[DNS] domain name news - 14 December

[DNS] domain name news - 14 December

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2009 18:27:15 -0800 (PST)
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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ICANN Continues Reporting on the Selection Process of Independent Evaluators for the New gTLD Program

ICANN Signs Two Historic Agreements with UN Agencies

UNESCO enters partnership to advance on-line linguistic diversity

IGP warns of ICANN participation conspiracy

Arbitrator Asks Good Questions About Expedited UDRP

au: Safenames breaches Registrar Agreement

Australian registrar Safenames breaches auDA Registrar Agreement

Has .CN Regained Number One ccTLD Ranking from .DE?

CNNIC Requires Hard Copy Domain Name Applications

All .cn websites require business license

New domain name restrictions in China by Milton Mueller

.EU Domains Now Available in All EU Languages

Paris Mayor Bertrand Delano? and Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Missika launch .PARIS

Postal services to get '.post' [AFP]

In Shift, U.S. Talks to Russia on Internet Security

US cyber security is back on the agenda

Cybersquatting The Tiger Woods' Name

WIPO Launches Paperless UDRP Proceedings [news release]

Ma$ters of new domain

ICANN Continues Reporting on the Selection Process of Independent Evaluators for the New gTLD Program
ICANN continues with the review and selection process of independent evaluators that will perform key roles in reviewing applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs).

ICANN Signs Two Historic Agreements with UN Agencies
ICANN and the Swiss-based Universal Postal Union (UPU) have signed a historic agreement giving the UPU managing authority over .post as a top-level domain. This agreement came about after long negotiations, public review through ICANN's public comment process, and consideration by ICANN?s Board of Directors. An equal level of effort was required from representatives of the UPU. The result is what may be the first truly secure top-level domain for the provision of services by the UPU member states.

UNESCO enters partnership to advance on-line linguistic diversity
A big step towards promoting linguistic diversity on the Internet was taken today, with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) signing an agreement to help put the first multilingual domain names into operation.

ICANN Staff finally admits it: There is no bottom up process and no difference between "policy" and "implementation" by Milton Mueller
In response to a motion from Noncommercial Users, ICANN has released a staff issues report about the topic of registry-registrar separation. The NCUC motion asked the staff whether contracts that liberalized cross-ownership restrictions among registries and registrars of new top level domains constituted a policy change that required a new policy development process, or were merely minor implementation issues that could be developed by staff within existing policy parameters. Forget about the substantive issue for a moment. The staff report contains one whale of a process issue. Here is the paragraph that caught my eye:

IGP warns of ICANN participation conspiracy
Last month, the Internet Governance Project (IGP) put out an academic paper that covered the issue of participation within ICANN. As the ex-general manager of public participation for the organization, I was hoping to find some insights that I might then be able to promote from outside the tent. Instead, with sad inevitability, what presented itself was a 20-page pile of conspiratorial nonsense.

Arbitrator Asks Good Questions About Expedited UDRP
The Hon. Neil Brown, a UDRP domain name arbitrator, has submitted comments to ICANN regarding Czech Arbitration Court?s plans for expedited UDRPs. He actually phrases them as rhetorical questions, but they certainly raise a number of issues. They?re worth reading in their entirety, but here?s a summary:

Good Luck Finding the UDRP Arbitration Provider Contract with ICANN
With two UDRP arbitration providers trying to change up the rules, attorney Jim Davies tried to get his hands on the contract between ICANN and its approved UDRP providers. He hit a stumbling block: there is none.

Trend Micro forecasts future threats
... Trend Micro also believes the move toward international domain names orchestrated by ICANN will open up the playing field for more phishing attacks as crooks create look-alike domains names using the Cyrillic alphabet instead of Latin characters.

Online Drug Traffic and Registrar Policy
... So what will save the Registrars from criminal infestation, law enforcement looking into their business, spam complaints, ICANN notices and law suits? Good policy. And the best policy is one implemented voluntarily and with clarity. No policy is bad policy, and no policy is what Registrars have been operating under for quite some time. The result is rampant online drug traffic that already lead to some Registrars downfall.

ICANN welcomes 100th code operator member
ICANN has inducted its 100th member, it has been announced.

