[DNS] domain name news - 13 January

[DNS] domain name news - 13 January

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 20:51:26 -0800 (PST)
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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Missing in Action - ICANN's 2010 Annual Report by Michael D. Palage
http://www.circleid.com/posts/missing_in_action_icanns_2010_annual_report/

One Millionth .AT Domain Registered
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13373

North Korean domain names return to the Internet [IDG]
http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/373171/north_korean_domain_names_return_internet/


International cybersecurity treaty might not be achievable, report says
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110111_9236.php

Addressing 2010 by Geoff Huston
http://www.circleid.com/posts/addressing_2010/

Facebook, Google, Yahoo commit to 'World IPv6 Day' trial
http://www.techworld.com.au/article/373196/facebook_google_yahoo_commit_world_ipv6_day_trial/


APNIC staff soldier on in Brisbane
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/373162/brief_apnic_staff_soldier_brisbane/


Brisbane web developer cashes in on floods, offers domain name to highest bidder
http://www.news.com.au/technology/cashing-in-on-a-crisis/story-e6frfro0-1225987126631


Farmers Bureau Sold Domains for $8.5 million, Including fb.com to FaceBook
http://www.domainnamenews.com/domain-sales/farmers-bureau-sold-domains-85-million-including-fbcom-facebook/8600



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Missing in Action - ICANN's 2010 Annual Report by Michael D. Palage
In preparation for some upcoming long-haul international flights, I was looking 
for some "light" ICANN reading material. One document that came to mind was 
ICANN's 2010 Annual Report. Over the last four years ICANN has produced a year 
end report. While this document was probably originally conceived as a means to 
demonstrate ICANN's progress... more?
http://www.circleid.com/posts/missing_in_action_icanns_2010_annual_report/

Coalition complains to ICANN about Universe.jobs
The .JOBS Charter Compliance Coalition thinks Employ Media is violating its own 
policies by allowing Universe.jobs to be launched, and has complained to ICANN.
http://domainincite.com/coalition-complains-to-icann-about-universe-jobs/

Three new ccTLDs (including .sx) up for grabs
IANA quietly created three new country-code top-level domains shortly before 
Christmas, to represent the new nations created by the breakup of the 
Netherlands Antilles last year.
http://domainincite.com/three-new-cctlds-including-sx-up-for-grabs/

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One Millionth .AT Domain Registered
The Austrian ccTLD passed the one million active registrations milestone on 10 
January. Of the registered domains, 96.28 per cent of domains (currently 
962,987) are registered at the second level, while there are 30,093 (3.01%) 
.CO.AT domains and 7,146 (0.71%) OR.AT domains, making a total of 1,000,226 
active domains at the close of business on 10 January.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13373
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/01/11/one-million-at-domains-registered/
http://domainnews.com/en/at-passes-one-millionth-domain-registration.html

.AT Crosses 1 million Domain Registrations
The Austrian Registry just crossed the 1,000,000 domain registration mark this 
morning as reported by DVmag.
http://www.domainnamenews.com/up-to-the-minute/crosses-1-million-domain-registrations/8585


New Domain Name Developments in China & Hong Kong
This article summarises the development of the domain name regimes in China and 
Hong Kong in the past 12 months and gives a quick overview of the new measures 
and policies adopted by the respective administrative bodies, i.e. China 
Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) and Hong Kong Internet Registration 
Corporation Limited (HKIRC).
http://www.mayerbrown.com/publications/article.asp?id=10228

DENIC To Release Nine One- Two-Letter Domains Wednesday
DENIC, the registry for .DE domain names, is releasing nine short domains for 
registration that were previously blocked due to temporary injunctions this 
Wednesday, 12 January. The domain names being released are dw.de, e.de, f.de, 
g.de, hr.de, sr.de, x.de, y.de and z.de.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/01/10/denic-to-release-nine-one-two-letter-domains-wednesday/


North Korean domain names return to the Internet [IDG]
North Korean domain names have returned to the Internet over the last few days 
as the country continues to build its presence online. Websites, previously 
available only via IP addresses, are now accessible through dot-kp addresses and 
it appears more might be on the way.
http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/373171/north_korean_domain_names_return_internet/

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/011211-north-korean-domain-names-return.html

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/373171/north_korean_domain_names_return_internet/

