[DNS] domain name news - 24 December

[DNS] domain name news - 24 December

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 18:07:33 -0800 (PST)
Hello Australia!


Here is the last scheduled domain name news for 2009.
There could be another between Christmas and new year depending on the amount
of news happening around the world, otherwise the domain name news will
recommence in the week commencing 4 January.
 
Have a wonderful Christmas and new year, and thanks for
your support throughout the year.
 
Cheers,
David
Don't forget to check out http://www.auda.org.au/domain-news/ for the archive of the last 3 months of the news.


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


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The domain name news is supported by auDA

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Russia Is Torn Over Push for Use of Cyrillic Web Domains
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/world/europe/22cyrillic.html

China to require Internet domain name registration
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE5BL19G20091222

President Obama's new cyber boss faces 'tough job'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8427805.stm


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DOMAIN NAMES
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 - ICANN
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Bulk Transfer of OOO Russian Registrar and BP Holdings Group Inc. (dba IS.COM) Domains to Name.com LLC
ICANN has authorized a bulk transfer of OOO Russian Registrar's and BP Holdings Group Inc.'s (dba IS.COM) gTLD domain names to Name.com LLC, due to compliance actions taken by ICANN that resulted in the de-accreditation of two registrars: OOO Russian Registrar and BP Holdings Group Inc.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-23dec09-en.htm

Russia Is Torn Over Push for Use of Cyrillic Web Domains
The Kremlin has long been irritated by the way the United States dominates the Internet, all the way down to the ban on using Cyrillic for Web addresses ? even kremlin.ru has to be demeaningly rendered in English. The Russian government, as a result, is taking the lead in a landmark shift occurring around the world to allow domain names in languages with non-Latin alphabets.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/world/europe/22cyrillic.html
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09356/1022779-82.stm

Russians Not Keen on IDN Top Level Domain
The reaction was swift and positive ? finally, after years of typing in Latin-based top level domains, people who use different character sets would soon be able to type in new top level domain names in their own alphabets.
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/12/22/russians-not-keen-on-idn-top-level-domain/

New York Times Reviews Cyrillic IDNs
The New York Times discussed the future of Cyrillic IDNs. The NYT article focused on the point that many Russians are wary of the roll out of its forthcoming Cyrillic ccTLD, .??, which stands for Russian Federation. The fear is that websites run on .?? domains will be heavily regulated, censored and possibly seized.
http://idnblog.com/2009/12/23/york-times-reviews-cyrillic-idns/

Berlin the Latest New TLD Battleground? by Michele Neylon
If you've been following the new Top-Level Domain (TLD) process within ICANN over the last year or so you will have probably been aware of how slow and tortuous development has been. To recap, ICANN, which oversees domain names globally, announced that it was "opening up" the internet so that "anyone" could get the domain extension they wanted. Of course it's not really "everyone" and the process to date has been far from smooth.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/berlin_the_latest_new_tld_battleground/

Expressions of Interest for New TLDs Still a Long Wait
If the current draft plan for accepting ?Expressions of Interest? for new top level domain names is adopted in similar form, ICANN won?t start accepting applications until June 2010 at the earliest.
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/12/21/expressions-of-interest-for-new-tlds-still-a-long-wait/

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auDA blames Sapia Pty for its own censorship procedure abandoning
.com.au domain Australian registry company Sapia Pty has been accused of abandoning its own procedures to censor a website satirising communications minister Stephen Conroy's ISP filtering regime.
http://ecommerce-journal.com/news/26080_auda-blames-sapia-pty-its-own-censorship-procedure-abandoning

Stephen Conroy: Dear Crikey, here?s why you?re wrong
In these times of bloggers, citizen journalism and the 24-hour news cycle, quality journalism is under threat. Nowhere is it more apparent than in Crikey. Its coverage over the past week with regard to the government?s announcement on ISP level filtering has been nothing short of disingenuous. ... Stilgherrian wrote about a fake Stephen Conroy website having the domain deleted by the industry self-regulatory body auDA where he asked, ?Did Senator Conroy or someone in his office pressure auDA for a quick result??
http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/12/23/stephen-conroy-dear-crikey-heres-why-youre-wrong/

au: A poetic view of Copenhagen
... Verity Pravda writes: Re. ?The swift takedown of stephenconroy.com.au? (yesterday, item 16). There is no pleasing the likes of Stilgherrian and Electronic Frontiers Australia. I think they?d like us to believe that we should have faith in the anarchic and self-managing characteristics of the internet. However when the self-same processes come back to do something they don?t like they react with outrage.
http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/12/22/a-poetic-view-of-copenhagen/

