[DNS] domain name news - 29 October

[DNS] domain name news - 29 October

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 01:26:49 -0700 (PDT)
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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Internet 'a teenager' at 40
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/internet-a-teenager-at-40-1809610.html

From The Pentagon To Monty Python: The Internet Turns 40
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-weigant/from-the-pentagon-to-mont_b_337774.html

Net set for 'language shake-up'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8326241.stm

Web Alphabet Set to Change
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125664117322309953.html

ICANN to move toward Internationalized Domain Names
http://www.computerworld.co.ke/articles/2009/10/27/icann-move-toward-internationalized-domain-names

ICANN: New TLDs debate to drag on
http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/323945/

Australia 'must prepare for cyber attack'
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/26/2724540.htm

ASIO busy fending hostile cyber probes
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26270234-5013404,00.html

Australian Company Wants .Com, Gets Nailed for Reverse Domain Hijacking
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/10/26/australian-company-wants-com-gets-nailed-for-reverse-domain-hijacking/

Vocus renews warning on IPv4 addresses
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/323739/
http://www.cio.com.au/article/323739/

Netregistry / Online Growth Solutions acquires stake in TPP Internet
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/323731/
http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/article/323731/


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GOVERNANCE
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Internet 'a teenager' at 40
Leonard Kleinrock never imagined Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube that day 40 years ago when his team gave birth to what is now taken for granted as the Internet.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/internet-a-teenager-at-40-1809610.html

From The Pentagon To Monty Python: The Internet Turns 40
Tomorrow is the internet's fortieth birthday. Its creators are even throwing it a birthday party at the University of California, Los Angeles, the origin of the first message ever transmitted over what we know today as "the internet," on October 29, 1969. If you're wondering what the first message ever transmitted was -- the digital age's "Come here, Watson," statement, as it were -- it consisted of two letters: "LO." It was actually supposed to be "LOG," as in "LOG IN," but the receiving computer crashed after receiving just the first two letters -- not a very auspicious beginning, it must be admitted. Still, for poetic reasons, "LO" seems pretty apt: "Lo! The Internet was created!"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-weigant/from-the-pentagon-to-mont_b_337774.html

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DOMAIN NAMES
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Congratulations to the new GNSO Council and chair
Earlier today, Chuck Gomes was selected by the new GNSO Council as its chair.
http://blog.icann.org/2009/10/congratulations-to-the-new-gnso-council-and-chair/

ICANN and the CZ.NIC Association Announce the Installation of the L Root Server in Prague, Czech Republic
ICANN and the CZ.NIC Association today announced the installation of the L Root Server in Prague, Czech Republic. The L Root Server is one of the thirteen Root Name Servers which underpins the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS).
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-26oct09-en.htm

Net set for 'language shake-up'
The internet is on the brink of the "biggest change" to its working "since it was invented 40 years ago", the net regulator Icann has said. The body said it that it was finalising plans to introduce web addresses using non-Latin characters.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8326241.stm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/business/2009/10/091027_icann_internet.shtml
http://www.heralddeparis.com/net-set-for-language-shake-up/60991

Web Alphabet Set to Change
The World Wide Web is about to start using the languages of the world. Leaders of the private body that oversees the basic design of the Internet are expected to decide at a meeting here Friday to let Web addresses be expressed in characters other than those of the Roman alphabet. Already, portions of a Web address can be written in other languages. But the suffix, such as the "com" after the dot, must be typed in Roman letters.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125664117322309953.html

Soon, www will be in your language
The Internet is about to get more accessible for millions worldwide with the imminent approval of a new multilingual address system that uses Asian and Arabic scripts, a global regulator said yesterday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2009-10/27/content_8853700.htm

Internet addresses to expand beyond Latin alphabet
Surfing the Internet is about to become much easier for people who don't use the Latin alphabet. A multilingual address system capable of reading Asian and Arabic scripts will be introduced soon.
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4826898,00.html

Get ready for non-Latin letter domain names [AP]
The Internet is set to undergo one of the biggest changes in its four-decade history with the expected approval this week of international domain names ? or addresses ? that can be written in non-Latin script, an official said Monday.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/oct/26/non-latin-internet-domain-names
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10605599
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/3001910/
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/internet-set-for-change-with-nonenglish-addresses-20091027-hi88.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/internet-set-for-change-with-nonenglish-addresses-20091027-hi88.html

