[DNS] domain name news - 14 June

[DNS] domain name news - 14 June

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 15:06:02 -0700 (PDT)
Don't forget to check out http://www.auda.org.au/domain-news/ for the archive of the last 3 months of the news.

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


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ICANN May Not Be Perfect, But It Is Working by Adrian Kinderis

SWITCH successful in court

Reading tea leaves: China statement on Internet policy by Brenden Kuerbis

nz: Macrons now allowed in website addresses

Non-State Actors and Global Informal Governance - The Case of Icann by Jonathan Weinberg [Wayne State University Law School Research Paper]
Abstract: This chapter will appear as part of the forthcoming INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK ON INFORMAL GOVERNANCE (Thomas Christiansen & Christine Neuhold eds.). It examines the history of ICANN. ICANN is an unusual beast. When it came into existence, it faced legitimacy challenges: some were unconvinced that it was an appropriate wielder of the power it claimed, that they had any obligation to cooperate in its governance functions, or that they should comply with its pronouncements.

The Number is Me: Why Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses Should Be Protected as Personally Identifiable Information by Joshua J. McIntyre [DePaul Law Review]
Abstract: Although computer logs typically correlate online activity only to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, those addresses can be used to expose the individuals who initiated that activity. While various federal statutes protect similar data, such as telephone numbers and mailing addresses, as Personally Identifiable Information, federal privacy law does not sufficiently protect IP addresses. Thus, it has become commonplace for litigants to subpoena Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to unmask online speakers. Many ISPs have no reason to fight these subpoenas and readily give up their subscribers? names, addresses, telephone numbers, and other identifying data without demanding any court oversight or providing any notice to those identified. Left unchecked, such reporting could undermine free speech and the free exchange of ideas by encouraging users to censor their own online conduct.

AoC Accountability and Transparency Review: Independent Expert ? Request for Proposals
In the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), ICANN commits to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability and transparency so as to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to all stakeholders. To this end, the AoC prescribes the setting-up of a Review Team as to evaluate ICANN?s Accountability and Transparency ? this led to the creation of the first ATRT in March 2010.

Draft Changes to String Similarity Review Proposed by GNSO Council ? Public Comments Requested
On 10 June, the GNSO Council passed a resolution requesting that a 21-day public comment period be opened regarding a proposal to send the following letter be sent to Kurt Pritz, Senior Vice President, Services, copy to the ICANN Board, recommending that the Draft Applicant Guidebook version IV section on ?Outcomes of the String Similarity Review? be amended to allow applicants to request an Extended Review under applicable terms similar to those provided for other issues such as ?DNS Stability: String Review Procedure?. The GNSO Council further recommends that a section be added on ?String Similarity ? Extended Review? that parallels other such sections in Module 2.

The Magnificent Seven by Brenden Kuerbis
With less than a week to go before the opening of ICANN's DNSSEC root key generation ceremony, there is a roaring debate occurring among the technical community whether or not the list of Trusted Community Representatives (TCRs) should be publicly revealed in advance. The TCRs were selected by ICANN to participate in the generation of the keys that will be used to digitally sign the DNS root zone file keyset, providing a single trust anchor for authenticating a global, secure DNS.

ICANN May Not Be Perfect, But It Is Working by Adrian Kinderis
Though I have been critical of some of ICANN's shortcomings, I remain a strong supporter of ICANN's role as a private sector-led, multi-stakeholder global regulator for the Internet's core addressing systems.

COMMENT: Boiling the Internet frog slowly
Ever get the feeling that the Internet?s original ?management culture??epitomised by the under-rewarded, tireless experts who dedicated their time to a) creating it and b) making it work on a pervasive, global scale?is slowly seeping away in the face of creeping government regulation and intervention?

ICANN Reloaded - Will They Ever Learn? by Michael D. Palage
Less than a week ago, I posted a short blog piece entitled "Can ICANN Please Stop Shooting Itself in the Foot?? in which I questioned ICANN's actions in connection with the recently announced key signing ceremony. At the end of this piece I asked the question: "While it seems that ICANN continues it propensity to shoot itself in the foot, does the community need to start worrying about when ICANN takes aim at other more vital organizational body parts?" Well it looks like I only had to wait five days to get the answer to that question.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
SWITCH successful in court
Ten eminent hosting providers have been attempting for many months to prevent the market entry of switchplus ? the subsidiary of SWITCH. A stop has now been put to this. The Commercial Court has lifted the precautionary ruling concerning the website switch.ch.