... Let?s begin with the forces behind the cascading change sweeping through global society. First, the relative?and I repeat relative-- rise and fall of nations and what it means for culture and commerce. Last month, the internet regulator called ICANN announced that it would allow web addresses to be written in non-Latin languages. In effect, it reflects the end of English dominance of the web. Chinese, Korean, Hindi and Arabic speakers will be able to address their email in their own language. I predict this move will go down in history as being as important as the dollar going off the gold standard in 1973. In fact, they are two data points on an historic arc representing a trend?the rise of Asia vis a vis America and Europe.

au: Wrap up: Realising Our Broadband Future summit
The Federal Government's Realising Our Broadband Future event was held over two days at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Guests heard from speakers like the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, communications minister Stephen Conroy, NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley, Google's vice president and chief internet evangelist Vinton G Cerf, Jeffrey Cole the director of USC Annenberg School; BHP Billiton Iron Ore CIO Brad Wearn, and Dr Paul Twomey the Senior President of ICANN.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
au: Safenames breaches Registrar Agreement
auDA has found that accredited registrar Safenames Ltd has breached the Registrar Agreement by:

Australian registrar Safenames breaches auDA Registrar Agreement
auDA, the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .AU domain space, has found that the accredited registrar Safenames has breached the Registrar Agreement by:

Has .CN Regained Number One ccTLD Ranking from .DE?
After not having posted registration figures for at least four months, CNNIC, the China Internet Network Information Center, has finally updated its figures to show they have regained the number one ccTLD ranking from .DE (Germany).

CNNIC Requires Hard Copy Domain Name Applications
The China Internet Network Information Center, CNNIC, have announced applicants for .CN domain names will be required to submit hard copy (paper) applications in addition to their online application as of 14 December 2009.

All .cn websites require business license
China's network information center said that individuals are effectively barred from registering domain names ending with .cn unless they have a business license to show they're a bona fide company.

cn: The Notification about further enhancement of auditing domain name registration information
In order to further enhance the authenticity, accuracy, and integrality of the domain name registration information, now notify as following: 1. Domain name applicants need to submit the formal paper based application material when making the online application to the registrar. The application material includes the original application form with business seal, company business license (photocopy), and registrant ID (photocopy).

Have a .CN Domain? You Better Get A Business License In China Or You Might Lose It
According to an article today published in the GlobalTimes in China the ?The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) said that individuals are effectively barred from registering domain names ending with .cn unless they have a business license to show they?re a bona fide company.?

New domain name restrictions in China by Milton Mueller
China's government is using its control of domain names to impose more strict controls over the Internet. In a recent announcement of China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), individuals can no longer register .cn domain names unless they can provide business registration information in paper. The documents include: domain name registration form (with enterprise official seal), a copy of the business license of the enterprise or corporate code certificate and copy of the national ID card of the applicant.

".eu" internet domain now available in all EU languages [news release]
From today, European citizens, businesses and organisations can register .eu website names using characters from all 23 official languages of the European Union. This means that registrants, for example, can use Greek or Cyrillic names. This was made possible thanks to new EU rules adopted by the Commission in June 2009.

.eu now supports all official EU languages [news release]
EURid is pleased to announce that internationalised domain names (IDNs) became available today under the .eu top-level domain. For the first time, residents of the European Union can register a .eu domain name that uses characters from the whole Latin, Cyrillic or Greek alphabets; for example the Polish ?, the Spanish ?, the Danish ?, the French ?, the Bulgarian ? and the Greek ?.

??rzte? first Internationalised Domain name under .eu [news release]
On 10 December at 11:00, EURid began the registration of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs). During the first hour 38,172 IDNs under .eu were successfully registered.

.EU Domains Now Available in All EU Languages
?rzte.eu was the first.EU internationalised domain name (IDN) registered when .EU IDNs became available on 10 December. During the first hour alone 38,172 IDNs were registered.

EU opens web addresses to all European languages
Businesses and organisations across the European Union (EU) can register .eu web addresses from today that contain characters from all 23 official languages of the EU.

.EU IDN Launch: German Language Domains Take Top Spots
In the .EU IDN launch today German language .EU domains with Umlauten (special characters) took the top spots. Also the majority of registrants of the newly released domains are from Germany according to EURid , the registry for the regional TLD. The first domain registered was ?rzte.eu, meaning Doctors in German.

