[DNS] domain name news - 27 June

[DNS] domain name news - 27 June

From: David Goldstein <david§goldsteinreport.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 17:10:59 +1000
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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Public Comment: How Do We Raise Global Awareness of New gTLDs?
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-24jun11-en.htm

NTIA Commends ICANN Board on Adopting the Recommendations of the Accountability and Transparency Review Team
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/press/2011/NTIA_Statement_06242011.html

USG ?tough love? policy toward ICANN revealed by Kieren McCarthy
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/06/25/strickling-board-meeting-cartagena

Steve Crocker Elected ICANN Chair
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=15089

New Zealander steers internet to big names expansion [NZPA]
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/new-zealander-steers-internet-big-names-expansion-ck-95741

How the US shaped the new ICANN
http://domainincite.com/how-the-us-shaped-the-new-icann/

New TLD registry service providers are not created equal by Adrian Kinderis
http://www.ausregistry.com/blog/?p=803

A Stronger Net Security System Is Deployed
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/science/25trust.html

Local .au DNSSEC scoping complete: auDA
http://www.techworld.com.au/article/391509/local_au_dnssec_scoping_complete_auda/

At least 25% of the world's host computers ready to run native IPv6
http://www.apnic.net/publications/news/2011/ipv6-results

nz: FORUM: IPv6 ? do we have the right sense of urgency?
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/forum-ipv6-do-we-have-the-right-sense-of-urgency

GoDaddy Nears Sale to KKR
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303339904576405610949743734.html

Go Daddy Rumoured To Be Sold For Over $2B
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=15101

APNIC Member and Stakeholder Survey
http://www.apnic.net/publications/news/2011/survey-ec-response

LulzSec hacking group announces end to cyber attacks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13918458

Dissolution of Hacker Group Might Not End Attacks
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/technology/27hack.html

auDA has given its consent to the acquisition of Distribute IT?s .au registrar accreditation and customer base by accredited registrar NetRegistry Pty Ltd.
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-22062011/

Netregistry Group bails out distribute.IT after 4800 website accounts were hacked
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/netregistry-group-bails-out-distributeit-after-4800-website-accounts-were-hacked/story-e6frgakx-1226080699559

More than just data lost in cruel hack
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/more-than-just-data-lost-in-cruel-hack-20110624-1gjj4.html


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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS
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Is Contributory Cybersquatting the Next Front in Domain Name Litigation? by Kurt M. Saunders [Intellectual Property Law Newsletter]
Abstract: Trademark owners have pursued cybersquatters for, in the early years of the Internet, claims of trademark infringement and dilution and, later, for claims under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. However, a recent trio of cases has opened the door to a potential cause of action against domain name registrars based on contributory liability for cybersquatting. The decisions in these cases are broadly consistent with a recent trend that has seen trademark owners suing online markets and service providers for the wrongdoing of their clients.
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1872244

Does What Works for .Com Also Work for '.Cn'?: Comparative Study of Anti-Cybersquatting Legal Systems in the United States and China by Fang Fang & Jiarui Liu [John Marshall Journal of Computer and Information Law, 2002]
Abstract: Since the Beijing First Intermediate People?s Court received the first cybersquatting case in China, Fulande v. Mitian Jiaye, in April 1999, Chinese courts had received more than 40 cybersquatting cases by July 2001. Internationally well-known trademarks, such as ?Tide,? ?Ikea,? and ?Safeguard,? have been involved in cybersquatting claims. Although Chinese courts promptly reacted to this newly emerging question, absence of pertinent legal rules resulted in uncertainty and inconsistency in decisions from different courts. The Trademark Law and Anti-Unfair Competition Law of China, were quoted by most courts as legal basis, however they failed to provide sufficient remedies against cybersquatting.
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1869266

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Regulating the Internet in a Multifaceted World
Paris is turning into a global hub for discussions on the future of the Internet. Last month, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France invited Internet company executives, digital policy makers and others to the French capital for a special meeting in advance of the gathering of leaders of the Group of 8 industrialized nations in Deauville, France. This week, it is the turn of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to summon the digerati to Paris.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/technology/internet/27iht-internet27.html

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Public Comment: How Do We Raise Global Awareness of New gTLDs?
A message from ICANN's Communications Department: On 20 June, 2011, ICANN's Board of Directors approved a plan to dramatically increase the number of generic top-level domains (new gTLDs). The Board had previously specified that if the plan were approved, there must be a "minimum of four months" spent in raising global awareness of the new opportunity, before applications for new gTLDs could be accepted. Aware that some global communities are difficult to reach in August (for example, many Europeans vacation then, and Ramadan also occurs then), when the Board approved the New gTLD plan on 20 June, the Board also extended the communications period to roughly six months.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-24jun11-en.htm

ICANN Names Technology Public Policy Expert as its First Vice President of Europe
ICANN has named Thomas Spiller to the newly created position of Vice President, Europe. The appointment was announced today at the organization's 41st public meeting in Singapore.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-23jun11-en.htm

Historic Singapore Meeting Concludes After Significant Advances to Internet?s Naming System
ICANN today wrapped up one of its most historic meetings after approving a plan on Monday to usher in a vast change in the Internet?s Domain Name System.
http://www.icann.org/en/news/releases/release-24jun11-en.pdf
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-1-24jun11-en.htm

Call for Expressions of Interest for 2011-2012 Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect
ICANN is immediately seeking expressions of interest for the 2011-2012 Nominating Committee (NomCom) Chair and Chair-Elect.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-25jun11-en.htm

NTIA Commends ICANN Board on Adopting the Recommendations of the Accountability and Transparency Review Team
The following statement can be attributed to Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling:
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/press/2011/NTIA_Statement_06242011.html

USG ?tough love? policy toward ICANN revealed by Kieren McCarthy
The United States government?s policy of ?tough love? toward domain name overseer ICANN has been revealed in an extraordinary transcript of a private meeting between Assistant Commerce Secretary Larry Strickling and the ICANN Board.
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/06/25/strickling-board-meeting-cartagena

Steve Crocker Elected ICANN Chair
Dr Steve Crocker was unanimously elected chair of the ICANN board Friday at the board meeting that traditionally concludes each week-long meeting here in Singapore.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=15089
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/06/24/steve-crocker-elected-icann-chair/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/steve-crocker-elected-icann-chair.html