China Falling in Domain Name Standings
Demand for Internet addresses continues to grow in 2010, though it's not uniform across all Top Level Domains (TLD). 

Reading tea leaves: China statement on Internet policy by Brenden Kuerbis
The Information Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China has issued a statement on "Internet Policy in China." Released Tuesday, the lengthy statement covers a range of topics from promoting internal development and use, to freedom of expression, protecting Internet security, and international cooperation.

The Tunisian Internet Agency selects solutions from AFNIC to operate its ? ????. ? IDN ccTLD
The Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI) chose services provided by AFNIC in order to setup an automated registry solution for its ? ????. ? Top Level Domain (TLD). 

North Korea moves quietly onto the Internet [IDG]
North Korea, one of the world's few remaining information black holes, has taken the first step toward a fully fledged connection to the Internet. But a connection, if it comes, is unlikely to mean freedom of information for North Korea's citizens. In the past few months, a block of 1,024 Internet addresses, reserved for many years for North Korea but never touched, has been registered to a company with links to the government in Pyongyang.

nz: Macrons now allowed in website addresses
Holders of Maori domain names are being given the chance to use a macron in their website addresses.

First IDN.tel now live in advance of June 15th launch
In preparation for the launch of sixteen IDN.tel languages, Telnic Limited today said that the first ever IDN.tel - ??????.tel - is now live and accessible.

uk: Nominet Registrar event at ICANN
The Board of Nominet are delighted to be hosting a drinks reception for our registrar community at ICANN, Brussels, on Monday 21 June 2010.

uk: Nominet appoints new chair, Baroness Rennie Fritchie DBE, and new non-executive director, Piers White MBE
We are pleased to announce the appointments of Baroness Rennie Fritchie DBE as Chair of Nominet and Piers White MBE as an independent appointed non-executive director. Both appointments are made following an open and competitive selection process.

uk: Notice of AGM and non-executive director elections
We are pleased to announce that papers for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) have been posted or emailed to members.

NTIA Federal Register Notice: Intent to Proceed with the Final Stages of DNSSEC Implementation in the Authoritative Root Zone:
NTIA announced the availability of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) testing and evaluation report and NTIA?s intent to proceed with the final stages of DNSSEC deployment in the authoritative root zone. NTIA is providing a comment period on the report and the commencement of the final stage of the DNSSEC deployment before taking any action. Comments must be submitted by June 21, 2010.

 - IPv4/IPv6
IANA IPv4 Free Pool is now at 6.25%
In January, the Number Resource Organization (NRO) announced that only ten percent of IPv4 address space remained unallocated. Since then, IANA allocations to the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) has reduced the remaining pool of addresses to just over six percent, with an anticipated runout in 2011. With this in mind, we once again encourage all organizations to adopt IPv6.

Fewer than two percent of Czech websites are available through IPv6
According to our current estimates, all available blocks of IP addresses using the current IPv4 protocol will disappear in one year. In the first half of 2012, IP addresses will also run out on the regional level and with Internet providers who assign addresses to end users. If the switch to the IPv6 protocol is not completed on time, the expansion of the Internet may be jeopardized.

Search engines beat the hassle of universal resource locators - URLs, to you
Advertisers take note: consumers can't be bothered remembering those pesky universal resource locators, or URLs as most of us know them. Rather than remember addresses to type in the top bar of a web page, consumers are increasingly heading straight to search engines instead.

Now Available: Whois-RWS Differences Documentation
ARIN is deploying an improved Whois service called Whois-RWS on 26 June 2010. When using the Whois-RWS you will notice some differences in behavior for certain queries and corresponding result sets on the NICNAME/WHOIS port 43 service. Detailed documentation on these differences is now available at:

New book on the Regulation of Domain Names
Questions concerning the legality of domain names have never received the kind of attention they deserved; in all truth, the attention has perpetually focused on the harm trademark owners are enduring through the use of domain names. Early domain name regulation indicates that Internet policies highlighted the threat ? potential and actual ? domain names were posing to trademarks and any amendments on such policies proceeded on the basis that trademark protection should be more robust and rigorous.

The Coming Fall in Domain Name Values
Is it unwise to invest in generic non .com domain names right now? With the exception of ccTLDs and perhaps .org, I think so.