Internet addresses to expand into non-Latin scripts [AFP]
The Internet is set for its biggest technical change in decades when a new multilingual address system is approved this week, a global regulatory body said Monday.
http://www.asiaone.com/Digital/News/Story/A1Story20091026-176053.html
http://www.timesoftheinternet.com/122478.html
http://www.business24-7.ae/Articles/2009/10/Pages/Internetaddressestoexpandintonon-Latinscripts.aspx

Internet shakeup looms with multilingual addresses [AFP]
The Internet is about to get more accessible for millions worldwide with the imminent approval of a new multilingual address system that uses Asian and Arabic scripts, a global regulator said Monday.
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/internet-shakeup-looms-with-multilingual-addresses-20091026-hgnn.html
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-technology/internet-shakeup-looms-with-multilingual-addresses-20091026-hgnn.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/internet-shakeup-looms-with-multilingual-addresses-20091026-hgnn.html

Net domain names to get global flavour [AAP]
The Internet is set to undergo a major change with the expected approval of international domain names - or addresses - in languages other than English.
http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/6390663/net-domain-names-to-get-global-flavour/

ICANN to move toward Internationalized Domain Names
The ICANN appears poised to move forward on allowing Internationalized Domain Names, with a vote on the matter set for Friday at the organization's meeting in Seoul.
http://www.computerworld.co.ke/articles/2009/10/27/icann-move-toward-internationalized-domain-names
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9139989/ICANN_to_move_toward_Internationalized_Domain_Names
http://www.infoworld.com/t/internet/icann-move-toward-internationalized-domain-names-723

ICANN: New TLDs debate to drag on
The debate has become heated at the ICANN meeting in Seoul this week over whether new generic Top-Level Domains should be approved and whether some applicants should be allowed into the fast-track process.
http://www.computerworld.co.ke/articles/2009/10/27/icann-new-tlds-debate-drag
http://www.infoworld.com/t/internet/icann-new-tlds-debate-drag-759
http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/323945/

ICANN Set to Approve Internationalised Domain Names
Domain names in non-Latin characters, known as Internationalised Domain Names, will be operational by mid-2010 if final plans are approved at this week?s ICANN meeting in Seoul, South Korea.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=9451
http://www.domainpulse.com/2009/10/27/icann-set-to-approve-internationalised-domain-names/

Internet Domains To Be Available in Foreign Language Characters
For the first time in its existence, web domain names will be able to be written in languages besides English. Peter Dengate, chairman of ICANN, the group who presides over domain names, believes it "is the biggest change technically to the Internet since it was invented 40 years ago." Making characters from many languages will increase accessibility to the web worldwide.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shelly-palmer/internet-domains-to-be-av_b_335137.html

The new GNSO is go!
Today was a landmark day for the Generic Names Supporting Organisation, aka GNSO, the place within ICANN that relates to generic top level domains (gTLDs).
http://stephanevangelder.com/archives/284-The-new-GNSO-is-go!.html

Federal Communications Commission issues draft rules on net neutrality
... Similarly, ICANN is a private non-profit entity that works to coordinate the Internet?s domain name system. Until last month, ICANN managed the domain name system through a joint project agreement (JPA) with the Department of Commerce. On September 30, the Department of Commerce and ICANN announced the expiration of the JPA, yet another step away from government involvement. In place of the JPA, ICANN and the Department of Commerce have forged a new agreement that reaffirms the private sector-led model for coordination of the domain name system.
http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/news/legal-privacy/4477.html

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UPU to Become First UN Body to Obtain Its Own Top-Level Domain
The Universal Postal Union (UPU), one of the world?s oldest international organizations, has concluded negotiations with ICANN for the launch of the .POST Top-Level Domain.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/upu_to_become_first_un_body_to_obtain_its_own_top_level_domain/

Snail mail to get its own top level Internet domain
ICANN and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) have reached an in principle agreement for the UPU to sponsor the .post top-level domain.
http://www.itwire.com/content/view/28817/127/

