[DNS] domain name news - 26 July

[DNS] domain name news - 26 July

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 14:43:27 -0700 (PDT)
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The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom: The FCC's move to treat broadband providers 
like phone company monopolies could spur international efforts to regulate the 

Public Comment: Initial Report on Vertical Integration Between Registrars and 

ICANN's Economic Study - It Depends by Antony Van Couvering

IP Justice Comments on ICANN Plans for New Top-Level Domains: Keep the Core 
Neutral - ICANN Should Avoid Expanding Scope of Mission to Include Enforcing 
?Morality? and Fighting ?Terrorism?

Brand Protection Domain Registrations: There Are More Than You Think by John 

Anthony Doesburg: Chinese-script domain names a web milestone

au: Bolton loses his battle for Bottle

Google approves .co domain for international use

IBM Likely to Apply for .IBM Top-Level Domain

.NZ Launches IDNs Next Week

UNICEF to Apply for .UNICEF

.uk turns 25

us: Ninth Circuit Applies Nominative Use Defense to Domain Names [reg req'd]

Gambling is Big Money as OnlineCasino.dk Sold for $580,000

The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom: The FCC's move to treat broadband providers 
like phone company monopolies could spur international efforts to regulate the 
In 1988, delegates from 114 countries gathered in Melbourne, Australia, to 
negotiate an international treaty for the future of telecommunications 
regulation. Since then, representatives from nations as diverse as Ghana, China 
and the U.S. have reunited and agreed that the Internet?that amazing global 
network of networks?was different from traditional phone service, and was best 
kept free from international phone regulation. That could change soon.

Public Comment: Initial Report on Vertical Integration Between Registrars and 
The GNSO Vertical Integration Working Group is seeking comments on its Initial 
Report on Vertical Integration Between Registrars and Registries. This Initial 
Report [PDF, 731 KB] is posted for public comment as a required step in the 
GNSO?s Policy Development Process on Vertical Integration between Registrars and 
Registries. The Initial Report describes various proposed solutions for 
restrictions on vertical integration between registrars and registries for 
adoption in the New gTLD Program.

Location Recommendations Now Being Accepted for ICANN?s 2011 Meeting in North 
The modified selection process for ICANN Meeting locations announced last month 
is now in effect beginning with the 40th meeting to be held 13-18 March 2011 in 
North America.

Location Recommendations Now Being Accepted for ICANN?s 2011 Meeting in Asia 
The modified selection process for ICANN Meeting locations announced last month 
is now in effect for the 41st meeting to be held 19-24 June 2011 in Asia 

Location Recommendations Now Being Accepted for ICANN?s 2011 Meeting in Africa
The modified selection process for ICANN Meeting locations announced last month 
is now in effect for the 42nd meeting to be held 23-28 October 2011 in Africa.

Application Round Opens for Cartagena Meeting Fellowships
ICANN has launched the 11th round of the Fellowship program applications for its 
39th International Public Meeting to be held Cartagena, Columbia on 5-10 
December 2010.

Proposed Global Policy for Autonomous System Numbers - Final Call for Comments 
and Background Report
On 22 July 2010, the Chair of the Address Supporting Organization Address 
Council (ASO AC) forwarded a Proposed Global Policy for Autonomous System 
Numbers, ASNs, for ratification by the ICANN Board. This policy proposal 
modifies the existing Global Policy for Autonomous System Numbers, ASNs, by 
extending the period during which the RIRs can operate two separate pools of 
numbers until 31 December 2010.

ccNSO Review ? Public Comment Period Extended to 15 September
In November 2009, ICANN appointed ITEMS International to carry out the external 
review of its country code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO).

Letter from Rod Beckstrom to Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid
Issues related to the creation of .ARAB gTLD

The At-Large Community Seeks Statements of Interests for Candidates for Post of 
ICANN Board Seat
A Call for Statements of Interest (SOIs) is now open through August 21. This 
Call for SOIs is part of the new process through which the user community within 
ICANN will appoint one voting member of the ICANN Board. While acting in a 
personal capacity as a member of the ICANN Board, this member must be able to 
reflect the users' point of view and interests in the debate and decision making 
undertaken within the ICANN framework.

