[DNS] domain name news - 6 December

[DNS] domain name news - 6 December

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 19:27:53 -0800 (PST)
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New gTLD Economic Study Phase II Report is Released

ICANN Doesn?t Take Down Websites by Rod Beckstrom

Why ICANN should ignore the NTIA's letter by Milton Mueller

US Government Opposes Launch of New gTLD Program in Cartagena by Rod Beckstrom

US government shouts Stop! at ICANN over new gTLD program

Olympic Committee Thinks It's God And Gets Grumpy With ICANN Over New gTLDs

auDA moves to kill off Bottle Domains

High-density Swiss web: 1.5 million .ch addresses registered

60,000 .?? Domain Names Unblocked by Coordinator

au: Cyber Security Code takes effect [news release]

au: Defence seeks cyber reporting system

WikiLeaks Changes Domain Name After Cyber Attacks

WikiLeaks moves site to Switzerland amid U.S. fury [Reuters]

Legal Analysis: U.S. Government Seizes 82 Websites: A Glimpse at the Draconian 
Future of Copyright Enforcement?

Ownership rights in IP addresses? A legal analysis by Milton Mueller

New gTLD Economic Study Phase II Report is Released
Following on from the previously published Economic Framework for the Analysis 
of the Expansion of gTLDs (June 2010), Phase II of this independent economic 
analysis has now been completed. See Economic Considerations in the Expansion of 
Generic Top-Level Domain Names, Phase II Report: Case Studies (Phase II Report).

New gTLD Economic Study
ICANN posted a follow-up independent economic study, ?Economic Considerations in 
the Expansion of gTLDs, Phase II.? In the works for several months, the report 
provides an analysis of potential benefits of new gTLDs, potential costs of new 
gTLDs, and results from empirical research on the domain names associated with 
top international brands.

ICANN Doesn?t Take Down Websites by Rod Beckstrom
There have been many questions in recent days stemming from actions by the U.S. 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) in shutting down dozens of web 
sites. As we have said many times, ICANN was not a party to those actions by 
ICE, nor was it a target of them.

Why ICANN should ignore the NTIA's letter by Milton Mueller
Like a clinging, overbearing parent, the U.S. Commerce Department just can?t 
seem to let go of ICANN. Yesterday Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary 
in charge of the NTIA, sent a stern letter to the ICANN?s CEO in an attempt to 
dictate the course of domain name policy. Strickling called for yet another 
delay in the implementation of new top level domains because - incredibly - he 
claims that the issue hasn?t been studied enough! Strickling thus ignores ten 
years of research, deliberation and debate both inside and outside ICANN ? some 
of it commissioned by the Commerce Department itself. Here's a little bedtime 
reading to bring Strickling and the rest of the NTIA up to speed on the ongoing 
debate over the economic implications of new top level domains.

US Government Opposes Launch of New gTLD Program in Cartagena by Rod Beckstrom
We appreciate the many comments received so far on the draft Applicant Guidebook 
in its five full versions. We thank the community and all who contributed for 
their engagement, thoughts and opinions during the course of this process.

Public Comments: Draft Final Report on Policy Aspects Regarding Introduction of 
Single Character IDN TLDs
The joint ccNSO and GNSO IDN working group (JIG) is pleased to announce the 
publication of its Draft Final Report on the policy aspects of introducing 
Single Character IDN TLDs.

Letter from Alan C. Drewsen, International Trademark Association, to Peter 
Dengate Thrush
Economic Analysis of New gTLDS

Public Comment: Community Comment Invited on New Permanent Charter of GNSO's 
Commercial Stakeholder Group
The Constituencies of the GNSO?s Commercial Stakeholder Group (CSG) have 
informed ICANN Staff that they have ratified a permanent CSG charter document.

US government shouts Stop! at ICANN over new gTLD program
An aggressive letter sent by the US government to ICANN?s Board has warned the 
organisation not to approve the final rules for new Internet extensions at its 
public meeting next week.

ICANNs Swift Response to the Department of Commerce
On Thursday, the Department of Commerce (the ?DoC?) criticized ICANN?s eagerness 
to move forward with the new gTLD program, and the next day ICANN answered back. 
To set the scene, there has been a great deal of anticipation regarding progress 
on the new gTLD program (the introduction of new generic top level domain 
extensions to the right of the dot) which may be forthcoming at the next ICANN 
conference, ICANN 39 ? Cartagena, to be held from December 5th-10th.

Letter of December 2, 2010 concerning WIPO Center Comments on ICANN?s Proposed 
Final Applicant Guidebook
Set out below are observations of the World Intellectual Property Organization 
Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) in connection with rights 
protection mechanisms (RPMs) found in ICANN?s ?Proposed Final Applicant 
Guidebook? (Guidebook). These comments are offered against the background of the 
WIPO Center?s previously articulated proposals for New gTLD RPMs, which were 
followed by a series of separate detailed reactions to ICANN?s adaptations to 
these, as well as other RPMs.

The Next Internet Revolution Will Not Be In English: New Multilingual URLs
This year marks the first time a website address may exist fully in Chinese, 
Russian, Arabic, or other non-Latin scripts. Ten years from now, the percentage 
of English content could easily drop below 25 percent. But there are still 
obstacles to this linguistically local revolution.

