[DNS] domain name news - 6 January

[DNS] domain name news - 6 January

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2011 19:00:55 -0800 (PST)
Don't forget to check out http://www.auda.org.au/domain-news/ for the archive of 
the last 3 months of the news.


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


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Vinton Cerf on the power of packets: Video - Tea with The Economist
http://www.economist.com/blogs/multimedia/2010/12/vinton_cerf_power_packets

2 Million .PL Domains Registered
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13320

Update on proposals for trade mark protection in the new gTLD system
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=25b7f32c-5de8-48aa-abff-722619e1b706


au: PM needs to take reins on cybersecurity
http://www.zdnet.com.au/pm-needs-to-take-reins-on-cybersecurity-339308286.htm

Groupon sues Australia's Scoopon [Wall Street Journal]
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/groupon-sues-australias-scoopon/story-e6frg90x-1225982858482


Australia's Scoopon Won't Sell URL for $286,000, so Groupon Sues
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Australias-Scoopon-Wont-Sell-allthingsd-2401388149.html


US government getting more interested in IPv6
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/01/us-government-getting-more-interested-in-ipv6.ars


Europe's Internet Registry Introduces Routing Certification [IDG]
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/215580/.html


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GOVERNANCE
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Vinton Cerf on the power of packets: Video - Tea with The Economist
One of the inventors of the internet protocol wants to bring broadcast back, and 
believes that open systems will win in the end.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/multimedia/2010/12/vinton_cerf_power_packets
http://video.economist.com/?&fr_story=1ea524e824c7f90fe95afc71d289608bc8e86005

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DOMAIN NAMES
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 - ICANN
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ICANN Board - GAC Geneva Meeting: Open to Observers? by Michael D. Palage
The ICANN Board and GAC will be having a meeting in Geneva next month to resolve 
outstanding issues in connection with the new gTLD implementation process. 
Unfortunately to date details of whether this meeting will be open or closed to 
observers has not yet been publicly addressed. As a strong advocate toward 
openness and transparency I have drafted the following text which calls for the 
meeting to be open to observers. more?
http://www.circleid.com/posts/icann_board_gac_geneva_meeting_open_to_observers/

ICANN wants to make millions from SF meeting
ICANN hopes to sign millions of dollars in sponsorship deals for its San 
Francisco meeting in March.
http://domainincite.com/icann-wants-to-make-millions-from-sf-meeting/

An Internet Divided
Americans paid little attention in September 2009 when the Obama administration 
relinquished the traditional U.S. role in supervising policy for the global 
Internet. The eyes glaze over, after all, at the profusion of acronyms and the 
allusions to obscure functions in uninteresting federal agencies. When the U.S. 
Department of Commerce terminated its exclusive policy relationship with ICANN, 
the tech world was aflutter, but the event seemed to have no impact on the 
average American?s interactions with the Web.
http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/j-e-dyer/385611

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 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
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Third .at report Looks At Domain Lifespans, Control Domains
With the one million active domain name registrations approaching for .AT, the 
Austrian registry nic.at has released its third .at report. There are currently 
998,478 .AT domains registered and with over 7,000 already registered this month 
the one million mark is only days away.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13328
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/01/05/third-at-report-looks-at-domain-lifespans-control-domains/

http://domainnews.com/en/third-.at-report-looks-at-domain-lifespans-control-domains.html


2 Million .PL Domains Registered
There are now two million active .PL domain names the Polish registry NASK has 
announced.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13320
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/01/05/2-million-pl-domains-registered/
http://domainnews.com/en/2-millionth-.pl-domain-registered.html

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 - NEW TLDS
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Update on proposals for trade mark protection in the new gTLD system
The implementation of the new gTLD System appears imminent. The latest version 
of the much commented upon applicant guidebook (?Final Applicant Guidebook?) 
setting out the framework for the new system, including for resolution of 
disputes, was issued by ICANN on 12 November, 2010.
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=25b7f32c-5de8-48aa-abff-722619e1b706


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 - DNS SECURITY
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Anonymous activists target Tunisian government sites
Key websites of the Tunisian government have been taken offline by a group that 
recently attacked sites and services perceived to be anti-Wikileaks.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12110892

