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From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 19:53:47 -0700 (PDT)
Fixed broadband numbers near half billion - stalled in Europe, boom in Asia
Growth in fixed broadband subscriptions has stalled in mature, already saturated 
European markets but is booming in the Asia-Pacific region.


How the internet is altering your mind
A new book claims the amount of time we spend on the internet is changing the 
very structure of our brains ? damaging our ability to think and to learn

eBay doubles number of traders with turnover above ?1m
EBay has declared that Britain's small businesses have "come of age" online, 
after reporting that the number of its traders who are turning over ?1m a year 
had nearly doubled over the last 12 months.

German companies struggle to connect with customers online
German corporations are turning to social media to get their message out, but 
customers are disappointed by what companies have to say. They want a dialogue 
with businesses, not a steady stream of ads.

Singles type into love, boosting German dating sites' profits
Profits at online dating sites have increased in recent years as more and more 
singles turn to the Internet to find a partner. But with over 2,000 sites to 
choose from, the industry could be in danger of oversaturation.

Consumers spend almost half of their waking hours using media and communications
Consumers are spending almost half (45 per cent) of their waking hours watching 
TV, using their mobiles and other communications devices, new Ofcom research 
revealed today.

Older Australians Staying Offline
Australia needs a national strategy to overcome the fears and uncertainty of 
older Australians about going online, if broadband is to deliver its full value 
to the nation.

Older Australians and the internet
Older Australians aren't getting the help they need to take advantage of the 
Federal Government's $43 billion national broadband network, said a Queensland 
University of Technology researcher.

Singles downloads and mobile broadband are growth areas for UK communications 
The decline in music industry revenues slowed to 0.8% this year due to buoyant 
single sales and increased non-physical digital music consumption, according to 
media and telecoms regulator Ofcom.

uk: Ofcom report highlights 'multi-tasking media users'
The average Briton spends almost half of their waking life using media and 
communications, data suggests.

Television viewing increases despite rise of internet and social media
Predictions that the internet would kill the television star appear to be 
premature. Just as the cinema survived the advent of home video, TV is booming 
despite the growth of digital media and popularity of social networks such as 
Facebook and Twitter.

Does technology pose a threat to our private life?
This week Google's Eric Schmidt suggested we may need to invent new identities 
to escape embarrassing online pasts ? while Facebook launched a tool to share 
users' locations. So does technology pose a threat to private life?

Internet pornography is about to spill over into real life
Online pornography is absolutely enormous business, but it's being hit with just 
the same problems as other kinds of digital content: more and more people are 
pirating their adult movies, so revenues are drying up. Yet at least one major 
player in the porn industry seems not only optimistic about piracy, but even 
enthusiastic about it.

comScore Releases July 2010 U.S. Search Engine Rankings [news release]
... Google Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in July with 65.8 
percent market share, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 17.1 percent (up 0.4 
percentage points) and Microsoft sites with 11.0 percent. Ask network captured 
3.8 percent of explicit core searches, followed by AOL LLC with 2.3 percent.

comScore Releases July 2010 U.S. Online Video Rankings [news release]
... Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube.com, ranked as 
the top online video content property with 143.2 million unique viewers, 
followed by Yahoo! Sites with 55.1 million viewers. Facebook.com jumped one 
position to capture the #3 spot with 46.6 million viewers. Google Sites had the 
highest number of overall viewing sessions with 1.9 billion and average time 
spent per viewer at 283 minutes, or 4.7 hours. Hulu also had high viewer 
engagement with an average of 158 minutes (or 2.6 hours) per viewer.

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South Korea tries to block Twitter messages from North
The sour state of relations on the Korean Peninsula has led to equally sour 
relations on the Internet, with North and South Korea now engaged in a 
micro-battle over micro-blogging.

Advertising: Now we're really going places
When the film Minority Report was in cinemas in 2002, they called it science 
fiction. As Tom Cruise's character walks through a shopping mall, he is assailed 
by talking billboards that recognise him and target him with personalised 
advertisements. "John Anderton, you could use a Guinness right about now," one 
calls out.

Editorial: Facebook: Nowhere to hide
While most internet users believe they are entitled to privacy, others think 
being online means sharing every intimate detail

Google vs. Facebook on Places
Google Inc. has warily watched the rise of social-networking site Facebook Inc. 
Now the Internet companies are bringing their rivalry to a new area: the race 
for local business-ad dollars.

Facebook Places Will Crush Foursquare
One of the odd aspects of the Facebook event launching the new Facebook Places 
service was the participation, support, and partnership of competing 
location-based check-in services. There may be some opportunity for a symbiotic 
relationship with Foursquare, but more likely Facebook Places will make services 
like it obsolete and crush Foursquare into a fine dust unless it implements an 
aggressive strategy to stay relevant.