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/216538/.html

NiRA Releases 50,000 Free .ng Domains for Citizens
Nigeria internet Registration Association (NiRA), managers of the Nigerian name 
space on the internet, the dot ng domain name has released 50, 000 free domain 
names for Nigerians as part of efforts to identify with the Golden Jubilee 
celebrations of the country.
http://www.independentngonline.com/DailyIndependent/Article.aspx?id=26723
http://allafrica.com/stories/201101100634.html

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Full Interview: Kieren McCarthy on Liberalizing the Internet Naming Space
.com .ca .edu ? all are examples of top-level domains, or gTLDs, that exist on 
the internet. There are actually only 21, and they are coordinated by an 
international group called ICANN. Well, later this year ICANN will open up the 
naming system to everyone. Yes, anyone can apply for an internet extension! If 
you have $185,000 that is. Kieren McCarthy is the General Manager (U.S) of the 
Global Internet Business Coalition, and is holding a conference in San Francisco 
next month called .nxt to help get businesses ready for this massive expansion. 
He spoke to Nora about why he thinks liberalizing the internet naming space will 
be revolutionary.
http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2011/01/full-interview-kieren-mccarthy-on-liberalizing-the-internet-naming-space/


New gTLDs and the Power of "Because" by Michael Palage
Despite numerous false starts over the last decade it appears that 2011 will be 
the year ICANN finally implements a new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) process 
that will lead to the responsible expansion of the domain name space. One of the 
important remaining steps in this process will be the upcoming meeting between 
the ICANN Board and the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) intended to resolve 
a number of outstanding differences
http://www.circleid.com/posts/new_gtlds_and_the_power_of_because/

Native Americans want new TLD protection
The National Congress of American Indians, a Native American rights group, has 
asked ICANN for special protection for tribal names under the new top-level 
domains program.
http://domainincite.com/native-americans-want-new-tld-protection/

Ready to apply for a gTLD? No, you?re not. Not even remotely by Kieren McCarthy.
So, yes, it?s been a long, drawn-out and dispiriting exercise to get to the 
point where the structure of the internet will be radically changed forever.
http://domainincite.com/ready-to-apply-for-a-gtld-no-you?re-not-not-even-remotely/


New gTLDs are coming...keep speaking up, your voices are being heard!
Stakeholders objecting to the proposed new gTLD registration system should 
submit their comments to ICANN now. We currently expect ICANN to begin 
introducing new gTLDs into the marketplace in mid-to-late 2011. Stakeholders 
should be prepared to begin the application process, or to begin monitoring the 
applications submitted by others, at that time.
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=ef31d251-a619-4e61-b9f4-d1a12974b60f


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International cybersecurity treaty might not be achievable, report says
An international treaty to establish regulations for computer security might be 
unattainable, according to a new report by the EastWest Institute think tank.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110111_9236.php

Top 10 tech scares of the decade
The dawn of the new millennium prompted fears about the future, but so far 
reality has not quite matched the predictions of catastrophe. The first ten 
years passed uneventfully--well, aside from Y2K and a bunch of intelligent 
computer viruses. Here's a look back at the past decade, and ten of the most 
terrifying tech scares. ... 2. Conficker Worm: Years: 2008-2009. Predicted 
outcome: Not applicable. Actual outcome: An estimated 10 million 
home/business/government computers under its control. The Conficker worm (also 
known as Downup, Downadup, and Kido), first detected in 2008, was a virus that 
targeted Windows operating systems. The worm used advanced malware techniques to 
take over machines and turn them into zombie/host computers that the worm's 
authors could control remotely. The Conficker infection was believed to be one 
of the largest computer infections since 2003, and analysts have suggested that 
as many as 10 million machines were affected.
http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/373012/top_10_tech_scares_decade/

au: Cyber war on business tackled [sub req'd]
A review of Australia?s intelligence agencies ordered by Prime Minister Julia 
Gillard is expected to examine whether a dedicated cyber security centre should 
be established to focus on the threat to business systems.
http://www.afr.com/p/national/cyber_war_on_business_tackled_ebjq0COJ6oT2FZMqgcKmmJ


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Addressing 2010 by Geoff Huston
It's January again, and being the start of another year, it's as good a time as 
any to look at the last 12 months and see what the Internet was up to in 2010. 
This is an update to the report prepared 12 months ago when looking at 2009, so 
lets see what has changed in the past 12 months in addressing the Internet, and 
look at how address allocation information can inform us of the changing nature 
of the network itself.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/addressing_2010/

