[DNS] domain name news - 15 September

[DNS] domain name news - 15 September

From: David Goldstein <david§goldsteinreport.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 20:48:55 +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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London seminar: 2012 Will See One of the Biggest Changes in the History of the Internet. Are You Ready?
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-3-14sep11-en.htm

Safe and Secure New gTLDs: ICANN Seeks Back-up Registry Operators
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-14sep11-en.htm

Internet-Naming Authority Needs Ethics Rules, U.S. Senator Says
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-14/internet-naming-authority-needs-ethics-rules-u-s-senator-says.html

AuDA Announces Changes to .AU Aftermarket
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/09/12/auda-announces-changes-to-au-aftermarket/

We?ll stick with .nz - but can we drop the .co?
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/well-stick-with-nz-but-can-we-drop-the-co

Aussie firms: You have 45 days to pay $400 million or face X-rated hell
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/aussie-firms-you-have-45-days-to-pay-400-million-or-face-x-rated-hell/story-e6frg12c-1226136011036

Porn sites holding Australian domains hostage
http://finance.ninemsn.com.au/newsbusiness/8298077/porn-sites-holding-australian-domains-hostage

au: Think of the children! Force all adult sites on to triple-x domains, says Family First
http://www.news.com.au/technology/think-of-the-children-force-all-adult-sites-on-to-triple-x-domains-family-first-demands/story-e6frfro0-1226135733634

Family First SA leader: banish all porn sites into new .xxx domain
http://au.christiantoday.com/article/family-first-sa-leader-banish-all-porn-sites-into-new-xxx-domain/11991.htm

auDA takes action to enforce rules against cybersquatting
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/12092011/

Saga of Miranda and the 'altruist' accused of cyber squatting
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/saga-of-miranda-and-the-altruist-accused-of-cyber-squatting-20110914-1k8ql.html

au: Death threats over $500m net fraud
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5616945/Death-threats-over-500m-net-fraud

IPv6 Transitional Uncertainties by Geoff Huston
http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2011-09/exhaustion.html

Australian Record Domain Sale Confirmed
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/09/15/au-record-domain-sale-confirmed/

Domain name record smashed after 'schoolboy error'
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/domain-name-record-smashed-after-schoolboy-error-20110915-1kb4m.html

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DOMAIN NAMES
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 - ICANN
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London seminar: 2012 Will See One of the Biggest Changes in the History of the Internet. Are You Ready?
In January 2012, companies, organisations, causes, start-ups and even cities will be able to apply for their own web domain. This represents a fundamental change to the way we use the Internet and many feel this will offer new global branding and marketing opportunities.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-3-14sep11-en.htm

Safe and Secure New gTLDs: ICANN Seeks Back-up Registry Operators
ICANN is issuing today a Request for Information (RFI) [PDF, 660 KB] to identify potential Emergency Back-End Registry Operators (EBERO).
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-14sep11-en.htm

Updated FY12 Operating Plan and Budget
On 24 June 2011 in Singapore, the ICANN Board approved the FY12 Operating Plan and Budget as noted in the Board resolutions posted.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-12sep11-en.htm

Internet-Naming Authority Needs Ethics Rules, U.S. Senator Says
The organization that manages the Internet?s domain-name system under contract with the U.S. Commerce Department should have ?revolving door? ethics rules for its leadership, a U.S. lawmaker said today.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-14/internet-naming-authority-needs-ethics-rules-u-s-senator-says.html
http://news.businessweek.com/article.asp?documentKey=1376-LRJ76P0YHQ0X01-5GK35KVQ6SNK471LR9L5PCHQE9
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/09/14/bloomberg1376-LRJ76P0YHQ0X01-5GK35KVQ6SNK471LR9L5PCHQE9.DTL

us: Senator calls for ICANN ethics controls
An influential US senator has called on the US government to impose new ethics rules on ICANN. In a letter to the US Department of Commerce, which has an oversight relationship with ICANN, Senator Ron Wyden said that new ?strict ethics guidelines? should be created.
http://domainincite.com/senator-calls-for-icann-ethics-controls/

EC denies Internet power grab
The European Commission has denied six policy documents outlining plans to give governments more say in Internet governance represent an "online power grab" by the organization.
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/09/13/ec-denies-power-grab

ICANN?s Enron-esque Math Shows a Loss on New TLDs
ICANN has released a projected cash flow and profit and loss statement from the new TLD name program. It has me scratching my head.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/09/12/icanns-enron-esque-math-shows-a-loss-on-new-tlds/

ICANN ?not an advocate? for new gTLDs
That?s the message ICANN is choosing to present as its executives begin their global awareness-raising campaign for the new gTLD program.
http://domainincite.com/icann-not-an-advocate-for-new-gtlds/

ICANN takes action as Asia runs out of Internet addresses
Asia ran out of Internet address space (Internet Protocol version 4 or IPv4) last month. Hence, ?Transition to the next-generation address space protocol, IPv6, is critical and proving to be difficult.?
http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/334135/icann-takes-action-asia-runs-out-internet-addresses