New Zealander steers internet to big names expansion [NZPA]
New Zealander Peter Dengate Thrush, who chairs Icann, today steered the internet through one of the biggest changes in its history.
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/new-zealander-steers-internet-big-names-expansion-ck-95741

ICANN Renews VeriSign .NET Contract
ICANN agreed to renew VeriSign?s contract at the board meeting that concluded its meeting in Singapore Friday.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/06/24/icann-renews-verisign-net-contract/

'Uncle of the internet' named ICANN chair
ICANN has named internet veteran Steve Crocker as the new chairman of its board of directors.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/24/new_icann_chair/

How the US shaped the new ICANN
The US government pushed hard for ICANN to pay more attention to international governments, which caused it to delay .xxx and the new top-level domains program, a new document reveals.
http://domainincite.com/how-the-us-shaped-the-new-icann/

ICANN Voting to Pull the Weeds is Good - Pulling Them is Even Better by Jonathan Zuck
At the ICANN Public Forum in Singapore yesterday, I likened the ICANN to a community garden: fertile, colorful and above all, worthwhile, but not without a few troublesome weeds. Today's Board vote to adopt the recommendations of the Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT) is a vote to pull those weeds. As good as voting for this weed-pulling exercise is, completing it will be even better.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/icann_voting_to_pull_the_weeds_is_good_pulling_them_is_even_better/

Why the Board must move ahead with the new TLD program despite the GAC?s objections by Milton Mueller
?A dialogue between the deaf and the stupid.? That?s how Gerard de Graaf, the European Commission?s new representative on the GAC, characterized the big showdown between the GAC and ICANN?s Board Sunday in Singapore. He was half right.
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2011/6/19/4841838.html

Competition policy letters to ICANN part of a US-EC "plot" by Milton Mueller
It has now been confirmed that the two letters sent to the ICANN Board by antitrust authorities in the U.S. and Europe were a coordinated attempt by those government agencies to derail approval of new TLDs by the ICANN Board at the Singapore meeting. One GAC member referred to it, only half-jokingly, as a "plot."
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2011/6/19/4841358.html

Exactly one year from now, Prague will be the capital of the internet
The main global authority for assigning top level domain names and IP addresses, ICANN, decided at the meeting just ending in Singapore that their next European meeting, planned for 24-29 June of next year, will be held in Prague.
http://www.nic.cz/page/912/exactly-one-year-from-now,-prague-will-be-the-capital-of-the-internet/

Calls to fix new gTLD ?revolving door? at ICANN
ICANN?s CEO has acknowledged calls for a rethink of its ethics policies in light of the approval of the new generic top-level domains program and a recent high-profile staff departure.
http://domainincite.com/calls-to-fix-new-gtld-revolving-door-at-icann/

ASO AC Workshop Held at ICANN 41
Representatives of the ASO Address Council (AC) hosted a workshop on regional IP addressing activities on 22 June 2011 at ICANN 41, held in Singapore.
http://www.nro.net/news/aso-ac-workshop-held-at-icann-41

Can Icann really be necessary? by Dan Gillmor
Are you ready for .xxx, .coke and .insertyournamehere? You'd better get ready, because an organisation with significant authority and scant accountability says you must.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jun/23/icann-internet-domain-names

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The new legal framework for domain names in France: AFNIC launches the new Naming Policy applicable to the .fr TLD
The new Naming Policy comes into effect on 1 July. Designed and developed within the framework of the French Law of 22 March 2011, it defines the new rules for allocating and managing domain names under the .fr TLD.
http://www.afnic.fr/actu/nouvelles/295/the-new-legal-framework-for-domain-names-in-france-afnic-launches-the-new-naming-policy-applicable-to-the-fr-tld

New legal framework for domain names: How to register the terms subjected to prior review
The law of 22 March 2011 has modified some aspects of the legal framework for domain names in France. The main changes will take effect as of 1 July. Among those changes AFNIC will open the terms previously named ?fundamental terms? for which registration will be subject to prior review as of 1 July.
http://www.afnic.fr/actu/nouvelles/296/new-legal-framework-for-domain-names-how-to-register-the-terms-subjected-to-prior-review

IFFOR Secures High Profile Board and Policy Council Members to Oversee the Responsible Development of the .XXX sTLD
The International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR), the non-profit organization tasked with policy making for the new .XXX Top Level Domain TLD), has today announced the founding members of its board of directors and policy council. The high-profile and highly respected members include leading global figures in internet security, online child protection and freedom of expression, including Professor Nadine Strossen and Sharon Girling OBE.
http://icmregistry.com/press/pressrelease11.php

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A revolution for Egypt's domains
Web users have grown familiar with the internet's many top-level domains (TLDs) - such as the geographic .uk and .ru, and the generic .com and .net.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9521983.stm

New TLD registry service providers are not created equal by Adrian Kinderis
... What I can also be certain about is that potential applicants are now desperately trying to finalise their new Top-Level Domain strategies. To those applicants, I have one very important message: Choosing a domain name registry services partner for your new Top-Level Domain is the most important decision you will make from here on in.
http://www.ausregistry.com/blog/?p=803

Neustar to Establish its Own Brand-Specific gTLD
Following today?s approval of the new gTLD guidebook by ICANN, Neustar, a leader in Internet and telecommunications information and analysis, will be joining the ranks of Canon?, Hitachi? and other global brands in applying for a new gTLD.
http://www.neustar.biz/about-neustar/press-room/neustar-announcements/2011/neustar-to-establish-its-own-brand-specific-generic-top-level-domain

Afilias and RIGHT OF THE DOT announce collaboration to support applications for ICANN new TLD program
Afilias Limited, a leading provider of Internet domain name registry and Domain Name System (DNS) services, and RIGHT OF THE DOT LLC, a consulting firm with expertise in domain name valuation, today announced that they have entered into an agreement to assist applicants in ICANN?s forthcoming program for new TLDs.
http://www.afilias.info/news/2011/06/21/afilias-and-right-dot-announce-collaboration-support-applications-icann-new-tld-prog

Afilias launches campaign to educate 'brand builders' on ICANN new TLD program
In a historic move, today ICANN approved its long-discussed New gTLD Program. This program allows any brand or community of interest to apply for a unique ?right of the dot? top-level domain. For example, instead of ?.com,? a brand like Nike could apply for ?.nike? to reinforce its brand on the Web.
http://www.afilias.info/news/2011/06/20/afilias-launches-campaign-educate-?brand-builders?-icann-new-tld-program

