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07 January 2007
Microsoft positions for robot era (Sydney Morning Herald)
Bill Gates believes robots could become a "nearly ubiquitous part of our day-to-day-lives", and he's already jostling to lead the industry.
Microsoft and Apple will set out their rival visions of the digital future at two separate events in the coming days.
02 January 2007
Those close to him said he had wanted to die with dignity. Within a day, a million people had seen an illicit film of his last moments: None of the images was part of the "official" footage filmed from the top of the gallows, which was aired on Iraqi state television and beamed around the world. In Iraq the other footage, which was filmed on a mobile phone, was being swapped on handsets for 20p and soon spread around the world on the internet.
It is often said the only constant in the world of hi-tech is change - a fact that makes prediction notoriously difficult. But here three tech veterans give their view about what will drive change over the next 12 months and beyond.
31 December 2006
The hype of freedom on the web masks both disparities of power and the dangers of blurring real and virtual identities
uk: IWF reforms could pave way for UK net censorship (The Register)
By the end of 2007, the Home Office intends that all ISPs "offering broadband internet connectivity to the UK public" will have implemented systems for content blocking, primarily intended to block access to pornographic images of children, which are illegal to view or possess in the UK.
30 December 2006
uk: Media law review of the year (The Guardian)
In a year that saw no shortage of scandal, sensation and celebrity litigation, there have been some landmark decisions that have shaped the law and provided for a more coherent approach to censuring the media's excesses while safeguarding its underlying rights to publish them.
uk: Time to go public (The Guardian - Leader)
Privacy is one of those concepts which are easier to understand than define. A human life of any quality relies on a reasonable expectation of privacy. Yet modern technology - whether deployed by corporations, individuals, media or the state - offers unlimited scope for intrusion into private lives. The border between considerations of public interest, security and convenience on the one hand, and of privacy on the other, is becoming crowded territory.
The Washington Post described Jessica Cutler as "our blog slut". The National Enquirer opined that she was "beautiful, untalented and morally corrupted". Now the blogger who wrote about her attempts to juggle affairs with six men while keeping a job as an aide to a senator has a new role: as the star defendant in a case that could help define what can and cannot be published in a blog.
28 December 2006
Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, is set to launch an internet search engine with amazon.com that he hopes will become a rival to Google and Yahoo!
27 December 2006
The tussle between computer security companies trying to protect your PC and the bad guys that try to compromise it is often characterised as an arms race. Sometimes the security companies have the upper hand as they develop and deploy novel techniques to spot and stop malicious software of all stripes. And sometimes, such as in 2006, the bad guys are on top. And nowhere has this been more apparent than in the realm of that old favourite - spam.
MGM seeks control of Wargames.com site name (International Herald Tribune)
The owner of the Web domain Wargames.com has been accused by MGM of "unauthorized use and registration" of that name and three other names related to MGM's "Rocky" movie franchise.
The 2007 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) has been convened and met for the first time on 8-9 December, immediately following the ICANN Annual Meeting in São Paulo, Brazil.
ID thieves target MySpace users (Sydney Morning Herald)
MySpace devotee Kary Rogers was expecting to see a gut-busting video when a friend from the popular online hangout messaged him a link. First, though, he was directed to a page where he was supposed to re-enter his password. Rogers realised that someone was trying to steal his information, and he didn't take the bait. At best, he would be spammed with junk emails; worse, the web thief might steal his real-life identity.
25 December 2006
The growth of streamlined Web sites presented primarily in journal form, or blogs, operated and populated by individuals as well as businesses, continues to be nothing short of explosive. But as usually is the case with such rapid adoption of technology and communication ability, there is the potential for legal liability.
Top Domain Name News Stories of 2006 (Circle ID)
Record-breaking domain sales, acquisitions, and growing industry credibility all highlight a critical year for the domain name industry.
au: Risk to kids from cyber play needs urgent action (Sydney Morning Herald)
Potential dangers associated with children as young as 13 posting their photographs and identity details on personalised websites such as MySpace and YouTube must be tackled urgently by the Federal Government, adolescence psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg, an expert on childhood behaviour, says.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.