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19 January 2007

First ladies urge joint attack on child abuse (International Herald Tribune)

Their husbands may not always agree but when Bernadette Chirac, Laura Bush, Lyudmila Putin and Suzanne Mubarak met here on Wednesday to discuss the fight against child pornography and pedophilia, they spoke with one voice.

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us: MySpace developing parental-notification software (International Herald Tribune)

Under fire from both the U.S. government and parental organizations, MySpace.com has announced that it is creating software to give parents a window into what their children are putting on their online profiles.

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uk: Police maintain uneasy truce with cybervigilantes (ZDNet)

Metropolitan Police are treading a fine line by working with online activists in the fight against internet fraud

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kr: Internet pushes concept of 'free' content (International Herald Tribune)

"FIFA 07," a video game for soccer fans, costs around €50 in Europe. In South Korea, five million players have downloaded the online version free -- yet Electronic Arts, the publisher, is cheering them on. Realizing that it was impossible to sell "FIFA Online" in a country where piracy is rampant, Electronic Arts started giving away the game last spring. Once the players were hooked, the company offered for sale ways to gain an edge on opponents; extending the career of a star player, for instance, costs less than $1. Since May, Electronic Arts has sold 700,000 of these enhancements.

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uk: Computers baffle 50% of adults, says survey (The Guardian)

Half of British adults feel overwhelmed by new technology and struggle to understand the jargon, according to a survey today. The research also expresses concern about the large number of older people who are frightened to use computers or the internet, despite the many practical and social benefits.

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Designers work to make Web accessible (USA Today)

Cynthia Ice is blind and lives in the suburbs, so shopping on the Internet can make her routine easier. But it also leads her into odd dead ends -- like the time a technical shift in a Web grocery site made its meat department inaccessible to her screen-reading software. "Everybody could go on the Atkins diet but me," she joked. Such troubles are especially common for computer users with disabilities as the Web takes on many features that make sites appear more like dynamic programs than static documents.

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uk: Music firms talk tough on file-sharing (The Times)

The music industry has threatened to sue internet service providers that allow customers to share digital music files illegally

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Businesses too scared to switch to VoIP: But should they be? (Silicon)

Companies are missing out on the long-term benefits of VoIP because they're too afraid of the short-term pain of putting in the systems, a new survey has revealed.

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Internet Extends Reach Of Bangladeshi Villagers (Washington Post)

The village doctor's diagnosis was dire: Marium needed immediate surgery to replace two heart valves. The 28-year-old mother of three said she was confused and terrified. She could barely imagine open-heart surgery. She had no idea how her family of farm laborers could pay for an operation that would cost US$4,000.

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U.S.: No Net governance changes expected (CNet)

Are tensions related to the United States' historic influence over key Internet management functions a thing of the past? At a meeting in Washington DC organized by the Federal Communications Bar Association, U.S. Ambassador David Gross and Assistant Secretary of Commerce John Kneuer said they view the question as settled: no United Nations body will be exercising additional control over tasks like handing out numeric Internet addresses or operating the root servers that power the Internet anytime soon.

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MySpace developing parental-notification software (CNet)

Under fire from both the U.S. government and parental organizations, MySpace.com has announced that it is creating software to give parents a window into what their children are putting on their online profiles.

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Motorola, Nokia expect payoff in bridging the digital divide (USA Today)

It feels perverse to meet amid the spectacle of 108-inch TV screens, automatic scalp massagers and cars with 20,000-watt stereos and talk about the digital divide. It's like ordering a seven-course spread at Spago and then discussing world hunger. But for at least two of the CEOs at this month's Consumer Electronics Show -- Ed Zander of Motorola and Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo of Nokia -- the billions of unconnected, undigitized, underserved people around the globe are often top of mind.

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IT drives wedge between workers (IT Week)

A lack of user-friendly technology in the marketplace is exacerbating a digital divide in the workforce between those who can use technology effectively and those who can't and is likely to provoke a backlash among users, according to a new Technology Predictions for 2007 report from consultancy Deloitte.

