[DNS] domain name news - 5 January

[DNS] domain name news - 5 January

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 05:25:06 -0800 (PST)
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ICANN 2009 Annual Report Published

Berlin The Latest New TLD Battleground?

nz: Consultation on Second Level Domains Policy Review

Nominet head of legal resigns

Google Loses Another Domain Name Dispute by John Levine

A decade's worth of IPv4 addresses

Will the Internet Run Out of IP Addresses in 2012?

Domain Pulse 2010 in Switzerland Getting Closer

Pair of Six-Figure .DE Domains Including the Largest IDN Sale Ever Reported Lead This Week's Abbreviated Sales Chart

2009 Annual Report Published
The 2009 Annual Report for ICANN has been published online today. As you can see, it is changed only incrementally from last year's and is somewhat slimmed down. Publishing an annual report is part of ICANN's practice over the last several years, and an explicit commitment made in the Affirmation of Commitments signed in September 2009.

Discussion Draft: Affirmation Reviews
ICANN is publishing today for public comment a discussion draft that addresses the requirements and implementation processes for the reviews called for in the Affirmation of Commitments.

ICANN Publishes the December 2009 Semi-Annual Contractual Compliance Report
ICANN's Contractual Compliance Department published its fourth Semi-Annual Contractual Compliance Report. This report summarizes ICANN's compliance activities from January through November 2009. During this period, ICANN continued work on two studies (Whois accuracy and domain names registered using a privacy or proxy service); completed work on two audits to determine registrar compliance with the Expired Domain Deletion Policy, and issued an advisory to clarify one of its provisions; monitored and investigated claims of Whois inaccuracy; and held a UDRP workshop. This report contains details regarding each of the studies, audits and activities.

Why the new gTLD process is going off on another wrong tangent
I?ve just submitted a response to an ICANN public comment period asking for feedback on a model that would allow people to send in ?expressions of interest? for new Internet extensions like dot-com or dot-info.

Innovations to spread as US cedes control over internet
THE next decade could see the US lose its title as the world's technology headquarters. All major technology innovation in recent history has emerged from the US, supported by the world's finest education, innovation and commercialisation industries.

Domain name extension 'could boost cyber-crime'
The introduction of internet addresses in non-Roman scripts could offer fresh opportunities to cyber-criminals, experts have warned. Next year Icann will for the first time accept internet domain names in non-Roman scripts. The domain name is the part of a web address that precedes the ?dot?, such as timesonline.

Boston Globe Editorial: What?s Yahoo in Cyrillic?
The debut of Internet domain names entirely in non-Latin alphabets should be liberating for speakers of Russian, or Chinese, and a host of other languages. These users, because of a rules change by ICANN, can finally be free from Western technological dominance while surfing the Web.

ICANN?s Proposed EOI Likely to Limit the Number of New gTLDs
Thinking about applying for a new generic top level domain? Then ante up $55,000 for the right to file an application.

2010 preview: The polyglot web
Imagine what browsing the web would be like if you had to type out addresses in characters you don't recognise, from a language you don't speak. It's a nightmare that will end for hundreds of millions of people in 2010, when the first web addresses written entirely in non-Latin characters come online.

Top IDN Moments of 2009
1. Chuck Gomes stating here that Verisign plans to allow the owners of IDN.com to essentially ?alias? these domains so that they become IDN.IDN in relevant languages. Chuck said ?if you were the registrant of [Name]-in-IDN.com, then no one else could register [Name]-in-IDN.com-in-IDN but you could activate the registration if you wanted to.? This flushed all doubts down the toilet that one day IDN.com won?t redirect to IDN.IDN.

Lost & Found WWW: Next year the first URLs made up of non-Latin characters will appear on the internet
In the very near future the way that we browse the internet will be radically different than that of today. When the non-Latin based characters come online it will turn into Armageddon for hundreds of millions of people. Next year, the first URLs made up of non-Latin characters will appear on the internet.

Welcome to 2010. Now What? ... New TLD?s.
We still don?t truly know what the effect of 10?s or 100?s of new extensions will have on value and demand of current TLD?s. We can all make our predictions, but until these new extensions are launched en mass, we can only guess and opine as to the outcome.

