[DNS] auDA domain name news - 16 May

[DNS] auDA domain name news - 16 May

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 12:54:34 +1000
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U.N.'s ITU pursues Internet control -- again -- this week
<http://www.zdnet.com/uns-itu-pursues-internet-control-again-this-week-7000015259/>

TLDH weighs in on ?terrifying? GAC advice
<http://domainincite.com/13003-tldh-weighs-in-on-terrifying-gac-advice>

Kiss-of-death gTLD applicant asks ICANN to reject ?untimely? GAC advice
<http://domainincite.com/13011-kiss-of-death-gtld-applicant-asks-icann-to-reject-untimely-gac-advice>

Global standards group highlights silliness of GAC?s IGO demands
<http://domainincite.com/13030-global-standards-group-highlights-silliness-of-gacs-igo-demands>

Swedish prosecutor asks court to block file-sharer Pirate Bay
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/15/piratebay-court-idINDEE94E0E520130515>

au: Non-profit NBN ISP overcomes IPv4 address shortage
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/461898/non-profit_nbn_isp_overcomes_ipv4_address_shortage/>


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GOVERNANCE
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U.N.'s ITU pursues Internet control -- again -- this week
U.S. State Department and global civil society groups prep as U.N. telecommunication arm ITU tackles Internet control at WPTF-13 this week.
<http://www.zdnet.com/uns-itu-pursues-internet-control-again-this-week-7000015259/>

Too Many Stakeholders Spoil the Soup
Back in December, governments from around the world convened in Dubai to update the treaty that governs the international telecommunications system -- but negotiations failed due to concerns that the revised agreement could make Internet companies from Google to Tumblr, and not just traditional telecom companies, subject to its provisions. These international rules would have slowed innovation by bringing the Internet into a system designed for state-run telecom monopolies. Fifty-five governments, including most of the liberal democracies, refused to sign the updated treaty.
<http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/05/15/too_many_stakeholders_spoil_the_soup>

Who Controls the Internet?
The idea that anyone is controlling the Internet runs contrary to common knowledge. The Web has a tradition of hosting free content with relatively little government or regulatory interference, and is today backed by a fervent army of supporters ready to defend a free and open platform.
<http://www.govtech.com/wireless/Who-Controls-the-Internet-Part-One.html>

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DOMAIN NAMES
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 - ICANN
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ICANN FY12 Form 990
ICANN filed its Form 990 for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2012 with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on 14 May 2013 in compliance with the extended due date of 15 May 2013. The Form 990 is the United States return for organizations exempt from income taxes under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-14may13-en.htm>

URS providers to get contracts
The companies handling Uniform Rapid Suspension domain name disputes will be bound to a contract, ICANN has said.
<http://domainincite.com/13020-urs-providers-to-get-contracts>

ICANN Tax Return: Ends With $440 Million In Cash & Securities
ICANN has published it?s Federal tax return form 990 for the tax year ending on June 30, 2012 all 68 pages of it. According to the filing, ICANN ended its fiscal year with $466 Million in Assets and $388 Million in Liabilities therefore showing a net asset balance of over $83 Million up $3 Million from the year before.
<http://www.thedomains.com/2013/05/14/icann-tax-return-ends-with-440-million-in-cash-securities/>

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 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
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.LU Introduces Domain Freezing For Disputed Domains; Releases Blocked Domains
The registry for .lu domain names, DNS-LU (Restena), is introducing a couple of changes as of 11 June. The first change is that when there is a credible case in a domain name dispute. The second sees the release of a number of domain names previously blocked, most of which have are sex-related.
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2013/05/15/lu-domain-freezing/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/en/lu-introduces-domain-freezing-for-disputed-domains-releases-blocked-domains.html>

The .lu domain name registry introduces a domain name freezing procedure
As from 11 June 2013, DNS-LU (Restena) will allow claimants to introduce a request to "freeze" a given .lu domain name, meaning that the domain name cannot be traded to someone else for an initial period of 1 year. This freezing period must allow the claimant and the holder of the domain name to resolve their dispute.
<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=81ab2061-6a16-408c-b4d2-fcfff607e72d>