Postal agency set to become first UN body to have own Internet domain name
The Universal Postal Union (UPU), the world?s second-oldest international organization and one of the few United Nations agencies to pre-date the creation of the mother organization, moved a step closer today to becoming the first to have its own domain name on the Internet ? to be known as .post.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=32712&Cr=postal&Cr1=

Postal agency set to become first UN body to have own Internet domain name
The Universal Postal Union (UPU), the world"s second-oldest international organization and one of the few United Nations agencies to pre-date the creation of the mother organization, moved a step closer today to becoming the first to have its own domain name on the Internet " to be known as .post.
http://www.speroforum.com/a/21558/Postal-agency-set-to-become-first-UN-body-to-have-own-Internet-domain-name

.XXX decision expected soon
ICM Registry Stuart Lawley is in Seoul for the 36th ICANN meeting, where he met with Peter Dengate Thursh (Chairman of the Board) and Rod Beckstrom (CEO) to discuss .XXX.
http://stephanevangelder.com/archives/283-.XXX-decision-expected-soon.html

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Australia 'must prepare for cyber attack'
Internet security experts are warning governments and industry that they only have a few years to prepare for a potential cyber attack that could cripple a major piece of Australian infrastructure.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/26/2724540.htm

ASIO busy fending hostile cyber probes
A sharp increase in cyber attacks including internet probes by "hostile foreign intelligence services" marked the busiest year since 2005 for the country's peak security service, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26270234-5013404,00.html

Cyber criminals target Australian networks
More evidence is emerging of sophisticated attacks by criminals and foreign governments on Australia's computer networks.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/29/2727129.htm

New group spies rise in cyber crime
More evidence is emerging of sophisticated attacks by criminals and foreign governments on Australia's computer networks. Launched by the Government in July, the new Cyber Security Operations Centre has found attacks on company information, apparently conducted by organised crime, which turn out to have national security implications.
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2009/s2727080.htm

ASIO Report to Parliament 2008-09 [news release]
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation?s (ASIO) Report to Parliament 2008?09 was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday 27 October 2009. The report is an unclassified version of a highly sensitive report the Organisation presents annually to the Attorney-General.
http://www.asio.gov.au/Publications/Content/CurrentAnnualReport/Content/Cover.aspx

Q&A: European Network and Information Security Agency chief Udo Helmbrecht
The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), dubbed the EU's cyber security agency, is at the frontline of all the EU's IT security issues. It was formed in March 2004 and is now based on the Greek island of Crete. Udo Helmbrecht was appointed executive director at at the agency on October 16. 
http://www.computing.co.uk/computing/analysis/2251996/q-european-network-information

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Australian Company Wants .Com, Gets Nailed for Reverse Domain Hijacking
An Australian web site development company, Bwired Group Pty Ltd, has failed in its attempt to get the domain name Bwired.com through arbitration ? and was found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking.
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/10/26/australian-company-wants-com-gets-nailed-for-reverse-domain-hijacking/

Kentucky Supreme Court Reviews Online Gambling Domian Name Seizures
The protracted legal battle between Governor Steve Beshear and the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) over the attempted seizure of 140 domain names has finally reached the Kentucky Supreme Court.
http://www.gamblingonlinemagazine.com/gambling-news-detail.php?articleID=1690

Domain names: a UDRP epiphany
In my article "Domain name disputes: the UDRP 10 years on", Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 2009 4: 714-725; abstract here), I expressed certain views about the advisability/acceptability of panellists (dispute adjudicators) ?stretching? the meaning of the UDRP to cover modern domainer practices.
http://jiplp.blogspot.com/2009/10/domain-names-udrp-epiphany.html

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Vocus renews warning on IPv4 addresses
The call for ramping up the roll out of the IPv6 standard has been renewed with a warning the world could run out of IPv4 addresses by as early as 2011.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/323739/
http://www.cio.com.au/article/323739/

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OGS, Netregistry buy stake in TPP Internet
Netregistry's parent company, Online Growth Solutions (OGS) has acquired a controlling interest in domain name registrar, TPP Internet, by buying out one of TPP?s founding partners.
http://www.itwire.com/content/view/28834/598/

