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06 February 2007

Rising number of kids exposed to online porn (Sydney Morning Herald)

More children and teens are being exposed to online pornography, mostly by accidentally viewing sexually explicit websites while surfing the internet, researchers say.

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Pecker pipped in porno pickle (Out-Law)

Only famous people who trade on their name have any chance of winning control of internet addresses containing their name, according to a decision by WIPO.

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Direct Search White Paper Reports Traffic Growth & Sustainability (news release) (Internet Commerce Association)

The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) completed an industry research study on the impacts of the Direct Search business and the consistency and sustainability of the traffic. Study included an analysis on multiple domain portfolios that represent over 30 million unique visitors per month.

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The Internet and the Spanish Revolution: An Update on the Spanish Domain Market (Sedo)

This past year, Sedo has seen the importance of the Spanish language in the domain world simply skyrocket. With 420 million Spanish-speakers worldwide, only a measly 80 million of these are online, making just 18% of Spanish-speakers on the web. In comparison to other language groups, Spanish is in third place following English and Chinese.

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us: Exposure to online porn common (TVNZ)

About four in every 10 US youngsters age 10 to 17 report they've seen pornography while on the Internet, two-thirds of them saying it was uninvited, according to a study published on Monday. Many of the encounters with online pornography, both sought-out and accidental, were related to use of file-sharing programs to download images, the report from the University of New Hampshire in Durham said.

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Tagging 'takes off for web users' (BBC)

(could this be a new area of brand infringement?) Tagging or labelling online content is becoming the new search tool of choice among web users, shows research. As more and more people put their own content online, they are also being invited to tag it with descriptive keywords to help organise their data.

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Google profits double to $3bn (The Guardian)

Google saw its profits rocket by 110% to $3.07bn last year as the company extended its dominance in guiding people around cyberspace.

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Elves, trolls and deadly danger (Sydney Morning Herald)

Mental health experts now agree that online gaming addictions exist: Doctors didn't believe Liz Woolley when she said her son was addicted to an internet game in which players take on the roles of elves, ogres and trolls. Sure, her son, Shawn, 21, was depressed, they said, telling Woolley the 12-hour days of game-playing, the social isolation and the personality changes were a side effect rather than a cause of the American man's mental deterioration.

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Residential VoIP users to hit 267m by 2012 (Infomatics)

Global residential VoIP services will attract 267 million subscribers in 2012, a huge jump from the 38 million users registered last year, new research from ABI Research has predicted.

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eu: Internet video rules 'misguided' (BBC)

An EU bid to make internet broadcasters subject to the same laws as traditional television is "seriously misguided", a House of Lords committee has said. Proposals risk damaging the new media industry, pushing broadcasters to set up outside Europe, the committee said.

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iPhone court battle put on hold (BBC)

Talks between Apple and Cisco over the trademark of the iPhone name are extended to try to reach an agreement

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05 February 2007

uk: Surfing net is top pastime for elderly (The Daily Telegraph)

Browsing the internet has overtaken DIY and gardening to become the favourite pastime of older people, according to a survey by the insurance company AXA.

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Mobile giants plot secret rival to Google (The Daily Telegraph)

Europe's biggest telecoms groups are aiming to create a mobile phone search engine that could challenge Yahoo! and Google, the US giants. Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia and one American network, Cingular, are among the companies that will come together for secret, high-level talks at the mobile industry's biggest annual trade show in Barcelona next week.

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04 February 2007

bm/ky: Domain names have always been a source of contention (Royal Gazette)

Looking at .bm, this article notes there are 2,655 .bm domains, but that only 28% of those were in operation, but the definition of being in operation appears to be having a website with the domain. It also notes the low level of hosting of .bm domains in Bermuda. Then the article looks at .ky and says domain names have always been a contentious issue. After an 8 year battle, .ky was handed back to the Cayman Islands government by IANA. The problems that led to this were when .ky was originally delegated to a government employee (Clint Mole), and another person was the technical contact. Eventually Mole and Rubin sold the rights to .ky. and so began a long battle to regain control of .ky by the Cayman government. At the end, the article also refers to the ongoing saga of .sex. A court decision in the USA's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that property laws and liability applies to the internet and hence, the real owner of the domain, Gary Kremen, was entitled to sue Network Solutions for the mistake.

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Domain name prices to go up this year (Computer Business Review)

The annual price of a .com or .net domain name will almost certainly rise this year, according to Stratton Sclavos, chief executive of VeriSign Inc, which runs the two namespaces. The latest agreement between ICANN and VeriSign allows VeriSign to increase prices in .com and .net by up to 7% and 10% respectively per year. Sclavos says it's most likely prices will rise for both TLDs in the first half of 2007.