Montenegro exchanges letters of cooperation with ICANN
Montenegro's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Information Society and Telecommunications Vujica Lazovi? met with the executive director and president of ICANN, Fadi Chehadeom at the World Summit on the Information Society "WSIS Forum 2013" in Geneva.
<http://www.balkans.com/open-news.php?uniquenumber=174610>

nz: Use of M?ori domains studies
The M?ori Internet Society is trying to find out how many people are using M?ori domain names.
<http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews?story_id=NDExNQ==>

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TLDH weighs in on ?terrifying? GAC advice
Top Level Domain Holdings is the latest portfolio applicant to slate the Governmental Advisory Committee?s advice on new gTLDs, calling it ?troubling in principle? and ?terrifying in practice?.
<http://domainincite.com/13003-tldh-weighs-in-on-terrifying-gac-advice>

GAC Faces Scathing Complaints Over New gTLD Advice
ICANN?s Governmental Advisory Committee is facing scathing complaints from several applicants including Minds + Machines and United TLD about the Safeguards Applicable To All New gTLDs that were released as part of their Communiqu? issued during the ICANN meeting in Beijing in April.
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2013/05/13/gac-faces-scathing-complaints/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/en/gac-faces-scathing-complaints-over-new-gtld-advice.html>

Kiss-of-death gTLD applicant asks ICANN to reject ?untimely? GAC advice
One of the only two companies to receive formal, consensus, kiss-of-death Governmental Advisory Committee advice last month has called on ICANN to reject it as ?untimely?.
<http://domainincite.com/13011-kiss-of-death-gtld-applicant-asks-icann-to-reject-untimely-gac-advice>

Government Advisory Committee (GAC) Beijing Communiqu? Inconsistent With ICANN's gTLD Policy by Tom Lenard
The GAC Communiqu? recommends that ICANN implement a range of regulations (which the GAC calls "safeguards") for all new gTLDs covering areas ranging from malware to piracy to trademark and copyright infringement. The GAC proposes specific safeguards for regulated and professional sectors covering areas as diverse as privacy and security, consumer protection, fair lending and organic farming. Finally, the GAC proposes a "public interest" requirement for approval of new "exclusive registry access" gTLDs.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20130514_gac_beijing_communique_inconsistent_with_icann/>

Global standards group highlights silliness of GAC?s IGO demands
The International Organization for Standardization, known as ISO, doesn?t want to have its acronym blocked in new gTLDs by the International Sugar Organization.
<http://domainincite.com/13030-global-standards-group-highlights-silliness-of-gacs-igo-demands>

MARQUES gives gTLDs green light in debate on safeguards
As ICANN?s public comment period to solicit input on how the GAC advice regarding additional safeguards applicable to broad categories of new gTLD strings should be addressed drew to a close, there was a rush of submissions. As a representative of all brand owners, MARQUES has urged a compromise that will allow the online expansion to follow current timelines.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=031389f0-e32d-4aa6-bccb-77b9afca0d75>

Afilias dumps .mail bid, and three other new gTLD withdrawals
Four new gTLD applications have been withdrawn so far this week, including the first to come from .info operator Afilias.
<http://domainincite.com/13042-afilias-dumps-mail-bid-and-three-other-new-gtld-withdrawals>

dotDurban domain one step closer
The application for an exclusive Internet namespace for Durban (under the dotDurban domain) has passed the initial evaluation phase of ICANN.
<http://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/77884-dotdurban-domain-one-step-closer.html>
<http://www.gadget.co.za/pebble.asp?relid=6427>

Icann greenlights .durban domain
The city of Durban is set to launch its own TLD before the end of the year after getting an initial thumbs-up from ICANN.
<http://www.techcentral.co.za/icann-greenlights-durban-domain/40313/>

Tick tock, tick tock? new gTLD opportunities to future proof your online business
Tick tock, tick tock... The clock is ticking faster and fast towards the start of the DotBigBang and when the new internet universe is created. According to Big Bang theory, the universe began as a very small, dense singularity with no stars, atoms, form, or structure. Then about 14 billion years ago space expanded very quickly (hence the name ?Big Bang?), resulting in the formation of atoms, which eventually lead to the creation of stars and galaxies.
<http://www.netnames.com/blog/2013/05/tick-tock-tick-tock?-new-gtld-opportunities-to-future-proof-your-online-business/>