ICANN's Economic Study - It Depends by Antony Van Couvering
Economists aren't very good at predicting things, as any one with money in the 
stock market can attest. The most powerful economist in the United States, the 
Chairman of the Federal Reserve, is on record predicting a continuing climb in 
housing prices?just prior to their precipitous decline. And yet their crystal 
balls still hold some allure for those who need to present "evidence" about the 
future. Such is the case with ICANN and the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) 

IP Justice Comments on ICANN Plans for New Top-Level Domains: Keep the Core 
Neutral - ICANN Should Avoid Expanding Scope of Mission to Include Enforcing 
?Morality? and Fighting ?Terrorism?
IP Justice submitted brief comments today to ICANN regarding its plan for 
introducing new Top-Level Domains (TLDs). Specifically, IP Justice raised 
concerns about policy proposals that threaten freedom of expression on the 
Internet and seek to expand ICANN's mission to include ensuring "Morality and 
Public Order" (MAPO) and preventing "terrorism" through personal background 
checks. IP Justice believes both of these ICANN proposals are mis-guided and 
will harm the healthy development of the Internet and the global public 

Brand Protection Domain Registrations: There Are More Than You Think by John 
One of the major problems for brand owners is protecting the brand in new TLDs. 
Most new Top-Level Domain (TLD) registries will depend on brand protection 
registrations for a major part of their registration volume and some may become 
almost completely dependent on these registrations if the new TLD fails to 
capture the public's imagination. Short of comparing the registrant data for 
each individual domain, there is no 100% accurate method of measuring the level 
of brand protection registrations in a TLD.

Isn?t it about time for ICANN Las Vegas?
ICANN is now almost 12 years old, it?s held almost 40 public meetings in diverse 
cities all over the planet, and it?s never been to Vegas. Not once.

ICANN Calls for Applications for 2011 Meetings - Is Vegas An Option?
ICANN has called for applications for upcoming meetings to be held in North 
America, Asia Pacific and Africa in 2011.


Calendar for ICANN ATRT meetings
ICANN is currently being reviewed by an independent Accountability and 
Transparency Review Team (ATRT). Their meetings are open, but I have only been 
stumbling on them by accident.

DAGv4 separation rules lack support
The comment period for the 4th version of ICANN's Draft Applicant Guidebook for 
the new gTLD program closed yesterday (July 21).

New domains? No thanks
This week?s launch of the .co domain brings to mind the possibility that 
retailers could before long be faced with deciding how to deal with many more 
top-level domains in addition to the ones we all know, such as .com, .gov, .edu 
and .org. That?s because ICANN, the organization that oversees the Internet?s 
addressing system, has been considering?for a few years now?a proposal to 
dramatically increase the number of top-level domains. Advocates think it would 
be great if cities could have domains like .nyc or .london, enthusiasts could 
navigate to .music or loyal customers of retailers could shop at web sites that 
end with .amazon or .bestbuy.

Brand owners drop hints about .brand TLD plans
The flood of negative comments to ICANN yesterday almost obscured the fact that 
a few companies have hinted that they will apply for their own ?.brand? 
top-level domains.

Will new TLDs be delayed by the trademark owner outcry?
Yesterday?s flood of criticism from big trademark holders has put another 
question mark next to ICANN?s plan to finalize the new top-level domain 
application process this year.

Round-up of the ICANN new TLDs comment period
Today is the deadline to file comments on version four of ICANN?s Draft 
Applicant Guidebook for prospective new top-level domain registries.

Anthony Doesburg: Chinese-script domain names a web milestone
When New Zealander Peter Dengate Thrush announced a month ago that an obstacle 
to registering .xxx websites had been removed, he created a distraction from an 
even more important internet milestone.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
au: Bolton loses his battle for Bottle
CORPORATE raider Nicholas Bolton has lost his legal battle with internet 
domain-name regulator auDA over a security breach at his domain-name business.





