[DNS] domain name news - 8 July

[DNS] domain name news - 8 July

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 02:50:38 -0700 (PDT)
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the last 3 months of the news.

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


The domain name news is supported by auDA


What the ICANN Brussels Meeting Means for New gTLDs by Antony Van Couvering

Domain Transfers - Domain Hijacking - Make Your Voice Heard by Michele Neylon

AuDA Releases Report on Draft .AU 2LD Recommendations


Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards 2010 - Open

Tuvalu wants more money for its internet domain

Now Playing: .XXX. TLD Carpetbaggers Give New Meaning to "Drop and Snatch" by 
Violet Blue

The Threat of Cyberwar Has Been Grossly Exaggerated by Bruce Schneier

U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies

Domain name use not enough to keep trade mark rights alive, says German court

Putting IPv6 Addresses into Context by Leo Vegoda

Your Input Requested: Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part B Initial Report
The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) Part B Policy Development Process 
(PDP) Working published its Initial Report on 29 May 2010. Today a public 
comment forum opens for a twenty-day period as prescribed by the ICANN by-laws. 
The IRTP Part B WG is looking for your input on the Initial Report and in 
particular on the preliminary conclusions and recommendations put forward in the 
report, including a proposed Expedited Transfer Reverse Policy.

Public Comment: Proposed Bylaws Amendment to Allow Remuneration of Board Chair
Today, ICANN is opening up a public comment forum on proposed Bylaws amendments 
to allow for remuneration of the Chair of the Board.

What the ICANN Brussels Meeting Means for New gTLDs by Antony Van Couvering
ICANN's 38th get-together, in Brussels, may become known as the meeting where 
the dust finally began to settle. Long-standing issues were settled, compromises 
were reached, no-one complained too much about the latest version of the 
Applicant Guidebook, and the Board stood by its project plan dates, even 
scheduling a Board retreat to solve remaining issues. Finally, there were no 
surprise "gotcha!" delays that generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) applicants have 
been used to seeing at ICANN meeting. With one possible exception? 


Domain Transfers - Domain Hijacking - Make Your Voice Heard by Michele Neylon
ICANN's Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO) has formed a working group 
to consider changes to the domain transfer process to enhance security and 
reduce hijacking. The working group consists of registrars, aftermarket players, 
domainers and other members of the ICANN Community. The group published its 
preliminary recommendations at the ICANN meeting in Brussels two weeks ago and 
the 20-day comment period has just begun.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
AuDA Releases Report on Draft .AU 2LD Recommendations
AuDA, the .AU policy and regulatory body, has released draft recommendations on 
the introduction of new, and reactivation of dormant, second level domains 
following a consultation period with interested parties in recent months.


Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards 2010 - Open
auDA and Internet NZ are proud to launch the 2010 Australia and New Zealand 
Internet Best Practice Awards. The Awards recognise organisations, businesses, 
groups and individuals that have made significant contributions towards the 
security openness, diversity and accessibility of the internet.

Dubai launches Arabic domain [Gulf News]
The Dubai eGovernment has launched its Dubai.emarat Arabic internet domain of 
the official portal of the Dubai Government and corresponds to the Latin domain 
http://www.zawya.com/Story.cfm/sidGN_06072010_070736/Dubai launches Arabic 

EURid Examines Domain Name Market With Insights Publications
EURid have launched two new reports based on surveys, studies and research 
developed by EURid in cooperation with industry experts and sector leaders. The 
reports are: Volume 1: How Top Level Domain Customer Service and Brand Influence 
Customer Buying Behaviour; Volume 2: What's in a domain name extension?


Tuvalu wants more money for its internet domain
Tuvalu wants more money for its real estate. Not terra firma real estate - but 
rather its own virtual patch on the Internet. Tuvalu owns the domain name 
dot-tv, which American company Verisign manages and sells as website addresses. 
It's a dispute that's gone on for years - but with new changes coming to the 
Internet soon, the island nation may be left stranded with little bargaining 
power. Tuvalu's Finance Minister Lotoala Metia and Ausregistry International 
CEO, Adrian Kinderis are interviewed for this story.