Sedo and .CO?s Historic e.CO Charity Domain Auction Draws Final Bid of $81K
Sedo, the leading online domain marketplace, and .CO Internet S.A.S., the registry operator for the .CO top-level domain (TLD), today announced Lonnie Borck from B52 Media and Uri Kerbel from Bookmarks.com have both won the historic e.CO charity domain auction with the final bid of $81,000.

Sedo?s Legal Team Nominated by World Trademark Review Indust
The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a not-for-profit association of trademark owners, professionals and academics dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property as elements of commerce. This year, INTA?s annual meeting was held on Sedo?s home turf; Boston, Massachusetts.

OECD broadband data for December 2009 just released [news release]
There were 283 million broadband subscriptions in the OECD area in December 2009. The average penetration rate across the OECD has grown to 23.3 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants up from 22.8 in June 2009. New data on broadband subscriptions and penetration rates are available on the OECD broadband portal.

North Korea moves quietly onto the Internet [IDG]
North Korea, one of the world's few remaining information black holes, has taken the first step toward a fully fledged connection to the Internet. But a connection, if it comes, is unlikely to mean freedom of information for North Korea's citizens. In the past few months, a block of 1,024 Internet addresses, reserved for many years for North Korea but never touched, has been registered to a company with links to the government in Pyongyang.

The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In
... Much of the concern about cellphones and instant messaging and Twitter has been focused on how children who incessantly use the technology are affected by it. But parents? use of such technology ? and its effect on their offspring ? is now becoming an equal source of concern to some child-development researchers.

Editorial: The Digital Pulse
Just how adaptable are humans? That is the question underlying pervasive worries about the impact of modern technology, especially the boom in the use of personal laptops and hand-held devices, like the iPad and smartphones. Are we becoming skilled multitaskers? Or are we sacrificing our attention to long-term goals for the more primitive gratification of skimming tweets and e-mail messages? There are indeed some gloomy answers to these questions, the kind described in Matt Richtel?s article about the Campbell family in The Times on Monday.

Opinion: Mind Over Mass Media
New forms of media have always caused moral panics: the printing press, newspapers, paperbacks and television were all once denounced as threats to their consumers? brainpower and moral fiber.

Google News Gives News Organizations a Chance to Stand Out
Many mainstream news organizations have long viewed Google News as a threat to their interests.

World Cup pushes Internet to new record
World Cup fever pushed the Internet to a new record on Friday, according to measurements from Akamai.

nz: Cup web surfing may cost firms $10m
Kiwis will flock to the web to follow the Fifa World Cup, forcing bosses to compromise to keep staff happy, internet and business groups say. ... Sean Lyons, development manager at internet watchdog Netsafe, says employers will need to strike a balance to ensure staff get their football fix but remain productive.

Australia's broadband take-up going backwards
Australia is one of only two developed countries where the take-up of broadband internet connections went backwards last year, according to new data.

NZ still 18th in OECD broadband ranking despite recent growth [Dominion Post]
New Zealand remains 18th in the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation's league table for broadband penetration despite outpacing all but four of the OECD's 30 member states in 2009.

Is the web affecting the way our brains work? It's a thought
Some technologies change aspects of our lives ? how we work, travel or play. Few alter our whole way of being.

Social networking popular among boomers - report
Social networking isn't only for the under 40s. More than 25 percent of Americans 50 years and older stay connected using sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, according to new research.

Facebook closer to Australian security deal
Criticism of Facebook seems to have struck home with the company's US headquarters after the social networking site agreed to formally consider a call for a dedicated law enforcement liaison officer in Australia.

Iran's 'Twitter revolution' was exaggerated, says editor
It was described as the "Twitter revolution", but almost a year on from Iran's disputed presidential elections, during which the use of social media by the opposition movement made headlines around the world, such claims prompt wry smiles from seasoned observers.

Iran election anniversary protests face severe crackdown
... Evidence shows there is a massive effort to snuff out an anniversary protest. The internet ? which enabled protesters to communicate through outlets like Facebook and Twitter ? has been used by the leadership to monitor dissent. Activists describe ever-present surveillance on the streets and in cyberspace.

Trends in media use by children and young people
This series of short research reports provide detailed analysis of particular topics from a major piece of community research commissioned by ACMA. That research, Media and communications in Australian families 2007 (the MCAF report), is an in-depth study of young people?s use of electronic media and the way parents mediate that use. The MCAF report is available on ACMA?s website.

