[DNS] domain name news - March 6

[DNS] domain name news - March 6

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2008 22:28:24 -0700 (PDT)
Don't forget to check out http://auda.org.au/domain-news/ for today's edition of the complete domain news, including an RSS feed - already online!

Headlines from the March 10 edition of the news include:
UK launches first Internet Governance Forum | Who should bear the cost of tomorrow's broadband? | ICANN looks toward end of US agreement | ICANN seeks public comment on domain tasting | ICANN: Global Policy Proposal for Remaining IPv4 Address Space | Problems with .nl Numerical Domain Names Landrush | Cyber Storm II security exercise commences | Cyber Storm II challenges banks, telcos and government | Australia engages allies in cyber warfare | Chinese hackers: No site is safe | Kiwi Cybersquatter has change of heart | God Saves Kiwi Cybersquatter! | Yahoo! wins sponsored links ruling in High Court | Getting Ahead in Domain Name Trading

And see my website - http://technewsreview.com.au/ - for daily updates in between postings.


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Nato says cyber warfare poses as great a threat as a missile attack

Dot.au land rush blocked

Businesses and Consumers Worldwide Add Nearly 33 Million Internet Domain Names in 2007, Increasing Total Registrations to More Than 153 Million [news release]

One Million .jp Domain Names

A Wave of the Watch List, and Speech Disappears

Swiss bank drops lawsuit against Wikileaks

Stevens Joins Snowe and Nelson to Introduce Anti-Phishing Legislation [news release]

Senate antiphishing bill outlaws...what's already illegal

Frank Schilling Talks Cybersquatting & Domain Monetization - What is Legitimate Domaining?

Nato says cyber warfare poses as great a threat as a missile attack
Nato is treating the threat of cyber warfare as seriously as the risk of a missile strike, according to a senior official. A London conference was told that online espionage and internet-based terrorism now represent some of the gravest threats to global security.

Telecommunications a driving force in development
Address by Her Excellency Ambassador Lolita Applewhairte, Deputy Sec. Gen. CARICOM, at Ministerial Strategic Briefing Seminar of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union
There could be no more apt venue to discuss functional cooperation and a connected Caribbean than Bermuda, an Associate Member of CARICOM. I extend to the Government and people of Bermuda my sincere appreciation for the warm welcome we have received, which belies the blustery and cool weather outside!
... There will, of course, always be new and emerging issues in ICT which we as a region will need to deal with under the heading of functional cooperation. One which immediately comes to mind is the area of Internet Governance. Some of the areas related to Internet Governance fall squarely within the ambit of the CTU and I am pleased to know that the CTU has started to advance work in those areas. I also take note and applaud the CTU initiative entitled: ?The Connected Caribbean Initiative? which seeks, as I understand it, to:


Asking for your help in shaping ICANN?s travel support for constituencies by Doug Brent
During the New Delhi meeting, I made a presentation on ICANN?s goal of creating a documented, consistent policy that makes it clear when, for whom, and how ICANN will provide travel support for volunteers who make ICANN?s community-based work possible.

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.Aero, Domains with 2 Letters
With the new coming .aero domain, it will be possible to grab a two letter long domain.

Dot.au land rush blocked
Australia's internet domain authority, auDA, has confirmed it will lift the ban on advertising and selling Australia's dot.au domain names - as reported in Next last week - but has added fine print that will prevent a "land rush". auDA will ban registering names only for the purpose of selling them later, and will require that a domain has been held for at least six months before its sale.

New market for domain names opens up
>From mid-2008, selling and transferring Australian domain names will become easier. .au Domain Administration (auDA), the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .au domain space, has finalised its new policy promoting more straightforward trade in the domain name marketplace.

Businesses and Consumers Worldwide Add Nearly 33 Million Internet Domain Names in 2007, Increasing Total Registrations to More Than 153 Million [news release]
The Internet grew by nearly 33 million domain names in 2007, according to the fourth quarter 2007 Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign, Inc. The close of the fourth quarter saw a total base of more than 153 million domain name registrations worldwide across all of the Top Level Domain Names (TLDs). This represents a 27 percent increase over the same quarter last year, and 5 percent growth over the third quarter of 2007.

One Million .jp Domain Names
.jp is the latest ccTLD to pass the magical one million mark, achieving the milestone last month. As of March 1 there were 1,003,285 domain names registered. In the first three months of 2008 there was an increase of 14,399 registrations and 104,484 in the previous twelve months.

No. of domain names ending with ?.jp? tops 1 million
The number of registered Internet domain names that end with Japan?s country code of ?.jp? has exceeded 1 million for the first time, totaling 1,003,285 as of March 1, Japan Registry Services Co said Tuesday.

Number of ".jp" Domain Names Tops One M. Mark [Jiji Press]
The total number of registered ".jp" domain names, or Internet addresses given to identify specific Web pages in Japan, has exceeded the one million mark, Japan Registry Services Co. said Tuesday.