Three Ways Business Can Take Advantage of Facebook Places
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the new Facebook Places location-based 
check-in service at a press event yesterday. Following in the footsteps of 
services like Foursquare and Gowalla, the Facebook Places service provides 
businesses with a platform for marketing and promotion, and provides an 
opportunity to build customer loyalty.

Foursquare: Who Elected Me Mayor? I Did
While Foursquare has been talked about in corporate boardrooms as the next big 
thing in social media ? it has some 2.5 million users ? it has also spawned a 
more trivial pursuit: a petty and vicious battle over virtual pieces of turf. 
Strangers are locked in bitter rivalries. Workplaces have been carved up into 
virtual battlefields. College campuses have become factionalized. Even some 
homes have become social media minefields.

Twitter After a Disaster: Is It Reliable?
Can you trust Twitter in a disaster? Researchers at Yahoo analyzed tweets after 
the Chilean earthquake earlier this year and found evidence that the Twitter 
community works like a ?collaborative filter,? questioning reports that turn out 
to be fake and confirming those that are true.

Technology Leads More Park Visitors Into Trouble
... But today, as an ever more wired and interconnected public visits the parks 
in rising numbers ? July was a record month for visitors at Yellowstone ? 
rangers say that technology often figures into such mishaps.

Some Ways to Thwart an Online Bully
TODAY?S bullies are not restricted to cafeterias, gym class and schoolyards. 
With technology, they can appear in every digital corner of a modern child?s 
life. But parents and children can take heart. Technology can also be harnessed 
to combat online bullies.

au: Child porn filter coming mid-2011
Telstra and Optus will impose a filter on child pornography and abuse websites 
for all internet subscribers from halfway through 2011. Primus Telecom, however, 
remains non-committal to its implementation.

nz: Online pageant scouts set trap for pretty girls
A teenage girl's mother has raised concerns about beauty pageant organisers 
trawling online social networking sites seeking pretty contestants. ... New 
Zealand's internet watchdog, Netsafe, echoes her concerns, saying a trend to 
scout girls on Facebook could lead to teenagers lowering their guard online.


U2 manager still thinks ISPs are freeloading
This month's U.K. edition of GQ Magazine contains a fairly substantial article 
from U2 manager Paul McGuinness in which he blames Internet service providers 
and technology companies directly for the falling sales of recorded music. As he 
notes in the article, he made a speech on this subject about two years ago and 
was roundly criticized by various "anonymous bloggers." I've never been 
anonymous, but I did point out some of the factual inaccuracies and weird 
assumptions in his speech at the time.

Pornographic videos flood YouTube
Video-sharing website YouTube has removed hundreds of pornographic videos which 
were uploaded in what is believed to be a planned attack.

Mobile phones in South-East Asia: In a saturated market, firms need customers to 
buy bells and whistles
Take a taxi in Bangkok and the driver?s mobile phone is sure to chirp. A long 
conversation ensues, usually by speakerphone, since few cabbies bother with 
headsets. It is not just that cabbies are chatty; it is also that talk is cheap. 
Once reserved for the rich, mobile phones are now ubiquitous in South-East Asia.

4G mobile networks: A Russian start-up shows how 4G wireless might work
While much of the world is still rolling out the third generation (3G) of mobile 
networks, some countries have already moved on to the fourth (4G). Russia offers 
an intriguing example. Yota, a start-up with no old voice business to protect, 
has built a 4G network from scratch, burying 3,000km (1,864 miles) of 
fibre-optic cables to connect its wireless base stations. The firm is ambitious: 
it hopes to establish a global brand. That would be a rarity for Russia.

India sees solution on BlackBerry emails next week - source
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion may provide some solution next week to help 
Indian security agencies access corporate email by obtaining encrypted data in 
readable format, a government source said on Friday.

Are phone Apps killing the web's original spirit of fresh discovery?
According to the latest cover story in tech bible Wired, "The web is dead, long 
live the internet." The headline is attached to a feature by the magazine's 
editor-in-chief, Chris Anderson, outlining what he calls the abandonment of "the 
open, unfettered web... for simpler, sleeker services". It has generated a huge 
reaction online.

Are the iPhone and iPad killing the world wide web?
"The web is dead. Long live the internet" was the headline for an article by 
Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff in the latest issue of Wired magazine. "Over 
the past few years," burbled Anderson-Wolff, "one of the most important shifts 
in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open web to semi-closed 
platforms that use the internet for transport but not the browser for display.

Sweden Adds to Drama Over Founder of WikiLeaks
Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks Web site who is embroiled in a 
fight with the Pentagon over the disclosure of secret military documents, was 
caught up in a new drama on Saturday when Swedish prosecutors sought him for 
questioning on allegations of rape and molestation ? and then announced the rape 
allegation was unfounded.