M+M intros flat-rate new TLD services
Minds + Machines is to offer its back-end registry services to new top-level domain applicants for a flat $100,000 annual fee, the company has announced.
http://domainincite.com/mm-intros-flat-rate-new-tld-services/

Scottish internet domain name bid launched
Campaigners are launching a bid to secure Scotland's own internet domain name.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-13903243

OpenRegistry wins .gent registry deal
Add another city top-level domain to your lists, the Belgian city of Ghent is set to apply for .gent, using OpenRegistry as its back-end registry software provider.
http://domainincite.com/openregistry-wins-gent-registry-deal/

.fr supports Futur en Seine
Futur en Seine, the French festival on digital life and creation, takes place between 17 and 26 June 2011 on more than 100 locations in the Paris region.
http://www.afnic.fr/actu/nouvelles/294/fr-supports-futur-en-seine

Why Your .COM Should Be a .ORG, Too by The Public Interest Registry?s Lauren Price
"I've noticed an emerging trend in the domain name space as a result of the increasing emphasis on "doing good." Until recently, the domain strategy of choice was to use a single domain name extension to house all a company's online activity, while other addresses were selected purely as redirects or as brand protection maneuvers. Simply, the prevalent mindset was once a .com (or a .net or .org), always a .com (or .net or .org). But times -- and marketing plans -- are changing.
http://pir.org/blog/2011/comorg

Update on .uk short domains process
Following the closure of the Landrush application phase for the 2,640 remaining .uk short domains on 15 June, Nominet received payment for a total of 10,663 applications.This follows the allocation of 178 domain names in the registered and unregistered rights "sunrise" phases which enabled rights holders to register domain names prior to general availability.
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=8464

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A Stronger Net Security System Is Deployed
A small group of Internet security specialists gathered in Singapore this week to start up a global system to make e-mail and e-commerce more secure, end the proliferation of passwords and raise the bar significantly for Internet scam artists, spies and troublemakers.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/science/25trust.html

Zurich: New security server to protect the Internet
On 22 June 2011, at a meeting of ICANN in Singapore, the first of three new security servers for protecting the Internet was presented. The servers from Packet Clearing House (PCH) hold special cryptographic keys, which are required for the DNSSEC security protocol, which also protects the Internet addresses for Switzerland (.ch) and Liechtenstein (.li). The two other locations are in Zurich, where SWITCH will be bringing the server into operation in September 2011 and in San Jose (California).
http://www.switch.ch/about/news/2011/pch.html

Local .au DNSSEC scoping complete: auDA
Australia has moved a step closer to secure DNS services with the Australian .au Domain Administration (auDA) completing the assessment phase of the planned transition, but a final go-live data is yet to be decided.
http://www.techworld.com.au/article/391509/local_au_dnssec_scoping_complete_auda/
http://www.cio.com.au/article/391509/local_au_dnssec_scoping_complete_auda/
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/391509/local_au_dnssec_scoping_complete_auda/

New Singapore DNSSEC facility switches on: .au still yet to support DNSSEC
Singapore last week joined Zurich, Switzerland and San Jose, USA, as host to a Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) facility.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/391503/new_singapore_dnssec_facility_switches/

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Government Domain Name Seizures Violate First Amendment
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal court to return two domain names seized in the U.S. government's fundamentally flawed anti-infringement campaign in an amicus brief filed Monday.
https://www.eff.org/press/archives/2011/06/20

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At least 25% of the world's host computers ready to run native IPv6
As a contribution to World IPv6 Day (8 June 2011), the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre Research and Development Lab (APNIC Labs) conducted extensive IPv6 reachability tests, using Web-embedded techniques. This activity now continues as part of APNIC?s long-term commitment to measure and analyse IPv6 uptake. The tests used client-side browser 'javascript' to test the IPv4, dual-stack, and IPv6 capabilities of millions of Internet hosts worldwide.
http://www.apnic.net/publications/news/2011/ipv6-results

nz: FORUM: IPv6 ? do we have the right sense of urgency?
The most striking impression from the IPv6 Task Force?s recent survey of IPv6 readiness in New Zealand, is the evident lack of perceived urgency in the business and ICT communities.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/forum-ipv6-do-we-have-the-right-sense-of-urgency

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GoDaddy Nears Sale to KKR
Private-equity firms KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Partners, along with a third investor, are nearing a deal to buy GoDaddy Group Inc., a closely-held company that registers Internet domain names, for between $2 billion and $2.5 billion, people familiar with the matter said.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303339904576405610949743734.html

Go Daddy Rumoured To Be Sold For Over $2B
The world's largest domain name registrar Go Daddy is in talks to be bought out by global private equity firms KKR and Silver Lake Partners, plus private venture capital firm Silver Lake Partners.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=15101
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/06/25/rumours-go-daddy-to-be-sold-for-over-2b/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/go-daddy-rumoured-to-be-sold-for-over-2b.html

Go Daddy is near deal to sell itself for $2.5b
The Go Daddy Group, the Web domain registration company known for its risque ads, is near a deal to sell itself to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Silver Lake, and another investment firm for $2 billion to $2.5 billion, people briefed on the matter said yesterday.
http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2011/06/25/go_daddy_is_near_deal_to_sell_itself_for_25b/

Go Daddy In Buyout Talks With KKR, Silver Lake
Go Daddy Group Inc., an Internet domain-name and hosting company, is in talks to be bought by a group led by KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Partners for more than $2 billion, according to a person with knowledge of the process.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-24/go-daddy-said-to-be-in-2-billion-talks-to-be-bought-by-kkr-silver-lake.html
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-06-24/go-daddy-said-to-be-in-talks-for-kkr-silver-lake-purchase.html

GoDaddy Buyout: Domain-Name Registration Company Could Sell For $2.5 Billion
GoDaddy, the domain-name registration company known for its racy Super Bowl ads, is close to being purchased by two private investment firms for $2 billion to $2.5 billion. That's according to a person close to the deal.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/24/godaddy-buyout_n_884108.html

Monte Cahn Adds Allegations to Complaint Against Oversee.net
Moniker founder Monte Cahn has filed an amended lawsuit against Oversee.net, which purchased Moniker in 2007 from Seevast.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/06/23/monte-cahn-adds-allegations-to-complaint-against-oversee-net/