.eu domain name disputes cost less
EURid wishes to inform that the Czech Arbitration Court has decided to lower its fees for .eu domain name disputes.

Update of the .fr Naming Charter on January 1st 2010
AFNIC informs you that the naming Charter that defines the .fr domain names registration rules will be updated.

Registration of .nl domain names becomes faster and simpler
Dot-nl domain names are registered using SIDN?s Domain Registration System (DRS). For several months, we have been working on a new version of the registration system, DRS5. The new system will enter use in February 2010. The switchover is significant mainly for SIDN?s registrars and for everything that goes on behind the scenes. Nevertheless, registrants may notice some changes as well.

Norwegian websites still among the safest in the world
27 million domain names within 104 different top level domains are investigated with regard to risk for virus and other threats. Japan is on top, while the Repubic of Cameroon is ranked on the bottom.

Support .paris!
On September 30th, the City of Paris selected the joint venture formed by AFNIC-CORE to provide expertise for and eventually operate the .paris Top Level Domain (TLD). Today, the City of Paris is officially launching a campaign to garner support for its application.

Paris Mayor Bertrand Delano? and Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Missika launch .PARIS
A special event was held last night in one of the Paris town hall's prestigious rooms to highlight the city's bid for a .PARIS TLD. Organised as part of the Web09 show, a showcase for innovation on the Internet, the brought together over 1,000 people.

Postal services to get '.post' [AFP]
Global postal services will soon have their own address on the Internet, after the web's authority for assigning domain names ICANN, said on Friday that it had approved the new address dot post (.post).

Postal Services Gets Own Web Address
Postal services worldwide will soon be getting their own web address.

.post exclusive for global postal services
ICANN has announced that they have approved a new top level domain name .post.

ICANN Signs Agreement Giving UPU Managing Authority Over .Post Domain
ICANN and the Swiss-based Universal Postal Union (UPU) have signed an agreement giving the UPU managing authority over .post as a top-level domain (TLD).

vn: PM calls for porn websites crackdown
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the Ministry of Information and Communications to conduct inspections of online websites after local media sources ran stories featuring websites hosting violent and pornographic material.

In Shift, U.S. Talks to Russia on Internet Security
The United States has begun talks with Russia and a United Nations arms control committee about strengthening Internet security and limiting military use of cyberspace.

US cyber security is back on the agenda
For the past month or so a curious game has been going on in the world of rumour and uncertainty that passes for the intelligence community. At the heart of it is an attempt to force the US president, Barack Obama, to put cyber security back to the top of his agenda and to usher in increased monitoring of the internet.

Cameroon's TLD cited as riskiest on the Web [IDG]
Cameroon's country code Top Level Domain (.cm) has overthrown Hong Kong (.hk) as the Web's riskiest domain, barely six months after launching its operations.

The Real Face of Cyberwar?
Anyone who reads the papers sees stories -- or hype -- about cyberwarfare. Can it happen? Has it already happened, in Estonia or Georgia? There has even been a Rand Corporation study on cyberwarfare and cyberdeterrence. I wonder, though, if real cyberwarfare might be more subtle -- perhaps a "cyber cold war"?

Cybersquatting The Tiger Woods' Name
Of course, with all the interest in Tiger Woods and his alleged affairs, cybersquatting the Tiger Woods brand has become even more rampant. Check out these websites cybersquatting on Tiger, and don't forget to check out the cybersquatting site on TigerWoodsAffair.com.

WIPO Launches Paperless UDRP Proceedings [news release]
From Monday, December 14, 2009, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center will launch essentially paperless UDRP procedures. This removes the requirement for mandatory filing and notification of paper pleadings in WIPO cases filed under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).

New UDRP Rules - Implementation Process and Paperless Filing at WIPO: What You Need To Know
On October 30, 2009, ICANN Board approved WIPO?s proposal to amend the Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (Rules) to allow for electronic-only filing of pleadings under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).

Wipo goes green for domain name dispute resolution
Amid the ongoing global debate on climate change, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, (Wipo) has said it will launch paperless procedures in matters relating to domain name dispute from Monday. 

 - IPv4/IPv6
What Is IPV6 and What Does It Mean For Your Domains?
Over the last year, rumors that the Internet is ?running out of space? have made the rounds through the tech community. While this isn?t quite the way we would phrase it, the current protocol platform IPV4 is approaching full allocation and a new protocol platform, IPV6 has been created to handle the expanded network. As the domain space is poised to broaden and with the current protocol version close to capacity, you will begin to hear a lot more about IPV6.