Internet censors move into top gear in response to widespread unrest [news 
release]
Reporters Without Borders condemns the reinforcement of online censorship amid a 
wave of protests and rioting in Tunisia that began two weeks when a young man 
set himself on fire outside a police station in the provincial town of Sidi 
Bouzid.
http://en.rsf.org/tunisia-internet-censors-move-into-top-04-01-2011,39213.html

us: Protecting Government Against Cyber Crime: a Q&A
Government Executive Media Group co-hosted two recent briefings with the SANS 
Institute on the subjects of "Cybersecurity: The Role of Congress" and "The U.S. 
Navy's Cyber Fleet: Protecting America's Information." Attendees had several 
questions about the subjects that the speakers could not answer in their 
allotted time. Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, and Tim 
Clark, Editor at Large of Government Executive, agreed to address some of the 
questions.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20101117_5572.php

au: PM needs to take reins on cybersecurity
Australia's lacklustre cybersecurity plans are set to fail unless they are given 
oversight by the Prime Minister and long-term strategies are developed by 
top-level federal ministers and bureaucrats, according to a report into the 
nation's cybersecurity strategies.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/pm-needs-to-take-reins-on-cybersecurity-339308286.htm

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 - DOMAIN DISPUTES
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Groupon sues Australia's Scoopon [Wall Street Journal]
GROUPON co-founder and CEO Andrew Mason said the company was suing Australian 
competitor Scoopon for allegedly "domain squatting".
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/groupon-sues-australias-scoopon/story-e6frg90x-1225982858482


Australia's Scoopon Won't Sell URL for $286,000, so Groupon Sues
Here?s the kind of attention you get when everyone thinks you have deep pockets. 
In an appeal to customers today, Groupon co-Founder and CEO Andrew Mason 
explained in a blog post why it is suing an Australian competitor, Scoopon. And 
the story is pretty juicy: The two brothers who started Scoopon in Australia 
have purchased the Groupon.com.au domain name, registered the company name of 
Groupon Pty Limited and tried registering the Groupon trademark in Australia.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Australias-Scoopon-Wont-Sell-allthingsd-2401388149.html


Groupon details Aussie trademark stoush
Online coupon website Groupon has outed further details of a dispute it filed in 
the Federal Court last year against Aussie website Scoopon, which it accuses of 
trademark infringement and cybersquatting.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/groupon-details-aussie-trademark-stoush-339308316.htm

Andrew Mason: Why Groupon Isn?t In Australia
Since Groupon started in 2008, we?ve grown from one to thirty-seven countries. 
Australia, however, remains conspicuously absent from our lineup. Australian 
customers and press have been asking why we still haven?t formally launched ? 
we?re very sorry for the delay and would like nothing more than to grow Groupon 
to Australia. I put this post together to shed some light on why it?s been such 
a challenge.
http://www.groupon.com/blog/cities/why-groupon-isnt-in-australia/

Groupon Files Lawsuit Against Australian Clone ?Scoopon?
An interesting post just went up on the Groupon blog announcing a lawsuit filed 
against Australian Groupon clone Scoopon. The post explains the unprecedented 
move of taking legal action against a Groupon clone, which apparently is 
squatting on the Groupon.com.au domain name. The case goes to Australian court 
on February 4th, and in the meantime Groupon will be doing business in Australia 
under the name Stardeals.
http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/04/groupon-files-lawsuit-against-australian-clone-scoopon/


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US government getting more interested in IPv6
The US federal government seems to have IPv6 on the brain as of late: both the 
Federal Communications Commission and the National Institute of Standards and 
Technology (NIST) came out with IPv6-related documents recently. The FCC 
document is a collection of previously known information?it's not about FCC 
policy?but they managed to include a few things we weren't aware of.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/01/us-government-getting-more-interested-in-ipv6.ars


US Government Releases Two IPv6 Papers by Robert Cannon
During the last week of December, two US Government agencies released papers on 
IPv6. NIST released Special Publication 800-119, Guidelines for the Secure 
Deployment of IPv6. This comprehensive 188 page paper provides guidelines for 
federal agencies (and anyone else who might want to take advantage of it) to 
securely deploy IPv6.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110105_us_government_releases_two_ipv6_papers/

