some countries in Asia and the Pacific ? the world?s largest broadband market ? have high speed and affordable Internet access, the same cannot be said for most of the region?s poorer nations, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said today. In its Telecommunication/Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Indicators Report for Asia and the Pacific, the ITU states that Internet access in the region?s poor countries remains limited and predominantly low speed.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=27891

Asia-Pacific Leads in Broadband
While the Asia Pacific region is making accelerated progress in the telephony sector, the area in which the region really stands out is the uptake of advanced Internet technologies, especially broadband Internet access.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/150711/asiapacific_leads_in_broadband.html

uk: Super-fast broadband will cost at least ?5bn
Building Britain's next generation of super-fast broadband network, which can download music in seconds and movies in minutes, will cost between ?5.1bn and ?28.8bn, according to the government's independent advisory group.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/sep/08/internet.virginmedia

'Tough choices' for UK broadband
The cost of taking fibre-based broadband to every UK home could top ?28.8bn, says a report.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7600834.stm

The meek shall inherit the web
Computing: In future, most new internet users will be in developing countries and will use mobile phones. Expect a wave of innovation: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the body that leads the development of technical standards for the web, usually concerns itself with nerdy matters such as extensible mark-up languages and cascading style sheets. So the new interest group it launched in May is rather unusual. It will focus on the use of the mobile web for social development?the sort of vague concept that techie types tend to avoid, because it is more than simply a technical matter of codes and protocols. Why is the W3C interested in it?
http://www.economist.com/science/tq/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11999307

ca: Texting, Social Nets Find a Place on the Job
Young Canadians entering the workforce view social and instant messaging tools in the same way the older generation use the telephone. According to one Ryerson University business professor, today's business leaders will need to concentrate on bridging this digital divide or risk getting left behind.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/150764/texting_social_nets_find_a_place_on_the_job.html

The second browser war
Google?s new web browser is its most direct attack on Microsoft yet: Several years ago, Silicon Valley was rife with rumours that Google, then primarily a search engine, might be building a new web browser to rival that of Microsoft, called Internet Explorer, or even an operating system to rival Microsoft?s Windows. Google mocked those rumours and they died down. But if Sergey Brin, Google?s co-founder, is to be believed, the speculation itself made him think that ?maybe it?s not a bad idea?. And so this week Google did launch a new browser, called Chrome, that is also, in effect, a new operating system. The rumours, says Mr Brin cheekily, ?just happened to migrate from being false to being true?.
http://www.economist.com/business/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12070730

3/4 of Brits 'Can't Live' without the Web
The U.K. is a nation of net-addicts, with 76 percent of Brits admitting they can't live without the web.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/150706/34_of_brits_cant_live_without_the_web.html

Traffic Growth Isn't Using Up the Internet
Are we running out of Internet? That's what some experts say. AT&T's top lobbyist, James Cicconi, recently warned that "we are going to be butting up against the physical capacity of the Internet by 2010." Cicconi and others say this warrants charging heavy users a premium, and he doesn't want new laws that would stop AT&T from doing so.
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_37/b4099000778033.htm

CNNIC Releases the Research Report on the Consumption Behaviors of Chinese Netizens on the Olympic Media in 2008
The report shows: third-tier cities may become the main front for changing the competition pattern of the Olympic media
http://www.cnnic.net.cn/html/Dir/2008/09/01/5265.htm

Internet Usage Is Exploding, But So Is Capacity
Traffic growth is fueled by consumer demand for video, delivered via Web browsers, peer-to-peer services, or streaming protocols, one research firm found.
http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/reporting/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=210500083

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Facebook Application Transforms Social Network Into Botnet
A team of researchers has written a Facebook application for the social network that easily turned victims? machines into bots able to wage distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDOS), as well as other malicious hacks.
http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=163003

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Aussie web retailer shamed as spammer
Best Buy Australia has been fined $4,400 for sending emails to people after they had requested to be removed from the mailing list.
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/NewsStory.aspx?story=84081