.google Before Christmas by Dirk Krischenowski
I'm a real fan of the Google Masterplan since its publication in 2005. After the introduction of its own global DNS I thought it might be a good idea to have a second look on the G-Masterplan. What I found is astonishing and shows the steps to .google.

Ma$ters of new domain
Tiger Woods' sex scandal might just net a few tech-savvy entrepreneurs some green. One seller on eBay is asking for a cool $21 million for the domain name TigersHarem.com, which he says is registered with GoDaddy.com.

Cyber world goes gaga over Woods?s sordid saga [PTI]
It?s a business worth millions of dollars that some internet enterpreneurs are eyeing by sale of websites dedicated to the Tiger Woods scandal, even as the golfer himself has lost millions in earnings to his ?infidelity?. Dozens of websites have been registered in the past few days and put on sale for prices as high as US$21 million (about Rs 100 crore) to cash in on the scandal involving the former ?God of Golf? and his mistresses.

Russia.com Rules This Week's Domain Sales Chart Backed By Two Big Six-Figure Sales
In a deal brokered by Sedo.com, Seattle-based Paley Media sold Russia.com for $1.5 million this week. That is the 6th highest domain sale reported this year and is the 8th to break the 7-figure barrier so far in 2009.

Dark Blue Sea Directors Resign As Photon Group Takes Majority Ownership
Dark Blue SeDark Blue Sea and Photon Group announced today that several DBS board members have resigned. The director resignations come from Richard Moore, former CEO and most recently Executive Director, Vernon Wills, Chairman of the Board and Joseph Ganim, Director. Duncan Cornish has also resigned as DBS Secretary.

Broadband networks supporting innovation: New report: OECD
New innovations such as smart electrical grids, tele-medicine, intelligent transportation networks, interactive learning and cloud computing will require fast communication networks to operate efficiently. Government investment in new fibre networks could be justified based on just small direct benefits in just four key sectors of the economy ? electricity, health, education and transportation.

Online Network Size, Efficacy, and Opinion Expression: Assessing the Impacts of Internet Use in China by Fei Shen, Ning Wang, Zhongshi Guo & Liang Guo [International Journal of Public Opinion Research]
Abstract: The severe internet censorship implemented in China naturally raises substantial doubt about the potential democratic functions of the internet. This study presents some initial empirical evidence for internet use's impact on online opinion expression in Mainland China by analyzing three survey datasets collected by the World Internet Project in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Results reveal a positive relationship between internet use and online expression. The positive association is partially mediated by online network size, but not necessarily by internet efficacy. Although government censorship has in a measure successfully stifled people's; willingness to speak out, it is argued that the networking function of the internet could still bring incremental changes to the Chinese society through constructing loosely structured networks. 

Privacy, Free Speech, and 'Blurry-Edged' Social Networks by Lauren Amy Gelman [Boston College Law Review]
Abstract: Much of Internet-related scholarship over the past ten years has focused on the enormous benefits that come from eliminating intermediaries and allowing user generated one-to-many (one person to many people) communications. Many commentators have noted the tension created between the positive benefits for free speech and the negative effects on user privacy. This tension has been exacerbated by technologies that permit users to create social networks with ?blurry edges? - places where they post information generally intended for a small network of friends and family, but which is left available to the whole world to access.

Anonymity in Cyberspace: What Can We Learn From John Doe? by Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky
Abstract: This Article examines the evolution of the law governing libel suits against anonymous ?John Doe? defendants based on Internet speech. Between 1999 and 2009, courts crafted new First Amendment doctrines to protect Internet speakers from having their anonymity automatically stripped away upon the filing of a libel action. Courts also adapted exist-ing First Amendment protections for hyperbole, satire, and other non-factual speech to protect the distinctive discourse of Internet message boards. Despite these positive developments, the current state of the law is unsatisfactory. Because the scope of protection for anonymous Internet speech varies greatly by jurisdiction, resourceful plaintiffs can make stra-tegic use of libel law to silence their critics. Meanwhile, plaintiffs who are truly harmed by cybersmears will find little effective recourse in libel law. Though disheartening, the current state of the law may be a testament to the
 difficulty of balancing speech and reputation in the Internet age.