Even our fonts will betray us?
According to Christina Warren at mashable.com, the switch to allowing non-Latin alphabet characters in web domains could give scammers a brand new toolkit. That's because browsers can't render many non-Latin characters, and the approximations may be doppelgangers for trusted sites. Alternatively, an address in an alphabet like Cyrillic, which shares certain letterforms with the Latin alphabet, can appear indistinguishable from pre-existing Latin-alphabet addresses:

PayPal vs Fake PayPal: Can You Tell the Difference?
Back in October, we wrote about a new policy approved by ICANN that will allow non-Latin domain names to be registered in early to mid 2010. This is really exciting for Internet users in areas that use non-Latin alphabets (like Arabic, Japanese, Chinese and Cyrillic), who have spent the last fifteen years without full domain opportunities.

Smart, China Mobile, Apple, ICANN, Verizon
... ICANN's introduction of non-Roman scripts to registrable domain names may increase cybercrime, as phishers take advantage of similarities between scripts to fool unsuspecting web users, an IP lawyer has warned.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Berlin The Latest New TLD Battleground?
If you've been following the newTLD process within ICANN over the last year or so you will have probably been aware of how slow and tortuous development has been. To recap, ICANN, which oversees domain names globally, announced that it was "opening up" the internet so that "anyone" could get the domain extension they wanted. Of course it's not really "everyone" and the process to date has been far from smooth.

CNNIC Launches Online Complaint Reporting Service
News from China Internet Network Information Center is that CNNIC has published an online complaint reporting service to encourage Internet users to report issues related to bad domain names in an effort to purify the online environment for teenagers in China.

HKIRC to launch ?.??' full Chinese domain name in 2010
Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Ltd (HKIRC) announced today that ?.?? registrations will be offered free to all ?.hk? customers in the second half of 2010 with the aim of helping them develop their sites with full Chinese domain names. This is to increase the popularity of Chinese domain names and to maximize benefits to the Internet community, and ultimately to sustain the status of Hong Kong as a digital city.

no: Update in Norid's domain name policy 1 March 2010: The registration fee and the annual fee increases
On 1 March 2010 the fees for registration and annual upkeep will rise to NOK 60. In addition to covering the general price increase over the last few years, this rise is caused by Norid's need to lessen our deficit due to heightened demands for security and emergency preparedness.

nz: Consultation on Second Level Domains Policy Review
InternetNZ, through Domain Name Commission Limited (DNC), is currently reviewing the existing Second Level Domains (2LD) policy. ... This policy was last reviewed over 2003-2004 when a Working Group put out papers for public consultation. These papers sought comment on a number of issues including introducing registrations in .nz at the second level and the process for creating a new second level domain. The review resulted in changes to the process of creating a new second level domain but did not introduce .nz registrations at the second level.

Coordination Center for TLD RU has published the english-language translation of Terms and conditions of domain names registration under domains .RU and .??
Let us inform you that the english-language translation of the latest version of Terms and conditions of domain names registration under domain .RU and translation of Terms and conditions of domain names registration under domain .?? is presented on our web-site now.

Russia will be heard in ICANN
Mr. Igor Schegolev, the RF Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, has co-opted Russia?s representative to the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) under the internet-corporation ICANN ? Mr. Oleg Chutov - Director of the Department of scientific and technical and strategic development of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications.

uk: Nominet legal boss quits
Emily Taylor, Nominet's long-serving legal and policy director, has resigned. The non-profit company in charge of the .uk domain registry declined to explain her departure.

Nominet head of legal resigns
In an abrupt move, Emily Taylor has resigned from her position as director of legal and policy at .uk registry Nominet. When contacted, the not-for-profit had no news about her potential successor or the reason for the sudden move.

uk: Changes to Nominet acceptable use policies
On 1 February 2010 we will make some changes to the acceptable use polices for our registrar systems.

uk: Nominet governance consultation update
Our consultation on shaping the future of .uk closed on 15 December and we would like to thank all members, registrars and stakeholders who gave us feedback.

The Evil (Cyber) Empire: Inside the world of Russian hackers.
Did Russian hackers manage to steal tens of millions of dollars from Citigroup? While The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI is investigating the alleged loss, the financial organization denies losing money in such a security breach. It may take awhile to uncover the truth, but reports of the attack have cast yet another spotlight into the shadowy world of cybercrime. This report, adapted from a cover package by NEWSWEEK's Russia-language partner,Russky Newsweek, takes a closer look at those behind this global threat.

