[DNS] domain name news - March 20

[DNS] domain name news - March 20

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 00:58:18 -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 25 edition of the news include:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee attacks scheme to monitor web usage | State of the Internet & Challenges ahead: ?How is the Internet likely to evolve in the coming decade? by Olivier H. Martin [ICTConsulting, Gingins (VD), Switzerland] | ICANN GNSO recommends new anti-domain tasting solution | Judge Says We Can't Look Inside US .XXX deliberations by Milton Mueller | .cn passes 10 million registrations | SIDN Releases Numerical Domain Name Investigation Results | VeriSign Expands Project Titan to Strengthen Internet Infrastructure | Network Solutions pulls plug on Dutch politician's anti-Qur'an film | Domain Name Registrars: The Weakest Link in Online Free Speech | Get a good name on the web | Name That Firm: What should you call your business?

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


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ca: Recognize Internet addiction as a mental illness, MD urges
An editorial in this month's issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry says Internet addiction -- including "excessive gaming, sexual pre-occupations and e-mail/text messaging" -- is a common compulsive-impulsive disorder that should be added to psychiatry's official guidebook of mental disorders.

EU taking lead in broadband growth
Fierce competition from new providers has pushed broadband subscription rates in eight European countries above the levels in the United States and Japan, according to figures to be released Wednesday.

European countries ahead of U.S. on broadband, study says
Eight European countries have broadband penetration exceeding 22 percent, putting them ahead of the United States, according to the European Commission's 13th Progress Report on the Single Telecoms Market.

Mobile Internet boom imminent, study says
Improved 3G network coverage, wider handset availability and new flat-rate pricing models are about to spur rapid adoption of mobile Internet services in Europe, according to analyst firm Forrester Research Inc.

Forrester: Mobile Internet Usage In Europe To Surge Over The Next Five Years [news release]
Thirty eight percent of cell phone users in Western Europe will use mobile Internet services by 2013 according to a new five year forecast by Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR). The growth in adoption means that 125 million Europeans will access the Web regularly from their mobile phone ? triple the number that do so today. One of the key drivers will be the proliferation of 3.5G-enabled devices, which will overtake the number of GSM-only and GPRS phones by 2010. By 2013, one in four consumers will own a 3.5G-enabled phone.

us: Congressman Says IBM Aided Holocaust Planning, Slams Google For 'Net Censorship
In comments sure to provoke a firestorm of controversy, a New Jersey Congressman echoed claims that IBM abetted the Holocaust and said that Internet companies like Google and Yahoo who today censor content at the behest of repressive foreign governments are acting little differently.

Google sees surge in Web use on hot mobile phones [Reuters]
Google has seen an acceleration of Internet activity among mobile phone users in recent months since the company introduced faster Web services on selected phone models, fueling confidence the mobile Internet era is at hand, the company said on Tuesday.

Google search share slips globally
Google's share of the global Web search market dipped in February from January, despite a rise in its US search share, an internet industry analyst said. The data from comScore, released to paying subscribers but not yet made public, show Google's dominance of the worldwide market for Web search dipping slightly to 62.8 per cent in February from 63.1 per cent in January, said the analyst, who declined to be named, though Google gained share in the US market.

comScore ?Digital World: State Of The Internet? Report Highlights Growth in Emerging Internet Markets - U.S. Currently Accounts for 21 Percent of Worldwide Internet Users, down from 66 Percent in 1996
comScore released several key findings from its ?Digital World: State of the Internet? report. The study highlights the changing dynamics of worldwide Internet usage, as it has grown from a U.S.-centric medium to its currently global landscape. In January 2008, the Asia Pacific region had more than 300 million Internet users at least 15 years of age accessing the Internet from work and home computers. This represents an increase of 14 percent versus year ago and makes Asia Pacific the largest of the five worldwide regions. Latin America and Middle East-Africa have also experienced above average audience growth during the past year, while North America and Europe have grown at more modest rates.

us: Facebook sites face scrutiny for NCAA March Madness pools
Take two modern American pastimes, the office pool for sports betting and social networking Web sites like Facebook. Put them together and what you get is an efficient way to organize wagers for college basketball's March Madness. And a new crime. People who host online pools and collect fees conceivably face criminal charges and jail if found guilty of operating an illegal online gambling operation.

us: Report: FBI looks into Facebook March Madness betting pools
Online betting for NCAA basketball tournament could be illegal if operators take a cut, FBI says

Facebook opens door to second-class friends
Facebook is to allow its users to create a hierarchy of friends within their profiles - in a move that threatens to complicate the already delicate social etiquette that governs the site. As part of new controls to be introduced in the social networking site's privacy settings, Facebook users will be given the option of banning certain friends from seeing what they are up to and accessing sensitive information in their profile.