Netregistry / Online Growth Solutions acquires stake in TPP Internet
Netregistry and Online Growth Solutions Ltd (OGS) have acquired a controlling interest in TPP Internet by buying out one of the Founding partners. This increases the Group?s lead in market share of the .au domain sector under control to over 31%.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/323731/
http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/article/323731/

Internet Law 101, Part 2
Continuing our exploration of the latest in Internet law basics, let's explore more legal areas you should keep up to date with. We'll look at copyrighting your Web site content, Web agreements, privacy policy issues, and domain issues including cybersquatting.
http://searchenginewatch.com/3635465

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How Do You Value a Domain Name?
This morning, I wrote a post about the launch of Valuate.com, an automated domain valuation website. Over the years, people have discussed the process of placing a value on domain names, and I tend to say (as well as others), ?a domain name is worth what someone will pay for it.?
http://www.elliotsblog.com/how-do-you-value-a-domain-name-3581

Extended Online Moniker Auction Underway
Moniker.com is holding an online auction for a number of premium domain names from Thursday 29 October to Wednesday 4 November. Domain names available include Photo.com, 40.com, QB.com, Arbitration.com, Feature.com/Features.com, Stuff.com, Tube.com, OfficeSupply.com and WineCellar.com.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2009/10/29/extended-online-moniker-auction-underway/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/extended-online-moniker-auction-begins.html

Moniker's TRAFFIC New York Auction Finishes
Moniker have concluded their TRAFFIC New York auction with multivitamins.com being the top seller, selling for$45,000. Other notable sales included originals.com ($37,500), raspberry.com ($27,500) and istream.com ($25,000).
http://www.domainpulse.com/2009/10/29/monikers-traffic-new-york-auction-finishes/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/moniker-s-traffic-new-york-auction-concludes.html

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U.S. Newspaper Circulation Falls 10%
The two-decade erosion in newspaper circulation is looking more like an avalanche, with figures released Monday showing weekday sales down more than 10 percent since last year, depressed by rising Internet readership, price increases, the recession and papers intentionally shedding unprofitable circulation.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/business/media/27audit.html

U.S. newspaper circulation falls again
U.S. newspapers continued to lose subscribers in recent months as readers increasingly turned to online news sources and price increases scared off cost-conscious consumers.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-newspapers27-2009oct27,0,374885.story

Germany Looks at Ways to Protect Online Journalism
As Angela Merkel begins her second term as chancellor of Germany, her government is promoting a novel way to help embattled newspaper and magazine publishers manage the transition to a digital future.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/business/global/29copy.html

Advertising recovery boosts Australia's 'old media'
Traditional media outlets have held on to their share of advertising spending in the face of the new media onslaught, and in fact are on the threshhold of a new revenue cycle, according to new data.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,28124,26258002-7582,00.html

Australian press dusts itself off
Don't believe everything you read. After months of bad news about the domestic newspaper industry, it appears observers of the "dead tree" media are changing their story.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,28124,26258029-7582,00.html

French Free Newspaper Offer Aimed at Younger Readers
Newspapers have tried many things to stave off a seemingly relentless decline in readers. Now France is pushing forward with a novel approach: giving away papers to young readers in an effort to turn them into regular customers.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/business/media/28papers.html

WSJ editor lowers boom on Google's news 'promiscuity' [AFP]
Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson has again opened fire on Google, accusing the internet giant of promoting online news reading "promiscuity".
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,28124,26258005-7582,00.html

Makers of Online Games in China Look Overseas [Reuters]
Armed with cash from recent listings, Chinese online game makers are gearing up to play in Western markets, challenging the industry?s leaders, Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard, on their home turf.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/business/global/27iht-game.html

au: Table turns for ACMA's online safety focus
Consumers want to take responsibility for protecting themselves online but ISPs and governments still have an educational role to play, according to an Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) report.
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/159027,table-turns-for-acmas-online-safety-focus.aspx

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Twitter Serves Up Ideas From Its Followers
Companies big and small monitor Twitter to find out what their customers like and what they want changed. Twitter does the same.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/26/technology/internet/26twitter.html