SWITCH takes tougher action in the battle against Internet crime
With immediate effect SWITCH will be blocking Internet addresses that are 
misused for phishing, or which disseminate malware, and removing them from the 
network, thus taking tougher action in the battle against Internet crime.

Google approves .co domain for international use
Google has clarified its stance on the .co domain, days after it was released 
for sale globally.

.CO Domain Names Now Available to the Public
.CO Internet S.A.S. today announced the general availability of the new .CO 
top-level domain (TLD), which will enable individuals, businesses and 
organizations to acquire global, credible and easily recognizable domain names 
that fit their online business or branding needs. .CO domains are now available 
through leading accredited domain registrars, such as GoDaddy.com, Register.com 
and Network Solutions, and a multitude of resellers.

HKIRC Announces the First ?.hk? Website Survey
Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) today announced the 
results of the first ?.hk? website survey at the ?2010 Digital Marketplace ? 
Business Success for SMEs on the Net? seminar, which reveals primitive use of 
?.hk? websites that strongly calls for more education and support for the 
business community in order to make better use of their websites to leverage on 
e-commerce and the digital lifestyle of Hong Kong.

IBM Likely to Apply for .IBM Top-Level Domain
IBM?s submission to ICANN?s comment forum on the fourth version of the Draft 
Applicant Guidebook ? the set of rules for getting a new top-level domain, 
implies very heavily that they will be applying for .IBM. Furthermore (no 
surprise) it looks as if they will use it for internal purposes, and not to sell 
any .IBM names to the public.

Domain Name Dispute Resolution In India
Domain name disputes are increasing day by days these days. This is primarily 
attributable to cyber squatting episodes. The growing cyber squatting incidences 
require strong domain name protection and effective domain name dispute 
resolution mechanism.

JPRS released idnkit-2.0
On July 15th, 2010, JPRS released Internationalized Domain Name Toolkit 2.0 

Macrons available in .nz domain names [NZPA]
Macrons will be available in New Zealand internet domain names for the first 
time from next week, enabling Te Reo Maori to be correctly used in domain names, 
in time for Maori Language Week.


.NZ Launches IDNs Next Week
Internationalised domain names are coming to the .NZ name space next week with 
domain names using the macronised vowels ?, ?, ?, ? and ? becoming available as 
of 10.30 on Monday 26 July 2010. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, 
first-served basis.

.nz domain names with macrons to launch next week
The beginning of next week marks an exciting new phase for the .nz domain name 
space. From 10.30am on Monday 26 July 2010, people will be able to register .nz 
domain names using the macronised vowels ?, ?, ?, ? and ?.

nz: Diana Clement: Why do we put up with these rip-offs?
... Of my "dirty dozen" rip-offs in New Zealand in 2005, at least nine still 
stand. That includes bank fees, fund charges, share dealing, books and 
magazines, consumer imports and domain names. All of these cost much more here 
than overseas. For example:

UNICEF to Apply for .UNICEF
UNICEF logoIt looks as if the new gTLD applicants are finally coming out of the 
woodwork. Today, thanks to a tip on the Vertical Integration Working Group list, 
I learned of another new gTLD in the offing: .UNICEF.

UNICEF looking for a .brand TLD partner
The UN-backed charity UNICEF has become the second organization, after Canon, to 
confirm publicly it is planning to apply for a .brand top-level domain.

.uk turns 25
On Saturday 24 July we will celebrate 25 years since the first .uk web addresses 
were registered.

.uk is 25
Nominet celebrates 25th Anniversary of .uk. Strong growth and trust in .uk 
domain characterise the first 25 years.

UK domain name .uk turns 25
The .uk domain name turns 25 on Saturday. With more than 8.5 million domain 
names registered, Nominet, the national registry, is the world's fourth biggest.