Routing it right: The survival of the internet?s governing body has come at a 
PETER DENGATE THRUSH knows a lot about names. A scientist by training, he has 
much respect for Carl Linnaeus, the 18th-century classifier of plants and 
animals. But these days Mr Thrush is busy looking after a different taxonomy: 
internet addresses, or more precisely their suffixes such as ?.com? or ?.net?. 
He chairs the board of ICANN, the closest thing the web has to a governing body. 
New addresses are more than names, he explains, they are creations.

US Government Waves the Caution Flag at ICANN by Steve DelBianco
This month, ICANN is driving hard to get two of its horses to the finish line. 
The first is barely a year old - it's the first formal review of ICANN's 
accountability and transparency. The second horse is going on 4 years old: 
ICANN's plan to introduce hundreds of new top-level domains (TLDs) for the 
Internet. Just as these horses have entered the home stretch, one of the 
racecourse officials is vigorously waving the yellow caution flag. And ICANN 
would do well to pull back on the reins.

Olympic Committee Thinks It's God And Gets Grumpy With ICANN Over New gTLDs
The International Olympic Committee has written to ICANN stating its unhappiness 
with the new generic Top Level Domain process saying they "uniformly request - 
in the event that ICANN does proceed to launch an unlimited number of new gTLDs 
- that the Olympic trademarks, including OLYMPIC and OLYMPIAD, be placed on the 
reserved names list."


Legal Threats Should Not Diminish ICANN's Resolve by Johnny Du
Guidebook for all interested parties. The best way to start this process would 
be to give conditional approval to the proposed final AGB next week. This may in 
fact involve acquiescing to the specific requests placed before it by litigious 
special interests, but those requests should be granted because they are 
reasonable and in the best interests of the program and its participants and 
stakeholders, not because ICANN feels it has to cave at the first sign of a gTLD 
opponent lawyering up.

ICANN's Governance Conundrum by Michael D. Palage
After reading Steve Delbianco's recent CircleID article entitled The Tale of Two 
Governance Models I was torn. On one hand I agreed and supported Steve's 
comments about the strength of the bottom-up consensus driven model upon which 
ICANN was originally founded. As I am about to begin my thirty fifth ICANN 
regional meeting over the last eleven years, it is a model which I still believe 
in and fiercely fight to defend. However, on the other hand I look back over the 
last eleven years

Comment Period for New gTLDs Surprisingly Short by Elisa Cooper
On November 12th, ICANN released the Proposed Final Applicant Guidebook (PF-AG) 
which incorporated some significant revisions to the Program including the 
elimination of most restrictions on Registry / Registrar cross-ownership. Given 
the impact of this and other changes to the Program, and the fact that this is 
potentially the ?Final? version of the Guidebook, one might have expected a 
fairly lengthy comment period.

gTLD Applicants Should Keep Eye on .LA & Other ccTLD Marketing
Did you know there is a .LA domain extension? Similar to .TV being for Tuvalu, 
.CO being for Colombia, and .ME being for Montenegro, .LA is the country code 
for the southeast Asian country of Laos.

Peter Sunde of Pirate Bay Speaks on Alternates to ICANN: Dashworlds Opens First 
New DNS registry [news release]
Peter Sunde feels the DNS can change. He's right. Proof arrives as a brand new 
Internet opens to the public. This newly formed DNS is not connected reliant or 
answerable to ICANN. Using Dashcom (not Dotcom) protocols, the system is 
completely free.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
auDA moves to kill off Bottle Domains
auDA's long running battle with domain registry Australian Style, which trades 
as Bottle Domains, is drawing to a close with AuDA seeking to have the company 
wound up for failing to pay almost $400,000 in legal costs awarded to auDA after 
its successful legal action against Bottle Domains.

Bulgarians step up ICANN protest
A domain name registrar association from Bulgaria is laying the groundwork to 
appeal ICANN?s rejection of the country?s proposed Cyrillic top-level domain.

High-density Swiss web: 1.5 million .ch addresses registered
A total of 1.5 million web addresses with the ending .ch are registered in 
Switzerland. The country thus has one of the highest levels of coverage with 
internet addresses anywhere in the world. SWITCH, the registry for .ch and .li 
addresses, is welcoming the 1.5 millionth website with a gift.

AFNIC launches a new communication campaign for prescribers to promote the .fr 
Check out the new AFNIC communication campaign on the web from 29 November to 17 
December 2010. Designed to develop the market profile of .fr domain names, it 
targets prescribers involved in advising companies and individuals in filing 
domain names. With casinos and card games for its backdrop, the on-line 
communication campaign aims to demonstrate a genuine communication strategy over 
the Internet should never be left to chance.

Debate starts in the French National Assembly on the new legislative framework 
for domain names
On 6 October, the French Constitutional Council ruled that Article L45 of the 
French Post and Electronic Communications Code would be unconstitutional as of 1 
July 2011, handing the initiative over to the legislature to change it.

.KE Domain Names Hit 15,000
The .KE domain names hit the 15,000 mark on the 29th November 2010. 

