[DNS] domain name news - 20 October

[DNS] domain name news - 20 October

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:24:01 +1100
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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Internet awards winners announced
http://www.internetawards.org.au/index.php/news

au: Outcomes of auDA 2011 AGM
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-20102011/

New TLD Applicants: Read this before selecting a Registry provider by Adrian Kinderis
http://www.ausregistry.com/blog/?p=870

NSW, Victorian push .sydney and .melbourne domain names
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/nsw-victorian-push-sydney-and-melbourne-domain-names/story-e6frgakx-1226171959913

Australian State Governments Seek To Apply for gTLDs
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/20/australian-state-governments-seek-to-apply-for-gtlds/

DHS issues warning that Anonymous may attack infrastructure
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9220951/DHS_issues_warning_that_Anonymous_may_attack_infrastructure

First came Stuxnet computer virus: now there's Duqu
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/18/usa-cyber-duqu-idUKN1E79H1XK20111018

au: December 2012 deadline for whole-of-government IPv6 capability: AGIMO
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/404799/december_2012_deadline_whole-of-government_ipv6_capability_agimo/

Australian comms industry needs to take lead in IPv6 adoption: Expert
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/404643/australian_comms_industry_needs_take_lead_ipv6_adoption_expert/

No set timeline for IPv6 over Telstra Bigpond and NextG
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/404641/no_set_timeline_ipv6_over_telstra_bigpond_nextg/?fp=4&fpid=78268965

How 'flipping' websites can make you thousands, if not millions
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/how-flipping-websites-can-make-you-thousands-if-not-millions-20111019-1m6oc.html


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RySG Alternative Proposal for Continuity Operations Instrument
ICANN received from the Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) a proposal for Establishment of a Continued Operations Fund (COF). This proposal is accompanied by an addendum (Proposed Continuing Operations Instrument) produced by the Afilias and PIR, supported by some other registries, registry applicants and other interested parties.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-17oct11-en.htm

Orange sponsors ICANN 42
The telecoms firm Orange has become a platinum sponsor of ICANN?s 42nd public meeting in Dakar, Senegal next week.
http://domainincite.com/orange-sponsors-icann-42/

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Australians shine in trans-Tasman internet awards
An ISP that caters for business customers was the only New Zealand winner in the trans-Tasman Internet Awards, the ANZIAs, announced in Melbourne yesterday evening.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/australians-shine-in-trans-tasman-internet-awards

Australian and NZ Internet Awards winners named
The 2011 Australian and New Zealand Internet Award winners have been announced with DTS the only New Zealand winner.
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/australian-and-nz-internet-awards-winners-announced-aw-102675

Internet awards winners announced
InternetNZ and auDA are delighted to announce the winners of the 2011 Australian and New Zealand Internet Awards (the ANZIAs).
http://internetnz.net.nz/news/media-releases/2011/2011-Australia-and-New-Zealand-Internet-Awards-Winners-Announced
http://www.internetawards.org.au/index.php/news
http://internetawards.org.au/index.php/news
http://www.voxy.co.nz/technology/internet-awards-winners-announced/5/104617

2011 ANZIAs recognise local Internet heroes
Thirteen organisations in the public and private sectors have been recognised in this year's ANZIA awards. The ANZIAs are backed by auDA and InternetNZ.
http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/development/50445-2011-anzias-recognise-local-internet-heroes

.AU And .NZ Announce Internet Award Winners
InternetNZ and auDA announced the winners of the 2011 Australian and New Zealand Internet Awards last night in a gala event in Melbourne which featured a keynote speech by former Australian High Court Judge, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=16125
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/18/au-and-nz-announce-2011-internet-award-winners/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/au-and-nz-announce-2011-internet-award-winners.html

au: Outcomes of auDA 2011 AGM
auDA?s Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 17th October 2011 and the following directors were elected:
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-20102011/

Brussels Court of Appeal orders release of .eu domain names registered by cybersquatter
The Brussels Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of EURid, the .eu European domain name registry, in a case involving the registration of nearly 9000 .eu domain names by a cybersquatter. Pursuant to an order made by the Court the domain names will be released on 24 and 25 October 2011 and will be available on a "first come, first served" basis.
http://www.jdsupra.com/post/documentViewer.aspx?fid=9e31f73b-302f-4c38-a13a-18d306188726