Go Daddy, Dyndns.com and NamesBeyond Support DNSSEC-Signed .ORG Domain Names
.ORG, The Public Interest Registry (PIR) today announced that three leading 
registrars - Go Daddy, DynDNS.com and NamesBeyond ? now support Domain Name 
System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) for .ORG domain names, adding an extra layer 
of security of all .ORG domain name holders. The news comes on the heels of 
.ORG?s announcement at ICANN Brussels on June 23 that the world?s third largest 
generic top-level domain (gTLD) is now offering full DNSSEC deployment.

us: Ninth Circuit Applies Nominative Use Defense to Domain Names [reg req'd]
In a decision that will likely help define the boundaries of trademark owners' 
rights in domain names, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed and 
remanded a district court's broad injunction prohibiting any use of the 
trademark LEXUS in domain names used by an independent auto broker legally 
helping to sell LEXUS automobiles. In Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. v. Farzad 
Tabari, et al., No. 07-55344 (9th Cir. July 8, 2010), a unanimous panel robustly 
applied the doctrine of nominative fair use to domain names. The decision was 
authored by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, who invented the nominative use defense 
in the New Kids on the Block case1 18 years ago.

Court Ruling on Baidu v. Register.com Has Implications for Domain Registrars
Domain name registrars, take note: you can?t just claim no responsibility for 
your actions in your terms of service and expect a court to uphold it.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Less Than 1 Year Until The Internet Runs Out of Addresses [ReadWriteWeb]
The Internet will run out of Internet addresses in about 1 year's time, we were 
told today by John Curran, President and CEO of the American Registry for 
Internet Numbers (ARIN). The same thing was also stated recently by Vint Cerf, 
Google's Chief Internet Evangelist.

Four Ways IPv6 Will Save the Internet
The world is almost out of IP addresses--or at least it's almost out of the IPv4 
addresses that IT admins and users are most familiar with. Fortunately, IPv6 has 
been developed to exponentially expand the pool of available IP addresses while 
also providing a few other benefits.

IPv4 addresses to run out in 12 months or less
According to the chief executive of the American Registry for Internet Numbers 
(ARIN) the remaining IPv4 addresses available to the industry will run out in 
less than a year.

India Gears for IPv4 to IPv6 Switch
As the Internet is running out of addresses, India is geared to shift its domain 
name address policy from the existing IPv4 to IPv6 protocol by March 2012.

nl: Nominations invited for the IPv6 Awards 2010
On Thursday 25 November, the second annual IPv6 Awards will be presented to the 
best Dutch implementations of the new Internet Protocol. And the IPv6 Task 
Force, which organises the award scheme, is inviting internet service providers, 
government bodies, educational establishments and private individuals to put 
themselves forward for one of this year?s prizes. So, if you have implemented an 
IPv6 application, why not make a claim? Nominations need to be in before 1 
November to qualify for one of the attractive prizes.

Baidu to Pursue Claims Against U.S. Domain Registry [IDG]
Baidu plans to press its claims against a U.S. domain registry for allowing 
hackers to take over the search engine company's website, following a judge's 
ruling clearing the way for a lawsuit.

Gambling is Big Money as OnlineCasino.dk Sold for $580,000
Online gambling is big business. This year the domain name slots.com has been 
the biggest sale to date, sold for $5.5 million to Bodog Antigua. Other big 
gambling-related domain name sales were poker.org selling for $1 million and 
poker.ca for $400,000. Now OnlineCasino.dk has sold $580,000 making it the ninth 
biggest reported sale to date for 2010.


F Words Fetch $183,000 to Take the Top Two Spots on This Week's Domain Sales 

F words took the top two positions on this week's DN Journal Top 20 Domain Sales 
Chart, but no need to cover your eyes - fortunately these F words are G-rated. 
Sedo.com reached the summit on the elite list with a $93,000 sale of 
FreeMarket.com while a private sale of Fiction.com, facilitated by Moniker's 
brokerage service, was right behind at $90,000.

Country Code Alchemist: How .CA Devotee Rick Silver Is Turning Canadian Websites 
Into Gold 

... It should come as no surprise that Canada's Rick Silver spent much of his 
boyhood as a magician. As an adult, after spending the past decade buying and 
developing domain names, Silver now rules an online empire built on his nation's 
relatively unheralded country code extension - .ca - an extension that most 
others routinely overlooked.