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AuDA Announces Changes to .AU Aftermarket
Following a review of the .AU secondary market, the .AU policy and regulatory body, auDA, has announced a number of changes to the aftermarket, or secondary market, down under.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=15785
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/09/12/auda-announces-changes-to-au-aftermarket/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/auda-announces-changes-to-au-secondary-market.html

Eurid to release 9,000 .eu names after lawsuit
It?s going to be first-come, first-served on almost 9,000 seized .eu domain names next month, following a Eurid lawsuit against a Chinese cybersquatter.
http://domainincite.com/eurid-to-release-9000-eu-names-after-lawsuit/

.eu wins abusive domain name registration case
The .eu registry, EURid, today implemented a court order to revoke almost 9 000 .eu domain names, following the resolution of a Brussels Court of Appeal case in EURid?s favour.
http://www.eurid.eu/en/content/eu-wins-abusive-domain-name-registration-case
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/eurid-to-release-9000-revoked-eu-domain-names

Improved Fi-domain name service - system interruption this weekend
... The new, improved fi-domain name service offers users a more user-friendly way of applying for, renewing, terminating and paying for fi-domain names. And, the system takes into consideration the modern requirements for electronic services better than before.
http://www.ficora.fi/en/index/viestintavirasto/uutiset/2011/P_34.html

Finland to launch improved Fi-domain name service
Finland's telecom regulator Ficora announced that an upgraded fi-domain name service domain.fi will be launched soon.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/finland-to-launch-improved-fi-domain-name-service

ng: We must stimulate demand for internet- Ajayi
Recently, the immediate past President of Nigeria Internet Group, NIG, Engr. Lanre Ajayi was elected into a leadership positions at the ICANN to represent not just Africa but the developing nations.
http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/09/we-must-stimulate-demand-for-internet-ajayi/

We?ll stick with .nz - but can we drop the .co?
Most Kiwis are happy to have their sites in the .nz domain, rather than an international domain such as .com, according to a survey conducted for the Domain Name Commission.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/well-stick-with-nz-but-can-we-drop-the-co

Qatar Domains Registry Using Registrars Launch .QA Domains Availability to the Public
Members of the general public can now take advantage of the abundance of uniquely Qatar Internet domain names (.QA) that are available through accredited registrars.
http://www.ictqatar.qa/en/news-events/news/qatar-domain-names-qa-now-available-public

Internet domain .qa is now available to public
The general public can now take advantage of the abundance of uniquely Qatar Internet domain names that ends with .qa available through accredited registrars.
http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/qatar/165336-internet-domain-qa-is-now-available-to-public.html

.XXX Sunrise Registrations ?Comfortably Exceeded? Expectations
The .xxx sunrise registration period is less than a week old, but ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley told Domain Name Wire ?I think it is safe to say that we have ?comfortably exceeded? our internal estimates? via email today.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/09/13/xxx-sunrise-registrations-comfortably-exceeded-expectations/

How much money will ICM make from .xxx blocks?
There?s a pretty ludicrous report in the Australian media today, claiming that Aussie businesses are being forced to pay AUD $400 million to ICM Registry to protect their brands in .xxx.
http://domainincite.com/how-much-money-will-icm-make-from-xxx-blocks/

Parody: Singapore domainer gets jail for .XXX domain registration
Ethics in far away tech haven Singapore are strict. So strict , that Jiaming Sim found out it?s not easy to defend his own trademark.
http://domaingang.com/domain-news/singapore-domainer-gets-jail-for-xxx-domain-registration/

Aussie firms: You have 45 days to pay $400 million or face X-rated hell
Australian businesses must pay more than $400 million to a US company to block porn sites from hijacking their brands on the new .xxx domain.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/technology/aussie-firms-you-have-45-days-to-pay-400-million-or-face-x-rated-hell/story-fn5izo02-1226135711427
http://www.news.com.au/technology/aussie-firms-you-have-45-days-to-pay-400-million-or-face-x-rated-hell/story-e6frfrnr-1226135711427
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/aussie-firms-you-have-45-days-to-pay-400-million-or-face-x-rated-hell/story-e6frg12c-1226136011036

Porn sites holding Australian domains hostage
Websites all over the world are being told to pay a US company for the rights to their own .xxx domain name or risk having their trademarked names associated with pornography sites.
http://finance.ninemsn.com.au/newsbusiness/8298077/porn-sites-holding-australian-domains-hostage

au: Think of the children! Force all adult sites on to triple-x domains, says Family First
PORN sites should be legally banished to the new .xxx domain to make the web safer for children, Family First has urged.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/think-of-the-children-force-all-adult-sites-on-to-triple-x-domains-family-first-demands/story-e6frfro0-1226135733634

Family First SA leader: banish all porn sites into new .xxx domain
Family First SA leader Dennis Hood MLC says porn sites should be legally banished to the new .xxx domain to make the web safer for children.
http://au.christiantoday.com/article/family-first-sa-leader-banish-all-porn-sites-into-new-xxx-domain/11991.htm