NITDA seeks CAC?s switch to .ng domain name
To deepen its call for Nigerian?s to adopt the country?s TLD, the .ng, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has urged the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to switch to Nigeria?s domain name.
http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=64688:nitda-seeks-cacs-switch-to-ng-domain-name

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New TLD Applicants: Read this before selecting a Registry provider by Adrian Kinderis
Today, the clock ticked down to 85 days until commencement of the new TLD application window. Finally, after years of educating, pitching and responding to RFPs, we have reached a period where prospective applicants must either choose to develop their TLD Registry themselves or choose their Registry Services Partner (RSP). For most folks, unless they share a level of expertise, this will mean choosing an outsourced RSP, like ARI Registry Services.
http://www.ausregistry.com/blog/?p=870
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/19/new-tld-applicants/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/new-tld-applicants-read-this-before-selecting-a-registry-provider-by-adrian-kinderis.html

Why Brands Need Their Own TLD - The Mulberry-Sale Site that Scammed Me by Jennie-Marie Larsen
As a seasoned internet user, even an old 'Domainer', I was there when ICANN launched the first round of New TLDs. I remember the criticism we received from the media back then. We were invited to countless roundtable discussions, press conferences, and local internet events at which we were expected to answer the key media question: "Why are new TLDs necessary?" Dot BIZ, .INFO, and four more were the test bed new TLDs -- I represented .BIZ in EMEA.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20111017_why_brands_need_their_own_tld_mulberry_sale_site_that_scammed_me/

NSW, Victorian push .sydney and .melbourne domain names
THE NSW and Victorian governments have teamed up to enter the domain name business with plans to commercialise .sydney and .melbourne top level name spaces.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/nsw-victorian-push-sydney-and-melbourne-domain-names/story-e6frgakx-1226171959913

au: State governments move to secure .sydney, .melbourne domains
The NSW and Victorian governments have moved to begin securing new gTLDs including .sydney, .melbourne and.victoria ahead of ICANN opening up applications in less than three months? time.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/404774/state_governments_move_secure_sydney_melbourne_domains/

Australian State Governments Seek To Apply for gTLDs
The Australian state governments of Victoria and New South Wales are seeking assistance in applying for the .SYDNEY, .MELBOURNE, .VICTORIA and potentially .NSW gTLDs when ICANN opens its three month application window on 12 January.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=16133
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/20/australian-state-governments-seek-to-apply-for-gtlds/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/australian-state-governments-seek-to-apply-for-gtlds.html

NSW, Vic look to move on TLDs
It may become easier to remember a New South Wales or Victorian government website in future, after the two today went to market for new gTLDs to spruce up their web addresses.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/nsw-vic-look-to-move-on-tlds-339324696.htm

Aussies to apply for four geo-TLDs
The Australian state governments of New South Wales and Victoria have put out a tender for a registry provider for up to four new TLDs.
http://domainincite.com/aussies-to-apply-for-four-geo-tlds/

With 86 days to go, the cost of new gTLDs is still unknown
If you?re planning to apply for a new gTLD or two, wouldn?t it be nice to know how much it?s going to cost you?
http://domainincite.com/with-86-days-to-go-the-cost-of-new-gtlds-is-still-unknown/

The new domain names that will be a game-changer for brands
Applications for a new generation of internet domain names open in the new year that aim to revolutionise search and beef up security. Can brands afford not to join the party?
http://www.marketingweek.co.uk/analysis/features/the-new-domain-names-that-will-be-a-game-changer-for-brands/3031107.article

Battle for .eco is not over
The battle to run a new web domain ? .eco ? is not over yet. Recently I wrote about how Al Gore had dropped his bid to win control of the proposed new TLD, leaving the door open for a rival Mikhail Gorbachev-backed consortium.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2011/oct/18/battle-dot-eco

Silencing the Cold War Hype: Understanding the Road to .ECO
With ICANN's announcement that the application window for new TLDs will be opening in January 2012 there has been an influx of media coverage directed at our bid for .ECO, as well as the bids of many other organizations the world over. To date, many articles related to our bid have drawn immediate reference to the involvement of Mikhail Gorbachev and Al Gore.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110929_silencing_the_cold_war_hype_understanding_the_road_to_eco/