Germany Plans Internet Virus Phone-Call Alerts
Germany's federal computer security agency (BSI) and the German Internet business federation ECO said that Internet providers already had the technology to know which of their customers were infected. The German officials estimated that one quarter of the computers in the country had been taken over by harmful software.

Good Guys Bring Down the Mega-D Botnet
For two years as a researcher with security company FireEye, Atif Mushtaq worked to keep Mega-D bot malware from infecting clients' networks. In the process, he learned how its controllers operated it. Last June, he began publishing his findings online. In November, he suddenly switched from de??fense to offense. And Mega-D--a powerful, resilient botnet that had forced 250,000 PCs to do its bidding--went down. 

Google loses Canadian Groovle domain name claim
A Canadian company behind a search engine called Groovle.com has won a case filed against it by online search giant Google.

How to beat Google in a domain name dispute
Google wins domain name disputes almost every time, and it suffered its second loss ever on Christmas Eve. How "Groovle.com" avoided a one-way transfer to the Googleplex.

Google Loses Another Domain Name Dispute by John Levine
For the benefit of trademark owners, ICANN has something called the UDRP (Uniform Dispute Resolution Process) that allows the owner to file a complaint against an allegedly infringing domain name, to be resolved by one of a small set of arbitrators. About 90% of UDRP cases that proceed to a decision are decided in favor of the complainant; opinions differ as to whether that's because of the merit of the complaints or the institutional bias of the arbitrators.

 - IPv4/IPv6
A decade's worth of IPv4 addresses
During the first decade of the 21st century we went through over 1.3 billion IPv4 addresses. eighty-one percent of the usable IPv4 addresses are now gone, leaving us with just a couple years' supply left.

Will the Internet Run Out of IP Addresses in 2012?
Current Internet addresses are limited, and Vint Cerf predicted we would run out by 2010. Now pundits say the new date is 2012. The problem is that Internet protocol version 4 (IPv4) is mathematically limited with 32 bits and the shift to IPv6, which uses 128 bits, is likely to take a long time. Meantime, coexistence and IPv4 conservation could help.

IPv6: A Lost Decade? by Yves Poppe
A 'decade from hell', according to Times Magazine, a 'dazing decade' says Newsweek. In Copenhagen, at the Climate Change Conference, the World Meteorological Organization talked of the 'hottest decade on record'. BusinessWeek characterized the decade as one of 'innovation interrupted'. All this gloom made me wonder how to qualify our IPv6 decade?

Domain Pulse 2010 in Switzerland Getting Closer
The Domain Pulse 2010 conference, the premier domain name conference in the German-speaking countries, will be held in Lucerne, Switzerland on 1 and 2 February.

E-numbering can help India avoid 11-digit regime
India can adopt telephone number mapping to avoid migrating from 10-digit mobile number to an 11-digit number. The ever-increasing number of fresh subscribers every month has exhausted the allotment of new serial mobile numbers available with the department of telecom (DoT), forcing the industry to seek migration to the 11-digit solution.

NXDOMAIN Substitution: Good or Evil? by Geoff Huston
Sometimes its not just the words that create meaning in a conversation, but the gaps in between the words, or the white spaces that can also convey meaning. Sometimes it's not just what is said, but also the manner of what is not said that conveys meaning and has value. Oddly enough, this observation about the value of the spaces between the words in human communications carries through to the Domain Name System, or DNS. 

December 2009 Web Server Survey
In the December 2009 survey we received responses from 233,848,493 sites, an increase of 212k since last month.

Big Sale of Barns.com and Landmark 6-Figure IDN Deal Take Top Spots on This Week's Domain Sales Chart
A pair of nice six-figure sales headline this week's domain sales report. Barns.com bagged the top spot after changing hands for $175,000 in a private sale. North Carolina businessman Jeremiah Johnson, who already had a well established business in this space at WoodBarns.com, acquired the category killing domain and is already putting it to good use. His new website at Barns.com offers a wide variety of barns, including custom metal and Amish wood structures, that are sold nationwide with free delivery and installation.

Pair of Six-Figure .DE Domains Including the Largest IDN Sale Ever Reported Lead This Week's Abbreviated Sales Chart
Christmas is just two days away and many offices have already shut down or at least let key staffers head home early. That was the case at Sedo this week. With our normal contact person on holiday, we did not receive their usual sales data report and were unable to reach any of our many other contacts there to track it down. Since Sedo often accounts for as many as half of the sales reported in any given week, we have abbreviated our usual Top 20 charts to accommodate the reduced data set available.

