[DNS] domain name news - 22 August

[DNS] domain name news - 22 August

From: David Goldstein <david§goldsteinreport.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 20:43:51 +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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WIPO Expresses Trademark Concerns On New gTLDs And UDRP Changes... Again
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=15600

ICANN departures after Web suffix vote draw criticism
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/icann-departures-draw-criticism/2011/08/19/gIQAzpeDTJ_story.html

DOC Indicates Warming Relations With ICANN and Strong Support for Multi-Stakeholder Internet Institutions
http://www.internetcommerce.org/node/279

Advertising groups lambaste Net address expansion
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20093699-38/advertising-groups-lambaste-net-address-expansion/

Call for nominations for election to auDA Board
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-260811/

auDA Foundation ? 2011 Grant Recipients
http://blog.auda.org.au/2011/08/15/auda-foundation-?-2011-grant-recipients/

Report to the WIPO General Assembly 2011: WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, Including Internet Domain Names
http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/govbody/en/wo_ga_40/wo_ga_40_9.pdf


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GOVERNANCE
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14th meeting of the CDMC, Strasbourg
The Steering Committee on Media and New Communication Services (CDMC) met in Strasbourg from 14 to 17 June. Important texts were finalised on a new notion of media, on Internet governance principles, on the protection and promotion of Internet's universality, integrity and openness, on the protection of freedom of expression and information and freedom of assembly and association with regard to Internet domain names and name strings, on the protection of freedom of expression and access to information and freedom of assembly and association with regards to privately operated Internet platforms and online service providers and on public service media governance. These texts will then be submitted to the Committee of Ministers for adoption. Another important item on the agenda of the CDMC was the future steering committee, to be put into place in January 2012.
http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/standardsetting/media/

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DOMAIN NAMES
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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS
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Ontario Superior Court rules on ways to recover domain names
Abstract: On a motion to strike out, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently considered whether a plaintiff's claims for breach of trust, detinue sur trover, wrongful conversion, or misappropriation of IP rights in recovering their domain name disclosed a reasonable cause of action.
http://jiplp.oxfordjournals.org/content/6/9/612.abstract

Domain names: towards a new form of IP right by Ana Ra?ki Marinkovi?
Abstract: Legal context: Domain names are primarily Internet addresses but also serve as business identifiers. There is still no common standpoint on the legal nature of domain names.
http://jiplp.oxfordjournals.org/content/6/9/632.abstract

Trade mark law's increment through the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy by Konstantinos Komaitis*
Abstract: Legal Context: This article discusses the changes independent Internet policy is imposing upon trademark law. The article's argument centres on the idea that the polymorphous nature of the trademark right is slowly drifting away from the traditional notions of goodwill and consumer protection; instead and because of the nature of domain names, existing and new policies focus on the protection of the word, creating an anti-competitive and hostile environment for users and entrepreneurs.
http://jiplp.oxfordjournals.org/content/6/8/553.abstract

ihateryanair.co.uk transferred on proof of unfair detriment and unfair advantage in affiliate advertising links by Daniel Byrne
Abstract: The Expert considered Ryanair's complaint that the domain name ihateryanair.co.uk was an abusive registration. Ryanair relied upon its trade mark rights and goodwill in RYANAIR and complained that the domain name was abusive on a number of grounds. The Expert found that the website at the domain name was intended for legitimate criticism, but held that the domain name should be transferred on the basis that the website had contained commercial affiliate links that resulted in unfair detriment to the complainant and unfair advantage to the respondent.
http://jiplp.oxfordjournals.org/content/6/3/150.abstract

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 - ICANN
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WIPO Expresses Trademark Concerns On New gTLDs And UDRP Changes... Again
Sounding like a broken record, WIPO has published an update on their activities as an international resource for time- and cost-efficient alternatives to court litigation of intellectual property disputes, acting both as a provider of legal and organisational expertise and as an administrator of cases. In the report WIPO expresses concerns to the introduction of new gTLDs and a revision to dispute resolution under the UDRP with trademark issues at the heart of their concerns.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=15600
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/08/22/wipo-expresses-trademark-concerns-on-new-gtlds-and-udrp-changes-again/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/wipo-expresses-trademark-concerns-on-new-gtlds-and-udrp-changes-again.html