Tuvalu Unhappy With Returns on .TV from VeriSign
The government of Tuvalu has voiced its displeasure at the return it has 
received from handing over the operation of the .TV ccTLD to VeriSign.


Tuvalu wants more $$ before .tv
The government of Tuvalu is hoping to secure more funds from the owners of the 
".tv" internet domain name.

Now Playing: .XXX. TLD Carpetbaggers Give New Meaning to "Drop and Snatch" by 
Violet Blue
What do you get when you combine a former real estate developer, an ex-employee 
from a scandal-ridden domain bidding business, and an ex-fax machine salesman? 
Your first answer probably isn't "internet pornography and child safety 
consultants." But that's exactly who's behind creating and curating an 
adults-only gated trailer park on the Internet: three unlikely startup jocks 
plan to make a .xxx suffix for pornographic websites, despite the fact that no 
one on any side of the debate wants one.

Violet Blue on .XXX by Phillip Hallam-Baker
We seem to hear quite a bit from ICM about their .xxx TLD proposal. People who 
might be interested in the view from the porn community might be interested in 
Violet Blue's article on the proposal. As you might expect, she is against and 
sees no real support from the porn world. She does not consider 153K defensive 
domain registrations as proof of demand.

The man who stands to make $200m a year out of '.xxx porn ghetto' [Bloomberg]
Stuart Lawley has Hustler magazine and the distributor of Paris Hilton's sex 
tape up in arms. The 47-year-old British internet entrepreneur's ICM Registry is 
roiling the $US13 billion pornography industry after last week winning a 
preliminary nod for the .xxx domain from ICANN which approves web addresses.




xxx: Can a domain name clean up the web?
Pornography is the elephant in the room, as the old Joni Mitchell song doesn't 
go. Actually, to say that it's the elephant in the room doesn't do justice to 
its overwhelming dominance of the internet; it's more like the mammoth in the 
porch, although it may be a while before that particular phrase gains common 


Pornography's .xxx factor
Apple's Steve Jobs doesn't like pornography. Nor do parents' groups and 
campaigners. The new .xxx web domain, approved last week after a $10m battle, 
promises benefits to porn buyers and sellers, but does the internet need a red 
light district?

Can the .xxx domain name clean up the internet?
Online pornography is certainly a subject that's rarely talked about, bearing in 
mind that it's the pre-eminent internet money-spinner, and that everyone spends 
a disproportionate amount of time either trying to avoid it or access it, 
depending on their moral standpoint and taste.

Chinese domain set to surf
Domain names with Chinese characters will function in August following final 
approval by ICANN, the organization that administers the Internet, at a meeting 
in Brussels on June 25.

The Threat of Cyberwar Has Been Grossly Exaggerated by Bruce Schneier
There's a power struggle going on in the U.S. government right now. It's about 
who is in charge of cyber security, and how much control the government will 
exert over civilian networks. And by beating the drums of war, the military is 
coming out on top.

U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies
The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed "Perfect 
Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies 
running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power 
plants, according to people familiar with the program.

U.S. aims to detect cyber infrastructure attacks - WSJ
The U.S. government is launching a program nicknamed "Perfect Citizen" to detect 
cyber assaults on private U.S. companies and government agencies running 
critical infrastructure, the Wall Street Journal said in its online edition.

DNS Platforms: A Study in Capacity and Scalability by Chuck Kisselburg
Capacity and scalability are necessary in managing DNSSEC and D/DoS. Capacity, 
necessary for maintaining operations during D/DoS attacks, is also necessary for 
increased traffic due to DNSSEC deployment.

Domain name use not enough to keep trade mark rights alive, says German court
A German music festival dedicated to the work of unconventional rock musician 
Frank Zappa can continue to use a version of his name without infringing on the 
trade mark rights of his estate, a court has ruled.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Putting IPv6 Addresses into Context by Leo Vegoda
Because IPv6 is so much larger than IPv4, the IETF has been able to structure 
the address space more neatly. Page 1Consequently, it is easier to distinguish 
between different address types based on the first few characters in the 
address, rather than having to refer to registry, as is often the case with 

What You Need to Know about IPv6
The Internet promises unlimited connectivity, but such connectivity requires 
that computers and devices find one another through a common address plan. The 
current plan, in place since the late 1970s, is running out of open addresses, 
and a new scheme called IPv6 is being put in place to power the Internet's next 
stage of growth.

