[DNS] domain name news - 2 June

[DNS] domain name news - 2 June

From: David Goldstein <david§goldsteinreport.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2011 16:44:29 +1000
Hi all,

Further to Josh's email earlier today, the 25 years of .AU feature in The Australian today is an advertorial and hence only available in hard copy.

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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Illusions of democracy and the internet: the internet falls short of presenting facts about realities and responsibilities of governance and freedom by Esther Dyson
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/05/2011523142315198425.html

Draft Timeline: 2012-2015 Strategic Plan Development Process
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-30may11-en.htm

The Applicant Guidebook is not finished, but will it be approved?
http://domainincite.com/the-applicant-guidebook-is-not-finished-but-will-it-be-approved/

Clarity for .brands in new Guidebook
http://domainincite.com/clarity-for-brands-in-new-guidebook/

ICANN beefs up new TLD fraudster checks
http://domainincite.com/icann-beefs-up-new-tld-fraudster-checks/

How the GAC could derail new TLDs in Singapore
http://domainincite.com/how-the-gac-could-derail-new-tlds-in-singapore/

Clarity for .brands in new Guidebook
http://domainincite.com/clarity-for-brands-in-new-guidebook/

Controversial TLD blocking still controversial
http://domainincite.com/controversial-tld-blocking-still-controversial/

ICANN Releases Another, Maybe Final, Version of New gTLD Applicant Guidebook
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=14855

My Take On The New Guidebook: ICANN Will Approve The New gTLD Program In Singapore
http://www.thedomains.com/2011/05/31/my-take-on-the-new-guidebook-icann-will-approve-the-new-gtld-program-in-singapore/

ICANN Deletes Parked Domain Question from New TLD Guidebook
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/05/31/icann-deletes-parked-domain-question-from-new-tld-guidebook/

New TLD Guidebook Won?t Be Approved in Singapore
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/05/31/new-tld-guidebook-wont-be-approved-in-singapore/

Biggest Winner from New TLDs May Be Jones Day Law Firm
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/05/31/biggest-winner-from-new-tlds-may-be-jones-day-law-firm/

Controversial TLD blocking still controversial
http://domainincite.com/controversial-tld-blocking-still-controversial/

King Tut looks over .au domain names' 25 years
http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/market/47579-king-tut-looks-over-au-domain-names-25-years

New gTLDs: Will Application Developers be Ready in time to Secure User Confidence? by Alexa Raad
http://www.circleid.com/posts/new_gtlds_will_application_developers_be_ready/

DENIC Launching DNSSEC for the German TLD .de
http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/press-releases/press/3225.html

UK developing cyber-weapons programme to counter cyber war threat
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/30/military-cyberwar-offensive

Cybercrime complacency no laughing matter, British police chief warns
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/may/31/cybercrime-online-security-police-warning

Pentagon to Consider Cyberattacks Acts of War
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/us/politics/01cyber.html

List of cyber-weapons developed by Pentagon to streamline computer warfare
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/list-of-cyber-weapons-developed-by-pentagon-to-streamline-computer-warfare/2011/05/31/AGSublFH_story.html

au: Mr Cricket's second online life
http://www.watoday.com.au/sport/cricket/mr-crickets-second-online-life-20110601-1fg53.html

ESPA International (UK) Limited, ESPA House v. Espa of Australia Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2011-0010
http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2011-0010


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Illusions of democracy and the internet: the internet falls short of presenting facts about realities and responsibilities of governance and freedom by Esther Dyson
The internet is an extraordinarily powerful tool. It has changed how we do business, how we do politics, and even how we change our leaders - at least some of the time.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/05/2011523142315198425.html

Editorial: The G-8 takes on the Net - leaders of the Group of 8 nations want to govern cyberspace. Good luck with that.
Egged on by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the leaders of the Group of 8 nations announced Friday that the Internet was too important for governments to leave ungoverned. Cyberspace needs a legal framework that promotes human rights, the rule of law, privacy, security and the protection of intellectual property, they declared, and they pledged to work on one.
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-g8-20110530,0,149433.story

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Draft Timeline: 2012-2015 Strategic Plan Development Process
As part of ICANN?s planning process, a three-year Strategic Plan is reviewed and updated annually. This is complimented by an annual Operating Plan and Budget.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-30may11-en.htm

The New GNSO Policy Development Process Presented for Approval
The Policy Development Process Work Team (PDP-WT) was tasked to develop a new GNSO policy development process that incorporates a working group approach and makes it more effective and responsive to ICANN?s policy development needs.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-31may11-en.htm

Increase of the Registrar Accreditation Application Fee and Introduction of Further Due Diligence Background Checks
To offset the costs of increased due diligence, the application fee for submitting an ICANN accreditation application will be increased from the current fee of US $2,500 to US $3,500 effective on 1 July 2011. All applications received on or after that date will be subject to a non-refundable US $3,500 application fee.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-01jun11-en.htm

Nine Recommendations to Improve the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy: IRTP Part B WG Submits Final Report
The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part B Working Group has submitted its Final Report to the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council today. Following review of the public comments received [PDF, 161 KB] on the proposed Final Report, the WG updated its report accordingly. The Final Report contains nine recommendations that address the five charter questions that the WG was tasked with, including:
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-30may11-en.htm

ICANN Releases gTLD Applicant Guidebook by Elisa Cooper
This version contains revisions based upon both community feedback, as well as recent consultations with the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). Notable amendments include:
https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/icann-releases-gtld-applicant-guidebook/
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110601_icann_releases_gtld_applicant_guidebook/

