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23 October 2014

Australian telcos may no longer be required to pass on lists of metadata requests (The Guardian)

The federal government is seeking to abolish mandatory reporting by telcos of the number of disclosures made to government agencies for Australians' personal phone, location and web data.

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Cybercrime now becoming a serious problem for many Britons (The Guardian)

Many Britons have been the victim of a cybercrime such as identity theft, hacking or abuse on social media, new research has found. UK losses from online fraud are now running at more than £670m a year, though with many cases going unreported, the true economic cost is likely to be significantly higher.

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22 October 2014

Russia Says National Governments Should Control the Internet (Moscow Times)

Russia has called for international regulations cementing state control over the Internet, arguing that national governments are otherwise left vulnerable to information attacks by foreign powers.

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Webcam sex with fake girl Sweetie leads to sentence (BBC News)

A man in Australia is believed to be the first to have been convicted as the result of an undercover sting in which charity workers posed online as a 10-year-old Filipina.

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21 October 2014

Amazon's Monopsony Is Not O.K. by Paul Krugman (New York Times)

Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America.

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Identity crime costing Australia $1.6b every year, govt says (Computerworld)

The economic impact of identity crime on Australia is costing the country up to $1.6 billion each year, according to a new report by the federal Attorney General's Department.

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ITU gives public more access to talks on future of the Internet (Computerworld)

Members of the public will be able to eavesdrop on intergovernmental negotiations about the future of the Internet that began Monday in Busan, South Korea, after participants voted to webcast the meetings.

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.AU Domains Grow Six Percent To 2.9 Million, While 2 In 3 Registered Less Than 4 Years: AusRegistry Report

The .au domain has one of the highest growth rates in the world of around six percent and one of the highest domain densities in the Asia Pacific, the first of a new quarterly series of reports from AusRegistry has found.

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Internet service providers must help crack down on fake goods, UK high court rules (The Guardian)

In what is thought to be the first ruling of its kind, the High Court in the UK has determined that ISPs must try to block sites selling counterfeit goods

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Google says latest search changes will 'visibly affect' piracy site rankings (The Guardian)

Google is preparing a new tweak to its search engine to ensure that some of the most 'notorious' piracy sites are less likely to appear when people search for music, films and other copyrighted content.

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The Stream Finally Cracks the Dam of Cable TV (New York Times)

The last time I wrote about the traditional cable bundle -- which has been so lucrative to networks like CBS and HBO -- I warned that change comes very slowly, but then happens all at once.

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20 October 2014

Kim Dotcom must reveal his wealth to Hollywood studios (The Guardian)

Kim Dotcom will have to reveal how much money he has after losing a bid to keep his assets a secret from five Hollywood film studios.

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Internet trolls face four times longer in jail, UK justice secretary pledges (The Guardian)

Internet trolls who spread "venom" on social media could be jailed for up to two years, the justice secretary Chris Grayling has said as he announced plans to quadruple the maximum prison sentence.

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19 October 2014

The state wants to spy on us - but is it up to the job? (The Observer)

Many moons ago, shortly after Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA first appeared, I wrote a column which began, "Repeat after me: Edward Snowden is not the story". I was infuriated by the way the mainstream media was focusing not on the import of what he had revealed, but on the trivia: Snowden's personality, facial hair (or absence thereof), whereabouts, family background, girlfriend, etc. The usual crap, in other words. It was like having a chap tell us that the government was poisoning the water supply and concentrating instead on whom he had friended on Facebook.

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18 October 2014

UK High Court Orders ISPs to Block Counterfeiting Websites (TorrentFreak)

In a landmark ruling handed down this morning the High Court has ordered several of the UK's leading ISPs to block websites dealing in counterfeit products. The decision follows legal action by Richemont, the owner of several luxury brands including Cartier and Montblanc.

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Google Will Punish "Pirate" Sites Harder in Search Results (TorrentFreak)

Google announced today that it will roll out a new search update to "visibly" lower the search rankings of the most notorious pirate sites. The announcement is part of Google's improved anti-piracy efforts which are detailed in a new report.

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17 October 2014

Analysts Ask What's Next for Google (New York Times)

Google is still pulling in money hand over fist, but Wall Street is hungry for the company's next act.

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Revealed: how Whisper app tracks 'anonymous' users (The Guardian)

The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be "the safest place on the internet", is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed.

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Australian data retention taken to dangerous lengths, warn privacy advocates (The Guardian)

Australia's national security laws permitting hacking by intelligence agencies and retention of personal web and phone data are breaking new ground around the world and raise significant privacy concerns, privacy groups have warned.

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16 October 2014

HBO is launching a stand-alone streaming service in 2015 (Washington Post)

HBO will launch a streaming video service in 2015 that doesn't require consumers to have a cable or satellite subscription, the company said Wednesday, in a move that could roil the television industry and pave the way for vastly more choices for consumers.

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15 October 2014

Who Killed the Nokia Phone? (Project Syndicate)

It seems to be a law in the technology industry that leading companies eventually lose their positions - often quickly and brutally. Mobile-phone champion Nokia, one of Europe's biggest technology success stories, was no exception, losing its market share in the space of just a few years. Can the industry's new champions, Apple and Google - not to mention titans in other tech sectors - avoid Nokia's fate?

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Google Glass user treated for internet addiction caused by the device (The Guardian)

Scientists have treated a man they believe to be the first patient with internet addiction disorder brought on by overuse of Google Glass.

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Clinton Laments Tech-Induced 'Limited Attention Spans' (Wall Street Journal)

Hillary Clinton has been working hard to court Silicon Valley, but like many people, she's troubled by our harried, hyper-connected world.

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Can you really enjoy watching a pirated film when you're helping destroy the industry that made it? by Mike Weatherley MP, former Intellectual Property Adviser to the UK Prime Minister (The Independent)

Throughout my time as Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister I always sought to raise awareness of how damaging online piracy is to the creative community and to the UK.

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Mass internet surveillance threatens international law, UN report claims (The Guardian)

Mass surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies is "corrosive of online privacy" and threatens to undermine international law, according to a report to the United Nations general assembly.

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