ICANN departures after Web suffix vote draw criticism
The nonprofit group that manages the Internet?s naming system under a U.S. contract decided in June to add hundreds of new Web suffixes, expanding beyond dot-com and dot-org in a move to spur online innovation. ... ?Given how quickly these two individuals sped through the revolving door, one can?t help but wonder if thinking about their next career move influenced their policy decisions,?? said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/icann-departures-draw-criticism/2011/08/19/gIQAzpeDTJ_story.html

Confab makes sense of dot-everything revolution
It is more than three years ago that El Reg announced the approval of ?customized TLDs?, following two years of policy debate. ?ICANN estimates it will begin taking applications in April or May of next year,? we reported.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/19/nxt_conference/

Who should be ICANN?s next CEO?
With Rod Beckstrom now less than a year away from leaving the CEO job at ICANN, following his resignation this week, the rumor mill is already spitting out ideas about who should replace him.
http://domainincite.com/who-should-be-icanns-next-ceo/

DOC Indicates Warming Relations With ICANN and Strong Support for Multi-Stakeholder Internet Institutions
In an afternoon keynote address presented to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) USA meeting held July 18th at Georgetown University Law School in Washington, DC, Larry Strickling, the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the Department of Commerce, indicated a much more favorable view of ICANN in the wake of its adoption of accountability and transparency recommendations, as well as approval of a Final Applicant Guidebook (AG) for New gTLDs at its recent Singapore meeting.
http://www.internetcommerce.org/node/279

Advertising groups lambaste Net address expansion
Advertisers and the Internet's overseers seem unable to reconcile a profound disagreement about the future of Internet addresses. Three prominent groups representing advertisers--the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A)--have come down hard on a program to dramatically expand the number of Internet addresses beyond .com and .net to a new class that could include everything from .berlin and .movie to .plumber and .pepsi.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20093699-38/advertising-groups-lambaste-net-address-expansion/
http://www.zdnet.com.au/us-advertisers-resist-custom-domain-plan-339320708.htm

How not to upgrade to a .com ? ask ICANN
The domain name world can be confusing, and there?s no shortage of timewasters ready to bother ICANN with their relatively minor problems and disputes. The latest is violin maker Zeta Music Systems, which went to the extraordinary lengths of initiating an ICANN Reconsideration Request to get its hands on a domain name it does not own.
http://domainincite.com/how-not-to-upgrade-to-a-com-?-ask-icann/

Hank Alvarez Announces Candidacy for ICANN CEO Position
Domainers might think it is a good idea, but it is likely nobody else would. But still, it will give people a laugh, which seems to be the intention of Hank Alvarez to announce his candidacy for the ICANN CEO and President position.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/08/22/hank-alvarez-announces-candidacy-for-icann-ceo-position/

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Call for nominations for election to auDA Board
The election will take place at auDA's Annual General Meeting, to be held on 17 October 2011 in Melbourne.
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-260811/

auDA Foundation ? 2011 Grant Recipients
It is always wonderful to see the diverse range of projects we receive each year from applicants across Australia and how the auDA Foundation can contribute to this tremendous effort.
http://blog.auda.org.au/2011/08/15/auda-foundation-?-2011-grant-recipients/

ch/li: SWITCH Junior Web Award 2012: young talents sought
The website competition for school classes is starting for the sixth time today. SWITCH is looking for school classes from all over Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein who would like to explore the possibilities of the World Wide Web and design a website of their own, together with their teachers. The success story of the Junior Web Award began in 2007 when SWITCH launched the competition on the occasion of its 20-year anniversary.
http://www.switch.ch/about/news/2011/juniorwebaward2012.html

Colombia cashes in on ?.co? Internet domain
For years, Alexander Anthony Mijares had been trying to purchase the website mjm.com for his Miami-based manufacturing company ? but the owner wasn?t willing to sell. So when Mijares heard that domains ending in ?.co? were being offered, he jumped at the chance and bought about 60 sites, including mjm.co.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/08/19/2367010/businesses-rush-to-buy-their-co.html

no: Change in the domain name policy, 22 August 2011
We are establishing a new clause 16.3 that clarifies Norid's policy regarding access to historical data. The previous clause 16.3 is renumerated to 16.4.
http://www.norid.no/regelverk/forslag/2011-08-15/index.en.html