Global IPv6 test flight geared for 8 June, 2011: Internet society coordinates 
global cooperation, joined by Google, Facebook and Yahoo!
Internet heavyweights Google, Facebook, Yahoo! are among a number of major Web 
companies in support of World IPv6 day, slated for 8 June 2011.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/373267/global_ipv6_test_flight_geared_8_june_2011/


The Clock Is Ticking: Give IPv6 a Test Drive
Major Websites are to test Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) by participating 
in World IPv6 Day, scheduled for June 8. Google, Facebook, and Yahoo, among 
others, have agreed to ensure that IPv6 entrances to their sites will be 
available, along with any network infrastructure needed to receive IPv6 traffic.
http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=7CFEC601-1A64-6A71-CE19048EFBE2C687
http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/373261/clock_ticking_give_ipv6_test_drive/
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/216601/.html

Facebook, Google, Yahoo commit to 'World IPv6 Day' trial
Several of the Internet's most popular Web sites - including Facebook, Google 
and Yahoo - have agreed to participate in the first global-scale trial of IPv6, 
the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol 
known as IPv4.
http://www.techworld.com.au/article/373196/facebook_google_yahoo_commit_world_ipv6_day_trial/

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/373196/facebook_google_yahoo_commit_world_ipv6_day_trial/

http://www.pcworld.com/article/216611/.html

Google and Facebook to cut off thousands for World IPv6 Day
Some of the internet?s biggest companies are going to deliberately break their 
web sites for a day, for hundreds of thousands of users, in order to raise 
awareness of IPv6.
http://domainincite.com/google-and-facebook-join-world-ipv6-day/

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WikiLeaks: the latest developments
The return of You ask, we search, the Twitter subpoena, Hillary Clinton's 
'apology tour' of Arab states, plus more news and views on the US embassy cables 
leak ... WikiLeaks has been losing more than ?400,000 a week since the 
publication of the embassy cables, Assange said in an interview with two Swiss 
newspapers. He also discussed moving WikiLeaks to the country. "Switzerland is a 
possibility; and our main domain name is a .ch," he told Tribune de Gen?ve and 
24 Heures. "Despite strong pressure, the Switch company, which manages domain 
names [in Switzerland] has held out," he said.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/jan/10/the-us-embassy-cables

Assange: WikiLeaks may move to Switzerland
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the whistle-blowing site is weighing a 
possible move to Switzerland, according to reports in the country's media. ... 
"Switzerland is a possibility; and our main domain name is a .ch," Assange told 
the papers. "Despite strong pressure, the Switch company, which manages domain 
names [in Switzerland] has held out."
http://www.thinq.co.uk/2011/1/10/assange-wikileaks-may-move-switzerland/

WikiLeaks might move to Switzerland
WikiLeaks is still considering moving its operations to Switzerland, where its 
site is currently hosted, its founder Julian Assange has told Swiss media.
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/politics/WikiLeaks_might_move_to_Switzerland.html?cid=29202292


US registrars not obliged to reveal users of privacy services
A California court has confirmed that registrar Tucows is not obliged to reveal 
the details of a registrant using a privacy service
http://www.managingip.com/Article/2746337/Latest-News-Magazine/Registrars-not-obliged-to-reveal-users-of-privacy-services.html


APNIC staff soldier on in Brisbane
The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) has advised its members that 
services will continue despite the flooding in Queensland.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/373162/brief_apnic_staff_soldier_brisbane/


Netregistry found Larry Bloch tells ? why I?ve joined the Retail Coalition 
against GST exemptions
The Retail Coalition that is campaigning to have the Government abolish the GST 
exemption on purchases made overseas has an unlikely new member ? domain name 
reseller and web hosting firm Netregistry.
http://www.smartcompany.com.au/retail/20110111-netregistry-found-larry-bloch-tells-why-i-ve-joined-the-retail-coalition-against-gst-exemptions.html


NetRegistry backs Gerry Harvey?s GST war
Local hosting and domain name specialist NetRegistry has backed the Gerry 
Harvey-fronted push for a level tax playing field between Australian and 
international retailers, saying the issue was affecting its massive local small 
to medium business customer base.
http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/44277-netregistry-backs-gerry-harveys-gst-war

http://delimiter.com.au/2011/01/10/netregistry-backs-gerry-harveys-gst-war/
http://www.zdnet.com.au/netregistry-joins-retail-gst-push-339308496.htm

