[DNS] domain name news - September 15

[DNS] domain name news - September 15

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 22:51:25 -0700 (PDT)
Don't forget to check out www.auda.org.au/domain-news/ for the archive of the last three months news!


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


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Interest Sought in Receiving Names from De-Accredited Registrar
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-12sep08-en.htm

INTA Live 90 Minute Webcast (Archive)
http://webcast.streamlogics.com/audience/index.asp?eventid=90915

auDA's Industry Competition Advisory Panel releases draft recommendations for public consultation
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/DraftPanelRecommendations/

Increased demand for .eu Internet domain names
http://www.eurid.eu/en/content/increased-demand-eu-internet-domain-names

One Million dotMobi Domain Names
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=5918

IPv6 laggards to lose big business
http://pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/id;672804293

U.N. Agency Eyes Curbs On Internet Anonymity
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10040152-38.html

ITU plan to stop DoS attacks could end Net anonymity too [IDG]
http://pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/id;359464215

ITU plan to stop DoS attacks could end Net anonymity too
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/091208-itu-plan-to-stop-dos.html

EstDomains Denies Links to Malware Distribution; Fails to Deny Washington Post Allegations
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=5917

McCain-Palin Domain Names up for Grabs
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=5898

Yahoo defends Google advert deal
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7611632.stm

Ads That Built Google Could Now Pose Test
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/12/AR2008091203361.html


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Interest Sought in Receiving Names from De-Accredited Registrar
As the result of the de-accreditation of Esoftwiz Inc. (IANA ID 614), ICANN is seeking Statements of Interest from ICANN-accredited registrars that are interested in assuming sponsorship of the gTLD names that had been managed by Esoftwiz Inc.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-12sep08-en.htm

Jian Zhang elected as ccNSO Council member
Jian Zhang, the director of International Business and Policy Development department at CNNIC, was elected on Sept. 6 to be the next country-code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council member by NomCom of ICANN.
http://www.cnnic.net.cn/html/Dir/2008/09/09/5270.htm

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

INTA Live 90 Minute Webcast (Archive)
The expanding Internet domain name space. Uncover the risks, opportunities and consequences of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) new proposed procedure for introducing more top-level domain names to the Internet and learn why profitable registry operations and pre-launch Rights Protection Mechanisms go hand in hand.
http://webcast.streamlogics.com/audience/index.asp?eventid=90915

INTA Offers Free Webcast on New Top-Level Domain Name Regulations
On Thursday, September 11, the International Trademark Association (INTA), in cooperation with the Association of European Trademark Owners (MARQUES), will host a free 90-minute live webcast discussing the expansion of Internet domain name space and what it means to brand owners and consumers.
http://www.inta.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1885&Itemid=111&getcontent=4

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DotAsia Seeks Partnership With Korean Firms
DotAsia Organization, the Hong Kong-based group that operates the .asia Internet domain name registry business, is seeing a bigger chance to increase its brand recognition here by signing deals with mid-sized South Korean firms.
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/09/123_30974.html

auDA's Industry Competition Advisory Panel releases draft recommendations for public consultation
auDA's Industry Competition Advisory Panel is currently reviewing auDA?s competition model for the Australian domain name industry. The Panel has released its Draft Recommendations for public consultation.
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/DraftPanelRecommendations/

Move of DNS.BE Primary Site
You will have noticed that none of our services were operational between 11:00 CEST and 15:00 CEST today, Friday 12 September, due to an major move of our complete primary site.
http://www.dns.be/en/home.php?n=421

bg: International conference for ccTLD registries and registrars from CIS, Central and Eastern Europe
From September 8th to September 10th an International conference for ccTLD registries and registrars from CIS, Central and Eastern Europe took place in Grand Hotel Sofia, Sofia, with the special participation of ICANN. Register.BG along with Coordination Center for TLD RU and Internet Society Bulgaria, was an organizer and a host of the conference. Information about the conference and the given presentations
https://www.register.bg/user/index_en.html

Former UBC staff honoured for foresight of creating Canadian online identity
A former University of British Columbia staff member is honoured today for creating the dot-ca domain that put Canada on the Internet map.
http://cira.ca/en/media-room/news/232.html

Increased demand for .eu Internet domain names
EURid ... is pleased to report a rapid increase in .eu Internet domain names. In six countries total .eu domain name registrations grew by more than 60% when the second quarter 2008 numbers are compared to the same period last year. The average growth for the whole European Union was 15%, according to the second quarter report from EURid.
http://www.eurid.eu/en/content/increased-demand-eu-internet-domain-names

IEDR ALERT: .ie Internet Registry Scam
It has once again come to the attention of the IEDR that a company operating under the name "Internet Register Ireland" is contacting businesses with registered .ie domain names by post and by fax, soliciting domain holders to register their domain name with the "Internet Register Ireland".
http://www.iedr.ie/NEWS/News-20080909.php