Uptake of IPv6 in All Regions by Mirjam Kuehne
Our recent cooperation with the OECD on IPv6 deployment inspired us to provide 
more IPv6 deployment statistics to a wider audience - from network operators to 
national governments. The result is an infographic that shows the percentage of 
networks or Autonomous Systems that announce one or more IPv6 prefixes in the 
global routing table. This metric shows how many networks have actually deployed 
IPv6 in a country or group of countries.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110104_uptake_of_ipv6_in_all_regions/

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Europe's Internet Registry Introduces Routing Certification [IDG]
The organization that manages Internet addresses in Europe and the Middle East 
has started issuing certificates to network operators to prevent routing snafus 
such as the one that made Google's YouTube site inaccessible in 2008.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/215580/.html
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/010511-europes-internet-registry-introduces-routing.html


Ripe NCC introduces IP certification
Organisations will be able to get certificates for IP address blocks, which Ripe 
NCC says will cut down on incidents where internet traffic is badly routed 
around the world
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/security-management/2011/01/05/ripe-ncc-introduces-ip-certification-40091316/


Go Daddy Explains Whois Blocking
Users of third party whois search tools have been frustrated in the past few 
days whenever they look up a domain name registered at Go Daddy. Instead of 
seeing who owns the domain name, they are given a URL to look up the whois 
information directly at Go Daddy. Here?s an example from DomainTools:
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/01/04/go-daddy-explains-whois-blocking/

My Thoughts on the Moniker Whois Privacy Incident
I?ve waited a few days to write about the Moniker whois privacy flap. My first 
reaction was that this whole thing was being blown way out of proportion, so I 
wanted to wait and see how I felt in a few days.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/01/04/my-thoughts-on-the-moniker-whois-privacy-incident/


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So You Just Bought Sex.com For $13 Million ? Now What?
Sex.com. It?s a domain name with quite a history ? heck, it was rocky enough for 
a book to be written solely about it. I?ll spare you that story and let you 
discover it on your own, though.
http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/04/so-you-just-bought-sex-com-for-13-million-now-what/


Sedo Increases Sales Commission 50%; From 10% to 15% : For ?Domain Sales By Our 
Sales Team? Without Notice
Thanks to a reader who noticed that Sedo.com is raising their commission rate 
50%, from 10%-15% effective TOMORROW.
http://www.thedomains.com/2011/01/03/sedo-increases-sale-commission-50-from-10-to-15-for-domain-sales-by-our-sales-team-without-notice/


Why Creating and Canceling TRAFFIC at ICANN Were Both Smart Moves
When ICANN announced that its Spring meeting would be held in San Francisco, I 
immediately thought ?this would be a great time to hold a domain name 
conference.? An hour later I received an email from Rick Schwartz saying that 
TRAFFIC would hold a ?retreat? in conjunction with the ICANN meeting. Great 
idea.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/01/05/why-creating-and-canceling-traffic-at-icann-were-both-smart-moves/


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INTERNET USE
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We didn't kill newspapers, says Google [The Times]
Krishna Bharat does not believe that Google has killed the newspaper industry. 
But he does think that the search company can help to save it.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/we-didnt-kill-newspapers-says-google/story-e6frg90o-1225982291673


Google hits web translation barrier [The Times]
In Google's self-prescribed mission to "organise the world's information and 
make it universally accessible and useful", it has encountered a stumbling 
block: language.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/it-business/google-finds-translation-barrier/story-e6frganx-1225982303839


Firefox Leads in Europe, Firm Says
For the first time in a decade, Microsoft?s Internet Explorer is no longer the 
leading Web browser in Europe, ceding the position to Mozilla?s Firefox, an 
Irish research company that tracks Web use said on Tuesday.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/technology/05browser.html

Firefox becomes most-used browser in Europe [IDG]
Firefox was the most-used browser in Europe in December, edging out Microsoft's 
Internet Explorer for the first time, according to new data released by the Web 
analytics service StatCounter on Tuesday.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/372268/firefox_becomes_most-used_browser_europe/

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/010411-firefox-becomes-most-used-browser-in.html


Firefox takes top browser spot in Europe: StatCounter
Mozilla's Firefox browser has overtaken Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the 
leader in Europe, the first time Microsoft's browser has lost its top spot in a 
major market, a web analytics firm StatCounter said.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE70324V20110104
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-53914820110104