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Brisbane web developer cashes in on floods, offers domain name to highest bidder
With every tragedy, there are heroes, there are victims and there are 
spectators. Then there are those people who appear to try to capitalise on 
crisis and according to the Federal Government, it?s time to put a stop to it.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/cashing-in-on-a-crisis/story-e6frfro0-1225987126631

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/cashing-in-on-a-crisis/story-fn7celvh-1225987126631


Bodog Will Own Gambling.com by End of Month Insiders Bet
Bodog will be the new owner of Gambling.com by the end of January and insiders 
are willing to bet on it.
http://www.blackjackchamp.com/casino-news/8293-bodog-will-own-gambling-com-by-end-of-month-insiders-bet/


Farmers Bureau Sold Domains for $8.5 million, Including fb.com to FaceBook
While Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of FaceBook had revealed on November 15th, 2010 that 
his company had purchased FB.com from the American Farm Bureau Federation, he 
did not reveal the purchase price. However the Bureau revealed today on their 
annual meeting that the organization earned $8.5 million USD by selling a couple 
of domain names.
http://www.domainnamenews.com/domain-sales/farmers-bureau-sold-domains-85-million-including-fbcom-facebook/8600


Facebook Still in Dispute With Organization that Sold it FB.com for $8M+
Now that we know how much FB.com sold for, you may be surprised that Facebook is 
still embroiled in a dispute with the seller.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/01/12/facebook-still-in-dispute-with-organization-that-sold-it-fb-com-for-8m/


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Aussies only use 15% of broadband quota
Australians use only 15 per cent of their monthly broadband quota on average, 
according to a report released this week by Sydney-based telecommunications 
analyst firm Market Clarity.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/aussies-only-use-15-of-broadband-quota-339308506.htm
http://www.marketclarity.com.au/freebies/

As the Web Turns: Procter & Gamble Site Is Aimed At Men
Hey, fellas, want to spice things up with your lady? Procter & Gamble, the 
consumer products giant, has some ideas.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/13/business/13advice.html

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Facebook Wins Relatively Few Friends in Japan
Mark Zuckerberg. Who? Mr. Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old Facebook chief executive 
and co-founder, may be the man of the moment in the United States and much of 
the rest of the online world. But here in Japan, one of the globe?s most wired 
nations, few people have heard of him.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/10/technology/10facebook.html

Britain pulls plug on stars who don't disclose when they're paid to use Twitter 
[The Times]
Celebrities who endorse products on Twitter without declaring that they are paid 
to do so may face court action, the Government's consumer watchdog said 
yesterday.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/britain-pulls-plug-on-stars-who-dont-disclose-when-theyre-paid-to-use-twitter/story-e6frg996-1225984870913


Social networking sites reshape Australian floods crisis coverage
Gone are the days when Australians only tuned in to TV or radio to keep up with 
a national crisis.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/social-networking-sites-reshape-crisis-coverage/story-e6frg6n6-1225985892291


German firm develops Internet eraser for photos [AFP]
A German firm is poised to launch software allowing users to have photos 
uploaded to websites such as Facebook, MySpace and Flickr erased automatically 
after a certain time, its head said Wednesday.
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/german-firm-develops-internet-eraser-for-photos-20110113-19ohb.html

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/german-firm-develops-internet-eraser-for-photos-20110113-19ohb.html


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European Parliament considers Web blocking [IDG]
Members of the European Parliament Monday prepared their position on whether 
mandatory E.U.-wide Web blocking of certain sites should be introduced, 
prompting concern from digital rights groups.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/216370/.html
http://www.cio.com.au/article/372913/european_parliament_considers_web_blocking/