A Brief History Of The NU Top Level Domain Name
You may have seen the .nu domain name around - but do you know its origins? The extension .nu is the ccTLD representing Niue, a tiny island nation located around 2,400 kilometers northeast of New Zealand.
http://goarticles.com/article/A-Brief-History-Of-The-NU-Top-Level-Domain-Name/5168751/

.SE?s Internet fund once more open for project applications ? now through an easy-to-use net portal
Since being launched in 2004, the Internet fund has financed more than 170 development projects. Among the projects selected last spring were everything from DNS development to a solution for connecting reindeer herdsmen. Starting today and until 12 noon on 12 September it is again possible to apply for financing from the Internet fund. A portal for submitting applications, simplifying things for all parties, is also being launched.
http://www.iis.se/en/pressmeddelanden/ses-internetfond-oppnar-ater

New Vietnamese domain names popular with rural internet users 
The Viet Nam Internet Information Centre (VNNIC) has granted nearly 320,000 domain names in the Vietnamese language since April 28, the date on which names could be registered for free.
http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Social-Isssues/214578/New-Vietnamese-domain-names-popular-with-rural-internet-users.html

ICM Registry Announces Launch of iFriends.xxx and ClickCash.xxx
ICM Registry, the company behind the .XXX TLD, announced today that iFriends.xxx and ClickCash.xxx were launched by WebPower, making these the first high-profile webcam site and affiliate marketing program to launch in the .XXX space.
http://icmregistry.com/press/pressrelease17.php
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/08/21/icm-registry-announces-launch-of-ifriendsxxx-and-clickcashxxx/

ICM reveals tough .xxx cybersquatting rules
ICM Registry has finally taken the wraps off its rapid domain name takedown service, which promises to make life difficult for cybersquatters in the .xxx TLD.
http://domainincite.com/icm-reveals-tough-xxx-cybersquatting-rules/

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Organisations Vying For .AFRICA Advance Their Cases
The African Registry Consortium (ARC), a pan-African consortium that aims to administer the .AFRICA domain by Africans and for Africans, was publicising its case saying several of the players involved in ARC are also involved in the administration of the co.za domain name space in South Africa, which is currently under the administration of UniForum SA.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/08/18/organisations-vying-for-africa-advance-their-cases/

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Google Report: How Web Attackers Evade Malware Detection
Attackers increasingly are engaging in "IP cloaking" to infect Web visitors, where they bypass malware detection systems by serving them clean pages while they drop malware on visitors to the site, according to a new report by Google's security team.
http://www.darkreading.com/security/application-security/231500264/google-report-how-web-attackers-evade-malware-detection.html

Four Years of Web Malware by Lucas Ballard and Niels Provos, Google Security Team
Google?s Safe Browsing initiative has been protecting users from web pages that install malware for over five years now. Each day we show around 3 million malware warnings to over four hundred million users whose browsers implement the Safe Browsing API. Like other service providers, we are engaged in an arms race with malware distributors. Over time, we have adapted our original system to incorporate new detection algorithms that allow us to keep pace. We recently completed an analysis of four years of data that explores the evasive techniques that malware distributors employ. We compiled the results in a technical report, entitled ?Trends in Circumventing Web-Malware Detection.?
http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2011/08/four-years-of-web-malware.html

'Shady RAT' McAfee report called alarmist, flawed says Eugene Kaspersky
McAfees report on Operation Shady RAT, a five-year hacker attack against a broad swath of industries, is facing renewed criticism, this time from the head of the Kaspersky Lab, Eugene Kaspersky, a man also known as the "Virus Pope."
http://www.pcworld.com/article/238382/shady_rat_report_called_alarmist_flawed.html
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9219304/_Shady_RAT_report_called_alarmist_flawed

us: Open WiFi and Liability for Copyright Infringement: Setting the Record Straight
Last week, TorrentFreak ran an interesting pair of posts offering opposing views on an issue that has become increasingly important with the rise of the copyright trolls: whether a person who runs an open wifi network can be held liable when others use the network for copyright infringement.
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/08/open-wifi-and-copyright-liability-setting-record

Cars vulnerable to theft by hacking [AP]
Texting and driving don't go well together ? though not in the way you might think. Computer hackers can force some cars to unlock their doors and start their engines without a key by sending specially crafted messages to a car's anti-theft system. They can also snoop at where you've been by tapping the car's GPS system.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2011/08/Cars-vulnerable-to-theft-by-hacking/50057610/1