The Internet and Copyright Protection: Are We Producing a Global Generation of 
Copyright Criminals? by Fredrick Oduol Oduor [Deakin University]
Abstract: The advent of the internet posed and continues to pose fundamental 
changes in social norms, politics and economics in society. The belief in cyber 
anarchy - ?do not touch the internet? mantra, has fundamentally altered the 
understanding of copyright laws amongst the present generation. Subsequently an 
aversion for property rights as understood by well established copyright laws 
has developed, manifesting itself mainly through piracy. The evolution of 
technology in tandem with the internet has further exacerbated the situation as 
a whole generation that enjoys entertainment finds it much easier to infringe on 
a litany of copyright laws. Taking into account the established norms of 
property-copyright protection, is it not clear, with growing copyright 
malcontents and malfeasance that we are simply producing a global generation of 
copyright criminals. This discourse explores the veracity of this statement 
taking into account the nature of the internet, the emergence of digital copying 
and sharing, alongside the fluid perceptions of copyright protection.

The Evolution of Internet Defamation Law: Will Dow Jones v. Gutnick Survive the 
International Legal Schisms and Legislative Onslaught? by Fredrick Oduol Oduor 
[Deakin University]
Abstract: The internet is currently the most versatile medium of communication. 
It remains true to its heritage having been designed by the US military to 
withstand a nuclear attack. At conception it was designed to route around 
censorship and controls. It however, now functions in the civilian world in 
which laws and regulation are the norm. The Australian High Court attempted to 
put in place regulations and principles on on-line Defamation in Dow Jones v 
Gutnick (Gutnick). However the borderless nature of the internet has brought to 
the fore, the complexities involved in developing internet legal principles. 
This is in a world still fraught with inherently different legal systems, with 
one foot placed on globalisation and the other clinging on to sovereignty. A 
clash between free speech and reputation was the result of Gutnick and a renewed 
offensive is in the offing. The pertinent question explored in this discourse is 
whether the defamation principles reiterated and established by the High Court 
of Australia in Gutnick will survive.

Victims of Phishing and Challenges of Internet Regulation by Dr. Tabrez Ahmad 
[Third International and Seventh Biennial Conference of the Indian Society of 
Victimology, 2010]
Abstract: Growing use of Internet for E-commerce and E-governance provides 
innovative opportunities for more efficient and convenient ways of committing 
traditional crimes. Phishing has become one of the common forms of cyber crime 
that perpetrators currently manage to commit in low risk environment, leading to 
potentially enormous increase in victimization. Phishing has become a 
complicated cyber crime with respect to detection, investigation, and 
prosecution. Issues of jurisdiction and non cooperation among the countries of 
the world complicate the ability of a particular country to protect the netizens 
against phishing. The main object of this paper is to analyse the challenge of 
internet regulation to combat phishing. The paper analyses the concept and 
prevalence of phishing victimization issues and the role of internet. The paper 
suggests a multilevel action plan to help and empower the victims of phishing. 
The paper also analyses the plan in international cyber forensic scenario to 
determine the challenge of phishing in internet regulation.

Times loses almost 90% of online readership
The Times has lost almost 90% of its online readership compared to February 
since making registration mandatory in June, calculations by the Guardian show.

The paywall won't be built in a day
An awful lot of British journalists were hoping that the Times and Sunday 
Times's paywalls would be an overnight success. At this point, we can probably 
assume that they aren't. News International's executives have every incentive to 
boast ? more papers going behind paywalls would help the Times, and these things 
take so long to do well that NI would be likely to maintain its head start. So 
far, they are not boasting. They are leaving the field to Michael Wolff, Hitwise 
and Dan Sabbagh's secret squirrels, whose figures get less encouraging the more 
you look at them.

Apple?s Web Browser Allows Sites to Collect Personal Information
A security researcher uncovered a flaw in Apple?s Safari Web browser that allows 
Internet sites to harvest personal information from visitors. The flaw, which 
exploits the Web browser?s ?auto-fill? capabilities, allows Web sites to scrape 
information like the name, e-mail, address, phone number and place of work of 
the person who uses the computer, which many Macintosh users store in their 
digital address books.