Mozilla exec suggests Firefox users move to Bing, cites Google privacy stance
A Mozilla official today pointed Firefox users to the extension that adds Microsoft's Bing to the list of the browser's search engines after Google's CEO downplayed consumers' privacy concerns.

Mozilla exec urges Firefox users ditch Google for Bing
Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's director of community development, used his personal blog to urge Firefox users away from Google and to use Microsoft's search engine Bing, instead. Dotzler cited privacy concerns, specifically pointing to comments recently made by Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Google backs world's fastest internet cable to run 8,000km across southeast Asia
In little more than a decade, Google has conquered the technology industry and become one of the world's most powerful companies. Its latest undertaking, however, may be one of its most ambitious: a giant undersea cable that will significantly speed up internet access around the globe.

One in three Britons listen to radio online: Rajar
Almost one in three Britons listen to the radio online, new figures indicate.

UK trails on super-fast broadband say OECD figures
The UK is trailing when it comes to next-generation access, new figures show. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UK is placed 21st out of 30 in terms of speed.

Broadband penetration still lags in U.S.
The United States still lags behind several developed countries in broadband penetration despite experiencing solid growth over the past year, according to new data released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

U.S. Making Progress On Fiber
The United States has maintained its current ranking of 15th in terms of broadband penetration, according to the latest statistics released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, but the country is making progress in the amount of fiber-optic lines being installed. The latest OECD statistics, based on data from June 2009, show that while the United States may still lag behind other countries in terms of the number of broadband subscribers per 100 residents, the United States is seventh overall in the rollout of fiber. Fiber enables much faster broadband speeds than are currently available with cable or DSL, according to Taylor Reynolds with the OECD's Science, Technology and Industry division.

Microsoft Is Losing Fight for Consumers, Analyst Says
Mark Anderson is the writer behind the Strategic News Service, a predictive newsletter with a wide following among technology executives and venture capitalists, which he publishes from the island redoubt of Friday Harbor, Wash. And each December, he comes to New York, hosts a dinner and delivers a set of forecasts for the coming year.

eBay auctions overtaken by fixed price sales
Fixed priced sales have outnumbered auction transactions on eBay for the first time as business take over the web site from individual sellers.

eBay?s fixed-price sales overtake profits from web auctions
It emerged during the web?s infancy as one of the most exciting ? and lucrative ? ideas on the internet. But has eBay been hijacked by big business?

Social network searches could be a hacker's dream
The race to include up-to-the-minute postings from popular social networks atop search results from Google, Microsoft Bing and Yahoo Search should trigger a boon ? for spammers and cybercriminals.

Facebook faces criticism on privacy change
Digital rights groups and bloggers have heaped criticism on Facebook's changed privacy policy. Critics said the changes were unwelcome and "nudged" people towards sharing updates with the wider web and made them findable via search engines.

How to fix Facebook's new privacy settings
When logging in to Facebook Thursday, I, like millions of other people, got the directive to update my privacy settings to fit in to the new, "simplified," scheme.

Facebook's new policy creates 'serious privacy problems', say critics
Facebook has changed the way its privacy settings operate, asking users to change their settings even if they had already been set. The social networking giant's approach has been criticised by privacy activists.

Mozilla's Thunderbird Email Client Is Back with a Vengeance
When Thunderbird, the Mozilla Foundation's open-source e-mail client, first came out, I liked it a lot. But then Mozilla put Thunderbird on the back burner to focus its attention on Firefox, letting Thunderbird slowly age into a second-rate e-mail client. Now, at long last, a new and vastly improved version of Thunderbird has just been released and is back to being great.

French army sides with Mozilla in Microsoft email war
A new email client unveiled by Mozilla this week contains code from an unusual source -- the French military, which decided the open source product was more secure than Microsoft's rival Outlook.

WiGig spec promises 7Gbps wireless streaming
The Wireless Gigabit Alliance has completed its specification for a 60GHz technology that supports data transmission rates of up to 7Gbps, promising a wireless speed boost between mobile phones, PCs and televisions.

China's Curbs on Tech Purchases Draw Ire
China has rolled out regulations that could curb billions of dollars worth of sales of high-tech gear to government agencies, raising cries from companies across the globe and from the U.S. government.