Life in the Fast Lane: Rick Latona Got a Late Start But He's Quickly Closing In on the Competition 
Over the last few years the domain industry has been going through a consolidation stage in which bigger fish swallow up smaller ones, creating industry conglomerates like NameMedia, Demand Media, Oversee.net and Thought Convergence. With venture capitalists pumping tens of millions of dollars into the space, it seemed obvious that the game was over for self-financed entrepreneurs with dreams of grandeur. They couldn't possibly compete against the new domain industry behemoths. Apparently Rick Latona never got that memo.

2010 DOMAINfest Global Agenda and Speakers Confirmed
The 2010 DOMAINfest Global conference later this month offers a fresh agenda, featuring rich sessions, structured networking, innovative contests, top speakers and fun social events according to the conference organisers.

Is Internet Censorship Compatible with Democracy?: Legal Restrictions of Online Speech in South Korea by Eric S. Fish [Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law]
Abstract: This paper examines the history and causes of Internet censorship in South Korea, with special focus on the tension between South Korea's democratic political identity and its willingness to tolerate significant censorship of online political speech.

US military tracks Santa's Christmas Eve journey
This year children will have a range of hi-tech options when it comes to following the progress of Santa on Christmas Eve. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) has been tracking Santa for over 50 years.

Current Google Insights Trends: NORAD tracks Santa [Relax News]
Santa's journey around the world, as tracked by defense establishment NORAD, tops the list of Google keyword trends for the past seven days on Wednesday.

Arabic-language Internet is coming of age
Yahoo's acquisition of Maktoob.com this year encourages start-ups and investors to work on online content and services for the world's 300 million Arabic speakers.

Newspapers online - the promiscuity problem: More bad news for the embattled newspaper business
The decision to give away newspaper content free online is increasingly viewed as the business equivalent of Eve?s decision to munch on an apple. But any proprietor who wants to undo this error has a problem. If one newspaper starts charging, readers may migrate to those that remain free. If, on the other hand, a lot of papers begin charging at the same time, readers might be jostled into paying. This plan has always seemed optimistic. A study released this week suggests it may be completely wrongheaded.

Adding Fees and Fences on Media Sites
Over more than a decade, consumers became accustomed to the sweet, steady flow of free news, pictures, videos and music on the Internet. Paying was for suckers and old fogeys. Content, like wild horses, wanted to be free.

The media's future is written not in gloom and doom, but shades of grey
So we head into the media decade of living dangerously. Last week, I offered 12 things to keep spirits up; this week, a dirty dozen. But there's still a little cheer around because the bad things aren't all dire, just wholly uncertain. We don't know that they mean nemesis for newspapers, TV, radio and the rest, we just know we aren't quite sure.

Advertising in print is twice as effective as TV, says Microsoft
Print advertising is more than twice as effective as television advertising for large retailers, according to new data seen by The Times.

Cyber bullies reign in South Korea
When someone runs afoul of popular opinion in South Korea, they risk being the target of nasty online campaigns, which apparently have led to some suicides. A movement has started to push civility.

Firefox Wins a Round, With an Asterisk
Firefox evangelists have something extra in their stockings this holiday ? their Web browser has surpassed Microsoft?s entrenched Internet Explorer surf software in popularity. Sort of.

Google's Chrome grabs No. 3 browser spot from Safari
Google's Chrome overtook Apple's Safari to become the world's third-most popular browser just 16 months after its debut, a Web metrics company said Friday.

British website archives to be fast-tracked amid fears historical record is being lost
New legal powers to allow the British Library to archive millions of websites are to be fast-tracked by ministers after the Guardian exposed long delays in introducing the measures.

China says up to 80% of violent crime, teen pregnancy due to online games [IDG]
China's state news channel has blamed hugely popular online games for problems including drug addiction, teen pregnancy and even murder this month as regulators crack down on allegedly harmful content in games.

Study shows broadband brings productivity gains for New Zealand business
New Zealand businesses with broadband were 10 per cent more productive than businesses without it, a world-first study by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research has found.

Many Kiwis go online to solve health woes
More New Zealanders are turning to the internet for medical advice, sparking fears from doctors that people are fretting needlessly about diseases they do not have.