Julian Assange: WikiLeaks founder hits out at rape smears as Swedish warrant for 
his arrest is withdrawn
Julian Assange, the secretive founder of WikiLeaks, the website behind the 
biggest leak of US military documents in history, was the subject of conspiracy 
theories last night after prosecutors withdrew a warrant for his arrest in 
connection with rape and molestation allegations.

WikiLeaks Founder No Longer a Rape Suspect
Swedish prosecutors said Saturday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was "no 
longer wanted" for rape, reversing their position just hours after saying his 
arrest was being sought.

Sweden Drops Arrest Warrant For WikiLeaks Founder [Reuters]
Swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant for the founder of the 
whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks on Saturday on suspicion of rape, but then 
swiftly withdrew it.

Sweden withdraws warrant for WikiLeaks founder [AP]
Swedish authorities revoked a short-lived arrest warrant for the founder of 
WikiLeaks on Saturday, saying a rape accusation against him lacked substance.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange accused of rape
Swedish authorities say they have issued an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder 
Julian Assange, on accusations of rape and molestation.

Prosecutors Eye WikiLeaks Charges
Pentagon lawyers believe that online whistleblower group WikiLeaks acted 
illegally in disclosing thousands of classified Afghanistan war reports and 
other material, and federal prosecutors are exploring possible criminal charges, 
officials familiar with the matter said.

Intel?s purchase of McAfee highlights cybercrime fears
Chipmaker Intel?s $7.7bn purchase of McAfee, the security software provider, on 
Thursday gave dramatic proof of how concerns about cybercrime and cyber 
espionage have penetrated deeply into the technology establishment.

With McAfee Deal, Intel Looks for Edge
Hoping to accelerate its move into smartphones and consumer electronics, the 
chip maker Intel has turned to security software and services as a way to 
separate its products from those of its rivals.

Cameron Diaz ranked most dangerous web celeb - study
She may be known for her playful giggles and killer looks, but now movie star 
Cameron Diaz has become the most dangerous celebrity on the Internet.

Cameron Diaz 'riskiest' celeb on the Net
Cameron Diaz fans, look out. The actress has made McAfee's list as the most 
dangerous celebrity to search for in cyberspace.

Cameron Diaz named web's most dangerous celebrity
Cameron Diaz has been named the most dangerous celebrity on the web for 2010 by 

Cameron Diaz could wreck your PC, McAfee warns
Cameron Diaz?s next film could easily be titled ?There?s Something About 

Cameron Diaz Named Most Dangerous Celebrity in Cyberspace by McAfee, Inc. [news 
Cameron Diaz has replaced Jessica Biel as the most dangerous celebrity to search 
for on the Web, according to security company McAfee, Inc. (NYSE:MFE). For the 
fourth year in a row, McAfee researched popular culture?s most famous people to 
reveal the riskiest celebrity athletes, musicians, politicians, comedians and 
Hollywood stars on the Web.

Google and Yahoo Win Appeal in Argentine Case
The 2-to-1 opinion said the search engines could be held liable for defamation 
only if they were made aware of clearly illegal content and were negligent in 
removing it.

Wikileaks encryption use offers 'legal challenge'
A novel use of encryption by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks could "challenge 
the legal system for years to come," according to an influential observer of the 
hacking community.

Gartner Says Security Software Market is Poised for 11 Percent Growth in 2010 
[news release]
Worldwide security software revenue is forecast to surpass $16.5 billion in 
2010, an 11.3 percent increase from 2009 revenue of $14.8 billion, according to 
Gartner, Inc. Although the economic downturn slowed security revenue to 7 
percent growth in 2009, organizations have indicated an intention to give 
priority to security budgets.

Facebook Fights Privacy Concerns
The launch of Facebook Inc.'s Places location service this week sparked new 
privacy concerns about the popular social network, but the company's efforts to 
mollify critics before the launch stemmed some of the blowback.

Interview with Germany's Consumer Protection Minister: 'Google Cannot Allow 
Itself to Make any Further Mistakes'
Of course Ilse Aigner googles. The German consumer protection minister, who has 
recently been one of the most vocal critics of Internet giant Google, is also a 
user of its services. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, Aigner discusses her 
problems with Street View, the government's plans to regulate geodata and the 
threat she sees if rules aren't put in place foor such services.

'Google Knows More about Us than the KGB, Stasi or Gestapo'
With just weeks to go before Google launches its Street View service in Germany, 
the government in Berlin has finally begun to take notice. But Chancellor 
Merkel's cabinet is wary of specifically targeting the company. German 
commentators wonder if the private sphere is being redefined.

us: When Life Lived Online Is Sanitized, Do We Lose Something?
When reports first began to surface about Steven Slater?s sliding departure from 
his job as a JetBlue flight attendant, there was one crucial detail in the 
coverage that leaped out at me as the most arresting. A fair amount of the color 
and background information about Mr. Slater was pulled directly from his online 
social networking accounts, including MySpace and LinkedIn.

