[DNS] auDA domain name news - 21 October

[DNS] auDA domain name news - 21 October

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:13:13 +1100

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What Does It Mean for the U.S. to 'Lose Control of the Internet?'

A blueprint for the future oversight of ICANN by Brenden Kuerbis

au: Battle for control of the internet heats up

Implementing the New gTLD Collision Occurrence Management Plan

Previously Abused Labels Integrated into Trademark Clearinghouse Claims Service

nz: Internet name choice widened

Collision Decision ? Updates from ICANN

Rich-Phillips: auDA oversight for .melbourne domain space

Cost and number of cyber attacks drops in Australia

New Domain Name Association To Represent Industry Launching October

Verisign Launches Verisign DomainScope: Take the Guesswork Out of Finding the Right Domain Name

What Does It Mean for the U.S. to 'Lose Control of the Internet?'
Is the U.S. losing control of the Internet? That?s how some are interpreting a statement released in October by 10 organizations central to the Internet?s operation. ?With striking unanimity, the organizations that actually develop and administer Internet standards and resources initiated a break with three decades of U.S. dominance of Internet governance,? writes Milton Mueller, a professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

A blueprint for the future oversight of ICANN by Brenden Kuerbis
The reaction to last weeks announcement from the leaders of the ?I* organizations? (ICANN, the RIRs, IETF, IAB, W3C and ISOC) on the future of Internet governance has been overwhelming. Judging from the 90,000+ visits to the IGP blog?s brief analysis of the situation, there is a global groundswell of interest in its implications.

Next Generation Internet Leaders to Attend Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia
The Internet Society announced today that it will sponsor 20 young professionals to attend the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Bali, Indonesia, on 22-25 October 2013. The IGF is a multistakeholder forum for policy dialogue on Internet governance issues, and brings together intergovernmental organizations, civil society, the private sector, and the technical and academic community. This year?s IGF theme is ?Building Bridges: Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation for Growth and Sustainable Development.?

NRO preparing for IGF 2013 in Bali, Indonesia
As the eighth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) approaches, the Number Resource Organization (NRO) invites all members of the global Internet community to participate in this open dialogue on Internet governance where all stakeholders meet on an equal footing.

Mapping Multistakeholderism in Internet Governance: Implications for Africa by Enrico Calandro, Alison Gillwald & Nicolo Zingales
Abstract: Discussion Paper by Research ICT Africa exploring the challenges to the embracement of a truly multistakeholder approach to Internet governance from an African perspective.

An internet governance update by John Levine
A lot of people (including me) are pretty upset at revelations of the breadth and scale of NSA spying on the Internet, which has created a great deal of ill will toward the US government? Will this be a turning point in Internet Governance?

India questions US dominance over critical internet resources [PTI]
India today expressed reservations over control of critical internet resources like allocation of domain names by a US contracted entity, saying this cannot really be reflective of the international character or community of internet users.

Deputy NSA questions U.S. control over critical Net resources
India on Thursday questioned the control of U.S. contracted entities over critical Internet resources like allocation of domain names and pointed out that the current system needed to be revitalised to make the global Internet governance regime truly ?multilateral, transparent and democratic.?

Internet content to be filtered more
A number of civil groups in Bali hosted a discussion on issues related to the use of the Internet, which covered topics such as freedom of expression and information, in Denpasar on Friday morning.

au: Battle for control of the internet heats up
There is a war out there for control of the internet and most of the world's 2.5 billion internet users are unaware of it. That's understandable because the technical and legal minutiae of internet policy is so dense we can be excused for thinking this is "not about us". But it is about us. ... Chris Disspain is chief executive of the .au Domain Administration (auDA). Disspain is on the international board of ICANN and is also a member of the UN Secretary General's Internet Governance Forum. "I speak to a wide range of people about the internet and many, not across internet governance and legal issues, assume that the internet just works," he says. "Well, it doesn't just work."

Implementing the New gTLD Collision Occurrence Management Plan
On 7 October 2013 the ICANN Board's New gTLD Program Committee approved resolutions directing staff to implement the New gTLD Collision Occurrence Management Plan ("The Plan"). The steps that a new gTLD applicant has to follow to get delegated have not changed. Below is an explanation as to how the Plan is being implemented and how it will affect the contracting, pre-delegation testing and delegation phases of the program.

Previously Abused Labels Integrated into Trademark Clearinghouse Claims Service
The Abused Domain Name label service for the Trademark Database (TMDB) Claims Service is now available. This support service complements the Abused Domain Name labels support service for Trademark Verification ? together they will help rights owners protect labels that have a history of being abusively used or registered in the Domain Names Space.