Aussie Sex Party takes the whip to .xxx domains
The Australian Sex Party has joined a growing international chorus of voices accusing ICANN and ICM Registry of a shakedown over the .xxx domain space.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/13/fiona_patten_blasts_icann/

Watch ICM?s first .xxx TV commercials
ICM Registry has posted its first wave of TV commercials for .xxx onto YouTube.
http://domainincite.com/watch-icms-first-xxx-tv-commercials/

RodBeckstrom.xxx will never see the light of day
ICM Registry has reserved the names of dozens of ICANN directors, former directors and members of staff from the new .xxx TLD.
http://domainincite.com/rodbeckstrom-xxx-will-never-see-the-light-of-day/

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Brands Should Not Ignore the Security Benefits of New gTLDs by Roland LaPlante
If one thing has become clear from recent commentary on ICANN's new TLD program, it's that there's a dramatic lack of understanding about some of the benefits of owning your own TLD - especially as it relates to security. Many brand owners - especially those with luxury brands - could realize immediate benefits from reduced counterfeiting and greater brand trust with a "dot Brand."
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110912_brands_should_not_ignore_the_security_benefits_of_new_gtlds/

A Made Up Fantasy and the ICANN gTLD Reality by Naseem Javed
Gary Elliot, chairman of the Association of National Advertisers and vice president of global marketing at Hewlett-Packard, wrote a column in Advertising Age titled "ICANN's Promises Aren't Simply Speculation, They're Outright Fantasy." His arguments opposing ICANN gTLDs are similar to the other heads of various advertising associations around the world.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/a_made_up_fantasy_the_icann_gtld_reality/

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Doppelganger Domains Highlighted As New Case Of Domain Name Fraud Used For Data Theft
A study into the impact of Doppelganger Domains has revealed that of the Fortune 500 companies, 151 companies (or 30%) were susceptible to attacks. Doppelganger Domains are a new type of typosquatting that takes advantage of an omission instead of a misspelling. They occur when the domain spelled identical to a legitimate fully qualified domain name (FQDN) but missing the dot between host/subdomain and domain, to be used for malicious purposes. Doppelganger Domains have a potent impact via email as attackers could gather information such as trade secrets, user names and passwords, and other employee information.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=15786
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/09/12/doppelganger-domains-highlighted-as-new-case-of-domain-name-fraud-used-for-data-theft/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/doppelganger-domains-highlighted-as-new-case-of-domain-name-fraud-used-for-data-theft.html

Bad spelling opens up security loophole
A missing dot in an email address might mean messages end up in the hands of cyber thieves, researchers have found. By creating web domains that contained commonly mistyped names, the investigators received emails that would otherwise not be delivered.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14842691

South Africans under cyber attack
Nearly 2 billion people use the internet and in doing so, expose themselves to a growing number of malware threats. Cyber criminals and cyber terrorists do exist and they are capable of making a substantial living from their illegal activities. While many focus their efforts on individuals, others have their sights set much higher.
http://www.thenewage.co.za/28878-22-53-South_Africans_under_cyber_attack

Social, mobile influence cyber threats
Asian consumers show great "digital appetite" for online content and services and their online usage patterns determine threats popular in different markets, Trend Micro exec says.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/social-mobile-influence-cyber-threats-62302055.htm

New weapon against cybercrime: chips
An internet security company has demonstrated a new weapon against deeply rooted malware that takes control of PCs and turns them into zombies.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/new-weapon-against-cybercrime-chips-20110915-1kafe.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/new-weapon-against-cybercrime-chips-20110915-1kafe.html

UK critical systems cyber warning
The UK government is failing to take a strong lead in protecting critical systems such as power and water from cyber attack, according to a leading think tank. Chatham House said there was a reluctance to share information with institutions that might be targeted.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14917744

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auDA takes action to enforce rules against cybersquatting
Recent reports in the Brisbane Sunday Mail newspaper (?Big rewards for sitting on big names?) highlighted that the domain name mirandakerr.com.au had been registered earlier this year by a company that was not connected with the model Miranda Kerr. The company then contacted Miranda Kerr?s representatives and offered to transfer the domain name to her.
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/12092011/

Saga of Miranda and the 'altruist' accused of cyber squatting
Supermodel Miranda Kerr has been dragged into a complicated "cybersquatting" dispute over the .com.au web address bearing her name.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/saga-of-miranda-and-the-altruist-accused-of-cyber-squatting-20110914-1k8ql.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5624300/Supermodel-domain-name-game
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/technology-news/saga-of-miranda-and-the-altruist-accused-of-cyber-squatting-20110914-1k8ql.html
http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/technology-news/saga-of-miranda-and-the-altruist-accused-of-cyber-squatting-20110914-1k8ql.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/saga-of-miranda-and-the-altruist-accused-of-cyber-squatting-20110914-1k8ql.html

Miranda Kerr cybersquatter charged by auDA
A Sydney-based entrepreneur, who registered a domain name associated with Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr, had his domain name licence cancelled following an Australian Domain Administration (auDA) investigation.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/400497/miranda_kerr_cybersquatter_charged_by_auda/