SIDN?s Dutch Numerical Domain Landrush succums to its Success
Dutch Registrar SIDN?s numerical .nl domain name landrush succumbed to its own success on Thursday when their mail server just couldn?t manage the sudden explosion of landrush applications. As reported earlier, at 12.00pm on Thursday, the numeric .nl domain landrush was given the green light by Dutch Domain Registry SIDN. Everyone who wanted a numerical domain was allowed, by means of a registrar, to request their domain via e-mail.

RS opens on March 10 - Next Monday, .RS will officially replace .YU as Serbia?s active Internet domain.
Serbia?s .RS will be open to anyone: companies and individuals, Serbian residents and foreigners. The only eligibility requirement is that the domain?s administrative contact must be a citizen of Serbia if it?s an individual or a legal person registered in Serbia.

rs: Serbian domain name registration starts 10 March [sub req'd]

New Method IDs Phishing, Malicious Domains
At a closed-door security summit hosted on Yahoo?s Sunnyvale campus last week, a researcher demonstrated a new technique to more easily identify phishing and other malicious Websites.

A Wave of the Watch List, and Speech Disappears
Steve Marshall is an English travel agent. He lives in Spain, and he sells trips to Europeans who want to go to sunny places, including Cuba. In October, about 80 of his Web sites stopped working, thanks to the United States government. ... It turned out, though, that Mr. Marshall?s Web sites had been put on a Treasury Department blacklist and, as a consequence, his American domain name registrar, eNom Inc., had disabled them. Mr. Marshall said eNom told him it did so after a call from the Treasury Department; the company, based in Bellevue, Wash., says it learned that the sites were on the blacklist through a blog.

Don?t Register Your Domain in the U.S. if it?s Controversial by Edward Falk
In the news lately have been a number of incidents where U.S. courts, or the U.S. government itself has ordered domain registrars to shut down free speech.

US.gov disappears European-owned Cuba websites
... The American government's obsession with all things Castro has led to some of the most restrictive trade sanctions in the world, and the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), which is the arm of the Treasury Department that enforces asset forfeiture decrees against international drug king pins, terrorists and assorted political undesirables, has, since 1963, robustly asserted its authority to seize the assets of Americans or American companies that in any way, shape or form provide hard currency to the Castro regime.

Swiss bank drops lawsuit against Wikileaks
A Swiss bank dropped its lawsuit today against the whistle-blowers' Web site Wikileaks after stirring up a free-speech furor over a judge's order, now rescinded, to shut the site down for allowing the posting of private bank documents. Julius Baer & Co. filed a brief notice of dismissal in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, saying it reserved the right to pursue its case at a later date in the same court or elsewhere. The bank's lawyers had said after a hearing Friday that they were willing to refile the suit in a state court, but the bank gave no indication today that it had any such plans.

Bank Asks Judge to Dismiss Its Suit Against Wikileaks Site
A Swiss bank on Wednesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that it had filed against a Web site that it claimed had displayed stolen documents revealing confidential information about the accounts of the bank?s clients.

Swiss bank in Wikileaks case abruptly abandons lawsuit
A Swiss bank that successfully sued to yank the Wikileaks.org domain name, and then faced a severe setback in a subsequent court ruling, has given up for now.

Swiss Bank Drops Wikileaks Lawsuit [AP]
A Swiss bank quietly dropped its lawsuit against renegade Web site Wikileaks.org on Wednesday, days after a judge reversed his order to disable the site for posting confidential bank documents.

il: IFPI Pressure Forces ISPs to Block Another File-Sharing Site
Following pressure from the IFPI, a court has ruled that ISPs should be forced to block access to a file-sharing link site. The Haifa District Court in Israel has ordered that the country?s three largest ISPs should block access to HttpShare.com, a BitTorrent and http hyperlink-only website.

More Cybersquatted Domain Names for Your Buck With One UDRP Complaint
Rule 3(c) of the Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy states, ?The complaint may relate to more than one domain name, provided that the domain names are registered by the same domain-name holder.? This means that if a trademark owner?s business is being harmed by multiple unrelated cybersquatters, she must file one complaint against each registrant. What if you have a popular trademark and/or domain name (which usually coincides with a popular product or service) that you believe is being cybersquatted by numerous domain name registrants? Based upon the number of UDRP Complaints that name only one domain, most Complainants, and even their attorneys, believe you have to file one Complaint against each domain name registrant.

'WOMADelaide' porn site signs off
A pornographic website which exploited the name of the WOMADelaide festival has been removed thanks to the work of a South Australian legal team. People who didn't put the .au at the end of www.womadelaide.com had been directed to a website selling pornographic DVDs.

