[DNS] auDA Domain News - 5 June

[DNS] auDA Domain News - 5 June

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 15:36:13 +1000


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The Future of the Internet is at a Crossroads by Joao Schwarz da Silva

< <http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2014/06/04/the-future-of-the-internet-is-at-a-crossroads/> http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2014/06/04/the-future-of-the-internet-is-at-a-crossroads/>


Results of the First New gTLD Auction

< <http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-3-04jun14-en> http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-3-04jun14-en>


Study to Evaluate Solutions for the Submission and Display of Internationalized Contact Data

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-06-04-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-06-04-en>


Ten more new gTLD contests settled in auction

< <http://domainincite.com/16767-ten-more-new-gtld-contests-settled-in-auction> http://domainincite.com/16767-ten-more-new-gtld-contests-settled-in-auction>


.xyz launch inflated by massive NetSol giveaway

< <http://domainincite.com/16771-xyz-launch-inflated-by-massive-netsol-giveaway> http://domainincite.com/16771-xyz-launch-inflated-by-massive-netsol-giveaway>


New gTLD Registrations Leap Past 900,000 As .XYZ Debuts At 5 With A Bullet

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/06/04/gtld-registrations-past-900000/> http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/06/04/gtld-registrations-past-900000/>






The Future of the Internet is at a Crossroads by Joao Schwarz da Silva

Discussion on the future shape of the Internet has been raging for some years now. Issues debated have included net neutrality, the ?Internet of things?, trust and privacy in the online world, freedom of expression, government control, the right to be forgotten and governance of personal data, and the list does not stop there. In Europe legislation is in the works at Union and national levels addressing these issues with net neutrality and data protection proving highly contentious, and European courts have recently weighed in against industry on the right to be forgotten.

< <http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2014/06/04/the-future-of-the-internet-is-at-a-crossroads/> http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2014/06/04/the-future-of-the-internet-is-at-a-crossroads/>








Results of the First New gTLD Auction

On 4 June 2014 ICANN through its authorized auction services provider, Power Auctions LLC, completed the first auction to resolve a contention set for a new gTLD string. Contention sets are groups of applications for identical or confusingly similar strings.

< <http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-3-04jun14-en> http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-3-04jun14-en>


New gTLD Auctions: On Track for the First Auction on 4 June 2014

As applicants work to secure rights to the 1,300+ TLDs that are expected to go live as part of the New gTLD Program, there are cases where more than one applicant applied for the same or confusingly similar strings. The Applicant Guidebook foresaw this scenario and prescribed Auctions as the method of last resort to resolve these contention sets in a clear and objective way.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/blog/new-gtld-auctions-on-track-for-the-first-auction-on-4-june-2014> https://www.icann.org/news/blog/new-gtld-auctions-on-track-for-the-first-auction-on-4-june-2014>


Study to Evaluate Solutions for the Submission and Display of Internationalized Contact Data

Purpose (Brief): This Public Forum invites comments on the report of the study conducted to evaluate available solutions for the submission and display of internationalized contact data (such as WHOIS). The study was designed to inform the ICANN community of the feasibility of transliteration, transcription or translation (collectively transformation) of internationalized registration data for its broader accessibility. The study examined current practices for handling internationalized contact data by e-merchants, registries and registrars. It explored the support of such data by relevant technical protocols. The study also assessed the accuracy implications of transforming internationalized contact data.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-06-04-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-06-04-en>


ICANN Publishes Quarterly Financial Report (Q3) for Fiscal Year 2014

ICANN achieves another milestone in its financial accountability and transparency, with the publication of its quarterly (Q3) financial statements report. You can click here to look at the financial statements for the first nine months (July 2013 through March 2014) of ICANN's fiscal year 2014.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-06-04-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-06-04-en>


What to Expect at ICANN 50: A Guide for Business Newcomers

Please join ICANN Vice Presidents Jean-Jacques Sahel and Christopher Mondini for a pre-ICANN 50 webinar for business participants.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2014-06-04-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2014-06-04-en>


.WED Registry Agreement Amendment - Introduction of Third Level Domain Sales

Purpose (Brief): On 8 October 2013, Atgron, Inc., the registry operator of the .wed TLD, submitted a Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) request to allow the sale of third level domains in the TLD. As part of its request, Atgron submitted a list of approximately 11,000 second-level-domain names in which it would offer these registrations. This RSEP request was posted for public information on the Registry Services Evaluation Policy webpage, available at  <https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/rsep-2014-02-19-en> https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/rsep-2014-02-19-en.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-06-04-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-06-04-en>