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us: Union Calls For Several New Internet Policies (Information Week)

The United States has fallen behind smaller and once less-advanced countries and risks falling further behind unless lawmakers work to improve Internet access for all, a new paper by the Communications Workers of America suggests. Schoolchildren, healthcare providers and media across the U.S. are on the have-nots' side of the digital divide, according to the union.

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Digital music sales nearly doubled in 2006 (Sydney Morning Herald)

Global digital music sales almost doubled in 2006 to around $US2 billion, but have not yet reached the industry's "holy grail" of offsetting the fall in CD sales.

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18 January 2007

Businesses too scared to switch to VoIP: But should they be? (Silicon)

Companies are missing out on the long-term benefits of VoIP because they're too afraid of the short-term pain of putting in the systems, a new survey has revealed.

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Why Spam Won't Go Away (Forbes)

Spam is filling up the Internet, and it's not going away anytime soon. It's not just e-mail. We have voice-over-IP spam, instant message spam, cellphone text message spam, blog comment spam and Usenet newsgroup spam. And, if you think broadly enough, these computer-network spam delivery mechanisms join the ranks of computer telemarketing (phone spam), junk mail (paper spam), billboards (visual space spam) and cars driving through town with megaphones (audio spam). It's all basically the same thing--unsolicited marketing messages--and only by understanding the problem at this level of generality can we discuss solutions.

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Convergence Convergence! (Forbes)

More than 140,000 people were expected to flood Las Vegas for the 40th annual Consumer Electronics Show, where the industry traditionally shows off its latest and greatest--and some stuff that never will be. Then many turned their attention to San Francisco, where Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs was set to show off his own set of wonder-gadgets at Macworld. By following this link you can go to the Forbes coverage of both events.

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17 January 2007

Skype founders move into net TV (BBC)

The firm that made its name with free net calls is making a grab for the lucrative market of internet TV.

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us: Documents Borne by Winds of Free Speech (New York Times)

Eli Lilly is trying to stop Web sites from publishing internal documents on its antipsychotic drug Zyprexa: A showdown is scheduled for a federal courtroom in Brooklyn tomorrow afternoon, where words like "First Amendment" and "freedom of speech" and "prior restraint" are likely to mix seamlessly with references to "BitTorrent" and "Wiki."

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Attack of the Zombie Computers Is Growing Threat (New York Times)

In their persistent quest to breach the Internet's defenses, the bad guys are honing their weapons and increasing their firepower. With growing sophistication, they are taking advantage of programs that secretly install themselves on thousands or even millions of personal computers, band these computers together into an unwitting army of zombies, and use the collective power of the dragooned network to commit Internet crimes.

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us: FBI warns of twist in extortion phishing scam (CNET)

FBI officials are warning users of a new phishing scam that plays off a recent round of bogus extortion threats.

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Google's Top-10 Search Terms Dominated By Trademarks (Circle ID)

According to Google's 2006 Year-End Review, dubbed Zeitgeist, or the cultural climate of an era, a majority of the top-ten search terms for 2006 were trademarks. Topping the list is the registered BEBO mark which is held by Bebo.com LLC, a California company that runs a social networking website. Second on the list was MYSPACE, the registered mark associated with Newscorp's $580 million social-networking giant. Next, as a result of a majority of the world catching soccer fever over the summer, "world cup" ranked as the third most searched term.

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Hollywood Asks YouTube: Friend or Foe? (International Herald Tribune)

YouTube can help studios build tremendous buzz for films and TV shows, driving Hollywood to try to work with it instead of against it.

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UN Will Not Control The Internet (WebProNews)

This story in WebProNews notes a bloggers who says "Perhaps what Toure's agency - and ICANN - should consider is taking another look at the registrant side of the web. If ICANN is the final word in IP address assignments then why are there so many fly-by-night registrants who are not sanctioned by ICANN? Godaddy and other legitimate ICANN sanctioned registrants have voiced that complaint - both in Europe and here in the U.S., but it seems to fall on deaf ears."

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