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Pentagon debates development of offensive cyberspace capabilities
The current emphasis is on intelligence gathering and defending U.S. electronic security, but some officials think the military should know how to attack other nations' computer systems.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cyber8-2008sep08,0,1049889.story

Experts call for united global action against cyber attacks [AFP]
The world has to unite against the growing menace of cyber terrorism, IT experts said Thursday, evoking a recent "cyber war" against Georgia as the latest example of the threat.
http://news.theage.com.au/technology/experts-call-for-united-global-action-against-cyber-attacks-20080905-4a25.html
http://news.smh.com.au/technology/experts-call-for-united-global-action-against-cyber-attacks-20080905-4a25.html

Is Rock Phish cybergang set for a comeback?
Do cybergangs work on evil ?product upgrades? to improve their crimeware and attack methods? That's what RSA, the security division of EMC, claims is happening with the Rock Phish gang, described as an East European cybercrime group responsible for creating botnets used in phishing attacks to steal personal information.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/090508-rock-phish.html

Report: inside the network architecture of SPAM and malware
Two websites have recently published reports on Internet security and the spread of malware across the web, and both documents examine the problem from a new perspective. Most online security coverage tends to focus on the perpetual war between the antimalware industry and the companies that earn an illicit living from selling botnets and developing new exploits. The reports from HostExploit and Knujon, however, focus on the registrars and ISPs that actually provide hosting to the black hats, and explore the various connections between the organizations.
http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/network-architecture-of-malware.ars

ITU?s Global Cybersecurity Agenda housed in Malaysia [news release]
ITU concluded an agreement with the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-Terrorism (IMPACT) to operationalize the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA). IMPACT?S state-of-the-art global headquarters in Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur will be the home of ITU?s Global Cybersecurity Agenda.
http://www.itu.int/newsroom/press_releases/2008/27.html

au: Queenslanders fleeced in online scam [AAP]
Queensland police this week warned lonely hearts not to be fooled by internet romance scams.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Queenslanders-fleeced-in-online-scam/0,130061744,339291788,00.htm

Cyber Crime - Time to Stop Nigeria's Dominance
Nigeria ranks third among the cyber crime committing countries in the world, according to a 2007 internet crime report released by the Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3), which puts the country alongside the US, UK and Romania among the top ten countries where internet crimes are perpetrated.
http://www.dailytrust.com/content/view/17803/243/
http://allafrica.com/stories/200809060060.html

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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British children get lessons in iPods and downloads
For the first time, pupils will learn about intellectual property rights in the music industry - and how it relates to downloads.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/education/2689830/Children-get-lessons-in-iPods-and-downloads.html

BBC readies music downloads service
BBC Worldwide, Auntie's commercial arm, is developing a music download service, offering streamed for free and paid download works from its archive of music that bands have recorded for TV and radio in BBC studios.
http://software.silicon.com/applications/0,39024653,39284641,00.htm
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10032673-93.html

Online TV Viewing Rising
One in five U.S. households that use the Internet also watch television programming online, double the number of viewers from two years ago, a survey released Thursday showed.
http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/ebusiness/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=210500016

Napster faces challenges within and without
When Napster reported its fiscal first-quarter results in August, it tried to paint a positive picture to investors who were growing increasingly nervous about the company's future.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUKN0525964020080906

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CENSORSHIP
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Hackers find way to bypass China web restrictions
A group of German hackers has launched a software tool to help journalists visiting the Olympic games bypass internet restrictions put in place by the Chinese authorities. The Chaos Computer Club, an ethical hacking organisation, has developed the Freedom Stick, a USB memory stick containing a special "toolkit" that will enable users to get uncensored access to the web.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2008/08/07/dlhack107.xml

South Korean government looks to rein in the Net
The South Korean government is pursuing a series of restrictions on Internet use to prevent what the embattled administration of President Lee Myung Bak calls the spread of false information that prompts social unrest.
http://iht.com/articles/2008/09/05/business/sknet.php