ICANN unsure if gTLDs will make the internet more confusing
As ICANN begins making its initial approvals of gTLDs, it has admitted that it can't predict whether it will make life easier for users or simply more confusing.
<http://www.zdnet.com/icann-unsure-if-gtlds-will-make-the-internet-more-confusing-7000015244/>

ICANN at the Inflection Point: Implications and Effects Of the GAC Beijing Communique by Philip S Corwin
Although this article was first published just a few days ago, on May 8th, there have been several important intervening developments. First, on May 10th ICANN released a News Alert on "NGPC Progress on GAC Advice" that provides a timetable for how the New gTLD program Committee will deal with the GAC Communique. Of particular note is that, as the last action in an initial phase consisting of "actions for soliciting input from Applicants and from the Community', the NGPC will begin to "Review and consider Applicant responses to GAC Advice and Public Comments on how Board should respond to GAC Advice.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20130513_icann_at_the_inflection_point_implications_effects_of_gac/>

Afnic welcomes the green light for the .bzh and .paris New gTLDs
The two applications, the first in the opening of New gTLDs, obtained ICANN?s approval on Friday May 10.
<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/6924/show/afnic-welcomes-the-green-light-for-the-bzh-and-paris-new-gtlds.html>

3 More New gTLD Withdraw; .Inc, .Ltd and .Mail
3 More new gTLD applications have been withdrawn on the ICANN site. C.V. TLDcare out of the Netherlands withdrew its two new gTLD applications for .Ltd and .Inc
<http://www.thedomains.com/2013/05/14/3-more-new-gtld-withdraw-inc-ltd-and-mail/?

Radix Withdraws New gTLD Application For .Movie
Radix which had applied for 31 new gTLD?s has withdrawn its application for the new gTLD .Movie.
<http://www.thedomains.com/2013/05/14/radix-withdraws-new-gtld-application-for-movie/>

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Name.com domain registrar hacked
US domain registrar and web hosting service Name.com has fallen victim to a hacker attack. In a recent email, the company informed its customers of an incident that potentially enabled unknown attackers to gain access to "email addresses, encrypted passwords and encrypted credit card details". The registrar says that the private crypto keys that are required to decrypt the stolen credit card details are stored on a separate system that wasn't compromised.
<http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Name-com-domain-registrar-hacked-1861612.html>

Leading Domain Registrars Hacked
Leading domain name registrars Name.com, Melbourne IT, Moniker and Xinnet have admitted they were hacked in a brazen cyberattack last week, with the four companies believed to be responsible for around six million domain name registrations.
<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=20272>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2013/05/14/leading-registrars-hacked/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/en/leading-domain-registrars-hacked.html>

FBI says more cooperation with banks key to probe of cyber attacks
The FBI last month gave temporary security clearances to scores of U.S. bank executives to brief them on the investigation into the cyber attacks that have repeatedly disrupted online banking websites for most of a year.
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/13/cyber-summit-fbi-banks-idINDEE94C0FK20130513>

Cyberattacks Against U.S. Corporations Are on the Rise
A new wave of cyberattacks is striking American corporations, prompting warnings from federal officials, including a vague one issued last week by the Department of Homeland Security. This time, officials say, the attackers? aim is not espionage but sabotage, and the source seems to be somewhere in the Middle East.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/us/cyberattacks-on-rise-against-us-corporations.html>

Researchers uncover large cyberfraud operation targeting Australian bank customers [IDG]
Security researchers from Russian cybercrime investigations firm Group-IB have uncovered a cyberfraud operation that uses specialized financial malware to target the customers of several major Australian banks.
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038791/researchers-uncover-large-cyberfraud-operation-targeting-australian-bank-customers.html>

Honeynet Project Researchers Build Publicly Available ICS Honeypot
Industrial control system and SCADA honeypots have been tried before with relative success. While those systems were enticing to hackers who hammered away on them, they were also complicated, required real ICS and SCADA gear, and weren?t publicly available.
<http://threatpost.com/honeynet-project-researchers-build-publicly-available-ics-honeypot/>