Montenegro: The .ME Domain Release
The big news of 2008 in the world of domain names was that someday, we'll not need what is called the Top Level Domain or TLD in the manner that we do now.
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2008/09/14/montenegro-the-me-domain-release/

One Million dotMobi Domain Names
It has been confirmed in online sources that there are now one million .mobi domain names registered. .mobi domain names are designed to be used for web content for mobile devices. While one million domain names is a significant achievement, there are questions as to whether there is any need for a .mobi name.
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=5918
http://www.domainpulse.com/2008/09/14/one-million-dotmobi-domain-names/

A million .MOBI names
The extension for the mobile web claims to have passed the psychologically important one million registration mark.
http://domainesinfo.fr/english/223/a-million-mobi-names.php

Proposed new moderated Second Level Domain .health.nz ? Second Consultation
Comment is now being sought on a revised moderation policy for the proposed .health.nz second level domain.
http://dnc.org.nz/story/30322-29-1.html

300 billion (300 000 000 000) queries handled by .PL DNS servers
.PL DNS servers handled more than 300 billion queries in last 12 months (September 2007 - August 2008).
http://bartosiewicz.pl/blog.html#blog20080908

65% growth for .PRO
Relaunched on September 8th and now available to professionals around the world, .PRO is already claiming some impressive registration numbers.
http://domainesinfo.fr/english/225/65-growth-for-pro.php

New version of .SE DNSCheck
.SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) released a new and improved version of DNSCheck, a tool made to check and verify how well a domain is delegated in the DNS.
http://iis.se/about/press?id=161

Telnic announces vip.tel beta program at DEMOfall
Telnic, the Registry Operator for the .tel TLD today announced its vip.tel beta program would be available shortly.
http://telnic.com/downloads/DEMOfall_Announcement.pdf

Telnic to take .tel domains live in December
British firm Telnic have announced their .tel TLD name directory will go live in December.
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2225941/telnic-tel-domains-live
http://www.infomaticsonline.co.uk/vnunet/news/2225941/telnic-tel-domains-live
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/vdunet/20080912/ttc-telnic-to-take-tel-domains-live-in-d-6315470.html
http://www.whatpc.co.uk/vnunet/news/2225941/telnic-tel-domains-live

Telnic to take .tel domains live in December
British firm Telnic have announced their .tel TLD name directory will go live in December.
http://itnews.com.au/News/NewsStory.aspx?story=84611

Telnic Launches Beta of vip.tel service at Demo
According to a press release I got earlier this afternoon, Telnic is launching a beta of its vip.tel program. Unfortunately the press release was a bit vague on the details.
http://www.isquattedyour.eu/2008/09/08/telnic-launches-beta-of-viptel-service-at-dem/

uk: Web domain manager - phase 2 launch
Web domain manager is a browser based online interface for registrars. It can be used to register and manage domain names as well as customer accounts and data.
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=5582

Vietnamese domain name unmarketable
Just 3,800 domain names have been registered in Vietnamese since they were first issued 18 months ago. Most site owners said they registered their domains in Vietnamese to not miss advertising opportunities on search engines like Google or Yahoo.
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/tech/2008/09/803133/

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Fake Antispyware Purveyor Doubles as Domain Registrar
A cyber gang known for aggressively spreading fake anti-spyware programs through hijacked and malicious Web sites has become an authorized reseller of domain names. Security Fix has learned that this gang is using its access as a registrar to ease the process of creating new Web sites used to push their invasive software.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2008/09/fake_antispyware_purveyor_also.html

Caring About Cybersecurity or Preparing the Ground for an I-Patriot Act?
Few months ago in a talk given at the Institution of Engineering and Technology organised here in London by the Society for Computers and Law, Professor Lessig recounted a conversation he had with former US Counter Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke, where Larry asked the question that many had in mind... how the US Government managed to conceptualize, design and draft a piece of legislation as vast and complex as the USA PATRIOT Act in such a short period of time (a month and 15 days after 9/11), and the answer was what many people had imagined.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/89111_cybersecurity_or_ground_for_i_patriot/

Hackers attack Large Hadron Collider
Hackers have mounted an attack on the Large Hadron Collider, raising concerns about the security of the biggest experiment in the world as it passes an important new milestone.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/09/12/scicern212.xml

Hackers infiltrate Large Hadron Collider systems and mock IT security
Hackers have mounted an attack on the Large Hadron Collider, raising concerns about the security of the biggest experiment in the world. By Roger Highfield.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/09/12/scicern312.xml

Hackers claim there?s a black hole in the atom smashers? computer network
Hackers have broken into one of the computer networks of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). A group calling itself the Greek Security Team left a rogue webpage describing the technicians responsible for computer security at the giant atom smasher as ?schoolkids? ? but reassuring scientists that they did not want to disrupt the experiment.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article4744329.ece