Women go online to share child sex-abuse fantasies
Thousands of women appear to be using the internet to share sexual fantasies of abuse involving children.

UKCCIS Launches the First UK Child Internet Safety Strategy
300 delegates from Government, industry, law enforcement and the third sector attended the first annual UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Summit in London on 8 December 2009 for the launch of the first UK Child Internet Safety Strategy and a Digital Code for internet safety.

FTC Report Finds Sexually and Violently Explicit Content in Online Virtual Worlds Accessed by Minors [news release]
The Federal Trade Commission today issued a report that examines the incidence of sexually and violently explicit content in online virtual worlds. The congressionally mandated report, ?Virtual Worlds and Kids: Mapping the Risks,? urges operators of virtual worlds to take a number of steps to keep explicit content away from children and teens, and recommends that parents familiarize themselves with the virtual worlds their kids visit.

FTC: Kids can find adult content in virtual worlds
The FTC seems to have discovered something the rest of us already knew. Kids are easily able to access adult content in virtual worlds.

FTC drags out old, tired ideas for protecting kids online
The Federal Trade Commission is always on the lookout for what could be improved "for the children!" and a recent report highlights the newest areas of concern: virtual worlds. In its report released Thursday, the FTC announced the downright shocking news that there is sexually explicit and often violent content in virtual worlds that can be accessed by minors, along with a set of recommendations for service providers to better shield kids.

Savvy kids can access explicit online worlds: FTC
Even a minimally savvy youngster can figure out how to access violent or explicitly sexual content in some virtual or Internet worlds, the Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday.

FTC: Explicit Virtual world content easy for minors to see
The Federal Trade Commission today said minors can access explicit sexual and vilolent content in 70% of the virtual worlds it reviewed in a congressionally mandated report and urged virtual world operators to make key enhancements aimed at reducing the risk of youth exposure to such content.

FTC warns of explicit content in virtual worlds [AFP]
The US consumer protection agency warned parents Thursday that children can easily bypass age requirements in virtual worlds and access violent or sexually explicit content.

FTC's milestone report on virtual worlds
This is pioneering stuff on the part of the US government. The Federal Trade Commission today sent to Congress its close study of 27 online virtual worlds ? 14 for children under 13 and 13 aimed at teens and adults ? looking at the level of sexually explicit and violent content and what the VWs were doing to protect children from it.

Teenagers and sexting
Almost half of sexually active teens are involved in sexting -- sending explicit photos of themselves or their partners via mobile phones.

au: Boy's suicide blamed on school bullies
SYSTEMIC failures within the NSW Education Department and poorly understood student welfare policies fostered the bullying culture that helped drive a 14-year-old boy to suicide, a court has been told.

Can Nokia Recapture Its Glory Days?
If there?s anywhere left in the world where it?s still impolite to flash a BlackBerry or an iPhone, it?s Nokia?s annual analyst meeting.

Google Phone May Be in Works
Google appears to be preparing to market its own smartphone, a move that would intensify the company?s rivalry with Apple, whose iPhone dominates the high-end smartphone market in the United States.

Google hints at making mobile phone [AFP]
The internet is buzzing with renewed rumours that Google will make its own smartphone, after the internet powerhouse said it was internally dabbling with a mobile device.

Mobile phones will come of age in 2010 ? and this time I mean it
For decades, speech recognition has been a breakthrough waiting to happen. The other day I tried Google's voice search on my mobile after someone had recommended it. I spoke three search queries into my phone (by holding down the telephone icon) and it got all three correct. Being able to search on the move without typing in letters is a really useful facility ? another indication of the coming of age of the mobile.

Apple lawsuit claims Nokia copied the iPhone
Apple has hit back at Nokia, as the spat between the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer and its most recent rival becomes increasingly acrimonious.

Apple Sues Nokia, Claims Infringement for wrongfully using 13 of its patents [Bloomberg]
Apple Inc., maker of the iPod and iTunes music software, said it filed a countersuit claiming that Nokia Oyj is infringing its technology.

Why Vevo Will Fail
The music video site is modeled on Hulu, but downloading music videos is quite different from downloading TV programs

New attempt to tackle Skype spam
When spam starts talking to you, you know you're in trouble. It pops up on your screen, trying to sell you watches, Viagra and a host of other goodies and it pretends to be your friend through Facebook and Skype. Now the Australian Communications and Media Authority will begin a new campaign aimed at getting consumers to complain about the latest form of spam instant messaging.