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Swedish prosecutor asks court to block file-sharer Pirate Bay
Swedish prosecutors have launched a new attempt to close down the popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, asking a court to block internet addresses used to access the site. ... Swedish prosecutors have asked the court to de-register the domain names "piratebay.se" and "thepiratebay.se".
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/15/piratebay-court-idINDEE94E0E520130515>
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/15/uk-piratebay-court-idUKBRE94E0XV20130515>

Cybersquatting; typosquatting ? Facebook?s $2.8 million in damages and domain names
A decision was recently handed down in California awarding Facebook $2.8 million in damages for domain name ?squatting?. ... Eleven defendants were ordered to pay amounts ranging from $5,000 to $1.34 million and transfer of over 100 domain names to Facebook was ordered.
<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=7088bf09-8a9e-4449-a179-d90bdfad3310>

Burger King retains rights to domain names in Russian copyright suit
The Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals has rejected on Monday a Russian businessman's appeal against a court order to stop using the Burger King brand in his domain names, RAPSI reports from the court.
<http://rapsinews.com/judicial_news/20130513/267334521.html>

Ralph Anderl v. Yang Xia / Krause Adrian Scott - Case No. DAU2013-0008
1. The Parties: The Complainant is Ralph Anderl of Berlin, Germany, represented by Habermann, Hruschka & Schnabel, Germany. The Respondent is Yang Xia / Krause Adrian Scott of Shanghai, China. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <ic-berlin.com.au> (the ?Domain Name?) is registered with Directi Internet Solutions Pvt. Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com (the ?Registrar?).
<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2013-0008>

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nz: IPv6: A new headache or huge opportunity?
The IPv4 internet address schema has been around for a long time ? pretty much since the beginning of the internet, says Murray Milner, NZ IPv6 Task Force. And while there are still IPv4 addresses available, the supply is inevitably running out. 
<http://cio.co.nz/cio.nsf/specials/ipv6-a-new-headache-or-huge-opportunity>

au: Non-profit NBN ISP overcomes IPv4 address shortage
Victorian co-operative No ISP has so far struggled to sign up customers to the National Broadband Network (NBN), having to deal with the shortage of available IPv4 addresses and a lack of premises hooked up to the fibre network.
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/461898/non-profit_nbn_isp_overcomes_ipv4_address_shortage/>
<http://www.techworld.com.au/article/461898/non-profit_nbn_isp_overcomes_ipv4_address_shortage/>

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How Your Domain Name Will Impact SEO & Social Media Marketing
When starting a new website, one of the first and most important decisions you have to make is choosing a domain name. That choice will impact the website?s success in nearly every area, included search engine optimization (SEO) and social media marketing (SMM). Let?s examine how a domain name impacts SEO and SMM and then analyze the factors that make a good domain name.
<http://www.searchenginejournal.com/how-your-domain-name-will-impact-seo-social-media-marketing/62564/>

Africa Domain Name System Forum to be held in SA
Co-organised by the Internet Society, AfTLD, and ICANN, the Africa Domain Name System Forum will bring together registries, registrars, experts and policy makers to foster cross-border collaboration, will be held from 12-13 July 2013 in Durban, South Africa.
<http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/410/40/93352.html>

Tucows reports earnings, says domain investors are assessing the impact of new TLDs
TucowsTucows reported earnings this afternoon, recording its twelfth consecutive quarter of record revenue (year over year). The company generated $30.0 million in revenue during the first quarter of 2013 and reported a slight profit of $0.1 million for the quarter.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/15/tucows-reports-earnings-says-domain-investors-are-assessing-the-impact-of-new-tlds/>

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While you were registering Boston Bombings domains, smart people were registering internet tax domains
I?m always baffled by the number of people that rush to register domains related to current (and horrific) events such as the Boston marathon bombings. First, it?s tasteless. Second, it?s not like they?re ever going to sell these domains, which presumably is their reason for registering them.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/13/internet-sales-tax-domains/>

NameMedia's BuyDomains.com, Sedo & Hilco IP Auctions
NameMedia's popular domain aftermarket platform, BuyDomains.com, has been given a stylish new makeover that debuted today. A company spokesman told us the new site was designed to provide a clean, simplified, and improved user experience for domain buyers.
<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130515.htm>