60,000 .?? Domain Names Unblocked by Coordinator
About 60,000 Cyrillic domain names improperly processed by registrar Ru-Center 
were unfrozen Tuesday, according to the national domain coordinator, which had 
ordered the temporary blockage. A special commission will be assembled to look 
into the matter.

New Auction Terms for .?? Domains
From December 02, 2010 the new private auction terms for .?? Preordered Domains 
will take effect.

.?? Domains to Be Released
The first meeting between the Conciliation Commission of the Coordination Center 
for TLD RU and the RU-CENTER authorized registrar took place on November 29, 
2010. The issues considered at the meeting included the coordination and 
interaction between the Coordination Center and the registrar in the examination 
of users' requests in connection with domain ownership private auctions, where 
two or more requests had been submitted to the registrar during the preorder 

Saudi Domain names media campaign
CITC started it?s recently a media Campaign dedicated to internet services in 
the kingdom, it will include multiple ads that delivers several messages aiming 
to raise the general public awareness about Saudi domain names and the Arabic 
domain names. the Campaign is planned to last for two months and it will include 
a TV, Radio and websites banners Ads along with activates in the shopping malls.

Publishing The Regulation for Opening Second level domain names registration
The Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) announces the it 
has published the Regulation for Opening Second level domain names registration 
under (.sa).

.SE receives quality award
The jury?s commendation: ".SE serves as a role model for systematic business 
development, and has made itself worthy of the Swedish Quality Award 2010 
through years of work developing its operations.?

Registered Rights Sunrise for short .uk domains opens today
The application process for the previously reserved short .uk domains opens at 
midday (GMT) today, 1 December, with a Registered Rights Sunrise phase for trade 
mark holders.

xxx: Porn group threatens lawsuits over new TLDs
Porn trade group the Free Speech Coalition has added its name to the list of 
organizations saying that ICANN could be sued over its new top-level domains 

Threat of Cyberwar Calls for Treaties, Hotlines
Security expert Bruce Schneier has called for governments to establish 
"hotlines" between their cyber commands, much like the those between nuclear 
commands, to help them battle against cyber attacks.


Chinese army must deal with cyberwarfare: state media [AFP]
China's army should seriously consider how to deal with cyberwarfare amid severe 
threats to online and information security, state media said Thursday, days 
after authorities detained hundreds of hackers.


Two Years Later Dozens of Registrars Still in the Shadows by Garth Bruen
In June of 2008 KnujOn reported that 70 Registrars did not have a business 
address listed in the InterNIC Registrar Directory. Only after reporting a month 
later that little had changed did ICANN perform a mass update of the directory. 
On further inspection we found many of the newly disclosed addresses were 
phantom locations, false addresses, and PO boxes.

au: Cyber Security Code takes effect [news release]
Attorney-General Robert McClelland and the Minister for Broadband, 
Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy have announced 
that a voluntary code for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to assist in 
protecting Australians from online threats comes into effect from today.

au: Defence seeks cyber reporting system
The Department of Defence has issued request for information documents seeking 
industry advice on potential Cyber Event Management and Reporting Systems for 
the government's information network.

WikiLeaks Changes Domain Name After Cyber Attacks
An American provider of Internet domain names withdrew its service to the 
WikiLeaks Web site after a barrage of attacks by hackers that threatened to 
destabilize its entire system, according to the provider and WikiLeaks itself on 
Friday. But within hours, WikiLeaks said it had registered its domain name in 

WikiLeaks fights to stay online after US company withdraws domain name
The US was today accused of opening up a dramatic new front against WikiLeaks, 
effectively "killing" its web address just days after Amazon pulled the site 
from its servers following political pressure.

Domain Provider Drops WikiLeaks Name
WikiLeaks' Internet domain name, wikileaks.org, was temporarily inaccessible on 
Friday after a U.S. domain name service provider said it had withdrawn service 
to the controversial document-leaking organization.

Cyber attack forces Wikileaks to change web address
Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has been forced to change its web address 
after the company providing its domain name cut off service.

Wikileaks .ORG Domain Cancelled; Re-Registered With .CH Domain
Wikileaks has been forced to change its domain name after its registrar, 
EveryDNS, withdrew its services for the wikileaks.org domain. The whistleblower 
website has now re-registered a domain name in Switzerland and its new domain is 

U.S. domain name service boots WikiLeaks after series of attacks on site
WikiLeaks, which has sought to leverage the anonymity and ubiquity of the 
Internet in its efforts to make public secret information, is struggling to keep 
its Web site online without interruption. Late Thursday night, an American 
provider of domain name service deactivated WikiLeaks.org, so that any query for 
that site returned a "Server not found" message.

WikiLeaks moves site to Switzerland amid U.S. fury
WikiLeaks moved its website address to Switzerland on Friday after two U.S. 
Internet providers ditched it in the space of two days, and Paris tried to ban 
French servers from hosting its database of leaked information.

