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05 December 2006

France's Blogging Phenom Goes Global (BusinessWeek)

A free blogging service started by a rap radio station, Skyblog has MySpace beat in France -- and is looking to expand in Europe and the U.S.

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uk: Internet heads for its top shop day (The Times)

Britain's shoppers are expected to spend a record £183m online on Monday 4 December, the biggest sales day yet in this country on the internet.

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uk: OFCOM: Communications - The Next Decade (OFCOM)

The UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) has launched its new book "Communications - The Next Decade". It consists of a series of essays by academics, politicians and regulators that examine the effect of convergence on the communications sector and the authors come to some provocative conclusions.

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04 December 2006

Malaysia mulls Internet laws against bloggers: report (Sydney Morning Herald)

Malaysia may introduce tough Internet laws to control bloggers and prevent them from spreading "disharmony, chaos, seditious material and lies" on their websites, a report has said.

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ICANN Rejects `.travel' Search Plan (Sydney Morning Herald/AP)

ICANN said it has rejected a proposed search service to help guide people who mistype ".travel" Web addresses or seek nonexistent ones.

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Price rise on the cards for .com (Computer Business Review)

The price of a .com domain name registration is likely to go up, after the US government gave price-raising powers to VeriSign Inc, the company that runs .com.

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03 December 2006

Search engine aids rights workers (BBC)

Human rights groups around the world are creating a search engine to help co-ordinate campaigns against abuse.

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NTIA Approves New .Com Domain Name Registry Agreement (National Telecommunications and Information Administration news release)

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) approved a new .com domain name registry agreement between ICANN and VeriSign Inc. The new agreement allows VeriSign to operate the .com domain through 2012.

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02 December 2006

US warns of al-Qaeda cyber threat (BBC)

The US government has warned of an al-Qaeda call to attack US online stock market and banking services.

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ICANN São Paulo Remote Participation Website (ICANN)

In a further attempt to improve outreach, participation and transparency, ICANN has built a remote participation website for its São Paulo meeting, which commences December 2, at http://sp.icann.org/. The site is being run as a pilot with a view to making it a permanent feature of ICANN meetings in the future. ICANN has commissioned Kieren McCarthy, a well-known journalist and ICANN observer, to develop the site, following his involvement in a similar site (http://igf2006.info) for the Internet Governance Forum in Athens in November.

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PC makers must follow world's strictest green laws, says Gartner (Out-Law.com)

Laws designed to curb the environmental impact of computer parts will disrupt complex global supply chains unless companies themselves are more stringent, says Gartner.

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UN warning on e-waste 'mountain' (BBC)

The UN meets to discuss how to tackle the growing problem of dumping of electronic waste in Africa.

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au: IIA sounds off on copyright law ammendments (IT News)

The Internet Industry Association (IIA) has joined the chorus of voices warning of the dangers of the Federal Government's planed copyright law amendments. See http://iia.net.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=519&Itemid=32 for the IIA news release.

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eu: EU says more than half e-mails are spam (USA Today/AP)

Unsolicited e-mails continue to plague Europeans and account for between 50 and 80% of all messages sent to mail inboxes, the European Commission said.

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Study: 1 in 5 parents say kids online too much, though no effect on grades either way (Sydney Morning Herald/AP)

One in five American parents believe their kids are spending too much time on the Internet, though most say the online activities haven't affected grades either way.

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Online video 'eroding TV viewing' (BBC)

Almost half of people who regularly watch online video spend less time watching TV, a survey suggests.

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Cell phone porn to ring up US$3.3 billion (CNet)

Like the Internet before it, it looks like mobile's content explosion could be set off by porn. Adult content on mobile devices will be worth $3.3 billion by 2011, up from $1.4 billion this year, according to industry analysts JupiterResearch.

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us: Confessional blogs of the internet nuns (The Times)

Some days she goes to classes on chastity and obedience. Other days are reserved for prayer and contemplation. Yet life is not all about spiritual devotion for one of the younger members of an intriguing new religious order -- nuns who have taken to the internet to describe their convent lives.

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VeriSign Still .Com Master (Internet News)

VeriSign has emerged again as the .com master nine months after submitting its revised deal to the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC).

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Net Agency Rejects '.travel' Search Plan (The Mercury News/AP)

ICANN said it has rejected a proposed search service to help guide people who mistype ".travel" Web addresses or seek nonexistent ones.

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Domain Registrations Hit 112 Million (Circle ID)

VeriSign is reporting that over 112M domains have been registered as of the end of Q3 2006. A record number of domain names are now registered, at 112 million, which is 30% higher than just one year ago and 6% higher than the previous quarter. The five largest TLDs remain .com, .de (Germany), .net, .uk (Britain), and .org.

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President's Strategy Committee Releases Draft Recommendations for Community Consideration and Announces Process for Further Consultations (ICANN)

ICANN's President's Strategy Committee was established in December 2005 to provide observations and recommendations concerning strategic issues facing ICANN, and hence contribute to ICANN's strategic planning process, which occurs in bottom-up consultation with the ICANN community.

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01 December 2006

Illegal net sport faces crackdown (BBC)

Sports authorities are taking action to stop illegal live coverage of football and other events over the internet.

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Demand for .travel Domain Names on the Rise (Circle ID)

With little more than 30 days remaining until the expiration of .travel Place Name Priority Rights, Tralliance Corporation, the .travel Registry, reports a surge in domain name requests and has established a hotline for potential registrants to expedite the domain name application process.

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Review of ICANN Regions (ICANN)

One of the core values underlying ICANN's structure and operations is support for broad and informed participation reflecting the geographic diversity of the Internet at all levels of policy development and decision making. This support is implemented by numerous requirements for geographic diversity reflected in ICANN's bylaws, in the operating procedures of ICANN entities and in its culture. These requirements are framed in terms of Geographic Regions, as provided in Article VI, Section 5 of the bylaws.

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