Independent voices gain ground in EU blogosphere
Independent bloggers writing about EU policy are nipping at the heels of their 
big media rivals, according to a survey on the EU's English-language 

Quarter of Kiwis use phones or hotspots to surf the net
At home and away, New Zealanders are unplugging, a newly released Department of 
Statistics finds.

us: FCC Finds 14 to 24 Million Americans Lack Access to Broadband
In response to a Congressional directive to inquire whether broadband ?is being 
deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion,? the FCC concluded 
in its Sixth Broadband Deployment Report that between 14 and 24 million 
Americans still lack access to broadband, and the immediate prospects for 
deployment to them are bleak. This report underscores the need for comprehensive 
reform of the Universal Service Fund, innovative approaches to unleashing new 
spectrum, and removal of barriers to infrastructure investment.

Neurons to power future computers
The way neurons communicate could inspire the next generation of computers. 
Researchers are developing novel computers by mimicking the way that neurons are 
built and how they talk to each other.

U.S. looks to improve disabled access to Internet
The Obama administration on Friday proposed trying to enhance access for people 
with disabilities to websites for hotels, retail stores and other public sites 
as well as improve access to movie theaters.

How I became a Foursquare cyberstalker
It's the coolest social networking tool in the world. But is the geo-location 
app Foursquare a stalker's dream? Just how easy it is to uncover the intimate 
details of a complete stranger's life?

The night I was cyberstalked on Foursquare
I was sitting in a restaurant with friends, when I was told by the manager that 
there was a phone call for me . . .

Facebook's test: Building on ad revenue
Facebook may be growing like gangbusters, but the question clouding the 
storybook rise of Silicon Valley's latest phenomenon is whether it can figure 
out how to make money at the same pace.

Opinion: When Arabs Tweet
For young Arabs, new media are more of a stress reliever than a mechanism for 
political change

Facebook now has 500 million users 
Facebook has reached another milestone, notching 500 million users, which means 
that one in every 13 people on Earth is signed up to the site. ... "A lot of 
employers are doing quick searches in social networks to get an idea who it is 
they're potentially going to employ," said Martin Cocker of Netsafe.

US security chiefs tricked in social networking experiment
Anna Chapman need never have bothered with moving to Manhattan to become a 
sleeper agent for the Russian intelligence service. The experience of another 
femme fatale, Robin Sage, suggests the 28-year-old spy, who posted raunchy 
photos on her Facebook profile, should instead have honed her social networking 

India unveils 'laptop' costing $35
India has come up with the world's cheapest "laptop", a touchscreen computing 
device that costs $35 (?23).

India unveils prototype of $35 tablet computer [AP]
It looks like an iPad, only it's 1/14th the cost: India has unveiled the 
prototype of a $35 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to 
bring into production by 2011.



au: No Minister: 90% of web snoop document censored to stop 'premature 
unnecessary debate'
The federal government has censored approximately 90 per cent of a secret 
document outlining its controversial plans to snoop on Australians' web surfing, 
obtained under freedom of information (FoI) laws, out of fear the document could 
cause "premature unnecessary debate".



Most BitTorrent files illegal: study
If it were possible to scoop up an armful of files shared on BitTorrent, the 
overwhelming majority of it would be illegally copied or pornographic.

Only 0.3% of files on BitTorrent confirmed to be legal
The large majority of content found on BitTorrent is illegal, a new study out of 
the University of Ballarat in Australia has confirmed. Researchers from the 
university's Internet Commerce Security Laboratory scraped torrents from 23 
trackers and looked up the content to determine whether the file was confirmed 
to be copyrighted. They found that 89 percent of the files they sampled were 
confirmed to be illegally shared, and most of the remaining ambiguous 11 percent 
was likely to be infringing.

