[DNS] domain name news - 24 May

[DNS] domain name news - 24 May

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 23 May 2010 21:17:33 -0700 (PDT)
Summary/analysis of dot-xxx issue

New .au domains ? call for submissions

Film Academy targets GoDaddy in massive cybersquatting lawsuit

Buy.com Gets Acquired By Japanese E-Commerce Giant Rakuten For $250 Million

Sex.com domain name heads back to auction block

Mattress.com mark upheld as generic by Charles R. Macedo [sub req'd]
The refusal of the US TTAB to register Mattress.com as a trade mark was upheld on the ground that the mark was generic.

Measuring More IPv6 by Geoff Huston
Further studies on the amount of end-to-end IPv6 capability in today's Internet reveals that the extent of full end-to-end IPv6 capability in today's Internet is now at a level of 5% of all end systems, at least within the scope of the systems studied here. This number is now at a level where the level of IPv6 deployment is now passing from mere statistical interest to mainstream commercial importance.

Rolling Over DNSSEC Keys by George Michaelson, APNIC, Patrick Wallstr?m, .SE, Roy Arends, Nominet, Geoff Huston, APNIC
As we are constantly reminded, the Internet can be a very hostile place, and public services are placed under constant pressure from a stream of probe traffic, attempting to exploit any one of numerous vulnerabilities that may be present at the server. In addition, there is the threat of Denial of Service (DoS) [1] attacks, where a service is subjected to an abnormally high traffic load that attempts to saturate and take it down. This story starts with the detection of a possible hostile DoS attack on Domain Name System (DNS) servers, and narrates the investigation as to the cause of the incident, and the wider implications of what was found in this investigation.

.com v trade marks: who will win? by Daniel Greenberg and Jeremy Speres [sub req'd]
Legal context: Domain names were originally introduced to simplify the complex internet addressing system but, over the years, they have migrated to become a valuable and crucial component of IP.

Try the new IANA WHOIS server by Kim Davies
We currently provide a WHOIS server at whois.iana.org which provides the ability to lookup information for a certain subset of domains, most notably the details of top-level domains. One of the projects we?ve been working on within the IANA department is to develop a new WHOIS server to cope with increased use cases, and generally perform the function in a better way.

Looking at the Future of ICANN?s International Meetings by Nick Tomasso
ICANN?s meetings, their structure, content, and everything else about them have always been very important ? and everything about them has been a subject of debate since the very first one was convened. In fact, there are as many opinions about aspects of the meetings as there are members of the community ? but everyone agrees on one thing: they?re an essential part of the ICANN process.

Public Comment: Meetings for the Next Decade Consultation Process Opens
As ICANN enters its second decade, the time is right to look at the meetings ICANN holds each year from a holistic and truly bottom-up perspective, to ensure that ICANN meetings optimally serve the community in the most cost-effective and stakeholder-focussed ways possible. For that reason, ICANN is pleased to announce the beginning of Stage One of the ?Meetings for the Next Decade? consultation process.

Summary/analysis of dot-xxx issue
I have spent the past week going through literally thousands of comments about whether there should be a new dot-xxx Internet extension for pornography. You won?t be surprised to hear it has brought out some strong feelings.

Finally, a public comment on root zone signing implementation by Milton Mueller
The US government has pushed back the date of DNSSEC implementation at the root zone by two weeks. The announcement, made at ICANN's "Root DNSSEC" web site, was vague about the reasons, saying only that it was "for further analysis" and to "finalize testing." In a more important move, which may or may not be related, ICANN said that:

Statement of the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) and the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) on Transparency and ICANN Staff Documents
ICANN's transparency commitment demands the adoption of a principle of default openness for all Board communications except in those specific instances where it is over-ridden, in writing, by the principle of personal privacy or an explicit requirement of confidentiality. It is especially critical that policy matters and the contributions of supporting organizations and advisory committees be presented to the Board accurately and completely. 

Key staff members leaving ICANN
We recently heard from Doug Brent, ICANN's COO, that he will be leaving after 4 years with the body responsible for coordinating Internet domain names. Having worked with Doug in the course of my duties as a member of ICANN's GNSO Council and more recently as Vice Chair of that Council, I can say that he will be missed. Doug was as helpful as he was professional, and always managed to make you feel like no problem was insurmountable. Quite a feat in the ICANN environment.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
New .au domains ? call for submissions
auDA is seeking public comment about reactivating the second level domains conf.au and info.au and establishing the new domains blog.au and event.au. auDA is also interested in the community's thoughts about its approach to establishing new domains in the .au space.

ca: Announcing Changes to CIRA?s Privacy Policy
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has updated its Privacy Policy.