Some rays of hope at Sedo?
While Sedo?s earnings continue on a downward path, some metrics point to improvements.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/15/some-rays-of-hope-at-sedo/>

Live Domain Auction Pioneer T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Keeps the Tradition Alive With Upcoming May 30 Sale in Las Vegas - Current Catalog Was Released Today 
Live domain auctions have been a fixture at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conferences ever since the pioneering event staged the first one ever at its second Florida show back in October 2005. That inaugural auction yielded impressive results for a debut event too with Consulting.com going for $180,000 and a three-name package that included Bachelor.com, Bachelor.net and Bachelor.org selling for $125,000.
<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2013/dailyposts/20130514.htm>

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INTERNET USE
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Google Search scratches its brain 500 million times a day
Google's search engine is powerful, but not all-knowing. Every month Google processes 100 billion queries, and typically returns results with microsecond speed. However, on a fairly regular basis, Google's search engine has to think a bit harder to render a result. On a daily basis, 15 percent of queries submitted -- 500 million -- have never been seen before by Google's search engine, and that has continued for the nearly 15 years the company has existed, according to John Wiley, the lead designer for Google Search.
<http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57584305-93/google-search-scratches-its-brain-500-million-times-a-day/>

Seven million UK adults have never used internet
More than seven million adults in the UK have never used the internet, official figures suggest.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/15/seven-million-never-used-internet>

Seven million Brits have 'never used the internet'
More than seven million adults in the UK have never used the internet, figures suggest.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22538136>

Web Browsers Are Reinvented: File-sharing, Apps and Voice Commands Change How Internet Is Used
Mobile phones, wearable devices and self-driving cars are generating buzz as the future of technology. But the old Web browser is being reinvented too, in a trend with implications for how consumers work and entertain themselves online.
<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324031404578481180131997580.html>

nz: Internet-savvy Nelson wins top Google title
Nelson is the country's top Google "eTown", with the internet search giant praising the widespread adoption of online tools by small and medium-sized businesses.
<http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/technology/8675494/Internet-savvy-Nelson-wins-top-Google-title>

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SOCIAL MEDIA
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us: Twitter ?Hate Map? shows where racist, homophobic, and offensive tweets originate
Students at Humboldt State University in California individually reviewed 150,000 geocoded tweets containing racist, homophobic, or otherwise offensive terms to build a ?hate map? indicating where people in the U.S. are most bigoted.
<http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/14/twitter-hate-map-shows-where-racist-homophobic-and-offensive-tweets-originate/>

Facebook blocks 'social suicide' app
A Facebook app offering users a one-in-six chance of deleting their account has been pulled from the site.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22523821>

nz: Watch out for SnapChat says NetSafe
A New Zealand internet watchdog is warning SnapChat application users to be aware of the service's pitfalls.
<http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/8675339/Watch-out-for-SnapChat-says-NetSafe>

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eu: Create Best Online Content for Kids and win the European Award!
This exciting award aims at encouraging children and adults to create new and highlight already existing child-friendly, quality online content. The European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "The online world can be a great place for kids. I dream of building a Better Internet for Children: with the right online content, kids can explore, play and learn safely ? ensuring they have a great time while also gaining the skills for a digital world.
<https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/create-best-online-content-kids-and-win-european-award>

Preteens? use of Instagram creates privacy issue, child advocates say
On the photo-sharing app Instagram, search the keywords #Fairfax, #Rockville or #DC and up pops hundreds of photos from children. Among them, until recently, were many from Kyle, a 12-year-old. His full name, Gaithersburg middle school and favorite Montgomery County hangouts were on public display before his parents put a stop to it.
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/preteens-use-of-instagram-creates-privacy-issue-child-advocates-say/2013/05/15/9c09d68c-b1a2-11e2-baf7-5bc2a9dc6f44_story.html>

nz: Cyber safety seminar draws attention to online scams
An internet scam where men had been blackmailed after being recorded naked on Skype was one example elderly people in Blenheim heard about at a presentation on cyber safety last week.
<http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/8664689/Cyber-safety-seminar-draws-attention-to-online-scams>

nz: Anonymous page worries community
Stratford parents are concerned by a page on Facebook, calling itself "Stratty Goss", that is posting vicious rumours and defamatory comments about teenagers in the town.
<http://www.stratfordpress.co.nz/news/anonymous-page-worries-community/1868695/>

nz: Warning over social media website
NetSafe is warning about a new social media website which has been blamed for at least one teenage death overseas.
<http://www.3news.co.nz/Warning-over-social-media-website/tabid/423/articleID/297942/Default.aspx>