New Contracting Statistics Released - CIRS Sent Through Priority 1300
Below are the key Contracting statistics, as of 18 October 2013:

New IE Results Published
3 Held Applications Complete Initial Evaluation

Casa de Internet: Everyone?s House by Alexandra Dans
In early October, Fadi visited the ?Casa de Internet? for Latin America and the Caribbean, the venue for ICANN?s Engagement Center in the region.

Code of Conduct Exemption Process Defined
Registry Operators (ROs) and applicants who have been invited to Contracting may request an exemption from the requirements of the "Registry Operator Code of Conduct," as set forth in Specification 9 of the Registry Agreement. In order to qualify, an RO must demonstrate to ICANN's satisfaction that it meets certain criteria as outlined in the Process.

NGPC Resolution on Name Collision Requires Registry Agreement Modification
On 7 October 2013, the New gTLD Program Committee of the ICANN Board adopted a Resolution for Addressing the Consequences of Name Collisions. The decision cleared the way for new gTLDs to move forward to Delegation, while addressing concerns about Name Collision raised by the community.

Indian Center for DNS Security Announced
ICANN today announced, in partnership with the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), plans to coordinate on the creation of a Center of Excellence in Domain Name System Security in India.

Indian Center for DNS Security Announced - ICANN and CDAC will launch research center to thwart security threats to Domain Name System [ICANN news release]
ICANN today (16 October) announced, in partnership with the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), plans to coordinate on the creation of a Center of Excellence in Domain Name System Security in India.

Palpable change in the internet in 2014: ICANN CEO
"2014 will be a year that you will remember. There will be palpable evolution in how we cooperate in the internet space," president of the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Fadi Chehade said in the capital on Thursday. He was speaking at a panel discussion at a conference organized by c ( Ficci).

Innovations and Opportunities in India?s New gTLD Marketplace with ICANN
On Friday, Kuek Yu-Chuang, ICANN?s vice president for global stakeholder engagement for the Asia Region and managing director of its Singapore hub office, presented at the ResellerClub Hosting Summit.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Internationalized Domain Names for SMBs with DotAsia CEO
Edmon Chung, DotAsia CEO, presented at the ResellerClub Hosting Summit Friday on the importance of IDNs and its implications for small businesses.

be: Domain name fraud
DNS Belgium was contacted by several .be registrants who were worried after being contacted by an unknown company urging them to register the .com variant of their .be domain name as soon as possible.

The future of the web and being cool: .co?s CEO talks the power of domains
How does a domain get cool? How does a domain becoming so trendy that everybody wants one? These are the questions that CEO of .CO Internet Juan Diego Calle doesn?t have to worry about because he runs what is arguably the coolest domain suffix on the planet right now.

cr: Clarification of incident
In reference to the .cr domains that suffered some changes during the past weekend, the domain names? administrators are currently investigating the situation since they are responsible for any changes made to their domains.

Over 7,000 .LA domains registered at GoDaddy since June
... GoDaddy customers have registered over 7,000 domain names since the company got involved in June. The registrar started promoting the domains in July.

nl: The.nlyst 12 is out now: SIDN and the society
Realisation of the internet's full potential depends on user confidence, which implies the internet becoming even better, more secure and more open. For many years, therefore, SIDN has helped to support activities in the field of internet governance, internet technology and internet security and sustainability. This latest edition of The.nlyst features articles about a number of organisations that work in those fields, such as the Reporting Hotline for Internet Child Pornography, The Green Web Foundation and Bits of Freedom. Each of those organisations makes a vital contribution to the internet in the Netherlands. And each is reliant on support from SIDN and others organisations to continue its activities.

nz: Internet name choice widened
The Maori Internet Society is asking for protection of Maori interests when new rules for .nz are applied.

Qatar websites hacked for several hours
Several Qatar websites carrying the .qa domain name were hacked for several hours yesterday. The websites that were hit, include important government portals, facebook.qa, google.com.qa, in addition to several Qatar-based news sites.

Telnic Increasing Wholesale Price by $1
Telnic, the .tel registry, have informed registrars that the wholesale rate for .tel domain names will be increased by $1 per year from $8 / year to $9/year effective December 1 2013.

Collision Decision ? Updates from ICANN
In early August, ICANN published a commissioned study from Interisle on domain name collision that put into question the timeline to delegation for a number of applications. This week?s report sets up a path forward for those applications and lifts some ? but not all ? of the uncertainty.

