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23 December 2006

Australian copyright ruling has international implications, experts say (International Herald Tribune)

A court ruling in a music piracy case could mean that Australian companies have a higher level of liability than those in the United States.

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Censored 'Saturday Night Live' sketch jumps bleepless onto the Internet (International Herald Tribune)

The show appears to have become the first scripted comedy on a broadcast network to use the Web to avoid scrutiny by internal censors and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

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The Closing Window: A Historical Analysis of Domain Tasting (Circle ID)

Frank Schilling writes this history and analysis of domain tasting for the ICANN Business Constituency membership. It's by no means perfect but he thought he'd share it with those who would like a bit more color on the subject.

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21 December 2006

The End User: The future of telecommunications may be 'comminfotainment' (International Herald Tribune)

When Olivier Baujard looks into his digital crystal ball, he sees us all being customers of "comminfotainment" providers. Within five years or so, the familiar land-line "telco" and even the mobile operator will disappear, in his view. Instead, broadband service providers will replace them, selling packages, bundles or channels of communications, information and entertainment.

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Convergence and the death of the traditional telco (IT-Analysis)

It sounds such an appealing term, 'convergence', conjuring up an image of things neatly slotting together. There is some indication of it in the worlds of IT and telecommunications, as proprietary forms of communication and interconnection are being replaced by one unified approach -- IP, the internetworking protocol at the foundation of the Internet.

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Internet gold-mine attitude returns to Northern Europe (International Herald Tribune)

Northern Europe has long been a hotbed of technology innovation, and now -- with some of the world's highest levels of broadband usage -- the region is abuzz with new Internet business models.

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2006: the year we were spammed a lot (Sydney Morning Herald)

Almost nine out of every ten emails sent globally is spam, and Australia was one of the most heavily targeted countries this year, according to a report released by MessageLabs.

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uk: Electricity use for gadgets 'to double' by 2011 (The Guardian)

The amount of electricity people use to power gadgets such as cordless phones and electric toothbrushes is expected to double in the next five years because of a huge demand for new items, according to a study.

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uk: £3m for man left with unstoppable sex drive (The Guardian)

A newly married man whose sex drive became uncontrollable after he suffered a head injury at work won more than £3m damages at the high court yesterday. Stephen Tame, 29, had been married to Sarah, 30, for eight months when he fell from a gantry while working in a cycle warehouse in January 2002. Although he recovered from the accident after two years of treatment, the injury unleashed a libido that could not be kept in check, the court was told.

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20 December 2006

ICANN to undergo transparency review (InfoWorld)

A U.K. governance organization will review ICANN as it tries to increase transparency after criticism of its close U.S. government ties. The report from One World Trust will be made public when it's completed next year, said Paul Levins, ICANN's executive officer and vice president of corporate affairs.

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Cost of Wii domain name likely to stay a mystery (Arizona Daily Star)

Titans of their respective global industries clashed this summer in a secret battle over three letters: wii. Weyerhaeuser Co. of Federal Way, Wash. owned them. Nintendo Co. Ltd. of Kyoto, Japan, wanted them. How much did Nintendo pay? That, apparently, will remain a mystery.

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au: Copyright ruling puts hyperlinking on notice (Sydney Morning Herald)

A court ruling has given the recording industry the green light to go after individuals who link to material from their websites, blogs or MySpace pages that is protected by copyright.

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Government Interoperability Frameworks for Asia-Pacific Countries (Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme news release)

IBM, Oracle, UNDP-APDIP and the International Open Source Network team up to help Asia-Pacific countries share and create strategies, blueprints and policies for adopting the right blend of open standards and technology services. The goal will be for more countries to develop universally compatible applications and networks to make internal and external government services and transactions more automatic, affordable and efficient.

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19 December 2006

Social networks top Google search (BBC)

Social networks Bebo and MySpace are the two most searched for terms of 2006 on Google.