The Applicant Guidebook is not finished, but will it be approved?
ICANN has published the seventh version of its Applicant Guidebook ? no longer ?draft? and no longer ?proposed final? ? for the new gTLDs program.
http://domainincite.com/the-applicant-guidebook-is-not-finished-but-will-it-be-approved/

Clarity for .brands in new Guidebook
Companies planning to apply for a ?.brand? TLD have had some of their concerns put to rest in the latest version of ICANN?s Applicant Guidebook.
http://domainincite.com/clarity-for-brands-in-new-guidebook/

ICANN beefs up new TLD fraudster checks
ICANN has broadened the background checks in its new TLDs program to ban companies with a history of consumer fraud from applying for a new gTLD.
http://domainincite.com/icann-beefs-up-new-tld-fraudster-checks/

How the GAC could derail new TLDs in Singapore
The pieces are moving into place for what could be the final battle over new TLDs between ICANN and its Governmental Advisory Committee, in Singapore later this month.
http://domainincite.com/how-the-gac-could-derail-new-tlds-in-singapore/

Clarity for .brands in new Guidebook
Companies planning to apply for a ?.brand? TLD have had some of their concerns put to rest in the latest version of ICANN?s Applicant Guidebook.
http://domainincite.com/clarity-for-brands-in-new-guidebook/

Controversial TLD blocking still controversial
ICANN and its Governmental Advisory Committee have yet to reach agreement on when and how governments should be able to block TLDs deemed too controversial to go live.
http://domainincite.com/controversial-tld-blocking-still-controversial/

ICANN Releases Another, Maybe Final, Version of New gTLD Applicant Guidebook
ICANN released the latest version of its Applicant Guidebook for applicants of new gTLDs following consultation with the Governmental Advisory Committee and other interested parties. The ICANN Board is scheduled to consider the New gTLD Program for approval on 20 June at ICANN's international meeting in Singapore.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=14855
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/05/31/icann-new-gtld-applicant-guidebook/

My Take On The New Guidebook: ICANN Will Approve The New gTLD Program In Singapore
After reading the new gTLD Applicant Guidebook (AG) that was published today, my feeling is that ICANN will approve the program in Singapore as planned while some of the specific rules in the Guidebook may and probably will change along the way.
http://www.thedomains.com/2011/05/31/my-take-on-the-new-guidebook-icann-will-approve-the-new-gtld-program-in-singapore/

ICANN Deletes Parked Domain Question from New TLD Guidebook
A controversial and intriguing addition to the previous applicant guidebook for new TLDs has been deleted.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/05/31/icann-deletes-parked-domain-question-from-new-tld-guidebook/

New TLD Guidebook Won?t Be Approved in Singapore
I?ve gone through the latest version of the new TLD applicant guidebook and read ICANN?s explanation of what it is.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/05/31/new-tld-guidebook-wont-be-approved-in-singapore/

Biggest Winner from New TLDs May Be Jones Day Law Firm
Jones Day will get hefty pay day defending ICANN new in TLD disputes.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/05/31/biggest-winner-from-new-tlds-may-be-jones-day-law-firm/

Controversial TLD blocking still controversial
ICANN and its Governmental Advisory Committee have yet to reach agreement on when and how governments should be able to block TLDs deemed too controversial to go live.
http://domainincite.com/controversial-tld-blocking-still-controversial/

ICANN Recommends Against Revamping UDRP
Echoing the sentiments of a number of UDRP providers as well as prominent UDRP defense attorneys, ICANN?s staff has recommended against having the Generic Names Supporting Organization opening a ?policy development process? on UDRP.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/05/31/icann-recommends-against-revamping-udrp/

Attempt to Silence Prominent ICANN Critic George Kirikos Fails as Legal Proceeding Filed Against Him By Former ICANN Ombudsmen Frank Fowlie is Withdrawn
If you are a domain owner odds are you owe George Kirikos a thank you. The Toronto, Canada based domain industry veteran has probably been the single most vigilant individual in our space when it comes to keeping an eye on ICANN and sounding the alarm when the oversight body is about to take any action that treats domain registrants unfairly.
http://dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2011/dailyposts/20110601.htm

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King Tut looks over .au domain names' 25 years
http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/market/47579-king-tut-looks-over-au-domain-names-25-years

EURid and UNESCO encourage online multilingualism
More work is needed to promote online multilingualism and the uptake of internationalised domain names (IDNs, in other words internet addresses), according to EURid, the registry in charge of developing .eu domain names, and UNESCO, the UN agency in charge of education.
http://www.europolitics.info/sectorial-policies/eurid-and-unesco-encourage-online-multilingualism-art305653-12.html

eu: Online multilingualism requires boost - study
More work is needed to stimulate online multilingualism and the uptake of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs), according to a study by .eu published by EURid, the registry for the .eu TLD.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/online-multilingualism-requires-boost-study

Poland's .pl domains up to 2.067 million in Q1
Poland's number of .pl domain names increased to 2.067 million at the end of March from 1.994 million at the end of 2010, according to a report by Polish operator NASK.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/polands-pl-domains-up-to-2067-million-in-q1

Poll: Porn Industry Majority Not Sold on .XXX Domains, But 35% Plan to Buy
More than one-third of adult entertainment industry professionals plan to buy .XXX domain names, either to defensively protect their existing brands/trademarks or to develop and market new websites, according to a new XBIZ Research poll.
http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=134634

Survey shows .xxx is the Marmite TLD
The forthcoming .xxx TLD is accepted and hated by equal numbers of adult entertainment industry operators, according to a new survey.
http://domainincite.com/survey-shows-xxx-is-the-marmite-tld/