ARIN: Call for Volunteers to Serve on Nomination Committee
The Nomination Committee shall be responsible for identifying, recruiting, and certifying a properly selected slate of Trustee and Advisory Council Candidates to be placed in nomination before the membership for election.
https://www.arin.net/announcements/2011/20110623.html

APNIC Member and Stakeholder Survey
A core responsibility of the Executive Council (EC), under the APNIC Bylaws, is to ensure that APNIC?s strategies meet the dynamic Internet environment. The APNIC Member and Stakeholder Survey is a key tool in that process, which the EC commissions every 2 years, to help us to understand the needs of the APNIC Community, and to set strategic direction accordingly.
http://www.apnic.net/publications/news/2011/survey-ec-response

China and Britain locked in cyber war
As Wen Jiabao, the Chinese Premier, sips tea with the Prime Minister at Downing Street on Monday, both men will already know that their countries are in a state of undeclared war.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8597485/China-and-Britain-locked-in-cyber-war.html

Elusive cyber-attackers to face five years' jail
As the EU comes close to an agreement on punishing cyber criminals, with a minimum sentence of up to five years, security experts argue that trying to convict criminals who cannot be caught in the first place is a waste of time. 
http://www.euractiv.com/en/infosociety/elusive-cyber-attackers-face-years-jail-news-505521

Is the inter-Korean conflict going cyber?
South Korea has one of the most advanced IT infrastructures on the planet, offering the world's cheapest access to the fastest internet connection anywhere. Approximately 95 per cent of its near 50 million citizens surf the web - a statistic virtually unmatched by any other country.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/20116206572748130.html

LulzSec hacking group announces end to cyber attacks
A hacker group that has attacked several high-profile websites over the last two months has announced that it is disbanding.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13918458

Dissolution of Hacker Group Might Not End Attacks
Facing increasing pressure from law enforcement agencies over its brazen computer attacks, the small group of hackers known as Lulz Security announced over the weekend that it would disband.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/technology/27hack.html

Hacking Group Lulz Security Says It Is Ending Spree
Lulz Security, a group of hackers who have tormented corporations and government agencies, said Saturday that it would stop its spree, 50 days after it first started attacks.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/hacking-group-says-it-is-ending-spree/

LulzSec hacking group 'disbands' [AP]
A publicity-seeking hacker group that has left a trail of sabotaged websites over the last two months, including attacks on law enforcement and releases of private data, said unexpectedly that it is dissolving itself.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/lulzsec-hacking-group-disbands-2303095.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/hacker-group-lulzsec-says-its-disbanding-after-attacks-on-cia-sony-us-senate-pbs-and-more/2011/06/25/AGB8XClH_story.html

LulzSec leak: Is this the beginning of the end for the hackers?
The trouble with hacking for glory ? as LulzSec, aka Lulz Security are doing ? is that you want everyone to know what you've done, but you don't want anyone to know who you actually are. And the combination of human nature, where people want their due respect, and the internet, where every action leaves some sort of trace, means there will always be tensions between carrying out acts and denying that you carried them out.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/24/lulzsec-leak-beginning-end-hackers

LulzSec Hackers Make Enemies Online
Lulz Security, the hacking group that has been on a spree lately, might think its antics are hilarious. But some others in the hacker world are sick of its games.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/24/lulzsec-hackers-make-enemies-online/

Information about Distribute IT Pty Ltd
auDA has given its consent to the acquisition of Distribute IT?s .au registrar accreditation and customer base by accredited registrar NetRegistry Pty Ltd.
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-22062011/

Netregistry Group bails out distribute.IT after 4800 website accounts were hacked
THE Netregistry Group has taken over the business of stricken web hosting firm distribute.IT after hackers permanently obliterated files and websites belonging to more than 4800 accounts during a devastating half hour of infiltration.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/netregistry-group-bails-out-distributeit-after-4800-website-accounts-were-hacked/story-e6frgakx-1226080699559

More than just data lost in cruel hack
SOME say it was an act of evil. On the Queen's Birthday long weekend, a Melbourne IT company's hard drives were hacked and thousands of files and websites erased. Today that company, Distribute.IT, is dead - its business and reputation so trashed that its owners were forced this week to sell it to a competitor. Thousands of small Australian businesses whose websites it hosted are picking up the pieces.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/more-than-just-data-lost-in-cruel-hack-20110624-1gjj4.html
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/security/more-than-just-data-lost-in-cruel-hack-20110624-1gjj4.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/more-than-just-data-lost-in-cruel-hack-20110624-1gjj4.html

Netregistry buys Distribute.IT
Netregistry this morning revealed it had acquired fellow domain name specialist and web hosting company Distribute.IT, offering the beleagured company?s customers a lifeline following the destructive hack of its servers over the past few weeks.
http://technologyspectator.com.au/netregistry-buys-distributeit

Aussie web host Distribute.It sells up after devastating hack
Distressed domain hosting outfit Distribute.IT and its offshoot Click n Go customers and assets have been acquired by Netregistry Group, the largest domain group in Australia.
http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/168723/20110624/distribute-it-hack-lulzsec-netregistry.htm

Netregistry buys Distribute.IT after hacking attack
The Netregistry Group has bought stricken web hosting company, Distribute.IT after thousands of customer e-mails and websites were lost because of a malicious cyber attack.
http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/168244/20110623/internet-hacking-attack-distribute-it-netregistry-buyout.htm

Netregistry Group acquires Distribute.IT customers, assets
New South Wales-based hosting provider Netregistry Group has acquired Distribute.IT's customers and assets for an undisclosed sum.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/391235/netregistry_group_acquires_distribute_it_customers_assets/
http://www.techworld.com.au/article/391235/netregistry_group_acquires_distribute_it_customers_assets/
http://www.cio.com.au/article/391235/netregistry_group_acquires_distribute_it_customers_assets/

Aussie web host sells up after devastating hack
Distressed domain hosting outfit Distribute.IT and its offshoot Click n Go have been acquired by larger competitor the Netregistry Group after a systematic hack attack brought down the company's operations.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/23/distributeit_collapses_post_hack/

NetRegistry buys Distribute.IT
NetRegistry has bought the business and assets of hacked web host and domain registrar Distribute.IT in a deal sealed in the past 36 hours.
http://www.crn.com.au/News/261544,netregistry-buys-distributeit.aspx