Facebook beefs up privacy options, readies online chat [IDG]
Facebook plans to roll out new privacy features on Wednesday that will give users more control over who sees the data stored on their profile pages. The new privacy controls will allow users to choose which of their friends can see information such as their photo albums, mobile phone number or e-mail address. Facebook users will also be able to share information about themselves with a wider group of people, thanks to a new "friends-of-friends" feature that is also expected to be available on Wednesday.

Facebook adds privacy controls, plans chat feature [Reuters]
Facebook said on Tuesday it is introducing new privacy controls that give users of the fast-growing social-network site the ability to preserve social distinctions between friends, family and co-workers online.

Nokia rewrites rules in search for the killer phone [Reuters]
A popular video on YouTube shows a 'concept phone' that could - literally - bend to fit your wrist. Called Nokia Morph, it's also an image of how the world's largest mobile phone maker wants to change.

Samsung and Toshiba new leaders in greener electronics ranking [news release]
In the latest edition of Greenpeace's quarterly Guide to Greener Electronics Samsung and Toshiba share top spot. Nokia misses out on top spot due to a penalty point for inconsistent global takeback. Nintendo remains rooted to the bottom with only a tiny improvement but Microsoft and Philips both improve their scores.

Toshiba, Samsung top latest Greenpeace electronics ranking [IDG]
Toshiba and Samsung top the latest Greenpeace environmental ranking of consumer electronics companies.

The plus side of all this spam is its twisted poetry of longing
Somewhere out there some firm that holds my credit card details has been hacked. I know this because I have started to get spam to an email address I only ever use for buying things. I have no idea which firm it might be: in the past two and a half years, I have had at least 520 messages to that address, from around 75 different firms. I don't think it's likely that any of the big ones - Ryanair, O2, Amtrak, BT, John Lewis, and so on - has been hacked or else we would hear more of it. (Wouldn't we?) But somewhere among the software publishers, the music sites, the wine merchants and secondhand book dealers I have been paying from this address there is one whose customer database has been plundered.

'Spam King' Plea Bargains, Faces 20 Years for Snail Mail Fraud
Robert Soloway, crowned the "spam king" by federal prosecutors for having sent millions of unwanted e-mails around the globe, pleaded guilty Friday to felony mail fraud, fraud in connection with electronic mail and failing to file a tax return in 2005, the year he made at least US$300,000 through his junk e-mail business.

'King of spam' pleads guilty, faces 26 years in prison [IDG]
The notorious spammer authorities dubbed "the king of spam" is facing a possible 26-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in Seattle on Friday to charges of fraud and tax evasion.

'Spam King' Robert Alan Soloway Pleads Guilty
"Spam King" Robert Alan Soloway, who owns Newport Internet Marketing Corporation, pleaded guilty on Friday in Seattle's U.S. District Court to mail and e-mail fraud and willful failure to file a tax return.

Spam doesn't pay: man faces 26 year sentence for spamming
Spamming can pay big bucks, but it hasn't paid off for a Seattle man who was once considered the eighth-largest spammer in the world by Spamhaus. Robert Soloway, 28, pleaded guilty to electronic mail fraud, "snail" mail fraud, and not filing a tax return in 2005?when he reportedly made over $300,000 from his spamming activities.

ValueClick to pay $2.9 million to settle spam complaint [IDG]
Online advertiser ValueClick has agreed to pay a record $2.9 million to settle a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint that it sent deceptive advertising claims in spam e-mail and failed to secure consumers' sensitive financial information.

CAN-SPAM violations cost online ad firm $2.9 million
Another company has settled charges today with the Federal Trade Commission over violations of the CAN-SPAM Act, netting the FTC another $2.9 million in civil penalties. Online advertiser ValueClick and its subsidiaries were charged with using deceptive e-mails, banner ads, and pop-ups to drive traffic, as well as a failure to secure customers' financial information. The settlement is the largest in CAN-SPAM's five-year history, says the FTC, and bars the companies from any further violations.

ValueClick to Pay $2.9 Million to Settle FTC Charges [news release]
Online advertiser ValueClick, Inc., will pay a record $2.9 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its advertising claims and e-mails were deceptive and violated federal law. The agency also charged that ValueClick and its subsidiaries, Hi-Speed Media and E-Babylon failed to secure consumers? sensitive financial information, despite their claims to do so. The settlement, filed by the Department of Justice on behalf of the FTC, requires ValueClick to clearly and conspicuously disclose the costs and obligations consumers must incur to receive the products it touts as ?free? and bars future violations of the CAN-SPAM Act. The settlement also bars deceptive claims about the security of the consumer information collected at its e-commerce Web sites.