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New gTLDs: Will Application Developers be Ready in time to Secure User Confidence? by Alexa Raad
Last week I pointed out a potential problem with the user experience, if, as envisioned, a large number of new gTLDs are added to the root at the same time. The problem I was referring to has nothing to do with the new gTLDs themselves. Rather, it's about the lack of any updated procedures and communication campaigns to application and software vendors. The objective would be to alert them in time and equip them to swiftly update their programs.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/new_gtlds_will_application_developers_be_ready/

New gTLDs: Great New Idea Or Waste of Time?
Whether or not new gTLDs will get the go-ahead at this month's ICANN meeting in Singapore is uncertain. Many believe they will, but intellectual property interests are still demanding flesh. They seem to have an insatiable demand for more and more, never satisfied.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=14843
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/05/30/new-gtlds-great-new-idea-or-waste-of-time/

The gTLD Boondoggle by John Levine
I've been watching at the excitement build in the domain community, where a lot of people seem to believe that at next month's Singapore meeting, by golly, this time ICANN will really truly open the floodgates and start adding lots of new TLDs. I have my doubts, because there's still significant issues with the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and the US Government and ICANN hasn't yet grasped the fact that governments do not defer to NGOs, but let's back up a little and ask is this a good idea.
http://jl.ly/ICANN/boondoggle.html

How Twitter is enabling new gTLD / ccTLD business models
We are all familiar with global TLDs (.com, .int) and CCTLDs (.nz, .cn). When looking to name your new company and have any ambitions of selling beyond New Zealand, the standard first question is ?Can I get the dot-com??
http://1through8.net/blog/2011/5/30/how-twitter-is-enabling-new-gtld-cctld-business-models.html

City OKs .vegas domain deal despite Greenspun opposition
The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday endorsed a local company?s push for a .vegas Internet domain suffix despite protestations from the Greenspun Corp., which has been preparing a similar application.
http://www.lvrj.com/news/breaking_news/Council-backs-companys-move-for-vegas-domain-83492872.html

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DENIC Launching DNSSEC for the German TLD .de
On 31 May 2011, the German registry DENIC took the last step required to launch DNSSEC for .de: The .de zone now contains the final public key, which is suited for validation.
http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/press-releases/press/3225.html

Denic completes DNSSEC introduction for .de domains
German domain name registrar Denic has completed the last hurdle to introduce DNSSEC as security standard for .de domains on 31 May of this year.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/denic-completes-dnssec-introduction-for-de-domains

UK developing cyber-weapons programme to counter cyber war threat
The UK is developing a cyber-weapons programme that will give ministers an attacking capability to help counter growing threats to national security from cyberspace, the Guardian has learned.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/30/military-cyberwar-offensive

UK beefs up cyber warfare plans
'Cyber' soldiers will be put alongside conventional troops as the government puts cyber attacks on an equal footing with other conflicts.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13599916

Threat now is from weapons of mass disruption by General Graeme Lamb
These last few centuries have, to put it bluntly, been bloody simple ? bloody in the numbers of innocents and combatants slaughtered and simple in the character of how we killed them.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/30/weapons-of-mass-disruption-cyber-attack

Forget a cyber Maginot line: In this new dimension the west must act now to drive a global consensus on cyberspace security
The late JG Ballard once told the Guardian that in cyberspace "the entire human experience seems to unveil itself like the surface of a new planet". Whenever we log on we carry our essential human nature with us. Like people, cyberspace has a dark side and it is already shaping our future security environment. The openness of our society, our connectedness with the wider world and our hi-tech way of life is a source of strength. But openness also brings vulnerability.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/30/forget-cyber-maginot-line

Stuxnet attack forced Britain to rethink the cyber war
The pieces of the puzzle began to take shape, and then fall into place, on 17 June last year, when Sergey Ulasen was emailed by a dealer in Tehran about an irritating problem some of his clients were having with their computers.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/may/30/stuxnet-attack-cyber-war-iran

Cybercrime complacency no laughing matter, British police chief warns
The British public needs to snap out of its complacency about cybercrime or risk becoming victim to increasingly sophisticated criminal networks that are operating online, the head of the country's e-crime unit has warned.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/may/31/cybercrime-online-security-police-warning

Pentagon to Consider Cyberattacks Acts of War
The Pentagon, trying to create a formal strategy to deter cyberattacks on the United States, plans to issue a new strategy soon declaring that a computer attack from a foreign nation can be considered an act of war that may result in a military response.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/us/politics/01cyber.html

Cyber Combat: Act of War - Pentagon Sets Stage for U.S. to Respond to Computer Sabotage With Military Force
The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304563104576355623135782718.html

List of cyber-weapons developed by Pentagon to streamline computer warfare
The Pentagon has developed a list of cyber-weapons and -tools, including viruses that can sabotage an adversary?s critical networks, to streamline how the United States engages in computer warfare.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/list-of-cyber-weapons-developed-by-pentagon-to-streamline-computer-warfare/2011/05/31/AGSublFH_story.html

Pentagon to adversaries: An attack on U.S. networks might unleash military force
A new Defense Department policy that reportedly authorizes troops to use physical force in response to a cyberattack does not represent a change in posture, but rather a signal to adversaries that the United States will not hesitate to act, said a former U.S. military and intelligence official who managed network security.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110531_5712.php

U.S. arms makers said to be bleeding secrets to cyber foes
Top Pentagon contractors have been bleeding secrets for years as a result of penetrations of their computer networks, current and former national security officials say.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/05/31/us-usa-cyber-penetration-idUKTRE74U76X20110531

Cyberattacks fuel concerns about RSA SecurID breach
Recent attacks against two major defense contractors are fueling concerns about the extent to which RSA's SecurID two-factor authentication technology may have been compromised in a breach the company acknowledged in March.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217216/Cyberattacks_fuel_concerns_about_RSA_SecurID_breach
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/060111-cyberattacks-fuel-concerns-about-rsa.html