Cyber battle over online address of supermodel
Supermodel Miranda Kerr's name is at the centre of a heated online row after a Sydney businessman was forced to relinquish the domain name mirandakerr.com.au by the body which regulates Australian website addresses.
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/10261567/cyber-battle-over-online-address-of-supermodel/

au: Miranda Kerr suffers digital deletion
Australia?s domain name authority auDA has shut down and deleted the domain mirandakerr.com.au in a public stand against cybersquatting.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/13/mirandakerr_deleted/

Australian Supermodel Victim Of Cybersquatting
The Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr has become a victim of cybersquatting following the registration of the domain name mirandakerr.com.au earlier this year by a company that was not connected with the model.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=15794
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/09/13/australian-supermodel-victim-of-cybersquatting/

au: Death threats over $500m net fraud
An Australian internet industry veteran has been terrorised with web-based attacks and death threats for two weeks after he exposed fraudulent practices in the domain name industry.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5616945/Death-threats-over-500m-net-fraud
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/hacker-death-threats-after-500-million-domain-fraud-exposed-20110913-1k6wk.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/hacker-death-threats-after-500-million-domain-fraud-exposed-20110913-1k6wk.html
http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/technology-news/hacker-death-threats-after-500-million-domain-fraud-exposed-20110913-1k6wk.html
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/technology-news/hacker-death-threats-after-500-million-domain-fraud-exposed-20110913-1k6wk.html

Australian Domain Industry Veteran Receives Death Threats From Hackers
Australian domain name industry veteran Michael Gilmour has been receiving death threats after writing a series of articles on his blog that warned domain name buyers of a new industry scam.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=15793
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/09/13/australian-domain-industry-veteran-receives-death-threats-from-hackers/

Mr. Jean Heitz v. Truly Natural Products PTY. Limited/ Mr. Cordeiro - Case No. DAU2011-0017
1. The Parties: The Complainant is Mr. Jean Heitz of Germigny L'Eveque, France, represented by Novagraaf, France. The Respondent is Truly Natural Products Pty. Limited/ Mr. Cordeiro of New South Wales, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <argiletz.com.au> is registered with TPP Domains Pty Ltd. dba TPP Internet. ... 7. Decision: For all the foregoing reasons, in accordance with paragraphs 4(i) of the Policy and 15 of the Rules, the Panel orders that the disputed domain name <argiletz.com.au> be transferred to the Complainant.
http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2011-0017

Trademark Holders Go to 93-1 in .Co Disputes
Filers of UDRP cases against .co domain names are now 93-1 at World Intellectual Property Organization.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/09/12/trademark-holders-go-to-93-1-in-co-disputes/

Does Rugby Deserve WorldCup2011.com?
Rugby World Cup Limited has filed a complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization to get the domain name WorldCup2011.com.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/09/12/rugby-worldcup2011-com/

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IPv6 Transitional Uncertainties by Geoff Huston
The telecommunications industry has been around for quite some time. Whether you take it as a starting date the first efforts with the wired telegraph in the 1830's, or the telephone in the 1870's, this industry has been around for quite a long time. During this periods it has made huge achievements, and there is no doubt that the impacts of this industry have changed our lives in many ways... It is literally amazing that this industry has managed to preserve dial tone on telephone handsets while completely changing the underlying network and switching fabric of the telephone system numerous times.
http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2011-09/exhaustion.html

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Internet and Self-Governance? An Example by Wout de Natris
At the Government Roundtable meeting in Amsterdam on 12 September RIPE NCC presented on her results on auditing Local Internet Registries (LIRs) and on the policy process concerning certification of her members. If this showed something to the world it is that cooperation with governments and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) pays off and self-governance can work. How did this come about?
http://www.circleid.com/posts/internet_and_self_governance_an_example/

Registry Data Quality Assessment by Mirjam Kuehne
Accurate registration data is essential for the global registry system. To ensure that the RIPE Registry's data is correct, up-to-date and accurate, the RIPE NCC regularly checks the Registry data to fix inconsistencies and outdated information. We recently evaluated and analysed all IP address ranges registered in the RIPE Database and were pleased to find that 96.09% of those records are considered accurate.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/registry_data_quality_assessment/

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Australian Record Domain Sale Confirmed
A new Australian domain name record was set today when InvestmentProperty.com.au was sold by Netfleet for A$125,001 GST ($137,500).
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=15812
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/09/15/au-record-domain-sale-confirmed/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/australian-record-domain-sale-confirmed.html

Domain name record smashed after 'schoolboy error'
The record for the most expensive .com.au domain name was broken today after the owner of investmentproperty.com.au let the name expire and it was snapped up at auction for $125,000.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/domain-name-record-smashed-after-schoolboy-error-20110915-1kb4m.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/domain-name-record-smashed-after-schoolboy-error-20110915-1kb4m.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5632623/Australian-domain-name-record-smashed