European Security Awareness Day #2 - April 8, Brussels
Following on from the inaugural European Security Awareness Day which was held in Brussels last year (click here for more information), this year's event will once again bring together top-level policy makers and senior executives from service and software companies to address some of the information security challenges that technology providers are facing today and look forward at possible problems in the coming years. Participants will address security, safety and privacy issues, and discuss roles that need to be played by governments, security providers and users. Discussions will be held on the issue of safeguarding security whilst protecting users and maintaining the growth of ICT sector, and breakout sessions during the afternoon will focus on 'Cybercrime', 'Consumer Protection' and 'Privacy & Security' respectively.

us: Police checking the Internet for prostitution offers
Police in Concord, New Hampshire, are keeping watch on the Internet for prostitution offers.

us: JK Rowling sues to block fan site's Harry Potter book
The publisher of an encyclopaedic website cataloguing the complex world of Harry Potter has been sued by the books' author JK Rowling, even though she has actually used the site in her own research.

German court curbs data storage law [Reuters]
Germany's top court curtailed a law on Wednesday requiring telecom firms to store phone and Internet data for six months, dealing a new blow to the government's efforts to beef up anti-terrorism measures.

Is the Wikileaks Case Really Like the Pentagon Papers Case? by Julie Hilden
Recently, a case before San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White made headlines - thanks to two controversial orders the judge issued last month. ... In this column, Part Two, I will consider a comparison that has been made both by observers and by Wikileaks itself, paralleling this case to the "Pentagon Papers" case. That case, as many readers will recall, arose from the New York Times's publication, in 1971, of a lengthy secret government history of the Vietnam War, leaked by former Defense and State Department official Daniel Ellsberg. The Supreme Court ultimately lifted an injunction against the Papers' publication on First Amendment grounds.

Wikileaks Is Spared a Shutdown As a Federal Judge Reverses Course: How Broadly Will the First Amendment Protect A Website Inviting Leaks of Confidential Documents? by Julie Hilden
An extremely significant case is pending before San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White -- one that has tested, and likely will continue to test, the scope of First Amendment rights on the Internet. ... In this column, Part One, of a two-part series, I'll review the facts of the case thus far, the federal court's rulings, and their implications.

Australian directors alerted to cybercrime threats
Australian company directors and officers are being warned of the damaging impact cybercrime can have if they don?t address risks effectively. Leif Gamertsfelder, head of the e-security group at law firm Deacons, outlined the potential pitfalls at an Australian Institute of Company Directors briefing yesterday.

Web creator, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, rejects net tracking
The creator of the web has said consumers need to be protected against systems which can track their activity on the internet. Sir Tim Berners-Lee told BBC News he would change his internet provider if it introduced such a system. Plans by leading internet providers to use Phorm, a company which tracks web activity to create personalised adverts, have sparked controversy.

Phorm needs 'better protection'     
A system that matches users' web surfing habits to adverts must ensure sensitive sites are black-listed from tracking, a privacy report has said. Phorm's online technology is set to be rolled out by three of the UK's biggest ISPs, BT, Virgin and Talk Talk.

Phorm 'illegal' says UK policy group
Online advert system Phorm is illegal in the UK, the Foundation for Information Policy Research (Fipr), has argued in an open letter. BT, Talk Talk and Virgin have all signed up to use Phorm, which targets adverts to users based on web habits.

Phorm's internet-tracking service is 'illegal'
A controversial service which tracks users' behaviour as they browse the internet in order to increase the effectiveness of online advertising is illegal, an influential think tank has said.

Australian crackdown on illegal downloaders
One Australian internet provider has started to crack down on copyright infringers, as the the music industry's plan to have telcos disconnect the internet services of illegal downloaders gathers steam in Australia.

Japanese ISPs Agree to Shut Down Illegal File-Sharers
Japan's four major ISP organizations have agreed to cut off Internet access for users who repeatedly copy gaming software and music illegally online.

Pro-Tibet groups bombarded with abusive calls, viruses [AFP]
Pro-Tibet activists said Wednesday they have been bombarded with abusive phone calls and virus emails as they try to contact witnesses in Tibet and nearby amid a clampdown following anti-Chinese riots.

China blocks YouTube, Yahoo! over Tibet
China has closed down access to several of the world's most popular websites in an apparent attempt to censor international coverage of the violence that is unfolding in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital.

Google News, YouTube blocked in China amid Tibet riots [IDG]
The Chinese government appears to have taken a page out of Myanmar's playbook by blocking some Internet access amid rioting in Tibet in which as many as 80 people have already killed, according to the Tibetan government in exile.

China Blacks Out YouTube After Tibetan Riot Videos Appear
As Tibetans -- led by Buddhist monks -- rioted in the capital city of Lhasa, burning Chinese-owned businesses and attacking Chinese, Beijing clamped down on YouTube and other media outlets depicting the violence. The trouble began a week ago, when Buddhist monks demonstrated peacefully March 10 on the anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

Deny internet access and the EU might deny trade
Parliaments around the world are acknowledging the serious nature of internet repression and the role that Governments and large companies play in this human rights abuse.