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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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Email is so passe for Facebook generation
Here's a staggering fact: almost half the Australian population are users of 
Facebook, a virtual den for nearly two million teenagers.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/email-is-so-passe-for-facebook-generation/story-e6frg6z6-1225981885878


MySpace 'set to cut up to 50% of staff'
MySpace is preparing to cut up to 50% of its 1,100 jobs by the middle of the 
month, according to reports, as the flagging social network struggles with 
falling revenues and traffic.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jan/04/myspace-job-cuts

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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Microsoft Alliance With Intel Shows Age
The technology industry's most lucrative partnership?the long-running alliance 
between Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp.?is coming to a day of reckoning.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703808704576062073117494078.html
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/rise-of-tablets-a-bitter-pill-for-the-wintel-alliance/story-e6frg90o-1225982819178


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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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MouseMail filtering program traps kids' cyberbullies
Parents will soon have a formidable new weapon in the war against cyberbullying, 
sexting and other inappropriate messages sent to their kids.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/internetprivacy/2011-01-05-1Acyberbully05_ST_N.htm


Porn: a multibillion-dollar industry that renders all authentic desire plastic 
by Gail Dines
January in Las Vegas. The sun, the shows, the casinos ? and yes, the Adult 
Entertainment Expo, the world's biggest porn convention. Every January 
pornographers from all over the world descend on Las Vegas to participate in 
seminars, learn about industry trends, network with peers, meet the new 
"creative" talent, and keep up with the latest technology. When I attended the 
expo, from sitting in the business seminars it quickly became clear that what 
excites these guys (and it was overwhelmingly men) is not sex, but money.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jan/04/pornography-big-business-influence-culture


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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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Downloads fail to fill gap as UK album sales plummet for sixth year running
The music industry had another miserable year in 2010,with new figures published 
today showing that album sales had dropped for the sixth year running.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/jan/05/album-sales-plummet-sixth-year-running


us: Big media fails to turn ISPs into copyright cops
Last month marked the second anniversary since the Recording Industry 
Association of America, the trade group representing the four largest music 
labels, stopped filing copyright lawsuits against people suspected of illegal 
file sharing.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20027202-261.html
http://www.zdnet.com.au/isp-three-strikes-flops-riaa-defiant-339308305.htm

us: Pay TV industry moves to adapt to Internet age
The pay television industry, under growing threat from the Internet, disclosed 
plans to prevent technology companies from luring away its customers.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-ces-cable-tv-20110106,0,4006820.story

au: Telstra and Foxtel are close to a TV deal
Foxtel is close to finalising a deal to supply internet television channels to 
Telstra's T-Box digital recorder.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/telstra-and-foxtel-are-close-to-a-tv-deal/story-e6frg8zx-1225982649668


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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Microsoft shows Windows running on mobile phone chips
Microsoft has shown a full version of Windows running on chips usually found in 
mobile phones.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12124887

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SPAM
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Spam Volumes Drop as Botnets Go Quiet
The infamous Rustock botnet, responsible for almost half of all spam sent last 
year through its command-and-control system exploiting over a million 
compromised PCs, has suddenly slowed to a crawl, Symantec said today, noting the 
unexplained event has led to a substantial drop in spam.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/010511-spam-drops.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/215675/.html

ca: New spam bill hopes to block unsolicited emails
Change is afoot for those who rely on email for marketing. The federal 
government has passed a law that will bar the sending of unsolicited email or 
spam.
http://www.financialpost.com/news/goodbye+spam/4057886/story.html

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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Europol to reveal cybercrime risk level [IDG]
European law enforcement agency Europol on Friday will present its assessment of 
the threat posed by cybercrime, along with its strategy to tackle it.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/372417/europol_reveal_cybercrime_risk_level/


au: PM needs to take reins on cybersecurity
Australia's lacklustre cybersecurity plans are set to fail unless they are given 
oversight by the Prime Minister and long-term strategies are developed by 
top-level federal ministers and bureaucrats, according to a report into the 
nation's cybersecurity strategies.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/pm-needs-to-take-reins-on-cybersecurity-339308286.htm