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INTERNET USE
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Social networking tops US web use: study [AFP]
US internet users are spending nearly a quarter of their online time at blogs and social networks, with Facebook the most popular destination, according to a survey released by Nielsen.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10751503

Boomers rapid users of social media via smartphones: Nielsen
Boomers are helping drive a rapid growth in mobile social media, doubling their rate of adoption for Facebook, LinkedIn and other networking apps over their smartphones in the past year, according to Nielsen research.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-tech/post/boomers-rapid-users-of-social-media-via-smartphones-nielsen/2011/09/12/gIQARe8YNK_blog.html

au: Just popping to the online shops
Australians shop online more regularly than people in most other countries, spending on average $206 a month. However, they are also keen virtual window-shoppers who increasingly do their research on the internet but still buy from a traditional retailer.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/online-shopping-on-the-rise-20110912-1k62s.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/just-popping-to-the-online-shops-20110912-1k61i.html

au: Karratha residents spend up big - online
Residents in the Pilbara mining town of Karratha have ranked among the nation's biggest online spenders. New figures from an online shopping group show Karratha ranks in the top 15 on a list of online shopping hotspots in Australia.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-15/karratha-online-shopping-feature/2900858

Skynet seeks to crowdsource the stars
Idle home computers are being sought to help search through mountains of astronomical data.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14896330

For Idaho and the Internet, Life in the Slow Lane
... And, according to a new study, they are among the problems that have earned Idaho an unfortunate distinction: it had the slowest Internet speeds in the country earlier this year for residential customers who were downloading things like games ? a ?dismal? average of 318 kilobytes per second.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/us/downloads-are-slowest-in-idaho-study-finds.html

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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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Facebook may not be sexy any more, but still leads the pack
This month in San Francisco, Mark Zuckerberg will address for the fifth year his annual F8 conference on the future direction of his gift to the world: Facebook.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/opinion/ian-burrell-facebook-may-not-be-sexy-any-more-but-still-leads-the-pack-2353431.html

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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Remote Control, With a Wave of a Hand
Playing a computer game once meant sitting on the couch and pushing buttons on a controller, but those buttons have been disappearing of late, replaced by human gestures that guide the action.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/business/using-gestures-to-control-electronic-devices.html

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY
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EU countries must do more to protect children online; But not at the expense of civil liberties, advocacy groups say [IDG]
European Union states are failing to sufficiently protect children online, a new European Commission study contends.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/400694/eu_countries_must_do_more_protect_children_online/

Digital Agenda: further action needed to safeguard children ? Commission report [news release]
How Member States are implementing EU Recommendations ensuring children can enjoy the digital world confidently and safely are reviewed by the European Commission in a report presented today. Member States and industry are increasingly making efforts to implement EU Recommendations dating from 1998 and 2006 on the protection of minors using audiovisual and online services. But the measures taken have been insufficient overall.
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/11/1026

au: Record number of child porn sites investigated
A record number of internet sites containing child pornography were discovered during National Child Protection Week.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-15/record--number-of-child-porn-sites-investigated/2899962

au: Young girls run away with net predators
Parents are paying private investigators as much as $5000 to track down their teenage daughters who have run off with unsuitable men.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5607840/Young-girls-run-away-with-net-predators

nz: Monitor how kids use web
Parents should install screening software on home computers. The time to start monitoring your children on the internet using software is from the time they start using the internet. 
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5611042/Monitor-how-kids-use-web

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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au: Threat to AFL millions in online copyright dispute
Telstra is threatening to tear up its new $153 million broadcast rights deal with the AFL after a copyright dispute erupted over rival Optus providing football telecasts to its internet and mobile phone customers.
http://www.theage.com.au/business/threat-to-afl-millions-20110914-1k9qm.html

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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us: Most will access Internet via mobile devices by 2015, IDC says
More people in the U.S. will access the Internet via mobile devices than through desktop computers or other wired devices by 2015, IDC predicted on Monday.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9219932/Most_will_access_Internet_via_mobile_devices_by_2015_IDC_says

IDC: Mobile Internet users to outnumber wireline users by 2015
Mobile Web use is on the rise, set to reach a tipping point in 2015. (Frank Franklin II - AP) Mobile Internet use is growing quickly, and new research from IDC indicates that it?s on course to reach a big tipping point by 2015. The analysis firm projects that mobile Internet users will outnumber wireline users in the United States by 2015.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-tech/post/idc-mobile-internet-users-to-outnumber-wireline-users-by-2015/2011/09/12/gIQAkZP7MK_blog.html

IDC: More Mobile Internet Users Than Wireline Users in the U.S. by 2015 [news release]
By 2015, more U.S. Internet users will access the Internet through mobile devices than through PCs or other wireline devices. As smartphones begin to outsell simpler feature phones, and as media tablet sales explode, the number of mobile Internet users will grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.6% between 2010 and 2015. The newest release of the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide New Media Market Model (NMMM) forecasts that the impact of smartphone and, especially, media tablet adoption will be so great that the number of users accessing the Internet through PCs will first stagnate and then slowly decline. Western Europe and Japan will not be far behind the U.S. in following this trend.
http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS23028711