First collision block-lists out now. How painful will they be for new gTLDs?
ICANN has published the name collision block-lists for the first four new gTLDs, and they making pretty interesting reading.

Andrei Kolesnikov: ".???? to be launched later this year"
Russian Internet Week has opened in Moscow, Russia, today. The annual event traditionally gathers Internet experts and leading businesses, communication specialists, government representatives and users

CentralNic offers financing for new TLD auctions as well as working capital
With ICANN?s auctions to settle new TLD contention sets coming soon, and applicants realizing they might need more money to launch their TLDs than previously expected, a number of companies are offering funding.

Guest Opinion: .Gay and the LGBTQ Community
Having always loved the Pacific Northwest, I moved from New York to Portland in 2000 to co-found SnapNames, Inc., a business that helps people acquire expiring domain names. Through SnapNames, I found myself heavily involved with ICANN ? the policy making body for the domain name space. To date, ICANN has only approved a limited number of ?generic? extensions, such as .com, .net and .org, as well ?country code? extensions, such as France?s .fr.

Will Uniform Rapid Suspension Be a Substitute for Defensive Domain Name Registrations? by Jean Guillon
Many law firms and Intellectual Property departments in charge of managing brands and domain names for their customers or businesses must have had that same question: "how do I protect a brand online under the ICANN new gTLD program?" The first potential answer that is usually offered up to an enquirer is: "the Trademark Clearinghouse does that". As time goes by, and the rules under which the Trademark Clearinghouse operates are better defined and understood this answer becomes clearly fallacious.

Rich-Phillips: auDA oversight for .melbourne domain space
Victoria?s Minister for Technology, Gordon Rich-Phillips, has told an Australian Internet policy conference that he believes auDA ? .au Domain Administration Ltd., the organisation that currently manages the .au TLD ? should have a role in overseeing new Australian geography-based TLDs including .melbourne.

Name collision block-lists to be published this week
ICANN will begin to publish the lists of domains that new gTLD registries must block at launch as early as this week, according to an updated name collisions plan released last night.

Ralph Lauren can?t have .polo, panel rules
Ralph Lauren?s application for the dot-brand .polo is likely at an end, after the International Chamber of Commerce ruled that it would infringe the rights of polo players.

.shopping ruled confusingly similar to .shop
An International Centre for Dispute Resolution panelist has ruled that .shop and .shopping are too confusingly similar to coexist on the internet.

Donuts? .Shopping found too similar to .shop, will be placed in contention set
A string confusion objection panelist has ruled that having both .shop and .shopping as TLDs will confuse the average internet user, and thus both should not both be delegated as TLDs.

Dot Radio Oversight Could Go to Non-Radio Company
BRS Media Inc. has re-launched Radio Forward at RadioForward.com as ICANN, the entity that oversees the Internet domain names, is in the process of considering a request to assign the .radio TLD as a "Closed Restrictive Community" to Geneva-based CORE, a non-radio company.

dotShabaka Diary ? Day 19
The eighteenth installment of dotShabaka Registry?s journal, charting its progress towards becoming one of the first new gTLDs to go live, written by general manager Yasmin Omer.

Donuts and Uniregistry sign more new gTLD contracts
ICANN has signed eight more Registry Agreements with new gTLD applicants, six of them with Donuts.

dotShabaka Diary ? Day 20, Positive signs?
The twentieth installment of dotShabaka Registry?s journal, charting its progress towards becoming one of the first new gTLDs to go live, written by general manager Yasmin Omer.

Newcomer Stymied By ICANN and ICC?s Process by Christopher R Barron, Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of GOProud.
I welcome the long overdue chance to highlight my attempts to participate in ICANN?s new gTLD process. I am a newcomer to the ICANN world and represent a prominent political group, GOProud, that focuses on supporting free markets, limited government, and a respect for individual rights. We work on the U.S. federal and state levels to build strong coalitions of conservative and libertarian activists, organizations, and policy makers to advance our shared values and beliefs.

Fraudulent Certificate for Google Domains Found After Mistake by Turkish CA
Google has pushed out an update that blocks an intermediate digital certificate for *.google.com after discovering that a Turkish certificate authority had mistakenly issued intermediate certificates to two organizations that should only have gotten normal SSL certificates.