Egyptian IDN Registry (dotMASR) Tenth African TLD to Deploy CoCCA Registry 
The small registry services provider CoCCA (Council of Country Code 
Administrators) has added the Egyptian internationalised domain name (IDN) 
registry (dotMasr) to its stable of registry operators who have deployed their 
own registry software.


Zuccarini Sues NameJet, eNom, VeriSign, and Network Solutions
John Zuccarini has filed a complaint against NameJet, eNom, VeriSign, and 
Network Solutions in U.S. District Court over the transfer and auctioning of a 
number of his domain names.

Domainer Income Platform Publicly Available With Benefits For All Domainers
After many years of investment in time, energy and even some money, Simon 
Johnson has announced that his personal baby, Domainer Income, has gone public 
allowing others to profit from his years of research and experience to make 
money from trading in and monetising domain names.


WhyPark Launches Domain Apps
WhyPark has announced the launch of Domain Apps By WhyPark that they believe 
will allow customers to add depth, relevant engaging content and functionality, 
through the use of one-click installs, to domain names hosted at WhyPark as per 
the news release below.

The future of social relations: supports information sharing, but make us 
shallow: Pew study
Overview: The social benefits of internet use will far outweigh the negatives 
over the next decade, according to experts who responded to a survey about the 
future of the internet. They say this is because email, social networks, and 
other online tools offer ?low-friction? opportunities to create, enhance, and 
rediscover social ties that make a difference in people?s lives. The internet 
lowers traditional communications constraints of cost, geography, and time; and 
it supports the type of open information sharing that brings people together.

Mobile Access 2010: America's Mobile and Wireless Access Jump Dramatically
Overview: Cell phone and wireless laptop internet use have each grown more 
prevalent over the last year. Nearly half of all adults (47%) go online with a 
laptop using a Wi-Fi connection or mobile broadband card (up from the 39% who 
did so as of April 2009) while 40% of adults use the internet, email or instant 
messaging on a mobile phone (up from the 32% of Americans who did this in 2009). 
This means that 59% of adults now access the internet wirelessly using a laptop 
or cell phone?that is, they answered ?yes? to at least one of these wireless 
access pathways. That adds up to an increase from the 51% who used a laptop or 
cell phone wirelessly in April 2009.

uk: Amazon launches online groceries division as Ocado gears up for flotation
Internet retailer Amazon piled the pressure on Ocado today with the overnight 
launch of a grocery division selling 22,000 products including brands such as 
Pampers nappies, Ariel washing powder and Pedigree Chum dog food.

Google and Bing search engines turn to music [Reuters]
Internet search engines pride themselves as being neutral providers of 
information. But as competition mounts to own the connection between fans and 
online content, tech behemoths like Microsoft and Google increasingly are 
turning to their search engines to help drive their entertainment content 

Britons admit they just can't live without home internet
A computer and an internet connection at home are no longer viewed as luxuries 
but as essentials, according to research published today. The latest Minimum 
Income Standard report released by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the social 
research charity, gauges what members of the public think people need to achieve 
a "socially acceptable standard of living".

Is the Web outdated, or is it just Prince?
The Internet has suffered a premature death--or at least that's what aging 
rocker Prince believes has happened. "The Internet [is] completely over," Prince 
told U.K. publication The Mirror, which published an interview with the music 
icon on Monday, the eve of the debut in that country of his latest CD, 20TEN. 
Perhaps not coincidentally the disc will be distributed in the pages of The 

Prince - world exclusive interview: Peter Willis goes inside the star's secret 
... Unlike most other rock stars, he has banned YouTube and iTunes from using 
any of his music and has even closed down his own official website.

Facebook Makes Headway Around the World
Sergey Brin, a Google founder, takes issue with people who say Google has failed 
to gain a foothold in social networking. Google has had successes, he often 
says, especially with Orkut, the dominant service in Brazil and India.