Cyberwar: from the defensive over to the offensive?
The Los Angeles Times reports that "senior military officials" want the Pentagon to take a more aggressive line when conducting cyberwars, instead of concentrating mainly on looking after the security of its own computer systems. The new and more aggressive strategy would accordingly include objectives such as commandeering hostile unmanned aerial drones, causing enemy warplanes to crash, or cutting off the electricity supply to strategic locations, such as military installations.
http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/115706
http://www.heise-online.co.uk/news/Cyberwar-from-the-defensive-over-to-the-offensive--/111489

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Australia?s transition to IPv6 [news release]
The IIA endorses the OECD report, Shaping Policies for the Future of the Internet Economy which accompanied The Seoul Declaration of June 2008 in highlighting the benefits of IPv6 and setting out the role for Governments.
http://iia.net.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=670&Itemid=32

European Government Representatives Gather to Understand the IPv6 Challenge
The RIPE NCC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, is to hold a roundtable meeting for governments and regulators on Monday, 29 September 2008 at the Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel.
http://publictechnology.net/article_avantgo.php?sid=17295
http://publictechnology.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=17295

au: Communications Alliance to look into Australia's IPv6 readiness
The communications industry peak body has pledged to provide assistance as Australia prepares to transition to IPv6.
http://computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;1337644420

IPv6 laggards to lose big business
Organisations will lose business unless their networks support the next generation of Internet addresses, experts say.
http://computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;672804293
http://pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/id;672804293

Is IPv6 the key?
The General Services Administration has made considerable progress in improving the efficiency of the buildings it manages for the government, in part by using networked technology to automate environmental sensing and controls.
http://www.gcn.com/print/27_22/47038-1.html

Networking Appliance addresses IPv6 DNS concerns.
IPv6 Forum Gold Certified Domain Name Services (DNS) management platform, SolidDNS(TM), addresses critical need for domain name services in IPv6 environment. Appliance integrates security patches for BIND, including source port randomization to counter recently discovered DNS flaws, while providing backward compatibility with existing IPv4 networks. Feature sets support complex network configurations without additional software or license fees.
http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/549031

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U.N. Agency Eyes Curbs On Internet Anonymity
A United Nations agency is quietly drafting technical standards, proposed by the Chinese government, to define methods of tracing the original source of Internet communications and potentially curbing the ability of users to remain anonymous.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10040152-38.html
http://www.mitechnews.com/articles.asp?id=9229

ITU plan to stop DoS attacks could end Net anonymity too [IDG]
Finding ways to limit DoS attacks and SMS spam by making it harder to spoof the origin of electronic communications is on the agenda at a telecommunications standards meeting next week -- but civil rights advocates worry it could put an end to anonymity on the Internet.
http://computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;359464215
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/scrt/42DEFF7A56B41557CC2574C4007C7B6F
http://www.arnnet.com.au/index.php/id;359464215;fp;4;fpid;1382389953
http://pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/id;359464215

ITU plan to stop DoS attacks could end Net anonymity too
Finding ways to limit DoS attacks and SMS spam by making it harder to spoof the origin of electronic communications is on the agenda at a telecommunications standards meeting next week -- but civil rights advocates worry it could put an end to anonymity on the Internet.
http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/09/12/DoS_attacks_and_Net_anonymity_1.html
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/091208-itu-plan-to-stop-dos.html

EstDomains Denies Links to Malware Distribution; Fails to Deny Washington Post Allegations
Following articles in The Washington Post accusing EstDomains of being ?a superlative scam and spam site registrar?, the company has sought to distance themselves from the allegations with the news release below. EstDomains declared they oppose ?malware mongers in order to protect Internet users from attacks on their computers or stealing of their important data.? However the company has not addressed many of the issues raised by the Washington Post such as their links with some of the scams and companies involved.
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=5917
http://www.domainpulse.com/2008/09/14/estdomains-denies-links-to-malware-distribution/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/general/estdomains-denies-links-to-malware-distribution.html

Will new gTLDs cause internet user confusion?
With new gTLDs on the horizon following the decision at the Paris ICANN Meeting to allow for new gTLDs, Sedo wonders whether this will confuse internet users. However their fears are misplaced.
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=5884
http://www.domainpulse.com/2008/09/11/will-new-gtlds-cause-internet-user-confusion/

Moniker Drops .Com to $7.29 Ahead of Registry Fee Hikes
Domain registrar Moniker has just cut the new registration and renewal price on .com domain names to $7.29 until the end of the month.
http://domainnamewire.com/2008/09/11/moniker-drops-com-to-729-ahead-of-registry-fee-hikes/