In Allowing Ad Blockers, a Test for Google
In a manifestolike e-mail message sent last month to all Google employees, Jonathan Rosenberg, a senior vice president for product management, told them to commit to greater transparency and open industry standards. Rather than hoard knowledge to exploit it, he wrote in ?The Meaning of Open,? share it and watch Google and the entire Internet prosper.

Opinion: Search But You May Not Find
As we become increasingly dependent on the Internet, we need to be increasingly concerned about how it is regulated. The Federal Communications Commission has proposed ?network neutrality? rules, which would prohibit Internet service providers from discriminating against or charging premiums for certain services or applications on the Web. The commission is correct that ensuring equal access to the infrastructure of the Internet is vital, but it errs in directing its regulations only at service providers like AT&T and Comcast.D

Why 2009 was Facebook's year
Even by Facebook's standards, the past 12 months have been remarkable. The site cemented its position as the world's favourite social network, reached the verge of profitability and even exerted its influence over the race for the Christmas No 1.

Iran: Twitter becomes focal point of protests
Amid renewed clashes between the Iranian authorities and the reformist Green Movement, social networking sites such as Twitter have again become a focal point of the protests against the Islamic regime. As in the aftermath of the disputed presidential elections in June, anti-government protesters have been posting hundreds of accounts, photos and videos of the latest clashes on the micro-blogging network.

It's a PC world: Global computer ownership will continue to rise in 2010
North America will have the most personal computers (PCs) per person in 2010, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit?s forecasts. With nearly one per person, PC ownership in America and Canada far exceeds that in the rest of the world. Globally, PC penetration will continue to rise closer to one computer for every three people.

Search Engines Research Helping Children Find What They Need on the Internet
When Benjamin Feshbach was 11 years old, he was given a brainteaser: Which day would the vice president?s birthday fall on the next year? ... When considering children, search engines had long focused on filtering out explicit material from results. But now, because increasing numbers of children are using search as a starting point for homework, exploration or entertainment, more engineers are looking to children for guidance on how to improve their tools.

Censoring the internet? will NZ follow Oz?
Some worrying developments are occurring across the Tasman as Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy presses ahead with his plan to censor the internet after Government-commissioned trials found filtering a blacklist of banned sites was accurate and would not slow down the internet.

Australian government pushes ahead with internet censorship
The Australian government has stepped up its efforts to censor internet content, announcing on December 15 that it plans to introduce laws for mandatory filtering before next year?s federal election. The measures would be activated in 2011 and force all Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to block sites from a secret black-list maintained by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Plaudits shared for cracking child porn ring
A Federal Bureau of Information special agent and a Queensland police officer have been awarded for their vital role in breaking an international cabal of pedophiles so stealth they were considered untouchable in the encrypted world of cybercrime.

Now, software to curb text bullying [ANI]
Worried that your child may become a victim of text bullying? Well, a software has been developed that will help parents to stop harassment via mobile phones. ... However, Martin Cocker, executive director of New Zealand cyber watchdog Netsafe, says it is a "long bow to draw" to claim the software will prevent bullying on mobile phones, as cyber-bullying often occurs when a friendship or relationship turns sour.

Concerns over Kiwi teens "sexting" 
It has been making headlines overseas and now a fad in cellphone texting is causing concern in New Zealand.

nz: Child porn in most of 350 items banned by censors
More than 350 images, movies and books have been banned this year after being deemed objectionable to the public good. 

New internet piracy law comes into effect in France
The first effects of France's new law against internet piracy will begin to be felt as the new year begins. The law was passed after a long struggle in parliament, and in the teeth of bitter opposition from groups opposed to internet restrictions.

British broadband consumers to foot ?500m bill to tackle online piracy
Proposals to suspend the internet connections of those who repeatedly share music and films online will leave consumers with a bill for ?500 million, ministers have admitted.

U2's Bono net policing idea draws fire
Bono, frontman of rock band U2, has warned the film industry not to make the same mistakes with file-sharing that have dogged the music industry. Writing for the New York Times, Bono claimed internet service providers were "reverse Robin Hoods" benefiting from the music industry's lost profits.

Ten for the Next Ten by Bono
If we have overindulged in anything these past several days, it is neither holiday ham nor American football; it is Top 10 lists. We have been stuffed full of them. Even in these self-restrained pages, it has been impossible to avoid the end-of-the-decade accountings of the 10 best such-and-suches and the 10 worst fill-in-the-blanks. ... Caution! The only thing protecting the movie and TV industries from the fate that has befallen music and indeed the newspaper business is the size of the files. The immutable laws of bandwidth tell us we?re just a few years away from being able to download an entire season of ?24? in 24 seconds. Many will expect to get it free.