Lockheed Strengthens Network Security After Hacker Attack
Lockheed Martin said on Sunday that it had stepped up its investigation into a sophisticated hacking attack on its computer networks and bolstered security measures for gaining remote access to its systems.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/30/business/30hack.html

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au: Mr Cricket's second online life
Would the real Mike Hussey please stand up? After former AFL renegade Jason Akermanis went public this week with his bid to free jasonakermanis.com from the grip of an obstinate "domain parker", WAtoday.com.au can reveal that star WA cricketer Hussey also has an online doppelganger. Navigate your way to mikehussey.com.au and you will find not the official website of the man known as "Mr Cricket" but an amusing and slightly bizarre tribute page that gives Hussey an alternative life story.
http://www.watoday.com.au/sport/cricket/mr-crickets-second-online-life-20110601-1fg53.html

ESPA International (UK) Limited, ESPA House v. Espa of Australia Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2011-0010
1. The Parties: The Complainant is ESPA International (UK) Limited, ESPA House of Surrey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, represented by Davies Collison Cave, Australia. The Respondent is Espa of Australia Pty Ltd., Carol Fleming of Wonga, Queensland, Australia. 2. The Domain Name(s) and Registrar(s): The disputed domain name <espa.net.au> is registered with Melbourne IT Ltd. ... 7. Decision: For all the foregoing reasons, in accordance with Paragraphs 4(i) of the Policy and 15 of the Rules, the Panel orders that the Disputed Domain Name <espa.net.au> be transferred to the Complainant.
http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2011-0010

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What is Internet Protocol Address Management?" by Aaron Hughes
The number of web-based devices is expanding at an exponential clip, virtualization is making a very static environment dynamic, and now with the exhaustion of IPv4 and the oncoming complexities of IPv6 network operators must reevaluate what IP Address Management (IPAM) really is. The goal of this post is to define the various functions that make up IP Address Management.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/what_is_internet_protocol_address_management/

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The Internet Censorship Act of 2011
... As some of you probably already guessed I am referring, to the "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011" also known as the.... "PROTECT IP ACT", it is the reincarnation of "COICA" the "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act more commonly referred to as the Internet Censorship Bill (I'll get into why in a minute) and you may all give thanks to the true Democrat Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) for preventing this freedom killer from coming up for a full vote in the Senate. ... ... The PROTECT IP ACT similarly authorizes an alleged "rights holder" who is the victim of the infringement to bring an action against the owner, registrant, or Internet site "dedicated to infringement", whether domestic or foreign, and seek a court order against the domain name registrant, owner, or the domain name. ... Moving to a new domain name is also out for targeted sites. The PROTECT IP ACT continues on to say that any site that moves to a new domain, the same despotic censorship requirements apply to those new sites as well.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/30/980423/-The-Internet-Censorship-Act-of-2011

AfriNIC internet industry meeting set for Tanzania
THE African Network Information Centre (AfriNIC) is to hold its 14th bi-annual meeting from June 4 to 10 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with this year?s main themes being IPv6 deployment in Africa, cyber security and interconnecting Africa.
http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/business/13-local-business/11484-tanzania-to-host-meting-on-african-internet-industry.html
http://www.theindependent.co.zw/business/31108-afrinic-internet-industry-meeting-set-for-tanzania-.html
http://allafrica.com/stories/201106020050.html

Internet protocol roundtable to hold in Lagos
Digitalsense Africa,Organizers of the first ever Nigeria Internet Protocol version Six Roundtable slated to hold in Lagos have announced that all is now set to make the event a success.
http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/06/internet-protocol-roundtable-to-hold-in-lagos/

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Illusions of democracy and the internet: the internet falls short of presenting facts about realities and responsibilities of governance and freedom by Esther Dyson
The internet is an extraordinarily powerful tool. It has changed how we do business, how we do politics, and even how we change our leaders - at least some of the time.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/05/2011523142315198425.html

How celebrities and companies are keeping their secrets safe from Google [The Times]
Celebrities, blue-chip companies and tourist attractions are using a new breed of PR company to hide their secrets and damaging press stories in Google search results.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/how-celebrities-and-companies-are-keeping-their-secrets-safe-from-google/story-e6frgakx-1226066987503
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article3046494.ece

Firefox 4 Making Gains in Global Market Share, Internet Explore Still the Leader
Firefox 4 is making some gains in the global browser wars. It has eclipsed version 3.6 for the first time and now is the third most-used browser in the world, behind Internet Explorer 8 and Google Chrome 11, according to StatCounter Global.
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/firefox_4_making_gains_in_global_market_share_inte.php
http://www.nytimes.com/external/readwriteweb/2011/06/01/01readwriteweb-firefox-4-making-gains-in-global-market-sha-53175.html

iPhone, therefore I am: are gadgets stealing our humanity?
Smartphones and other gadgets have literally become extensions of our minds and hold out the tantalising promise of never being bored again, but are we sacrificing too much in the process?
http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/iphone-therefore-i-am-are-gadgets-stealing-our-humanity-20110531-1fdi2.html
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/iphone-therefore-i-am-are-gadgets-stealing-our-humanity-20110531-1fdi2.html

Switched-on world is killing creativity, expert warns
Mobile phone use and instant access to the internet from almost anywhere could be stifling creativity, according to Australian born cultural anthropologist, Genevieve Bell.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/technology/switched-on-world-is-killing-creativity-expert-warns/story-fn7celvh-1226064491905