Child Porn Blocking Won't Work, Says Euro ISPs
The EU's attempts to get all member states to block porn at ISP level would do 
little to stop the problem, the European Internet Services Providers Association 
(EuroISPA) has said.
http://news.techworld.com/security/3256440/child-porn-blocking-wont-work-says-euro-isps/

http://www.pcworld.com/article/216609/.html

ISPs battle EU child pornography filter laws
ISPs are battling proposals by officials in Brussels that would force them to 
block access to child pornography, arguing that such systems only hide the 
problem.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/12/euroispa_eu/

uk: Panorama: quarter of children have looked at pornography in last year
A quarter of children have looked at pornography in the last year, according to 
LSE research used in a Panorama programme about the sexualisation of young 
children.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8249087/Panorama-quarter-of-children-have-looked-at-pornography-in-last-year.html


us: Facebook to start sharing AMBER Alerts
Facebook has teamed up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited 
Children, the Department of Justice and the Virginia State Police to make it 
easier to spread news about abducted children.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2011/01/facebook_to_start_sharing_ambe.html


au: Government moves to protect children from cyber bullying and sexual 
harassment [Courier-Mail]
STUDENTS could be formally protected from cyber sexual harassment as the Federal 
Government this year examines ways to strengthen discrimination laws.
http://www.news.com.au/national/government-moves-to-protect-children-from-cyber-bullying-and-sexual-harrasment/story-e6frfkvr-1225985326001


Oz govt steps up fight against cyber bullying, sexual harassment [ANI]
Students, nursing women and people with family responsibilities will form the 
basis for new measures to be adopted by the Australian Government to tackle 
online bullying and sexual harassment.
http://news.smashits.com/612309/Oz-govt-steps-up-fight-against-cyber-bullying-sexual-harassment.htm


nz: Facing the danger [Eastern Courier]
PLAYGROUNDS are no longer the territory of bullies. Most of it happens online 
now.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/eastern-courier/4528833/Facing-the-danger/


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Piracy websites attract billions of visits
A study by anti-fraud firm MarkMonitor has offered a snapshot into the changing 
nature of online piracy. It monitored illegal traffic levels on 43 file-sharing 
sites and found that they generated more than 53 billion visits per year.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12163161

Piracy sites draw huge traffic: Paper [IDG]
43 websites identified by brand-protection firm MarkMonitor as digital piracy 
sites generate 53 billion visits per year, according to a new paper sponsored by 
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/373103/piracy_sites_draw_huge_traffic_paper/

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9204618/Piracy_sites_draw_huge_traffic
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/216493/.html

U.S. court won't review music download antitrust case
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling that reinstated an 
antitrust lawsuit alleging major record labels conspired to fix prices and terms 
under which music would be sold over the Internet.
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-54052220110110

US Supreme Court won't block antitrust suit against labels
The US Supreme Court has decided that a lawsuit, filed by a group of online 
music buyers and alleging the four largest record companies conspired nearly a 
decade ago to fix prices of songs sold online, can now move forward.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20028006-261.html
http://www.zdnet.com.au/resumed-music-lovers-take-labels-to-court-339308485.htm

US antipiracy lawyers from porn, indie-film sectors unite
The two camps that have waged copyright war this year on accused movie pirates 
--adult and independent filmmakers--are teaming up to fight illegal file 
sharing.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20028080-261.html

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Mobile broadband users seen hitting 1 bln in 2011
Mobile broadband subscriptions are on track to surpass 1 billion in 2011 only 
months after reaching half a billion, Ericsson said on Tuesday, highlighting a 
key growth driver for the telecom sector.
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-54076920110111
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/gadgets/4535386/Mobile-broadband-users-to-surpass-1-billion


Microsoft seeks to block Apple 'App Store' trademark
Microsoft has said that it has asked US officials to block Apple's attempt to 
trademark the words "App Store".
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12173224

'App store' covers all retailers of smartphones, gadgets, Microsoft says [AFP]
Microsoft is fighting Apple's claim on the name "App Store", arguing the generic 
term covers all sellers of programs for smartphones.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/app-store-covers-all-retailers-of-smartphones-gadgets-microsoft-says/story-e6frg90o-1225986890373


Microsoft opposes Apple trademark for 'App Store'
Apple's effort to trademark the name "App Store" has run in to opposition from 
Microsoft, which argues the phrase is too generic to register and would restrict 
competitors' ability to use of the term to describe their own services.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20028238-37.html

Research in Motion to filter pornography sites from Indonesian BlackBerrys
Research in Motion will filter internet content on BlackBerrys in Indonesia "as 
soon as possible" to aid an anti-pornography stance.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703779704576073141538884296.html
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/research-in-motion-to-filter-pornography-sites-from-indonesian-blackberrys/story-e6frg90x-1225985409687