Register.com Files Case to Get Register.cc
Register.com, domain registrar, has filed a UDRP against another registrar, DomainIT for its use of Register.cc.

Register.com Goes After Register.cc
Domain registrar Register.com has filed a UDRP against another ICANN-accredited domain registrar, DomainIt, for its use of Register.cc. DomainIt, which manages 22,354 domains according to RegistrarStats, currently forwards register.cc to its main web site.

uk: Vigilance is the name of the game
Patent attorneys Marks & Clerk have warned businesses to be wary of offers toregister website domain names quickly. The Glasgow-based firm says it is receiving an increasing number of enquiries from companies being approached by "domain name registrars"

'Squatters' prey on typos in web addresses
Misspelling a web address can lead students far from the site they intended to visit and put them at risk for viruses and security concerns. Sarah LaChat, coordinator of technology documentation and support services, said companies and individuals might register a misspelled version of a more popular domain name in an attempt to get "accidental hits" or visits to their Web sites. The process is called "typosquatting," she said.

Stevens Joins Snowe and Nelson to Introduce Anti-Phishing Legislation [news release]
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Vice Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) today joined Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to introduce legislation to address ?phishing,? the practice of using fraudulent e-mail addresses or fake websites to lure recipients into providing personal or financial information.

Senate antiphishing bill outlaws...what's already illegal
... At least seven states have enacted antiphishing legislation, and companies including Microsoft and Amazon.com have used those laws to target Internet scammers. Plus, fraud has been prohibited for hundreds of years at common law. In short, there's no obvious lack of laws prohibiting fraud in the form of phishing attacks. But that's not stopping Congress, which, in the spirit of creating a department of redundancy department, is considering new antiphishing legislation that appears to serve no useful purpose.

The Anti-Phishing Consumer Protection Act of 2008 by John Levine
Last week Sen. Snowe filed bill S.2661, the Anti-Phishing Consumer Protection Act of 2008, or APCPA. While its goals are laudable, I have my doubts about some of the details. The first substantive section of the bill, Section 3, makes various phishy activities more illegal than they are now in its first two subsections. It makes it specifically illegal to solicit identifying information from a computer under false pretenses, and to use a domain name that is deceptively similar to someone else?s brand or name on the web in e-mail or IM to mislead people. So far so good, although I would think that all that would be illegal anyway under general anti-fraud laws.

Petition against Anti-Phishing Consumer Protection Act
In response to the Snowe Bill, the Anti-Phishing Consumer Protection Act of 2008, that aims to legislate against ?phishing,? a petition has been established for those opposed to it.

Proposed Senate bill takes on phishing, irks Internet trade group
An antiphishing bill that was introduced in the U.S. Senate last week could end up being used by large holders of trademarks to unfairly wrest legitimate domain names away from small businesses and individuals, according to a trade group that represents domain name investors and so-called direct search companies.

CIPFO concludes the Workshop on Combating Domain Name Infringement in New Dehli, India
A workshop on ?Combating Domain Name Infringement? was successfully concluded on 22nd February, 2008 here in New Delhi. The Workshop was organized by Cyberspace and Intellectual Property Foundation (CIPFO) in association with iprfirm.com, Amarjit & Associates and cybersmart.in.

Demand Media Plucks Pluck
Domain name company Demand Media, which owns registrar eNom, has purchased Pluck for an undisclosed price. A source to Reuters put the price tag at $50 million to $60 million.

Boldface in Cyberspace: It?s a Woman?s Domain
... ?I went through a period where I really thought ?After all we have done in our lives and accomplished ? to call ourselves broads?? ? said Ms. Wells, the founder of the advertising and marketing agency Wells Rich Greene. Somewhere Ms. Evans has a long list of thumbs-down domain names (i.e., HerTube.com). ?I remember how innocent we were,? she said. The name they settled on is a play on ?Women on the Web.? ?We actually bought out a porn site to get this name,? Ms. Evans said. (Technically, they didn?t buy a porn business, just womenontheweb.com.) Now, ?when anyone looks for that porn site, they?re directed to us,? said Ms. Evans, who became chief executive of the site after retiring last year as a senior vice president at the William Morris Agency?s literary department.

UK Domain Investors - Tell Your Story! Call for UK Participants
As the UK domain market continues to gain momentum, Sedo?s UK public relations consultancy is looking for individuals who would be willing to feature as case studies for the UK press.

Frank Schilling Talks Cybersquatting & Domain Monetization - What is Legitimate Domaining? 
TRAVERSE Legal are proud to sponsor this vTalkradio interview with Frank Schilling. Frank Schilling is one of the largest private generic domain name holders in the world. In this interview, Frank Schilling provides invaluable information about domaining, cybersquatting and generic domain registration. Interview highlights include great instructional information about how to avoid cybersquatting problems, the tension between trademark holders and domainers, abuses by the trademark community and the next wave of domain monetization.