50% off on all .my domain names
.my DOMAIN REGISTRY will be having a 50% off promotion* on all .my domain name registrations and renewals. Promotion starts from 25th May 2010 to 30th June 2010. Contact your respective reseller for promotional eligibility.

SIDN and registrars working towards a new Registrars? Advisory Council
For some months now, a number of representatives of the .nl registrars ? the agents through whom consumers register .nl domain names - have been working with SIDN to come up with proposals for a new Registrars? Advisory Council (RAC). The RAC is the formal point of contact between the registrar community and SIDN. On Thursday 20 May, the various parties signed an agreement confirming the principles that will guide formation of the new RAC and their confidence in each other.

.?? Domains Delegation Launched
From March 25, 2010 .?? domains will pass delegation. From this moment all users, who registered .?? domains for the Sunrise registration period will be able to place sites on them.

80,000 .si domain names
Today, we reached 80,000 registered .si domain names. The domain name that was registered as eightythousandth was jd2r.si.

US appoints first cyber warfare general
The US military has appointed its first senior general to direct cyber warfare ? despite fears that the move marks another stage in the militarisation of cyberspace.

Book review: 'Cyber War' by Richard Clarke by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake
Cyber-war, cyber-this, cyber-that: What is it about the word that makes the eyes roll? Adults of a certain age, myself included, have a hard time getting worked up over something that seems more akin to pushing buttons frantically in "Grand Theft Auto" than waging a real war, in which very loud weapons shred bodies and devastate cities, possibly with a nuclear accent. How authentic can a war be when things don't blow up? Carried out in dark rooms by computer geeks armed with joysticks and keyboards, this click-click contest seems merely virtual, not really fatal.

DNS Industry Insider Summit: Fostering Collaboration Among DNS Leaders by Jeremy Hitchcock
This week, 17 individuals from about a dozen organizations in the DNS space met up in Manchester, NH at the Dyn Inc. headquarters for a first of its kind Summit for DNS industry insiders. Called "Inside Baseball," we wanted to bring people together from every spectrum of the DNS industry to inspire collaboration and innovation.

Film Academy targets GoDaddy in massive cybersquatting lawsuit
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is known to be quite litigious in protecting its Oscar rights. But dare we say it has outdone itself this time with a whopping 134-page lawsuit against domain registration giant GoDaddy.com and its subsidiaries for trafficking in unauthorized trademarks.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Resource Quality Good for Most of IPv4 Network ?1?; APNIC begins allocating from ?1/8? as normal
ISPs can be confident allocations from the IPv4 address block will be functional after a report from APNIC (the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre) confirmed that 95% of the address space is relatively free of unwanted traffic.

RIPE Community Statement on the Internet Address Management System
At the RIPE 60 Meeting on 7 May 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic, the RIPE community issued the following statement: "The RIPE community supports all efforts to assist in the deployment of IPv6, especially in developing countries. However, we note concerns being expressed within the ITU by a few members, most recently in the ITU IPv6 Group, that the current address management system is inadequate. ..."

Rakuten Makes Major Global Expansion Move With Acquisition of Buy.com [news release]
In a move signaling an acceleration of its global expansion plans, Japan?s leading internet company, Rakuten, announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Buy.com, a leading U.S. retail marketplace. Combined, the two companies represent one of the world?s largest online retail marketplaces, offering consumers more than 60 million products from close to 35,000 merchants around the globe. The acquisition, valued at approximately $250 million (USD), will be carried out by Rakuten?s U.S. subsidiary, Rakuten USA.

Buy.com Makes Its Biggest Sale Yet: Itself
Rakuten, a Japanese company that runs the biggest e-commerce site in Japan, said on Thursday that it had agreed to buy Buy.com, the online shopping site, for $250 million.

Buy.com Gets Acquired By Japanese E-Commerce Giant Rakuten For $250 Million
When I covered Rakuten back in July last year, I called it ?the biggest e-commerce site you never heard of?. And in fact, the eponymous Japanese company behind the B2B2C market place (which is currently used by over 33,000 Japanese merchants) generated less than 10% of total sales overseas at that time. But that?s about to change very soon.