Blocked Street View images in Germany may get published [IDG]
IT consultant Jens Best is preparing to upend the debate over Google's Street 
View mapping program, which has run into fierce criticism from data protection 

Google photographing French streets again [AFP]
Google said Friday it had resumed photographing France with its Street View 
bikes and cars but without gathering fragments of personal data sent over 
unsecured Wi-Fi systems for which it is being probed.


Can you wipe any trace of yourself from the web? [sub req'd]
It?s easy to lose your privacy, but not so easy to get it back again

The Google/Verizon framework by Jonathan Zittrain
I?ve been trying to figure out what the Google/Verizon announcement means.  It?s 
not easy to do, in large part because the announcement doesn?t precisely 
announce anything.  It?s titled a ?legislative framework proposal.?  That is, on 
its own terms it?s not an agreement between two companies ? neither is bound to 
do anything by it, which I guess is how they could deny last week?s New York 
Times report about a ?deal on web pay tiers? ? but it does represent a meeting 
of the minds between them about what ought to happen in the world, in particular 
what American (and presumably others?) law should become here.

Q&A: Professor of Internet Law Jonathan Zittrain
Google and Verizon shook up the tech world last week when they issued a set of 
proposals about net neutrality. Critics declared that Google, long a proponent 
of net neutrality, had sold out its principles, and that, as a result, the open 
Internet that we enjoy today would soon be a thing of the past. We asked 
Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of Internet law at Harvard Law School and 
co-director of Harvard?s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, what he thinks 
of the proposal. He wrote us answers via email.

Stop the Internet Madness
People who write about technology love to huff and puff and hyperbolize. The 
fate of the entire world seems to hang on every move made by Microsoft, or 
Google, or Apple. Every new smart phone gets billed as a potential ?iPhone 
killer,? while every new product from Apple represents the dawn of a new era. 
It?s ridiculous?and exhausting.

Talks Resume on Internet Traffic - AT&T, Microsoft Are Among Companies Taking 
Part in Latest Round Led by Industry Lobbyists
Internet and telecommunications lobbyists restarted talks to develop a proposal 
for how Internet traffic should be managed.

Tech industry holds closed door talks on open internet
An industry body representing some of the biggest names in technology has hosted 
a closed-door meeting to discuss the future of the open internet.

Net Neutrality Talk In the Heartland
If FCC members Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn were hoping to find some 
confirmation Thursday night of their view that the commission needs to act to 
enact network neutrality rules, they certainly found it at a community gathering 
here sponsored by the public interest group Free Press, which strong backs 
regulations that would ensure all content is treated the same by broadband 

U.S. talks key to Internet gambling takeovers
Online gambling firms Sportingbet and 888 must strike deals to protect 
themselves from prosecution in the United States if they are to emerge as 
credible takeover candidates as the industry consolidates.

Australian election... why IT matters
On Saturday 21 August, the Australians go to the polls. What makes this election 
critical from an ICT point of view is that the fate of the country?s National 
Broadband Network hangs in the balance.

au: Abbott accused of double broadband standard
THE case of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, for wireless to deliver 
broadband internet has been undermined by revelations he was a vocal opponent of 
many mobile phone towers during the 1990s, Labor claims.


nz: Privacy expert warns over saving texts 
Telecommunications companies may be asked to store customers' personal text 
messages for up to a year - allowing anyone to gain access to the information 
contained in the texts.

Telecom New Zealand May Hold Vote on Demerger Plan by Mid-2011 [Bloomberg]
Telecom Corp., New Zealand?s largest telephone company, will be able to hold a 
shareholder vote on a possible demerger by the middle of next year if it?s 
selected as a partner in a national broadband plan.

ACTA Round Ten Concludes: Deal May Be One Month Away, Updated Text To Remain 
Round ten of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations in Washington 
concluded on Friday with countries confirming progress on all fronts and hopes 
to reach agreement on all remaining substantive issues at the next round in 
negotiations in Japan in late September.  While the joint statement is not yet 
online, Reuters reports that the U.S. believes the remaining issues - including 
the U.S. - E.U. divide over geographical indications - could be resolved at the 
next meeting.  The statement repeats earlier assurances about the impact on 
fundamental rights, cross-border transit of generic medicines, and iPod 
searching border guards.

Proposed WIPO Strategic Plan Shows Positioning For Uncertain Future
The importance of knowledge is increasing at a rate faster than patent offices 
can keep up with the demands of new inventors, reads the introduction to a 
proposed six-year strategic plan of the World Intellectual Property 
Organization. Creators and manufacturers of knowledge products are rapidly 
diversifying geographically, new innovation models are arising, and new demands 
are being placed on protected works for use in technology transfer or for shared 
global needs such as environmental sustainability or public health.


David Goldstein

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