Oz anti-censorship site is censored
The Australian company that runs the .com.au domain registry has been accused of abandoning its own procedures to censor a website satirising communications minister Stephen Conroy?s ISP filtering regime.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/oz-anti-censorship-site-is-censored.html

StephenConroy.com.au vs auDA ? the stoush continues
Both sides are holding their ground; unfortunately the ground currently held by auDA includes the confiscated domain name.
http://www.itwire.com/content/view/30208/53/

Australian Filter Protest Site Yanked Offline
As you know, Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is pioneering an Australian effort to filter all the naughty bits from the Internet, despite the cost, technical issues, complaints by Australian ISPs, and the likelihood that the effort won't work anyway.
http://www.broadbandreports.com/shownews/Australian-Filter-Protest-Site-Yanked-Offline-106083
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Australian-Filter-Protest-Site-Yanked-Offline-106083

Australian Domain Authority Circumvents Standard Process To Shut Down Site Critical Of Australian Internet Filters
With the news that Australia has decided to censor the internet, a group of protesters decided to set up a website complaining about this effort by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy (who laughably called internet filters "100% effective" based on absolutely no metrics).
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20091220/2343117442.shtml

Study finds .ch a safe domain
Swiss internets sites are among the most secure in the world, according to a study released by antivirus software company Mcafee.
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/news/international/index/Study_finds_.ch_a_safe_domain.html?cid=7945060
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/index/Study_finds_.ch_a_safe_domain.html?cid=7945060

China to require Internet domain name registration
China has issued new Internet regulations, including what appears to be an effort to create a "whitelist" of approved websites that could potentially place much of the Internet off-limits to Chinese readers.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE5BL19G20091222
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-44915520091222
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/3190608/

China: White-listing the Internet?
According to today's the Beijing News and Mingpao, The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is preparing to white-listing the whole Internet under the pretext of proliferation of pornography on mobile devices.
http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2009/12/22/china-white-listing-the-internet/

German Central Registry, DENIC, Selects UnitedLayer as Colocation Partner
The central registry for all domains under the Top Level Domain .de, DENIC eG has selected managed colocation services firm UnitedLayer as its colocation partner for its West Coast Domain Name System deployment.
http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/122209_German_Central_Registry_DENIC_Selects_UnitedLayer_as_Colocation_Partner

Afilias Releases .INFO Domain 2009 Annual Report
Afilias, a global provider of internet infrastructure services and registry for the .INFO domain, has released the 2009 .INFO Annual Report illustrating .INFO's rise over the past eight years. .INFO currently ranks seventh among all 270+ Top Level Domains (TLD's) worldwide and first among all new TLDs introduced on the Internet since 2001. 
http://www.afilias.info/news/2009/12/18/afilias-releases-info-domain-2009-annual-report

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President Obama's new cyber boss faces 'tough job'
President Obama's long awaited cybersecurity tsar faces a "tough job", Security experts have warned. Despite saying the issue was a priority for the government, it has taken seven months to find someone to take the job.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8427805.stm

Obama cyber czar pick looks to secure smartphones, social nets
In choosing Howard Schmidt as cybersecurity czar, President Obama has someone who has held a similar job in a previous administration, has varied experience at high-level corporate jobs, was a frequent panelist at security conferences and who has even written a book on defending the Internet.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9142595/Obama_cyber_czar_pick_looks_to_secure_smartphones_social_nets

Lawmakers, industry officials praise Obama's cyber-chief choice
President Obama's selection of Howard Schmidt as the nation's first cybersecurity coordinator garnered a generally favorable response today from lawmakers and industry officials.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20091223_1715.php

White House appoints cybersecurity chief
The White House's new cybersecurity chief faces a tough agenda, but will be able to draw on the lessons of a 40-year career, including stints at Microsoft and eBay.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10420268-83.html

Obama to name chief of cybersecurity
Nearly seven months after highlighting the vulnerability of banking, energy, and communications systems to Internet attacks, the White House on Tuesday is expected to name a technology industry veteran to coordinate competing efforts to improve the nation's cybersecurity in both military and civilian life.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/technology/internet/22cyber.html
http://news.cnet.com/Obama-to-name-chief-of-cybersecurity/2100-7348_3-6250343.html