ACMA expands spam crackdown to Skype, instant messengers
The Australian Communications and Media Authority will expand its crackdown on spam to include unwanted messages sent during conversations on instant messenger programs including VoIP service Skype.

District Court Gives California Anti-Spam Law Some Breathing Room
It turns out that on the same day that the Ninth Circuit rejected ISP Asis Internet's contention that the mere carriage of spam and the cost of deploying spam filters supported a claim under the federal CAN-SPAM Act, a federal district court in California boosted the company's state-law claim against another alleged spammer by ruling that claims under California's anti-spam statute are not preempted by CAN-SPAM.

In Shift, U.S. Talks to Russia on Internet Security
The United States has begun talks with Russia and a United Nations arms control committee about strengthening Internet security and limiting military use of cyberspace.

US games company sues British blogger
In an internet defamation case that lawyers say could set an "extraordinary precedent", an American games company is suing a British blogger in the Australian courts.

Libel laws stifle jokes by Alexei Sayle and Ricky Gervais
Top comedians and wits, including Alexei Sayle, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Fry, say Britain is being turned into a ?global laughing stock? because of its draconian libel laws. They are the latest critics to call for reform of the legislation which is stifling free speech.

As Web Challenges French Leaders, They Push Back
Dominique Broueilh is an unlikely cyberdelinquent, much less a political dissident. But earlier this year, Ms. Broueilh, 50, a homemaker and mother of three, found herself the target of a police investigation and a lawsuit from a French cabinet official because of a comment she had posted online.

Google Faces a Different World in Italy
One morning in January 2008, Peter Fleischer, the chief privacy counsel at Google, was walking to the University of Milan to deliver a speech at a conference when someone shouted his name from behind. Shortly afterward, he was surrounded by five Italian police officers.

US cyber security is back on the agenda
For the past month or so a curious game has been going on in the world of rumour and uncertainty that passes for the intelligence community. At the heart of it is an attempt to force the US president, Barack Obama, to put cyber security back to the top of his agenda and to usher in increased monitoring of the internet.

Police Report Says Five Americans Wanted to Pursue Jihad After Being Inspired by YouTube Videos
A ringleader of the five Washington, D.C.-area men arrested in Pakistan this week was inspired to wage jihad by watching YouTube videos showing attacks on U.S. Army and military installations, according to a Pakistani police report. 

Terrorist recruiters leverage the Web
Pakistani authorities on Saturday were searching for an insurgent figure believed to have aided five Northern Virginia men who allegedly tried to join al-Qaeda, saying the case could help unravel a growing network of terrorist recruiters who scour the Internet for radicalized young men.

Bank firewalls cracked by cyberhackers
For more than a decade the common currency among cybercriminals has been pilfered credit card numbers, but some underground hackers have learned how to drain money directly from corporate bank accounts.

au: Probe into depression chat leaks
The Australian Privacy Commissioner has launched a formal investigation into a depression website called Depression Services.

Gary McKinnon challenges extradition to US
Lawyers acting for the computer hacker Gary McKinnon today lodged papers for a fresh high court challenge to stop him being sent for trial in the US.

ECPA Protections Don't Apply Outside United States
A federal district court in Northern California ruled earlier this week that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the statute protecting stored e-mail communications, does not protect electronic communications outside the United States. The case is Zheng v. Yahoo! Inc., No. C-08-1068 (N. D. Cal., Dec. 2, 2009), in which the plaintiffs alleged that Yahoo!'s Chinese subsidiary unlawfully disclosed the plaintiffs' identities and electronic communications to officials of the Peoples Republic of China -- resulting in torture, imprisonment, and serious other emotional and economic damage.

Pop-up Advertisements Offering Anti-virus Software Pose Threat to Internet Users
An ongoing threat exists for computer users who, while browsing the Internet, began receiving pop-up security warnings that state their computers are infected with numerous viruses.

China launches new crackdown on Internet, mobile phone porn
China launched Tuesday a new round of harsh crackdown on spreading pornographic content through Internet or mobile WAP sites to "purify the social environment," government sources said.

