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13 December 2013
Germany has by far the most registrations of .eu domain names with close to 1.127 million followed by the Netherlands with around 489,000 and then France and the United Kingdom with 344,000 and 328,000 respectively according to the latest EURid Quarterly Progress Report for the third quarter of 2013.
The Pirate Bay this week was forced to change its TLD from .sx (Sint Maarten) to .ac (Ascension Island) after pressure from the Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN. And this was only eight months after it was forced to change from .se (Sweden). And it seems TPB, which flagged this as only a temporary move due to the Ascension Island's links to the United Kingdom, has already moved on to its next TLD - .pe (Peru).
Obama Panel Said to Urge N.S.A. Curbs (New York Times)
A presidential advisory committee charged with examining the operations of the National Security Agency has concluded that a program to collect data on every phone call made in the United States should continue, though under broad new restraints that would be intended to increase privacy protections, according to officials with knowledge of the report's contents.
The Coalition government has massively revised its plan for the National Broadband Network, breaking a promise to complete the first stage by 2016, after a strategic review found cost blowouts and poor management.
The US communications agency has taken the first step toward lifting a ban on mobile phone calls during flights.
Thousands of Germans are reported to have been sent letters asking them to pay a fee for porn they are alleged to have streamed illegally online.
Bots now 'account for 61% of web traffic' (BBC News)
If you are visiting this page the chances are that you are not a human, at least according to research.
China Denies Spying on European Diplomats (New York Times)
China on Tuesday denied allegations that it was responsible for computer breaches at the foreign ministries of five European countries.
Privacy groups have asked the Federal Communications Commission to declare that even "anonymized" phone records have to be protected under a privacy rule that restricts carriers from sharing customers' information without their consent.
A Stream of Music, Not Revenue (New York Times)
When Spotify, the digital music company of the moment, announced this week an exclusive deal with Led Zeppelin and free access on mobile devices, it also reported impressive numbers. Its listeners have streamed 4.5 billion hours of music this year, and it has paid more than $1 billion in music royalties since its founding.
As social media has developed as a method of amplifying the power of online reviews about brands, Facebook has become the most trusted channel for product and service recommendations.
Twitter Inc encountered a user revolt for the first time as a public company after it tweaked its "block" function on Thursday, prompting an outcry from those who said the new policy empowered perpetrators of online abuse.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) yesterday gave initial approval to a data transmission standard capable of 500Mbps speeds in both directions over existing telephone wires. The new standard, G.fast, can be used on phone lines within 250 meters of a distribution point, benefiting fiber-to-the-node deployments. With telcos not having to build fiber on the proverbial "last mile" (or, really, 250 meters), this could bring fiber-like speeds to many more homes.
12 December 2013
Senior US officials, fighting to forestall a push to end the bulk collection of Americans' phone data, told a Senate panel they would be "failing" the country if the controversial surveillance practice ceased, and suggested that a congressional move to stop it would not be the final word on the matter.
A Senate committee will scrutinise internet and phone surveillance by Australia's security agencies after Labor backed an inquiry proposed by the Greens.
Europeans Pay Less for Mobile Use, but at a Cost (New York Times)
Europeans are paying almost two-thirds less for their cellphone contracts than their counterparts in the United States, according to a report to be published Thursday by the British telecommunications regulator.
French intelligence and government officials will be able to spy on internet users in real time and without authorisation, under a law passed on Wednesday.
NZ judge: Kim Dotcom is likely still being spied upon (Ars Technica)
A New Zealand court judge on Wednesday affirmed that it is likely that Kim Dotcom and his family have been and continue to be under surveillance.
Negotiators on a secret trade treaty, which includes controversial intellectual property proposals, could not meet their year-end deadline for an agreement this week at Singapore.
Australians more reliant on high-speed broadband (Australian Financial Review)
Australians downloaded 59 per cent more data via fixed-line broadband connections in the June quarter of 2013 compared with the same time last year, and there are now more than 11.19 million smartphone users in the country, according to an Australian Communications and Media Authority report tabled by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.
11 December 2013
Worker Deaths Raise Questions at an Apple Contractor in China (New York Times)
Last September, a young Chinese laborer named Shi Zhaokun began working long hours at a huge manufacturing plant that produces Apple's new iPhone 5C.
NSA uses Google cookies to pinpoint targets for hacking (Washington Post)
The National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using "cookies" and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.
Following the seizure of its .sx domain name, The Pirate Bay has once more been forced to change its domain, this time moving to .ac, the ccTLD for Ascension Island.
China Is Tied to Spying on European Diplomats (New York Times)
Computer breaches at the foreign ministries of the Czech Republic, Portugal, Bulgaria, Latvia and Hungary have been traced to Chinese hackers.
Everyone who carries a cellphone generates a trail of electronic breadcrumbs that records everywhere they go. Those breadcrumbs reveal a wealth of information about who we are, where we live, who our friends are and much more. And as we reported last week, the National Security Agency is collecting location information in bulk -- 5 billion records per day worldwide -- and using sophisticated algorithms to assist with U.S. intelligence-gathering operations.