Bono risks becoming next Lars Ulrich
Ever since Paul McGuinness, manager of the rock band U2, began lashing out at Internet Service providers for allegedly profiting from and encouraging illegal file sharing, U2 fans have wondered whether McGuinness spoke for the band.

U2's Bono wants tighter piracy controls
Bono has called for tougher controls on the spread of intellectual property over the internet, arguing that file swiping and sharing hurts creators of cultural products.

Viewers 'taking TV to bed? and watching iPlayer under the covers, says BBC
Viewers are increasingly taking laptops to bed with them to watch their favourite programmes like Gavin and Stacey and Top Gear over the internet, according to the BBC.

Top Gear is most watched programme on BBC iPlayer
Top Gear was the most popular programme on the BBC iPlayer this year, with episodes from the motoring series making up eight of the Top Ten most-watched shows.

A year out, where's RIAA's promised ISP help?
A decade after the rise of Napster and a year after promising a new antipiracy strategy, the Recording Industry Association of America appears to be floundering on the piracy front.

In just 25 years, the mobile phone has transformed the way we communicate
In the early hours of New Year's Day 1985, Michael Harrison phoned his father Sir Ernest to wish him a happy new year. There may appear nothing remarkable in such a private show of filial affection, but Sir Ernest was chairman of Racal Electronics and his son was making the first-ever mobile phone call in the UK, using the network built by its newest investment, a company based round the corner from a curry house in Newbury, Berkshire.

Texting was never actually designed for consumer market
For a technology that has become so all-pervasive that texting has been included in the Oxford English Dictionary, SMS (short message service) was not designed as a mass market consumer communications service at all.

2010: the year of the mobile with trend to smaller connected devices
Desktop computers are so last decade. 2010 is shaping up to be the year when internet users move decisively away from bulky machines to the mobile web.

Editorial: US Court Says Police Need Warrant to Search Mobile Phones
The Ohio Supreme Court has struck an important blow for privacy rights, ruling that the police need a warrant to search a cellphone. The court rightly recognized that cellphones today are a lot more than just telephones, that they hold a wealth of personal information and that the privacy interest in them is considerable. This was the first such ruling from a state supreme court. It is a model for other courts to follow.

American state pushes for cigarette-like warnings on mobiles
A move by legislators in the US state of Maine to require brain-cancer warnings on mobile phones is expected to trigger a worldwide response, the Australian industry has said.

The iPhone isn't perfect
When hostages defend their kidnappers, it is known as "Stockholm syndrome". Something similar happens to iPhone users, according to the Danish analyst Strand Consult , when they fall so in love with the device that it blinds them to its defects such as a poor camera, lousy battery life for heavy users and no Bluetooth facility that can transmit photos.

Code That Protects Most Cellphone Calls Is Divulged
A German computer engineer said Monday that he had deciphered and published the secret code used to encrypt most of the world?s digital mobile phone calls, in what he called an attempt to expose weaknesses in the security of global wireless systems.

Secret mobile phone code cracked
Computer hackers this week said they had cracked and published the secret code that protects 80 per cent of the world?s mobile phones. The move will leave more than 3bn people vulnerable to having their calls intercepted, and could force mobile phone operators into a costly upgrade of their networks.

Secret mobile phone codes cracked
A German computer scientist has published details of the secret code used to protect the conversations of more than 4bn mobile phone users.

Nokia says most Apple products violate its patents
Nokia has ramped up its legal fight against Apple, arguing that almost all of its products infringe Nokia patents.

Nokia's war with Apple heats up thanks to new complaint
Mobile phone giant Nokia has stepped up its dispute with Apple by claiming that "virtually all" of the Californian company's products infringe its patents.

Nokia hits Apple with latest patent complaint
The legal back-and-forth between Nokia and Apple over patents, and who might be abusing them, continued Tuesday as Nokia lodged a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Nokia Launches New Assault in Patent Battle, Your Move Apple
If Apple was expecting Nokia to back down and retract its patent lawsuit after Apple countersued, apparently Nokia didn't get the memo. Nokia has launched a fresh assault, filing a new complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that virtually every product Apple makes violates seven patents held by it.

Nokia opens new front in Apple patent battle
The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia launched a new patent broadside against Apple, escalating a battle for control of the smartphone market that has already led to a flurry of lawsuits.