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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Japan joins in international crackdown on child pornography on Internet [Yomiuri Shimbun]
Investigative authorities in Japan, United States and 72 other countries recently launched a joint international crackdown on child pornography video providers that use file-exchange software to distribute the images on the Internet, it has been learned.
http://www.bnd.com/508/story/463030.html

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COMMENT, MICROSOFT & DEVELOPMENTS
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Analysts: Google spreading itself too thin [IDG]
As Google enters its second decade of existence with no apparent rivals for the search-king throne, industry observers warn that the company's biggest enemy may be itself.
http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9114238

Ten tomorrow! Google celebrates birthday with plan to sink Microsoft
As Google prepares to blow out the 10 candles on top of its birthday cake this Sunday, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin can be forgiven for cracking a wry smile as they reflect upon the fire they have just lit under Microsoft.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/sep/06/google.microsoft

At 10-Year Mark, Google's Glossy Facade Shows Cracks [IDG]
Now that Google has reached its 10-year-mark, the company is facing the cultural complexities and challenges that come with the transition from hip startup to corporate giant.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/150751/at_10year_mark_googles_glossy_facade_shows_cracks.html

Google At Age 10
Google applied for incorporation as a business 10 years ago Thursday, according to a timeline supplied by the company. The application was accepted on Sept. 7, which is Sunday. ... Here?s a quick snapshot of Google by the numbers along with some comparisons to Microsoft. The sources of the data are the companies, Yahoo Finance and comScore.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/04/google-at-age-10/

Google: 10 years from now
In the future, will we finally have flying cars? Maybe, maybe not ? but Google will still definitely run the web
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/sep/05/charles.google

Happy birthday Google
One day this month will mark Google's official 10th birthday, but when exactly should we be celebrating, asks Richard Wray
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/sep/05/google.mediabusiness

Google once reviled computer superpowers but domination is just what it is achieving
There are not many companies whose trade names have become verbs. And there must be even fewer who would view this as a cause for concern. But when Google entered the dictionary in 2006, the directors seemed furious. Instead of celebrating their status as the ultimate household name, they were found muttering darkly about "brand dilution" and the company's future.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/google-once-reviled-computer-superpowers-but-domination-is-just-what-it-is-achieving-921451.html

Happy birthday, Google - now you can take on the world
In the old days, dates fell into one of two categories: BC and AD. Now the relevant categories are BG. and AG: Before and After Google. The critical date was 1998, when Larry Page and Sergey Brin launched their PageRank system for rating web pages. It was an epochal moment. No British child knows there was once a world without Google. In fact most would be astonished that people were able to get along without it.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/sep/07/google.internet

Google: In search of technology's new frontiers
After ten years Google has achieved a stunning presence on the world wide web. Its ambitions are even wider: As Google celebrates its tenth birthday tomorrow, rivals searching for any flaws will be pleased to note that despite the web giant?s dominance, not everything that it touches turns to gold.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article4687582.ece

Craig Silverstein lost in admiration for Google?s unexpected growth after eureka moment
Only one man has been with Google since the beginning, apart from Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders. Craig Silverstein was another student at Stanford. He was studying theoretical computer science and had an interest in search and data mining.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article4687583.ece

Ten years of Google
How did one company become such a part of our lives, so fast? A decade ago, two graduate students from Stanford University in California sat in a Burger King, having breakfast. Larry Page and Sergey Brin were celebrating, albeit frugally: their plan to turn a novel technique for mapping the internet into a business had attracted its first $100,000 of funding. The payee's name on the cheque - the name of the company they would formally found on September 7, 1998 - had been agreed that morning: "Google, Inc".
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2008/09/06/dlgoog106.xml