Jay Westerdal Hooks Domainers Up
Peter Askew in The Domainer's Gazette writes Jay Westerdal, of Domain Tools, hooks domainers up. How? He provides several filtering tools, for free, online to sift through the desert like abundance of expiring domains. One that Peter uses on a consistent basis, is the Advanced Auction section of Domain Tools.

New Interview - Matt Bentley of Sedo 
DNForum.com has posted a video of a new interview with Matt Bentley of Sedo. ?Matt takes on such issues as why Sedo does not pay for that second click, and comments briefly on the issues that brought down the .mobi auctions.?

5 Ways Domain Names Are Better Than Real Estate
The comparisons between domain names and real estate are countless. But here are five ways that domain names make for a better investment than traditional real estate.

Ask.com Advertising Feed In Limbo
A number of domain parking companies were delivered a blow as of the first of this month when Ask.com discontinued syndicating its Google advertising feed. These parking companies were left with two options: take Ask.com?s own advertising feed (which has low click prices) or switch to another ad provider.

Several Great tools for every domain investor
Here is a list of several great tools that you should be using if you purchase domain names.

Sedo Closes Second GreatDomains Auction of 2008 with Six-Figure Bid
Sedo, the leading online marketplace where users buy and sell domain names and websites, today announced that the company closed its second GreatDomains auction of the year with a six-figure bid for Eggs.com valued at $112,500. In addition, bids that surpassed $25,000 were placed on appartment.com, handhelds.com and bobbleheads.com. The auction began on Thursday, February 21 and ended on Thursday, February 28.

Shoppers.com in Dispute? Also GoogleAdwords.com and Ace.us
Shoppers.com expired last month and was picked up by Pool. Auction winner Xedoc Holding SA forked over $166,000 for the domain, but is that now at risk?

Eel.com, Flowers.mobi, Warning.com Now Listed on Fusu [news release]
For the first time in the history of the domain name industry, fractional ownership of premium names is now open to everyone. Previously, an investor had to pay full price for a premium name or be lucky enough to be invited into closed investment circles.
Travel and Internet leaders launch City.mobi [news release]
The World Group, web design firm Fortune Cookie and dotMobi, the company behind the .mobi domain for mobile web content, today announced the launch of a special joint venture: World Mobi Ltd. This new venture brings together the travel industry expertise of the World Group, WEB Design from Fortune Cookie and the mobile domain names from dotMobi to create more than 600 city-based mobile sites for tourists around the world.

Internet TV slow to catch on in the UK despite BBC iPlayer
Consumers still seem unwilling to embrace the idea of watching TV on the internet, despite the launch of the BBC iPlayer and services on several other networks, research suggests. Less than one Briton in five streamed or downloaded traditional TV programmes from the web using legal services offered by networks or internet services providers such as Tiscali, according to a survey of the nation's digital entertainment habits.

Something just clicked
Long-standing assumptions about the bitter rivalry between TV and the internet are being swept aside as Britain's terrestrial broadcasters venture more online TV on demand, streaming content and near-live simulcasting via the web. Ever since broadband speeds made it feasible to share large files over the net, users have been able to obtain hours of illegally-distributed broadcast content from the web. Accessing content online these days is easier than ever.

Cutting TV time makes children healthier, says US study
Stopping children from watching TV really does make them healthier and less fat, according to one of the few studies to observe the effects of intervening directly in their watching habits.

Europe hits one million FTTH broadband connections
The number of countries with fibre to the home (FTTH) connections is continuing to expand, according to an updated global ranking issued by the Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Councils of Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America. Last week, an Informa report said there were already one million FTTH broadband connections in Europe.

Number of U.S. Computers Accessing the Internet Via Mobile Broadband Soars 154 Percent in 2007 [news release]
comScore released the results of a study of U.S. Internet usage via mobile broadband. The study examined the usage and characteristics of mobile broadband users through data collected from computers where Internet access via mobile broadband ISPs occurred. ... The number of computers using mobile broadband technology to access the Internet grew by 154 percent in Q4 2007 versus the same period in 2006.

Microsoft takes on Google with web-based Office
Microsoft has launched its most audacious attempt yet to seize the initiative back from Google in the race to harness the internet as the computing platform of the future.

Thai monks told to behave on networking Web sites [Reuters]
Thai officials urged Buddhist monks on Tuesday to avoid using social networking Web sites to woo women after an advocacy group found some monks were doing just that.

YouTube most popular UK networking site
YouTube is now the most popular social networking website in the UK, overtaking the user-edited encyclopedia Wikipedia with 10.4 million unique users during January.

NZ broadband still not up to speed
InternetNZ today welcomed news that the number of broadband subscribers has overtaken their dial-up counterparts, but said broadband connections were still too slow.