Sex.com domain name heads back to auction block
The bankrupt company that owns the Sex.com domain name and its creditors have reached an agreement to put the valuable name back up for sale.

Sex.com Auction to Finally Go Ahead
The on-again/off-again sale of the sex.com domain name has been given the green light with creditors reaching an agreement to put one of the most valuable domain names up for sale.

Sedo to Sell Sex.com Domain Name
The managers of Escom, LLC, which owns the Sex.com domain name, have agreed to enter into an agreement with Sedo to sell the domain name. Terms of the brokerage agreement are confidential.

DrunkDriving.com Pulled Over at the Top of Our New Weekly Domain Sales Chart 
There were no six or seven figure blockbuster sales this week as the domain aftermarket throttled back to the always busy four and five figure lanes. DrunkDriving.com wound up being incarcerated at the top of our latest all extension leader board after receiving a $60,000 citation via NameConnect.com.

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July - December 2008
Overview: Preliminary results from the July-December 2008 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicate that the number of American homes with only wireless telephones continues to grow. More than one of every five American homes (20.2%) had only wireless telephones (also known as cellular telephones, cell phones, or mobile phones) during the second half of 2008, an increase of 2.7 percentage points since the first half of 2008. This is the largest 6-month increase observed since NHIS began collecting data on wireless-only households in 2003. In addition, one of every seven American homes (14.5%) received all or almost all calls on wireless telephones, despite having a landline telephone in the home. This report presents the most up-to-date estimates available from the federal government concerning the size and characteristics of these populations.

Knowledge and Misfeasance: Tiffany v. eBay and the Knowledge Requirement of Contributory Trademark Infringement by Matthew C. Berntsen
eBay created a new business model, made possible by the internet. The popular legend is that eBay was originally intended as a site at which consumers could offer for sale and sell still useable items sitting in garages and basements. But it blossomed into the world?s largest marketplace where anonymous sellers offer unseen and unexamined merchandise to distant buyers. Given such circumstances, it was not long before the counterfeiters and grifters of the world realized that the site could be exploited by them without risk.

Cyber Warfare and the Crime of Aggression: The Need for Individual Accountability on Tomorrow?s Battlefield
As cyberspace matures, the international system faces a new challenge in confronting the use of force. Non-State actors continue to grow in importance, gaining the skill and the expertise necessary to wage asymmetric warfare using non-traditional weaponry that can create devastating real-world consequences.

Cybersieves by Derek e. Bambauer
Abstract: This Article offers a process-based method to assess Internet censorship that is compatible with different value sets about what content should be blocked. Whereas China?s Internet censorship receives considerable attention, censorship in the United States and other democratic countries is largely ignored. The Internet is increasingly fragmented by nations? different value judgments about what content is unacceptable. Countries differ not in their intent to censor material?from political dissent in Iran to copyrighted songs in America?but in the content they target, how precisely they block it, and how involved their citizens are in these choices. Previous scholars have analyzed Internet censorship from values-based perspectives, sporadically addressing key principles such as openness, transparency, narrowness, and accountability.

Reasonableness Meets Requirements: Regulating Security and Privacy in Software by Paul N. Otto
Software security and privacy issues regularly grab headlines amid fears of identity theft, data breaches, and threats to security. Policymakers have responded with a variety of approaches to combat such risk. Suggested measures include promulgation of strict rules, enactment of open-ended standards, and, at times, abstention in favor of allowing market forces to intervene.

Internet Governance and Democratic Legitimacy by Olivier Sylvain
Even as the Internet goes pop, federal policymakers continue to surrender their statutory obligation to regulate communications in the first instance to extralegal nongovernmental organizations comprised of technical experts. The FCC?s adjudication of a dispute concerning a major broadband service provider's network management practices is a case in point. There, in the absence of any enforceable legislative or regulatory rule, the FCC turned principally to the transmission principles of the Internet Engineering Taskforce, the preeminent nongovernmental Internet engineering standard-setting organization. This impulse to defer as a matter of course to such an organization without any legal mechanism requiring as much is flawed. Of course, there is something to be said for an administrative regime that defers first-instance rulemaking authority on technologically complex matters to expert standard-setting organizations. Without more, however, such an
 approach fails to appreciate the unique role of communications in civic life. Historically, policymakers have required that electronic communications governance be addressed one way or another to the public and its institutional political processes, and not insulated from them. Similarly, today, policymakers, at a minimum, should be required to substantiate their hopeful assumption that the pertinent nongovernmental standard-setting organizations have democratically legitimated authority to regulate in the first instance.

