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05 August 2007
comScore released its first report on Japan's top Internet properties and top gaining properties for June. The study was based on data collected through the comScore World Metrix audience ratings service and took into account all unique visitors age 15 and over, who accessed the Internet from a home or work computer. ComScore found there were a total of 53.7 million unique visitors online in Japan in June, or 49 percent of the country's population, age 15 or older; Yahoo! was the most popular property, with 41.5 million unique visitors. Yahoo! now reaches 77 percent of the total Japanese online population, and averaged 33 visits per visitor in June and the average Japanese Internet user spends 15 days per month online.
Kittens -- the solution to spam? (InfoWorld)
An executive at Microsoft has an unusual idea for beating spammers. Powerful software tools and supercomputers aren't involved, but kittens are. Or rather, photos of kittens. Kevin Larson, a researcher at Microsoft's advanced reading technologies group, has found that asking a user to identify the subject of a photo, like a kitten, could help block spam programs.
us: Spammer gets 30 years in the slammer (The Register)
Notorious spammer Christopher "Rizler" Smith was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a federal judge on Wednesday.
The question we were left with two weeks ago was "Why has America lost its broadband leadership?" but it really ought to have been "Whatever happened to the Information Superhighway?" It died. ... There are many reasons for [America's decline], but much of it comes down to government policy or lack of it and some of it comes down to pure luck. In large part we've been locked in our own little world where government and business feed on each other in ways that are always symbiotic and often destructive, but this time the rest of the world just passed us by while we were distracted by other things.
What's Good for a Business Can Be Hard on Friends (New York Times)
Cellphone plans that encourage subscribers to talk mainly to people in the same network are having unintentional social effects.
Here's another bill to add to the heap of congressional proposals offered in the spirit of combating child pornography and keeping kids safe from predators on the Internet. It's called the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act. CNet reports it doesn't seem to be as aggressive as some previous approaches. If the bill becomes law, ISPs would face tripled fines for failing to report child pornography on their servers--up to $150,000 for failing to report child pornography the first time and up to $300,000 for each subsequent failures. Further, ISPs would have to include a variety of information in their reports that is not required by existing law, including any relevant user IDs, e-mail addresses, geographic information and IP addresses of the involved person or reported content.
04 August 2007
ICANN launched a new magazine that will provide all the latest news and developments within the organization to online subscribers. Produced monthly, each issue will review recent developments in policy topics, provide details of recent Board meetings, the latest news from around the world, and other developments within the organization, complete with links to further resources.
auDA has published an Interim Policy on Use of Wildcard DNS Records in .au.
WIPO Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Update on Practices and Precedents - October 2007 (WIPO)
Encouraged by the success of the previous two editions, the Center plans to hold its third Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution in Geneva on Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19, 2007. The Advanced Workshop will focus mainly on the trends of UDRP decisions with regard to the most important substantive and procedural issues. Thus, in addition to those wishing to gain insight into the UDRP mechanism, this Advanced Workshop is of particular interest to those who have been or who may become involved in UDRP proceedings. The Advanced Workshop also represents an opportunity for registrars and ccTLD administrators to increase their knowledge of UDRP decisions.
More voices from across the globe will be heard at ICANN's 30th International Public Meeting in Los Angeles later this year thanks to the global fellowships program.
eBay sale is a sale, Australian court rules (Sydney Morning Herald)
There will be no more weasling out of eBay sales after a judge today ruled against a man who has been refusing to hand over a $250,000 vintage plane he sold on the online auction site. ... The judgment sets a precedent for future cases and means eBay sales could now be legally binding.
They hunt, they shoot, they torture, they kill. Their target: corrupt officials. Welcome to Incorruptible Fighter, the latest online computer game craze to sweep through cyberspace in China. The game was created last month by a group of civil servants as a lighthearted counterpoint to constant accusations of endemic corruption.
Google is angling for a huge slice of the potential US$11 billion mobile advertising market with the launch of a "Google phone" especially tailored to its services. Google is understood to be developing a handset that is customised to showcase its products, such as its search engine, e-mail and Google Maps.
When is paedophilia not paedophilia? (The Guardian)
The actor Chris Langham has been convicted of downloading child pornography, and has been remanded in custody until the middle of September, at which point he will be sentenced on 15 counts of making an indecent photograph of a child. We do not know what these indecent photographs look like, but the fact that Langham has been remanded in custody perhaps suggests that they were "level 5" images, which involve children being, for example, anally or genitally penetrated by an adult.
The conviction of Chris Langham for downloading child pornography is probably the most high profile conviction yet. Will this set an example and deter others from downloading, or even making, child porn? Time will tell. Coverage from the British media is available.
Boom in blogs gives Africans a voice on the Web (The Independent)
Blogs are taking off across Africa as a new tech-savvy generation takes advantage of growing internet access. The African blogosphere was, until recently, filled by the African diaspora and westerners living in Africa. But native African voices are now being heard. Kenya, in particular, has seen a large growth in the number of bloggers. The Kenyan Blogs Webring began in 2004 with just 10 sites - now it has more than 430, blogging on everything from politics and business to arts and culture.
If the internet is the Wild West of the digital age, musicians need protection - step forward the self-styled Web Sheriff (The Independent)
"These days, any new album by a major artist tends to break on the internet anything between two and four months before its official release," says John Giacobbi, the managing director of Web Sheriff. "So if you do nothing about it, by the time the record hits the stores, you've lost half your sales." To combat this, Web Sheriff has a team of 20 operatives, working in shifts, which monitors online activity round the clock.
Public internet threatened by private telcos (The Register)
What will the internet look like in 20 years? No one knows. But this morning at the Stanford Summit, an annual tech industry conference in Palo Alto, a panel of Silicon Valley experts laid down a few guesses.
Belarusian president calls for tighter restrictions on Internet (Sydney Morning Herald)
Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday ordered his government to tighten restrictions on Internet usage and said the ex-Soviet nation should use China as a model.
China still falls short on freedom of the press (AsiaMedia)
China has so far failed to live up to its pledge to ensure full media freedom ahead of the Beijing Olympics, with harassment of foreign reporters still common, a survey showed. But despite the problems, the situation is better than when before the government relaxed reporting regulations on Jan. 1, the Foreign Correspondents Club of China said.
US Court puts limits on surveillance abroad (Los Angeles Times)
A special court that has routinely approved eavesdropping operations has put new restrictions on the ability of U.S. spy agencies to intercept e-mails and telephone calls of suspected terrorists overseas, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
us: Democratic rivals in race to recruit bloggers (The Guardian)
US presidential contenders including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are heading to Chicago for the biggest gathering of leftwing and anti-war bloggers, in a move that highlights the increasing importance of online activists in American politics. All eight Democratic contenders will be present for the second YearlyKos convention, which opens today, in contrast with last year when only Bill Richardson turned up.
The Electoral Commission says there is little point in continuing with e-voting trials unless the government gives a clear justification for using the technology
The mobile internet will never hit the mainstream unless mobile network operators and device suppliers can "cross the marketing chasm" necessary to attract consumers, experts warned today. According to new research from Point Topic and YouGov, there are millions of potential customers who are keen to use the mobile internet if the prices and service options are right.
The District Court in Munich has ruled against the Luxembourg-based company Skype in a case in which the company was alleged to have violated the terms of the General Public License (GPL).