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McCain-Palin Domain Names up for Grabs
Want to buy McCainPalin2008.com? How about VicePresidentPalin.com? Or even SarahPalin.com? Well today might be your lucky day. These domain names and more are up for grabs in various places including eBay in prices ranging from $0.50 to $100,000, but there are no takers.
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=5898
http://www.domainpulse.com/2008/09/13/mccain-palin-domain-names-up-for-grabs/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/general/mccain-palin-domain-names-up-for-grabs.html

Internet Palin Sites Up for Sale
Paul Pilger is still waiting for the call, but he?s starting to get the feeling he won?t ever get it. When Senator John McCain introduced an obscure first-term governor to the nation as his running mate on Aug. 29, Mr. Pilger was feeling ?fairly smart.? Way, way back in February he had done some amateur political analysis and decided that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was a good fit for the then-Republican nominee-in-waiting.
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/12/internet-palin-sites-up-for-sale/

Yahoo defends Google advert deal
Yahoo said it will implement its much-criticised search ad deal with Google despite possible anti-trust hurdles.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7611632.stm

Ads That Built Google Could Now Pose Test
Most people pay little mind to the text ads that surface after an Internet search. ... But appearing as they do millions of times daily, such unremarkable quatrains form one of the largest single sources of the $21 billion Internet advertising market in the United States. For Google, the undisputed master of delivering them, those slivers of text are the foundation of a digital empire.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/12/AR2008091203361.html

TopModel.com Leads the Parade Down the Runway With Six-Figure Sale
The three-day Labor Day weekend is one of America's biggest holidays as most view it as the end of summer and an opportunity for one final outdoor blowout. Business usually slows to a crawl as a result, but the domain aftermarket managed to turn in a decent showing despite the long break.
http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2008/domainsales09-09-08.htm

Pacific Octane jumpstarts .au aftermarket, acquires NameSeek.com.au
"Several site improvements were made at NameSeek.com.au last week and members are already sending praise. We believe that the site is excellent. In the coming weeks, we plan to increase security measures and personal identification verifications before listing any domain over $100. We protect our customers," said James Wester.
http://australia.to/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=291:james-wester&catid=1:latest

Domain Convergence Conference to Hit Niagara Falls
Conference registrations for Domain Convergence, the first Canadian domainer conference, are now open for anyone interested in attending.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2008/09/12/domain-convergence-conference-to-hit-niagara-falls/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/general/domain-convergence-conference-to-hit-niagara-falls.html

Premium Domain Names Including Love.Me and MovieRentals.com To Be Part of Live, Open Domain Name Auction [news release]
Nearly 168 million registered domain names are effectively out of circulation, leaving few descriptive or memorable names available for businesses to use to launch a new product or service, or to drive traffic to an existing product or service. 
http://www.domainpulse.com/2008/09/12/premium-domain-names-including-loveme-and-movierentalscom-to-be-part-of-live-open-domain-name-auction/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/general/premium-domain-names-incl-love.me-and-movierentals.com-to-be-part-of-live-open-domain-name-auction.html

Travel agent set to reap millions from Olympic urls
A travel agent is negotiating a deal that could net him millions of pounds by selling 28 webaddresses linked to the forthcoming London 2012 Olympics.
http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/2008/09/11/28790/exclusive-travel-agent-set-to-reap-millions-from-olympic-urls.html

"Brews.com," other domain names up for auction through Sedo
Sedo ... has announced a list of domain names that will be up for sale in an upcoming auction.
http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/stories/2008/09/08/daily38.html
The Rising Value of Internet Real Estate--Announcing the Auction of PerformanceWealth.Com
The business of buying and selling domain names is continuing to heat up as individuals attempt to turn a $10 registration into a long-shot investment worth millions. In 2008, the public has seen at least three domains sell for seven figures and another 70 sell for six figures. That's the range expected for the private auction of PerformanceWealth.com, a set of 16 premium domain names with an opening bid of $250,000, scheduled to start September 1, 2008, and end November 5, 2008.
http://redorbit.com/news/technology/1551996/the_rising_value_of_internet_real_estateannouncing_the_auction_of/

Strong Domain Sales Offer Positive Outlook
There have been some very strong end user domain sales that were reported during the past week, which proves that domains continue to increase in value despite the slowdown in the economy.
http://www.dmueller.com/2008/09/08/domain-names-domains/strong-domain-sales-offer-positive-outlook/

Search engines make domain names 'less important'
Generic domain names are less important to the success of businesses websites due to the growing use of search engines, an industry expert has claimed.
http://www.mconsulting.co.uk/news-desk/industry-news/search-engines-make-domain-names-less-important-18776128.aspx

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Use of Cloud Computing Applications and Services
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.
http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/262/report_display.asp

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Separating fact from rumour online: Berners Lee foundation to vet websites
The internet needs a way to help people separate rumour from real science, says the creator of the World Wide Web. Talking to BBC News Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he was increasingly worried about the way the web has been used to spread disinformation.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7613201.stm