Singapore teens' perceived ownership of online sources and credibility by Andrew Michael Duffy, Tan Liying, Larissa Ong
Abstract: This study investigates teenage attitudes towards unofficial versus mainstream media as a source of information. It starts from three unproven premises. First, that young people place more trust in unofficial online news than in mainstream media, because they feel a greater ownership of the cyberworld. Second, due to a perception of authoritarian control over Singapore's mainstream media, truth and accuracy in unofficial sources are of secondary importance to a feeling of ownership. Third, teenagers' need for accuracy is secondary to their need for ownership and differentiation; and, unofficial information sources are a badge of identity worn by the young.

2010 Computing Outlook: Internet Predictions by Vinton G. Cerf and Munindar P. Singh
In Computing Now this month, we take a broad look at prospects for computing in 2010, focusing on technology, policy, and applications. We've included several essays from the "Internet Predictions" issue of IEEE Internet Computing (Jan/Feb 2010), in which invited experts share their thoughts about the prospects for the Internet in the coming decade. We?ve also included a couple of articles from recent issues of other IEEE Computer Society publications.

Peering: Is Google Evil? by Charles Petrie
Is Google the new ?evil empire?? Microsoft has long held that title for many people, especially here in Silicon Valley. Google is arguably now more important for more people and invites a comparison because of its informal corporate slogan: ?Don't be evil.? Indeed, you can find many rants now on the Web that include the words ?Google,? and ?evil,? as well as curse words. Wired ran an article long ago on the topic of Google and evil. Wikipedia devotes a page to criticisms of Google. So, is it evil?

Making the Punishment Fit the (Computer) Crime: Rebooting Notions of Possession for the Federal Sentencing of Child Pornography Offenses by Jelani Jefferson Exum
Sexual exploitation of children is a real and disturbing problem. However, when it comes to the sentencing of child pornography possessors, the U.S. federal system has a problem, as well. This Article adds to the current, heated discussion on what is happening in the sentencing of federal child pornography possession offenses, why nobody is satisfied, and how much the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are to blame.

Sexting and Teenagers: OMG R U Going 2 Jail??? by: Catherine Arcabascio
Sexting is a relatively recent practice engaged in by the young, and sometimes not-so-young, and foolish.1 ?Sexting? is ?the practice of sending or posting sexually suggestive text messages and images, including nude or semi-nude photographs, via cellular telephones or over the Internet.? While sexting can and does occur between and among people of any age, the real concerns are with teenagers who are sexting.

Intermediary Liability and Child Pornography: A Comparative Analysis by Arun B. Mattamana, Anjali Anchayil
Abstract: With the increasing instances of transmission of child pornography over the internet, the liability of the host of service providers who facilitate the transmission of the content has become a contentious issue. With varying legal regimes, jurisdictional issues and standards of obscenity applied as well as varying degrees of care to be exercised, this area is a legal quagmire. This article addresses the question of whether we need an intermediary liability regime or not.

The Role of New Technology in Improving Engagement among Law Students in Higher Education by Caroline Coles, Leicester Institute of Legal Practice, De Montfort University,
Abstract: The aim of this article is to review the pedagogic benefits of the Web 2.0 tool, the wiki, and recorded lectures for the purpose of improving engagement among post graduate students in higher education. It reviews key educational theories, features of the modern student community and recent reports on the use of technology in education. It summarises research into student perceptions of the use of the wiki and recorded lecture. The conclusions are that students value the flexibility of these tools but their technological skill is still low, their contributions are restricted by emotive issues but where these are overcome a higher level of evaluative skill is demonstrated.

Why Apple's iPad won't save the newspaper world
Salvation arrives next week as the iPad goes on sale in Britain ? and Mr Rupert Murdoch, no less, sets it high among his pantheon of technical wonders that may rescue newspapers from oblivion. Meanwhile, a recent blog from Professor Roy Greenslade at City University poses a plangent question: Would Murdoch have spent ?650m on a printing plant if the iPad had been around?

British Library newspaper archive plan riles James Murdoch
The heir to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation empire attacked the British Library yesterday for "harming the market" in print journalism by allowing online access to its vast newspaper archive. James Murdoch, head of News Corp in Europe and Asia, spoke out days ahead of his company's big gamble in introducing charges for access to the websites of The Times and The Sunday Times.