Netregistry Group buys hacked Distribute.IT customers
Netregistry Group has acquired Distribute.IT along with Click n Go customers and assets. Monetary details haven?t been disclosed.
http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/391238/netregistry_group_buys_hacked_distribute_it_customers/

Netregistry buys Distribute.IT
Netregistry this morning revealed it had acquired fellow domain name specialist and web hosting company Distribute.IT, offering the beleagured company's customers a lifeline following the destructive hack of its servers over the past few weeks.
http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/deals/48056

Netregistry Group acquires Distribute.IT
The Netregistry Group Thursday announced that it has acquired Distribute. IT plus ?Click n Go? customers and assets. Netregistry will be assisting with resources and solutions to all Distribute.IT customers in distress following the extremely unfortunate recent hacking attack.
http://www.investinaustralia.com/news/netregistry-group-acquires-distributeit-36c8

Netregistry acquires Distribute.IT following devastating hack
Domain registrar and web host Netregistry has acquired web host Distribute.IT, following a hacking attack earlier this month which irrevocably destroyed the online assets of some Distribute.IT customers.
http://www.voiceanddata.com.au/news/47810-Netregistry-acquires-Distribute-IT-following-devastating-hack

Netregistry Group acquires Distribute.IT and Click ?n Go
The Netregistry Group today announces that it has acquired Distribute. IT plus Click n Go customers and assets following the extremely unfortunate recent hacking attack on DistributeIT that left 1000?s of Australian websites offline since June 11, 2011.
http://updatednews.ca/2011/06/23/netregistry-group-acquires-distribute-it-and-click-n-go/

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The Continuing Adventures of the Domain Aftermarket: Return of the 6-Figure Sale
After two weeks without a publicly reported 6-figure sale, MediaOptions.com broke the brief blockbuster drought by wrapping up a $200,000 sale of Adventure.com that they brokered. The domain was purchased by Eric Borgos of Impulse Communications, Inc. - the latest addition to a very nice portfolio of generic gems that he owns.
http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2011/20110622.htm

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INTERNET USE
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Newspaper websites: The British are coming as two newspapers take aim at America
On July 6th Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post, will launch a British version of her website. HuffPo, as it is known, is a mighty force in America, where it functions as a combination of news ticker and liberal talking-shop. But it faces aggressive competition in its home market: two British news websites have stormed America.
http://www.economist.com/node/18867730

How the Daily Mail protects its paper behind a digital wall
There are two things to say about the extraordinary rise and rise of the Daily Mail's online operation. One is that with unique browsers up 82.6% in a year (to 77.2 million a month and 4.36 million a day on the ABCe figures for May) it's a phenomenon, making huge strides in the US, on apps and in every direction.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jun/26/abce-figures-daily-mail-digital-defends-print-product

Murdoch's Leap Finding Converts in Cannes as Paywall Subscriptions Climb
Online news, video, and music providers are becoming increasingly open to charging for at least part of their content as paywall experiments by pioneers like London?s Times show that some customers will pay.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-23/murdoch-s-leap-finds-converts-in-cannes-as-paywall-users-grow.html

Bitcoins: What are they, and how do they work?
It started, and ended, with a click. With one touch of a mouse, a hacker managed to transfer 25,000 credits of online currency ? then worth almost $500,000 dollars ? to his own account. The transfer is visible on a public register; the original owner has publicised his plight online, but to no avail ? the money is gone.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/22/bitcoins-how-do-they-work

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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The Future According to Eric Schmidt Google chairman talks of the next trillion-dollar industry By Dylan Byers
On stage Wednesday at Cannes Lions, Eric Schmidt seemed like the kind of man?perhaps the only man, other than Steve Jobs?who could effortlessly convince an international crowd of 20- and 30-somethings to join a suicide cult and ascend with him to the heavens. Google?s executive chairman has that wealthy California brand of optimism that is as infectious as it is understated. He describes the future of human existence in the same calm way chef Thomas Keller might describe his roast chicken. Yes, it will change your life. But it?s only chicken.
http://www.adweek.com/cannes-lions-2011/future-according-eric-schmidt-132833

Google Places Two Bets on a Post-PC World
The latest Android tablets and Chromebooks suggest different "post-PC" worlds, both more complicated than the one Apple is going for.
http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/37872/

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Google Ideas think tank gathering former extremists to battle radicalization
Technology giant Google, having conquered the Internet and the world around it, is taking on a new challenge: violent extremism.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/google-ideas-think-tank-gathering-former-extremists-to-battle-radicalization/2011/06/22/AGZIW0iH_story.html

FTC Seeks Public Comment on Aristotle?s Proposed Safe Harbor Program Under the Children?s Online Privacy Protection Rule [news release]
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed safe harbor program that Aristotle International, Inc. has submitted for Commission approval under the agency?s Children?s Online Privacy Protection Rule
http://ftc.gov/opa/2011/06/aristotle.shtm

IIA details child abuse code of practice
Coinciding with next month's voluntary implementation of a child porn filter by Optus, the Internet Industry Association (IIA) has detailed the framework that will underpin its child abuse code.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/391518/iia_details_child_abuse_code_practice/
http://www.cio.com.au/article/391518/iia_details_child_abuse_code_practice/

Internet industry moves on blocking child pornography [news release]
The Internet Industry Association today announced the framework that would underpin its imminent code relating to child abuse materials.
http://iia.net.au/index.php/all-members/892-internet-industry-moves-on-blocking-child-pornography.html

au: Cybersafety in schools must be taught from five years old: Report
Schools must deal with cybersecurity issues that affect students both during school and outside school hours, a Federal Government report recommends.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/391368/cybersafety_schools_must_taught_from_five_years_old_report/
http://www.techworld.com.au/article/391368/cybersafety_schools_must_taught_from_five_years_old_report/
http://www.cio.com.au/article/391368/cybersafety_schools_must_taught_from_five_years_old_report/

Hackers put Telstra in filter bind
The voluntary internet filter for child abuse is facing a major setback, with Telstra wavering on the commitment it made to the scheme last July.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/hackers-put-telstra-in-filter-bind/story-e6frgakx-1226081618113