Russian and Chinese registries discuss security in country-code TLDs
The Coordination Center experts have met with those of CNNIC, China's ccTLD registry

DDoS attacks sizes continue to swell during 2013, Arbor says
The average size of DDoS attacks is still climbing with the number breaching 20Gbps around four times the level seen a year ago, according to Arbor Networks.

Report: Malvertising Campaign Thrives on Dynamic DNS
A malvertising campaign that?s lasted almost half a year is staying alive thanks to infected web advertisements being circulated by otherwise clean ad networks.

DDoS Attack Used 'Headless' Browsers In 150-Hour Siege
"Headless" browsers pummeled a trading platform's website this past week in a rare form of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that lasted for 150 hours.

UK energy infrastructure 'at risk of shutdown from cyber-attacks'
A leading security expert whose company holds contracts with the Ministry of Defence has warned that Britain's energy infrastructure is at risk of shutdown from cyber-attacks and the actions of foreign owners.

us: Electrical Grid Is Called Vulnerable to Power Shutdown
Over the past few months, the discoveries of two engineers have led to a steady trickle of alarms from the Department of Homeland Security concerning a threat to the nation?s power grid. Yet hardly anyone has noticed.

Cost and number of cyber attacks drops in Australia
The average cost of a cyber attack in Australia has dropped by $100 over the past 12 months.

Anti-Bot CD 3.5 Introduces Important Security Updates and New Functions
eco has released a new, updated version of its successful Anti-Bot CD: Now in Version 3.5, the CD contains a new version of Avira Scanengine and, of course, updated virus signatures. A kernel update to v. 3.9 also improves the hardware support.

Cyber Security: Issues and Solutions by Muhammad Adeel Javaid
Abstract: ICT touches almost everything and everyone in the modern world. In cyberspace, we are so interconnected digitally that people, both good and bad actors,separated miles apart, are just a few clicks away. The current economic value and dependency on cyberspace have reached a level that exploitation, even in a limited form, can yield enormous returns and impact. Part of this realization is reinforced by the increased activity of technology-enabled crimes.

Gucci wins $144 million in US trial against cybersquatting [AFP]
Gucci on Thursday welcomed a US court's decision to award the global fashion empire $144.2 million in damages from online sellers of counterfeit merchandise. A list of 155 domain names, sued for selling and promoting counterfeit Gucci merchandise, were ordered to shut down or surrender to Gucci within 30 days.

Yale Hits the Books, Schools Serial Cybersquatter
A recent UDRP case demonstrates that businesses are not the only ones concerned about protecting their brands and reputations online. Yale University recently filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in an attempt to recover the domain name yaleuniversity.com.

Dose of Reality
... FairWinds Partners surveyed the domain name space and found 22 registered domains that are typos of "Affordable Care Act," a common shortened version of the law?s formal name.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Inertia: The Silent IPv6 Killer
As most of you know, IPv6 is the newest internet protocol for systems to run on, creating the opportunity, perhaps necessity, for change depending on a business? desires or needs. We have a number of situations however, where the motivation for the change required to deploy IPv6 fails both of the above tests.

IPv6 begins real-world deployment, but slowly
After 20 years of talk and preparation, the deployment of IPv6 on Internet-connected networks appears to be slowly gaining traction, according to a recent survey by the Number Resource Organization (NRO).

IPv6 uptake in Vietnam hampered by lack of devices
The uptake of IPv6 is being hampered in Vietnam due to the lack of IPv6 compatible devices, according to the ICT ministry.

vn: Compatibility shortage hindering IPv6 usage
The number of IPv6 users in Viet Nam is limited by the lack of IPv6 supported devices, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications.

New Domain Name Association To Represent Industry Launching October
A new domain name industry association is set to launch later this month with the goal of representing the entire domain name industry, positioning itself as an advocate for the commercial interests of maximising the value of all domain names.

Verisign Launches Verisign DomainScope: Take the Guesswork Out of Finding the Right Domain Name
Today Verisign announced the launch of Verisign DomainScope, a new domain name discovery tool designed to enhance the search for unique, relevant domain name choices in the .com, .net, .tv and .cc TLDs. Incorporating the same functionality found in our DomainFinder, DomainScore and DomainCountdown tools, DomainScope replaces these tools and allows users to focus their domain search and uncover new domain name registration opportunities in one place.

Verisign combines domain name searching tools into DomainScope
Verisign has released a new domain name search tool called DomainScope, which combines the functionality of its DomainFinder, DomainScore and DomainCountdown tools in one system.