Intel and Google in Android chip-making partnership
Chipmaker Intel has set up a development partnership with internet giant Google to improve its mobile phone and tablet processors that run on the Android system.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14877146

Intel and Google unveil Android mobile partnership
Intel Corp and Google Inc launched a development partnership on Tuesday, the latest effort by the world's dominant maker of PC microprocessors to break into the booming smartphone market.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/09/13/oukin-uk-intel-google-idUKTRE78C5FE20110913
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/09/13/idINIndia-59319320110913

Google purchases Big Blue patents to defend Android
The intellectual property landscape in the mobile industry has posed some challenges for Google's Android platform, pushing the company to seek patents to help defend Android against litigation from other major players. In addition to Google's landmark $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola, it turns out that the search giant has quietly been seeking out other sources of IP.
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/09/google-purchases-big-blue-patents-to-defend-android.ars

Google Acquires Over 1,000 IBM Patents [IDG]
Google has acquired over 1,000 patents from IBM, as part of its strategy to strengthen its patent portfolio to counter litigation, according to records of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/240090/google_acquires_over_1000_ibm_patents.html

BlackBerry Finds Fertile Ground in Asia
Booming demand for BlackBerrys here and elsewhere in the developing world is lifting hopes that the smartphone's embattled manufacturer might still have the means to grow even as its market share plummets in the U.S. and other wealthy countries.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904103404576557703316562230.html

Owning the stack: The legal war to control the smartphone platform
In the last few weeks, the smartphone industry appeared to produce more lawsuits than phones. Apple briefly managed to stop the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in all of Europe, and is now going after the whole Galaxy line. Back Stateside, Google first complained that Microsoft and Apple were using "bogus patents" to target Android, then spent $12 billion for Motorola and its patent arsenal. These are big, high-stakes fights?and the last company left standing may walk away with control over nothing less than the smartphone market itself.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/09/owning-the-stack-the-legal-war-for-control-of-the-smartphone-platform.ars

HTC may be looking to buy its own mobile operating system
HTC expressed interest in purchasing a mobile operating system today, according to Focus Taiwan. Cher Wang, chairwoman at HTC, told reporters "we [HTC] can use any OS we want," and said the company has held internal discussions about obtaining an OS of its own.
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/09/htc-interested-in-acquiring-a-mobile-os-that-isnt-android.ars

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SPAM
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nz: More High Court action against alleged spammer [news release]
The Department of Internal Affairs? Anti-Spam Compliance Unit is taking further High Court action against an alleged spammer, seeking financial penalties of $200,000 against the company principal and $500,000 against his company.
http://www.dia.govt.nz/press.nsf/d77da9b523f12931cc256ac5000d19b6/c04d3daa4f9abce8cc25790b001061ff
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/department-seeks-thousands-alleged-spammer-4401988

nz: Alleged spammer faces more court action
The Department of Internal Affairs is taking further High Court action against an alleged online spammer which has already been issued a formal warning for breaching Australia's anti-spam laws.
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/85181/alleged-spammer-faces-more-court-action

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DIGITAL DIVIDE
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Indian state of Tamil Nadu gives laptops to children
Authorities in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are to start handing out the first of an estimated 6.8 million free laptops to schoolchildren. All children in government-funded secondary schools and colleges will be eligible for one.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14925510

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL
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Cyber-crime confusion may be costing economy billions, says thinktank
Widespread confusion over the scale and nature of cyber-criminality is undermining efforts to tackle a menace that may be costing the economy billions of pounds a year, a report has warned.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/sep/14/cyber-crime-confusion-costing-billions

Hacker Rattles Security Circles
He claims to be 21 years old, a student of software engineering in Tehran who reveres Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and despises dissidents in his country.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/12/technology/hacker-rattles-internet-security-circles.html

us: Court Approves Lawsuit Against Toyota Over Cyberstalking Ad Stunt
Amanda Duick sued Toyota in 2009 over its intrusive ?Your Other You? campaign, after she began receiving frightening e-mails over a number of days from a strange man. The man, who had her home address, told her he was on the lam from the law and needed to crash at her place for a bit to hide out with his pit bull, Trigger.
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/09/toyota-punkd/

uk: Internet troll jailed after mocking deaths of teenagers
An internet troll who posted videos and messages mocking the deaths of teenagers, including a girl hit by a train, has been jailed.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/sep/13/internet-troll-jailed-mocking-teenagers

uk: Internet 'troll' jailed for mocking dead teenagers on Facebook
A man was jailed yesterday for posting videos and messages mocking the deaths of teenagers including a girl who threw herself under a train.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8760504/Internet-troll-jailed-for-mocking-dead-teenagers-on-Facebook.html

eBay Classifieds Prompt Investigation By Department Of Justice For Allegedly Copying Craigslist
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether employees of online marketplace operator eBay Inc. wrongfully used confidential information from Craigslist to build its own classifieds site.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/13/ebay-classifieds-department-of-justice-cragislist_n_961217.html

