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26 April 2015

Human traffickers advertise their trade on Facebook (Financial Times)

Smugglers have taken to Facebook to offer desperate migrants passage across the Mediterranean to Europe in a sign of how brazen human traffickers have become in their lucrative trade.

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25 April 2015

Torrent Sites' ccTLD Merry-Go-Round Continues As KickAss Is Kicked From .IM

KickassTorrents has been kicked from its latest ccTLD after relocating to the .IM (Isle of Man) ccTLD. The world's leading torrent sharing website was only able to use the ccTLD of the British crown dependency for less than 24 hours.

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Verisign Financials For Q1 Released With .Com & .NET Performing Solidly

Verisign Registry Services, the operator of the .com and .net gTLDs, reported Thursday it added 1.51 million net new names during the first quarter of 2015 in its financial results for the first quarter of 2015. This means the quarter ended with 133.0 million .com and .net domain names, a 3.1 percent increase over the base at the end of the first quarter in 2014, as calculated including domain names on hold for both periods.

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Declassified Report Shows Doubts About Value of N.S.A.'s Warrantless Spying (New York Times)

The secrecy surrounding the National Security Agency's post-9/11 warrantless surveillance and bulk data collection program hampered its effectiveness, and many members of the intelligence community later struggled to identify any specific terrorist attacks it thwarted, a newly declassified document shows.

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24 April 2015

Pentagon Announces New Strategy for Cyberwarfare (New York Times)

The Pentagon on Thursday took a major step designed to instill a measure of fear in potential cyberadversaries, releasing a new strategy that for the first time explicitly discusses the circumstances under which cyberweapons could be used against an attacker, and naming the countries it says present the greatest threat: China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.

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23 April 2015

Could New gTLDs Be Equivalent of Cable TV: Wolfe (ClickZ)

Could the introduction of hundreds of new gTLDs be more or less the equivalent of cable, or subscription or digital, television? That's the question Jennifer Wolfe poses in another of her posts on the ClickZ blog.

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Revealed: child sex abuse gang 'with tentacles that go round the world' (The Guardian)

Seven members of a paedophile gang were involved in the rape and abuse of babies, toddlers and children in attacks that were streamed on the internet and seen on every continent.

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What your country's emoji use says about you (The Guardian)

Significant strides were made in the world of international emoji understanding this week, with the publication of a groundbreaking report. Swiftkey, a British software company, trawled through "more than 1bn pieces of emoji data" to extract some enlightening trends in global emoji use across speakers of 16 different languages.

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Facebook's Growth Slows Slightly, but Mobile Shift Intensifies (New York Times)

Facebook is now so thoroughly a mobile service that its original website may soon become a footnote in the company's financial statements.

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Telstra hits 590Mbps mobile data speeds using LTE-A (Computerworld)

Telstra managed yesterday to hit speeds of up to 590 megabits per second using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation on its network, the telco's group managing director for networks, Mike Wright, said today.

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Cyber attacks on Australian businesses rose 20pc last year (ABC News)

Cyber attacks on Australian businesses and government increased by 20 per cent last year, according to a defence force intelligence unit.

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22 April 2015

Twitter announces crackdown on abuse with new filter and tighter rules (The Guardian)

Twitter has announced a crackdown on abuse on its network, unveiling a new filter designed to automatically prevent users from seeing threatening messages.

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Computer Attacks Spur US Congress to Act on Cybersecurity Bill Years in Making (New York Times)

Responding to a series of high-profile computer security breaches, Congress is now turning its attention to far-reaching cybersecurity legislation, after years of false starts and bitter disappointments for the Obama administration.

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Australian tax boss rebukes Google, Apple and Microsoft over Senate inquiry evidence (The Guardian)

The tax commissioner, Chris Jordan, has delivered a public rebuke to multinational tech giants Apple, Google and Microsoft, vigorously contesting evidence they gave to a recent Senate inquiry hearing into corporate tax avoidance.

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21 April 2015

IAB: One-Third of Connected TV Owners Stream Video Every Day (Wall Street Journal)

The idea that all media will be digital is starting to gain momentum in the TV world. Case in point: the Interactive Advertising Bureau is set to release a comprehensive report on digital video consumption that finds that one-third of Americans now own connected TVs, and one-third of those folks claim to stream video to their TVs on a daily basis.

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RIAA, back on anti-piracy warpath, sues song-linking site MP3skull (Ars Technica)

There's a new public enemy #1 for US record labels when it comes to online piracy: a website called "MP3skull."

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French lawmakers want Google to give up its search code (CNN)

French lawmakers want Google to give up its search code.

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Google Adds 'Mobile Friendliness' to Its Search Criteria (New York Times)

Many businesses around the world could wake up on Tuesday to discover their search ranking has been downgraded. After a monthslong warning period, Google will add "mobile friendliness" to the 200 or so factors it uses to list websites on its search engine.

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20 April 2015

Have Your Say As .AU Consults On Opening Up Second Level Registrations

The .au policy and regulatory body is currently consulting on a number of issues relating to the way .au domains are allocated and used, but the main issue is whether second level registrations such as name.au should be allowed.

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New Zealand ISPs may be sued for letting users bypass geoblocks (The Guardian)

New Zealand internet service providers that give users the ability to bypass geoblocks to access overseas digital content have been threatened with legal action by four of the country's major media broadcasters.

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19 April 2015

Business leader: Google dominates search. But the real problem is its monopoly on data (The Observer)

The European commission's inquiry into Google's search monopoly is often compared to the antitrust investigation of Microsoft. That case eventually took 16 years and resulted in what was at the time the largest fine imposed by Brussels, in the end costing Microsoft €1.64bn.

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Google's Steely Foe in Europe (New York Times)

Margrethe Vestager, the European Union's commissioner for competition, who last week took on the colossus that is Google, has a reputation for toughness.

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The internet in Vietnam: If a tree falls ... online, will the Communist Party hear anything? (The Economist)

Saplings have sprouted on several streets in Hanoi, Vietnam's leafy capital. They are puny replacements for at least 500 grand old trees that were uprooted last month without public consultation. The clearance was supposed to be the first phase of a city-government project to replace 6,700 mature specimens. But it spawned outrage on Facebook in a campaign which gathered 20,000 supporters in 24 hours, some of whom speculated that officials were motivated by the chance of selling the valuable timber. Three days later, on March 19th, the city's leader, Nguyen The Thao, put the cutting on hold. He later suspended scores of officials and commissioned an investigation, due to be completed in a few days.

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Should Netflix Be Accessible to the Deaf? Several court cases argue that disability laws that apply to public places should apply to online spaces, too. (The Atlantic)

When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years ago this July, his hope was that the law would ensure that people with disabilities were given "independence, freedom of choice, control of their lives," and "the opportunity to blend fully and equally into the rich mosaic of the American mainstream."

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Electronic waste worth £34bn piling up in 'toxic mine', warns UN report (Independent on Sunday)

Gold worth more than £7bn is being thrown away amid the 42 million tons of electronic and electrical equipment discarded by consumers each year, according to United Nations experts.

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