Royal pardon frees Moroccan Facebook user
A Moroccan computer engineer jailed last month for setting up a Facebook account in the name of King Mohammed's brother has been freed after a royal pardon, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

us/au: US website blackmails Brisbane teenager to remove post
An online profile loaded with vicious accusations against a Brisbane teenager on an American website has been removed. Samantha Fletcher, 15, says the cyber attack was the result of a schoolyard feud and had demanded the US website Dating Psychos take down her "profile", which accused her of racially taunting classmates and insulting an anorexic student.

us/au: Website tries to charge Brisbane teenager to remove slurs
A Brisbane teenager who wants a US website to remove a profile of her filled with vicious accusations has been asked to pay a fee to remove the slurs.

US Crackdown on Child Pornography
Lewd photographs of children were disappearing from adult bookstores. Child porn magazines in plain brown envelopes were no longer reaching customers through the mail. It was the early 1990s, and experts believed that federal law enforcement efforts were ending child pornography. "We thought this was one of those rare forms of social deviance, of criminal behavior, that had been eradicated," said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. "Except for a fixated group of hard-core pedophiles, we thought it was gone."

uk: Concerns raised over online child safety
Jim Gamble, chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, has said that some internet service providers were not doing enough to protect children online. "Some people who say they are co-operating aren't," Gamble told the Commons culture, media and sport select committee today, but admitted that they were a "minority" of service providers.

uk: Teachers fear rise of cyberbully parents and classroom cameras
Pupils and parents are increasingly targeting teachers with offensive e-mails and text messages, union leaders have said. Teachers are also alarmed at the emergence of a ?big brother? culture in schools, claiming that closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are being installed in classrooms to spy on them.

uk: Teachers warn over cyber bullying
Teachers are warning parents they need to be more aware about the potential misuse of the internet and mobile phones by their children.

uk: Teachers cower in face of cyberbullies
A teachers' union is complaining that schools are not doing enough to combat cyberbullying - students sending offensive text messages or emails, or posting videos to sites like YouTube.

uk: Stress driving pupils to suicide, says union
Self-harm, anorexia, aggression and bullying are the results of increasing childhood stress, according to a survey published today by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

uk: Data protection of children: ensuring consent as children mature
Companies processing children's data may need explicit consent directly from a child to continue using it once that child reaches maturity, Europe's privacy officials have said. The child may also revoke consent given earlier by a parent or guardian.

ca: Liberal wants Ont. law to require reporting of suspected child pornography
The opposition parties said Tuesday they expect to support a bill by a Liberal backbencher in the Ontario legislature who wants the law changed to make it mandatory for anyone who suspects they've seen child pornography to report it to police. Laurel Broten, a former environment minister, introduced a private member's bill Tuesday that would make it a criminal offence not to report any suspected image of child sexual exploitation, saying she doesn't want people wondering whether they should call authorities.

au: Police cyber bullying warning
Police have warned young people and their parents to be on the look out for cyber crime following an increase in incidents of cyber bullying in the Upper Hunter. Muswellbrook Police Youth Liaison Officer Sheree Gray addressed year nine students on the topic of cyber crime recently.

Yahoo talks up prospects to head off Microsoft bid
The embattled internet company Yahoo has pledged to double its cash generation over the next three years if investors allow it to remain independent by rejecting Microsoft's hostile takeover.

Yahoo says revenue outlook justifies higher bid from Microsoft
Yahoo, owner of the most visited U.S. Web site, said Tuesday that it expected revenue to increase at least 19 percent in each of the next two years, justifying its refusal of a takeover offer from Microsoft, which now values the company at more than $41 billion. Shares of Yahoo had their biggest gain since Microsoft announced its $31-a-share bid last month.

Australia receives new optic backbone
A new fibre backbone will be deployed across Australia this year as part of Verizon Business' plan to expand its global telecommunications infrastructure.

EU backs Nokia standard for mobile TV [Reuters]
The European Commission moved to simplify the nascent mobile phone TV sector by adopting a standard backed by Finland's Nokia, but mobile operators said Brussels was acting too quickly. The Commission said setting the Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld (DVB-H) as the preferred European Union standard would give the industry a boost.

au: Police investigating child pornography ring arrest 18 WA men
Police in Western Australia have arrested 18 men in connection with a world-wide investigation into child pornography.

au: Alleged administrator of child porn ring to face court in May
The case of a 29-year-old man with alleged links to an international child pornography network has been mentioned in the Townsville Magistrates Court today.

au: Police swoop on child porn suspect
A 45-year-old man from Melbourne's east will appear in court today on charges of possessing child pornography.


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