It?s official: Verisign has balls of steel
Verisign has spent the last six months telling anyone who will listen that new gTLDs will kill Japanese people and cause electricity grids to fail, so you?d expect the company to be a little coy about its own activities that (applying Verisign logic) endanger life and the global economy.

DNS Knows. So Why Not Ask?
DNS is like the town gossip of the network infrastructure. Computers and apps ask DNS questions and you can ask DNS who has been asking to resolve malware domains. When internal trusted systems are using DNS to resolve the names of known malware sites, this can be an Indicator of Compromise and a warning to clean the potentially infected systems and block traffic to the domain.

New domain name event, Namescon to be held in Vegas, January 13-15th, 2014
A new domain name conference, NamesCon, will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 13th to 15th, 2014. Well-known industry veteran, Richard Lau is the founder of the event and he has tapped Jodi Chamberlain from 32Events, to help coordinate. Both Lau and Chamberlain are no strangers to domain events. Lau has been involved in organizing several exclusive domainer get-together events in both Seattle and Las Vegas as well as the popular Water School ?Water Night? fund raising events. Chamberlain has worked on a number of events and conferences, including some T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conferences and Domaining Spain.

Bob Parsons buys marketing agency
GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons apprently never wants to be bored. He owns a bunch of motorcycle dealers and has been snapping up real estate in the Phoenix area.

Farewell to the capital ?I?
Although it has long been in the works, I fought against it for many years. Alone on the front line as the last champion of the Internet, I have battled against attacks from all sides. It is now time for me to concede defeat, put the battle behind me and move on with my life.

ARIN PPC At NANOG 59 Report Now Available
ARIN conducted a Public Policy Consultation (PPC) at NANOG 59 in Phoenix, Arizona on 8 October. The report for this meeting, which includes presentations, summary notes, webcast archives and transcripts of the entire meeting, is now available on the ARIN website.

RIPE NCC General Meeting October 2013
The RIPE NCC General Meeting (GM) was held 16-17 October 2013 adjacent to the RIPE 67 Meeting in Athens. There were 97 attendees, excluding RIPE NCC staff and observers from the other Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).

Social PPC ? The Definitive Guide for Marketers
Initially considered an experimental field for search marketers to play with and a way for Facebook to make some kind of revenue off their 8 million free users, social PPC is quickly blossoming into its own advertising vertical.

Really Useful Limited invests over $600,000 in additional .XXX Domains
ICM Registry, the registry operator for the .XXX TLD for online adult entertainment, announced today that Really Useful Limited, which is one of the world?s leading adult producers, has invested over $600,000 in new .XXX domains.

John Quail's Claim to Fame: How a Young Irish Entrepreneur Used Domains to Build a Booming Business 
28-year-old John Quail has had a lot of success buying and selling high end generic domain names including Inside.com, Diseases.com, Vaccination.com, Laptop.net and several highly coveted 2-letter .coms.

Google Reports Paid Clicks Up 26%; Cost Per Click Down: Has $56 Billion In The Bank: Shares Up + 7%
Google Inc. today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. The market loved the news sending Google shares up over 7% to an all time high in after hours trading of $957 a share, up $68. For the domain name industry the takeaways are that the number of paid clicks are up again.

de: Internet Boom: E-Commerce Growing Yearly by more than Ten Percent
Already grossing ?30 billion, Internet services like e-commerce or social networks are now the strongest revenue earners of the entire German Internet industry. In the coming three years, they will grow annually by more than ten percent respectively, so that by the year 2016 their volume is estimated to reach 41 billion euros. The largest portion of this is the e-commerce segment, with 28.4 billion euros. This is one finding from the recent study by the Association of the German Internet Industry, eco, and the business consultancy Arthur D. Little.

Young adults say technology can be dehumanizing - poll
Millennials are tech-savvy young adults who grew up with smartphones and iPads, but many think technology makes people less human, according to a poll released on Thursday.

Technology is not dehumanizing. It?s what makes us human.
A new survey from Intel making the rounds today is being touted with headlines about how young adults say technology is dehumanizing. And there is one line from the press release describing the findings of the survey that supports that characterization: "A majority of millennials agree that technology makes people less human and that society relies on technology too much."

Intel Research Reveals Changing Tech Advocates and Attitudes: Millennials are Tough on Technology, Women Carry the Tech Torch and Digital Affluents Share Wealth of Data [news release]
A new study commissioned by Intel Corporation and conducted by Penn Schoen Berland examining global attitudes toward technology innovation challenges existing perceptions on technology champions and hotspots. The research reveals millennials (ages 18 to 24) are the least enthusiastic about technology today yet are optimistic for future technology that delivers a more personalized experience, while women in emerging markets are the most optimistic about innovations in technology.