Aussie Net traffic growth to surpass global average
Increased adoption of smartphones and tablets such as the iPad are set to drive Australia's Internet Protocol (IP) traffic up 41 per cent year on year, eventually surpassing the average global growth rate of IP traffic, according to a Cisco report.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/388747/aussie_net_traffic_growth_surpass_global_average/

au: Beer barons' booze keeps flowing thanks to loophole
Liquor licensing authorities in NSW have turned a blind eye to sly grog salesmen who are using the internet and word of mouth to run unlicensed 24-hour booze delivery services.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/beer-barons-booze-keeps-flowing-thanks-to-loophole-20110602-1fhfp.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/beer-barons-booze-keeps-flowing-thanks-to-loophole-20110602-1fhfp.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/5092518/Internet-booze-deliveries-exploit-loophole

nz: Prime Minister's son is NZ's top planker
It's been blamed for one death and has led to some school students being disciplined. ... NetSafe chief executive Martin Cocker said the Prime Minister's photograph showed how popular the fad had become.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10729127

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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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It's fight or flight for Twitter: Thousands have flocked to the social networking site recently but can it capitalise on its growing popularity?
Dick Costolo was in full flow. The chief executive of Twitter ? installed after a brief power struggle in the autumn of 2010 ? was outlining his unifying vision for the company's product at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. "Our mission," he said, "is to instantly connect people everywhere to what's most meaningful to them."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/may/30/twitter-growing-popularity-social-networking

Facebook poised to hit 700 million users
Facebook is poised to hit 700 million users, according to analysis from the Facebook statistics blog SocialBakers.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/faster-forward/post/facebook-poised-to-hit-700-million-users/2011/05/31/AGp7FQFH_blog.html

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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Cisco predicts internet device boom to 15m by 2015
The number of internet connected devices is set to explode in the next four years to over 15 billion - twice the world's population by 2015.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13613536

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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uk: Police rescue record number of children from online paedophiles
A record number of children have been rescued from immediate danger by a specialist police unit that targets online paedophile rings, it has emerged.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/31/police-ceop-online-paedophiles

414 Children Safeguarded from Abuse in the Last Year [news release]
414 children have been safeguarded or protected in the last year from exploitation and abuse as a direct result of the work of the UK?s national centre for child protection ? the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. 513 child sex offenders have been arrested in the same period, the organisation announced today.
http://www.ceop.police.uk/Media-Centre/Press-releases/2011/414-CHILDREN-SAFEGUARDED-FROM-ABUSE-IN-THE-LAST-YEAR/

uk: One child a day saved from web sex abuse
A record number of children have been rescued from paedophiles targeting youngsters via the internet, a specialist unit said today. In the past 12 months alone, 414 children from across the UK have been saved - more than one a day. It is the highest number in the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre's history.
http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland/One-child-a-day-saved.6777067.jp

Attack of the cyber bullies: How one British child in five falls victim to aggressive behaviour online
Cyber bullying is more of a problem for British children than almost any others in the world. One in five boys and girls aged six to nine reported being the victim of ?aggressive or unpleasant? behaviour online.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1393337/Cyber-bullying-One-British-child-falls-victim-online-bullies.html

au: Students, parents and teachers advise government on cybersafety [news release]
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy, today welcomed school students, parents and teachers from across Australia who are in Canberra to attend the 2011 Cybersafety Summit.
http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2011/191

Top EU policymaker on trusting our online kids
It?s amazing to hear a policymaker say this: ?We cannot, and should not, put our children and youngsters in a digital glass cage, hoping they will never encounter any harmful or illegal content online. This will simply not work.? That was Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice president and the EU?s top legislator for digital issues, in a speech marking International Missing Children?s Day (May 25).
http://www.netfamilynews.org/?p=30460

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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au: Film studios win big discount on iiNet's legal fees
The film industry has won a 40 percent reduction in the legal costs it will have to pay ISP iiNet, despite losing both the primary case and an appeal in the landmark copyright battle.
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/259218,film-studios-win-big-discount-on-iinets-legal-fees.aspx

au: AFACT to pay 60% of iiNet legal costs
The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) yesterday won a small victory in its legal battle against iiNet, with the Federal Court deciding that the organisation only had to pay 60 per cent of iiNet's legal costs for lost court cases.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/afact-to-pay-60-of-iinet-legal-costs-339316033.htm

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Mobile phone radiation is a possible cancer risk, warns WHO
Radiation from mobile phones has been classified as a possible cancer risk by the World Health Organisation after a major review of the effects of electromagnetic waves on human health.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/may/31/mobile-phone-radiation-cancer-risk

Mobiles 'may cause brain cancer'
The World Health Organization's cancer research agency says mobile phones are "possibly carcinogenic".
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13608444

Mobile phone users warned over cancer link
A warning against the use of mobile telephones has been issued by the World Health Organisation after scientists identified a potential link with a type of brain cancer.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/mobile-phone-users-warned-over-cancer-link-2291515.html

Cellphone Radiation May Cause Cancer, Advisory Panel Says
A World Health Organization panel has concluded that cellphones are ?possibly carcinogenic,?? putting the popular devices in the same category as certain dry cleaning chemicals and pesticides, as a potential threat to human health.
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/cellphone-radiation-may-cause-cancer-advisory-panel-says/

Cellphone Use 'Possibly Carcinogenic'
Using a cellphone may increase the risk of a certain type of brain cancer, an international panel of experts said Tuesday, adding to a growing debate about whether a now nearly ubiquitous form of communication poses health risks.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576357571174992448.html

Cellphones ?possibly carcinogenic,? WHO says
Radiation from cellphones is ?possibly carcinogenic? to humans, according to an international expert panel organized by the World Health Organization to evaluate the safety of the increasingly ubiquitous electronic devices.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/cell-phones-possibly-carcinogenic-who-says/2011/05/31/AGRktZFH_story.html