WikiLeaks hopscotching avoids hackers
Whistle-blower site?s shuffling demonstrates the group?s resilience and the 
extreme difficulty of keeping anything off the internet

International campaign targets WikiLeaks web site
As part of efforts to block the release of documents obtained by WikiLeaks, 
there is an escalating campaign, led by the US government, to bring down the 
organization?s web site. This effort is taking place in parallel with an 
international dragnet targeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

WikiLeaks moves site to Switzerland amid U.S. fury [Reuters]
WikiLeaks moved its website address to Switzerland on Friday after two U.S. 
Internet providers ditched it in the space of two days, and Paris tried to ban 
French servers from hosting its database of leaked information.

Wikileaks moves its site to Switzerland as EveryDNS.net withdraws its support.
Wikileaks has moved its site to a Switzerland-based address after its domain 
name provider pulled the plug.

WikiLeaks moves website to Switzerland after its web address is 'killed' by U.S. 
Wikileaks today moved its website to Switzerland after it was effectively taken 
off the internet when the U.S firm that 'translates' its address withdrew its 

WikiLeaks Back Up on Swiss Network [NewsCore]
Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks came back up Friday morning on a Swiss network 
after being terminated by its American domain host.

WikiLeaks' site back with Swiss name after cyber attacks [AFP]
Whistleblower website WikiLeaks came back online with a Swiss name on Friday 
around six hours after its wikileaks.org domain name was shut down because it 
was suffering massive cyber attacks.

WikiLeaks back online after it 'moves to Switzerland' [AP]
Wikileaks was forced Friday to switch over to a Swiss domain name after a new 
round of hacker attacks on its system prompted its American domain name system 
provider to withdraw its service.

WikiLeaks reappears on Swiss Net domain
WikiLeaks re-emerged today on a Swiss Internet domain, sidestepping a move that 
had in effect taken the controversial site off the Internet.

Legal Analysis: U.S. Government Seizes 82 Websites: A Glimpse at the Draconian 
Future of Copyright Enforcement?
Over the past few days, the U.S. Justice Department, the Department of Homeland 
Security and nine U.S. Attorneys? Offices seized 82 domain names of websites 
they claim were engaged in the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and 
illegal copyrighted works.

 - IPv4/IPv6
IPv4 Addresses Almost Gone
With IANA allocating four /8 blocks of IPv4 addresses to the Regional Internet 
Registries on 30 November, there are now only seven /8s remaining in IANA free 
pool of IPv4 addresses, or 2.73 per cent of the original total.

Changes at GetIPv6.info
ARIN made available a public wiki site focused exclusively on IPv6 in May 2007 
at http://getipv6.info. In the time since that release, there have been hundreds 
of contributions made by many active participants in our community. To help 
facilitate this on-going effort to expand and share knowledge on IPv6, ARIN 
recently shifted the content on the website into more intuitive groups and to 
outline some new areas where we believe additional information would be helpful 
to the large and diverse community we serve.

Ownership rights in IP addresses? A legal analysis by Milton Mueller
A new paper on ownership rights in IPv4 addresses has been drafted; it is posted 
here. Author Ernesto Rubi is a J.D. candidate at Florida International 
University School of Law. The paper explores the legal framework (or rather, the 
lack thereof) surrounding IP addresses. The depletion of the IPv4 free pool 
will, the author contends, intensify arguments about ownership interests in ipv4 
address blocks. He concludes that ?the concept of IP number ?ownership? or claim 
of right may be inevitable.?

Update on Global Deployment of Resource Certification
Public statements made about Internet resource certification by the Number 
Resource Organization (NRO) over the past 12 months set a date of 1 January 2011 
for deployment by the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).

Sedo Beams Up a Six-Figure Sale to Lead This Week's Domain Sales Chart
Sedo banked $136,000 for Beem.com this week to take the pole position on our 
latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. That was just the start of a red hot 
run that saw them claim 10 of the first 11 places on the elite list and 14 of 20 
positions overall. With a price tag of $90,000, a very timely domain - 
BlackFridaySales.com - took the runner-up slot and found a good home with Frank 
Schilling's Name Administration Inc.

Monte Cahn Leaving Oversee.net and Moniker.com at End of December
Oversee.net , parent company of Moniker.com, announced today that Moniker.com 
founder Monte Cahn will no longer be with their organization effective December 
31, 2010

Top papers to charge online, but how?
Three of the world's most influential newspapers have finally come to terms with 
the notion that charging readers online is the only way to survive.

British Newspaper Finds Readers Flocking Online
For daily, or even hourly, updates on the life of Cheryl Cole, a British 
television talent-show judge and sometime pop singer who used to be married to a 
soccer star, there may be no better resource than the Web site of The Daily 

The porn supremacy: how every wave of technological advance has been fuelled by 
It's a dirty little secret, the thing they don't tell you, and they don't talk 
about - how every wave of technological advance has been fuelled by pornography.

Will Netflix Kill the Internet?
The crushing demands of video delivery and mobile devices are changing the 
economics of the Internet

Lufthansa offers broadband Internet again on transatlantic flights
Lufthansa's transatlantic passengers with laptops and smartphones can now surf 
the Internet in midair. Voice chats aren't permitted, but there's no telling 
what sites passengers might visit.