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY
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Swedish prosecutor asks court to block file-sharer Pirate Bay
Swedish prosecutors have launched a new attempt to close down the popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, asking a court to block internet addresses used to access the site.
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/15/piratebay-court-idINDEE94E0E520130515>
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/15/uk-piratebay-court-idUKBRE94E0XV20130515>

France Should Soften Internet 'three Strikes' Law, Says Gov't Report [IDG]
France should stop cutting off the Internet access of those accused of illicit file sharing, and close down the agency that polices online copyright breaches, according to a government-commissioned report.
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038631/france-should-soften-internet-three-strikes-law-says-govt-report.html>
<http://www.cio.com/article/733281/France_Should_Soften_Internet_39_three_Strikes_39_Law_Says_Gov_39_t_Report>

#Ratings: How Twitter data could drive viewing figures
Have you started to notice the bottom of your TV screen being intermittently invaded by a twitter hashtag? What purpose does it serve? How is it affecting the way we watch?
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/datablog/2013/may/13/twitter-transforming-tv-ratings>

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Samsung Claims 5G Mobile Breakthrough
Samsung Electronics said Monday it has made a breakthrough in developing mobile technology for fifth-generation networks, though it expects it will take years until the service is brought online for subscribers.
<http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/05/13/samsung-claims-5g-mobile-breakthrough/>

Samsung claims 5G mobile data transmission breakthrough
Samsung says it has developed technology that could sit "at the core of 5G" - the successor to the 4G mobile-communications standard.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22507512>

Samsung Advances Toward 5G Networks
Samsung Electronics said Monday it had made a key breakthrough in developing mobile technologies for so-called fifth-generation networks that would provide data transmission up to several hundred times faster than the current fourth-generation, or 4G, technology.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/technology/samsung-announces-breakthrough-in-mobile-data-speed.html>

Samsung's 5G mobile claims played down by experts
Researchers have played down claims by Samsung to have developed "5G" mobile systems able to transmit data hundreds of times faster than 4G networks, pointing out that its tests only apply to one element of the system needed to implement a standard.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/14/samsung-5g-mobile>

Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung asked to help fight cellphone thefts
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pressing leading cellphone manufacturers to do more to help stem a growing tide of mobile phone thefts.
<http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-apple-google-samsung-20130513,0,6114418.story>

BlackBerry to offer BBM for iPhone and Android ? but rivals await
BlackBerry is making its Messenger (BBM) real-time messaging service available on Apple's iPhone and iPad and Google's Android platforms from summer, abandoning the platform exclusivity that had for years been a crucial tool in attracting and retaining users.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/14/blackberry-bbm-ios-android>

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL
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3D printed guns are going to create big legal precedents
By now, everyone's heard about the 3D printed gun that Defense Distributed demonstrated last week. The Texas-based group has been steadily working its way up the 3D printed firearms evolutionary ladder, making parts for guns, then guns themselves, then firing a gun, then making the plans for running up your own pistols on a nearby 3D printer. If Defense Distributed had set out to create a moral panic over 3D printing, they could have picked no better project.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/13/3d-printed-guns>

In legal fog, Kim Dotcom removes 3D gun design
Kim Dotcom has ordered the removal from his Mega file-storage service design plans for a controversial one-bullet plastic gun.
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/461634/legal_fog_kim_dotcom_removes_3d_gun_design/>

us: Porn troll case prompts ISPs to fight to protect customer IDs
Several major ISPs embroiled in a copyright lawsuit with an adult film copyright holder are appealing a ruling in the case that could permit hundreds of innocent subscribers to be harassed by copyright trolls.
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038583/porn-troll-case-prompts-isps-to-fight-to-protect-customer-ids.html>