Jamie Baxter, VP of Marketing | dotgay LLC, to ICANN

Community Priority Evaluation

< <https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/baxter-to-icann-2014-05-27-en> https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/baxter-to-icann-2014-05-27-en>


Pre-ICANN 50 Policy Update Webinar

As ICANN 50 in London approaches, the Policy Development team is working diligently to update the global multistakeholder community on policy development work at ICANN. To this end, the Policy Development team will be hosting the Pre-ICANN 50 Policy Update Webinar on Thursday 12 June. There are two 90-minute sessions to allow for greater participation from around the world: 10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/blog/pre-icann-50-policy-update-webinar> https://www.icann.org/news/blog/pre-icann-50-policy-update-webinar>


Stephen D. Crocker, Chair | ICANN Board of Directors, to Heather Dryden

NGPC Meeting of 14 May 2014

< <https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/crocker-to-dryden-2014-06-02-en> https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/crocker-to-dryden-2014-06-02-en>


Second House Amendment Ups the Stakes on IANA Transition by Philip S. Corwin

The House of Representatives has passed another measure related to the proposed IANA functions transition, and has again attached it to "must pass" legislation. This move ups the ante and may well be the final straw that compels the Senate Commerce Committee to hold its own oversight hearing on the IANA transition proposal.On May 30th the House adopted the Duffy Amendment to the Appropriations bill funding the Commerce, Justice, and State Departments in FY 2015. The final vote on the amendment was 229 in favor and 178 opposed -- it was fairly partisan outcome, with only ten Democrats voting aye while just one Republican voted nay.

< <http://www.internetcommerce.org/duffy_ups_stakes/> http://www.internetcommerce.org/duffy_ups_stakes/>


Tough Choices Two Years In by Jacob Malthouse

At the start of my term as New TLD Applicant Group (NTAG) Chair, I wrote about the importance of the 50th ICANN meeting for applicants. The meeting is significant, not only as a milestone for ICANN, but also because it marks two years since ICANN began processing new gTLD applications. Two years in, the program is at an inflection point. The final initial evaluation result was published two weeks ago and the first ICANN auction will take place this week.

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140602_tough_choices_two_years_in/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140602_tough_choices_two_years_in/>





nz: Warnung vor Registrar 24/7 Hosting

Achtung: Die neuseel?ndische Domain Name Commission (DNC) hat alle Personen, die mit dem Registrar 24/7 Hosting in einer Gesch?ftsbeziehung stehen oder k?nftig stehen m?chten, gewarnt.

< <http://www.domain-recht.de/domain-registrierung/sonstiges-domain-registrierung/neuseeland-warnung-vor-registrar-247-hosting-63848.html> http://www.domain-recht.de/domain-registrierung/sonstiges-domain-registrierung/neuseeland-warnung-vor-registrar-247-hosting-63848.html>





Ten more new gTLD contests settled in auction

Applicant Auction helped resolved 10 new gTLD contention sets last week, and the first results started trickling through today.

< <http://domainincite.com/16767-ten-more-new-gtld-contests-settled-in-auction> http://domainincite.com/16767-ten-more-new-gtld-contests-settled-in-auction>


Famous Four Media wins .RACING and .CRICKET

Famous Four Media, the registry operator for Domain Venture Partners, one of the largest portfolio applicants for new gTLDs, is pleased to announce Domain Venture Partners? acquisition of the .RACING and .CRICKET registries at private auction. Both domain extensions will be added to the portfolio of 17 registries in which Domain Venture Partners has ownership.

< <http://www.famousfourmedia.com/2014/06/famous-four-media-wins-racing-and-cricket/> http://www.famousfourmedia.com/2014/06/famous-four-media-wins-racing-and-cricket/>


Was I wrong? .xyz claims 31,000 regs on day one

.xyz?s first full day of general availability saw it total 31,119 registrations, suggesting that it?s not doing as badly as I suggested in a post earlier today.

< <http://domainincite.com/16763-was-i-wrong-xyz-claims-31000-regs-on-day-one> http://domainincite.com/16763-was-i-wrong-xyz-claims-31000-regs-on-day-one>


.xyz launch inflated by massive NetSol giveaway

Network Solutions gave away thousands of .xyz domain names for free to people who hadn?t requested them, artificially inflating the new gTLD?s launch day numbers.