Dot Com and Dot Net to be joined by Dot Trump and Dot Buffett? A Digital Legacy for the Ultra Wealthy
After the $100 hamburger, the $10,000 cell phone and the $100,000,000 home, the ultra wealthy will now be acquiring the world's most exclusive luxury in the digital realm - their own TLD ? catapulting the likes of .Hilton and .Buffett to the highest level of the internet alongside .com and .net.
https://www.centralnic.com/company/news/2011/secure-the-pinnacle-of-status-with-dotfamilyname

CentralNic Plans Family gTLDs. Do They Contravene ICANN Guidelines?
Registry CentralNic is adding vanity generic TLDs to its offering suggesting that the ultra-wealthy might like to have their very own gTLD.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/19/centralnic-plans-family-gtlds/

Paris.hilton? CentralNic pitches gTLDs at super-rich
Just when you thought you?d seen everything, CentralNic is angling for the wallets of the ?ultra-wealthy? with its new pitch for .familyname TLDs.
http://domainincite.com/paris-hilton-centralnic-pitches-gtlds-at-super-rich/

Domain registrar touts dot-surnames for $500k
Could it be the ultimate in internet vanity addresses? A British company thinks the "ultra wealthy" will be prepared to splash out a cool $500,000 (?317k) to get their own top-level family domain name.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/19/vanity_addresses_dot_familyname/

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Cybersecurity: Protecting the digital economy
As hackers continue to outwit governments, policymakers are playing catch up: More agencies, stronger protections of data and simulated cyber attacks are all part of an upcoming artillery against cyber attacks.
http://www.euractiv.com/infosociety/cybersecurity-protecting-digital-economy-linksdossier-508217

U.S. Weighs Its Strategy on Warfare in Cyberspace
The four-star Air Force general who oversees Pentagon efforts in cyberspace acknowledged Tuesday that the Defense Department had more work to do in clarifying the military?s doctrine for waging offensive computer warfare and setting up rules of engagement to guide specific cyberattacks.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/19/world/africa/united-states-weighs-cyberwarfare-strategy.html

U.S. Debated Cyberwarfare in Attack Plan on Libya
Just before the American-led strikes against Libya in March, the Obama administration intensely debated whether to open the mission with a new kind of warfare: a cyberoffensive to disrupt and even disable the Qaddafi government?s air-defense system, which threatened allied warplanes.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/world/africa/cyber-warfare-against-libya-was-debated-by-us.html

DHS issues warning that Anonymous may attack infrastructure
The U.S. government is keeping a wary eye on what it says is hacking collective Anonymous' growing interest in attacking critical infrastructure targets.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9220951/DHS_issues_warning_that_Anonymous_may_attack_infrastructure

First came Stuxnet computer virus: now there's Duqu
First there was the Stuxnet computer virus that wreaked havoc on Iran's nuclear program. Now comes "Duqu," which researchers on Tuesday said appears to be quite similar.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/18/usa-cyber-duqu-idUKN1E79H1XK20111018
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/10/19/idINIndia-59976220111019

New Malicious Program by Creators of Stuxnet Is Suspected
The designers of Stuxnet, the computer worm that was used to vandalize an Iranian nuclear site, may have struck again, security researchers say.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/19/technology/stuxnet-computer-worms-creators-may-be-active-again.html

Duqu: New Malware Is Stuxnet 2.0
Researchers have identified a new malware threat which has been dubbed "Duqu". The new threat is apparently developed by the same author who developed the Stuxnet worm that was used in targeted attacks against Iranian nuclear power plants, but Duqu has its sights set on a completely different target.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/242114/duqu_new_malware_is_stuxnet_20.html

Waiting For 'Son Of Stuxnet' To Attack
Now we wait for the real attack: With the intelligence-gathering Duqu malware spotted and identified by experts as based on the same code as Stuxnet, researchers are now on the lookout for signs of a subsequent attack on the target or targets.
http://www.darkreading.com/advanced-threats/167901091/security/attacks-breaches/231901226/waiting-for-son-of-stuxnet-to-attack.html

Researchers warn of new Stuxnet worm
Researchers have found evidence that the Stuxnet worm, which alarmed governments around the world, could be about to regenerate.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15367816