Berners-Lee starts foundation aimed at Web's future [IDG]
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, will launch a new foundation focused on extending the capabilities of the Web and bringing the Internet to all the world's people, he announced Sunday.
http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9114678
http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/09/14/BernersLee_starts_foundation_aimed_at_Webs_future-IDGNS_1.html
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/091508-berners-lee-starts-foundation-aimed-at.html
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/151066/bernerslee_starts_foundation_aimed_at_webs_future.html

Japan tops world broadband study
Only Japan has the broadband quality to cope with next-generation internet applications, a new study has revealed.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7610534.stm

Countries Lagging Behind in Supplying Speedy Broadband [IDG]
Broadband speeds in the U.K., Italy and Spain and many other countries are barely keeping pace with the demands of Web-based applications and video services, whose bandwidth needs are expected to only rise, according to a new survey.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/150988/countries_lagging_behind_in_supplying_speedy_broadband.html
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/091208-countries-lagging-behind-in-supplying.html

Japan, Sweden, Netherlands seen leading in broadband
Sweden and The Netherlands have the best performing broadband Internet connections in Europe, helped by investments in high-speed fibre-optic links and upgrades to cable TV networks, a study found.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKLB73176920080912

Broadband in Australia below par: study
Several industrialised countries, such as Great Britain, Spain, Australia and Italy, offer broadband speeds that on average are just below what is necessary to make good use of broadband applications, according to a study.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,24346895-15306,00.html

Australia in list of countries lagging behind in supplying speedy broadband [IDG]
Broadband speeds in the U.K., Italy and Australia and many other countries are barely keeping pace with the demands of Web-based applications and video services, whose bandwidth needs are expected to only rise, according to a new survey.
http://computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;560839903
http://pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/id;560839903

UK could suffer economicaly and socially with 'poor broadband'
Britain risks falling behind Europe and the rest of the world socially and economically because of poor broadband internet connection speeds, according to a new study, writes Claudine Beaumont.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2008/09/11/dlbroadband111.xml

Stuck in Google?s Doghouse
Some say that Google?s near monopoly in search ads puts it in a position to decide which business models it will tolerate and which ones it won?t.
http://nytimes.com/2008/09/13/technology/13nocera.html

Probe into how Google mix-up caused $1 billion run on United
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has opened a "preliminary inquiry" into how an outdated bankruptcy story sparked a $1 billion run on an airline?s stock value. ... The errors provide a salutary lesson for investors of the power and perils of computer automation and throw a spotlight on Google?s News search technology which, using ?Googlebot? algorithms, scours web pages in search of news articles.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article4742147.ece

Internet in the Sky: Surf but Don?t Call
... But one thing you may not do is use that Internet hookup for VoIP, the voice over Internet protocol services provided by companies like Skype.
http://nytimes.com/2008/09/14/business/14essay.html

In Digital Age, Federal Files Blip Into Oblivion
Countless federal records are being lost to posterity because federal employees, grappling with a staggering growth in electronic records, do not regularly preserve the documents they create on government computers, send by e-mail and post on the Web.
http://nytimes.com/2008/09/13/us/13records.html

UK telecoms industry should pay for super-fast broadband
Telecoms companies will have to foot the bill, expected to run to billions of pounds, for the next generation of super-fast broadband across the UK, according to the former boss of Cable & Wireless, who was asked by the Government to review the British broadband market.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article4744367.ece

Call for action on fast internet
The UK will fail to meet its goal of being a leading internet economy if no action is taken to improve the rollout of high-speed fibre cables, according to a government commissioned report on Friday.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f34b2e68-80d9-11dd-82dd-000077b07658.html

UK government advised not to pump cash into next generation broadband
The telecoms industry, not the government, will need to stump up the billions of pounds needed to introduce the next generation of super-fast broadband networks, according to the former boss of Cable & Wireless who was appointed by the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform and the Treasury to look at the British broadband market.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/sep/13/telecoms.internetphonesbroadband

uk: No aid for next-gen network firms
There is no need to use public money to bankroll next-generation broadband in the UK, says a report. The six-month long review of the UK's readiness for high-speed net access said the case for government intervention was "weak".
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7610692.stm

In Tangle of Young Lips, a Sex Rebellion in Chile Brought on by an Internet Explosion
It is just after 5 p.m. in what was once one of Latin America?s most sexually conservative countries, and the youth of Chile are bumping and grinding to a reggaet?n beat. At the Bar Urbano disco, boys and girls ages 14 to 18 are stripping off their shirts, revealing bras, tattoos and nipple rings. ... The sexual awakening is happening through a booming industry for 18-and-under parties, an explosion of Internet connectivity and through Web sites like Fotolog, where young people trade suggestive photos of each other and organize weekend parties, some of which have drawn more than 4,500 teenagers. The online networks have emboldened teenagers to express themselves in ways that were never customary in Chile?s conservative society.
http://nytimes.com/2008/09/13/world/americas/13chile.html