We made mistakes on privacy, says Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says the social networking service has made blunders that it hopes to fix with coming changes to its privacy controls.

Facebook caves in on privacy
Facebook has caved in to pressure from critics and said it would simplify controls over the degree of privacy given to users of the popular social networking service.

Facebook acts on privacy settings [AFP]
Facebook plans to simplify its privacy controls to appease critics.

Rivals Seize On Troubles of Facebook
It sounds like a kamikaze mission: an upstart with a meager number of users and no capital squaring off against Facebook, a social networking juggernaut with more than 400 million members and a $15 billion valuation.

A Bill of Privacy Rights for Social Network Users
Social network service providers today are in a unique position. They are intermediaries and hosts to our communications, conversations and connections with loved ones, family, friends and colleagues. They have access to extremely sensitive information, including data gathered over time and from many different individuals.

Facebook challenged by ambitious upstarts
The controversy over Facebook's privacy policy is helping those developing alternatives to the social network. Funding and users are flowing to services that claim to put members in charge of their personal data.

How Facebook is sharing our secrets with the whole world
If you want to surf the zeitgeist, then look at the most common queries on Google. When I looked the other day, "How do I delete my Facebook account?" was fourth on the "How do I...?" list. Just to put this in context, number two was "How do I know if I'm pregnant?" You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to twig that something's up.

Facebook to launch privacy overhaul
Facebook will unveil sweeping changes to its privacy settings as early as next week in response to a wave of complaints from advocacy groups and regulators, according to people briefed on the plans.

Facebook working on 'simple' privacy settings
After one of the most tumultuous months in its young history, Facebook is planning to announce features intended to offer its hundreds of millions of users simpler privacy choices.

Facebook faces U-turn on privacy
Facebook is poised to make a U-turn on its privacy practices following a backlash from users who believe that the site reveals too much of their personal information.

Facebook's a jungle, but kids can cope
Facebook's popularity with children has led to concerns they are getting caught up in a sinister world they are not ready for.

Paris police ban mass "Facebook aperitif" party
A mass cocktail party organised over the internet and planned to take place in Paris this Sunday cannot go ahead due to an existing ban on drinking alcohol in the Champ de Mars area, police said on Thursday.

Adopted children face anguish as birth parents stalk them on Facebook
The natural parents of adopted children are increasingly using Facebook and other social networking sites to track down their offspring, flouting the usual controls and safeguards.

au: Young Facebook users vulnerable
NINETY per cent of Year 4 students have a Facebook profile, but have no idea about the impact of sharing personal information online.

au: Internet risk to children on rise
A growing number of internet-savvy sex predators are preying on vulnerable teenagers. Victoria Police have confirmed that organised criminal networks and individuals in and outside Australia have been grooming children for illegal sex and the number of predators is rising.

au: Privacy fears for kids as youngers share personal information online
NINETY per cent of grade 4 students have a Facebook profile, but have no idea about the impact of sharing personal information online.

jp: Online 'reservoir' of child porn / Peer-to-peer file-sharing, laws with no teeth perpetuate trend
"Age 14, seeking compensated dating." So read one item on a list of pornographic pictures of children posted on the Internet in March.

us: Defiant Judge Takes On Child Pornography Law
In his 43-year career as a federal judge, Jack B. Weinstein has come to be identified by his efforts to combat what he calls ?the unnecessary cruelty of the law.? His most recent crusade is particularly striking because of the beneficiary: a man who has amassed a vast collection of child pornography.

Google launches smart TV service
Search giant Google has launched a TV service that unites live television with the web. The "smart TV" service allows people to search both live channels as well as content from websites such as YouTube.

Google TV brings net to sets
Google has launched a "smart TV" service, in conjunction with partners including Sony, that will allow viewers to search the web while watching programmes.

Calling on Sony and Others, Google Makes a TV Move
Google recruited a solid lineup of high-tech companies on Thursday to help it introduce Google TV, a new service that merges the predictable world of television programming with the more chaotic expanse of the Web.

Google premieres Web television gamble
Web search king Google Inc on Thursday showed off a risky attempt to marry the Web to television and reach the $70 billion TV advertising market, chasing a dream that has eluded even archrival Apple Inc.

Swedish ISP to take filesharing case to supreme court [AFP]
Telecom giant TeliaSonera said Thursday it would go to the Swedish supreme court in an attempt to get a ruling forcing it to provide film companies with the identities of people behind a filesharing website overturned.