Anonymous activists target Tunisian government sites
Key websites of the Tunisian government have been taken offline by a group that 
recently attacked sites and services perceived to be anti-Wikileaks.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12110892

Anonymous Shuts Down Tunisian Govt Websites After Violence and Web Censorship
Websites run by the Tunisian government have been successfully targeted by 
Operation: Tunisia, a cell within Anonymous' Operation Payback, in a distributed 
denial of service action, which dropped this image and message on several 
government sites before the Anon-fueled DDoS knocked them offline. Reminder: 
DDoS is illegal and people have been arrested for launching them and 
participating in them.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-derrick/anonymous-shuts-down-tuni_b_804342.html


Internet censors move into top gear in response to widespread unrest [news 
release]
Reporters Without Borders condemns the reinforcement of online censorship amid a 
wave of protests and rioting in Tunisia that began two weeks when a young man 
set himself on fire outside a police station in the provincial town of Sidi 
Bouzid.
http://en.rsf.org/tunisia-internet-censors-move-into-top-04-01-2011,39213.html

us: Protecting Government Against Cyber Crime: a Q&A
Government Executive Media Group co-hosted two recent briefings with the SANS 
Institute on the subjects of "Cybersecurity: The Role of Congress" and "The U.S. 
Navy's Cyber Fleet: Protecting America's Information." Attendees had several 
questions about the subjects that the speakers could not answer in their 
allotted time. Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, and Tim 
Clark, Editor at Large of Government Executive, agreed to address some of the 
questions.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20101117_5572.php

Court reverses Microsoft victory in patent case [IDG]
A U.S. appeals court has restored a jury verdict in a multimillion-dollar patent 
infringement case against Microsoft but ordered a new trial on damages.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9203200/Court_reverses_Microsoft_victory_in_patent_case


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PRIVACY
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Opinion: Anonymity and the Dark Side of the Internet by Stanley Fish
In McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission (1995) the Supreme Court overturned a 
statute requiring any person who prints a notice or flyer promoting a candidate 
or an issue to identify the communication?s author by name. Justice John Paul 
Stevens, writing for the majority, grounded his opinion in an account of meaning 
he takes from an earlier case (First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti): ?The 
inherent worth of . . . speech in terms of its capacity for informing the public 
does not depend upon the identity of its source, whether corporation, 
association, union, or individual.? Or, in other words, a writing or utterance 
says what it says independently of who happens to say it; the information 
conveyed does not vary with the identification of the speaker.
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/03/anonymity-and-the-dark-side-of-the-internet/


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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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BT accused of creating two-tier internet in UK
BT was yesterday accused of undermining one of the founding principles of the 
internet ? that of "net neutrality" ? by creating a two-tier system which would 
allow content providers on its network to charge for a faster video delivery 
service.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/bt-accused-of-creating-twotier-internet-in-uk-2176091.html


BT Content Connect service faces 'two-tier net' claims
BT has introduced a controversial service that some say could allow broadband 
providers to create a "two-tier internet".
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12112389

BT denies paving way for internet fast lane
BT today rejected claims it is paving the way for a "two-tier" internet by 
creating a service that will allow broadband providers to charge the BBC, Google 
and other content companies for better delivery of their video to the nation's 
homes.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jan/04/bt-denies-paving-way-for-internet-fast-lane


BT denies new Internet offer to create 2-tier Web
A new service from British telecoms provider BT that allows Internet service 
providers to pay for higher-quality video delivery will not create a two-tier 
Internet, BT said on Tuesday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE70326I20110104

Google Wins One Against Microsoft
Google Inc. won a key victory in a lawsuit against the U.S. Interior Department, 
two months after the Web giant accused the agency of improperly favoring rival 
Microsoft Corp. in a contract bid to provide a new email system.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704405704576063713471775694.html

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MISCELLANEOUS
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American Airlines in Fee Battle With Web Agencies
A traveler searching two of the four largest online travel agencies, Orbitz and 
Expedia, is not going to find any listings for American Airlines flights ? at 
least for the moment.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/business/05air.html

Dogfight Erupts in Plane Ticket Sales
A battle to reshape the way airline tickets are sold escalated Wednesday, in 
what could become an industry-wide showdown between carriers and middlemen.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704405704576063670807756068.html


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