Edison?s revenge: The humble USB cable is part of an electrical revolution. It will make power supplies greener and cheaper
Fiddly cables, incompatible plugs and sockets, and the many adaptors needed to fit them all together used to be the travellers? bane. But the USB (Universal Serial Bus) has simplified their life. Most phones and other small gadgets can charge from a simple USB cable plugged into a computer or an adaptor. Some 10 billion of them are already in use. Hotel rooms, aircraft seats, cars and new buildings increasingly come with USB sockets as a standard electrical fitting.

Live streamed videos of abuse and pay-per-view child rape among 'disturbing' cybercrime trends, Europol report reveals
Organised criminal networks are getting away with a ?disturbing? and increasing trend of pay-per-view child rape which allows the viewer to direct the assault, according to a major cybercrime report published this week by the EU?s law enforcement agency.

uk: Cyber-bullying now just a part of life, most children believe
Cyber-bullying has become so commonplace that more than half of children in Britain accept that it is part of everyday life, a new study says today.

Young net users engage in 'risky' behaviour
Many children aged nine to 11 are indulging in very risky behaviour online, suggests a survey.

nz: Online 'addicts' too tired for schoolwork
Exhausted teenagers are slumping at their school desks after a long night texting, gaming or obsessively monitoring Facebook.

au: Court warns parents of dangers of internet pornography
The Children's Court in Canberra has warned parents of the dangers of the internet, after a 12-year-old boy downloaded pornography, showed it to his young cousins and had them re-enact segments.

Piracy site IsoHunt to shut down and pay $110m
IsoHunt, a popular website offering BitTorrents of mostly pirated material, is to shut down following a court settlement.

European decision supports move to universal mobile charger - ITU calls for global standard to be referenced [news release]
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have embraced an opportunity to mandate the use of universal charging solutions for mobile phones.

EFF Files Challenge With Patent Office Against Troll's Podcasting Patent [news release]
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today filed a formal challenge to the so-called "podcasting patent" used by a patent troll to shake down podcasters big and small for licensing fees. The petition for inter partes review, presented today to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), is the first legal filing in EFF's "Save Podcasting" campaign launched in May.

Europe Moves to Shield Citizens' Data
Lawmakers here have introduced a measure in the European Parliament that could require American companies like Google and Yahoo to seek clearance from European officials before complying with United States warrants seeking private data.

Top web firms urge more transparency over UK requests for user data
Britain needs to have a full public debate about the scale of internet surveillance to give confidence that state powers are not being abused, the world's five biggest internet companies have told MPs.

N.S.A. Plan to Log Calls Is Renewed by Court
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court released a new legal opinion on Friday that reauthorized the once-secret National Security Agency program that keeps records of every American?s phone calls. The opinion also sought to plug a hole in a similar ruling made public last month.

U.S. surveillance leaks threaten police use of new technologies - official
Public disclosures about U.S. government surveillance threaten the ability of police to use powerful new technologies such as drones and mobile license plate readers, a top law enforcement official said on Sunday.

NSA Accessed Mexican President's Email
The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years. It hacked into the president's public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system. The news is likely to hurt ties between the US and Mexico.

Steve Jobs: Apple founder a sexist bully, a skinflint and a liar says Chrisann Brennan, former partner
The ex-girlfriend of Steve Jobs says in her tell-all biography that he could behave even more appallingly than anyone ever supposed

Microsoft and Apple face different challenges to adapt
You can always count on Apple to spoil a Microsoft party. So it is with next Tuesday?s expected unveiling of the latest iPad models ? the same day that Microsoft had already earmarked for the launch of its new Surface tablets. It also comes hot on the heels of this Thursday?s release of the upgraded Windows 8.1, as Microsoft makes up for the missteps of last year?s launch of its first touchscreen operating system.

Farewell to the capital ?I?
Although it has long been in the works, I fought against it for many years. Alone on the front line as the last champion of the Internet, I have battled against attacks from all sides. It is now time for me to concede defeat, put the battle behind me and move on with my life.

100% basic broadband coverage achieved across Europe ? EU target achieved ahead of schedule. Next stop is fast broadband for all. [news release]
Every EU household can now have a basic broadband connection, thanks to pan-EU availability of satellite broadband. Satellite connections are now available in all 28 countries meaning every European can take out a satellite subscription, including the three million people not already covered by fixed and mobile broadband networks.

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