Study links cellphones to possible cancer risk
Cellphone users may be at increased risk for two types of rare tumors and should try to reduce their exposure to the energy emitted by the phones, according to a panel of 31 international scientists convened by an agency within the World Health Organization.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-he-who-cell-phones-20110601-1,0,3849386.story

Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic [news release]
WHO has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.
http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf

au: Mobile phone cancer report a 'wake-up call': Teo
One of Australia's leading brain surgeons says a new report into the potentially harmful effects of mobile phones should serve as a "wake-up call" to users and the telecommunications industry.
http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/mobile-phone-cancer-report-a-wakeup-call-teo-20110601-1ffs6.html

Mobile industry wary of World Health Organisation cancer report [AAP]
A new report on the possible dangers of mobile phone use does not outline the risk or likelihood of actually developing brain cancer, a telecom industry group says.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/mobile-industry-wary-of-world-health-organisation-cancer-report/story-e6frg8y6-1226067127567
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/388569/mobile_industry_wary_cancer_report/
http://www.zdnet.com.au/mobile-industry-wary-of-cancer-report-339316006.htm

Industry disputes report on cell phone cancer link [AFP]
A global wireless industry group Tuesday disputed the significance of a report released by a UN health organization citing a potential cancer link from use of mobile phones.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/industry-disputes-report-on-cell-phone-cancer-link-2291717.html

Lodsys steps up hostilities over patents: sues iOS developers, snubs Apple
Lodsys, a US company that claims to have patents that are being infringed by Apple app developers, has now filed lawsuits against a number of app developers - despite being warned off by Apple itself on 23 May.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/appsblog/2011/may/31/lodsys-sues-ios-app-developers-apple

Nokia shares dive after sales warning
Shares in the Finnish phone maker Nokia plunged by 15% on Tuesday as the company warned that it may make no profit on phone sales in the quarter to the end of June, and that overall phone sales will be "substantially below" its earlier forecast of ?6.1bn to ?6.6bn.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/may/31/nokia-shares-dive-profit-warning

Investors Hang Up on Nokia
Nokia Corp. warned it might not book a profit in its core cellphone business this quarter, as the Finnish company struggles in a smartphone market increasingly dominated by nimbler rivals such as Google Inc. and Apple Inc.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303745304576357113872002524.html

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SPAM
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A way to take out spammers? 3 banks process 95% of spam transactions
If you want to stop spam then going after the banks and payment processors that enable their lucrative trade may be your best bet, according to research performed by a team from the University of California-San Diego, the University of California-Berkeley, and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. After examining millions of spam e-mails and spam Web sites?and making over 100 purchases from the sites advertised by the spammers?the research team found that just three banks were used to clear more than 95 percent of spam funds.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/05/a-way-to-take-out-spammers-3-banks-process-95-of-spam-transactions.ars

Malware Spikes, Spam Plummets, Says Report
It has been the busiest quarter on record for malware according to a new report from McAfee. The McAfee Threats Report: First Quarter 2011 claims six million unique malware samples were recorded during the first quarter of 2011, and also points out that spam traffic is down, and mobile malware threats are on the rise.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/229145/.html

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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Cybercrime complacency no laughing matter, British police chief warns
The British public needs to snap out of its complacency about cybercrime or risk becoming victim to increasingly sophisticated criminal networks that are operating online, the head of the country's e-crime unit has warned.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/may/31/cybercrime-online-security-police-warning

uk: Yard detective teams up with big business to nail the cyber-criminals
Janet Williams had a problem. In her career as a borough commander, and as a senior detective in Scotland Yard's anti-terror and flying squads, she was used to having a wealth of experience around her, as well as the technology and the manpower to snare criminals.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/31/yard-detective-on-trail-of-cyber-criminals

Gossip, not Twitter, toppled gagging order
More people learnt the identity of the footballer behind a recent gagging order by chatting with friends than by using Twitter, according to a survey by TNS.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/e5c95d7e-8a03-11e0-beff-00144feab49a.html

uk: Four council workers at centre of fresh Twitter privacy row
A court order has forced Twitter to hand over the personal details of a British user, raising further questions about free speech on the internet and the possibility that celebrities and corporations could head to US courts to unmask users who break injunctions or make libellous comments.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/online/four-council-workers-at-centre-of-fresh-twitter-privacy-row-2290778.html

au: Xenophon urges police to act on online betting
The anti-gambling campaigner Nick Xenophon has chastised the Australian Federal Police for dragging its feet on enforcing laws which prohibit online casino sites from accepting bets from Australians.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/xenophon-urges-police-to-act-on-online-betting-20110530-1fd0a.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/xenophon-urges-police-to-act-on-online-betting-20110530-1fd0a.html

National Cyber Security Awareness Week and Cybersafety Summit ? helping protect Australians online [news release]
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy and Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today launched National Cyber Security Awareness Week 2011.
http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2011/192
http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/www/ministers/mcclelland.nsf/Page/MediaReleases_2011_SecondQuarter_30May2011-NationalCyberSecurityAwarenessWeekandCybersafetySummit

Two thirds of Aussie businesses suffer cyber-attacks: Symantec
More Australian businesses are sitting up and taking a good look at their security regimes in the wake of costly cyber-attacks and lost productivity, according to security vendor Symantec.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/388742/two_thirds_aussie_businesses_suffer_cyber-attacks_symantec/

UK developing cyber-weapons programme to counter cyber war threat
The UK is developing a cyber-weapons programme that will give ministers an attacking capability to help counter growing threats to national security from cyberspace, the Guardian has learned.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/30/military-cyberwar-offensive