Broadband users overtake dial-up in NZ
New Zealand's broadband, or high-speed internet, users have overtaken dial-up users for the first time. Statistics New Zealand said today broadband subscribers rose 14.4 per cent to 829,300 in the six months to September 2007. Subscribers with dial-up connections fell 8.6 per cent from March to 675,800 by September.

Broadband connection overtakes dial-up in NZ [news release]
The number of broadband subscribers in the six months to September 2007 overtook the number of dial-up subscribers for the first time ever, Statistics New Zealand said today. Broadband subscribers continued to increase ? up 14.4 percent in the six months to September 2007, to reach 829,300. However, this growth rate has slowed from an increase of 28.6 percent in September 2006 and 18.5 percent in March 2007. Subscribers with dial-up connection fell 8.6 percent from March 2007, down to 675,800.

R.I.P. dial-up - NZ internet users expect more [news release]
InternetNZ (the Internet Society of New Zealand Inc) welcomes the ISP Survey released today by Statistics New Zealand, as a turning point in New Zealand?s Internet history.

Aussie broadband value: stagnant or stingy?
Australian Internet users feel broadband value has not improved over the past twelve months, according to Whirlpool's 2007 Australian Broadband Survey, released this week. Among the survey's key findings, 50% of those surveyed felt broadband value remained stagnant over the past 12 months, while 30% felt value for money had taken a turn for the worse - up from 9.5% and 19.4% in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

au: Whirlpool 2007 survey results available
Australian Broadband Survey 2007 The results of Whirlpool's 2007 Australian Broadband Survey are now available.

Firefox's market share up fourth consecutive month
Mozilla's Firefox owned more than 17% of the browser market in February, the fourth consecutive month that the open-source browser has boosted is share, says a web measurement company.

Microsoft to make IE8 standards compliant by default
In an about-face it credited to a renewed companywide emphasis on interoperability, Microsoft Corp. said Monday it will make its upcoming Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) browser default to a new, standards-compliant method of displaying Web pages, rather than the existing, more Microsoft-centric one.

US seeks terrorists in web worlds
The US government has begun a project to develop ways to spot terrorists who are using virtual worlds. Codenamed Reynard it aims to recognise "normal" behaviour in online worlds and home in on anomalous activity.

Social Networking Moves to the Cellphone
Social networks may be nothing new to habitu?s of the Internet. Several years of competition among Facebook, MySpace and Friendster have generated tens of millions of members. But now the market is teeming with companies that want to bring the same phenomenon to the cellphone. There are so many ?mobile social networking? upstarts, in fact, that when New Media Age magazine in Britain tried to identify the ?ones to watch,? it ended up naming 10 companies.

Survey: Generation Facebook's skills wasted at work
The tech savvy of "Generation Facebook" is going down the drain at work, new research has found. People who have left school in the past three years have strong confidence in their IT skills, but the organizations they work for are not always making the most of this skill set, according to database software company FileMaker, which commissioned the research.

Facebook Goes Multilingual [Reuters]
The social networking site allows members to translate the site into German, joining Spanish as a language option. ... More than 2,000 German-speaking Facebook members volunteered to translate the site from English to German in under two weeks, the company said in a statement.

Should Europeans pay to receive phone calls? EU report calls for an end to termination fees
A new report commissioned by the EU recommends the abolition of termination fees, the proportion of call costs which is paid to the receiving network, on the grounds that the internet survives without them and the internet is going to be everything, anyway.

Apple gears up for June launch of 3G iPhone
Apple may be planning to release a 3G version of its hugely popular iPhone as early as the middle of the year, according to reports.

EU's high-speed research network goes global
Europe's high-speed research network, G?ant, is to be linked up with similar networks worldwide, the European Union announced on Friday.

Microsoft targets the mobile web
Microsoft has launched a bid to capture a segment of the growing market for rich web content on mobile phones. The software firm has signed a deal with handset manufacturer Nokia to bring its Silverlight platform to millions of mobile phones.

Making plans for the web's future - Microsoft's Silverlight
Microsoft's Silverlight software is starting to get some attention and here the BBC News website explains why the technology is important. When Microsoft unveiled Silverlight at the NAB Show in April 2006, industry commentators instantly dubbed it a "Flash killer" and said it spelled serious competition for Adobe's widely used animating tool.

Nokia smartphones to turn on Microsoft's Silverlight
Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it will deliver a version of its Silverlight media player for Nokia Corp.'s market-leading S60 platform for smartphones by the end of this year.

Microsoft, Nokia Put Silverlight On Mobile Devices
Microsoft's bringing Silverlight to cell phones, partnering with Nokia to bring the rich Internet app browser plug-in to devices that use Nokia's popular S60 software platform.