Telstra proposes to filter Interpol blacklist
The nation's largest telco Telstra today revealed it was close to achieving executive sign-off for an internal proposal outlining the technical details of how it intends to filter its customers' access to a list of websites containing child pornography.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/telstra-proposes-to-filter-interpol-blacklist-339317441.htm
http://www.itwire.com/virtualisation/48100-telstra-proposes-to-filter-interpol-blacklist
http://delimiter.com.au/2011/06/25/telstra-proposes-to-filter-interpol-blacklist/
http://technologyspectator.com.au/industry/government/telstra-proceed-interpol-blacklist-filter

Australia Heads Down the Slippery Slope, Authorizes ISPs to Filter
Starting next month, the vast majority of Australia?s Internet users will find their access censored, following a decision by the country?s two largest providers--Telstra and Optus--as well as two smaller ISPs (itExtreme and Webshield), to voluntarily block more than 500 websites from view.
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/06/australia-heads-down-slippery-slope-authorizes

Most ISPs will filter Interpol list this year: IIA
The association representing Australia's internet industry today claimed that 80 to 90 per cent of Australians would have their internet connections filtered for child pornography this year, following the release of an industry code in July that will focus on a blacklist of sites supplied by international policing agency, Interpol.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/most-isps-will-filter-interpol-list-this-year-iia-339317482.htm
http://www.itwire.com/virtualisation/48117-most-isps-will-filter-interpol-list-this-year-iia

Neue Pl?ne f?r Websperren in Australien und Gro?britannien
In Australien und Gro?britannien sorgen neue Vorhaben f?r "freiwillige" Websperren f?r Unruhe. Auf der Insel auf der S?dhalbkugel haben sich die beiden gr??ten Provider, Telstra und Optus, nationalen Medienberichten zufolge bereit erkl?rt, eine Filterliste der Regierung in Canberra zur Blockade kinderpornographischer Webseiten einzusetzen.
http://www.heise.de/ct/meldung/Neue-Plaene-fuer-Websperren-in-Australien-und-Grossbritannien-1266803.html
http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Neue-Plaene-fuer-Websperren-in-Australien-und-Grossbritannien-1266803.html

au: Websites trumpeting high school sexual slanders to the world
THOUSANDS of Sydney school students are using social networking sites on which teenagers have been subjected to malicious sexual slander and cyber bullying.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/websites-trumpeting-high-school-sexual-slanders-to-the-world-20110623-1ghoi.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/websites-trumpeting-high-school-sexual-slanders-to-the-world-20110623-1ghoi.html
http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/technology-news/websites-trumpeting-high-school-sexual-slanders-to-the-world-20110623-1ghoi.html
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/technology-news/websites-trumpeting-high-school-sexual-slanders-to-the-world-20110623-1ghoi.html

au: Web censorship moves West by Jillian C. York
For a long time, the dominant conversation around internet censorship has focused on two of the practice's giants: Iran and China. Arguably owners of the most sophisticated filtering methods, the criticism levied against these two countries has been deserved. And yet, the focus on them has largely been at the exclusion of other countries that also censor the web to varying degrees - including an increasing number of democracies.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/06/201162411435684939.html
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/06/201162411435684939.html
http://mwcnews.net/focus/politics/11681-web-censorship.html

nz: ANZ bank customers warned
Internet safety watchdog NetSafe is warning ANZ National Bank customers to be on the lookout for scams as the bank contacts customers about a huge information technology overhaul.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/5191818/ANZ-bank-customers-warned
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/5191818/ANZ-bank-customers-warned
http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/business/national-business/5191818/ANZ-bank-customers-warned
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/5191818/ANZ-bank-customers-warned
http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/business/5191818/ANZ-bank-customers-warned

Britain?s internet porn ban
RADICAL plans to ban internet porn from millions of homes were backed by ministers yesterday.
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3658232/Britains-internet-porn-ban.html

Cyberbullying is a new threat for children
It was halfway through her first year at secondary school that Georgia Woods started to be bullied. ?I?d originally been really popular,? she says, recalling the events of three years ago, ?but just after my 12th birthday, these girls started calling me stuck-up and a snob.? The name calling got worse, and gradually Georgia was ostracised by the rest of the class and eventually the whole school year group. But, as if that wasn?t bad enough, things were about to take an even more pernicious turn as the bullying went online.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationadvice/8593880/Cyberbullying-is-a-new-threat-for-children.html

Talk With Your Kids About Being Safer Online
Although there are plenty of tools that can be used to try to control or monitor what your kids are doing online, the best approach for most parents is that oldest of tools called conversation.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-magid/talk-with-your-kids-about_b_884884.html

Online l?sst es sich leichter hassen
Kommunikationswissenschafterin Carmel Vaisman sprach in Wien ?ber Gr?nde und Auspr?gungen von virtueller Gewalt
http://derstandard.at/1308679524194/Vortrag-Online-laesst-es-sich-leichter-hassen

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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US piracy deal right for Australia: AFACT
The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has welcomed reports that US internet service providers (ISPs) and film studios are close to an agreement on how to deal with piracy; however, the Internet Industry Association is adopting a wait-and-see approach.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/us-piracy-deal-right-for-australia-afact-339317393.htm

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Mobile phones can affect bees' buzzing, says Swiss Federal Institute of Technology [NewsCore]
As if mobile phones aren't blamed for enough already, Swiss scientists now say their signals can affect bees' buzzing, and even cause them to leave the hive at the wrong time.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/mobile-phones-can-affect-bees-buzzing/story-fn3dxity-1226081177154

Apple?s ?Censoring? Patent Just a Sign of Things to Come
Apple has been much maligned in the press recently for filing a patent application covering a camera system with infrared technology that could, among other things, allow the recording functionality to be shut off by a third party. For example, in its application, Apple shows how the technology could be used to "prevent illegal image capturing" at a rock concert.
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/06/apple-s-censoring-patent-just-sign-things-come

Wireless broadband subscriptions top half a billion, says OECD [news release]
The fast-growing popularity of smartphones and tablet PCs is driving growth in mobile broadband services. Wireless broadband subscriptions in OECD countries had exceeded half a billion by the end of 2010, an increase of more than 10 percent on June 2010, according to new OECD statistics.
http://www.oecd.org/document/17/0,3746,en_21571361_44315115_48240913_1_1_1_1,00.html