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18 December 2006

uk: Website scammers clone in on Cherie and her learned friends (The Guardian)

Cherie Booth and her fellow barristers at Matrix Chambers are usually involved in fighting discrimination, protecting human rights and exposing injustice. But Britain's best-known team of lawyers have had to resort to legal action to defend themselves against internet pirates who are using Matrix's personnel, host of awards and high reputation in an apparent money-making scam.

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'You' named Time's person of 2006 (BBC)

"You" have been named as Time magazine's Person of the Year for the growth and influence of user-generated content on the internet.

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16 December 2006

Kiters put the wind up web address system (The Times)

The Times has a story on domain kiting, referring to it as a "new type of cyber-squatting which allows opportunists to occupy web addresses without paying for them". The story uses a speech from Paul Twomey in Sao Paulo as its reference, saying 5 million domain names are registered by domain kiters each year. The Times quotes Paul Twomey as saying "that of the five million names that were put forward each year, only 1 per cent were registered in earnest." Jonathan Robinson, chief operating officer of NetNames says the processing costs come out of the registry's profits or passed on to the industry. There is also a brief mention of IDNs in the last paragraph.

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The Great Internet Brand Rip-Off (Business Week)

Business Week has an article on what they call the "growing practice of 'domain tasting'" saying it's creating headaches for large companies. The article uses Verizon as an example noting their attorney regularly searches for domain names with variations of Verizon's name. In mid-December, the story notes she uncovered a domains such as verizonpicture.com, vorizonringtone.com, and varizoncellularphone.com. Jay Westerdal, chief executive officer of the domain consultancy firm Name Intelligence is quoted as saying that 4 million domains are being tested on any one day. The story blames the practice on ICANN with the introduction of the "Create Grace period". Some companies are taking legal action, such as Neiman Marcus with their attorney likening domain tasting to gun control - "Are guns unlawful to own? No. But they can be used for unlawful purposes. So can the system of domain tasting." The estimated 25-30 firms who are the prolific insist they do nothing wrong. The article also quotes Tim Cole who notes that they need to consult with the domain name industry before a change of policy could possibly take place.

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Virtually Addicted (Business Week)

A lawsuit against IBM is reviving debate over whether Web overuse may be classified as an addiction. The answer will have big implications for business: By his own admission, James Pacenza was spending too much time in Internet chat rooms, in some of them discussing sex. He goes so far as to call his interest in inappropriate Web sites a form of addiction that stems from the posttraumatic stress disorder he's suffered since returning from Vietnam. Whatever it's called, Pacenza's chat-room habit cost him his job.

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ICANN Awards NeuStar Control Over .biz Registry Until 2012 (Information Week)

The agreement gives NeuStar leeway to raise prices of not more than 10% a year, as long as domain registrants are informed of planned increases six months in advance.

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15 December 2006

Cyber hijackers demand ransom (Sydney Morning Herald)

Hackers are hijacking free online email accounts, refusing to cede control unless the user pays them a ransom.

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The EU takes measures to eradicate high levels of illegal online activity (Internet Business Law Services)

The European Union is slated to review existing legislation to determine the need for additional regulation to protect user privacy and security online. Next year, the European Commission may introduce proposals to force service providers to notify clients of security breaches and facilitate legal action to protect individuals from the consequences of spam, spyware and malicious software.

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Bitten By The Google Spider (Forbes)

Google giveth, and Google taketh away. Kris Jones' shopping-review Web site, MarketShareBuilders.com, used to earn $15,000 to $20,000 a month by drawing traffic with Google advertising and linking customers with online merchants. Then one day last July, Jones got an unpleasant surprise: Google hiked his advertising price rates from about 35 cents per click to $10.

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uk: Ban on possession of child abuse images planned (The Guardian)

The British government plans to ban the possession of computer-generated images of child abuse.

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14 December 2006

Study tracks digital convergence in U.K. and elsewhere (International Herald Tribune)

The Chinese are eagerly watching television clips or shows on their computers. The Germans are reading fewer newspapers. The Italians are watching less television the old-fashioned way, through a box in the living room. Those are just some of the findings of a wide-ranging study by Ofcom, the British telecommunications and media regulator, looking at the effects of the trend toward digital convergence in a number of countries around the world.

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