Social Networking and Games Leap in Web Use
Nielsen finds that U.S. Internet users are spending more time on social networks 
and games?and less on e-mail and traditional Web portals

Comment: Defamation case a timely reminder of the risks of hateful tweeting
Twitter is proving itself to be a very efficient platform to publish things. 
Things such as news items, sure, but also defamation, hate speech and just about 
anything else one could imagine.

Malaysia says Facebook used to recruit girls as 'drug mules'
International drug syndicates are using social networking site Facebook to 
recruit young Malaysian women as "drug mules", the deputy foreign minister said 


Estonia's rare earth break China's market grip [AFP]
High-tech firms across the globe have been hit hard by China's slashing of rare 
earth metals exports but it is turning out to be good news for Estonia's small 
Silmet factory.

As Bullies Go Digital, Parents Play Catch-Up
Ninth grade was supposed to be a fresh start for Marie?s son: new school, new 
children. Yet by last October, he had become withdrawn. Marie prodded. And 
prodded again. Finally, he told her. ?The kids say I?m saying all these nasty 
things about them on Facebook,? he said. ?They don?t believe me when I tell them 
I?m not on Facebook.?

The parents who police the online bullies
If you knew your teenager was being attacked on Facebook, would you log on and 
pretend to be them?

Council general approach on fight against sexual exploitation of children 
[Conislium - news release]
[From QuickLinks] At its meeting on 2 December 2010, the Council reached a 
general approach, thus opening the way for negotiations with the European 
Parliament, on two directives regarding: - the fight against sexual exploitation 
of children. During the Council meeting, ministers focused their debate on the 
following issues: disqualifications arising from convictions which aims to 
ensure that a person convicted may be temporarily or permanently prevented from 
exercising at least professional activities involving regular contacts with 
children; and measures against websites containing or disseminating child 
pornography, including the removal or, where not possible, blocking of webpages 
containing or disseminating child pornography.

Strong demand for SuperClubsPLUS in NZ: Telstra
Telstra has encountered stronger than expected interest in New Zealand for 
SuperClubsPLUS, a protected online social network for kids. ... SuperClubsPLUS' 
other sponsors include ACMA, LaTrobe University and the Victorian state 

Focus on the crime, not the technology: Global taskforce founder
The founder of an international taskforce, established to tackle child 
pornography distribution rings, has urged law enforcement authorities to focus 
on the crime, rather than the technology over which it was committed.

au: The last straw, a porn scandal
State Parliament is engulfed in yet more scandal as the government prepares to 
face the electorate, with an investigation into the possible use of child 
pornography in Parliament and a revelation that hundreds of millions of dollars 
were wasted on the failed Metro project.

US congressman plans 'Do Not Track' bill for children [AFP]
A US congressman unveiled plans on Thursday to introduce legislation that would 
bar companies from tracking the behavior of children online.


Video Barbie Gets FBI Warning: 'Possible Child Pornography Production Method'
Beware of Barbie. That seems to be the message from the FBI after an internal 
memo reportedly leaked from the agency's Sacramento field office this week.

Comment: Secrets of the "New Music Industry" that the "Old Music Industry" 
Doesn't Want to Know
This week's news that the feds seized 82 websites based on allegations of 
copyright infringement demonstrated that government website seizures can silence 
innocent speech. But let's take a broader view for a moment. The domain seizure 
debacle, the COICA Internet censorship bill, ACTA, and many other short-sighted 
efforts to eliminate copyright infringement all depend on (a) the traditional 
entertainment industry's yowling wail that "piracy" on the the Internet is 
injuring the livelihoods of artists and (b) the US government's chronically 
uncritical acceptance of those complaints.

Google tweaks to tackle online piracy
Google has said it will tweak its search service in an attempt to tackle online 
piracy, following lobbying by the music industry.

Google ramps up anti-piracy measures
Google is introducing a range of measures to improve its policing of digital 
piracy, promising to respond to requests for the removal of material that 
infringes copyright from its search service "within 24 hours".

Google Outlines Steps To Curb Infringement
Google outlined a series of news steps Thursday it plans to take in the coming 
months to help curb copyright infringement online.

Viacom Set to Appeal in YouTube Case
Viacom Inc. says a new wave of digital piracy could threaten the U.S. media 
business unless federal courts overturn its defeat in a copyright-infringement 
lawsuit against Google Inc.'s YouTube video-sharing site.

LimeWire, After Lengthy Battle, to Shut Down Dec. 31
LimeWire, the popular music file-sharing service that ran afoul of the music 
industry, has reached its end. The company said on Friday that it would be 
shutting down by the end of the year and closing its sole office in New York.

Limewire says to close Dec. 31 after legal battle
LimeWire, the music file-sharing service embroiled in a lengthy legal challenge 
from the music industry, said on Friday it would be shutting down by the end of 
the year and closing its sole office in New York.

Future of TV? Snapping, swiping and surfing
Fall back on your sofa in five years, snap your fingers to turn on a TV that's 
thin as paper and stretches across a wall, then ask it to switch to your 
favorite sports channel so you can watch the day's baseball game in 3-D -- no 
glasses required.

