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20 November 2019

.icu Just Rocketed To Number One On The New gTLD Charts

It was about 14 November when .icu rocketed to number on the new gTLD charts, soaring past the previous number one, .top. .icu had been on a charge in the previous week, soaring almost three-quarters of a million (724,000) domains under management from 8 to 14 November. Today registrations in .icu stand at 3.815 million while .top is around 3.735 million, according to nTLDstats.com.

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ccTLDs Can Now Participate in ICANN's Domain Abuse Activity Reporting System

ICANN announced Tuesday that country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operators will now be able to actively participate in the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) system.

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19 November 2019

Arcep Warns French Internet Players To Urgently Step Up IPv6 Adoption

Arcep has warned French internet players that with the supply of IPv4 addresses set to run out by the end of 2019 and “it has therefore become urgent, for the sake of competition and innovation, that all internet players switch over to IPv6” with “slowness of progress … especially significant amongst web hosting companies.”

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The Streaming Era Has Finally Arrived. Everything Is About to Change. (New York Times)

Every three decades, or roughly once a generation, Hollywood experiences a seismic shift. The transition from silent films to talkies in the 1920s. The rise of broadcast television in the 1950s. The raucous “I Want My MTV” cable boom of the 1980s.

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.CO Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship, is currently underway and .CO has launched an annual worldwide campaign to support GEW and the creators, innovators and entrepreneurs who hustle hard every day to bring their big ideas and dreams to life.

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Chorus’ Hyperfibre set to redefine ‘fast’ for broadband in New Zealand (Chorus)

A new era of broadband speed is planned, with Chorus today unveiling Hyperfibre - its next generation of fibre technology. Using a XGS-PON fibre solution, Hyperfibre is set to dramatically increase capacity and unlocks the ability to deliver exponential speeds on the Chorus fibre network of up to 10 Gbps.

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Czechs to impose 7% tax on global internet giants (Associated Press)

The Czech government has approved a plan to adopt a tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple.

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18 November 2019

Iran Blocks Nearly All Internet Access (New York Times)

Iran imposed an almost complete nationwide internet blackout on Sunday one of its most draconian attempts to cut off Iranians from each other and the rest of the world as widespread anti-government unrest roiled the streets of Tehran and other cities for a third day.

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Finding That Elusive .AT Domain Just Got Easier With nic.at's Domainfinder

Finding that elusive domain name can be difficult for even the most adept of us, so a few registries have developed services to make suggestions for when your first choice isn’t available. The latest of those is nic.at who has launched Domainfinder, developed in-house by their research and development team.

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17 November 2019

Firefox's fight for the future of the web (The Observer)

Why do you choose the browser you use? Maybe you think it loads pages more quickly. Maybe it’s made by the same firm as your device and you think it’s more compatible in some way. You prefer the graphics, perhaps, or it just happened to be pre-installed on your machine. Maybe you’re not even aware that there’s a choice.

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Holiday Shoppers Beware: 100K Malicious Sites Found Posing as Well-Known Retailers (ThreatPost)

As the holiday season looms, cybercrooks are going after shoppers with more than 100,000 lookalike domains mimicking legitimate retailers.

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Chinese Internet users are fascinated by a mysterious Web browser promising legal access to banned sites. They're also very skeptical. (Washington Post)

Many international social media websites are banned in China, and using special software called a virtual private network to access them can sometimes lead to jail time.

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Will 5G Be Bad for Our Health? (IEEE)

IEEE antenna and telecommunications experts address concerns over radio frequency exposure

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16 November 2019

Europeans, Get Your .EU Domains All In Greek!

Domain names entirely in Greek script are now available from the .eu registry, EURid, with the launch this week of .ευ.

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We're Stuck With the Tech Giants. But They're Stuck With Each Other. (New York Times)

Any suggestion that Big Tech has had a rough time must contend with this fact: Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, spent the past decade growing much faster than the rest of the economy.

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China's Internet Is Flowering. And It Might Be Our Future. (New York Times)

The HeyTea shop in the Chaoyang district of Beijing is an expression of svelte minimalism, its LED lettering and black tiles giving off a vaguely retro vibe. On a recent weekend, one of the last truly warm days of early fall, the location was full of upmarket customers — families with strollers, Gen Z-ers in knockoff Supreme streetwear — enjoying the popular cheese tea. On the front facade, right by the door, an illustration of a hand holding a phone displayed a two-dimensional bar code, or QR code. “Scan the code to avoid lines,” a sign read.

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Online Cesspool Got You Down? You Can Clean It Up, for a Price (New York Times)

A decade ago, an internet video start-up called Hulu boldly declared an end to the era of paid TV. The company announced that users would be able to watch their favorite shows over the internet, “anytime, anywhere, for free.”

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Pope tells tech companies they are responsible for child safety (Reuters)

Pope Francis said on Thursday that technology company executives and investors must be held accountable if they put profit before the protection of children, including from easy access to pornography on the web.

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15 November 2019

The Real Fight for the Future of 5G: Who Will Patrol the Borders of a New Network? (Foreign Affairs)

In late October, Germany and China began commercial-scale rollouts of 5G, the wireless technology infrastructure that is transforming the way the world computes. Machines and people will still talk to each other over the borderless network we call the Internet. But with 5G, a new networking infrastructure is emerging, dependent on the Internet but distinct from it and subject to much more government and private control.

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14 November 2019

U.S. Supreme Court To Decide If Adding .COM Makes A Protected Trademark

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal to decide if adding “.com” to a generic term can make it trademarkable. The case involves the online hotel reservation site Booking.com who was prevented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from trademarking the site’s name as it was too generic to deserve legal protection, reports Reuters.

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Facebook says it removed 3.2B fake accounts in 6 months (Associated Press)

Facebook says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service from April to September, up slightly from 3 billion in the previous six months.

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PIR Eyeing Growth Opportunities Following Ethos Capital Takeover

Public Interest Registry and the Internet Society announced Wednesday that they had agreed for PIR, the .org registry, to be taken over by Ethos Capital, an investment firm, based in the United States.

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13 November 2019

Microsoft tops list of the most 'just' US corporations (Al Jazeera)

With capitalism widely under fire in the United States for its contributions to widening wealth inequality and a deepening climate crisis, many Americans have called for major structural change.

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Far right 'use Russian-style propaganda to spread misinformation' (The Guardian)

Misinformation techniques first deployed by Russian agents are now more commonly used in Britain by the far right, as well as by politicians to convince their own voters, an audience in Oxford has been told.

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12 November 2019

A.I. Systems Echo Biases They're Fed, Putting Scientists on Guard (New York Times)

Researchers say computer systems are learning from lots and lots of digitized books and news articles that could bake old attitudes into new technology.

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