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24 November 2006

Initial reports on the process to register .eu domain names (Internet Business Law Services)

More than two million .eu domain names have been registered in nine months, showing the great success of this European electronic identity. To regulate registrations, regulation (EC) N° 733/2002 of 22 April 2002 on the implementation of the .eu Top Level Domain has been adopted by the European Parliament and the Council (the "Regulation"), providing that holders of prior rights recognised or established would benefit from an exclusive period of time (from December 7, 2005 until April 6, 2006), the sunrise period, to register their domain names. To register during the sunrise period, applicants needed to prove a prior right entitling them to claim the corresponding domain name.

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uk: Nominet wins EGM votes by a whisker (The Register)

UK registry Nominet has won two crucial votes at its extraordinary general meeting this morning - but only just. In what the company's CEO Lesley Cowley called "a bit of a test", the request that the company be allowed to expand its business beyond running the .uk registry passed by just 0.97 per cent - a margin that may have come down to literally one or two of Nominet's 3,000 members voting.

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za: Regulations to Manage Domain Name Disputes (AllAfrica.com)

The Department of Communications has published regulations to deal with disputes regarding the .za domain name, in the Government Gazette.

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China's Online Porn King Sentenced to Life in Prison (E-Commerce Times)

Chen Hui, the creator of China's largest pornographic Web site, was sentenced to life imprisonment Wednesday. Chen, 28, and his accomplices started the Qingseliuyuetian (pornographic summer) Web site in 2004 and opened three more porn Web sites, attracting more than 600,000 users.

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23 November 2006

Google shares going gangbusters (Sydney Morning Herald)

Google's share price surpassed $US500 for the first time, marking another milestone for the internet search leader.

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us: 'Tis the season to send spam (CNet)

In addition to plenty of turkey, a record amount of spam will be served up this holiday season. Mass e-mailers traditionally bump up their activity as the year winds down. But this year, the amount of junk messages could be unprecedented, companies that make spam-busting tools say.

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Internationalizing the Internet by Geoff Huston (Circle ID)

One topic does not appear to have a compellingly obvious localization solution in the multi-lingual world, and that is the Domain Name System. The subtle difference here is that the DNS is the glue that binds all users' language symbols together, and performing localized adaptations to suit local language use needs is not enough. What we need is a means to allow all of these language symbols to be used within the same system, or "internationalization".

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Internet Governance Debate Poses Unique Global Challenges (Center for Democracy and Technology Policy Post)

To that end, it may be useful to discuss whether the goals and milestones established nearly a decade ago for ICANN on its path to full autonomy remain adequate in the face of a drastically different global environment. Certainly the goals of fostering stability, competition, representation and private, bottom-up coordination remain as relevant today as they were eight years ago, but in light of recent developments it is important for the Internet community to at least ask whether reaching all of those milestones (something ICANN has yet to accomplish) would be sufficient cause to cut the tether between ICANN and the US Government.

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Is Google worth its weight in gold? (CNet)

As Google's share price neared US$500 Thursday [and subsequently passed it], analysts were unfazed by the fact that the search king's market capitalization is greater than its three biggest Internet rivals combined and about double that of media companies Walt Disney and Time Warner.

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22 November 2006

Guess Whois Going to Lose the Privacy Debate by Larry Seltzer (eWeek)

Opinion: If you own a domain, your privacy is probably being needlessly compromised as a result. But nobody who can do anything about it cares.

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ICANN chief warns of domain name chaos (The Age)

Plans to fast-track the introduction of non-English characters in website domain names could "break the whole internet", warns ICANN chief executive Paul Twomey.

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us: Libel ruling boosts net providers (BBC)

Bloggers and US internet providers cannot be liable for posting defamatory comments written by third parties, the California Supreme Court has ruled.

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au: Security firms clash over phishy e-mails (ZDNet)

Banks and security experts cannot agree if it is safe for banks to use e-mail for communicating with their customers because the medium has been hijacked by criminals who try and fool online banking users into divulging their log-in details.

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us: Justice, ACLU argue 1998 online porn law before U.S. judge (International Herald Tribune/AP)

Justice Department attorneys, defending a law aimed at keeping online pornography from minors, argued that software filters often block valid sites -- on gay rights or sexual health, for example -- that teens might seek out.

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us: Web publishers receive immunity on defamation (International Herald Tribune)

The California Supreme Court said Monday that Internet publishers could not be held liable for posting defamatory comments written by others, a victory for online companies like Google and America Online.

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us: Newspapers to link up with Yahoo (New York Times/International Herald Tribune)

A consortium of U.S. newspaper chains representing 176 daily papers plans to form a partnership with Yahoo that will start with shared ads and extend eventually to news content.

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Why is .EU Trying to Destroy the Internet? by Antony Van Couvering (Circle ID)

With Eurid cutting its wholesale price from 10 Euros to 5 Euros, Van Couvering asks "Is Eurid crazy?" He further says "Eurid is acting as if unit cost should go down as sales increase!" I can't work out if he's being serious or not!

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21 November 2006

au: The A$65,000 question: do you own an iPod? (Sydney Morning Herald)

Owning an iPod, camera phone or a DVD recorder might be enough to land you in jail or lumbered with a large fine under the Federal Government's proposed new changes to the copyright laws, experts warn.

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20 November 2006

Spam, spam, spam, spam... you’ve got mail (The Sunday Times)

Here's the latest hot tip for the stock market! Or do you fancy improving your performance in bed? A "spam tsunami" is deluging computers worldwide with nine out of 10 e-mails now comprising junk advertising.

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ICANN Seeks Input on Improving Transparency and Accountability (Center for Democracy and Technology)

A Briefing On Public Policy Issues Affecting Civil Liberties Online from The Center For Democracy and Technology that addresses: ICANN Seeks Input on Improving Transparency and Accountability; Preliminary Recommendations Focus on Transparency; Reform Process Must Not Be Rushed.

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Internet Governance Forum Report 1: What's It All About by Ang Peng Hwa (Singapore Internet Research Centre)

The IGF has come and gone. It was an "outstanding success". I had meant to blog some thoughts about the IGF but had more travels before I returned and succumbed to the potent combination of lack of sleep and jetlag. I suppose it's delayed but better late than never. The first question to answer is: What is the IGF all about?

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The “.eu” success leads to a considerable price reduction (EURid news release)

EURid has decided to lower the fees associated with owning a .eu domain name. As of January 1st 2007, the price for registering a domain name and the annual renewal fee will be 5 euro as opposed to today's 10 euro. This substantial reduction is possible thanks to the huge interest in .eu and the high number of registrations.

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uk: Nominet polls members on changes to .uk services (Computing)

Nominet has called an extraordinary general meeting after pressure from members to change the scope of its remit and offer additional services.

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Asia's poor consider Web access options (IT News)

The growing power of mobile handsets is making it likely that the majority of people in Asia's poorer nations could bypass PCs altogether, and use mobile phones as their main means of Internet access.

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us: Legal Precedent Set for Web Accesibility (Internet Business Law Services)

A federal district court judge recently ruled in September that a retailer may be sued if its website is inaccessible to the blind. The ruling was issued in a case brought by the National Federation of the Blind against Target Corp. (Northern District of California Case No. C 06-01802 MHP) The suit charges that Target's website is inaccessible to the blind, and therefore violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. (ADA), the California Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the California Disabled Persons Act.

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