The music videos that are gunning for trouble
An increase in edgy material has accompanied the migration of music videos from TV to the internet. Chris Mugan looks at recent risqu? pop promos and asks: are they art?

Mobile Music on the Increase Across Europe [news release]
comScore ... released data from the comScore MobiLens service which showed that 23.8 percent of mobile users across five leading European mobile markets (UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) listened to music on their mobile handsets during the three month period ending March 2010. The 54 million total mobile music users in the EU5 countries represent a 10 percent increase in the past year.

Annoyed by mobile phones? Scientists explain why [Reuters]
Ever wonder why overhearing a mobile phone conversation is so annoying? American researchers think they have found the answer.

Android update turns Google phones into Wi-Fi hot spots
Google has given developers a peek at an Android software update that lets smartphones become Wi-Fi hot spots and support video based on a Flash program shunned by iPhone-maker Apple.

Google says Android smartphones gaining momentum
Google Inc said more than 100,000 smartphones running on its Android mobile operating system are now activated daily and its library of applications has grown to 50,000, underscoring rapid adoption of the devices.

Ninth worker death at Taiwan iPhone firm Foxconn
A ninth employee has jumped to his death at Taiwanese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, China's state media reports. Xinhua said 21-year-old Nan Gang leapt from a four-storey factory in the early hours, soon after finishing work.

Your phone probably isn't killing you
The scientific consensus is that devices that emit electromagnetic radiation have little effect on the body.

US appoints first cyber warfare general
The US military has appointed its first senior general to direct cyber warfare ? despite fears that the move marks another stage in the militarisation of cyberspace.

Book review: 'Cyber War' by Richard Clarke by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake
Cyber-war, cyber-this, cyber-that: What is it about the word that makes the eyes roll? Adults of a certain age, myself included, have a hard time getting worked up over something that seems more akin to pushing buttons frantically in "Grand Theft Auto" than waging a real war, in which very loud weapons shred bodies and devastate cities, possibly with a nuclear accent. How authentic can a war be when things don't blow up? Carried out in dark rooms by computer geeks armed with joysticks and keyboards, this click-click contest seems merely virtual, not really fatal.

'Rogue' internet firm 3FN shut down
An internet firm linked to many of the internet's criminal gangs has been shut down. The US Federal Trade Commission said Belize-based 3FN aided gangs that ran botnets, carried out phishing attacks and traded in images of child abuse.

Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon wins extradition reprieve
The extradition of a hacker who broke into the Pentagon's computer network has been put on hold after an intervention from the new Home Secretary today.

Extradition of computer hacker Gary McKinnon put on hold
The extradition of the computer hacker Gary McKinnon has been put on hold after the home secretary, Theresa May, agreed to an adjournment of a judicial review that was supposed to start within days.

Microsoft sues over 'click laundering' fraud
Microsoft filed a lawsuit this week accusing a Web site of engaging in a new type of click fraud called "click laundering" by getting credit for clicks on ads that were made by botnets or unsuspecting users on a site set up for that purpose.

au: Murder photos online: 'One of the most disgraceful uses of the internet imaginable'
Police are being implored to investigate how three images depicting murdered schoolgirl Leanne Holland's corpse came to be posted on a gore website.

au: Corpse images appeared in textbook
Queensland Police have confirmed they are seeking to force the removal of three images depicting murdered schoolgirl Leanne Holland's corpse from a website dedicated to gore.

au: Police want crime scene pictures removed from internet
Police say they are trying to have pictures from a Queensland crime scene removed from the Internet.

au: Police try to shut down Russian website that conned Westpac bank customers [Herald Sun]
Federal police were trying to shut down a Russian website that tricked at least 50 people into disclosing Westpac account passwords and PINs.

Facebook, Google and privacy: Dicing with data - Google and especially Facebook should change the way they look after people?s personal information
In the space of a week two of the best-known internet companies have found themselves in a pickle over privacy. Facebook faces criticism for making more information about its users available by default. Meanwhile Google has been castigated by a bevy of privacy regulators for inadvertently collecting data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in people?s homes as part of a project to capture images of streets around the world.