Many more tweets in store for Twitter users
Imagine a world where you were given answers to questions you didn't know you had. That's the future of search, according to the chief executive of Twitter - the site every tech company wants a piece of, with Microsoft and Google recently announcing search deals with Twitter that will result in people's tweets being added to their respective search engine's results.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/biz-tech/many-more-tweets-in-store-for-twitter-users-20091026-hgtk.html

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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au: Rudd honours scientist behind wi-fi
An Australian radio astronomer who helped develop wi-fi technology has won the Prime Minister's prestigious Science Prize. Wi-fi technology has become an essential part of everyday life. It is found in personal computers, video games, mobile phones and much more.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/28/2726762.htm

PM's science award a clear signal of achievement
The man who invented key technology inside nearly every WiFi device in the world hasn't received a cent in royalty payments. But last night he took home the $300,000 Prime Minister's Prize for Science.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,,26273990-5018020,00.html
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,,26275683-15306,00.html

Internet discovery wins researcher $300,000
A man who discovered a technology integral to wireless internet while searching for exploding black holes has won this year's Prime Minister's Prize for Science.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/sci-tech/internet-discovery-wins-researcher-300000-20091028-hl1q.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/internet-discovery-wins-researcher-300000-20091028-hl1q.html

WiFi pioneer John O'Sullivan wins PM's Prize for Science
Almost two decades after pioneering high-speed wireless technology, John O'Sullivan has won one of the nation's top science gongs.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/story/0,,26275624-5014239,00.html

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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au: Censor eyes e-store smartphone content
Nokia and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion may have to join Apple in submitting thousands of software applications for classification before being allowed to sell them online in Australia.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,26263346-15306,00.html

au: Web filter intellectual slams plan's secrecy
The public intellectual who proposed web filtering says the Government's plan to censor the internet is far too secretive. Greens candidate Clive Hamilton this week told news.com.au he would continue to support plans to filter the web if they were found to be "practicable".
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,26265867-952,00.html

Microsoft Windows thwarts police efforts to cut child porn
The much lauded latest Microsoft Windows operating system could make it harder for police to prosecute child pornography suspects, experts warn.
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,26264238-8362,00.html

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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Lord Mandelson sets date for blocking filesharers' internet connections
Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, warned internet users today that the days of "consequence-free" illegal filesharing are over as he unveiled the government's plan for cracking down on online piracy.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/oct/28/mandelson-date-blocking-filesharers-connections

UK to get tough on file-sharers
People who persistently download illegal content will be cut off from the net, Business Secretary Peter Mandelson has announced.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8328820.stm

UK threatens Web access block in piracy fight
Britain is set to push ahead with a controversial new law to clamp down on illegal file sharing that would start with a series of warning letters and could result in repeat offenders losing their Internet connection.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-43497020091028
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE59R1NI20091028

Mandelson to press on with cutting internet links for download pirates
Lord Mandelson will say today that he intends to press ahead with controversial measures to cut off the internet connections of people caught downloading pirated music, films or television programmes.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6892922.ece

We7 CEO: Mandelson is wrong on internet pirates
At this morning?s Cabinet Forum conference, Peter Mandelson announced the government?s plans to amend UK digital rights management, stating his intention of giving a fairer deal for all.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6894090.ece

U.K. Confirms Pursuit of Internet Piracy Law
U.K. Business Secretary Peter Mandelson said the government was sticking with plans to cut the Internet connections of persistent illegal filesharers.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125673511227012955.html

Vivendi head calls for 'three-strikes' rule to tackle UK filesharers
Jean-Bernard Levy, the chief executive of Vivendi, the French owner of the world's largest record company, Universal Music, said the UK government needs to bring in a "three-strikes" policy that would ultimately cut off persistent illegal filesharers.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/oct/27/vivendi-file-sharing-levy

Culture minister confirms court oversight for UK disconnections
UK internet users will not be disconnected from the internet for illegal file sharing without a court's involvement, a Government minister has pledged. Culture minister Ben Bradshaw has told MPs that there would be a "strict" process involving the courts.
http://out-law.com/page-10479