NZ behind, so we download more [NZPA]
A lack of timely and legal access to movies and music is encouraging New 
Zealanders to illegally download them, says a New Zealand entrepreneur.

nz: Cutting off net pirates 'could be fatal'
Disconnecting internet pirates would take away one of their basic freedoms and 
could even result in death, an expert says.

Demand for mobile data boosts Vodafone revenues
Strong demand for mobile data has helped Vodafone increase its service revenues 
for the first time in 18 months, as its key markets recovered from recession.

BlackBerry poses social, security risks, UAE warns
The BlackBerry, made by Canada's Research In Motion, is open to misuse that 
poses security risks to the United Arab Emirates, which said on Sunday it would 
seek to safeguard its consumers and laws.

Real-world Testing: IPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G
I've been using an iPhone for three years now, first the original iPhone then 
the 3G. I like the iPhone a lot -- but I'm not married to it. When I began 
hearing great things about the Sprint's Android phone, the HTC EVO 4G, I thought 
hard about switching. And although I eventually decided to upgrade to the iPhone 
4, I was curious what I was missing.

Spam attacks to rise 30 per cent in 2010
Spam attacks will rise by a whopping 30 per cent in 2010 compared with 2009, 
presenting a continued threat to the security of enterprise networks and 
corporate information, according to Cisco's 2010 Midyear Security Report.

Websites biggest terror threat, says UK watchdog
David Cameron should abandon his threat to ban the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir 
and turn his attention instead to websites that openly advocate violence, Lord 
Carlile, the terrorism watchdog, urged yesterday.

Chinese army to target cyber war threat
The People's Liberation Army has unveiled its first department dedicated to 
tackling cyber war threats and protecting information security, Chinese media 
reported today.

US recruiting cyber security warriors
Cyber security experts in the United States say the country is extremely 
vulnerable to attacks because it does not have enough experts to protect 
America's vast computer networks.

uk: Consumer regulator outlines plans to protect online shoppers
UK consumers still need to be educated about online shopping to prevent them 
falling victim to scams and problems, consumer protection regulator the Office 
of Fair Trading (OFT) has said.

Scam artists target victims of Gulf oil spill
An e-mail scam featuring someome purporting to be BP Plc's Chief Executive Tony 
Hayward is targeting victims of the company's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, 
Florida's attorney general said on Thursday.

uk: Woman describes internet date rape trauma
A woman who was raped by a man she met on the internet has spoken to the BBC 
after her attacker, a taxi driver from Peterborough, was jailed.

Firm scrambles to patch vBulletin software flaw
A serious flaw in software widely used to power online discussion sites could 
allow hackers to harvest reams of personal data, the BBC has learned.

nz: Man jailed for texting blackmail
Police have welcomed a jail sentence handed down to a Nelson man who attempted 
to extort money from another man through threatening text messages.

Sentence reflects text-threat harm [Marlborough Express]
Sending a Nelson man to jail for making threats via text messages is a sign of 
the justice system recognising the damage cyber communication can do, police and 
cyber watchdog Netsafe say.




nz: Burglars using social networking to plan break-ins
Twitter and Facebook users be warned - detailing your day-to-day lives online 
could be a blatant invite to a burglar to come to your vacant home.


nz: Police called over pizza hack
The personal details of several Kiwi celebrities have been released by hackers 
as proof they have cracked Hell Pizza's customer database. ... Executive 
director Martin Cocker from NetSafe said if Hell Pizza has been breached it was 
embarrassing for them not to know. However, he said it was good Hell Pizza had 
warned customers as there was no legal obligation to do so.

Google pressed on wi-fi snooping in US
Google is being pressed to name the engineers who wrote code that captured 
personal data from unsecured wi-fi networks.

EFF Urges Court to Block Dragnet Subpoenas Targeting Online Commenters: Privacy 
and Anonymity at Risk in New York Conspiracy Suit
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) this week served a motion to quash 
dragnet subpoenas that put privacy and anonymity at risk for the operators of 
dozens of Internet blogs and potentially hundreds of commenters.

Google's Gatekeepers
In 2006, Thailand announced it was blocking access to YouTube for anyone with a 
Thai I.P address, and then identified 20 offensive videos for Google to remove 
as a condition of unblocking the site.