CADNA Congratulates President Obama for Selecting Mr. Schmidt as Chief of Cybersecurity
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) enthusiastically supports President Obama?s selection of Mr. Howard A. Schmidt for Chief of Cybersecurity. Mr. Schmidt, who served as vice chairman of President George W. Bush?s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and chief security officer at Microsoft, brings both public and private sector experience to his new position with the Obama administration. He is highly qualified and should be a tremendous asset to White House cybersecurity efforts.
http://www.cadna.org/en/newsroom/press-releases/cadna-congratulates-president-obama

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Obama Year One: Betrayal and Failure (Part I)
Promising change after eight George Bush and Republican dominated years, Barack Obama won the most sweeping non-incumbent victory in over 50 years along with congressional Democrats gaining large House and Senate majorities. In addition, at 56.8%, voter turnout was the highest since Richard Nixon's "secret plan" to end the Vietnam war and his "Southern" and "law and order" strategies beat Hubert Humphrey and independent George Wallace in 1968. ... In March, Obama's DHS cybersecurity head, Rod Beckstrom, resigned over NSA's greater role in guarding government computer systems, its concentrated power with no checks or balances, and the continuation of Bush's illegal warrantless wiretapping called secret and not reviewable by courts for reasons of national security.
http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2009/12/22/obama-year-one-betrayal-and-failure-part-1
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/12/21/18633321.php

2010 Domain Industry Predictions
I was asked by the editor of Website Magazine to give some domain industry predictions for 2010 for their Web Trends for 2010 article. My quote from the article is below, but I am also interested in hearing what your predictions are for the upcoming year.
http://www.elliotsblog.com/2010-domain-industry-predictions-8171

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The Science of Managing Search Ads
Cyber Monday had gone swimmingly for Tiny Prints. Despite the economic downturn, customers streamed into the Tiny Prints online store on the Monday after Thanksgiving, called Cyber Monday because it is one of the busiest days of the year for Web retailers. They snapped up the company?s custom holiday cards at roughly twice the rate of a year ago.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/technology/internet/22search.html

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INTERNET USE
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Online revolution changed Australia's media game
Shortly after Fred Hilmer was made chief executive of Fairfax in 1999 -- an achievement made all the more remarkable by the fact Hilmer was not a big reader of newspapers -- he kicked off a testing and sometimes fractious decade in the media industry by describing journalists as "content providers" and The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age as "advertising platforms".
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/online-revolution-changed-the-media-game/story-e6frg8zx-1225812240994

au: SA has lowest broadband usage: ABS
SOUTH Australian households have the lowest broadband internet connection rate in mainland Australia, latest figures reveal.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/sa-has-lowest-broadband-usage-abs/story-e6frgakx-1225812669037

Study: US among world's leaders in broadband use [IDG]
U.S. residents rank among the world's top in broadband use per month, meaning the broadband picture in the country isn't as bad as some critics might make it, a telecom trade group said Wednesday.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/122309-study-us-among-worlds-leaders.html
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9142663/Study_US_among_world_s_leaders_in_broadband_use
http://www.pcworld.com/article/185417/.html

The Science of Managing Search Ads
Cyber Monday had gone swimmingly for Tiny Prints. Despite the economic downturn, customers streamed into the Tiny Prints online store on the Monday after Thanksgiving, called Cyber Monday because it is one of the busiest days of the year for Web retailers. They snapped up the company?s custom holiday cards at roughly twice the rate of a year ago.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/technology/internet/22search.html

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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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To Deal With Obsession, Some Defriend Facebook
Recognizing that Facebook was interfering with their lives offline, some students took steps to kick the habit.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/21/technology/internet/21facebook.html

To Deal With Obsession, Some Defriend Facebook
Facebook, the popular networking site, has 350 million members worldwide who, collectively, spend 10 billion minutes there every day, checking in with friends, writing on people?s electronic walls, clicking through photos and generally keeping pace with the drift of their social world.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/21/technology/internet/21facebook.html

Facebook fuelling divorce, research claims
Facebook is being cited in almost one in five of online divorce petitions, lawyers have claimed.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/6857918/Facebook-fuelling-divorce-research-claims.html

Facebook users share what?s on their mind: the top trends for 2009
The top US Facebook status update trends of 2009 include application names, FML ("F*** My Life"), swine flu and celebrity deaths.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/facebook-users-share-whatrsquos-on-their-mind-the-top-trends-for-2009-1848427.html

au: Police monitor Facebook to stem crime
Police in far north Queensland say they are closely monitoring the use of social networking websites, including Facebook, that encourage antisocial behaviour.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/12/23/2779133.htm