Google to launch Nexus One in first foray into smartphones
For months the technology world has been gossiping about Google?s most closely guarded secret ? the arrival of its first very own mobile phone.

Google phone could arrive next week
Google could be preparing to launch its new mobile phone as early as next week, after the company called a press conference at its Californian headquarters.

Is Google?s Nexus One Phone Landing Next Week?
Google just invited reporters to an ?Android press gathering? on Jan. 5. Google representatives declined to provide any further details about the event, but by all appearances this will be the unveiling of the Nexus One, the Google-designed phone that the company plans to market directly to consumers.

NZ Mobile broadband subscriptions grow by 53 percent
Broadband adoption in New Zealand is continuing to grow strongly, with mobile and wireless connections standing out in analyst Paul Budde's latest market analysis.

Why America's big phone companies are dogs
You'd think that 2009 would have been a great year for telecom stocks, right? Think of all the hot gadgets: Apple's latest iPhone 3GS; Motorola's new Droid; the BlackBerry Storm 2; and several other touchscreen smartphones. But shares of the leading telecoms whose networks run these devices have missed out on the big stock-market rally.

WiMax is here: What you need to know
With the launch of Sprint's WiMax wireless broadband data service, called Xohm (pronounced "zome") in Baltimore in early October, Sprint was able to rightly claim it is the first carrier to offer the long-awaited official version of the technology to businesses and consumers. (Clearwire, a provider of pre-standard WiMax service that Sprint's Xohm unit will be merged into later this year, began its service offerings earlier.)

Kids on call: phone firms target tots
They're bright, colourful and cute - but they're not toys. Meet the new generation of mobile phones, coming soon to a five-year-old near you.

Rwanda's laptop revolution - upgrading the children: A pioneering scheme to computerise a whole people
Tiny, landlocked Rwanda is sometimes touted as Africa?s high-tech economy. It is still a bit early for that, however. Neighbouring Uganda produces far more computer-science graduates. Countries such as Nigeria and Kenya are even further ahead. South Africa is out of sight. But technology is the core of Rwanda?s plan to transform its economy by 2020. The country seems ready to back its ambition with money and policies.

The Evil (Cyber) Empire: Inside the world of Russian hackers.
Did Russian hackers manage to steal tens of millions of dollars from Citigroup? While The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI is investigating the alleged loss, the financial organization denies losing money in such a security breach. It may take awhile to uncover the truth, but reports of the attack have cast yet another spotlight into the shadowy world of cybercrime. This report, adapted from a cover package by NEWSWEEK's Russia-language partner,Russky Newsweek, takes a closer look at those behind this global threat.

As attacks increase, U.S. struggles to recruit computer security experts
The federal government is struggling to fill a growing demand for skilled computer-security workers, from technicians to policymakers, at a time when network attacks are rising in frequency and sophistication.

Wanted: ?Cyber Ninjas?
For a regional competition last spring, eight students from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, spent six months of Saturdays practicing how to defend a typical business computer network from attacks. Then, over two grueling days, they outscored teams from five other schools at blocking worms and other efforts to disrupt their e-mail and Internet systems.

us/nz: Internet bank was a fiction
A New Zealander was sentenced to five years jail by a US judge after he admitted running a fake bank on the internet.

Focus on Internet Imams as Recruiters for Al Qaeda
The apparent ties between the Nigerian man charged with plotting to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day and a radical American-born Yemeni imam have cast a spotlight on a world of charismatic clerics who wield their Internet celebrity to indoctrinate young Muslims with extremist ideology and recruit them for Al Qaeda, American officials and counterterrorism specialists said.

UK fraudsters target European music fans
UK fraudsters running scam websites are turning their attentions to European music fans, an expert has warned. Sites were advertising non-existent tickets to events held in countries including Spain, France and Germany, said Reg Walker of Iridium Security. And figures obtained by the BBC suggest complaints from residents in Europe about this kind of scam perpetrated by UK-based sites grew by a third in 2009.

Social networks an ideal crime vector: McAfee [AFP]
Social networks will face increasingly sophisticated hacker attacks in 2010 but law enforcement is expected to make strides in fighting cybercrime, according to Web security firm McAfee Labs.

No internet sex please, we're Indian. Web firms observe new law
It may have given the world the Kama Sutra and the Bollywood wet sari scene, but it appears that India is not yet ready to be exposed to the delicate subject of sex on the internet.