Threat now is from weapons of mass disruption by General Graeme Lamb
These last few centuries have, to put it bluntly, been bloody simple ? bloody in the numbers of innocents and combatants slaughtered and simple in the character of how we killed them.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/30/weapons-of-mass-disruption-cyber-attack

Forget a cyber Maginot line: In this new dimension the west must act now to drive a global consensus on cyberspace security
The late JG Ballard once told the Guardian that in cyberspace "the entire human experience seems to unveil itself like the surface of a new planet". Whenever we log on we carry our essential human nature with us. Like people, cyberspace has a dark side and it is already shaping our future security environment. The openness of our society, our connectedness with the wider world and our hi-tech way of life is a source of strength. But openness also brings vulnerability.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/30/forget-cyber-maginot-line

Stuxnet attack forced Britain to rethink the cyber war
The pieces of the puzzle began to take shape, and then fall into place, on 17 June last year, when Sergey Ulasen was emailed by a dealer in Tehran about an irritating problem some of his clients were having with their computers.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/may/30/stuxnet-attack-cyber-war-iran

Cyber Combat: Act of War - Pentagon Sets Stage for U.S. to Respond to Computer Sabotage With Military Force
The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304563104576355623135782718.html

List of cyber-weapons developed by Pentagon to streamline computer warfare
The Pentagon has developed a list of cyber-weapons and -tools, including viruses that can sabotage an adversary?s critical networks, to streamline how the United States engages in computer warfare.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/list-of-cyber-weapons-developed-by-pentagon-to-streamline-computer-warfare/2011/05/31/AGSublFH_story.html

Google e-mail accounts compromised by 'Chinese hackers'
Hackers in China have compromised personal e-mail accounts of hundreds of top US officials, military personnel and journalists, Google has said.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13623378

Google phishing: Chinese Gmail attack raises cyberwar tensions
Tensions between the US, UK and China over the issue of cyber-attacks were set to escalate after it emerged that Chinese hackers have stolen the login details of hundreds of senior US and South Korean government officials as well as Chinese political activists.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/01/google-hacking-chinese-attack-gmail

Google Says Hackers in China Stole Gmail Passwords
Google said Wednesday that hundreds of users of Gmail, its e-mail service, had been the targets of clandestine attacks apparently originating in China that were aimed at stealing their passwords and monitoring their e-mail.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/technology/02google.html

Google reveals Gmail hacking, says likely from China
Hackers likely based in China tried to break into hundreds of Google email accounts of senior U.S. government officials, Chinese activists and journalists to steal their passwords, the Internet company said.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/06/02/uk-google-hacking-idUKTRE7510T920110602
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/06/01/idINIndia-57437720110601

us: Web Hackings Rattle Media Companies
The bogus article posted on PBS.org about the rapper Tupac Shakur. The site has been a favorite target of hackers.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/business/media/01hack.html

North Korea hacker threat increases as cyber unit grows - defector
Secretive North Korea is scouring its universities for computer prodigies to send overseas for training as part of a plan to expand its cyber warfare unit, a defector said on Wednesday, underscoring the increased risk of cyber attacks.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/06/01/idINIndia-57423420110601

Lockheed Strengthens Network Security After Hacker Attack
Lockheed Martin said on Sunday that it had stepped up its investigation into a sophisticated hacking attack on its computer networks and bolstered security measures for gaining remote access to its systems.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/30/business/30hack.html

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CENSORSHIP
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UNESCO releases new publication on freedom of expression on Internet [news release]
?While the Internet is empowering individuals more than ever, there is an increase globally in content filtering and censorship,? this is one of key messages from the launching ceremony of the UNESCO publication, Freedom of Connection ? Freedom of Expression: The Changing Legal and Regulatory Ecology Shaping the Internet.
http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=31418&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

Officials Call For Protecting Free Expression On the Net
Top human rights officials from four international organizations called on governments Wednesday to do more to respect freedom of expression on the Internet.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/06/officials-call-for-protecting.php
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110601_5592.php

Mideast Uses Western Tools to Battle the Skype Rebellion
When young dissidents in Egypt were organizing an election-monitoring project last fall, they discussed their plans over Skype, the popular Internet phone service, believing it to be secure.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304520804576345970862420038.html

Turkish Internet filter to block free access to information
The Turkish government has defended plans requiring Internet users to sign on to a national filter system. Rights experts call the scheme an unprecedented and heavy-handed attempt to control information.
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15123910,00.html

China Clamps Down in Bid to Halt Protests in Inner Mongolia
Chinese police clamped heavy controls across Inner Mongolia on Sunday after a week of ethnic protests by students over the hit-and-run killing of a Mongolian herder by a Chinese truck driver.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304563104576353353518093630.html

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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au: Labor pumps $70m in NBN, digital economy
The Gillard government has announced a $70 million spending package to promote the $36 billion National Broadband Network and the digital economy.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/government/labor-pumps-70m-in-nbn-digital-economy/story-fn4htb9o-1226066299662

Caution needed in securing our digital future by Kevin Rudd & Guido Westerwelle, Foreign Affairs Ministers of Australia & Germany respectively
Globalisation has changed the world permanently. There can be no turning back on the economic interdependence and expanding access to technology that now marks our planet.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/caution-needed-in-securing-our-digital-future/story-e6frg9if-1226067493041

au: Conroy launches Digital Economy Strategy
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has today unveiled the government's Digital Economy Strategy, which is aimed at improving Australia's broadband penetration ahead of the completion of the $35.9 billion National Broadband Network roll-out in 2020.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/conroy-launches-digital-economy-strategy-339315908.htm