Privacy and the internet: Facebook and Google face a backlash, from users and regulators alike, over the way they have handled sensitive data
Jennifer Stoddart, Canada?s privacy commissioner, is furious with Facebook. In August 2009 the social-networking site struck a deal, agreeing to change its policies within a year to comply with the country?s privacy law. Now, says Ms Stoddart, the company appears to be reneging on an important part of that deal, which involved giving users a clear and easy-to-implement choice over whether to share private data with third parties. ?It doesn?t seem to me that Facebook is going in the right direction on this issue,? she says, hinting that, without a change of course, the firm could soon become the subject of another formal investigation by her organisation.

Web Browsers Leave 'Fingerprints' Behind as You Surf the Net; EFF Research Shows More Than 8 in 10 Browsers Have Unique, Trackable Signatures
New research by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has found that an overwhelming majority of web browsers have unique signatures -- creating identifiable "fingerprints" that could be used to track you as you surf the Internet.

Time For Google to Grow Up: Open Wi-Fi Privacy Mistake Must Be The Last
Last week's news that Google's Street View cars collected the content of messages flowing over open wireless networks while mapping the location of those access points is a privacy wake-up call to the company and wireless users alike.

Facebook, MySpace Confront Privacy Loophole
Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers' names and other personal details, despite promises they don't share such information without consent.

Editorial: Privacy is precious and we should protect it
Everyone knows they ought to examine the small print of any contract they sign. Few actually do. We are especially cavalier about giving our consent for things we haven't read in order to access services online. Nearly always there is a box somewhere on the website seeking confirmation that users have understood the terms and conditions. Usually, when we tick that box to say "yes", we are lying.

Google stops deleting Street View WiFi data
Google halted the global deletion of collected private WiFi data on Friday following confusion over what it should do with the material.

Google keeps Street View's UK Wi-Fi data as privacy group seeks legal action
Google is to retain data captured from UK home wireless networks while carrying out its Street View mapping until it receives more specific instructions from the UK Information Commissioner, it said today. Update: the ICO said it has already told Google that the data can be deleted - but Google stated it will not do so yet.

Wider European Scrutiny of Google on Privacy
In a sign that Europe is taking an increasingly unified line on Internet privacy, six European countries have joined Germany in asking Google to preserve data it improperly collected from unsecured wireless networks as part of Street View, its photo-mapping service, the company said Friday.

In Europe, Google Faces New Inquiries on Privacy
Officials in Spain, France and the Czech Republic announced plans on Thursday to investigate Google?s collection of data from wireless networks in their countries, raising the likelihood that the company could face sanctions in Europe.

EU countries probe Google data breach
Google is starting to feel the heat in Europe as several countries launch probes and demand more details about the companies' street-mapping technology, after it emerged that the application had inadvertently collected people's private information. 

Dear Google: Harm or Not, You Fouled up on Privacy
The controversy over Google's collection of personal data via its Street View photo-taking program continues to grow, but the company appears reluctant to acknowledge the full importance of the lapse, saying no harm was done. Although co-founder Sergey Brin has admitted Google "screwed up," CEO Eric Schmidt said at the Zeitgeist conference in the U.K.that no one was harmed by the incident, and as such, "No harm, no foul."

us: Senator Wants Answers On Google Wi-Fi Incident
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., wrote Google CEO Eric Schmidt Thursday seeking answers to her questions about the firm's revelation last week that it had "mistakenly" collected private data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

In shoppers' online networks, privacy has no price tag
On the newest social networking Web sites, you are what you buy: ... So read recent updates on Blippy, a sort of Twitter for shopping that allows users to automatically broadcast what they bought using credit and debit cards to the rest of the world. The founders of the network and rival site Swipely say the purpose is to reveal the stories behind America's stuff and explore how much our purchases reflect our personalities. Are we Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts, Target or Wal-Mart, Payless or Prada?

ca: Privacy Commissioner hosts consumer privacy consultation event
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada is hosting a series of consultations with Canadians on issues that are likely to have a serious impact on the privacy of consumers, now and in the near future.

China cracks down on online maps
China is cracking down on online mapping that it considers a risk to national security.

Pakistan blocks access to YouTube in internet crackdown
Pakistan has blocked the popular video sharing website YouTube because of its "growing sacrilegious content".

Pakistan blocks 800 web pages over 'blasphemy' [AFP]
Pakistan has blocked 800 web pages and URLs to limit access to "blasphemous" material, extending a crackdown that has already banned access to Facebook and YouTube, an official said Saturday.

Google chief suspects ulterior motive in Pakistan [AFP]
Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said he suspects suppressing political criticism is a factor behind the move to block YouTube and Facebook in Pakistan in the name of Islam.