BlackBerry maker agrees to Indonesian net filters
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion is to implement internet pornography filters 
in Indonesia after being threatened with a blackout for its 2 million users in 
the country.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jan/10/blackberry-indonesia-pornography-filter


RIM to Set Up BlackBerry Internet Filters as Indonesia Cracks Down on Porn
Research In Motion Ltd. is working to block pornography websites on BlackBerry 
services in Indonesia as the nation with the world?s largest Muslim population 
widens a campaign to clean up the Internet.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-10/research-in-motion-says-it-s-committed-to-set-up-web-filters-in-indonesia.html


BlackBerry maker to block porn in Indonesia
Research In Motion said on Monday it will filter pornographic Internet content 
for its BlackBerry smartphone users in Indonesia, following government pressure 
to restrict access to porn sites or face its browsing service being shut down.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE7094VL20110110
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-54047420110110

Google's Android More Vulnerable to Viruses Than IPhone, Trend Micro Says
Google Inc.?s Android operating system for mobile devices is more vulnerable to 
hackers and viruses than Apple Inc.?s iPhone platform, according to 
security-software maker Trend Micro Inc.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-12/google-s-android-more-vulnerable-to-viruses-than-iphone-trend-micro-says.html


Android, RIM, Nokia Offerings Beat Apple App Store's Growth, Distimo Says
Google Inc.?s Android Market, Research In Motion Ltd.?s BlackBerry App World and 
Nokia Oyj?s Ovi Store added mobile-phone software faster than Apple Inc.?s App 
Store last year, research company Distimo said.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-10/android-rim-nokia-offerings-beat-apple-app-store-s-growth-distimo-says.html

http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/smartphone-apps/android-rim-nokia-offerings-beat-apple-app-stores-growth-20110111-19lh2.html

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/smartphone-apps/android-rim-nokia-offerings-beat-apple-app-stores-growth-20110111-19lh2.html


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SPAM
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Global drop in spam email is 'short lived'
A recently observed global decline in spam e-mail could prove to be short lived, 
researchers say. A network of infected computers used to produce spam has sprung 
back to life after a lull of several weeks.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12154118

Spam Is Back
A holiday hiatus for spammers appears to be over. Rustock, a network of 
malware-infected personal computers that is the world?s No. 1 source of spam and 
is believed to be controlled by Russian cybercriminals, stopped sending spam on 
Christmas Eve, causing global spam levels to plummet. No one really knew why.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/12/spam-is-back/

Email spam level bounces back after record low
A dramatic fall in the levels of emails advertising Viagra products and herbal 
medicines has caused a precipitous drop in global spam levels ? but today the 
unsolicited messages showed the first signs of a huge comeback.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jan/10/email-spam-record-activity

U.S. still top spammer, report says
At the end of 2010, the United States remained on top of the "Dirty Dozen" list 
of spam relaying nations compiled by IT security firm Sophos.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/216517/.html
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/373119/u_still_top_spammer_report_says/
http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/373119/u_still_top_spammer_report_says/
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/011111-us-still-top-spammer-report.html

Sophos: Spam to get more malicious
Spam is becoming more malicious in nature as trickery tactics change in line 
with current user interests, according to a new report released Tuesday by 
Sophos.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/sophos-spam-to-get-more-malicious-62205600.htm

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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Author warns of Russia's and China's 'Spinternet': In 'The Net Delusion,' Evgeny 
Morozov describes how China, Russia, Iran -- and even the U.S. -- pay bloggers 
to push their views
Is the Internet, with its blogs, tweets, e-mail, Web and social networking 
sites, a force to change places such as Iran, China, Vietnam and Russia into 
Western-style democracies with the West's ideas about freedom of expression and 
political rights?
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/011011-author-warns-of-spinternet.html

Europe and America host most IP-infringing sites, claims consultancy
Most piracy and counterfeit goods sales happen through websites hosted in Europe 
or America, a brand protection consultancy has said.
http://out-law.com/page-11709

International cybersecurity treaty might not be achievable, report says
An international treaty to establish regulations for computer security might be 
unattainable, according to a new report by the EastWest Institute think tank.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110111_9236.php