EU Parliament drew back from file-sharer demands over legal uncertainty
The European Parliament has had to withdraw demands for court oversight of the cutting off of file sharers' internet access after it received legal advice that it had been over-stepping its powers.
http://out-law.com/page-10476

Google takes on iTunes with music search
The internet search giant will today add relevant music tracks and albums to its US search results, and make them available for purchase
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6894381.ece

Music search is Google's newest tune
Already the far-and-away leader in search, Google wants to be a big player in music discovery, too.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10385755-93.html

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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E.U. Plan Could Lead to Lower Cost International Calls
The European Commission will urge the 27 European Union countries Wednesday to reserve a uniform slice of broadcast spectrum for a pan-European mobile broadband network, one that could enable flat-rate, international voice and data calling plans.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/technology/28spectrum.html

Big Cellphone Makers Shifting to Android System
Since 1996, Microsoft has been writing operating systems for little computers to carry in your pocket. It was a lonely business until the company?s perennial rival, Apple, introduced the Web-browsing, music-playing iPhone. But now that smartphones are popular, Microsoft?s operating system, Windows Mobile, is foundering.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/26/technology/26android.html

Mobile net 'heading for data jam'
The number of people accessing the net on mobile phones could soon outstrip the capacity of networks, experts warn. Mobile data traffic looks set to rise 25 fold by 2012, said mobile analyst firm Informa.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8325634.stm

Indian officials accused in mobile phone licence scam
Indian government officials have been accused of orchestrating a 600 billion rupee (A$14.2bn) scam after investigators found that lucrative mobile phone licences had been granted in 2007 on a "first-come, first-served basis" to "friendly companies" at implausibly low prices set in 2001.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/telecoms/article6894627.ece
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,28124,26275691-5017997,00.html

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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ASIO busy fending hostile cyber probes
A sharp increase in cyber attacks including internet probes by "hostile foreign intelligence services" marked the busiest year since 2005 for the country's peak security service, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26270234-5013404,00.html

Cyber criminals target Australian networks
More evidence is emerging of sophisticated attacks by criminals and foreign governments on Australia's computer networks.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/29/2727129.htm

New group spies rise in cyber crime
More evidence is emerging of sophisticated attacks by criminals and foreign governments on Australia's computer networks. Launched by the Government in July, the new Cyber Security Operations Centre has found attacks on company information, apparently conducted by organised crime, which turn out to have national security implications.
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2009/s2727080.htm

ASIO Report to Parliament 2008-09 [news release]
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation?s (ASIO) Report to Parliament 2008?09 was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday 27 October 2009. The report is an unclassified version of a highly sensitive report the Organisation presents annually to the Attorney-General.
http://www.asio.gov.au/Publications/Content/CurrentAnnualReport/Content/Cover.aspx

Infected websites No.1 cybercrime concern: ACMA
Infected websites are the number one cybercrime concern for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), a Senate inquiry into cybercrime has heard.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/323970/

au: Use of another's trade mark in search engine marketing
While a recent opinion of the Advocate General to the European Court of Justice indicates that use of another's trade mark as a keyword in search engine marketing will not, of itself, constitute trade mark infringement in Europe, the position in Australia remains unsettled. Lawyer Nicholas Tobias reports on the aggressive and defensive uses of search engine marketing that can promote or protect a business's reputation.
http://www.aar.com.au/pubs/ip/foipoct09.htm

Laws to prosecute malware makers flagged
A senate inquiry into cybercrime has discussed the possibility of extending Australia's Spam Act to specifically prosecute Australians that distribute malware or trick internet users into uploading programs onto their device without consent.
http://www.securecomputing.net.au/News/159160,laws-to-prosecute-malware-makers-flagged.aspx

FBI: Cyber Crooks Stole $40M From U.S. Small, Mid-Sized Firms
Cyber criminals have stolen at least $40 million from small to mid-sized companies across America in a sophisticated but increasingly common form of online banking fraud, the FBI said this week.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2009/10/fbi_cyber_gangs_stole_40mi.html

New medical evidence could stop hacker Gary McKinnon's extradition
The home secretary, Alan Johnson, pledged today to examine new medical evidence in the case of the computer hacker Gary McKinnon "very carefully" before approving his extradition to the US on charges of breaking into the Pentagon's military networks.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/26/garry-mckinnon-extradition-alan-johnson