One in five bosses screen applicants' Web lives-poll
Written references could become old hat for hiring managers with one in five saying they use social networking sites to research job candidates -- and a third of them dismissing the candidate after what they discover.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-35433720080911

The Queen gives an audience to YouTube owner Google
The Queen will pop over the road from Buckingham Palace next month to visit the UK headquarters of US internet search giant Google.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/sep/11/googlethemedia.royalsandthemedia

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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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Facebook for the kindergarten set
A host of new Web sites, including Totspot, Odadeo, Lil'Grams and Kidmondo, offer parents a chance to invite friends and family to join and contribute to a network geared to connecting them to the baby in their lives.
http://iht.com/articles/2008/09/11/style/11tots.php

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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Many, many happy returns as the microchip celebrates 50th birthday
The microchip, now found in every home and office, in devices from cookers to computers, credit cards to traffic lights and cars to mobile phones, is 50 years old today.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article4735461.ece

Google phone won't be an immediate game changer
Anyone expecting the soon- to-be-launched Google phone to change the market like Apple's iPhone has over the past year will likely be disappointed -- for now.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-35471320080914

Google mobile chief says can't afford a dud
Google Inc is betting it can revolutionize wireless Internet service on mobile phones the way that it transformed the search business on PCs.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-35454320080912

France Telecom's E-Reader Experiment
Its Read & Go device shows one way e-readers could become a distribution channel for newspapers and other frequently updated print media
http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/sep2008/gb20080911_492474.htm

Reading device enlisted to help French papers
Paul-Fran?ois Fournier, an executive at France T?l?com in Paris, thinks he may have found a way to help revive the ailing newspaper industry. It comes in a black, plastic, rectangular box with a screen the size of a sheet of paper.
http://iht.com/articles/2008/07/21/business/21adco.php

Orange launches trials of Read&Go, the first 3G-connected mobile newspaper kiosk [news release]
What is Read&Go? A new terminal combining the reading comfort of paper with the easy access and response of electronic media. With this new e-paper terminal, users can read and refresh five major French newspapers throughout the day: Le Monde, Le Parisien, Les Echos, L?Equipe and T?l?rama
http://www.francetelecom.com/en_EN/press/press_releases/cp080417.html

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SPAM
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Court overturns Virginia spam law, conviction [IDG]
The Virginia Supreme Court has overturned a state antispam law and the 2004 conviction of long-time spammer Jeremy Jaynes, saying the law is an overly broad prohibition on anonymous free speech.
http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/09/12/Court_overturns_Virginia_spam_law_conviction_1.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/151014/.html
http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9114618

Why Virginia is right to overturn spam conviction
The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday overturned the conviction of a notorious AOL spammer, the first spamming defendant to be convicted of a felony, saying the state junk e-mail law is too broad and violates the First Amendment.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10040522-38.html

Va. Ban On Spam Is Ruled Unlawful
The Virginia Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the state's anti-spam law, designed to prevent the sending of masses of unwanted e-mail, violates the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/12/AR2008091201211.html

Virginia court strikes down anti-spam law [AP]
The Virginia Supreme Court declared the state's anti-spam law unconstitutional Friday and reversed the conviction of a man once considered one of the world's most prolific spammers.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/12/AR2008091202366.html
http://nytimes.com/aponline/business/AP-Anti-Spam-Law.html

Virginia SC Scuttles Spam Law
The Virginia Supreme Court has declared the state's antispam law unconstitutional, turning loose a notorious spammer who had been sentenced to nine years in prison for violating it. The law did not distinguish sufficiently between protected and unprotected speech, the Court found.
http://ecommercetimes.com/story/64484.html

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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China's Internet Culture Goes Unchecked, for Now
While the Chinese government keeps a tight grip on Internet news and political discussion here, it has done little to prevent online defamation and invasions of personal privacy. Now, as the national legislature looks to tighten privacy laws, a Beijing lawsuit has focused the question of whether China's freewheeling online culture has gone too far.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122118468103726299.html

Hackers attack Large Hadron Collider
Hackers have mounted an attack on the Large Hadron Collider, raising concerns about the security of the biggest experiment in the world as it passes an important new milestone.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/09/12/scicern212.xml

Hackers infiltrate Large Hadron Collider systems and mock IT security
Hackers have mounted an attack on the Large Hadron Collider, raising concerns about the security of the biggest experiment in the world. By Roger Highfield.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/09/12/scicern312.xml