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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Kiwi kids victims of porn rings
A new police unit aimed at protecting children from online sexual predators has already identified Kiwi victims, with authorities warning that offending is becoming more depraved.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/3192456/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/national/3192456/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/national-news/3192456/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/national-news/3192456/

Stephen Conroy: Dear Crikey, here?s why you?re wrong
In these times of bloggers, citizen journalism and the 24-hour news cycle, quality journalism is under threat. Nowhere is it more apparent than in Crikey. Its coverage over the past week with regard to the government?s announcement on ISP level filtering has been nothing short of disingenuous.
http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/12/23/stephen-conroy-dear-crikey-heres-why-youre-wrong/

au: Net filter opponents plan web protests
More than 80 activists packed a Brisbane university classroom on Monday night, hoping to build on a social media campaign against the Federal Government's proposed internet filter.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/12/22/2778681.htm

Podcast: Conroy explains his net censorship regime
Broadband Minister Stephen Conroy has hit back at opponents of his controversial internet filtering scheme, labelling them "frauds" that cannot accept the findings of the Enex Testlab report.
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/163364,podcast-conroy-explains-his-net-censorship-regime.aspx

Transcript: Conroy explains his net censorship regime
Broadband Minister Stephen Conroy details the Federal Government's plans to filter the internet.
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/163366,transcript-conroy-explains-his-net-censorship-regime.aspx

Lundy clarifies filter thoughts in 1641 words
After making a surprise move in throwing her support behind the Federal Government?s controversial ISP-level internet filter, Senator Kate Lundy has made a follow up blog post acknowledging potential alternatives.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/330580/

The Filter Protests Guide
The Federal Government?s ISP-level Internet content filter plan has led many down the path of considering serious protest and not just vehement online posting. It happened in December last year in almost every state and looks likely to occur again. See a slideshow of the last protests.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/330655/
http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=B4016241-1A64-67EA-E469B20C65B0E25B
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/122109-the-filter-protests.html
http://www.infoworld.com/t/software-service/filter-protests-guide-196
http://www.thestandard.com/news/2009/12/21/filter-protests-guide

Conroy parody site shut down suddenly
A site setup to mock the pro-internet censorship Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has been shut down within hours of its registration.
http://apcmag.com/stephenconroycomau-parody-site-shut-down-suddenly.htm

Aussie government shows its censorship teeth
ANY DOUBTS that the Austrialian regime will abuse its powers to censor the Internet have been laid to rest after the government ordered the take-down of an anti-censorship campaign website.
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/opinion/1566771/aussie-government-censorship-teeth

au: A poetic view of Copenhagen
... Verity Pravda writes: Re. ?The swift takedown of stephenconroy.com.au? (yesterday, item 16). There is no pleasing the likes of Stilgherrian and Electronic Frontiers Australia. I think they?d like us to believe that we should have faith in the anarchic and self-managing characteristics of the internet. However when the self-same processes come back to do something they don?t like they react with outrage.
http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/12/22/a-poetic-view-of-copenhagen/

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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WTO blocks Beijing?s curbs on film and music
The appeals body of the World Trade Organisation has upheld an earlier ruling against China?s restrictions on imports of US films and music, rebuffing Beijing?s claim that the restrictions were necessary to protect public morals.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1ab3be62-ee60-11de-944c-00144feab49a.html

Britain's mobile viewers watching favourite TV shows in prime time
The technology may have changed, but tech-savvy consumers still watch their favourite TV shows on mobile phones at the same times as they used to watch TV, with a healthy dose taking the BBC iPlayer to bed at weekends.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/dec/22/iplayer-mobiles-viewing-figures

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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India's Mobile Subscriber Base Crosses 500 Million Mark [IDG]
India's mobile subscriber base crossed the 500 million mark in November, according to data released Wednesday by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
http://www.pcworld.com/article/185399/.html

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SPAM
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New Zealand-born, Australian-based spam mastermind fined $210,000
A Queensland email spam mastermind has been fined and banned from sending unsolicited commercial messages for seven years.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/spam-mastermind-fined-210000-20091222-lb7f.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/worlds-top-spammer-fined-210000-20091222-lb94.html
http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/spammer-fined-banned-from-cluttering-inboxes-20091222-lb41.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/3187270/
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/spammer-fined-banned-from-cluttering-inboxes-20091222-lb41.html
http://www.examiner.com.au/news/local/news/economy-business-it-finance/spammer-fined-banned-from-cluttering-inboxes/1711484.aspx