< <http://domainincite.com/16771-xyz-launch-inflated-by-massive-netsol-giveaway> http://domainincite.com/16771-xyz-launch-inflated-by-massive-netsol-giveaway>


New gTLD Registrations Leap Past 900,000 As .XYZ Debuts At 5 With A Bullet

New gTLD registrations have leapt passed the 900,000 mark and as of 3 June there were 936,597 across all new gTLDs according to nTLDstats.com. Registrations passed the 900,000 mark on 2 June.

< <http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22396> http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22396>

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/06/04/gtld-registrations-past-900000/> http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/06/04/gtld-registrations-past-900000/>

< <http://www.domainnews.com/gtld-registrations-past-900-000.html> http://www.domainnews.com/gtld-registrations-past-900-000.html>


New TLD registration numbers are increasingly misleading

Some day this month one or more companies will proclaim that new TLD registrations have topped one million domain names.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/04/new-tld-numbers/> http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/04/new-tld-numbers/>


.xyz launch crashed CentralNic

The launch of .xyz took back-end provider CentralNic?s registry down for 15 minutes on Monday.

< <http://domainincite.com/16769-xyz-launch-crashed-centralnic> http://domainincite.com/16769-xyz-launch-crashed-centralnic>


.xyz fails to live up to the hype

.xyz sold just shy of 15,000 domain names during its first hours of general availability.

< <http://domainincite.com/16759-xyz-fails-to-live-up-to-the-hype> http://domainincite.com/16759-xyz-fails-to-live-up-to-the-hype>


Tooting the .XYZ Horn: Founder Daniel Negari Says His New gTLD Debuted With a Bang 

The new gTLD field is getting more crowded with each passing week, making it harder and harder to stand out in the crowd. .CLUB, currently the #1 new gTLD released, has done it with a high powered marketing campaign complete with celebrity registrants like 50 Cent and Demi Lovato.

< <http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140603.htm> http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140603.htm>


.XYZ zone file nears 15,000, 30k after 24 hours

Nearly 15,000 domains in zone file and over half of them are at NetworkSolutions. 30,000+ domains registered after 24 hours.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/03/dot-xyz-launch/> http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/03/dot-xyz-launch/>


Companies can start registering dot-Vegas domains; new names add variety to dot-com heavy Web [AP]

Companies bored with a dot-com or dot-net Web address can now spice things up with a dot-Vegas suffix.

< <http://www.newser.com/article/0324644039c447a5bebf065f96abd271/companies-can-start-registering-dot-vegas-domains-new-names-add-variety-to-dot-com-heavy-web.html> http://www.newser.com/article/0324644039c447a5bebf065f96abd271/companies-can-start-registering-dot-vegas-domains-new-names-add-variety-to-dot-com-heavy-web.html>
< <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-2646420/Companies-start-registering-dot-Vegas-domains.html> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-2646420/Companies-start-registering-dot-Vegas-domains.html>


An important lesson in pre-ordering new TLDs

Registering domain names under new TLDs when they hit the market is similar to dropcatching expired domain names. From the registrar?s perspective, it involves prioritizing domains and hitting pinging the registry as quickly as possible.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/02/new-tld-preorders/> http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/02/new-tld-preorders/>


.XYZ is the Next .COM ? BELIEVE IT by Daniel Negari

Tomorrow, June 2nd, 2014, will be remembered as the day that the internet evolved and every generation of internet users were unified. My vision for an affordable, truly generic, and open namespace that I had years ago will finally come to fruition.

< <https://ceo.xyz/believe/> https://ceo.xyz/believe/>


.XYZ Moves Into 4th Most Registered New gTLD Topping 38K But 72% Are >From NetSol

Ntldstats.com, has updated this morning and .XYZ is now the 4th most popular gTLD with over 38,000 registrations.

< <http://www.thedomains.com/2014/06/04/xyz-moves-into-4th-most-registered-new-gtld-topping-38k-but-72-are-from-netsol/> http://www.thedomains.com/2014/06/04/xyz-moves-into-4th-most-registered-new-gtld-topping-38k-but-72-are-from-netsol/>


New TLDs on tap this week: .XYZ, .Futbol, .Dating and more

A bunch of new TLDs hit the market this week, especially on Wednesday.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/02/new-tlds-on-tap-this-week-xyz-futbol-dating-and-more/> http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/02/new-tlds-on-tap-this-week-xyz-futbol-dating-and-more/>


Where the usual (trademark enforcement) rules don?t apply

In the world of internet governance, the big political issue of the moment is the proposed transfer of the IANA function to ICANN. Elsewhere, however, there are moves to develop an online space that is beyond the control of ICANN. Should this take off, it would create both opportunities and potential headaches for brands.