Australia to become a leading digital economy by 2020 [news release]
Fully realising the benefits of the digital economy through the National Broadband Network (NBN) would help Australia become a world-leading digital economy by 2020, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said today.
http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2011/193

au: Improving education and skills development through the NBN [news release]
Students and people undertaking vocational courses are set to benefit from online education, training and skills services projects designed to take advantage of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2011/194

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Book reviews: Information in search of meaning
The chapter headings in Berin Szoka and Adam Marcus's The Next Digital Decade include The Internet's Impact on Culture and Society; Has the Internet Fundamentally Changed Economics?; Who Will Govern the Net in 2020?; What Future for Privacy?; Can Speech be Policed in a Borderless World? and Will the Net Liberate the World? These are issues that feature in the books under review.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/information-in-search-of-meaning/story-e6frg8nf-1226067884786

tw: Internet caf?s under threat
Mobile Internet threats the survival of Internet cafe businesses in the country according to experts. To be able to survive they have been advised to change their business modals or risk being swept out of the market.
http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/business/-/11491-internet-cafes-under-threat

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Conroy lays down the law over Telstra's structural separation
A new deadline has been set for the final regulatory hurdle Telstra must clear to structurally separate its retail and wholesale arms in the lead up to the National Broadband Network.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/conroy-lays-down-the-law-over-telstras-structural-separation/story-e6frg8zx-1226067489389

Australian Communications and Media Authority has seen a spike in complaints against telcos [AAP]
Mobile phone users are living in a "confusopoly" in which "bill shock" is common and advertising practices can be misleading, an industry regulator says.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/the-australian-communications-and-media-authority-has-seen-a-spike-in-complaints-against-telecommunications-companies/story-e6frgakx-1226067143691

Telcos put on notice over complaint level
The communications watchdog has released a six-point plan to shake up the telecommunications industry after receiving a raft of formal complaints this year.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/01/3232798.htm

Crackdown on telcos will ban misleading ads and 'bill shock'
Telcos will be forbidden from using advertising terms such as "cap" and be forced to implement supermarket-style unit pricing and new measures to prevent bill shock under strict new regulations recommended by the communications regulator.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/crackdown-on-telcos-will-ban-misleading-ads-and-bill-shock-20110601-1ffi7.html
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/technology-news/crackdown-on-telcos-will-ban-misleading-ads-and-bill-shock-20110601-1ffi7.html
http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/technology-news/crackdown-on-telcos-will-ban-misleading-ads-and-bill-shock-20110601-1ffi7.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/crackdown-on-telcos-will-ban-misleading-ads-and-bill-shock-20110601-1ffi7.html

Watchdog to bring telecoms companies to heel
Telephone and internet companies will have to give customers more control, simplify contract information and avoid advertising phrases like ''cap'' and ''unlimited'' as the industry moves to improve customer service under close scrutiny by the communications watchdog.
http://www.smh.com.au/business/watchdog-to-bring-telecoms-companies-to-heel-20110601-1fgm9.html
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/watchdog-to-bring-telecoms-companies-to-heel-20110601-1fgm9.html
http://www.watoday.com.au/business/watchdog-to-bring-telecoms-companies-to-heel-20110601-1fgm9.html
http://www.businessday.com.au/business/watchdog-to-bring-telecoms-companies-to-heel-20110601-1fgm9.html
http://www.theage.com.au/business/watchdog-to-bring-telecoms-companies-to-heel-20110601-1fgm9.html

Six-point plan to eliminate phone confusion
Self-regulation in the phone industry has failed and the government will step in to remove the ''confusopoly'' where consumers are faced with confusing plans, bill shock and poor customer service.
http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/sixpoint-plan-to-eliminate-phone-confusion-20110601-1fgn5.html
http://www.smh.com.au/national/new-powers-to-hit-poor-phone-service-20110601-1fgqe.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/new-powers-to-hit-poor-phone-service-20110601-1fgqe.html
http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/sixpoint-plan-to-eliminate-phone-confusion-20110601-1fgn5.html

au: Ericsson seals $1bn NBN wireless deal
NBN Co has selected network equipment maker Ericsson to build the fixed wireless portion of the new network in a deal worth $1.1 billion over 10 years.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/government/ericsson-seals-1bn-nbn-wireless-deal/story-fn4htb9o-1226067115500

au: Contracts awarded for NBN construction
NBN Co has chosen Ericsson to supply wireless broadband services in remote areas for the National Broadband Network.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/01/3232726.htm

NZ accelerating into ultra-fast era
The Government has awarded the last of its ultra-fast broadband contracts, with Telecom winning the bulk of the $1.35 billion tender. But what happens now? And just how will faster internet benefit New Zealand?
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/connect/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501833&objectid=10728898

us: Survey Shows Big Jump In Use Of Net To Make Calls
Nearly 20 percent of all American adults now use the Internet to make phone calls, according to a new survey released Monday from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/05/survey-shows-big-jump-in-use-o.php

One Quarter of Americans Placed Internet phone calls: Pew Report
Overview: After years of modest activity, online phone calling has taken off as a quarter of American adult internet users (24%) have placed phone calls online. That amounts to 19% of all American adults.
http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/13--Internet-phone-calls--Skype.aspx

ca: Price wars weigh on telecom profits
Canada's telecommunications industry emerged from the recession with the kind of renewed demand for its services that should be translating into wallet-fattening revenues for all concerned.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/Price+wars+weigh+telecom+profits/4855457/story.html

France Telecom eyeing partnerships with web giants
France Telecom sees opportunities for working with Google and other internet players and thinks they will be open to discussing new ways to generate and share revenue, its chief executive said.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/01/francetelecom-google-idUSLDE75031Y20110601

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