Man fined $210,000 over online spam
A Federal Court judge in Brisbane has fined a Queensland man $210,000 over a major online spam operation.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/12/22/2778357.htm

Sunshine Coast email spammer fined $210,000
Sunshine Coast man Lance Thomas Atkinson has been fined $210,000 in the Federal Court over a spamming scam that sent billions of emails to websites in India.
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/comments/0,23836,26517159-3102,00.html
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/sunshine-coast-email-spammer-fined-210000/story-e6frgakx-1225812829736

NZ spammer fined in Qld court [AAP]
A New Zealand-born Queensland man who headed up one of the world's largest online spamming operations has been given a $A210,000 ($NZ265,600) penalty.
http://www.3news.co.nz/Spammer-given-A210000-penalty/tabid/423/articleID/135160/Default.aspx?ArticleID=135160
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/NZ-spammer-fined-in-Qld-court/0,130061744,339300178,00.htm
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/kingpin-spammer-lance-thomas-atkinson-fined-210000/story-e6frg12u-1225812775416
http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,26517465-5005962,00.html
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/kingpin-spammer-lance-thomas-atkinson-fined-210000/story-e6freuyi-1225812775416
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/kingpin-spammer-lance-thomas-atkinson-fined-210000/story-e6frfku0-1225812775416
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/kingpin-spammer-lance-thomas-atkinson-fined-210000/story-e6frf7jx-1225812775416
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/kingpin-spammer-lance-thomas-atkinson-fined-210000/story-fn3dxity-1225812775416
http://city-north-news.whereilive.com.au/news/story/king-pin-spammer-given-210000-penalty/
http://www.watoday.com.au/breaking-news-national/spammer-given-210000-penalty-20091222-lb54.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/spammer-given-210000-penalty-20091222-lb54.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/spammer-given-210000-penalty-20091222-lb54.html
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/spammer-given-210000-penalty-20091222-lb54.html

New Zealand spammer fined $210,000
A New-Zealand man has been fined $210,000 for breaching the Spam Act 2003 in a case brought by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in the Federal Court of Brisbane.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/330723/
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/122209-new-zealand-spammer-fined.html
http://www.thestandard.com/news/2009/12/22/new-zealand-spammer-fined-210-000

International spam mastermind fined ?116,000
A New Zealander accused of being the mastermind of the world's largest known "spam gang" has been fined $A210,000 (?116,000) by an Australian court after admitting his involvement in the international network that could send 10 billion emails a day.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6964722.ece

Global spam king fined in Australia [DPA]
A New Zealander was fined by an Australian court Tuesday after a guilty plea over his part in a syndicate capable of sending 10 billion spam e-mails a day. Lance Atkinson, was fined 210,000 Australian dollars (189,000 US dollars) for breaching the Spam Act 2003 in a case brought by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/300533,global-spam-king-fined-in-australia.html

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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Companies never safe from cybercrime: Symantec boss
IT managers who believe they are protected against cybercrime should think again, according to the boss of the world's largest security company.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/enterprise/companies-never-safe-from-cybercrime-symantec-boss-20091222-lbds.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/enterprise/companies-never-safe-from-cybercrime-symantec-boss-20091222-lbds.html

US Court says Microsoft violated patent, can't sell Word program after Jan. 11 [AP]
A federal appeals court ordered Microsoft Corp. to stop selling its Word program in January and pay a Canadian software company $290 million for violating a patent, upholding the judgment of a lower court.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-microsoft23-2009dec23,0,6522553.story

Court's patent ruling won't keep Microsoft Word off the shelves
Pay no attention to headlines predicting that Microsoft Word will be banished from store shelves on Jan. 11 because of a patent ruling.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/22/AR2009122203107.html

Ban on sales of Microsoft Word upheld
Microsoft has failed in its attempt to dismiss a court case that would stop it selling Word. The software giant appealed against a ruling which found it infringed a patent owned by Canadian company i4i.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8427474.stm

Google Rests Its Defense of Executives in Italian Privacy Case
Lawyers for Google rested their case in defense of four executives charged in Italy with failing to comply with privacy laws, telling a judge that the company has a mechanism in place to rapidly remove objectionable video from its site.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/24/technology/internet/24google.html

Russian hacker gang who 'stole millions from Citibank' under investigation
The FBI is investigating the activities of a notorious Russian internet gang amid accusations that it stole tens of millions of dollars from US banks.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/dec/22/russian-hackers-citigroup-cyber-security