The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom: The FCC's move to treat broadband providers 
like phone company monopolies could spur international efforts to regulate the 
In 1988, delegates from 114 countries gathered in Melbourne, Australia, to 
negotiate an international treaty for the future of telecommunications 
regulation. Since then, representatives from nations as diverse as Ghana, China 
and the U.S. have reunited and agreed that the Internet?that amazing global 
network of networks?was different from traditional phone service, and was best 
kept free from international phone regulation. That could change soon.

ISPs battle against three-strikes rule throughout EU [IDG]
Irish ISP UPC said Friday that it will continue to vigorously defend itself 
against liability proceedings taken against it in the country's courts by music 


CDT Statement on Release of Draft Consumer Privacy Bill: the Best Practices Act
The Center for Democracy & Technology today released the following statement on 
the release of a draft federal consumer privacy bill, the Best Practices Act, by 
Rep. Bobby Rush, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and 
Consumer Protection:

U.S. Caves on Anti-Circumvention Rules in ACTA
One of the biggest stories coming out of the latest ACTA leak is how the U.S. 
has gradually caved on its digital lock demands. While the U.S. initially 
proposed an aggressive draft chapter it hoped would export U.S. law to all ACTA 
partners, it has now caved on many key issues with the European language 
carrying the day.

If Apple wants to be a major player it needs to start behaving like one
Over the past two months, Apple's market capitalisation (ie its value as 
measured by the stock market) averaged out at $229.8bn.

Even With All Its Profits, Microsoft Has a Popularity Problem by Randall Stross 
is an author based in Silicon Valley and a professor of business at San Jose 
State University
Measured by profits, Microsoft trounces Apple and Google. In the most recent 
three months, Microsoft earned $4.52 billion, versus Apple?s $3.25 billion and 
Google?s $1.8 billion. But, dear investors, where is the love for this 
beaten-down company?

Microsoft posts record quarterly revenues of $16bn
Microsoft added to the growing sense of recovery in the technology sector last 
night by reporting record quarterly revenues, driven by strong sales. The 
software giant pipped Apple, one of its greatest rivals, with a 22% jump in 
revenues to $16bn (?10.5bn) in the three months to the end of June. Operating 
profits jumped 49% to $5.9bn during the quarter.

Windows Upgrade Helps Microsoft to a Record Quarter
Microsoft rumbled to record sales in its last quarter with its Windows and 
Office franchises performing like faithful old friends. About 175 million 
licenses of Window 7 have been sold since the product was released last year, 
making it the fastest selling version of Windows. In addition, both consumers 
and corporations have increased their purchases of Microsoft?s software, 
reflecting that a significant PC upgrade cycle has taken hold.

au: Balance of power will guarantee NBN: Greens
The Australian Greens say the rollout of fast broadband services can only be 
guaranteed if they hold the balance of power in the Senate.

Motorola Sues Huawei for Theft of Trade Secrets [Reuters]
U.S. mobile phone maker Motorola Inc has sued China's Huawei Technologies Co for 
alleged theft of trade secrets, highlighting the fast-growing Chinese firm's 
difficulty in shaking the nation's reputation for piracy.

S'pore to auction remaining 3G spectrum
The country may see a fourth 3G telco in the market by the end of the year, 
following the government's decision to auction unused 3G spectrum.

LTE ? when will it arrive in New Zealand?
Long Term Evolution (LTE) really is the Holy Grail of the mobile industry. It is 
said HSPA+ can?t match LTE in terms of speed. Telstra, currently trialling LTE 
over 1.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz, has already achieved 100 Mbit/s. In theory LTE could 
achieve around 300 Mbit/s with a 20 MHz carrier in ideal conditions.

uk: Child porn charges send James Bulger's killer back to jail
Jon Venables, one of the young killers of James Bulger, has been jailed for 
downloading and distributing child pornography, as it emerged he had been 
arrested twice for fighting and drug possession before he was recalled to prison 
earlier this year.


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