Greenpeace: What is a green electronics product? [news release]
The Sony Vaio TZ11 laptop, Sony Ericsson T650i mobile phone and Sony Ericsson P1i PDA have come out on top in our first survey of greener electronics products. Some products were more advanced than others, but there's definitely room for improvement as none of them scored over 5/10. Greenpeace conducted a survey of the main brands of desktop PCs and notebooks, mobile phones, and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), assessing them on their use of hazardous chemicals, energy efficiency, overall product lifecycle (recyclability and upgradeability) and other factors such as the promotion of environmental friendliness and innovation.

Greenpeace unimpressed at 'green' CeBIT [AFP]
CeBIT, the world's biggest technology fair, talks green but the industry has some way to go to improve its environmental credentials, Greenpeace said. "Manufacturers still have a long way to go," Greenpeace campaigner Yannick Vicaire said at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany.

More suppliers announce enhanced mobility at CeBIT
Katrin Ohlmer of Berlin's Ohlmer Marketing & Kommunikation has sent in another report from CeBIT, currently underway in Hannover in Germany and given some great updates on what companies such Navigon, Yahoo, RIM and others are planning in 2008, and again, many of these applications are about enhancing mobility.

Mobile the highlight at CeBIT
Katrin Ohlmer of Berlin's Ohlmer Marketing & Kommunikation is currently attending CeBIT, currently underway in Hannover in Germany, and has given a wrap on what is happening at CeBIT there, and what caught her eye. Katrin's highlights for the last day available here.

Intel presents its mobile future at CeBIT
Katrin Ohlmer of Berlin's Ohlmer Marketing & Kommunikation has one last dispatch from CeBIT, this time outlining a presentation from Intel, and again, mobility is the key here. Intel said the penetration rate of laptops even in established markets is still lower than 50 per cent. The main reason for this is the short battery life according to a study by Intel and Loudhouse in December 2007.

Germany?s Hesitance Slows Technology Cooperation With France
At the opening this week of Cebit, the European technology fair, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France surprised his hosts by suggesting that France and Germany work together to develop a supercomputer.

Bamboo laptop is star of CeBIT
It's not often that computers are sold on their "spiritual warmth" and "refreshing fragrance" but the star of the world's biggest IT fair was something different. Instead of shiny plastic it was encased in laminated bamboo strips. The result, said its Taiwanese makers, Asus, was "both aesthetically pleasing and good for the environment".

How Apple Will Sell 10 Million iPhones
Investors are agonizing over Apple's stock price. Analysts are worried about iPod sales. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has even fretted about the MacBook Air's lack of an optical drive. But don't worry. Despite some recent doubts, Apple should meet its goal of selling 10 million phones in 2008.

Court Nixes Free Speech Claim, Upholds First-Ever Spam Felony Conviction
The Virginia Supreme Court's ruling that the state's antispamming law did not violate spammer Jeremy Jaynes' free speech rights is a good thing, said John Palfrey, executive director of Harvard Law's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. "I'm a strong believer in the First Amendment, but there is a point where the First Amendment doesn't protect criminal activity."

Virginia Supreme Court Says Spam is not Protected Free Speech
Upholding the conviction of one of the world?s most notorious spammers, a tight 4-3 ruling in Virginia?s Supreme Court determined that spam is not a form of protected free speech.

Company settles smut-spam charges [IDG]
An adult Web site whose affiliates sent pornography-related spam to unsuspecting recipients will pay US$413,000 to settle a complaint from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

First Spam Felony Conviction Upheld
Spammers beware: despite some doubt that the first spammer to ever be convicted under the 2003 CAN-SPAM Act would actually go to jail for his deeds, the former junk mailer will indeed spend time behind bars for his crime. On Friday, the Virginia Supreme Court upheld the decision of a lower court [PDF] to sentence Jeremy Jaynes to nine years in prison.

Virginia Supreme Court Rejects First Amendment Challenge to Spam Statute by Venkat Balasubramani
Thanks to Prof. Goldman I see that the Virginia Supreme Court issued its opinion in Jaynes, the state-law criminal spam case that has wound its way through the courts there. It affirms the conviction and rejects the various challenges to Virginia's spam statute... As a side note I should say that it's not often one is actually excited to read an order in a case you're not involved with. This is definitely one of those instances where the excitement is palpable... The news reports billed the case as the first felony conviction for sending spam.

The botnets behind our spam
A handful of botnets are responsible for 85 per cent of spam, according to web security experts. Marshal's TRACE team, which monitors spam, phishing and virus activity around the world, has identified the six botnets that it says are sending the bulk of spam.

Attacking the great digital divide in Australia's outback
It is transforming the world. But is it leaving indigenous Australia behind? Cynthia Karena travelled to the Northern Territory to investigate the digital divide in our Australia's backyard.