< <http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=1e64678d-266c-4bb3-858f-ab1381f878d7> http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=1e64678d-266c-4bb3-858f-ab1381f878d7>


Famous Four Media wins .RACING and .CRICKET

Famous Four Media has announced they have acquired the .racing and .cricket gTLDs through private auction taking to 17 the number of gTLDs the registry will manage.

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/06/04/famous-four-media-racing-cricket/> http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/06/04/famous-four-media-racing-cricket/>


Famous Four wins contention sets for .Cricket and .Racing

Famous Four MediaFamous Four Media announced today that it won two private auctions to resolve contention sets for new TLDs.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/02/famous-four-wins-contention-sets-for-cricket-and-racing/> http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/02/famous-four-wins-contention-sets-for-cricket-and-racing/>


Famous Four Wins New gTLD Private Auctions For .Cricket and .Racing

Famous Four Media, the registry operator for Domain Venture Partners, announced today that they were the winning bidders at the private new gTLD auctions for the domain nams.RACING and .CRICKET.

< <http://www.thedomains.com/2014/06/02/famous-four-wins-new-gtld-private-auctions-for-cricket-and-racing/> http://www.thedomains.com/2014/06/02/famous-four-wins-new-gtld-private-auctions-for-cricket-and-racing/>


Antony Van Couvering Interviews Alexa Raad, CEO of Architelos (Video)

Antony Van Couvering, CEO of Minds + Machines, continues his series of in-depth talks with leading figures from the domain name industry with this video interview of Alexa Raad, CEO of Architelos, filmed recently at ICANN 49 in Singapore. Alexa and Antony discuss how brands are dealing with new gTLD, registry strategies for success and how to market a new gTLD.

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140602_antony_van_couvering_interviews_alexa_raad_ceo_of_architelos_video/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140602_antony_van_couvering_interviews_alexa_raad_ceo_of_architelos_video/>





Cyber scams Gameover Zeus, Cryptolocker dismantled; AFP helps crush botnet over theft of $100m

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has helped the United States and 10 other countries dismantle a global computer hacker network that used a sophisticated computer virus to steal more than $100 million from companies and consumers.

< <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-03/global-100m-scam-involving-internet-viruses-shut-down/5495646> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-03/global-100m-scam-involving-internet-viruses-shut-down/5495646>


U.S. disrupts major hacking, extortion ring; Russian charged

A U.S.-led international operation disrupted a crime ring that infected hundreds of thousands of PCs around the globe with malicious software used for stealing banking credentials and extorting computer owners, the Justice Department said on Monday.

< <http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/06/03/cybersecurity-zeus-idINKBN0ED27320140603> http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/06/03/cybersecurity-zeus-idINKBN0ED27320140603>

< <http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/06/03/uk-cybersecurity-indictment-idUKKBN0EE02L20140603> http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/06/03/uk-cybersecurity-indictment-idUKKBN0EE02L20140603>


GameOver Zeus Takedown Shows Good Early Returns

The effect of the takedown of the GameOver Zeus botnet this week has been immediate and significant. Researchers who track the activity of the peer-to-peer botnet?s activity say that the volume of packets being sent out by infected machines has dropped to almost zero.

< <http://threatpost.com/gameover-zeus-takedown-shows-good-early-returns/106429> http://threatpost.com/gameover-zeus-takedown-shows-good-early-returns/106429>


Global police operation disrupts aggressive Cryptolocker virus

US authorities named Russian national Evgeniy Bogachev as the face of a malicious software scheme responsible for stealing millions from people around the world, after a successful campaign to disrupt two major computer networks.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/02/cryptolocker-virus-nca-malware-protection> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/02/cryptolocker-virus-nca-malware-protection>


Automating Cybersecurity

If only computers themselves were smart enough to fight off malevolent hackers. That is the premise of an ambitious two-year contest with a $2 million first prize, posed to the world?s computer programmers by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known by its acronym, Darpa. It is the blue-sky, big-think organization within the Defense Department that created a precursor of the Internet in the late 1960s and more recently held a contest that spurred development of self-driving cars.

< <http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/science/automating-cybersecurity.html> http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/science/automating-cybersecurity.html>


ISPs should quarantine infected computers, researchers say [IDG]

The recent effort to disrupt the Gameover Zeus botnet includes plans for Internet service providers to notify victims, but some security researchers think ISPs should play an even bigger role in the future by actively quarantining infected computers identified on their networks.