Top 10 tech scares of the decade
The dawn of the new millennium prompted fears about the future, but so far 
reality has not quite matched the predictions of catastrophe. The first ten 
years passed uneventfully--well, aside from Y2K and a bunch of intelligent 
computer viruses. Here's a look back at the past decade, and ten of the most 
terrifying tech scares. ... 2. Conficker Worm: Years: 2008-2009. Predicted 
outcome: Not applicable. Actual outcome: An estimated 10 million 
home/business/government computers under its control. The Conficker worm (also 
known as Downup, Downadup, and Kido), first detected in 2008, was a virus that 
targeted Windows operating systems. The worm used advanced malware techniques to 
take over machines and turn them into zombie/host computers that the worm's 
authors could control remotely. The Conficker infection was believed to be one 
of the largest computer infections since 2003, and analysts have suggested that 
as many as 10 million machines were affected.
http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/373012/top_10_tech_scares_decade/

au: Cyber war on business tackled [sub req'd]
A review of Australia?s intelligence agencies ordered by Prime Minister Julia 
Gillard is expected to examine whether a dedicated cyber security centre should 
be established to focus on the threat to business systems.
http://www.afr.com/p/national/cyber_war_on_business_tackled_ebjq0COJ6oT2FZMqgcKmmJ


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PRIVACY
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US 1986 Privacy Law Is Outrun by the Web
Concerned by the wave of requests for customer data from law enforcement 
agencies, Google last year set up an online tool showing the frequency of these 
requests in various countries. In the first half of 2010, it counted more than 
4,200 in the United States.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/10/technology/10privacy.html

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CENSORSHIP
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nz: McDonald's accused of homophobia in Wi-Fi service
McDonald's is being accused of homophobia after it blocked gay websites from its 
new free Wi-Fi service at its restaurants.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10698914

McDonald's N. Zealand reviews ban on gay websites [AFP]
McDonald's New Zealand said it was reviewing its Internet access policies 
Tuesday after gay groups complained the fast-food giant was blocking their 
websites from its Wi-Fi network.
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/mcdonalds-n-zealand-reviews-ban-on-gay-websites-20110111-19lqi.html

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/mcdonalds-n-zealand-reviews-ban-on-gay-websites-20110111-19lqi.html


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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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Brussels Wants 7-Year Limit on Works Digitized by Google
Companies like Google that digitize artworks and books from public bodies should 
allow other companies and institutions to commercialize those materials after 
seven years, three experts advising the European Commission said Monday.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/11/business/global/11google.html

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Skype Growth Eats Into International Calls
International phone traffic is on the slide and one research company reckons 
that a likely cause is the effect of VoIP service Skype.
http://news.techworld.com/personal-tech/3256028/skype-growth-eats-into-international-calls/

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/216382/.html

Mobile airwaves seen key to U.S. competitiveness
Global competitiveness in the U.S. telecom and media sector will hinge on making 
more airwaves available to keep pace with the booming wireless market, 
government and industry officials agreed on Wednesday.
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-54120220110112

au: National Broadband Network tangled up in red tape
Not since the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme has Australia undertaken a 
project of the magnitude of the National Broadband Network.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/national-broadband-network-tangled-up-in-red-tape/story-e6frg8zx-1225985867050


PayPal founder backs New Zealand submarine link
An investment fund led by PayPal co-founder and chief executive, Peter Thiel, 
has become one of the first to financially back a New Zealand submarine cable 
venture, committing NZ$5.5 million (AUD$4.24 million) to the project.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/373152/paypal_founder_backs_new_zealand_submarine_link/


WiMax update set for go-ahead this year [IDG]
A faster, more secure and energy-efficient update to the WiMax wireless Internet 
standard will get final approval and see commercialization within a year, 
industry officials said on Monday.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/372859/wimax_update_set_go-ahead_year/

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ARRESTS/COURT CASES FOR ONLINE CHILD PROTECTION
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uk: Colin Blanchard could spend life in jail for role in paedophile ring
Colin Blanchard, the IT consultant who created and shared images of child sex 
abuse with nursery worker Vanessa George, could spend the rest of his life in 
jail for his role as the "hub" of a paedophile ring.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jan/10/colin-blanchard-jail-paedophile-ring

Colin Blanchard's sex abusing women 'competed'
"We will never truly know why these women were willing to take part in such 
horrific abuse.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-11970261

Paedophile warned he may never be freed [PA]
The leader of an online paedophile ring which drew in four female accomplices 
was branded "warped, wicked, dangerous, devious and manipulative" by a judge 
today and warned he may never be released from prison.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/paedophile-gang-members-face-jail-2180587.html



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