Germany shuts down Wikileaks; Australian censorship is wimpy compared to what we do in the Fatherland
The idea that whistleblowers exposing Australia's great rabbit-proof fence of Internet censorship might be okay if they publish their results overseas has been dealt a blow.

US Approves Google's Deal for AdMob
After an intensive six-month review, Google won approval from the Federal Trade Commission on Friday for its $750 million acquisition of the mobile advertising company AdMob.

Apple?s deal helps Google to win AdMob
Google has won approval for its $750 million acquisition of AdMob ? thanks to its rival Apple.

FTC Closes its Investigation of Google AdMob Deal [news release]
The Federal Trade Commission has closed its investigation of Google?s proposed acquisition of mobile advertising network company AdMob after thoroughly reviewing the deal and concluding that it is unlikely to harm competition in the emerging market for mobile advertising networks.

Sure, It?s Big. But Is That Bad? Regulators Are Watching Google Over Antitrust Concerns
In the 1990s, Gary Reback, a Silicon Valley lawyer, almost single-handedly brought the antitrust weight of the federal government down on that era?s high-tech heavyweight, Microsoft. Now Mr. Reback contends there is a dangerous new monopolist in the catbird seat: the search giant Google.

A Legal Setback for Net Neutrality Advocates
On Tuesday April 6th, a three-judge panel from the federal appeals bench ruled that the Federal Communications Commission has no authority to place ?net neutrality? requirements on Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The unanimous ruling overturned the FCC?s August 2008 order for Comcast to cease slowing BitTorrent transfers. Comcast later voluntarily changed its own policy and agreed to treat BitTorrent traffic no differently from other traffic. However, the issue of the FCC?s legal authority still remained, and has now been addressed by federal judges.

NZ net pioneer Paul Reynolds passes away
Well-known internet developer and media commentator on web-related affairs Paul Reynolds passed away suddenly yesterday, from leukaemia.

Internet commentator Reynolds dies
New Zealand internet and technology commentator Paul Reynolds has died suddenly.

ICT body pushes for internship programme
Government departments and industry association NZICT are looking into the possibility of establishing an internship programme for technology graduates as concerns resurface about a global skills shortage in the sector.

The secret life of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Julian Assange, the man behind the world's biggest leaks, believes in total openness and transparency - except when it comes to himself.

Tracking the Landline's Demise
Roughly 23 percent of U.S. adults have a wireless phone at home but no landline, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. And the younger the generation, the more likely that is the case. Although every age bracket shows a move towards wireless-only use, nearly half of respondents in their 20s have already made the leap, according to the agency's latest Health Interview Survey, which measures the trend from July to December 2009.

NZ Telecom ponders structural separation [NZPA]
Telecom is investigating separating its network and retail assets in order to participate in the Government's Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative.

NZ Telecom investigating splitting
Telecom has officially confirmed that its investigating structural separation so it can participate in the government's Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative.

Telecom ultrafast strategy revealed [Dominion Post]
The momentum behind the breakup of Telecom is becoming unstoppable. A majority stake in network arm Chorus will be sold to the Government and other investors.

Telecom NZ fully investigating structural separation
Telecom NZ has announced it is willing to make major concessions in order to secure a place in the New Zealand Government?s Ultra Fast Broadband build-out.

Canadians OK with government call for more foreign ownership in telecoms: poll [The Canadian Press]
The Harper government appears to be on safe, or even popular, ground in its stated desire to allow more foreign competition in Canada's protected telecommunications sector, a new poll suggests.

in: TRAI to consult with telecom players on 2G pricing
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India will hold consultations with the telecom operators in the country about the 2G pricing recommendation, said TRAI chairman Dr JS Sarma.

India telecom firms pay heavy price for 3G prize [AFP]
India's leading telecom firms took a cold, hard look Thursday at the huge price they have paid to remain market players in the mobile phone revolution that has swept the country in the past decade.

German radio spectrum sale raises ?4.4bn
Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telef?nica emerged on Thursday as the big winners in Germany?s auction of radio spectrum, some of which will be used for fourth-generation mobile phone networks.

German '4G' phone auction raises over ?4.3 billion [AFP]
Europe's first auction of "fourth generation" frequencies, which promise to revolutionise what mobile phones can do, raised more than 4.3 billion euros (5.3 billion US dollars), authorities said Thursday.


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