Hackers claim there?s a black hole in the atom smashers? computer network
Hackers have broken into one of the computer networks of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). A group calling itself the Greek Security Team left a rogue webpage describing the technicians responsible for computer security at the giant atom smasher as ?schoolkids? ? but reassuring scientists that they did not want to disrupt the experiment.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article4744329.ece

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PRIVACY
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eu: Playing a dangerous game with data: MEPs are in danger of striking the wrong balance between the right to privacy and intellectual property
Thanks to a collapsed ceiling in its Strasbourg chamber, the European parliament will have to stay in Brussels for its plenary session later this month. Yet it would be fanciful to imagine that the respite offered to MEPs from their exhausting high-carbon commute will make them more clear-headed than normal when crafting legislation. For many of them appear intent on using the occasion to mount an ill-conceived attack on civil liberties. 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/10/eu.musicindustry

EU welcomes Google move to cut data retention time
Europe's top justice official welcomed on Thursday a move by Google Inc to halve to nine months the time it stores personal data gathered from its users' Web surfing habits.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKLB37503820080911

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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Canadian search engine head sues industry group over downloading
A British Columbia man who runs an Internet search engine that allows users to find video and audio files online is suing the Canadian Recording Industry Association over "false" allegations of copyright infringement.
http://www.canada.com/topics/technology/story.html?id=a6b3cd6c-f902-4429-bb4b-06c224cc1e15

YouTube Bans Videos That Incite Violence
The video-sharing service YouTube is banning submissions that involve "inciting others to violence," following criticism from Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) that the site was too open to terrorist groups disseminating militant propaganda.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/11/AR2008091103447.html

British police bring fraud and copyright charges over file-sharing service
The man police believe was behind the OiNK music file-sharing service has been charged with conspiracy to defraud. Four other people have been charged with criminal copyright infringement over OiNK activity.
http://out-law.com/page-9422

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CENSORSHIP
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Should the internet game Muslim Massacre be banned?
Critics say the game of modern religious genocide contains a blatantly destructive message but there is little authorities can do about it
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2008/sep/11/technologygames

my: Blogger's detention sparks fears
Late on Tuesday night, I spoke to Raja Petra Kamarudin. We were supposed to meet face-to-face earlier in the day, but Malaysia's most vociferous anti-government campaigner could not make it. He was in hiding.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7612845.stm

Malaysian blogger Raja Petra detained
The detention comes one day after the Malaysian government lifts an access ban to the Malaysia Today Web site which he edits.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/internet/0,39044908,62046072,00.htm

Moroccan Blogger Recently Sentenced for Criticising King Released Pending Outcome of Appeal
Reporters Without Borders hails the 11 September 2008 decision by an Agadir court to provisionally release blogger Mohamed Erraji pending the outcome of his appeal against the two-year prison sentence he received on 8 September for criticising the king in an online article. Erraji had been held in Inzegane prison, near Agadir.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200809130168.html

us: Porn on a plane: Flight attendants want filters
Leaders of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents some 19,000 workers including American Airlines flight attendants, asked American Airline's management this week to consider adding filters to its in-flight Wi-Fi access to prevent passengers from viewing porn and other inappropriate Web sites while in-flight.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10040894-94.html

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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uk: Paedophiles use internet blackmail to claim victims, says CEOP
Paedophiles are publishing an increasing number of sadistic and violent images of younger children on the internet and are abandoning the slow grooming of victims, instead using threats to force them into commiting indecent acts, an intelligence review has found.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article4735360.ece

au: ISP filtering gains momentum
The federal Government's plan to implement content filters at the internet service provider level is one step closer to reality with live trials set to commence after next month.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,24330009-15306,00.html

Telstra launches social network for kids
SuperClubsPLUS is being touted as a 'completely safe' social network for kids, mixing fun and education in a protected online community.
http://itnews.com.au/News/NewsStory.aspx?story=84739

au: When a policeman becomes a predator
Sleepovers took a sinister turn as a close friend betrayed a family's trust, writes Kate Benson: It was late one Friday afternoon last year when Michelle Adams* took a call on her mobile that would change her life.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/09/12/1220857836701.html

Cybersmart Detectives helps Australian kids stay safe online
The Australian Communications and Media Authority today launched its innovative online safety activity, Cybersmart Detectives, in Queensland, with pupils across the state taking part in an online event involving over a thousand students from 26 schools throughout mainland Australia.
http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_311394

au: Empowering parents and students to beat cyber-bullies
CHATHAM High School is calling for parents and students to help them wipe out cyber-bullying.
http://taree.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/empowering-parents-and-students-to-beat-cyberbullies/1269957.aspx

nz: Private lives
Posted on Rhiannon Stannard's Bebo page is a photo of the 14-year-old kissing her boyfriend. Underneath the photo are pages and pages of comments, most of them nasty, calling Rhiannon a slut, a geek, a loser and a whore.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/dailynews/4690682a6551.html