< <http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/546728/isps_should_quarantine_infected_computers_researchers_say/> http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/546728/isps_should_quarantine_infected_computers_researchers_say/>

< <http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9248812/ISPs_urged_to_quarantine_infected_computers> http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9248812/ISPs_urged_to_quarantine_infected_computers>


GameOver Zeus a timely reminder

Computer security experts say now is a good time to update your operating system, or at the very least check your antivirus software is up-to-date, with the takedown of the one of the most sophisticated cyber criminal networks ever found.

< <http://www.3news.co.nz/GameOver-Zeus-a-timely-reminder/tabid/412/articleID/347012/Default.aspx> http://www.3news.co.nz/GameOver-Zeus-a-timely-reminder/tabid/412/articleID/347012/Default.aspx>


Global roaming network vulnerable to attack: Researchers

Roaming is a service that mobile wireless users take for granted when they move across the boundaries of their carriers? coverage. We just assume there?s coverage everywhere.

< <http://www.itworldcanada.com/post/global-roaming-network-vulnerable-to-attack-researchers> http://www.itworldcanada.com/post/global-roaming-network-vulnerable-to-attack-researchers>


Cyber security break-ins a 'daily hazard while firms skimp on protection'

Consumers will continue to be the victims of cybersecurity crises unless businesses take more steps to protect the personal information of users, Christopher Graham, the information commissioner, has warned.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/03/cyber-security-break-in-firms-protection-cryptolocker> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/03/cyber-security-break-in-firms-protection-cryptolocker>


uk: Life sentences for serious cyberattacks are proposed in Queen's speech

The UK government has said it wants to hand out life sentences to anyone found guilty of a cyberattack that has a catastrophic effect, under plans announced in the Queen's speech.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/04/life-sentence-cybercrime-queens-speech> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/04/life-sentence-cybercrime-queens-speech>


uk: How the ?Get Safe Online? password checker fails users?badly

An educational website that bills itself as the UK's top source for "unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety" isn't living up to its promise. Not only is the password strength meter for Get Safe Online completely unreliable, it also transmits user-supplied candidates in address URLs, where they are vulnerable to hackers and shoulder surfers alike.

< <http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/06/how-the-get-safe-online-password-checker-fails-users-badly/> http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/06/how-the-get-safe-online-password-checker-fails-users-badly/>





Eros.com Scores Victory in Cybersquatting Case

The licensor and operator of adult webcam and dating site Eros.com and related escort sites recently scored a victory in a cybersquatting case after an arbitrator ruled that ErosEscorts.org be transferred over to them.

< <http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=179931> http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=179931>


au: Travel Insurance Direct Pty Limited v. Paul F Quinn - Case No. DAU2014-0007

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Travel Insurance Direct Pty Limited of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, represented by Watson Mangioni Lawyers Pty Ltd, Australia. The Respondent is Paul F Quinn of Moorebank, New South Wales, Australia, represented by Addisons, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <directtravelinsurance.com.au> is registered with Web Address Registration Pty Ltd.

< <http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0007> http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0007>





Try Uniregistry?s slick bulk domain name search

?Bulk search? for domain names is very useful when you?re scavenging for domain names to hand register.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/04/try-uniregistrys-slick-bulk-domain-name-search/> http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/04/try-uniregistrys-slick-bulk-domain-name-search/>





The new Moniker: Love it or Hate it?

Moniker released its upgraded interface over the weekend. The interface is based on the RRPproxy reseller platform.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/02/the-new-moniker-love-it-or-hate-it/> http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/02/the-new-moniker-love-it-or-hate-it/>





The weird Google searches of the unemployed and what they say about the economy

If you really want to know how the economy is doing now, just Google it. At least that?s the goal of a growing number of researchers who are turning to big data in hopes of unlocking the secrets of the economy at the speed of the Internet. The movement ? dubbed ?nowcasting? ? is piquing the interest of policymakers in Washington and around the world frustrated by the long lag in official government statistics as they make decisions where timing is everything.

< <http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/30/the-weird-google-searches-of-the-unemployed-and-what-they-say-about-the-economy/> http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/30/the-weird-google-searches-of-the-unemployed-and-what-they-say-about-the-economy/>


The Internet spent a whopping 2.4 billion hours watching ?competitive video games? last year

... According to a report released yesterday by the market research firm IHS, people watched 2.4 billion hours of video games in 2013 ? almost double the year before.