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SPAM
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Catching Spam Email with Project Honey Pot by Mike Dailey
Since its launch in October, 2004 Project Honey Pot has made some interesting progress in their war against spam email. The project is a distributed system used to identify spammers and spambots operating across the Internet. To put it simply, Project Honey Pot lays millions of traps around the Internet (66,393,293 as of this writing) baited with specific email addresses that are configured to forward received emails to the Project Honey Pot system. Since these are not email addresses used by real individuals virtually every email received is positively identified as spam.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/catching_spam_email_with_project_honey_pot/

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us: Another Righthaven Copyright Troll Lawsuit Dismissed as Sham
For the second time in a week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has won the dismissal of an infringement case filed by copyright troll Righthaven LLC.
https://www.eff.org/press/archives/2011/06/22

UK police admit cybercrime is 'deeply worrying' as Essex teen is charged
Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Google, the CIA, the US Senate, the National Health Service, Sony, Lockheed Martin, Citibank and Epsilon. The list of organisations hacked over the past few months is as long as it is shocking.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-admit-cybercrime-is-deeply-worrying-as-essex-teen-is-charged-2301350.html

FBI targets cyber security scammers
A gang that made more than $72m (?45m) peddling fake security software has been shut down in a series of raids. Co-ordinated by the FBI, the raids were carried out in the US, UK and six other countries.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13887152

Department of Justice Disrupts International Cyber Crime Rings Distributing Scareware [news release]
Today the Department of Justice and the FBI, along with international law enforcement partners, announced the indictment of two individuals from Latvia and the seizure of more than 40 computers, servers and bank accounts as part of Operation Trident Tribunal, an ongoing, coordinated enforcement action targeting international cyber crime. The operation targeted international cyber crime rings that caused more than $74 million in total losses to more than one million computer users through the sale of fraudulent computer security software known as ?scareware.?
http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/department-of-justice-disrupts-international-cybercrime-rings-distributing-scareware

China and Britain locked in cyber war
As Wen Jiabao, the Chinese Premier, sips tea with the Prime Minister at Downing Street on Monday, both men will already know that their countries are in a state of undeclared war.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8597485/China-and-Britain-locked-in-cyber-war.html

Elusive cyber-attackers to face five years' jail
As the EU comes close to an agreement on punishing cyber criminals, with a minimum sentence of up to five years, security experts argue that trying to convict criminals who cannot be caught in the first place is a waste of time. 
http://www.euractiv.com/en/infosociety/elusive-cyber-attackers-face-years-jail-news-505521

Is the inter-Korean conflict going cyber?
South Korea has one of the most advanced IT infrastructures on the planet, offering the world's cheapest access to the fastest internet connection anywhere. Approximately 95 per cent of its near 50 million citizens surf the web - a statistic virtually unmatched by any other country.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/20116206572748130.html

LulzSec hacking group announces end to cyber attacks
A hacker group that has attacked several high-profile websites over the last two months has announced that it is disbanding.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13918458

Dissolution of Hacker Group Might Not End Attacks
Facing increasing pressure from law enforcement agencies over its brazen computer attacks, the small group of hackers known as Lulz Security announced over the weekend that it would disband.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/technology/27hack.html

Hacking Group Lulz Security Says It Is Ending Spree
Lulz Security, a group of hackers who have tormented corporations and government agencies, said Saturday that it would stop its spree, 50 days after it first started attacks.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/hacking-group-says-it-is-ending-spree/

LulzSec hacking group 'disbands' [AP]
A publicity-seeking hacker group that has left a trail of sabotaged websites over the last two months, including attacks on law enforcement and releases of private data, said unexpectedly that it is dissolving itself.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/lulzsec-hacking-group-disbands-2303095.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/hacker-group-lulzsec-says-its-disbanding-after-attacks-on-cia-sony-us-senate-pbs-and-more/2011/06/25/AGB8XClH_story.html

LulzSec leak: Is this the beginning of the end for the hackers?
The trouble with hacking for glory ? as LulzSec, aka Lulz Security are doing ? is that you want everyone to know what you've done, but you don't want anyone to know who you actually are. And the combination of human nature, where people want their due respect, and the internet, where every action leaves some sort of trace, means there will always be tensions between carrying out acts and denying that you carried them out.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/24/lulzsec-leak-beginning-end-hackers

LulzSec Hackers Make Enemies Online
Lulz Security, the hacking group that has been on a spree lately, might think its antics are hilarious. But some others in the hacker world are sick of its games.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/24/lulzsec-hackers-make-enemies-online/

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U.N. secretary-general commits to defending press freedom
Press freedom, particularly free expression online, will be a priority for newly re-elected U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. chief pledged today in a meeting with the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders.
http://en.rsf.org/u-n-secretary-general-commits-to-24-06-2011,40519.html

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Regulating the Internet in a Multifaceted World
Paris is turning into a global hub for discussions on the future of the Internet. Last month, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France invited Internet company executives, digital policy makers and others to the French capital for a special meeting in advance of the gathering of leaders of the Group of 8 industrialized nations in Deauville, France. This week, it is the turn of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to summon the digerati to Paris.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/technology/internet/27iht-internet27.html

Google facing US antitrust probe - reports
US federal regulators are preparing to issue court orders to Google and other companies as part of a probe into practices in Google's search engine business, US media report. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to open a formal inquiry within the next several days, the Wall Street Journal said.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13899197

Google Says FTC Starts Review of Practices
Google Inc. said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has begun what?s likely to be a broad antitrust investigation with a review of the business practices of the world?s most popular search engine.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-24/google-gets-formal-notice-from-ftc-of-review-of-search-engine-s-business.html

Google Defends Itself Amid Probe
Google Inc. confirmed Friday that it had received a subpoena from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in connection with a probe of its business practices, and outlined the defenses it will muster in its confrontation with regulators and rivals.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303339904576405763066521124.html

Google Antitrust Inquiry: Microsoft's History Looms Large
Is Google the next Microsoft? The question, which has been asked most often in regard to Google's ability to innovate, takes on new significance amid reports that the Federal Trade Commission is on the cusp of launching a wide-ranging antitrust investigation into the Internet company.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/23/google-antitrust-inquiry-_n_883389.html

Google Confirms F.T.C. Antitrust Inquiry
Google confirmed on Friday that the Federal Trade Commission had opened an antitrust investigation into its core search and advertising business.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/24/google-confirms-f-t-c-antitrust-inquiry/

Google to be formally investigated over potential abuse of web dominance
US regulators are poised to launch a formal investigation into whether Google has abused its dominance on the web, according to reports.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/23/google-investigation-federal-trade-commission