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Report to the WIPO General Assembly 2011: WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, Including Internet Domain Names
This document provides an update on the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center?s (?Center?) activities as an international resource for time- and cost-efficient alternatives to court litigation of intellectual property disputes, acting both as a provider of legal and organizational expertise and as an administrator of cases. This document also provides an update on the domain name-related activities of WIPO, as previously reported in WO/GA/39/10.1 It covers the Center?s administration of domain name disputes under different policies and various related aspects of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS), as well as selected policy developments, in particular rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) for the introduction of new gTLDs, the emergence of internationalized domain names (IDNs) as gTLDs, the contentious issue of revision by ICANN of the UDRP, and the status of the recommendations made by the Member States of WIPO in the context of the Second WIPO Internet Domain Name Process.
http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/govbody/en/wo_ga_40/wo_ga_40_9.pdf

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IPv6: Making Room for the World on the Future Internet
Even as IPv4 address pools are being depleted, the level of deployment of its successor, IPv6, remains low. But significant recent developments are breaking down previous obstacles to its adoption. Progress on the deployment of IPv6 in the coming year could be a barometer for the global Internet's future.
http://www.computer.org/portal/web/csdl/doi/10.1109/MIC.2011.92
http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIC.2011.92

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ARIN and Vixie get nervous about competition by Milton Mueller
Alternative address trading platforms are gaining traction. The Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) are worried. Paul Vixie, the Chair of ARIN's Board, has written an article in ACM Queue attacking "those who would unilaterally supplant or redraw the existing Internet resource governance or allocation systems." The publication of this article is a sign of a growing policy debate around the reform of IP address registries in the age of IPv4 exhaustion. Unfortunately, Vixie's arguments show that he is disconnected from the economic and institutional realities of the IPv4 address regime.
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2011/8/15/4877516.html

Report Released On The Future Of Domain Names And Web Hosting Industry
CheapWebHostingAndDomain.com, a website that reviews and rates various web hosting and domain registration companies, has released a report titled "The Future Of Domain Names And Web Hosting Industry."
http://www.cheapwebhostinganddomain.com/other/report-realesed-on-the-future-of-domain-names-and-web-hosting-industry/

Are Bots Registering Twitter Handles Based on New Domain Registrations?
When you finally find that perfect and available domain name, you?re not yet done securing your online identity. And someone might be lurking to ?front run? your Twitter username.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/08/21/are-bots-registering-twitter-handles-based-on-new-domain-registrations/

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Six-Figure Sale of eSignature.com Gives DomainGuardians Their 1st Appearance at the Top of Our Weekly Domain Sales Chart
Last spring two highly regarded former Fabulous.com executives, Mike Robertson and Jen Sale, joined three domain industry veterans; Adam Strong, Paul Keating and Bill Vanderent, to launch a new domain services company at DomainGuardians.com.
http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2011/20110817.htm


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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS
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Personal Jurisdiction, Internet Commerce, and Privacy: The Pervasive Legal Consequences of Modern Geolocation Technologies
Abstract: Modern geolocation technologies allow Internet sites to automatically and accurately identify a user?s geographic location. This capability?unavailable just a few years ago?has begun to revolutionize Internet commerce and communication by enabling content localization, customization, and access regulation on a scale previously thought to be impossible. Yet thus far, the law has reacted inadequately to these technologies, or in some cases, failed to react at all.
http://www.albanylawjournal.org/article.php?id=89

Don?t Be Evil: The Fourth Amendment in the Age of Google, National Security, and Digital Papers and Effects
Abstract: This Article offers an overview of current Fourth Amendment law in light of evolving concepts of papers and effects, expectations of privacy online, and the third party and state action doctrines. Scholars have addressed some of these issues individually, but this Article analyzes the legal issues that subsist in the wake of the NSA Terrorist Surveillance Program dilemma and during Congress? current push to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Individuals are increasingly turning to third party technology companies such as Google to host their most private papers and effects, yet in doing so are subjecting themselves to non-negotiated Terms of Service and their information to the mercy of a corporate slogan.
http://www.albanylawjournal.org/article.php?id=91

The Right to Be Forgotten? by Conrad Coutinho
Have you ever Googled your own name? Statistics say that you probably have. Egotism aside, in a world where potential employers, schools and even romantic partners are likely to Google you, it would be irresponsible not to be aware of what pops up when you search your name. Many experts (and this non-expert) even recommend setting up a Google alert in your name.
http://www.stlr.org/2011/04/the-right-to-be-forgotten/