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COMMENT, MICROSOFT & DEVELOPMENTS
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Microsoft cleans up Windows Vista
New tests have revealed that the problems plaguing Windows Vista at launch have largely been fixed as Microsoft unveils the second advertisement in its $300 million marketing campaign to improve the operating system's image.
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2008/09/12/1220857810704.html
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/09/12/1220857810704.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4690550a28.html

At eBay, Is Skype There to Stay?
To earn its keep at eBay, the Internet calling service needs to goose growth and gain traction on mobile phones. Otherwise, a sale may be in the offing
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/sep2008/tc20080911_970676.htm
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/communications/0,39044192,62046111,00.htm

Yahoo Defends Google Deal
As part of a three-hour media day today, a Yahoo executive offered an interesting defense of the company?s pending search deal with Google. That deal, which was supposed to start in a few weeks, has come under increasing fire by people concerned that it will cement Google?s already huge lead in search advertising. Now, Justice is apparently looking whether there?s a case to quash the deal.
http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/techbeat/archives/2008/09/yahoo_defends_g.html

Yahoo defends Google advert deal
Yahoo said it will implement its much-criticised search ad deal with Google despite possible anti-trust hurdles.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7611632.stm

Ads That Built Google Could Now Pose Test
Most people pay little mind to the text ads that surface after an Internet search. ... But appearing as they do millions of times daily, such unremarkable quatrains form one of the largest single sources of the $21 billion Internet advertising market in the United States. For Google, the undisputed master of delivering them, those slivers of text are the foundation of a digital empire.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/12/AR2008091203361.html

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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us: Doubling Of Text Message Rates Provokes Senate Inquiry
Sen. Herb Kohl asked the top four U.S. wireless providers to explain why they raised text message prices almost simultaneously last year.
http://www.informationweek.com/news/mobility/messaging/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=210601120

au: Government must deliver NBN: Cutler
THE head of the national innovation review panel has joined the chorus of industry players pressuring the federal Government to swiftly deliver on its promise of a high-speed broadband network.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,24334784-15306,00.html

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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IEEE readies launch of gigabit Wi-Fi project
The IEEE working group that is putting the finishing touches on the 802.11n 100Mbps wireless LAN standard is about to launch a new project, for a 1Gbps WLAN standard. That would mean gigabit Wi-Fi.
http://computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;927126356

3G in China: one country, three standards
If China Mobile made any splash as a top-level sponsor of the Beijing Olympics, it was for its limited deployment of TD-SCDMA (Time Division-Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) 3G (third-generation) telephony service in the Olympic cities, except Hong Kong.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/091208-3g-in-china-one-country.html

nz: Tower activists urge MPs to change law
Urgent law change is required to stop cellphone companies forcing towers upon communities wherever and whenever they want, MPs were told yesterday. Sue Grey, of Ban the Towers, told the select committee considering the group's 3100-signature petition of eight neighbourhoods with unwanted celltowers
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10531758

IEEE gets to work on Gigabit WiFi
The IEEE working group that is putting the finishing touches on the 802.11n 100Mits/s wireless LAN standard is about to launch a new project, for a 1Gbits/s WLAN standard. That would mean gigabit Wi-Fi.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/091108-ieee.html
http://techworld.com/mobility/news/index.cfm?newsid=104371

NTT DoCoMo buys in to GSM provider for ships
Taking its global expansion to places few of its customers venture, Japan's NTT DoCoMo has acquired an 11.5 percent stake in Blue Ocean Wireless, a cell-phone network carrier that provides coverage on merchant ships.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/091208-ntt-docomo-buys-in-to.html

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VoIP
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Your mobile as Wi-Fi hot spot
Wi-Fi nomads are a sorry bunch, wandering with laptops open, hoping their modern-day divining rods can locate a free Internet connection. Here's a tip: check your pocket.
http://iht.com/articles/2008/09/10/technology/wireless11.php

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ARRESTS/COURT CASES FOR CHILD PORN
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uk: Paedophilia blamed on teacher's medication
A former headmaster who amassed thousands of indecent images of children on his computer walked free from court yesterday, after a judge ruled that the drug he had been taking to treat his Parkinson's disease was responsible for his crime.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/paedophilia-blamed-on-teachers-medication-927095.html

Parkinson's caused teacher's child porn habit, judge rules
A former headmaster who had thousands of indecent images of children on his computer walked free from court after a judge ruled the drug he had taken to treat his Parkinson's disease was responsible for his crime.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2801663/Child-porn-habit-caused-by-Parkinsons.html

uk: Man jailed for downloading 104,523 child porn images
A WEST Wales man who built up one of the biggest and most depraved child pornography collections ever seen in British courts was jailed for four years today.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2008/09/12/man-jailed-for-downloading-104-523-child-porn-images-91466-21806101/


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