Facebook Touts Selling Power of Friendship - In Bid to Boost Revenue, Site 
Pitches 'Social Context' Ads to Major Marketers
Facebook Inc. is trying to rev up its advertising business with a little help 
from your friends.

Wake up, check Facebook: Americans increasingly obsessed [AFP]
Americans are increasingly obsessed with Facebook and many young women check 
their page even before using the bathroom in the morning, according to a poll 
released on Wednesday.


Social media making us 'shallow' [Scripps Howard News Service]
Social networking should reduce friction between humans around the world by 2020 
but our real life relationships could suffer and become more shallow, US experts 
say. Still, the benefits of social media should "far outweigh" the negative 
impacts over the next 10 years, according to the Pew Research Centre study.


Blame privacy woes for stalled U.S. Facebook growth?
Statistically speaking, it had to happen at some point or another: New numbers 
from market research outlet Inside Network say that for the first time, 
Facebook's U.S. traffic growth may be plateauing.

APAC PC shipments to cross 114M in 2010
PC shipments in the Asia-Pacific region this year will grow 20.3 percent over 
2009 to reach 114.6 million units, according to new predictions from Gartner.

Gartner Says Asia Pacific PC Shipments Will Grow 20.3 Percent in 2010 [news 
The Asia Pacific personal computer (PC) market is forecast to grow 20.3 percent 
in 2010, reaching 114.6 million unit shipments, according to Gartner?s latest 
forecast. Spending on PCs in Asia Pacific is forecast to grow 12.4 percent in 
2010, compared to only 2.9 percent in 2009, due to a sharper decline in average 
selling prices for PCs in 2009.

au: ISP filtering legislation on the way
The federal government hopes to introduce legislation to enable its 
controversial internet filter by the end of the year. Communications Minister 
Stephen Conroy said the legislation would be this year "sooner rather than 

Gillard should halt ISP filtering plan: Greens
The Greens have urged Prime Minister Julia Gillard to put the controversial ISP 
filtering plan on hold or risk affecting Labor's election chances.

au: Gillard backs internet filter
Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she is happy with the policy aim of the 
Government's proposed internet filter, but understands there are concerns about 

au: PM vows to block 'dark side' of net
Julia Gillard says she is aware of public concerns over the mandatory internet 
filter interfering with ''legitimate use'' but has vowed to push ahead with the 
controversial proposal.

Gillard to stick with web filter despite disquiet
The Prime Minister will push ahead with controversial plans for a mandatory 
internet filter despite acknowledging public concerns that it will interfere 
with ''legitimate use''.



Filter cops criticism in cyber-safety commitee
Telecommunications providers and Internet advocate groups have called for more 
funding to educate Australian Federal Police (AFP) and state law enforcement on 
lawful data interception and cyber-safety.

Opposition calls on Gov to head Cyber Safety Committee evidence
Evidence heard at the Cyber Safety Committee roundtable in Melbourne has been 
cited by the Greens and the Opposition as further reason for the Federal 
Government to drop its controversial mandatory ISP-level filter.

Professor warns Aus firewall is undemocratic
The proposed great Australian firewall is bad law and bad policy on every level, 
according to Professor Catharine Lumby speaking at the first conference of new 
international academic network Onscenity in London on Monday.

eu: Safer Internet Forum
The Safer Internet Forum has been organized by the Safer Internet Programme as 
an annual conference on safer internet issues since 2004. It brings together 
representatives of industry, law enforcement authorities, child welfare 
organizations and policy makers. The past editions of the Safer Internet Forum 
have welcomed guests not only from Europe, but also from countries such as 
Australia, Brazil or the Russian Federation.

uk: Cyber-bullies, victims face health problems
Adolescent victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying tend to suffer from 
psychiatric and physical problems, says a new study.

uk: Adolescent cyberbullies and their victims may have physical, mental health 
Adolescent victims and perpetrators of electronic bullying appear more likely to 
report having psychiatric and physical symptoms and problems, according to a 
report in the June issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.

us: Bill includes porn-blocking technology for federal networks
The House passed this month an amendment to a supplemental spending bill that 
bars federal agencies from using funds for computer networks unless the systems 
block pornography. One information security expert called the requirement wise, 
but warned Congress should leave it up to agencies to specify the controls they 
use to prevent federal employees from downloading porn.

us: FTC Extends COPPA Deadline
The FTC announced it has extended until July 12 the deadline for those who want 
to submit comments on the commission's review of its rule implementing the 1998 
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. The deadline for comments had 
originally been set for June 30.