It?s a Mad, Mad Internet: Globalization and the Challenges Presented by Internet Censorship by Jessica E. Bauml
The advent of the Internet has brought tremendous technological advancements and growth to the world. However, it has also become a source of conflict, particularly when different countries attempt to regulate this very ubiquitous and amorphous medium. The most notable controversy has arisen in China? home to the world?s most advanced system of Internet censorship, which levies harsh penalties on those who violate the country?s strict censorship laws.
http://www.law.indiana.edu/fclj/pubs/v63/no3/Vol.63-3_2011-May_Art.-05_Bauml.pdf

Building a Better Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean
>From the beginning, a key element of the Internet's success has been collaboration between its engineers, researchers, network operators, vendors, and service providers. Although the region of Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic Internet markets in the world, with roughly a tenth of the Internet's current users, until recently, it didn't have an established event or community around which its broad Internet operations community gathered. This article details a major collaborative stride ? the first Latin American and Caribbean Network Operators' Group (LACNOG) meeting.
http://www.computer.org/portal/web/csdl/magazines/internet;jsessionid=052da2927e274029d2fa3f5d9eca#4
http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIC.2011.33

Empirical Study of Privacy Issues among Social Networking Sites by Joanne Kuzma
Abstract: Social media networks are increasing their types of services and the numbers of users are rapidly growing. However, online consumers have expressed concerns about their personal privacy protection and recent news articles have shown many privacy breaches and unannounced changes to privacy policies. These events could adversely affect data protection and compromise user trust, thus it is vital that social sites contain explicit privacy policies stating a comprehensive list of protection methods. This study analyzes 60 worldwide social sites and finds that even if sites contain a privacy policy, the site pages may also possess technical elements that could be used to serendipitously collect personal information. The results show specific technical collection methods most common within several social network categories. Methods for improving online privacy practices are suggested.
http://jiclt.com/index.php/jiclt/article/view/128

Bundesgerichtshof decides in Hartplatzhelden.de case by Birgit Clark
Abstract: The German Bundesgerichtshof held that a football association cannot stop video film clips made by fans of amateur football games, which are organised by its member clubs, being made publicly accessible via the internet forum hartplatzhelden.de.

http://jiplp.oxfordjournals.org/content/6/4/221.abstract

Kids, Privacy, Free Speech & the Internet: Finding the Right Balance by Adam D. Thierer
Abstract: In the field of Internet policy, 2011 has been the year of privacy. Congress has introduced six bills related to online privacy, and the Obama administration released two major reports recommending greater federal oversight of online markets. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appears poised to step up regulatory activity on this front. State-level activity is also percolating, led by California, which floated two major bills recently.
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1909261

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INTERNET USE
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Web Surfing Helps at Work, Study Says
Don't feel guilty about browsing the Internet at work?turns out it may actually improve your performance.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904070604576518261775512294.html
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904070604576518261775512294.html?mod=WSJ_business_whatsNews

'Retweet' and 'woot' make Oxford dictionary debut
Woot! Technology-inspired words are among the 400 added to the newest Concise Oxford English Dictionary.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14588727

Woot! Retweet and sexting enter the dictionary
"Retweet", "sexting" and "cyberbullying" are officially words, according to the latest edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/8708448/Woot-Retweet-and-sexting-enter-the-dictionary.html

The Future of the Internet Economy: Chapter 2 by Geoff Huston
The OECD held a "high-level" meeting in June 2011 that was intended to build upon the OECD Ministerial on The Future of the Internet Economy held in Seoul, Korea in June 2008. I was invited to attend this meeting as part of the delegation from the Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC), and here I'd like to share my impressions of this meeting.
http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2011-07/oecdhlm.html

Nearly 1 out of 2 Germans Visits Online Gaming Sites; 40 Percent of Smartphone Owners Use Handset for Gaming [news release]
comScore, Inc. announced that, in June 2011, a total of 25.2 million Germans have visited online gaming sites.
http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/8/Nearly_1_out_of_2_Germans_Visits_Online_Gaming_Sites