Facebook adviser critical of Australia's mandatory ISP filter [AAP]
A policy adviser to the world's largest social networking site, Facebook, says he doubts the Australian government's proposed mandatory internet filter will work.

au: Lundy to call for opt-in ISP filter model
Labor Senator, Kate Lundy, has announced she will push the Federal Government to consider adopting an opt-in version of its proposed mandatory ISP-level Internet filter.

au: Bullying unreported as young fear ban from net
A SURVEY has found that 80 per cent of young people would not report cyber-bullying - often because they feared they would not be allowed back online.

Hector?s WorldTM teaches children important online security lessons [news release]
When it comes to keeping your computer secure online, the Australian Communications and Media Authority believes you?re never too young to start learning how.

Hector?s World wins
Yesterday, InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) and .au Domain Administration announced the winners of the inaugural Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards.

National cybersafety program for pre-service teachers launched today
The Australian Communications and Media Authority?s ?Cybersafety Outreach ? Pre-Service Teacher? program, designed for education students in their final year at university and the first of its kind in Australia, was launched today at Deakin University?s Burwood campus in Melbourne.

Young Australians advise the Government on cyber-safety [news release]
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy, today welcomed 50 students from across Australia who were in Canberra to advise the Government on cyber-safety issues.

nz: Schools ring the changes [Sunday Star Times]
Cellphone use is so prevalent among teenagers that it would be stupid not to use the devices to engage them in school, a teaching expert says.

uk: 'Bullying' link to child suicide rate, charity suggests
As many as 44% of suicides among 10-14 year olds between 2000-2008 may be bullying-related, a charity suggests.

us: Report:NTIA has received the report of the Online Safety and Technology Working Group, "Youth Safety on a Living Internet"

pl: 8 June ? start of the social campaign ?Every move in the internet leaves tracks behind? [news release]
Amendment of the penal code concerning seduction of minor in the internet enters into force on 8 June 2010. On the same day, the Nobody?s Children Foundation, the Research and Academic Computer Network (NASK) and the Children?s Rights Ombudsman launch a new stage of the campaign ?Child in the Net?, called ?Every move in the internet leaves tracks behind?. By recalling Ania and Wojtek (characters appearing in the 2004 campaign called ?You never know who?s on the other side?) the organisers intend to draw attention of the society both to the problem itself and to the new legislation.

?sterreichs Parlament f?r "L?schen und Sperren" im Kampf gegen Kinderpornos
Durch Sperren auf DNS-Ebene sollen Webseiten mit kinderpornographischem Inhalt schwieriger erreichbar gemacht werden, wenn sie nicht leicht gel?scht werden k?nnten.

Why file-sharing has killed 'unlimited' mobile data contracts
So the free lunch - otherwise known as the unlimited data tariff - is over. O2 said on Thursday that it will no longer be offering new or upgrading customers its "unlimited" tariff for smartphone users - principally, it's believed, the iPhone users, whose numbers connected to O2 have grown from 1m to 2m in a year.

Im April Wurden in Deutschland Mehr als 9 Milliarden Videos Online Angesehen
comScore ... ver?ffentlichte heute Daten des comScore-Dienstes Video Metrix. Daraus wird ersichtlich, dass im April 2010 43,4 Millionen Internet-User in Deutschland jeweils mindestens ein Video online betrachtet haben. Im Vergleich zum vergangenen Jahr bedeutet das einen Zuwachs von 29 Prozent.

Phone Fight! It?s Apple vs. Google in the battle over the future of computing.
When Steve Jobs took the stage for his keynote address at Apple?s annual developers conference last week, he had plenty to say about the new iPhone 4, calling it ?the most precise, beautiful thing we?ve ever designed.? He waxed on about its mind-blowing video-chat features and its gorgeous display?even though the Wi-Fi connection failed during his demo. He didn?t neglect the iPad, either, pointing out that Apple has sold 2 million in two months?or about one every three seconds. But Jobs didn?t say one word about the venerable old Mac, even though the conference used to be the place where Apple showed off the new features coming to its line of computers.

ITC to investigate Apple after HTC complaint [IDG]
The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate Apple based on a complaint filed by handset maker HTC, the Commission said on Friday.

US trade body to look into HTC complaint against Apple [AFP]
The US International Trade Commission said Friday that it will investigate a patent infringement complaint by Taiwan-based mobile phone maker HTC Corp. against Apple.

Will Carriers Be Big Players in the Internet of Things? [GigaOm]
The shift to 4G will free up 3G capacity for a wide variety of new mobile gizmos, called connected devices, from hidden cameras to tracking units

ISPs reluctant to filter outbound spam
With spam volumes rising relentlessly a new survey claims to have detected an iota of worry among service providers. It seems many of them would love to do something about it but don't know what.