China says 5,394 arrested in Internet porn crackdown
Chinese police arrested thousands in a drive against Internet pornography throughout 2009, officials said, vowing a deepening crackdown that critics say is being used to tighten overall censorship.

China arrests thousands in Internet porn crackdown [AFP]
China arrested more than 5,000 people in a crackdown on Internet pornography in 2009, officials said, vowing tougher online policing in the new year as a key element of "state security".

iPhone apps about Dalai Lama blocked in China
Chinese users of the iPhone are unable to download applications related to the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Buddhist Tibet, or Rebiya Kadeer, an exiled minority leader, after Apple apparently blocked them from its iPhone App Store in the country.

Apple censors Dalai Lama iPhone apps in China [IDG]
Apple appears to have blocked iPhone applications related to the Dalai Lama in its China App Store, making it the latest U.S. technology company to censor its services in China.

iPhone apps about Dalai Lama blocked in China
Reporters Without Borders urges the US consumer electronics company Apple to explain the alleged censorship of the iPhone applications which, according to IDG News Service, it has implemented in its App Store in China. IDG publishes such specialist magazines as Macworld, PC World and Computerworld.

Trial in China Signals New Limits on Dissent
Liu Xiaobo, one of China?s most prominent advocates of democratic change, was tried Wednesday on charges of subversion, a sign that Chinese leaders are reducing their already limited tolerance for peaceful political dissent. ... During the past year, the government has tightened restrictions on access to the Internet, suppressed the country?s small band of public advocacy lawyers and jailed activists who blamed poor school construction for the deaths of thousands of children during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

China cracks down on online games: report [AFP]
China has placed more than 4.65 million computers at some 80,000 Internet cafes under watch in a bid to crack down on violent or pornographic online games, state media reported Friday.

Belarus to toughen control over Internet [AP]
Belarus' authoritarian leader is promising to toughen regulation of the Internet and its users in an apparent effort to exert control over the last fully free medium in the former Soviet state.

NZ's cyber spies win new powers [Sunday Star Times]
New cyber-monitoring measures have been quietly introduced giving police and Security Intelligence Service officers the power to monitor all aspects of someone's online life.

Internet sales tax scofflaws cheat California
Californian officials calculate that online shoppers who have failed to pay California's (100% legal) user tax owe the state more than $1 billion.

Jack Straw to review Britain's libel laws
The lord chancellor, Jack Straw, is to order a comprehensive review of Britain's much-criticised libel laws, the Ministry of Justice revealed today.

English libel law: Overdue reforms may be on the way
Most tourists come to Britain for the palaces, the pubs and the history. But a few come to take advantage of England?s ferociously claimant-friendly libel laws (Scotland?s are different). A string of cases in which plaintiffs with tenuous links to England have taken advantage of these rules has fuelled worries about legal ?forum shopping?.

Editorial: Canada's Free Press
In a welcome move toward increased freedom of expression, the Supreme Court of Canada has issued two rulings that will give reporters a new legal defense for ?responsible communication.?

BT warns of court fight over digital spectrum plans
The government's plans to bring broadband within the reach of every home by 2012 have been put in jeopardy by BT. The telecoms operator has warned that it will take legal action if the government presses ahead in the new year with plans to liberalise the nation's mobile phone spectrum.

FCC moves toward net neutrality rules [IDG]
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission, in taking the first step toward creating net neutrality rules earlier this year, has reignited a contentious debate about government regulation of the Internet.

FTC, Partners Launch Consumer Protection Week Web Site, Blog [news release]
The Federal Trade Commission has launched its Web site and blog for National Consumer Protection Week 2010, which will be held March 7-13. Consumer.gov/ncpw, encourages people to learn about their rights as consumers, and promotes free resources to help them protect their privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft, understand credit and mortgages, and steer clear of frauds and scams.

Huawei backs Australia's NBN model
A leading global player in providing high-speed internet systems has backed the Rudd government's plan for an open-access national broadband network.

Deutsche Telekom CEO plans further partnerships
Deutsche Telekom is planning further partnerships and investments under a new strategy to address the growing convergence between TV, the Internet and mobile networks, its chief executive told a German magazine. "The new 'Strategie 2.0' will, above all, highlight more strongly our growth prospects with regard to internet services," Rene Obermann told Der Spiegel.


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