Microsoft Works to Perfect Windows Vista
An advertising blitz intended to help Microsoft polish the tarnished brand of its Windows Vista operating system began this week with a head-scratcher of a commercial.
http://nytimes.com/2008/09/06/technology/06soft.html

Bill Gates and Seinfeld in bizarre $300m ad campaign for Microsoft
Microsoft has kicked off its long-awaited $300m (?160m) advertising campaign featuring the unlikely comedy duo of the software giant's geeky founder Bill Gates and deadpan sitcom star Jerry Seinfeld.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2008/09/05/bcngates105.xml

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NZ Telecom cuts price of key web services
Telecom has slashed its prices for registering, designing and hosting websites through a series of partnerships that may entice more small businesses online, but which threaten to put a squeeze on the web services market.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/4684463a13.html

NZ internet war shifts to new frontier
The Commerce Commission has released draft plans to give rivals access to Telecom's new cabinets.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/feature/story.cfm?c_id=1501833&objectid=10530809

nz: David Cunliffe and the three musketeers?
There has been no shortage of backchat from Vodafone and TelstraClear on National's plan to invest $1.5 billion in a fibre network, and a stony silence from Telecom. TelstraClear chief executive Allan Freeth's decision to go public with his criticism, describing it as built on "political opportunism and a lot of hype" was brave.
http://www.businessday.co.nz/comment/4685103

au: Two months left in battle for national broadband
A national broadband network is a step closer with the Federal Government announcing the deadline for bids for the multi-billion project. The seven bidders have until November 26 to submit their proposals to provide Australians with high-speed broadband services.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/two-months-left-in-battle-for-national-broadband/1262625.aspx

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Comscore Reports that the U.S. Catches Up with Western Europe in Adoption of 3G Mobile Devices
comScore, Inc. ... reported that after a slower start, the United States has caught up with Western Europe in the adoption of 3G with 28.4 percent of American mobile subscribers having 3G devices versus 28.3 percent in the largest countries in Europe. The number of U.S. subscribers with 3G enabled devices has grown 80 percent to 64.2 million during the past year. The market has responded enthusiastically as mobile vendors have rolled out their enhanced networks and a new crop of 3G enabled devices. The only individual major European countries exceeding the U.S. in 3G penetration are Italy and Spain.
http://www.comscore.com/press/release.asp?press=2434

U.S. Edges Western Europe In 3G Adoption
Thanks to the release of popular handsets, the U.S. market has surpassed Western Europe in 3G adoption by a hair, according to new data from comScore.
http://www.informationweek.com/news/mobility/3G/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=210500036

US consumers dig mobile broadband: 3G device ownership up 80%
For those still on the fence about 3G in the US or convinced that it's just a fad, a new report shows that 3G device growth is very healthy and has even exploded in the past year. In fact, the US has just overtaken Western Europe (by a hair) in terms of overall 3G device adoption.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080905-consumers-dig-mobile-broadband-3g-device-ownership-up-80.html

Google's 'Android' Dream phone to hit UK
A new front in Silicon Valley's fierce battle for technology supremacy will be opened in Britain before Christmas with the launch of Google's first mobile phone venture.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2008/09/07/cnandroid107.xml

Telecom NZ planning 3G network
Telecom New Zealand is preparing to kick-start a new $300 million third-generation mobile phone network after it cancelled a share buyback and dividend reinvestment plan for its shareholders.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,,24310592-5013040,00.html

au: Qld Police crash mobile records
THE mobile telephone records of Queensland motorists involved in serious crashes are being scrutinised, police have confirmed.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,24310674-15306,00.html

NZ Govt asks for mobile price probe [NZPA]
Communications Minister David Cunliffe is asking the Commerce Commission to consider a new investigation into price regulation of mobile phone roaming.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4685209a28.html

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Swiss break up Internet child porn ring, arrest 4 [AP]
Police have broken up an Internet child pornography ring operating in at least four European countries where men exchanged details about their contacts with young girls, prosecutors said Wednesday.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/03/AR2008090300601.html


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