FTC Extends Public Comment Period for COPPA Rule Review until July 12, 2010
The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it is extending the deadline 
for public comments relating to its review of the Children?s Online Privacy 
Protection Act (COPPA) Rule until July 12.

us: New Law Targets Cyberbullying, Sexting
Any child knows what a bully is. "It's somebody who picks on you, because you're 
different, because they think they're cool and you're not," said 12-year-old 
Katy Zacarias.

us: New legislation to reduce cyberbullying at schools
As technology advances, so do the modes of bullying. The world of e-mail, social 
networking sites, blogs, chat rooms and text messaging has created a vast 
audience for bullies. It is an environment where bullied children cannot escape, 
which is why Illinois schools are adding ?cyberbullying? and ?sexting? to 
student codes of conduct.

South Africa and online pornography: Bill sets off alarm bells in women's 
A draft Bill proposing a ban on sexual content on the internet and cellphones 
submitted to the South African Department of Home Affairs in May 2010 claims to 
have the best interests of women and children in mind but has set alarm bells 
ringing in the women?s movement.

US TV on a PC or Phone Has Some Drawbacks
Trying to watch TV on the Internet is frustrating. Sure, cutting off cable 
service sounds promising, if only for the money you?ll save. But online TV is so 
fragmented and incomplete that finding a favorite show can be difficult. 
Watching a compete season of shows, particularly if you want those shows without 
paying for them, is even harder.

Google acts to fix YouTube flaw exploited by hackers
YouTube has been forced to fix a flaw allowing hackers to bombard users with 
fake pop-up messages and redirect them to adult sites.

Google confirms attack on YouTube [IDG]
Malicious hackers attacked Google's YouTube on Sunday, exploiting a cross-site 
scripting (XSS) vulnerability on the ultra-popular video sharing site, hitting 
primarily sections where users post comments.

Microsoft makes a new push into mobile phone operating systems
The tech giant, which now has a small and shrinking share of the market, plans 
to introduce an all-new system, Windows Phone 7, in the northern hemisphere's 

Mobile Web Use and the Digital Divide
The image of the affluent and white cellphone owner as the prototypical mobile 
Web user seems to be a mistaken one, according to a report published Wednesday 
by the Pew Research Center?s Internet and American Life Center.

Survey: Majority Of Americans Access Net Wirelessly
A new survey released Wednesday finds that nearly 60 percent of Americans now 
access the Internet using wireless devices such as a mobile phone or a laptop 
computer with a Wi-Fi connection.

Study: US mobile Web use growing, but still low [AP]
When it comes to accessing the Web over mobile devices, Americans are far behind 
their Internet-connected counterparts in Japan, South Korea and parts of Europe.


Hundreds of Apple customers fall victim to hacker in app scam
If Apple didn't notice that 41 of its 50 top-rated e-books in the US were in 
Vietnamese and the work of the same, unknown publisher, then alarm bells should 
have sounded when customer reviews talked not of ripping yarns, but of online 

Apple Blocks App Developer
Apple said that it had banished a developer and his applications from the 
company?s online store after he breached the accounts of users and engaged in 
fraudulent purchases.

Apple pulls iPhone apps after rival devs claim fraud
Apple today pulled a large number of apps created by a Vietnamese iPhone 
developer after claims by competitors that he had pushed his software to the top 
of the bestseller list by purchasing them with stolen credit cards.

Google Makes the iPhone YouTube App Obsolete
What?s the difference between the new version of YouTube?s mobile Web site and 
the Apple-created YouTube application that is installed on every iPhone? The Web 
site is a lot better. At least that?s the subtext of a video that YouTube 
released as it announced the overhaul of the mobile site on Wednesday.