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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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Facebook 'Like' Button Declared Illegal In Germany [AP]
A German data protection authority is "unliking" Facebook's "Like" button. The state of Schleswig-Holstein's data protection commissioner, Thilo Weichert, on Friday ordered state institutions to shut down the fan pages on the social networking site and remove the "Like" button from their websites, saying it leads to profiling that violates German and European law.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/19/facebook-like-button-illegal-germany_n_931652.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/german-privacy-watchdog-dislikes-facebooks-like-20110820-1j2xl.html
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/german-privacy-watchdog-dislikes-facebooks-like-20110820-1j2xl.html

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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As PCs Wane, Companies Look to Tablets
Although the world is dependent on personal computers, making them has not been a great business for most American companies for almost a decade.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/20/technology/as-pcs-wane-companies-look-to-tablets.html

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY
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nz: Teen's blind date nightmare
A blindfolded sex adventure with a mystery "woman" ended in shock for a young Wellington man - who removed his mask to find a tall man.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5471724/Teens-blind-date-nightmare
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/5471878/Teens-blind-date-nightmare
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/teen-s-blind-date-nightmare-4356490
http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/national-news/5471878/Teens-blind-date-nightmare

nz: 'Free' games may end up costing you [NZPA]
... NetSafe executive director Martin Cocker said parents should not save their credit card details to iTunes accounts and should disable the in-app purchase option on devices like iPads and smart phones
http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/5478795/Free-games-may-end-up-costing-you

Kiwi racism rife online
A growing number of Kiwis are airing their "dark underbelly" in racist comments online according to research presented in the Waikato today.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/5486721/Kiwi-racism-rife-online

au: Students helping trial fun cybersmart resource [news release]
The Australian Communications and Media Authority is working with students from Years 6 and 7 at schools across NSW to trial an exciting new cybersafety activity for schools ? Cybersmart Networking.
http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_410115

au: Youth in the dark about sexting
Australia's leading cyber-safety expert has told a women and policing conference young people do not understand the consequences of sending sexually explicit images via mobile phones.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-22/20110822-youth-and-sexting/2850406

au: Brodie's law to be used to cut out Victorian school bullying
Students or parents involved in cyber bullying could be jailed for up to 10 years under a Baillieu government push to stamp it out.
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/brodies-law-to-be-used-to-cut-out-school-bullying-20110820-1j3wz.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/brodies-law-to-be-used-to-cut-out-school-bullying-20110820-1j3wz.html

au: Victoria to review 'sexting' sentences for teens
A State Government inquiry will look at whether Victorian laws are too harsh for teenagers caught sending explicit images of themselves via mobile phones.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-21/victoria-to-review-27sexting27-sentences-for-teens/2848890/

us: FTC Publication Fosters Online Safety for Tweens and Teens [news release]
Being online is part of kids? lives. The Federal Trade Commission has a new publication that talks to tweens and teens about what they do online, and how the choices they make matter.
http://ftc.gov/opa/2011/08/livinglife.shtm

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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us: Music publishers go AWOL in the war against YouTube
The National Music Publishers' Association has decided to drop out of a broad coalition of copyright owners that has been doing battle with YouTube since 2007. YouTube won the first round of the lawsuit last year, and the case is now being appealed; it will apparently continue without the NMPA's participation.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/08/music-publishers-go-awol-in-the-war-against-youtube.ars

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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uk: Rioters' use of social media throws telecoms firms into spotlight
After the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and this summer's looting in England, there is no longer any doubt about the speed with which large crowds can be mobilised on to the streets. As flash-mobbing morphs into flash-robbing, the attention of British authorities is turning to the mobile phones and social media that empower everything from benign groups dancing in railway stations to the vandalism of entire high streets.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/aug/21/riots-throw-telecoms-firms-social-media-controls-into-spotlight

H-P Explores Quitting Computers as Profits Slide
Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's largest personal-computer maker, is exploring a spinoff of its PC business, an about-face that highlights how growth has pivoted from the computers that so long ruled the industry toward software and mobile devices, where H-P has largely failed to compete.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903596904576516403053718850.html
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903596904576516403053718850.html#ixzz1VRDSiKK8

Apple seeks ban on all Galaxy smartphones, tablets in EU
In its case against Samsung Electronics in the Netherlands, Apple is demanding an extensive ban on all Galaxy series smartphones and tablets, including a complete recall of stock by European distributors and resellers.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9219292/Apple_seeks_ban_on_all_Galaxy_smartphones_tablets_in_EU

us: Mobile Apps Developer Settles FTC Charges It Violated Children's Privacy Rule
Company Collected Kids' Information Without Their Parents' Consent
http://ftc.gov/opa/2011/08/w3mobileapps.shtm