FBI probes cyber attack on Citigroup - WSJ
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing a computer hacking that targeted Citigroup Inc and resulted in the theft of tens of million of dollars, The Wall Street Journal said, citing unidentified U.S. government officials.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-44908620091222
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE5BL31T20091222

Facebook sex blackmail teen facing 50 years
A Wisconsin teenager who blackmailed dozens of fellow high school students into sex acts by using photos and videos obtained in a Facebook scam is facing up to 50 years in prison after pleading no contest to two felonies.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/facebook-sex-blackmail-teen-facing-50-years-20091224-le26.html

President Obama's new cyber boss faces 'tough job'
President Obama's long awaited cybersecurity tsar faces a "tough job", Security experts have warned. Despite saying the issue was a priority for the government, it has taken seven months to find someone to take the job.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8427805.stm

Obama cyber czar pick looks to secure smartphones, social nets
In choosing Howard Schmidt as cybersecurity czar, President Obama has someone who has held a similar job in a previous administration, has varied experience at high-level corporate jobs, was a frequent panelist at security conferences and who has even written a book on defending the Internet.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9142595/Obama_cyber_czar_pick_looks_to_secure_smartphones_social_nets

Lawmakers, industry officials praise Obama's cyber-chief choice
President Obama's selection of Howard Schmidt as the nation's first cybersecurity coordinator garnered a generally favorable response today from lawmakers and industry officials.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20091223_1715.php

White House appoints cybersecurity chief
The White House's new cybersecurity chief faces a tough agenda, but will be able to draw on the lessons of a 40-year career, including stints at Microsoft and eBay.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10420268-83.html

Obama to name chief of cybersecurity
Nearly seven months after highlighting the vulnerability of banking, energy, and communications systems to Internet attacks, the White House on Tuesday is expected to name a technology industry veteran to coordinate competing efforts to improve the nation's cybersecurity in both military and civilian life.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/technology/internet/22cyber.html
http://news.cnet.com/Obama-to-name-chief-of-cybersecurity/2100-7348_3-6250343.html

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CENSORSHIP
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Italy drops plans for Internet crackdown [AP]
Italy has abandoned plans to crack down on Web sites inciting hatred or violence - a proposal floated after an attack on Premier Silvio Berlusconi earlier this month drew some praise over the Internet.
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/italy-drops-plans-for-internet-crackdown-20091224-ldk4.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/italy-drops-plans-for-internet-crackdown-20091224-ldk4.html

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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BT to complete super-fast broadband network by 2012
BT's superfast broadband network will be completed in time for the 2012 Olympic Games, the firm has announced. The ?1.5bn fibre-optic network will offer speeds of up to 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) for some customers, supporting high-definition video.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8424401.stm

BT to speed up new broadband roll out
British telecom carrier BT will accelerate the roll out of its superfast broadband network to connect 10 million homes to its fibre service in time for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, it said on Monday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE5BK1OV20091221

China 3G spending at $21 bln in 2009
China's telecoms regulator said on Monday that investment in third-generation mobile technology reached 143.5 billion yuan ($21 billion) this year, following its awarding of three 3G licenses early in the year.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-44895320091221

New Zealand issues 4G spectrum
New Zealand has made a push towards 4G network services, with its government confirming the initial frequency allocation from the old analog tv spectrum.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/communications/soa/New-Zealand-issues-4G-spectrum/0,130061791,339300160,00.htm
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/communications/0,1000000085,39948420,00.htm

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ARRESTS/COURT CASES FOR ONLINE CHILD PROTECTION
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nz: Porn peddlers taken off streets [NZPA]
The jailing of two child sexual abuse image collectors this week means the market for such objectionable material has been reduced, but inspectors will continue to trawl the internet for offenders throughout the holiday period, says the Department of Internal Affairs.
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/porn-peddlers-taken-off-streets-3317815

Police warn of child sex predators [AAP]
Police have issued a warning to parents to protect their children from online predators these school holidays after Queensland raids resulted in four men being charged with child sex offences.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/police-warn-of-child-sex-predators-20091221-la0a.html

au: Five arrested after child porn raids
Five men have been arrested and charged after a Taskforce Argos investigation into child exploitation, police announced last night.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/five-arrested-after-child-porn-raids-20091221-l9z8.html
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,26516995-952,00.html

au: Police charge 5 after Toowoomba child porn raids
FIVE men have been arrested in raids targeting sexual predators downloading child pornography and using the internet to meet underage youngsters.
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,26516995-952,00.html

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