Gartner Says Application Development Software Market in Australia and New 
Zealand Will Grow 6.7 Percent in 2010 [news release]
Application development (AD) software revenue in Australia and New Zealand is 
forecast to reach US$144.5 million, an increase of 6.7 percent from 2009 revenue 
of US$135.4 million, according to Gartner, Inc. This is a solid increase 
compared with the overall forecast for worldwide growth of 0.7 percent.

Spam application again spreading on Facebook
A Facebook spam application spread by advertising a 'shocking' video has 
triggered security warnings.

Suspicious Facebook app may be spam launch pad [IDG]
A suspicious application circulating on Facebook has attracted nearly 300,000 
fans whose profiles could be used as launching pads for spam, according to a 
security analyst.

Undersea Cable Set To Boost West Africa Broadband [Reuters]
An eagerly-awaited submarine cable linking West Africa to Europe has gone live, 
paving the way for cheaper and more reliable internet access in one of the 
world?s fastest-growing telecoms markets

The Threat of Cyberwar Has Been Grossly Exaggerated by Bruce Schneier
There's a power struggle going on in the U.S. government right now. It's about 
who is in charge of cyber security, and how much control the government will 
exert over civilian networks. And by beating the drums of war, the military is 
coming out on top.

U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies
The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed "Perfect 
Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies 
running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power 
plants, according to people familiar with the program.

U.S. aims to detect cyber infrastructure attacks - WSJ
The U.S. government is launching a program nicknamed "Perfect Citizen" to detect 
cyber assaults on private U.S. companies and government agencies running 
critical infrastructure, the Wall Street Journal said in its online edition.

Australian online ID fraud losses explode to $1.3bn a year
One in 10 Australian internet users have lost money to online identify fraud 
over the past year with losses totalling $1.286 billion, according to the 
VeriSign Online Fraud Barometer figures released today.



One in 10 Aussies duped on net: survey [AAP]
Australians are falling victim to online identity theft at an alarming rate, a 
new survey suggests, costing them an estimated $1.3 billion over the past year.

Online ID Fraud Claims One in 10 Australian Victims [news release]
Exposing the financial harm that online identity (ID) fraud can cause average 
Australians, the VeriSign Online Fraud Barometer released today shows that one 
in 10 Australians that use the Internet (13,710,000 people) have lost an average 
of $1,000 to criminals and fraudster in the past twelve months.

British man fined over fake eBay auctions
A man has been fined ?3,000 and ordered to carry out 250 hours community service 
after fixing an online auction on eBay. Paul Barrett, 39 and from County Durham, 
became the first person to be convicted of shill bidding in April.

EBay shill bidder fined ?3,500
A man has been fined ?3,500 and ordered to undertake 250 hours of community 
service after bidding on items he had listed for sale on eBay to drive up the 
price. It was the first prosecution in the UK for the practice known as shill 

Tackling cyberthreats, championing cyberpeace
... Having been to the northern part of Africa recently to engage the public and 
private sectors on cybersecurity, the chairman of the International Multilateral 
Partnership Against Cyber Threats (Impact) is keenly aware of the continent's 
potential for technological progress and the challenges that accompany the 

nz: Internet cafe owner gets home detention on piracy charges
An Auckland internet cafe director found guilty of illegally reproducing and 
showing movies without permission has been sentenced to seven months home 
detention on multiple copyright offences.

Singapore bank suffers massive IT failure [IDG]
One of Singapore's biggest banks suffered a major IT outage on Monday that took 
down its computer systems for seven hours.


Germany officials launch legal action against Facebook
German officials have launched legal proceedings against Facebook for accessing 
and saving the personal data of people who do not use the site.

Germany launches legal action against Facebook [AP]
A German data protection official said Wednesday he launched legal proceedings 
against Facebook, which he accused of illegally accessing and saving personal 
data of people who don't use the social networking site.