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SPAM
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Surge in attachment spam a sign of desperation, say experts
Botnet criminals have flooded the Internet with a surge of attachment spam in recent weeks in a desperate attempt to rebuild a spam-distribution industry under pressure, security experts have suggested.
http://news.techworld.com/security/3297916/surge-in-attachment-spam-a-sign-of-desperation-say-experts/
http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/surge-in-attachment-spam-sign-desperation-say-experts-170386

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DIGITAL DIVIDE
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au: Laptops promise a future in Doomadgee
Small, cheap, neon-green computers with perky "dingo ears" are helping to boost attendance, literacy and numeracy levels in one of Australia's most remote schools.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/laptops-promise-a-future-in-doomadgee/story-fn59niix-1226119237243

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SECURITY
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Google Report: How Web Attackers Evade Malware Detection
Attackers increasingly are engaging in "IP cloaking" to infect Web visitors, where they bypass malware detection systems by serving them clean pages while they drop malware on visitors to the site, according to a new report by Google's security team.
http://www.darkreading.com/security/application-security/231500264/google-report-how-web-attackers-evade-malware-detection.html

Four Years of Web Malware by Lucas Ballard and Niels Provos, Google Security Team
Google?s Safe Browsing initiative has been protecting users from web pages that install malware for over five years now. Each day we show around 3 million malware warnings to over four hundred million users whose browsers implement the Safe Browsing API. Like other service providers, we are engaged in an arms race with malware distributors. Over time, we have adapted our original system to incorporate new detection algorithms that allow us to keep pace. We recently completed an analysis of four years of data that explores the evasive techniques that malware distributors employ. We compiled the results in a technical report, entitled ?Trends in Circumventing Web-Malware Detection.?
http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2011/08/four-years-of-web-malware.html

'Shady RAT' McAfee report called alarmist, flawed says Eugene Kaspersky
McAfees report on Operation Shady RAT, a five-year hacker attack against a broad swath of industries, is facing renewed criticism, this time from the head of the Kaspersky Lab, Eugene Kaspersky, a man also known as the "Virus Pope."
http://www.pcworld.com/article/238382/shady_rat_report_called_alarmist_flawed.html
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9219304/_Shady_RAT_report_called_alarmist_flawed

us: Open WiFi and Liability for Copyright Infringement: Setting the Record Straight
Last week, TorrentFreak ran an interesting pair of posts offering opposing views on an issue that has become increasingly important with the rise of the copyright trolls: whether a person who runs an open wifi network can be held liable when others use the network for copyright infringement.
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/08/open-wifi-and-copyright-liability-setting-record

Cars vulnerable to theft by hacking [AP]
Texting and driving don't go well together ? though not in the way you might think. Computer hackers can force some cars to unlock their doors and start their engines without a key by sending specially crafted messages to a car's anti-theft system. They can also snoop at where you've been by tapping the car's GPS system.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2011/08/Cars-vulnerable-to-theft-by-hacking/50057610/1

nz: Malware virus hits MetService website
The MetService has confirmed visitors to its website in the past few days may have contracted a computer virus from malware hidden in online advertisements on the site.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5458448/Malware-virus-hits-MetService-website

nz: MetService says website safe to visit after malware attack
The MetService says its website is now ?safe to access?, following the discovery of malware in advertisements on the site on Tuesday night.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/metservice-says-website-safe-to-visit-after-malware-attack

nz: MetService a sitting target?
OPINION: Computer users who were infected by malware from visiting MetService's website last week are understandably upset.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion/5483836/MetService-a-sitting-target

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Latest in Web Tracking: Stealthy 'Supercookies'
Major websites such as MSN.com and Hulu.com have been tracking people's online activities using powerful new methods that are almost impossible for computer users to detect, new research shows.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903480904576508382675931492.html
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903480904576508382675931492.html?mod=WSJAsia_hpp_LEFTTopStories

Just Give Me the Right to Be Forgotten
The marketing pitch came by e-mail: Would you like to make an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth cleaned? And while you?re at it, how about recommending him to a friend, or posting a review of your dental care? ... That proved easy enough ? in this instance. But, as I looked into the matter, I discovered that I, as an American, did not actually have an automatic right to demand that a company erase personal information about me.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/business/in-personal-data-a-fight-for-the-right-to-be-forgotten.html