F.T.C. Is Said Near a Move On Google
The Federal Trade Commission is preparing to issue subpoenas to Google as part of a wide-ranging civil antitrust investigation into practices in Google?s search engine business, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/24/technology/24ftc.html

Google?s dominance draws new scrutiny from regulators
Tech titan Google has built its runaway success on a promise to consumers that the firm?s almighty search engine can take the untamed jungle of sites and information on the Web and spit out exactly what people are looking for, whether it?s the cheapest shoes or the best home mortgage rates.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/google-faces-broad-probe-by-us-government/2011/06/24/AGjzfMjH_story.html

Feds to Launch Probe of Google
Federal regulators are poised to hit Google Inc. with subpoenas, launching a broad, formal investigation into whether the Internet giant has abused its dominance in Web-search advertising, people familiar with the matter said.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303339904576403603764717680.html

US competition watchdog poised to scrutinise Google market dominance [Wall Street Journal]
The Federal Trade Commission is poised to serve Google with civil subpoenas, according to people familiar with the matter, signalling the start of a wide-ranging, formal investigation into whether the Internet-search giant has abused its dominance on the web.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/us-competition-watchdog-poised-to-scrutinise-google-market-dominance/story-e6frg90x-1226081125986

Critics Cheer Possible Google Antitrust Probe
Google's critics Thursday were cheering a report that the Federal Trade Commission is poised to issue subpoenas against the Internet search giant as part of a possible antitrust probe.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/06/critics-cheer-possible-google.php

UK government plans to block piracy websites criticised
Online consumer groups have criticised government plans to block website which stream copyrighted material for free.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13890935

France Drops Plans for 'Google Tax'
French legislators have dropped plans for a tax on online advertising that had come to be known, somewhat misleadingly, as the Google tax.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/24/technology/24iht-google24.html

Netherlands makes net neutrality a law
The Dutch may become the first in Europe to use Skype and other web-based services on smartphones for no extra charge.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13886440

au: Steve Burrell to lead Internet Industry Association
The Internet Industry Association has named a replacement for departing CEO Peter Coroneos.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/steve-burrell-to-lead-internet-industry-association/story-e6frgakx-1226080898408

au: IIA Announces New Chief Executive
The Internet Industry Association, Australia's national association for internet commerce, content and connectivity, today announced the appointment of Mr Steve Burrell, who will replace Peter Coroneos who retires as chief executive of the association on 30 June.
http://iia.net.au/index.php/all-members/891-new-ceo-for-the-iia.html

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au: Internet boom may have local spillover
THE surge of money into internet stocks in the US has raised questions of whether another technology bust is on the way or whether the euphoria behind the successful listing of LinkedIn and other internet businesses could spill over into Australia's small but quickly growing internet sector.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wealth/internet-boom-may-have-local-spillover/story-e6frgac6-1226081606293

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uk: Microsoft steps into the spectrum space race
The great and the good from the media and telecoms industries will gather in Cambridge on Wednesday for the launch of an eagerly awaited technology trial.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/09864858-a02a-11e0-a115-00144feabdc0.html

Microsoft trial to use UK TV signals for WiFi
A consortium led by Microsoft will begin a technology trial in the UK this week that should pave the way for new mobile broadband networks that can support bandwidth-hungry smartphones.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0601e8ae-a020-11e0-a115-00144feabdc0.html

National Broadband Network 'not all about speed' - SingTel chief Chua Sock Koong [Herald Sun]
... While a vital component in [the national broadband network's] ultimate success, Ms Koong is adamant harping on about the network's lightning-fast speed is not the key to selling its benefits to the consumers and businesses who will be using it.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/nbn-is-not-all-about-speed/story-fn7j19iv-1226082414464
http://www.news.com.au/business/nbn-is-not-all-about-speed/story-e6frfm1i-1226082521351
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/nbn-is-not-all-about-speed/story-fn7kiea5-1226082521351

NBN gets a big tick from Google
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has given the thumbs-up to the National Broadband Network deal and criticised the opposition's continued push for a wireless solution.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/in-depth/nbn-gets-a-big-tick-from-google/story-e6frgaif-1226080900024

Telcos to keep NBN alternative in deep-freeze
Contrary to expectations, agreements between NBN Co, Telstra and Optus will leave intact, but dormant, large pieces of infrastructure that will sit alongside the tentacles of the new fibre-optic network.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/in-depth/telcos-to-keep-nbn-alternative-in-deep-freeze/story-e6frgaif-1226080896939

Telstra sits pretty over key access
Of the eight agreements detailed in the 42-page summary released by Telstra yesterday, the key one for investors and the NBN Co is the so-called Infrastructure Services Agreement (ISA).
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/in-depth/telstra-sits-pretty-over-key-access/story-e6frgaif-1226080894038

Striking up the broadband
Optus chief executive Paul O'Sullivan says the agreements on the National Broadband Network announced yesterday will bring the "potential of 21st-century digital life" to Australia.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/striking-up-the-broadband/story-e6frg6z6-1226080870103

Comment: Thodey's great save
I just can't get this image of wicketkeeper David Thodey, diving full-length down the leg side to miraculously scoop up a ball that is on its way to the boundary, out of my mind: Telstra's $11 billion deal with NBN Co and the Commonwealth government has to rank as one of the greatest saves in Australian corporate history.
http://www.smh.com.au/business/thodeys-win-built-on-trujillos-turf-20110624-1gi2p.html
http://www.theage.com.au/business/thodeys-win-built-on-trujillos-turf-20110624-1gi2p.html

NZ Telecom split steams ahead
A bill paving the way for the breakup of Telecom and for the $3.5 billion ultrafast broadband network has been passed by Parliament over the objections of Labour, the Greens, the Progressive Party and two of ACT's three MPs.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/5187341/Telecom-split-steams-ahead

Labour threat to Telecom fails to rock sharemarket
The market has shrugged off Labour's threats to review Telecom's ultra-fast broadband contracts if elected this November.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10733634

uk: Mobile spectrum trading given go-ahead [news release[
Ofcom has today given the go-ahead for mobile phone operators to trade the rights to the radio spectrum they hold, in a measure aimed at helping to increase mobile network capacity and deliver faster and more reliable mobile services for consumers.
http://media.ofcom.org.uk/2011/06/20/mobile-spectrum-trading-given-go-ahead/

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