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SECURITY
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FBI says more cooperation with banks key to probe of cyber attacks
The FBI last month gave temporary security clearances to scores of U.S. bank executives to brief them on the investigation into the cyber attacks that have repeatedly disrupted online banking websites for most of a year.
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/13/cyber-summit-fbi-banks-idINDEE94C0FK20130513>

Cyberattacks Against U.S. Corporations Are on the Rise
A new wave of cyberattacks is striking American corporations, prompting warnings from federal officials, including a vague one issued last week by the Department of Homeland Security. This time, officials say, the attackers? aim is not espionage but sabotage, and the source seems to be somewhere in the Middle East.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/us/cyberattacks-on-rise-against-us-corporations.html>

Researchers uncover large cyberfraud operation targeting Australian bank customers [IDG]
Security researchers from Russian cybercrime investigations firm Group-IB have uncovered a cyberfraud operation that uses specialized financial malware to target the customers of several major Australian banks.
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038791/researchers-uncover-large-cyberfraud-operation-targeting-australian-bank-customers.html>

Honeynet Project Researchers Build Publicly Available ICS Honeypot
Industrial control system and SCADA honeypots have been tried before with relative success. While those systems were enticing to hackers who hammered away on them, they were also complicated, required real ICS and SCADA gear, and weren?t publicly available.
<http://threatpost.com/honeynet-project-researchers-build-publicly-available-ics-honeypot/>

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PRIVACY
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Google?s New Privacy Policy Display Violates California Privacy Protection Law, Privacy Policy Is Also ?Deceptive,? Consumer Watchdog Tells Attorney General [news release]
A recent change in the way Google presents its privacy policy violates the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) and the policy is ?fundamentally deceptive,? Consumer Watchdog told Attorney General Kamala Harris.
<http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/newsrelease/google?s-new-privacy-policy-display-violates-california-privacy-protection-law-privacy-p>

eu: Consent should be needed for anonymised data sharing to be lawful, say campaigners
Businesses should have to ask for individuals' consent before sharing anonymised personal data with third parties, digital rights campaigners have said.
<http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2013/may/consent-should-be-needed-for-anonymised-data-sharing-to-be-lawful-say-campaigners/>

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CENSORSHIP
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Germany tells Google to tidy up auto-complete
A German federal court has told Google to clean up the auto-complete results its search engine suggests.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22529357>

German court says Google must act if autocomplete makes defamatory suggestions [AP]
Google Inc. must respect requests to remove autocomplete entries from its search bar in Germany if they are defamatory, a German court ruled Tuesday.
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/german-court-says-google-must-act-if-autocomplete-makes-defamatory-suggestions/2013/05/14/ba33416c-bc78-11e2-b537-ab47f0325f7c_story.html>

Auto-Ban: German Court Orders Google to Delete Offensive Search Suggestions
Autcomplete-failGermany?s Federal Court of Justice has ordered Google to evaluate requests to remove potentially defamatory autocomplete search entries. In a Tuesday decision, the court said it is Google?s responsibility to remove autocomplete results that falsely imply ?a factual link between [an individual] and terms ? which have negative connotations.?
<http://allthingsd.com/20130514/auto-ban-german-court-orders-google-to-delete-offensive-search-suggestions/>

China tries to rein in microbloggers
China has launched a new drive to tame its boisterous microblogging culture by closing influential accounts belonging to writers and intellectuals who have used them to highlight social injustice.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/15/china-microblogging-accounts-closed>

The digital revolution? It's all a gift to the power of the state
On Monday the US justice department admitted it knew of every phone call made by 100 Associated Press reporters in April and May last year. It had seized the details, undisclosed, from the relevant phone companies. No reason was given. The department said it "valued the freedom of the press", but ? that phrase is always followed by but ? it had to balance this against the public interest in security.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/15/digital-revoltution-gift-power-state>

Syria Severed from Internet Again
For the second time this month, the civil war-torn nation of Syria lost its connection to the Internet this morning before emerging from the Internet blackout several hours later, according to information provided by Arbor Networks.
<http://threatpost.com/syria-severed-from-internet-again/>

Phone Records of Journalists Seized by U.S.
Federal investigators secretly seized two months of phone records for reporters and editors of The Associated Press in what the news organization said Monday was a ?serious interference with A.P.?s constitutional rights to gather and report the news.?
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/us/phone-records-of-journalists-of-the-associated-press-seized-by-us.html>