Brussels to look closely at Google probe
The prospect of Google facing a European inquiry into alleged anti-competitive 
behaviour appeared to increase on Wednesday, with Brussels? leading competition 
official breaking his silence to suggest how seriously he took the issue.

Behavioural advertising is fair if users can opt out, says UK privacy watchdog
There is nothing "intrinsically unfair" about behavioural advertising but 
website operators should offer visitors the option of using their services 
without any activity being recorded, privacy watchdog the Information 
Commissioner has said.

Google's China license problem remains unresolved [IDG]
After five days of waiting, Google is still in the dark about whether the 
company's operating license in China will be renewed.

Google's China webpage licence under review - government
Google's application to renew its webpage licence in China is currently under 
review with no set deadline, a government official said on Wednesday.

Google: still waiting for China licence decision [AFP]
Google's application for renewal of its licence to operate in China, the world's 
largest Internet market, is still under review, a company spokeswoman and a 
government official said Wednesday.


Google.cn Added ICP License Number on Monday by Rebecca MacKinnon
Google.cn landing page has added an ICP license number dated 2010 Beijing News 
is reporting (in Chinese) that one of their reporters noticed on Monday that the 
Google.cn landing page has added an ICP license number dated 2010. The license 
number had not been there before. The reporter then confirmed with Wang Jinhong, 
director of public relations for Google China, that the license number had been 
newly added. Three other links to "Music," "Translate," and "Shopping" were also 
added. The report did not clarify whether the addition of the ICP license means 
that the Chinese authorities have renewed Google.cn's ICP license after Google 
announced on June 28th that it has changed the way in which users are 
re-directed from Google.cn to Google.com.hk. 


Web blocks remain one year on for China's Uighurs [AFP]
For Ruzmammat, the Internet is a crucial way of keeping in touch with his Uighur 
friends in China's Xinjiang region -- a lifeline that was denied to him for 10 
months following deadly ethnic riots.


China lashes out at 'vulgar' online game ads
China has ordered the country's online game companies to stop promoting their 
products in ways that Beijing deems "vulgar", in the government's latest move to 
clamp down on the booming market.


BT and TalkTalk challenge Digital Economy Act
BT and TalkTalk are seeking a judicial review of the controversial Digital 
Economy Act, BBC News has learned. The two internet service providers want the 
High Court to clarify the legality of the act before it is implemented.

nz: Software patents ? left vs right again?
The software patent debate is opening old sores associated with the change of 
government and government?s interface with the ICT industry.

Greece Backs Away From Online Ad Tax
Though it faces budget shortfalls and holes in its pension system, Greece has 
withdrawn a proposed levy on Internet advertising that aimed to finance the 
retirement of journalists working in online media.

au: Tougher online piracy rules unlikely
The federal government is unlikely to impose tougher online piracy laws on 
internet providers. This is in spite of its intent to sign a trade pact aimed at 
strengthening intellectual property rights.

US Regulators Prepare to Dig Into Google-ITA Deal
Last week, Google announced a deal to acquire ITA, a Boston-area company that 
makes flight information software. The move will give Google a large foothold in 
the online travel search market, and control over a critical data source used by 
many of its competitors, including Kayak.com, Orbitz.com and Microsoft?s Bing. 
But first comes the regulatory review.

France Telecom seeks to conquer emerging markets [AFP]
France Telecom, the owner of mobile network operator Orange, launched a strategy 
to "conquer" the Middle East and Africa on Monday, aiming to double sales in 
emerging markets.

au: Number of complaints still too high, says watchdog
Gripes against the telecommunications companies are on the slide, but the 
industry watchdog warns complaints remain at ''very high levels''.

au: Accessibility the key challenge for new Ombudsman [news release]
A few weeks into the job, and the new Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, 
Simon Cohen, has set his sights on ensuring the TIO reaches out to all 

us: Teenage girls face child porn charges
Two girls aged 13 and 14 appeared in court Monday facing several charges related 
to child pornography. No details of the alleged crimes were given in their brief 
court appearance, but the girls each face charges of making, printing or 
publishing child pornography, one charge of distributing or selling child 
pornography, two counts of sexual counsel of a minor and two counts of sexual 
contact with a minor. 



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