'New Stuxnet' worm targets companies in Europe
A highly sophisticated computer worm which has many of the same characteristics of the virus used to attack Iran's nuclear programme has been discovered targeting companies in Europe.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/oct/19/stuxnet-worm-europe-duqu

The global cybergame has begun
In late September, deep in bucolic Oxfordshire, an eclectic group of spooks, soldiers, civil servants, academics and geeks gathered in surroundings eerily reminiscent of Downton Abbey. They took tea on the veranda, looked out onto a herd of docile cows and obediently trooped in to dinner when an austere-looking butler banged the gong.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/19/opinion/main20122503.shtml

Cybersecurity drills useful but risky
More organizations worldwide are engaging in cybersecurity drills, which are more hands-on and practical in preparing employees for real incidents of cyberattacks, according to security experts. Such tests, however, can be problematic especially in large organizations and carry risks, they cautioned.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/cybersecurity-drills-useful-but-risky-62302569.htm

'Nobody Controls the Internet': British Foreign Secretary Hague
British Foreign Secretary William Hague wants to make the Internet safer. In a guest editorial, he calls for politicians, the business world and civil society to address problems including cyber crime, digital repression and terror networks at an international conference seeking to find solutions to these problems.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,792411,00.html

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au: December 2012 deadline for whole-of-government IPv6 capability: AGIMO
The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has set a deadline of December 31, 2012 for all Commonwealth agencies to have their customer-facing systems, applications and internet gateways IPv6 compliant.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/404799/december_2012_deadline_whole-of-government_ipv6_capability_agimo/

Australian comms industry needs to take lead in IPv6 adoption: Expert
Australia is in pole position to play a leading role in the broad adoption of the IPv6 internet according to an international expert on the 132 bits-based IP standard that has been touted as the answer to IPv4 address exhaustion challenges.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/404643/australian_comms_industry_needs_take_lead_ipv6_adoption_expert/

No set timeline for IPv6 over Telstra Bigpond and NextG
Having begun its rollout of IPv6 services for enterprise, government and wholesale customers via its internet backbone that is now fully dual stacked, Telstra will still only commit to its broader Bigpond and NextG mobile access networks being compliant with the latest standard ?over time?.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/404641/no_set_timeline_ipv6_over_telstra_bigpond_nextg/?fp=4&fpid=78268965

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Web.com to save more from Network Solutions buy
Web.com Group, a provider of web design, email, marketing and advertising services to local businesses, said it expected to save far more than the $30 million (19 million pounds) it previously predicted from buying bigger rival Network Solutions.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/17/oukin-uk-webcom-interview-idUKTRE79G3XK20111017

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Inside Frank Schilling?s $1.65M .XXX Purchase
Within twenty minutes during this year?s DOMAINfest conference Frank Schilling agreed to pay $1.65 million for a collection of .xxx domain names ? before .xxx was even approved.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/10/17/inside-frank-schillings-1-65m-xxx-purchase/

How 'flipping' websites can make you thousands, if not millions
ASK some of Australia's best-known entrepreneurs for tips on earning extra cash and they are likely to tell you to get flipped. Don't be offended. It is sound advice because "flipping" - buying rundown websites, sprucing them up then selling at a profit - is, apparently, where it's at.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/how-flipping-websites-can-make-you-thousands-if-not-millions-20111019-1m6oc.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5820962/How-flipping-websites-can-make-you-rich
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/how-flipping-websites-can-make-you-thousands-if-not-millions-20111019-1m6oc.html

5 Questions Answered at TRAFFIC
Last Friday I asked five questions that would be answered at this week?s TRAFFIC conference. We now have answers:
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/10/19/5-questions-answered-at-traffic/

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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS
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M-Government: Mobile Technologies for Responsive Governments and Connected Societies [hard copy and free e-book]
This report aims to foster a better understanding on how to leverage the economic and social impacts of the implementation of the Internet into mobile devices to enable ubiquitous governments, sustain public sector innovation and transform public service delivery. The content of this report paves the way for the Report on Agile Government to be released by OECD in the Fall of 2011. The report is a joint-product of the collaboration of OECD with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
http://www.oecdbookshop.org/oecd/display.asp?sf1=identifiers&st1=9789264118690

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Can Mobile Search Be as Big for Google as Desktop Search?
Google?s earnings report Thursday highlighted its mobile business?s growing contribution to revenue. But can mobile ever be as big a business as desktop search?
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/can-mobile-search-be-as-big-a-business-for-google-as-desktop-search/