'Shady' porn site practices put visitors at risk
Visitors to porn sites are at serious risk of being exploited by cyber criminals, a study has suggested. It found that many sites harboured malware or used "shady" practices to squeeze money out of their visitors.

Online Porn Users Take Huge Risks, Study Finds
Online porn is one of the most hostile environments on the Internet but malware distribution itself appears to be only a profitable sideline for the adult industry, a new study has suggested.

To download the study, see:

au: Rudd dumps AusCERT
THE nation's Computer Emergency Response Team, better known as AusCERT, has been dumped by the Rudd Government. 

us: FTC Urges Consumers to Watch Out for Scams Related to Gulf Oil Spill [news release]
As the nation follows news of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, so do scammers. The Federal Trade Commission issued an alert urging consumers and businesses to watch out for con artists trying to take advantage of the oil spill in the gulf and to report their experiences to federal and state authorities.

us: International Mass Marketing Fraud Brochure
The IC3 is a partnership between the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the FBI. The IC3 serves as a clearinghouse and repository of cyber crime complaints from private citizens and industry. The IC3 refers complaints to law enforcement agencies for investigation and prose-cution and provides analytical support for cyber crime investigations and prosecution.

Chinese man convicted for selling two-year-old son online
A court in China has given a 22-year-old man a suspended jail sentence for selling his toddler son on the Internet for 18,000 yuan (?1,800), state media reported Friday.

European Privacy Officials: Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Are Still Breaking European Privacy Law
At a time when users regularly turn to search engines to find information on the Internet, search privacy is of paramount importance. The search terms you give to search engines can be used to compose a telling portrait of your interests and concerns, a fact that has led privacy advocates to call for greater protection for individual users.

Web Watchdogs Dig for Privacy Flaws, Bark Loud
As Web users entrust their life facts to Facebook Inc. and other websites, they are storing valuable personal information online where it could be exposed to marketers, fraudsters or simply people who aren't the intended viewers.

NZ police to probe Google
New Zealand police will investigate Google over its collection of data from wireless networks.

Web giant Google faces NZ police probe
Police are investigating allegations that computer giant Google illegally gathered personal email and wireless internet data during its "Street View" operation in New Zealand.

Police probe possible Google privacy breach 
New Zealand police are investigating a possible breach of privacy by the world's biggest internet company.

Police Investigates Into Google Privacy Violation
Police Investigates Into Google Privacy ViolationNew Zealand police are revealed to have initiated with an investigation into a possible violation of privacy by the world's internet giant, Google.

Google could face privacy complaint
Privacy International, the London-based pressure group, is planning to file a criminal complaint with the UK police over Google?s interception of private WiFi data.

Google seeks consolidation of Wi-Fi snooping cases [IDG]
Peppered with lawsuits over its collection of Web traffic data from wireless networks, Google wants all the cases consolidated into one, and for that single case to be heard by a court near its Mountain View, California, headquarters.

Google deletes some US private wireless data
Google has deleted private wireless data mistakenly collected by its Street View cars in Austria, Denmark and Ireland, the Internet giant said in a letter to US politicians.

Google helps build trade case over Web censorship
Google is working with U.S. and European officials to build a case that would argue Internet censorship acts as a trade barrier, a top company executive said on Friday.

Google troubled by new Internet rules in Vietnam [AFP]
Google said Thursday it was troubled by new regulations in Vietnam that may allow the government to block access to websites and track the activities of Internet users.

Pentagon hunts WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in bid to gag website
American officials are searching for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks in an attempt to pressure him not to publish thousands of confidential and potentially hugely embarrassing diplomatic cables that offer unfiltered assessments of Middle East governments and leaders.

Soldier leaked Google attack investigation details, hacker says
An Army analyst jailed for allegedly leaking a video of a controversial Iraq air strike also allegedly leaked classified information about a U.S. investigation into cyberattacks on Google that originated in China, the hacker who turned in the analyst told CNET on Saturday.

Pentagon rushes to block release of classified files on Wikileaks
It has the ingredients of a spy thriller: an American military analyst turned whistleblower; 260,000 classified government documents; and rumours that the world's most powerful country is hunting a former hacker whom it believes is about to publish them.