Europe to Examine Cap on Roaming Charges for Mobile Internet
The European Union?s telecommunications commissioner said Thursday that she 
would conduct a review of mobile phone roaming charges, a process that could 
lead to the first cap on the retail cost carriers charge for cross-border mobile 
Internet use in Europe.

EU Wants 4G by 2013
The European Commission wants radio spectrum for wireless broadband?also known 
as the fourth-generation mobile network?available by 2013, it said Thursday in a 
Memo ahead of the European Union Telecom Ministers' meeting.

Mobile internet usage ramping up in Southeast Asia
Internet users in Southeast Asia are shifting away from desktop PCs, according 
to Tommaso Del Re, head of mobile and business development of Yahoo Southeast 

The Smartphone Race Heats Up
According to a report released Wednesday by the Nielsen Company, a market 
research firm, 30 percent of all mobile phones in the United States are now 
smartphones as customers move away from standard-issue mobile devices. The trend 
is expected to continue as consumers jump to the Apple iPhone, Google Android 
platform and the new Windows Phone 7 devices.

Smartphones and Tablets to Take Over in 2011, Researchers Say
The research firm IDC predicts that in 2011, computing?s third major technology 
wave will become mainstream, when computers held in one?s hand ? smartphones and 
tablets ? really take over and start putting personal computers in the rearview 

Blackberry Aims for a Better Look
Research In Motion, which gave us the Blackberry, was once considered the leader 
in mobile phone technology, creating mobile devices that changed the business 
world and rapidly propelled the adoption of instant communication.

Report: India to Get BlackBerry Data Through Customers [IDG]
India has initiated talks with companies in the country to provide access to 
BlackBerry corporate e-mails when required by security agencies, according to a 
report on Sunday in The Wall Street Journal.

India wants BlackBerry access from companies: report
The Indian government is talking to companies using Research in Motion's's 
BlackBerry to gain access to their employees' secure communications when it is 
deemed necessary, an official told the Wall Street Journal.

France wants country on 4G mobile phones by 2015
France's government aims to have 99 percent of the population covered by 
fourth-generation mobile phone technology by 2015, French Industry Minister Eric 
Besson told Europe 1 radio on Sunday.

Russian man to face spamming charges in American court [AP]
A 23-year-old Russian man accused of running a worldwide spamming network, which 
Internet-security experts say on some days accounted for one of every three 
unwanted e-mails, is scheduled to appear in a Wisconsin courtroom to hear 
charges against him.


Russian man tells US court not guilty in global spam scheme
A 23-year-old Russian man pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges he operated a 
spam e-mail business that may have accounted for a third of global spam, and he 
was ordered held without bail.

Russian man pleads not guilty to global spam scheme
A Russian man accused of operating an e-mail spam business that at times 
accounted for one third of global spam has pleaded not guilty in a federal court 
in the US state of Wisconsin.

Accused Spam King to Be Arraigned
A 23-year-old Russian man accused by U.S. authorities of generating nearly a 
third of the spam emails world-wide is expected to be arraigned Friday in a 
Milwaukee court.

Opinion: I've Seen the Future (in Haiti) by Nicholas D. Kristof
Cash is so 20th century. I?ve been experimenting with a 21st-century 
alternative, using money on a cellphone account to buy goods in shops. It?s a 
bit like using a credit card, but the system can also enable you to use your 
cellphone account to transfer money to individuals or companies domestically or 
internationally. And it?s more secure because a thief would have to steal not 
only your phone but also your PIN to get access to your money.

"The Internet Is Not a Lawless Place"
Germany on Wednesday unveiled plans to beef up Internet privacy after a public 
outcry over Google's Street View service. The new law would allow people to opt 
out from tracking services as well as ban services that combine data to create 
comprehensive profiles of individuals. German media on Thursday are critical of 
the plans, asking if they go far enough.

WikiLeaks: France adds to US pressure to ban website
The French government today added to international calls for WikiLeaks to be 
prevented operating online, warning that it is "unacceptable" for a "criminal" 
site to be hosted in the country.

WikiLeaks hit by new online onslaught - PayPal joins US firms and officials 
targeting site
WikiLeaks suffered the most serious blow in its struggles with corporate and 
official America yesterday when PayPal, the payments processing company, 
suspended the organisation's account. The move will have a major impact on 
WikiLeaks' ability to collect donations.

Swiss Supporters: WikiLeaks Server Goes Down [AP]
WikiLeaks's main server in France has gone offline, preventing many users from 
accessing the U.S. State Department cables and other documents the site has 
posted online, a group of Swiss supporters said Sunday.

New Hurdles for WikiLeaks
As the political storm over their release of 250,000 secret American diplomatic 
cables continues, the WikiLeaks Web site and its founder, Julian Assange, are 
facing new legal and operational challenges from Swedish prosecutors and from 
one of the online payment services that have been used to channel donations to 
the whistle-blowing organization.

WikiLeaks cables reveal fears over Chinese cyber warfare
The US fears China is plotting internet warfare via private companies that are 
known to have recruited top hackers.

Vast Hacking by a China Fearful of the Web
As China ratcheted up the pressure on Google to censor its Internet searches 
last year, the American Embassy sent a secret cable to Washington detailing one 
reason top Chinese leaders had become so obsessed with the Internet search 
company: they were Googling themselves.