The Default Choice, So Hard to Resist
In the wide-open Web, choice and competition are said to be merely ?one click away,? to use Google?s favorite phrase. But in practice, the power of digital distribution channels, default product settings and traditional human behavior often matters most.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/technology/default-choices-are-hard-to-resist-online-or-not.html

Digital Australians: content more important than delivery platform [news release]
The majority of Australians expect that similar standards should apply to content produced by traditional media organisations, whether print, broadcast or online, according to research released today by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_410201

au: Spending via the internet to surpass $37b by 2013
The love affair with online shopping is heating up - a report forecasts expenditure will reach $37.7 billion by 2013, a rise of more than $7 billion on the turnover in 2010.
http://www.smh.com.au/business/spending-via-the-internet-to-surpass-37b-by-2013-20111017-1ltfv.html
http://www.theage.com.au/business/retailers-spend-up-to-meet-customers-online-20111017-1ltba.html

au: Online retail not slowing down: PayPal
By 2013, Australians will collectively spend over $37 billion online on everything from plane tickets to groceries, according to a new report from Forrester, Nielsen and PayPal.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/online-retail-not-slowing-down-paypal-339324502.htm

au: Internet having little impact on TV viewing, survey finds
Despite the enormous growth in online media in the past decade, a survey conducted by the ACMA found that Australians are spending only 10 minutes less watching TV than they were two decades ago.
http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/market/50541-internet-having-little-impact-on-tv-viewing-survey-finds

Survey shows NZ Internet users starved of data
While most Australians now enjoy fixed line Internet access plans with several hundred gigabytes of data, in New Zealand over two thirds have less than 20GB per month, and less than 30,000 of almost 1.5m broadband users have data caps in excess of 50GB.
http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/home-it/50448-survey-shows-nz-internet-uses-starved-of-data

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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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Facebook Changes Inspire More Grumbling
Facebook recently redesigned its site, moving things around and adding new elements. Of course, Facebook frequently fiddles with its features, and these fixes frequently infuriate its fans.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/20/technology/personaltech/facebook-changes-inspire-more-grumbling-state-of-the-art.html

Facebook friend tally is associated with differences in brain structure
The brains of people with large numbers of Facebook friends are different from those of people with fewer online connections, say neuroscientists.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/oct/19/facebook-friend-differences-brain-structure

More Facebook friends linked to bigger brain areas
Scientists have found a direct link between the number of "friends" a person has on Facebook and the size of certain brain regions, raising the possibility that using online social networks might change our brains.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/10/19/idINIndia-59975920111019

Facebook 'horror movie' sounds cyber-stalking alarm
Facebook is becoming an ever more intrusive feature of websites, but just how much of your personal life do you give up each time you click the "Connect with Facebook" button?
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/facebook-horror-movie-sounds-cyberstalking-alarm-20111020-1m9nn.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/facebook-horror-movie-sounds-cyberstalking-alarm-20111020-1m9nn.html

nz: Toxic Facebook page fuels rumour mill
A Facebook page on which children as young as 13 are slandered is being labelled "toxic".
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/toxic-facebook-page-fuels-rumour-mill-4475308

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uk: Google backs net safety campaign
Google has said that its future success depends on users continuing to feel safe on the internet. The search firm is launching a campaign to increase awareness of online threats, in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15334749

au: 84,000 blocks in 3 months on Telstra filter
Telstra has blocked over 84,000 attempts to access sites on the Interpol's "worst of the worst" child pornography blacklist in three months alone, according to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
http://www.zdnet.com.au/84000-blocks-in-3-months-on-telstra-filter-339324601.htm

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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Porn link tipped in net piracy case
An Australian company trying to sue people for illegally downloading Hollywood movie Kill the Irishman has extensive links to internet pornography, raising suspicions that the legal action may in fact be a stalking horse for a larger assault on behalf of the porn industry.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/porn-link-tipped-in-net-piracy-case-20111017-1ltex.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/porn-link-tipped-in-net-piracy-case-20111017-1ltex.html