Cyber leaker 'may be in peril'
It readds like a James Bond novel: its cast includes an enigmatic white-haired computer hacker; a soldier turned whistleblower; secret government correspondence; and the world's most powerful country desperate to contain the situation.

WikiLeaks will US-Whistleblower verteidigen
Die Whistleblower-Website WikiLeaks will dem 22-j?hrigen US-Soldaten Bradley Manning helfen, gegen den die US-Armee derzeit wegen Geheimnisverrats ermittelt.

55 Chinese websites asked to delete porn contents [IANS]
In a massive crackdown against internet pornography, Chinese authorities have warned 55 websites of tough action if they continue to disseminate porn materials.

US Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power
A new U.S. Senate bill would grant the president far-reaching emergency powers to seize control of or even shut down portions of the Internet.

Plan to keep search history angers internet freedom fighters
If you know the details of someone's online reading and viewing habits you can learn a great deal about them; their politics, their interests, their sexual inclinations, even the state of their marriage.

Australian govt wants ISPs to record browsing history
Companies in Australia which provide customers with a connection to the Internet may soon have to retain subscriber's private Web browsing history for law enforcement to examine when requested, a move which has been widely criticised by industry insiders.

Data retention idea "totally insane": Linton
The chief executive of internet provider Exetel this afternoon described as a "nanny state gone totally insane" a Federal Government proposal which could potentially see telcos required to keep records of web browsing history, telephone calls and emails of their users.

iiNet knew of govt's data policy in 2009
iiNet this afternoon said it was briefed in late 2009 about a Federal Government proposal which could potentially see telcos required to keep records of web browsing history, telephone calls and emails of their users.

ACMA to talk blacklist security
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will discuss blacklist security with a web filter vendor next week, amid reports the list will be hijacked or stolen.

Apple's Mobile Rules To Get FTC Scrutiny
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will investigate whether Apple Inc.'s business practices harm competition in the market for software used on mobile devices, people familiar with the situation said.

Report: FTC to investigate Apple mobile practices [AP]
The Federal Trade Commission will open an investigation to determine if Apple Inc.'s mobile software business practices are squashing competitors, according to a report published Friday.

ANALYSIS - Apple's changes won't mollify trust-busters
While Apple Inc has eased restrictions for iPhone advertising, targeting them more pointedly at rival Google Inc, it hasn't done enough to mollify antitrust regulators.

US competition regulators to investigate Apple
The US Federal Trade Commission will investigate whether Apple's business practices harm competition in the market for software used on mobile devices, people familiar with the situation said.

Do the feds have a case against Apple?
News analysis Apple's tweaking of the rules for which kind of ad networks can operate on its iPhone has prompted scrutiny from antitrust authorities, according to reports.

India launches offensive against ACTA, cites "due process"
We mentioned recently that India was rounding up opposition to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and that it wanted to stop the deal from being made outside of existing international institutions. This week, it made good on its promise to object.

Wikileaks: The most dangerous man in Iceland
Raffi Khatchadourian's excellent profile of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the New Yorker reminded me of something I'd been thinking about since Bradley Manning, an American soldier, was arrested earlier this week: the comparison between the legal and ethical issues surrounding WikiLeaks's "Collateral Murder" video and those surrounding the leaking of the Pentagon papers in 1971. In certain ways, Mr Assange seems to have a lot in common with Daniel Ellsberg, the senior RAND Corporation analyst who copied and leaked the papers. Both combine mathematical genius with personal flamboyance. 

ANZ internet award winners announced
The winners of the 2009 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards have been announced.

Apple threatens Google's core business [The Times]
Apple has emerged as a real threat to Google's core business by making early inroads into the mobile advertising market.

au: ABC host faces child pornography charge
ABC presenter Andy Muirhead, host of the Collectors program, has been charged with child pornography, the broadcaster has revealed.

ABC switches off presenter facing child porn charges
ANDY Muirhead, the presenter of the ABC's popular The Collectors TV program and host of its Hobart breakfast show, has been charged with viewing child pornography on a computer.

ABC show host on child porn charges
THE popular ABC television show The Collectors has been taken off the air after its host, Andy Muirhead, was charged with child pornography offences.

au: Collectors may be dumped as host faces porn charge
THE future of the ABC's pop- ular family-viewing program Collectors is uncertain after the charging of its host, Andy Muirhead, with accessing child pornography.

nz: Child porn on computer bought on internet auction site, court told
A buyer found 2000 child sex abuse images on the hard drive of the computer he bought on an internet auction site, a court was told today.


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