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28 August 2015

Facebook has a billion users in a single day, says Mark Zuckerberg (BBC News)

For the first time over a billion people used Facebook on a single day, according to company founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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German justice minister takes aim at Facebook over racist posts (Reuters)

Germany's justice minister has accused Facebook of doing too little to thwart racist posts and hate comments on the social media platform and has proposed a meeting next month in Berlin with top officials from the company in Europe.

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Google attacks Brussels antitrust case in 100-page response (The Guardian)

Google has described the European commission's antitrust case against its search engine business as "wrong as a matter of fact, law and economics" in a lengthy counter submitted to the regulator.

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Digital surveillance 'worse than Orwell', says new UN privacy chief (The Guardian)

The first UN privacy chief has said the world needs a Geneva convention style law for the internet to safeguard data and combat the threat of massive clandestine digital surveillance.

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27 August 2015

'Dark net' paedophilia: Prosecutors fear more children falling prey to secret abuse networks (ABC News)

As revealed by the ABC, scores of children have been saved from abuse after an elaborate sting by Queensland Police detectives who adopted the online persona of paedophile Shannon McCoole, the administrator of a secret online abuse network with 45,000 members.

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Aussie Piracy Notices Delayed But Lawsuits Are Coming; Austria's T-Mobile Refuses to Block Pirate Bay (TorrentFreak)

As ISPs and rightsholders continue to fight over who will pay for Australia's "three strikes" anti-piracy regime, there is still no sign of when the program will begin. Nevertheless, Village Roadshow co-founder Graham Burke is already looking ahead - to the day when his company starts suing Aussie downloaders.

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26 August 2015

Secret 'dark net' operation saves scores of children from abuse; ringleader Shannon McCoole behind bars after police take over child porn site (ABC News)

Scores of children have been saved from abuse after an elaborate sting by Queensland Police led to the identification and arrest of key members of a global online sex abuse network.

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Vint Cerf: 'Sometimes I'm terrified' by the IoT (Computerworld)

Vint Cerf is known as a "father of the Internet," and like any good parent, he worries about his offspring -- most recently, the IoT.

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Russian Internet watchdog orders ISPs to block Wikipedia (CNET)

The Russian government has aimed its cyber crosshairs at Wikipedia, ordering the country's Internet service providers to block the widely read online encyclopaedia.

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25 August 2015

Is this really the beginning of the end for web ads? (The Guardian)

As you've probably heard, the "infidelity" website Ashley Madison (motto: "Life is short. Have an affair") has been hacked and the personal details of its 33 million users have been dumped on the internet, with predictable results. Reckoning that it's the kind of story that is made for tabloid news outlets, I logged on to Mail Online, and sure enough, they did it proud.

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Australian regulator must wake up to big data (Australian Financial Review)

It is starting to become apparent that an important potential impact of the growing use of big data technology, is the ability to influence competition, and the ACCC needs to take notice.

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24 August 2015

AuDA Panel Recommends 2LD .AU Registrations

Allowing registrations of .au domain names at the second level, such as, is the most significant of the draft recommendations from the Names Policy Panel that is currently examining changes to registration policies.

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23 August 2015

.DE Registrations Pass 16 Million Today

Checking the DENIC website today (Sunday) I noticed that registrations of .de domain names passed the 16 million mark today (or possibly Saturday depending on how regularly the site is updated). [Monday update] With deletes, renewals and new registrations, the number of .de domains under management has, temporarily, slipped below the magical 16 million mark.

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22 August 2015

How Google's Alphabet restructuring helps protect the Web as we know it (Washington Post)

When Google announced it was restructuring itself as Alphabet, a few things happened. One, Google got a little more focused as all of its non-core businesses, like Google X, got spun off into their own firms. Two, Alphabet became the big parent company overseeing them all.

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21 August 2015

.NET Turns 30 And Verisign Wants You To Know!

In 1985 .net was one of nine top level domains that went live. The other eight were .com, .gov, .mil, .org, .edu, .us, .uk and .il. To commemorate .net's 30th birthday, registry operator Verisign has put out an infographic with some of its highlights.

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Ashley Madison: More data leaks onto dark net (BBC News)

A fresh set of files that appear to be leaked Ashley Madison data has been uploaded to a part of the internet known by some as the "dark web".

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Google ordered to remove links to 'right to be forgotten' (The Guardian)

Google has been ordered by the Information Commissioner's office to remove nine links to current news stories about older reports which themselves were removed from search results under the 'right to be forgotten' ruling.

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Facebook's growth just ain't what it used to be (Washington Post)

Americans' addiction to social media is deepening, according to a new report that found that while Facebook devotion has plateaued, other social networking platforms are gaining in popularity.

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20 August 2015

Ashley Madison database suggests paid-delete option left identifiable data intact (The Guardian)

The hacked infidelity site Ashley Madison apparently retained enough personal data about users to identify them to spouses - as the site's hackers have claimed - despite offering a paid-for "full delete" service, which charged users £15 or $20 to remove all their information.

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19 August 2015

Hackers Say They Have Released Ashley Madison Files (New York Times)

Hackers claim to have made good on their threat to release data they stole in a breach last month of the company behind Ashley Madison, the popular online dating website aimed at people hoping to cheat on their spouses.

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Ad Blockers and the Nuisance at the Heart of the Modern Web (New York Times)

The great philosopher Homer Simpson once memorably described alcohol as "the cause of and solution to all of life's problems." Internet advertising is a bit like that -- the funder of and terrible nuisance baked into everything you do online.

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18 August 2015

Chehadé Announces Next Move In Life After ICANN As US Govt Extends ICANN IANA Contract

ICANN's CEO And President Fadi Chehadé has announced that when he departs ICANN he will take up a position in what he describes in a post on the ICANN blog as a portfolio of activities, the main one being a Senior Advisor on Digital Strategy for ABRY Partners, a Boston-based private equity investment firm.

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Age ratings enforced for UK-produced music videos on YouTube and Vevo (The Guardian)

Clear age ratings will be displayed on UK-produced music videos on YouTube and Vevo, as the government seeks to protect children from inappropriate content online.

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Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace (New York Times)

On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult them into Amazon's singular way of working.

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17 August 2015

Spelling it out: Google's new corporate structure will provide more clarity for investors (The Economist)

These days it seems as if there is almost no area of technology that Google can resist dipping its toes into. Among other things it is working on driverless cars, delivery drones, glucose-detecting contact lenses for diabetics, devices for the "smart home" and research into extending human lifespans. The corporate reorganisation it announced this week is an acknowledgment of what Google has become: a sprawling conglomerate, albeit with one predominant, profit-generating division in the form of its original internet business.

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