Playing dirty
If there's one thing Matthew Clapham loves more than money and porn, it's privacy. The 33-year-old New Zealander lives in the exclusive Clear Island Waters canal estate on the Gold Coast, in a six-bedroom waterfront mansion he bought in May 2007 for $1.75 million.
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/playing-dirty-20111017-1ltam.html

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Cellphones and radiation: Is exposure underestimated?
Measuring radiation exposure using current FCC guidelines underestimates how much radiation most people receive from their cellphones, researchers said Monday in a study published in the journal Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine.
http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-cell-phone-radiation-underestimated-20111017,0,3704280.story

Battered, RIM Pins Hopes on Next Wave of Devices
After months of misery underlined by the declining market share of its BlackBerry phone in North America, a profoundly unsuccessful move into tablet computers and, just last week, a prolonged failure of its service for millions of users worldwide, Research in Motion has a new opportunity to convince the world that it remains relevant.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/technology/research-in-motion-pins-hopes-on-its-next-os.html

Apple and Android, the slow pall bearers to RIM's eventual demise
After a worldwide outage left many BlackBerry customers without e-mail, IM, and Web browsing from Monday to Thursday last week, Research in Motion today unveiled its peace offering to customers: $100 worth of free apps to subscribers and one month of free technical support for enterprise customers. While the free software and services are nice gestures, the outage, which RIM acknowledged was the worst in its history, seems symbolic of the company?s slow downfall. RIM?s troubles are such that free copies of Bejeweled and The Sims 3 won?t be enough to restore the company to its former glory, to say nothing of assuaging fears that the company could have more outages down the road. In the cost/benefit analysis of going all in with RIM (and that's art of the problem, it's an all-in proposition), RIM has given IT shops plenty of reason to second- and third-guess.
http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2011/10/apple-and-android-the-slow-pall-bearers-to-rims-eventual-demise.ars

Samsung seeks sales ban on Apple's iPhone 4S
Samsung yesterday sought to ban sales of Apple's new iPhone 4S in Australia and Japan, escalating the patent war between the two technology giants.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/samsung-seeks-sales-ban-on-apples-iphone-4s/story-e6frgakx-1226169143519

Patent showdown: Samsung tries to stop Apple selling new iPhone
Samsung is suing Apple to stop sales of the iPhone 4S in Australia, just days after the device went on sale around the world.
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/iphone/patent-showdown-samsung-tries-to-stop-apple-selling-new-iphone-20111017-1ltdx.html

HTC dealt a setback in Apple patent battle
Apple didn't infringe on four of HTC's patents, according to an initial ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission's administrative law judge.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20121435-94/htc-dealt-a-setback-in-apple-patent-battle/

HTC loses early decision vs Apple at U.S. ITC
Taiwan's HTC Corp lost a patent infringement complaint filed against Apple Inc in a preliminary decision at the U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/17/apple-htc-patent-idUSN1E79G0W320111017
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/17/oukin-uk-apple-htc-patent-idUKTRE79G4SN20111017
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/10/17/idINIndia-59943320111017

HTC says confident in suit vs Apple after early court loss
World No. 5 smartphone maker HTC Corp said on Tuesday it was still confident it had a strong case in a patent lawsuit against Apple Inc after the U.S. International Trade Commission's (ITC) preliminary ruling against the Taiwanese firm.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/10/18/idINIndia-59954020111018

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India and the Digital Divide
The Minister for Communication & Information Technology, Kapil Sibal, announced with much pomp on 5th October, the breakthrough pricing of a tablet computer at US$35 for "millions of India's schoolchildren" to become digitally connected and benefit from online education. Kapil Sibal, also the Human Resources Development Minister, scored on both counts politically for national and international media coverage.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3864&Itemid=214

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Web commerce hack attack may 'happen again'
A key web security system is no better defended now than when hackers undermined it earlier this year.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15348821

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Cybersecurity: Protecting the digital economy
As hackers continue to outwit governments, policymakers are playing catch up: More agencies, stronger protections of data and simulated cyber attacks are all part of an upcoming artillery against cyber attacks.
http://www.euractiv.com/infosociety/cybersecurity-protecting-digital-economy-linksdossier-508217

U.S. Weighs Its Strategy on Warfare in Cyberspace
The four-star Air Force general who oversees Pentagon efforts in cyberspace acknowledged Tuesday that the Defense Department had more work to do in clarifying the military?s doctrine for waging offensive computer warfare and setting up rules of engagement to guide specific cyberattacks.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/19/world/africa/united-states-weighs-cyberwarfare-strategy.html