Indian rural-urban digital divide widens
The gap between rural and urban India is widening as far as teledensity is concerned. When telecom boom started rural India had a teledensity of just four per cent compared to urban India's 20 per cent.

uk: YouTube criticised for gang rape video
YouTube is facing criticism for making it too easy for people to upload violent or sexually explicit content to the internet after a 25-year-old mother was filmed while being raped. A three-minute film showing the mother sexually assaulted by three boys after her drink had been spiked was uploaded soon after the incident, which took place in November.

Clip of mother being gang-raped posted on YouTube
Footage of a mother repeatedly raped in front of her screaming children posted on YouTube has sparked calls for the video sharing website to be moderated.

French court tells Web site not to mark teachers [Reuters]
A French court ruled on Monday that a popular Web site can no longer let pupils name and shame their own teachers.

Spurned British internet-dater faces jail for spreading nude pics
A internet-dater who sent naked photos of his online girlfriend to everyone in her e-mail address book in a fit of jealous rage was today facing a possible jail sentence.

it: Man jailed for posting porn pics of ex-girlfriend [Reuters]
An Italian man was jailed for more than two years for putting pornographic pictures of his ex-girlfriend on the internet and sending them out in more than 15,000 emails.

Cybercriminals to target Beijing Olympics?
It appears that the Beijing 2008 Olympics will draw more than just the best sporting talents worldwide, according to security vendor Websense.

Scrabble Makers Say Scrabulous Doesn't Play by the Rules
Mattel and Hasbro threatened to legally act against two brothers in Calcutta, India, who created a popular online version of Scrabble, it was reported. Hasbro sells Scrabble in North America and Mattel markets it in other parts of the world. The companies said the online game Scrabulous was piracy and threatened to take legal action against software development company operators Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, according to a Sunday report. The companies reportedly said they hoped the solution would not include shutting down the game.

Use of radio ID tags faces limits
Thousands of garments in the sprawling men's department at the Galeria Kaufhof are equipped with tiny wireless chips that can forestall fashion disaster by relaying information from the garment to a dressing-room screen.

Why are there no spam or trolls on Twitter?
Because it's rather like an RSS feed ? you choose to read it - and nobody so far has worked out how to spam a feed.

Nine Inch Nails Gives Music Away On Web
Music from the band's latest album, "Ghosts I-IV," is available through their Web site in packages ranging from free to $300. Trent Reznor, leader of the rock band Nine Inch Nails, is the latest major artist to bypass major record labels and distribute his music over the Web.

Nine Inch Nails puts CD online for free, for mash-ups
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has been looking for alternatives to the traditional album-release model for years now. Last October, when the band worked out of its obligations to the record business, Reznor declared on the NIN Web site, "I have been under recording contracts for 18 years and have watched the business radically mutate from one thing to something inherently very different and it gives me great pleasure to be able to finally have a direct relationship with the audience as I see fit and appropriate."

Warner drops DRM locks across Europe
Warner Music has signed a deal with media site 7digital.com to offer its music without copy protection. Customers in the UK, Ireland, Spain, France and Germany will be able to download albums by artists such as Madonna and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

7digital secures Warner Music deal
UK-based digital music store 7digital has secured the first deal to exclusively sell Warner Music's full catalogue in the rights-free format across Europe.

il: IFPI Pressure Forces ISPs to Block Another File-Sharing Site
Following pressure from the IFPI, a court has ruled that ISPs should be forced to block access to a file-sharing link site. The Haifa District Court in Israel has ordered that the country?s three largest ISPs should block access to HttpShare.com, a BitTorrent and http hyperlink-only website.

Iran May Block Internet on Election Day
Iran?s government might block private access to the Internet on its election day, March 14, two Iranian news outlets reported Monday. But the two accounts appeared to differ on the rationale.

Why we should keep an eye on those who are watching us by Peter Tatchell
Like millions of other viewers, I was gripped last night by the latest plot twists in BBC1's thriller series The Last Enemy, which depicts the dystopian future of a complete surveillance society, where everyone is data-based, ID-carded and CCTV-monitored 24/7. It is Big Brother writ-large, with all-pervasive remote sensors, facial recognition software, iris scans, vehicle tracking and eavesdropping.

Cyber-Rebels in Cuba Defy State?s Limits
A growing underground network of young people armed with computer memory sticks, digital cameras and clandestine Internet hookups has been mounting some challenges to the Cuban government in recent months, spreading news that the official state media try to suppress.

Seeking Tighter Censorship, Repressive States Target Web 2.0 Apps
It's not the governments who censor keywords that worries Ethan Zuckerman, whose job it is to help dissidents around the world. He fears that governments will simply decide to go after the Web 2.0 tools that activists are using to publish.