Apple faces South Korean lawsuit
Apple is facing a lawsuit brought by 27,000 South Koreans who are angry over the collection of location data on iPhones and iPads.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14571734

South Koreans sue Apple over iPhone data [AP]
A group of some 27,000 South Koreans is suing Apple for $US26 million for what they claim are privacy violations from the collection of iPhone user location information.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/south-koreans-sue-apple-over-iphone-data/story-e6frgakx-1226117399361

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Internet Restored Briefly as Rebels Close in on Tripoli [IDG]
Local Internet access in Tripoli was strangely restored for a while late Saturday local time after months of disruption, according to reports on Twitter, as rebels closed in on the capital city of Libya. But it was down again for most of the city by Sunday.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/238556/internet_restored_briefly_as_rebels_close_in_on_tripoli.html

A new history of censorship in the West?
The Stream looks at the debate over freedom vs. safety on the net. Should governments be allowed to cut off social networks or cell service in the interest of public order?
http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/new-history-censorship-west

us: BART and the New Era of Censorship
I have spent most of the week poring over news stories, blogs and commentary on last week's decision by Bay Area Rapid Transit officials to shut off cellphone service to quash planned protests on its trains and platforms.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/timothy-karr/bart-and-the-new-era-of-c_b_930143.html

Kazakhstan blocks "extremist" foreign Internet sites
A court in Kazakhstan ruled on Friday to block access to 13 foreign Internet sites, including the popular blogging service LiveJournal, saying they were propagating terrorism and inciting religious hatred.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/08/19/oukin-uk-kazakhstan-internet-idUKTRE77I49D20110819

Kazakh court rules to block popular blog site [AP]
Kazakhstan barred access to the popular Livejournal blog platform on Friday, just a few weeks after a two-month ban on the similar WordPress blog was lifted.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/kazakh-court-rules-to-block-popular-blog-site-20110820-1j2xs.html
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/kazakh-court-rules-to-block-popular-blog-site-20110820-1j2xs.html

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nz: Warning over circumventing internet piracy law
Inexperienced internet users who are considering disguising their online identity to circumvent the "three-strikes" copyright law that takes effect next month are being warned they risk falling victim to malware or entrapment.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5482961/Warning-over-circumventing-internet-piracy-law

au: Critics label cybercrime bill 'invasion of privacy'
A controversial bill that extends the powers of Australia's police and security agencies to retain emails, text messages and other data used in alleged cyber crimes has encountered a roadblock, with a committee recommending significant changes.
http://www.theage.com.au/national/critics-label-cybercrime-bill-invasion-of-privacy-20110818-1j03s.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/critics-label-cybercrime-bill-invasion-of-privacy-20110818-1j03s.html

au: Cybercrime bill has 'serious flaws', says Greens Senator Scott Ludlam
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has told the Gillard government to fix "serious flaws" in its proposed Cybercrime Bill, which will force ISPs to collect real-time internet traffic data and make it available for police locally and internationally for up to 30 days.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/government/cybercrime-bill-has-serious-flaws-says-greens-senator-scott-ludlam/story-fn4htb9o-1226117589668

au: Major parties find concerns with cybercrime bill
The Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety has called for better clarification of a bill allowing for the holding and handing over of telecommunications data relating to online crime.
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3297037.htm

us: PROTECT IP Act would cost taxpayers $47 million, private sector much more
The Congressional Budget Office has released a new estimate of the cost of the PROTECT IP Act, the controversial legislation to force private ISPs, search engines, and other parties to censor websites accused of facilitating copyright infringement. Based on personnel estimates supplied by the Obama administration, the CBO estimates that the enforcement activities of PROTECT IP will cost taxpayers about $10 million per year.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/08/protect-ip-act-would-cost-taxpayers-47-million-private-sector-much-more.ars

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MISCELLANEOUS
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Tim Berners-Lee voted most inspirational person in their 50s
The young, it seems, need do little more than flick a Bieberesque fringe or pout vampirically to attract the undying devotion of their peers.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/aug/19/tim-berners-lee-inspirational-fifty-year-olds

nz: Tech industry vs the All Blacks
The All Blacks aren?t the only ones limbering up to compete on a world stage against the best in the world over the coming months.
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/tech-industry-vs-all-blacks-cw-99278

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