Swiss ministry victim of cyber attack [AP]
The Swiss Foreign Ministry says it was the victim of a "professional" cyber attack aimed at obtaining information from its computer network.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/swiss-ministry-victim-of-cyber-attack-20091027-hhfd.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/swiss-ministry-was-victim-of-cyber-attack-20091027-hgyg.html

System needed to warn websites of security threats
The Australian Communications and Media Authority needs a new system for notifying website owners that their sites have been compromised and should be cleaned up, a federal inquiry has heard.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,26263340-15319,00.html

ISPs: Email Abuse Down But Not Out says Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG)
Internet service providers reported a slight dip in email abuse in the second quarter of this year, according to data revealed today by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) at its general meeting here.
http://www.darkreading.com/securityservices/security/app-security/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=220900608

MAAWG's Mission Evolving As Botnets, Web Threats Intensify
ISPs and vendors here at the mostly closed-door Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) meeting this week shared data and research on more than just email abuse -- botnets, Web-borne attacks, social neworks, and wireless threats were also among the topics for ISPs and email providers.
http://www.darkreading.com/securityservices/security/client/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=220900758

How Victims Encourage Cybercrime
The relative anonymity of Internet users is the key issue in managing cybercrime, according Eugene Kaspersky, founder of Russian security firm Kaspersky.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/174292/.html

uk: Girl dead after Facebook date: how to keep your children safe online
The proportion of online sexual abuse reports linked to social networking websites like Facebook and Bebo has doubled in a year, according to police.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/6446903/Girl-dead-after-Facebook-date-how-to-keep-your-children-safe-online.html

'Internet penfriend' held after teenage girl's body found in field
A homeless man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a teenage girl he allegedly met over the internet was found in a field, police said today.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6891798.ece

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CENSORSHIP
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us: Editorial: A Win for Internet Speech
The sheriff of Cook County, Ill., grabbed headlines earlier this year when he sued Craigslist, the online classified advertising forum, for allowing posts that he said promoted prostitution. A federal judge in Chicago wisely threw out the suit last week. As Congress has recognized, if an Internet proprietor had to police every posting that a third party put up, the cost would be enormous ? and it would likely stifle communications.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/opinion/27tue3.html

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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au: Laws to prosecute malware makers flagged
A senate inquiry into cybercrime has discussed the possibility of extending Australia's Spam Act to specifically prosecute Australians that distribute malware or trick internet users into uploading programs onto their device without consent.
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/159160,laws-to-prosecute-malware-makers-flagged.aspx

German Gov't To Tighten Copyright Law 
Germany's new coalition government has pledged to tighten up copyright law, but has shied away from introducing any "three strikes"-style legislation to deter illegal downloading.
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3i018a992ff2ce5f8eae092e04cb24039e

us: Smart-grid money could assist broadband
U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled US$3.4 billion in grants to update the nation's electrical grid, but the benefits could reach to the broadband sector as well, one community broadband adviser said.
http://www.reuters.com/article/idgGreenComputing/idUS395248900220091027
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9139986/Smart_grid_money_could_assist_broadband

First Broadband Stimulus Grants Are Delayed
The first broadband stimulus grants won't be awarded until December, a month later than expected, federal officials said Tuesday, citing the complexity of the 2,200 applications received.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125668130915111453.html

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Slip puts value on Telstra's network
Telstra's copper network is worth between $8billion and $33bn according to a confidential report accidentally released yesterday by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,28124,26264641-5018015,00.html

NZ Telecom blows whistle on Search and Surveillance Bill
Telecom is warning that provisions in the Search and Surveillance Bill, now before a Parliamentary select committee, could amount to unwarranted surveillance.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/scrt/6B7CAE1E24C2F429CC25765B006B2C6D

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ARRESTS/COURT CASES FOR ONLINE CHILD PROTECTION
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au: 3 years' jail for child porn
A Melbourne judge who jailed a pornography ''predator'' found it ''unimaginable that another human being could view and then retain'' images of such extreme abuse.
http://www.theage.com.au/national/3-years-jail-for-child-porn-20091026-hgra.html

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