Singapore "Millennial" male typical cybercrime victim
The city-state is one of the most susceptible in the world to Internet dangers, with the typical cybercrime victim a male Singaporean born between 1980 and 1993, according to the Norton Cybercrime Report 2011.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/singapore-millennial-male-typical-cybercrime-victim-62302075.htm

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South Africans under cyber attack
Nearly 2 billion people use the internet and in doing so, expose themselves to a growing number of malware threats. Cyber criminals and cyber terrorists do exist and they are capable of making a substantial living from their illegal activities. While many focus their efforts on individuals, others have their sights set much higher.
http://www.thenewage.co.za/28878-22-53-South_Africans_under_cyber_attack

Social, mobile influence cyber threats
Asian consumers show great "digital appetite" for online content and services and their online usage patterns determine threats popular in different markets, Trend Micro exec says.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/social-mobile-influence-cyber-threats-62302055.htm

New weapon against cybercrime: chips
An internet security company has demonstrated a new weapon against deeply rooted malware that takes control of PCs and turns them into zombies.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/new-weapon-against-cybercrime-chips-20110915-1kafe.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/new-weapon-against-cybercrime-chips-20110915-1kafe.html

UK critical systems cyber warning
The UK government is failing to take a strong lead in protecting critical systems such as power and water from cyber attack, according to a leading think tank. Chatham House said there was a reluctance to share information with institutions that might be targeted.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14917744

Visa, S'pore research agency to boost e-commerce security
Visa and the Singapore government have entered into an agreement to enhance the security of online payments globally by implementing a new system that can better detect fraudulent merchants as well as gather evidence to assist in law enforcement investigations against them.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/visa-spore-research-agency-to-boost-e-commerce-security-62302073.htm

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Google Lets Wi-Fi Owners Opt Out of Registry
Google defused a confrontation with European privacy regulators by announcing on Tuesday that it would give the owners of Wi-Fi routers worldwide the option of removing their devices from a registry Google uses to locate cellphone users.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/technology/14google.html

Don't Want Google Collecting Your Wi-Fi Data? Opt Out is Coming
In the wake of last year's data collection controversy, Google said Tuesday that it will allow users to opt out of having their Wi-Fi location data tracked.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2392893,00.asp

au: Westfield iPhone app in privacy fiasco
Westfield has temporarily pulled Find My Car from its iPhone app after a security analyst showed he could monitor all cars parked in its Bondi Junction shopping centre.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/westfield-iphone-app-in-privacy-fiasco/story-e6frgakx-1226137939073

au: Westfield Bondi caught in 'find my car' privacy flap
Westfield's new mobile app has been caught leaking customers' car number plate data onto the public internet, allowing for "anyone with the knowhow" to monitor when cars entered and exited its Bondi Junction shopping centre car park.
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/cartech/westfield-bondi-caught-in-find-my-car-privacy-flap-20110915-1kask.html
http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/cartech/westfield-bondi-caught-in-find-my-car-privacy-flap-20110915-1kask.html

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Belgians aim to be third neutral-net nation
Belgium could be the second European country after the Netherlands to adopt net neutrality for both fixed and mobile networks. Three political parties have joined forces to launch a proposed law (in Dutch), which they hope will be approved early next year.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/13/belgium_headed_for_net_neutrality/

California Lawmakers Give Amazon Tax Reprieve
California lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a compromise bill Friday night giving Amazon.com a one-year reprieve from having to collect a sales tax from its customers in the state.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/technology/california-votes-to-give-amazon-a-sales-tax-reprieve.html

au: Google rivals start their engines as anti-trust regulators clamp down
Slowly but surely global anti-trust regulators are clamping down on Google. South Korea is the latest to join the trend, with raids on the company's head office in Seoul.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/google-rivals-start-their-engines-as-anti-trust-regulators-clamp-down/story-e6frg9io-1226137263457

au: Internet Industry Association hit by loss of Telstra, Google
Microsoft, Google and Telstra have quietly withdrawn financial support from Australia's leaderless peak internet industry body the Internet Industry Association. All three have confirmed they will not renew their financial memberships with the association.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/internet-industry-association-hit-by-loss-of-big-names/story-e6frgakx-1226135208354

Cyber cooperation added to US-Aust trade [AP]
US and Australian officials have decided to include cooperation on cybersecurity as part of their defence treaty, marking the first time the Obama administration has formally carved out that kind of partnership with a country outside NATO.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/cyber-cooperation-added-to-usaust-trade-20110915-1kaky.html
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-world/cyber-cooperation-added-to-usaust-trade-20110915-1kaky.html
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/cyber-co-operation-added-to-australia-us-defence-treaty/story-e6frgakx-1226137837831