U.S. Debated Cyberwarfare in Attack Plan on Libya
Just before the American-led strikes against Libya in March, the Obama administration intensely debated whether to open the mission with a new kind of warfare: a cyberoffensive to disrupt and even disable the Qaddafi government?s air-defense system, which threatened allied warplanes.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/world/africa/cyber-warfare-against-libya-was-debated-by-us.html

DHS issues warning that Anonymous may attack infrastructure
The U.S. government is keeping a wary eye on what it says is hacking collective Anonymous' growing interest in attacking critical infrastructure targets.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9220951/DHS_issues_warning_that_Anonymous_may_attack_infrastructure

First came Stuxnet computer virus: now there's Duqu
First there was the Stuxnet computer virus that wreaked havoc on Iran's nuclear program. Now comes "Duqu," which researchers on Tuesday said appears to be quite similar.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/18/usa-cyber-duqu-idUKN1E79H1XK20111018
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/10/19/idINIndia-59976220111019

New Malicious Program by Creators of Stuxnet Is Suspected
The designers of Stuxnet, the computer worm that was used to vandalize an Iranian nuclear site, may have struck again, security researchers say.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/19/technology/stuxnet-computer-worms-creators-may-be-active-again.html

Duqu: New Malware Is Stuxnet 2.0
Researchers have identified a new malware threat which has been dubbed "Duqu". The new threat is apparently developed by the same author who developed the Stuxnet worm that was used in targeted attacks against Iranian nuclear power plants, but Duqu has its sights set on a completely different target.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/242114/duqu_new_malware_is_stuxnet_20.html

Waiting For 'Son Of Stuxnet' To Attack
Now we wait for the real attack: With the intelligence-gathering Duqu malware spotted and identified by experts as based on the same code as Stuxnet, researchers are now on the lookout for signs of a subsequent attack on the target or targets.
http://www.darkreading.com/advanced-threats/167901091/security/attacks-breaches/231901226/waiting-for-son-of-stuxnet-to-attack.html

Researchers warn of new Stuxnet worm
Researchers have found evidence that the Stuxnet worm, which alarmed governments around the world, could be about to regenerate.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15367816

'New Stuxnet' worm targets companies in Europe
A highly sophisticated computer worm which has many of the same characteristics of the virus used to attack Iran's nuclear programme has been discovered targeting companies in Europe.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/oct/19/stuxnet-worm-europe-duqu

The global cybergame has begun
In late September, deep in bucolic Oxfordshire, an eclectic group of spooks, soldiers, civil servants, academics and geeks gathered in surroundings eerily reminiscent of Downton Abbey. They took tea on the veranda, looked out onto a herd of docile cows and obediently trooped in to dinner when an austere-looking butler banged the gong.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/19/opinion/main20122503.shtml

Cybersecurity drills useful but risky
More organizations worldwide are engaging in cybersecurity drills, which are more hands-on and practical in preparing employees for real incidents of cyberattacks, according to security experts. Such tests, however, can be problematic especially in large organizations and carry risks, they cautioned.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/cybersecurity-drills-useful-but-risky-62302569.htm

'Nobody Controls the Internet': British Foreign Secretary Hague
British Foreign Secretary William Hague wants to make the Internet safer. In a guest editorial, he calls for politicians, the business world and civil society to address problems including cyber crime, digital repression and terror networks at an international conference seeking to find solutions to these problems.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,792411,00.html

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us: Facial recognition apps spark privacy concerns in Congress
As social media firms and law enforcement agencies increasingly use facial recognition technology to facilitate public and online service, privacy issues surrounding the commercial apps, at least, are raising eyebrows in Congress.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20111019_1039.php

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au: Google Ads not misleading or deceptive
In brief: In a decision that provides a useful analysis of what constitutes misleading and deceptive conduct in online advertising, the Federal Court recently dismissed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's allegations that Google, by publishing 'Sponsored Links' with its search results, had engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct. The ACCC has appealed the court's decision. Partner Miriam Stiel and Lawyer Chris Govey discuss the court's reasons and the possible implications for your business.
http://www.aar.com.au/pubs/ip/foip18oct11.htm