Rights groups condemn Azerbaijan over Internet defamation bill
Human rights groups criticised Azerbaijan on Wednesday for legislation that will make defamation over the Internet a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment ahead of a presidential election in the tightly controlled nation.
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/15/azerbaijan-rights-idINDEE94E0HK20130515>

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France set to tax smartphones to protect culture in digital age
France is preparing to tax smartphones, tablets and all other internet-linked devices to help fund the production of French art, films and music.
<http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/eb6f49f8-bbd1-11e2-a4b4-00144feab7de.html>

Fran?ois Hollande considers tax on smartphones and laptops
The French president, Fran?ois Hollande, is considering a tax on smartphones, laptops and tablets to finance the country's celebrated "cultural exception".
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/13/francois-hollande-tax-iphones-laptops>

France Weighs New Tax to Fund Film, Music Industries
The French government is considering a new tax on smartphones, and broadening existing taxes to apply to foreign video-streaming companies, as it looks for ways to keep financing its cinema, music and literature in the digital age.
<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323716304578481201348492378.html>

Firms Brace for New European Data Privacy Law
The effort in Europe to adopt the world?s strongest data protection law has drawn the attention of dozens of lobbyists from U.S. technology and advertising companies.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/technology/firms-brace-for-new-european-data-privacy-law.html>

eu: Commission plans guide through global internet policy labyrinth [news release]
The Commission today unveiled plans for the Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO), an online platform to improve knowledge of and participation of all stakeholders across the world in debates and decisions on Internet policies. GIPO will be developed by the Commission and a core alliance of countries and Non Governmental Organisations involved in Internet governance. Brazil, the African Union, Switzerland, the Association for Progressive Communication, Diplo Foundation and the Internet Society have agreed to cooperate or have expressed their interest to be involved in the project.
<https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/commission-plans-guide-through-global-internet-policy-labyrinth>

European Commission To Develop Global Internet Policy Platform
The European Commission today announced plans for a Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO), an online platform to improve knowledge and participation on issues related to global internet policymaking.
<http://www.ip-watch.org/2013/05/13/european-commission-to-develop-global-internet-policy-platform/>

Massive internet policy database planned in Europe
The European Commission plans to build a massive web site and database of information related to global internet policy-making.
<http://domainincite.com/13024-massive-internet-policy-database-planned-in-europe>

Editorial: Google?s Offer to Europe
Google?s competitors, like Microsoft, Expedia and Yelp, have long complained that the company uses its dominant search engine ? it has more than 90 percent market share in Europe and about 70 percent in the United States ? to promote its own services, like YouTube, Google Maps and others, at the expense of rivals.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/opinion/googles-offer-to-europe.html>

U.K. data watchdog joins global privacy policy compliance audit
The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) will from Monday examine 250 U.K.-based websites in order to determine the level of compliance with local and EU law on data protection and privacy.
<http://www.zdnet.com/u-k-data-watchdog-joins-global-privacy-policy-compliance-audit-7000015241/>

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Award-winning EU project redefines the Internet strengthening users' online safety while boosting broadband speeds [news release]
An EU funded project that paves the way to an innovative Internet architecture meeting current traffic and growing security demands has just been awarded a prize at the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) in Dublin. The PURSUIT project received the Future Internet Award for its outstanding contribution to redefining the existing Internet design in order to ensure users' stronger control over their data while enhancing broadband connections.
<https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/award-winning-eu-project-redefines-internet-strengthening-users-online-safety-while-boosting>

EU Closer to China Telecom Probe
The European Union's trade chief will ask for backing this week from senior members of the bloc's executive arm to start investigations into alleged unfair trade practices by Chinese network-equipment suppliers Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp., an EU official said, amid concern from European companies that such a probe could prompt a backlash against their interests in China.
<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324031404578481043416449154.html>

EU warns China it is ready to launch telecoms dispute
The European Commission warned China on Wednesday it was ready to launch an investigation into anti-competitive behaviour by producers of mobile telecommunications equipment, opening a new front in a trade offensive against a key partner.
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/15/uk-eu-trade-china-idUKBRE94E0GP20130515>

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