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02 February 2007

UK domainers start up industry association (The Register)

A new association representing UK domain name resellers is due to be launched this Friday. Domain Name Associates Ltd was incorporated on Monday at the same time as the address Both are registered to the home address of Michael Toth, a well-known "domainer".

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uk: Kidnap videos and how extremists post them online (The Times)

A kidnapper wishing to make an anonymous post on a website would have a range of methods at their disposal to hide their tracks - providing they had a sufficient amount of technical expertise, experts said today. They were reacting to the chilling news that British security services had foiled a suspected plot to kidnap a British Muslim soldier and post a video on the internet of his beheading.

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au: Kids bombarded by online porn as filter delayed (

Up to 2.5 million Australian families are still waiting for the Federal Government to deliver on a promise to protect children from online pornography by offering every household in Australia free internet filtering software was expected to be running by the end of last year.

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01 February 2007

Vista's legal fine print raises red flags by Michael Geist (Michael Geist blog)

While reviews have focused chiefly on Vista's new functionality, for the past few months the legal and technical communities have dug into Vista's "fine print." Those communities have raised red flags about Vista's legal terms and conditions as well as the technical limitations that have been incorporated into the software at the insistence of the motion picture industry. The net effect of these concerns may constitute the real Vista revolution as they point to an unprecedented loss of consumer control over their own personal computers. In the name of shielding consumers from computer viruses and protecting copyright owners from potential infringement, Vista seemingly wrestles control of the "user experience" from the user.

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eu: Is a communications collapse possible in Europe? (RAPID news release)

The European Commission is seeking feedback on how best to safeguard our electronic networks against disruption from attack or natural hazards. This follows a public presentation of the findings of a study which identifies a range of important issues for ensuring that our future networks are sufficiently protected and resilient. As the services and processes that they support become increasingly interconnected and interdependent, the consequences of the failure of or criminal attack on a single network or sub-system could potentially be propagated more widely and faster than ever before. Protective measures need to be put in place to ensure that critical services and infrastructure are not vulnerable to such failures, and that there can be no 'domino effect' that might otherwise result in a major technological collapse of communications and the many services they support.

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us: The Inegalitarian Web (Forbes)

The new Congress is determined to enact a "net neutrality" bill. Nobody yet knows what those two words mean. The new law won't provide any intelligible answer, either. It will, however, put a real drag on new capital investment in faster digital pipes by making it illegal for many big companies to help pay for them, while leaving everyone guessing about the details for years. That last bit is great news for all the telecom lawyers (like the author) who get paid far too much to make sense out of idiotic new laws like this one.

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31 January 2007

Debate widens over over deploying computers in the developing world (International Herald Tribune)

At the World Economic Forum, the annual conclave of world leaders, concerns over a digital divide have taken a back seat to the challenge of climate change this year. Being out of the limelight, however, has not dimmed the debate over the best way to deploy computers in the developing world. The controversy boiled over on Saturday at a meeting where Craig Barrett, chairman of Intel, squared off with Nicholas Negroponte, the former director of the MIT Media Laboratory and head of the nonprofit organization One Laptop Per Child, which is focusing on the 1.2 billion children in the developing world.

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The World Economic Forum – Forbes coverage (Forbes)

For most of the year, the only moguls to be found in Davos, Switzerland, are on the ski slopes. But for six days each January, this picturesque resort town is overrun with heads of state, NGO do-gooders, celebrities and CEOs who come to town for the World Economic Forum (Jan. 24-29).'s has numerous stories, slide shows, blogs and video blogs including stories on The $100 Computer, Whose Afraid Of Second Life?, Technorati's Davos Dealing, and Google Guys In Davos: Is Google evil? Will newspapers survive? Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Chad Hurley take questions.

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Is Net Neutrality A Myth? (Forbes)

Like any complex entity that developed over time, the Internet has its own creation story. And like any creation story, it is grounded in realities and myths. An important new paper argues that one of these myths is playing a powerful role in shaping debate over what's become known as network neutrality--the notion that Internet providers must treat all the data they transport in the same way. ... But in "The Myth of Network Neutrality and What We Should Do About It," Robert Hahn and Robert Litan of the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies argue that, contrary to the claims of regulated neutrality proponents, "all bits of information are not treated equally from an economic standpoint." They argue that "the Internet is not end-to-end now and was never designed to be strictly neutral."

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30 January 2007

Firms helped to make PCs greener (BBC)

A single PC left on overnight and at weekends racks up an annual electricity bill of £53. In addition a typical PC left on for 24 hours a day, 220 days of the year, is responsible for up to a tonne of CO2 over a 3-year period.

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