Sparks fly at InternetNZ election debate
Opposition MPs attempted with partial success last night to divert ICT Minister Steven Joyce from his focus on fibre deployment and get him to acknowledge the need to talk about what practical benefits will accrue for the population as a result of the UFB and RBI fibre development.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/sparks-fly-at-internetnz-election-debate

nz: Maori Party's Digital Technology policy unveiled
New Zealanders who choose to maintain their official communications with Government via email would receive a state subsidy to help pay their internet bill under a Maori Party policy.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10760287
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/maori/news/article.cfm?c_id=252&objectid=10760287

Maori Party launches ICT policy
The Maori Party has released its policy on Digital Technology. In a statement announcing the policy, party co-leader Dr Pita Sharples says: "We have been excited by the rapid progress achieved through Nga Pu Waea ? the national Maori Broadband Group which has been established to ensure that Maori can maximize the opportunities as the rollout progresses? said Dr Sharples.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/maori-party-launches-ict-policy

nz: Parties clash on technology regulation
Labour and National clashed over whether regulation was needed to spark more competition in what people see and hear online and on TV, at a pre-election debate on information technology policy.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/5818621/Parties-clash-on-technology-regulation

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Benefits of the cloud are getting through
Substantial investments by service providers and growing interest from customers is morphing cloud computing from a technical novelty into a mainstream business strategy.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/cloud-computing/benefits-of-the-cloud-are-getting-through/story-fn8lu7wm-1226169011531

Another tech pioneer, Dennis Ritchie, passes
In the last two weeks, two pioneers of our information age have come and gone. I would bet you can name one, but not both. The one you likely cannot name is Dennis Ritchie, known to his peers as "dmr", his computer login name. Ritchie created the C programming language, and together with Ken Thompson, designed the UNIX operating system without either of which you wouldn't be able to name that other charismatic pioneer so much in the news lately.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/10/20111017101758923914.html

Cloud Code of Practice puts NZCS in driver's seat
The reputation of the cloud computing community in New Zealand is "threatened by the lack of standards and practice guidelines", says the preamble to the draft terms of reference (ToR) for the upcoming Cloud Code of Practice.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/cloud-code-of-practice-puts-nzcs-in-drivers-seat
http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=FFD0DB77-1A64-6A71-CEF21ADB4EDAFEC0
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/internet/3311747/cloud-code-of-practice-puts-nzcs-in-drivers-seat/

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FCC defends regulations targeting broadband providers
A Federal Communications Commission official defended his agency's controversial proposal to require broadband providers to report glitches, arguing that it would help with cybersecurity and network reliability.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20122555-281/fcc-defends-regulations-targeting-broadband-providers/

Digital Agenda: Commission proposes over ?9 billion for broadband investment [news release]
The European Commission has proposed to spend almost ?9.2 billion from 2014 to 2020 on pan-European projects to give EU citizens and businesses access to high-speed broadband networks and the services that run on them. The funding, part of the proposed Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), would take the form of both equity and debt instruments and grants. It would complement private investment and public money at local, regional and national level and EU structural or cohesion funds. At least ?7 billion would be available for investment in high-speed broadband infrastructure.
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/itemlongdetail.cfm?item_id=7430

Telstra warns off Coalition
Telstra has indicated it would expect a multi-billion-dollar payment to break up its fixed-line monopoly under a Coalition government, after shareholders yesterday approved the $11 billion deal to participate in Labor's high-speed National Broadband Network.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/telstra-warns-off-coalition/story-fn59niix-1226170102456

nz: Telecom admits law breach over broadband
Telecom has admitted it breached the Fair Trading Act after misleading customers about the amount of broadband data being used.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10760146

2G Reform for Indian Telecom: new policy offers some direction, but regulatory obstacles remain
Indian telecom was once an example of the economic dynamism that could be unleashed by a reform-minded government. Today, it has become a national embarrassment. A scandal over the sale of mobile phone spectrum has landed businessmen and politicians in prison and thrown the country into a frenzy over corruption.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204479504576636760595833754.html

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se: Child porn women fined
A Swedish court has convicted 23 women of possessing child pornography in a case that has drawn widespread attention because perpetrators are usually men.
http://www.smh.com.au/world/child-porn-women-fined-20111019-1m825.html

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