An op-ed by Professors John Palfrey and Jonathan Zittrain: Choices for Turkey in the digital age
The core boon and bane of the combined Internet and personal computer is its "generativity." Generativity means the ability for people all over the world -- people without particular credentials or wealth or connections -- to use and then share the power of technology for a variety of ends. Many of these uses have been unanticipated or, if anticipated, would never have been thought to be valuable at first. When the Internet was first created, no one would have imagined that the world's largest encyclopedia could be written entirely by amateurs, and yet we have Wikipedia. ... In Turkey, the Internet has been largely free from government controls. Free expression and innovation have found homes online, in ways that benefit culture and the economy. But there are signs that this freedom may be nearing its end, just as the benefits to be reaped are growing. When the state chooses to ban entire services for the many because of the acts of the few, the threat
 to innovation and creativity is high. Those states that have erected extensive censorship and surveillance regimes online have found them hard to implement with any degree of accuracy and fairness.

Task Force Faces Complex Issues in Protecting Children Online: CDT Appreciates Opportunity to Participate, Remains Skeptical [news release]
The Center for Democracy & Technology today announced its participation in the newly formed Internet Safety Technical Task Force, created to examine technologies that might be used to protect children from inappropriate material or contacts on the Internet.

Council of Europe declaration on protecting the dignity, security and privacy of children on the internet
The traceability of children?s activities on the internet may expose them to criminal activities (for example the solicitation or ?grooming? of children for sexual purposes, discrimination, bullying, stalking and other forms of harassment).

Guardian Tech Weekly podcast: Safer surfing, better search
Surfing safely is becoming a greater concern, so we hear from one group about their vision. And with Google so powerful, can you build a better search?

Australian govt sticks to guns on internet porn filters
Porn on the net is a massive industry, with a very high request rate across all search engines. But while it may be legal for adults, children are accessing porn on the net and in large measures, and very little is being done to stop it.

E-security lessons for Aussie kids
Students will be taught to identify and protect themselves against online threats under a new federal Government program to embed a "culture of security" in the next generation of internet users.

au: R rating for games dismissed as 'porn'
The head of Australia's videogames industry body says there is a way to solve the R18+ videogame rating issue but the South Australian attorney-general has dismissed it as "pornography".

us: Deal Close on Wiretap Law, a Top Democrat Tells CNN
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee hinted Sunday that a battle over an expired eavesdropping law might be moving toward a conclusion that gave phone companies the retroactive legal protections long sought by President Bush.

Microsoft to aim for coup if Yahoo! fails to enter talks on takeover
Microsoft is to attempt a boardroom coup at Yahoo! within a week in an effort to force the online search engine to start serious talks or accept its $41 billion (?20.6 billion) hostile bid, The Times has learnt.

nz: Telecom's separation knock-back
With Telecom's plan for handling operational separation getting the thumbs down from the Government on Friday it is up in the air as to whether everything will be drafted, lawyered and approved by the March 31 "separation day" everyone initially had in mind.

UK children rescued from worldwide sex abuse ring
Detectives in three continents believe they have broken one of the most sophisticated paedophile rings ever. Eight British children between six and 14 years old have been rescued and arrests made in the UK, Australia and the US. The ring used advanced techniques to avoid detection and one member boasted of belonging to the "greatest group of paedos ever to gather in one place".

International Child Porn Ring Uncovered [AP]
After James Freeman was vetted and approved for membership in what police describe as a highly sophisticated child porn network, he expressed his appreciation by posting two folders online: one labeled :mild," the other "wild."

14 Americans arrested in child porn sting
Fourteen Americans are in custody as part of a global crackdown on a well-organized child porn ring that used sophisticated encryption technology, the FBI and Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Aussie paedophile arrests 'not enough'
A national lobby group for child abuse prevention has praised Australian law enforcers for cracking a major international paedophile ring, but say the number of people arrested is a drop in the ocean.

Eight children rescued as porn ring smashed
Two British men have been arrested and eight children from the UK rescued after a world-wide paedophile ring was broken with the help of Australian detectives.

Australians accused over child porn ring
Australian detectives who helped break a world-wide paedophile ring say children as young as two were filmed and photographed being sexually abused to fulfil orders from an online pornography network. More than 40 children have been identified as victims of the paedophile ring, which operated in Australia, the United States, England, Canada and Germany.

Members of Vast Child Exploitation Enterprise Indicted in the Northern District of Florida [news release]
A federal grand jury in Pensacola, Fla. has returned a 35-count indictment against 12 individuals who engaged in a criminal enterprise involving the advertisement, transportation and shipment of child pornography over a two-year period, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Gregory R. Miller, and FBI Executive Assistant Director J. Stephen Tidwell announced today.

au: Perth man arrested for child pornography
A 59-year-old man from the Perth suburb of Forrestfield has been charged with possessing child pornography.

au: Net predators: first charge under new law
A Sydney man has been charged under new laws with using the internet to groom a teenage girl for sex, police say. The 39-year-old Liverpool man is alleged to have made contact with a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl via an internet chat room in February.


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