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17 June 2009

Turning the Masses Onto Mobile Broadband (New York Times)

After two years of rapid growth, mobile broadband, the wireless industry's most successful innovation of the past decade, is at a crossroads as operators struggle to maintain fast, omnipresent service in the face of exploding Internet traffic.

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Software designer Pablo Soto sued for enabling internet piracy (The Times)

A Madrid court is expected to rule later this month in a ground-breaking prosecution of software designer Pablo Soto who is being sued for €13 million for enabling internet piracy with his hugely popular peer-to-peer filesharing programs, including Manolito P2P.

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The internet is as vital as water and gas: Gordon Brown, British PM (The Times)

The digital revolution is changing all our lives beyond recognition and today we shall set out how Britain must change with it. Whether it is to work online, study, learn new skills, pay bills or simply stay in touch with friends and family, a fast internet connection is now seen by most of the public as an essential service, as indispensable as electricity, gas and water.

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Social Networks Spread Iranian Defiance Online (New York Times)

As the embattled government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to be trying to limit Internet access and communications in Iran, new kinds of social media are challenging those traditional levers of state media control and allowing Iranians to find novel ways around the restrictions.

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Australia's CSIRO pursues WiFi royalties internationally (Australian IT)

Australia's top science agency has started the second major phase of its program to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars worth of royalty payments from its patented and ubiquitous WiFi technology.

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Cyber crime courses for Australian police (Australian IT)

All Australian Federal Police officers will have forensic technology training over the next 18 months to improve their ability to deal with cyber crime.

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Australian copyright battle hard fought (Australian IT)

Perth internet service provider iiNet has had limited success in the latest round of its Federal Court bid to fend off claims it breached the intellectual property rights of a group of film and entertainment heavyweights.

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Green.view: Can the spam - Spam is not only irritating, it is bad for the environment (The Economist)

On June 12th a judge in California referred a lawsuit against Sanford Wallace, who styles himself "the king of spam", to the United States Attorney's office for possible criminal proceedings. Mr Wallace is being pursued by Facebook, a social network, for allegedly gaining fraudulent access to Facebook accounts and using them to distribute unsolicited messages. He has already been ordered to pay $230m to MySpace, another social network, for using that company's site to promote pornography and gambling. Mr Wallace filed for bankruptcy on June 11th.

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16 June 2009

China Orders Patches to Planned Web Filter (New York Times)

A designer of Internet filtering software that is required to be preinstalled on computers sold in China has been ordered by the Chinese government to fix potential security breaches, according to a report Monday in China Daily, the official English-language newspaper. The official order is an indication that the government still supports use of the program despite heated debate over it.

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Accused American Facebook spammer could face jail time (Computerworld)

An alleged spammer could face jail time in connection with a Facebook lawsuit after a judge referred him to the U.S. Attorney General's Office for criminal proceedings.

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Australia's fast NBN sparks fresh web fears (The Australian)

Australia's upgrade to a $43billion broadband network has prompted some top web publishers to call for new federal intervention to ensure unrestricted access to their content.

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Security Group Converges to Fight Internet Abuse (Computerworld)

As cybercrime continues to proliferate on the Internet, one industry security group is hoping its work will help stem the tide of spam and scams.

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Spain's Music Piracy Battle: Is Building the Ship as Bad as Plundering the Booty? (E-Commerce Times)

Pablo Soto's story may be every computer whiz kid's dream -- or nightmare. After leaving school at 16 to support his family, he managed to eke out a living doing what he loves most: designing computer programs.

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40% of Americans & Brits would rather lose wallet than mobile phone (PC World)

40 percent of mobile phone users would rather lose their wallet than their mobile device. Nearly all said they would be "devastated" if they lost their phone.

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U.S. & Italian Authorities Thwart Alleged Hacking-Terror Effort (Wall Street Journal)

U.S. and Italian authorities said Friday they arrested a group of hackers and conspirators who allegedly stole from phone companies around the world. The illegal profits funded terrorist activities, Italian officials alleged.

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NZ copyright bill reborn? (Stuff)

InternetNZ has slammed moves to redraft a controversial section of copyright law, saying the Government is cutting corners and trying to impose a "broken remedy".

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A New Hope For Smartphones: Palm Pre Reviewed (Washington Post)

The new Palm Pre comes from a company that's been developing handheld gadgets since 1992, but the Pre owes almost nothing to that heritage. It has all the promise -- and many of the limits and glitches -- of a bright, young startup's 1.0 release.

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Experts warn of porn Mac attacks (BBC News)

Security experts have discovered two novel forms of Mac OS X malware.

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Microsoft to give away anti-virus (BBC News)

Microsoft is poised to start giving away security software. The company is reportedly trialling free anti-virus software internally and said the beta version would be released "soon".

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15 June 2009

Smart-phone wars: Pre conceived - Stiffer competition for the smart-phone throne (The Economist)

This will hardly be a vintage year for the mobile-phone industry. Gartner, a market-research firm, reckons global handset sales will shrink by around 4% to 1.2 billion units. Yet despite the gloom the industry is still pumping out new products. On June 6th Palm, a firm that pioneered hand-held digital devices, started selling a phone called the Pre. Two days later Apple unveiled souped-up versions of its popular iPhone.

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The New Network Neutrality: Criteria for Internet Freedom by Sascha D. Meinrath & Victor W. Pickard (International Journal of Communications Law & Policy)

The meteoric rise of network neutrality's prominence as a crucial Internet policy debate has led to current events far outpacing theoretical and historical analyses. This paper addresses this lag in scholarship by contextualizing recent events in relation to historical telecommunications antecedents.

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Council Of Europe: Access To Internet Is A Fundamental Right (Intellectual Property Watch)

What applies offline is also valid online - an argument often used against internet communication by legislators - has been turned around to underline fundamental rights on the internet in a new resolution of the Council of Europe.

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14 June 2009

Internet filtering firm says Chinese stole code (Los Angeles Times)

A Santa Barbara company said Friday that the Internet-filtering software that China has mandated for all new personal computers sold in that country contains stolen programming code.

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Countering China's Internet Censors Amid a Tiananmen anniversary (BusinessWeek)

Amid a Tiananmen anniversary crackdown, Twitter, YouTube, and Bing are blocked. But Chinese Web surfers network around the Great Firewall

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Google's Grab for the Display Ad Market (BusinessWeek)

The search king aims to unseat Yahoo and Microsoft with new, ultratargeted banner ads. Will Web publishers and online ad agencies bite?

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