Iranian Facebook Protest Continues
A reader writes to draw our attention to the fact that another prominent Iranian, the cultural critic and scholar Hamid Dabashi, who teaches at Columbia University in New York, has joined the online campaign to show solidarity with Majid Tavakoli, a student leader who was detained after Monday?s demonstrations in Tehran.

Britain, Long a Libel Mecca, Reviews Laws
England has long been a mecca for aggrieved people from around the world who want to sue for libel. Russian oligarchs, Saudi businessmen, multinational corporations, American celebrities ? all have made their way to London?s courts, where jurisdiction is easy to obtain and libel laws are heavily weighted in favor of complainants.

us: Self-regulatory Efforts of Online Advertising Industry Insufficient to Protect Consumers [news release]
The Center for Democracy & Technology today released a report that examined the self-regulatory practices of the online behavioral advertising industry and found that the guidelines?despite some recent progress?aren't strong enough to sufficiently protect consumer privacy.

New EU digital strategy to focus on users' rights 
Consumers will be at the core of the European Union's 'i2015' action plan for the future of the digital economy, which the EU institutions are beginning to shape and plan to deliver by spring 2010.

Europe Region meeting defines key ICT development priorities
The Europe Regional Preparatory Meeting for the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 (WTDC-10) concluded on Thursday 3 December in Andorra La Vella with delegates reaching consensus on regional strategies to foster the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs). The agreed strategies and priorities will serve as inputs to next year?s WTDC.

The ACTA Timeline: Tracing The Secret Copyright Treaty
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is generating growing concern (witness today's release of a protest letter from civil liberties groups from around the world) as many people learn about the secret copyright treaty for the first time. I've posted video talks and interviews on ACTA, but some have asked for a visual timeline to trace its emergence. Posted below is an ACTA Timeline created using Dipity. I'll update as events warrant.

OECD Conference on Empowering E-Consumers
E-commerce has evolved dramatically since 1999, when the OECD issued its first Guidelines for Consumer Protection in the Context of Electronic Commerce. Government, business, civil society, international organisations and academics will explore how effective the guidelines are and what new opportunities, obstacles and risks consumers face in today?s online world. The discussion will be based on a report that identifies key trends and issues that require further attention from business and governments to strengthen consumer trust in the Internet economy.

Nicolas Sarkozy seeks to fend off Google?s threat to French culture
Google?s plans to provide digital versions of classic books over the internet have run into trouble in France after President Sarkozy vowed to spend hundreds of millions of euros to see off what he regards as a threat to the country?s cultural heritage.

Singapore well-placed as Internet exchange
The country could become the world's largest Internet exchange because of its position as a "technology hub" situated within many underserved markets, said Glimmerglass.

PartyGaming, Austria's bwin in merger talks - paper
Online gaming firm PartyGaming is in merger talks with Austrian rival bwin Interactive Entertainment in a deal that could create an internet gambling giant, according to the Sunday Times.

Broadband and ETS the 'keys' to change
Kevin Rudd tied together two of his most contentious election promises yesterday -- the $43 billion national broadband network and the emissions trading scheme -- by claiming both were vital to the effort to tackle climate change.

NBN Co down the wrong path: Cisco
Networking experts have discussed concerns that the national broadband network will put the nation on a $43 billion path "back to the future" by returning incumbent telcos to dominant market positions.

Broadband future: Father of the Internet praises NBN
Vint Cerf, Vice-President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google and widely regarded as the father of the Internet, has labelled the NBN rollout and telecommunications reform ?stunning? and ?impressive?.

Broadband future: NBN should be wired, not wireless, says Quigley
Fibre to the home will be the only way to deliver high end applications such as complete remote computing and full 3D virtual collaboration in Australia, according to NBN Co cheif, Mike Quigley.

au: Wrap up: Realising Our Broadband Future summit
The Federal Government's Realising Our Broadband Future event was held over two days at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Guests heard from speakers like the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, communications minister Stephen Conroy, NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley, Google's vice president and chief internet evangelist Vinton G Cerf, Jeffrey Cole the director of USC Annenberg School; BHP Billiton Iron Ore CIO Brad Wearn, and Dr Paul Twomey the Senior President of ICANN.

AT&T Possible Price Moves May Backfire
Potential efforts to charge more for heavy data usage may alienate customers and stymie innovation and growth in the wireless Web


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