Wikileaks: China accused of plotting cyber warfare
China is accused of plotting internet warfare using sophisticated computer 
hackers specially employed by private companies, according to the latest state 
department cables released by WikiLeaks.

France seeks to bar hosting WikiLeaks website
The French government is examining how it could ban website WikiLeaks from being 
hosted on servers in France, according to a letter written by Industry Minister 
Eric Besson and seen by Reuters on Friday.

WikiLeaks Struggles to Stay Online After Attacks
The operators of the WikiLeaks Web site are in the midst of a game of virtual 
dodge ball, as they battle a diverse group of hackers and try to keep their 
stash of once confidential documents online.

China leadership 'orchestrated Google hacking'
Senior Chinese figures were behind the hacking of Google earlier this year which 
forced the search engine to quit the country, leaked US cables suggest.

Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web
As China ratcheted up the pressure on Google to censor its Internet searches 
last year, the American Embassy sent a secret cable to Washington detailing one 
reason top Chinese leaders had become so obsessed with the Internet search 
company: they were Googling themselves.

Chinese leaders ordered Google hack, U.S. cable quotes source as saying
A brazen series of computer intrusions into Google networks in China announced 
by the search engine company earlier this year were directed by the highest 
levels of the Chinese government, a "well-placed" Chinese source told U.S. 
Embassy officials in Beijing in January.

Editorial: Protecting Online Privacy
The Federal Trade Commission has come up with timely recommendations to protect 
privacy online.

Some Data-Miners Ready to Reveal What They Know
Seeking to head off escalating scrutiny over Internet privacy, a group of online 
tracking rivals is building a service that lets consumers see what information 
those companies know about them.

Web bug reveals browsing history
Porn sites are among the top users of a browser bug that reveals all the places 
people go online, finds research.

US Legislators Support Internet Privacy, but Question How to Do It
Lawmakers examining the Federal Trade Commission?s recommendation for a ?do not 
track? mechanism to restrict the monitoring of Internet users said that they 
supported stricter safeguards for consumer privacy, but raised questions on how 
the system would work.

FTC's New Privacy Report Endorses "Do Not Track" Mechanism to Empower Online 
This morning, the Federal Trade Commission released its long-anticipated privacy 
report. The report is the final result of a series of FTC privacy roundtables 
held earlier this year that solicited comments from leading scholars, industry 
figures and nonprofits including EFF about the consumer privacy challenges posed 
by new technologies.

YouPorn Lawsuit Targets an Online Data Collection Technique
Two California residents filed suit against the owner of adult website YouPorn, 
alleging it had violated cybercrime and consumer-protection laws by using 
surreptitious technology to harvest information about what websites they had 

Google guilty of trespassing in Street View case [IDG]
After a legal battle that lasted two-and-a-half years, Google has been found 
guilty of trespassing on a Pennsylvania family's property to take photos of 
their property for its Maps website.

au: Google escapes criminal charges for Wi-Fi snooping
After a six-month investigation, the Australian Federal Police has determined 
Google may have breached telecommunications interception laws when it hoovered 
up reams of personal information from home Wi-Fi networks.


AFP: No action on Google
The Australian Federal Police will not pursue Google despite finding the 
internet giant could have breached local laws when it snooped on WiFi networks.

au: AFP drops charges on Google Street View blunder
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has dropped charges against Google related 
to the collection of Wi-Fi data by its Street View cars, noting the data 
collection may have been "inadvertent" rather than a deliberate privacy breach.

AFP lets Google off the hook for Wi-Fi spy
The Australian Federal Police has dropped any case against Google over its 
high-profile collection of Wi-Fi data via its Street View cars, noting that the 
data collection may have been "inadvertent" rather than a deliberate privacy 

au: Click of approval for online privacy tool has $2bn ad industry in spin
The $2 billion online advertising industry has been thrown into confusion.

Nigeria Takes Aim at Cyberscams
Nigeria made a major step toward demonstrating its commitment to addressing 
cybercrime by hosting the first West Africa Cybercrime Summit, attended by 
public and private sector organizations.

Comment: Amazon and WikiLeaks - Online Speech is Only as Strong as the Weakest 
The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of expression against 
government encroachment - but that doesn't help if the censorship doesn't come 
from the government.

Google is finding out how unpopular it is in Old Europe
The news that the EU has decided to investigate whether Google is abusing its 
dominance of the market for internet searches naturally led your columnist to 
type "Google abuses market dominance" into, well, Google. In 0.19 seconds it 
reported 4.4 million results.

Google and antitrust: The European Union is right to take a closer look at 
This year is turning into an annus horribilis for Google. First the search giant 
attracted almost universal opprobrium and a tonne of legal headaches when it 
accidentally recorded personal data from unprotected wireless networks in 
various countries. Then some much-hyped new services flopped, in particular 
Google Wave (see article). Now it faces a formal investigation by the European 
Union into allegations that it has broken antitrust rules by abusing its 
dominant position in the online-search business to stifle competition.