U.S., Australia to add cyber realm to defence treaty
The United States and Australia will take the rare step on Thursday of declaring the cyber realm as part of a mutual defence treaty, meaning that a cyber attack on one could lead to a response by both nations.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/09/15/oukin-uk-usa-cyber-australia-idUKTRE78E06A20110915

au: Govt seeks input on cyber whitepaper
For the next two months, Australians will have the chance to contribute to the government's Cyber White Paper in a bid to determine the issues in cyberspace that confuse and concern the country's citizenry.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/govt-seeks-input-on-cyber-whitepaper-339322419.htm

Is NZ patent bill delay tied to TPPA?
Back in July last year, New Zealand announced that it would not be making any changes to its patent laws and, therefore, software would not be patentable within the country. ... During a round of negotiations, in Vietnam in June, a New Zealand group, NZRise, managed to organise a series of presentations to delegates, with help from InternetNZ, the New Zealand Computer Society, the New Zealand Open Source Society, the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand, and the Computer and Communications Industry Association.
http://www.itwire.com/opinion-and-analysis/open-sauce/49692-is-nz-patent-bill-delay-tied-to-tppa

Provincial members welcome, but multinationals a priority: NZICT CEO-elect
New NZICT Group CEO Candace Kinser sees the organisation reaching out more into the ICT industry in the provinces, but the needs of multinational companies will remain a priority.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/provincial-members-welcome-but-multinationals-a-priority-nzict-ceo-elect

Data protection steams into Singapore port
It's been a long time coming but the end is near--yesterday, the Singapore government announced its public consultation for the country's data protection regime.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/blogs/data-protection-steams-into-singapore-port-62302063.htm

uk: Jeremy Hunt urges web firms to join anti-piracy drive
UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has delivered a hard-hitting speech, calling on net firms, advertisers and credit card companies to cut ties with websites that link to unlawful content. In a speech to the Royal Television Society, he said he wanted to make it harder for such sites to prosper.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14916484

uk: Google faces pressure to block filesharing sites
The government is to put pressure on Google to block illicit filesharing websites from its search results as part of fresh attempts to combat online piracy.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/sep/13/google-block-filesharing-sites

uk: Government set to press Google on copyright filtering
Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt will call on Google to remove sites from its search results that are used for copyright infringement, according to a report.
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/blogs/communication-breakdown-10000030/government-set-to-press-google-on-copyright-filtering-10024332/

uk: Search and ISP companies may be asked to help tackle copyright infringement, says minister
Search engines and internet service providers (ISPs) could be forced to make it harder for users to access copyright infringing content online under new UK communications laws, the Culture Secretary has said.15 Sep 2011
http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2011/september/search-and-isp-companies-may-be-asked-to-help-tackle-copyright-infringement-says-minister/

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How Google Translate works
Using software originally developed in the 1980s by researchers at IBM, Google has created an automatic translation tool that is unlike all others. It is not based on the intellectual presuppositions of early machine translation efforts ? it isn't an algorithm designed only to extract the meaning of an expression from its syntax and vocabulary.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/how-google-translate-works-2353594.html

So Many Gadgets, So Many Aches
Look around, they?re everywhere: hunched shoulders, angled necks and wrists, hands twisted like claws. As people harness their bodies to use more electronic devices in more places, they may unknowingly be putting themselves at a greater risk of injury.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/jobs/11work.html

Tasmania may win via green Google criteria
Google will develop new data centres in locations with a high percentage of renewable energy use, which makes Tasmania the only viable option in Australia should that be the main criteria.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/tassie-may-win-via-green-google/story-e6frgakx-1226135085873

Rovio Claims to Be Fastest-Growing Global Consumer Brand Ever
Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, is saying it has grown faster than YouTube, MySpace, Skype and Amazon in the first two years of operations and is claiming to be the fastest-growing consumer brand in the world.
http://allthingsd.com/20110912/rovio-claims-to-be-fastest-growing-global-consumer-brand-ever/

Google's Rivals Unite on Ads: Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL to Sell Space on Each Other's Sites in Counterattack
In their boldest attempt to battle the growing dominance of Google Inc. and save their embattled advertising businesses, Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and AOL Inc. plan to band together to sell ads on each other's sites, according to advertising executives pitched on the initiative.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903927204576570612759894634.html

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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nz: Telecom split benefits outweigh costs
Splitting Telecom into its retail and network businesses may cost as much as $150 million though the estimated benefits of the plan are more than three times as great, company documents show.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/connect/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501833&objectid=10751487

Telecom split 'a good deal' - analyst [ONE News]
Splitting Telecom into its retail and network businesses may cost as much as $150 million though the estimated benefits of the plan are more than three times as great, company documents show.
http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/telecom-split-good-deal-analyst-4400655

Nigeria Gives Huawei a Place to Prove Itself
Rocky You is determined to see his company's $100 Chinese-made smartphone catch on in Nigeria, so he visits crowded Lagos shopping malls every few days to make his case directly to the sales clerks at cellphone shops and electronics stores.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904279004576524742374778386.html

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uk: Police arrest 17 people in child porn raids
Police have arrested 17 people in a series of raids targeting the possession of indecent images of children.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-arrest-17-people-in-child-porn-raids-2354520.html

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