< <http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/06/03/the-internet-spent-a-whopping-2-4-billion-hours-watching-competitive-video-games-last-year/> http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/06/03/the-internet-spent-a-whopping-2-4-billion-hours-watching-competitive-video-games-last-year/>


A third of teens feel more accepted online than in real life, study finds

McAfee's "Teens and the Screen" survey sees a far greater awareness of cyberbullying, but a carefree attitude toward security on the part of teens.

< <http://www.cnet.com/au/news/a-third-of-teens-feel-more-accepted-online-than-in-real-life/> http://www.cnet.com/au/news/a-third-of-teens-feel-more-accepted-online-than-in-real-life/>


Cyberbullying Triples According to New McAfee "2014 Teens and the Screen study"

McAfee, part of Intel Security, today released findings from the company's 2014 Teens and the Screen study: Exploring Online Privacy, Social Networking and Cyberbullying. The annual study examines the online behavior and social networking habits of U.S. preteens and teens. The most significant finding from this year?s study reveals that 87% of youth have witnessed cyberbullying versus last year when 27% of youth witnessed cruel behavior online. This behavior was perceived to result in anger and embarrassment, leading to a broader theme about how online behavior is impacting their offline lives. The study highlights how risky online activity can follow them offline and possibly make them even more susceptible to cyberbullying.

< <http://www.mcafee.com/us/about/news/2014/q2/20140603-01.aspx> http://www.mcafee.com/us/about/news/2014/q2/20140603-01.aspx>


Though popular for porn, Mobile Safari drops below half of mobile Web traffic

As the now unsupported (unless you know the right workaround) Windows XP slowly declines, this month packed one surprise: mobile Safari lost its majority share of the mobile Web. Though the browser still holds a plurality of the usage share, it dropped below 50 percent this month.

< <http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/06/though-popular-for-porn-mobile-safari-drops-below-half-of-mobile-web-traffic/> http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/06/though-popular-for-porn-mobile-safari-drops-below-half-of-mobile-web-traffic/>





Facebook patent reveals plans for children to join the social network

Facebook is working on a way to allow children under 13 years old join the social network.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/03/facebook-children-join-social-network> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/03/facebook-children-join-social-network>





YouTube accused of trying to strong-arm indie labels into poor deals

A threat to remove Adele and the Arctic Monkeys from YouTube should be investigated by the European Commission, according to the independent record labels they are signed to.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/04/youtube-independent-record-label-deals> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/04/youtube-independent-record-label-deals>


Billy Bragg and other indie musicians blast YouTube rates

Musicians have asked the EU to intervene in a row over the rates YouTube is offering small music labels to include them in a new service.

< <http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27694353> http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27694353>


If Google can get rid of personal data, why can't it purge the pirates?

Google's decision to allow users to easily de-list certain personal information from search results has infuriated a film and music industry that argues the internet giant should act as decisively to help squash digital piracy.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jun/01/google-personal-data-digital-pirates> http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jun/01/google-personal-data-digital-pirates>





Google ethics advisor: The law needs bold ideas to address the digital age

The recent ruling by the European Court of Justice in favour of the ?right to be forgotten? is part of the coming of age of our information society.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/04/google-ethics-law-right-to-be-forgotten-luciano-floridi> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/04/google-ethics-law-right-to-be-forgotten-luciano-floridi>





us: John Oliver?s Net Neutrality Call Bogs Down FCC Site

Amid a debate involving Internet speeds, comedian John Oliver apparently managed to slow down the  FCC?s website.

< <http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/06/03/john-olivers-net-neutrality-call-bogs-down-fcc-site/> http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/06/03/john-olivers-net-neutrality-call-bogs-down-fcc-site/>


John Oliver?s net neutrality rant may have caused FCC site crash

Outside of Washington, D.C., the Federal Communications Commission is one of the sleepier government agencies. It doesn?t get people worked up in the same way the Department of Education does (just mention the words ?common core curriculum? and watch people foam at the mouth) and it doesn?t have the dewy newness of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Not anymore.

< <http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/06/04/john-olivers-net-neutrality-rant-may-have-caused-fcc-site-crash/> http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/06/04/john-olivers-net-neutrality-rant-may-have-caused-fcc-site-crash/>


John Oliver's cheeky net neutrality plea crashes FCC website

The US Federal Communications Commission website reported technical difficulties because of heavy traffic this week hours after comedian John Oliver called on viewers to share their thoughts with the agency about what he called ?cable company fuckery?.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/03/john-oliver-fcc-website-net-neutrality> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/03/john-oliver-fcc-website-net-neutrality>



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