How long will Google's magic last? It flourished during the first phase of the 
internet. The next one may be tougher
"Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one,? wrote 
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the search firm?s founders, in a letter to investors 
ahead of its stockmarket flotation in 2004. Since then, Google has burnished its 
reputation as one of the quirkiest companies on the planet. This year alone it 
has raised eyebrows by taking a stake in a wind-energy project off the east 
coast of America and by testing self-driving cars, which have already covered 
over 140,000 miles (225,000km) on the country?s roads.

Editorial: Google and Europe
The European Commission did the right thing on Tuesday when it opened a formal 
antitrust investigation into allegations that Google abused its dominant 
position in online search to help its other businesses at the expense of rivals.

Google v Regulators: The battle begins
It's been predicted for years - and now it has finally happened. The company 
that many see as the most powerful force on the internet - and some believe 
abuses that power - is being investigated by a major competition regulator.

Groups oppose UK web traffic control
A group of major internet companies, including Ebay, Yahoo and Skype, have 
written to Ed Vaizey, communications minister, urging the British government not 
to impose regulation that would allow the country?s internet service providers 
to favour traffic from one content provider over another.

uk: Virgin Media boss restates opposition to net neutrality
The head of Virgin Media, the UK's third biggest ISP, has reiterated his 
opposition to net neutrality, saying that making ISPs treat all network traffic 
equally would be "wrong".

Mixed Reaction to F.C.C. Internet Plan
The plan from the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to ensure an 
open and neutral Internet drew mixed reviews on Wednesday from consumer 
advocates and Internet service providers, presenting the agency with an 
uncertain way forward as it considers new broadband regulation.

How to Discredit Net Neutrality by Milton Mueller
On Tuesday (November 30) Internet backbone provider Level3 publicly accused 
cable-based ISP Comcast of trying to thwart competing video services delivered 
through the internet. Comcast was, according to Level3, suddenly choosing to 
charge it more because of its carriage of Netflix traffic. The accusation was 
consciously framed to raise net neutrality alarms. It appeared as if a cable TV 
giant was using its control of internet access to make access to a competing, 
over the top video service more expensive... Then the full story came out.

NZ Govt Copyright Leak: Doubts Value of WIPO Internet Treaties, Supports 
Flexible Digital Lock Rules
New Zealand is one of several countries currently negotiating the Trans-Pacific 
Partnership Agreement, a regional trade deal that the U.S. would like to see 
include a major chapter on intellectual property (Canada has been excluded from 
the talks).

Japanese Regulator Approves a Search Partnership of Google and Yahoo
Japanese regulators on Thursday approved a partnership between Google and Yahoo 
Japan for local Web search, clearing the way for an alliance that would control 
almost all of the country?s search market.

Joi Ito: The web needs copyright tools
Internet entrepreneur Joi Ito is promoting licences that allow artists and 
academics to share ? and profit from ? their work online

nz: 'No Numpties' scholarship launched in Paul Reynolds' honour
The National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ), Library and Information Association 
of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) and InternetNZ are honouring the memory of 
internet pioneer and commentator Paul Reynolds with a scholarship for 
international study, worth a minimum $5000.

Scholarship launched to honour memory of Paul Reynolds
The National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ), Library and Information Association 
of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) and InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) are 
honouring the memory of internet pioneer and commentator Paul Reynolds with a 
scholarship for international study dubbed the "no numpties" award.


BT to trial 1Gbps fibre broadband in England
Telecoms company BT has announced that it will begin trialling fibre-based home 
and business broadband connections of up to 1Gbps from next year.

au: NBN has utilities, media excited
Utilities companies are more excited than other industries about business 
opportunities available through the national broadband network, according to an 
online survey of about 500 businesses.

nz: Business keen on ultra fast broadband [NZPA]
Ultra fast broadband (UFB) looks set to be popular with business, suggests a 
survey carried out by Crown Fibre Holdings and the Telecommunications Users 
Association of New Zealand (TUANZ).

WikiLeaks: NZ cables 'critical' to US security
Undersea cables on Auckland's North Shore have been called "critical" to US 
security in a diplomatic document signed off by US Secretary of State Hillary 

Kroes to urge EU Telecoms Council to agree rapidly on harmonised use of radio 
European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes will 
urge the EU's Council of Telecoms Ministers in Brussels on 3rd December 
(starting at 15.00) to boost Internet access in Europe by agreeing to the 
Commission's September proposal to make spectrum available for wireless 
broadband by 2013. Wireless broadband is essential to meet the commitments made 
in the Digital Agenda for Europe to give every European access to basic 
broadband by 2013 and fast and ultra-fast broadband by 2020.

Pitcairn mayor charged with child porn offences
The mayor of Adamstown, the only settlement on Pitcairn island, has been charged 
with possessing child pornography.

Pitcairns mayor faces child pornography case [NZPA]
The mayor of remote Pitcairn Island in the Pacific Ocean, 5000km east of New 
Zealand, has been charged with child pornography.

Pitcairn mayor on child porn charges [AFP]
The mayor of the remote British territory of Pitcairn, a Pacific island 
notorious in recent times for child sex convictions, has been charged with 
possessing child pornography, it was reported on Saturday.


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