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12 January 2007

Companies fear their workers' lax e-mail security (International Herald Tribune)

A growing number of Internet-savvy workers are forwarding their office e-mail to free, Web-accessible personal accounts offered by Google, Yahoo and other companies.

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Europe gets 'ItsSpace' (International Herald Tribune)

Even before its official opening, set for Thursday, the French version of the popular social-networking Web site MySpace had about 1.2 million unique users.

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11 January 2007

uk: Workers 'prefer lying by e-mail' (BBC)

Workers do not like lying to colleagues face-to-face and prefer the anonymity of the phone or e-mail, a study says.

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10 January 2007

Apple's 'magical' iPhone unveiled (BBC)

Apple has confirmed its move into the telecoms industry, unveiling the long-awaited iPhone. Users will be able to download music and videos with the phone.

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Review of the structure and operation of the .au Internet domain (DCITA)

In 2006 the Australian Department for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts released a discussion paper as part of a review into the structure and operation of the .au Internet domain. Public comment was sought on a range of issues including the administrative structure of the .au Internet domain, naming structures, policy development, competitiveness and cost effectiveness, international participation and emerging technical issues. Nineteen submissions were received, four of which were confidential, from a range of industry, consumer and government organisations as well as members of the public. The publicly available submissions are now available online.

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09 January 2007

Proposal for porn domain revived (BBC)

The BBC among many other outlets runs a story on ICANN reconsidering the .xxx proposal from ICM. The BBC gives a brief history of the issue and says "the proposal has won approval following promises by the domain's backer to actively police any site that signs up to use the .xxx suffix. The BBC story concludes "If final approval is won it is not yet clear when the domain will start operating."

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Comeback for internet porn domain (Computer Business Review)

Computer Business Review gives an outline of the .xxx story and notes the differences between the current proposal and the previous one. The story notes ICANN says the new proposal gives "specificity with respect to ICM's policy making and community related obligations" and "contains significant new provisions to ensure that ICANN has concrete and practical mechanisms to enforce the contract". The story outlines the differences between the previous and current proposals. CBR also notes there is little support among groups where you would expect some support for the proposal - pornographers and anti-pornography activists.

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.XXX is Back on the Radar Screen by Patrick Vande Walle (Circle ID)

Patrick Vande Walle asks in his story on Circle ID whether the new proposal asks for two contradictory requirements - to "provide a fully compliant WHOIS service" and to "protect user privacy". He concludes that these requirements will need to be met.

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UK domain name dispute rules could change (Out-Law.com)

Out-Law.com has run a story on possible changes to domain name dispute resolution rules for .uk. Nominet has claimed the rulebook is out of date and have made suggestions for changes, including a financial deterrent against cybersquatters. The consultation that is currently underway closes in mid-February. Nominet have made several suggestions to changes including introducing a system where the losing party pays for a decision involving cybersquatting.

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The Closing Window: A Historical Analysis of Domain Tasting (Circle ID)

Frank Schilling wrote this history and analysis of domain tasting for the ICANN Business Constituency membership. It's by no means perfect but he decribes it as he thought he'd share it with those who would like a bit more color on the subject.

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IE Domain Registry announces pricess for 2007 (IEDR news release)

The IE Domain Registry in December announced another significant price reduction; a 13% price reduction for new dot.ie domain registrations and renewals of domains with effect from 1st January 2007.

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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.

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Spain takes lead in closing down the websites that tell girls it's good to be anorexic (The Times)

Four months after the city led the world in the Size 0 debate by banning ultra-skinny models from its catwalks, health officials are shining the spotlight on the growing number of "pro-ana" websites that glorify starvation diets.

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Spam surge drives net crime spree (BBC)

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.

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us: Teens 'turn to social websites' (BBC)

More than half of all net-using American teenagers use social networking sites, research suggests.

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Downloads help U.S. music sales rise (International Herald Tribune)

U.S. album sales continued to decline in 2006 but total music sales rose thanks to a huge increase in digital downloads, according to figures made public.

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At electronics show in Las Vegas, covergence grabs the spotlight (International Herald Tribune)

Technology companies unveiled new offerings at the International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas on Monday that highlighted the convergence of mobile devices, media and the Internet.

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08 January 2007

Turkmenistan may lift internet ban (Sydney Morning Herald)

Turkmenistan, internationally condemned for restricting access to the internet, may drop its curbs and open itself up to the World Wide Web, the leading contender for president said.

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07 January 2007

Plan Would Create '.xxx' Web Porn Domain (Chicago Tribune)

ICANN has revived a proposal it earlier rejected to create an online red-light district, after adding stronger provisions to prohibit child pornography and require labeling of Web sites with sexually explicit materials.

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ICANN Publishes Revised Proposed Agreement on .XXX (ICANN)

A revised proposed agreement with ICM providing for designation of a .XXX sTLD registry is published for public comment. The public comment period will be open until 5 February 2007.

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RSSAC and SSAC Seek Community Feedback on Firewall Support for IPv6 DNS Records and DNS Extensions (EDNS0) (ICANN)

The joint committees are soliciting feedback from the Internet community on whether commercial firewalls that organizations use to protect name server resolvers will allow priming responses containing IPv6 (AAAA) resource records and priming responses greater than 512 bytes (the desired results) or block such responses.

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ICANN Announces Plans for Conclusion of sTLD Application Process (ICANN)

As ICANN looks toward completion of the process for consideration of the proposed sTLD strings submitted during the application period in 2003-4, this notice reports on the status of each application, as well as the anticipated steps to full closure of this round of applications. Briefly, of the ten original applications: four sTLDs are delegated in the root zone, two agreements are signed and will be delegated, two applications have been withdrawn and two applications remain open: .post and .xxx. Next steps for each of the open applications are identified.

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Taiwan quakes cost Chinese 10,000 domain names (The Register)

The 26 December earthquakes off Taiwan - which cut undersea telecoms cables and severely disrupted internet connections across Asia - also cost the Chinese 10,000 domain names.

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Downloads help U.S. music sales rise (International Herald Tribune)

U.S. album sales continued to decline in 2006 but total music sales rose thanks to a huge increase in digital downloads, according to figures made public.

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us: Sex sells - just not as fast (International Herald Tribune)

The sex-related entertainment industry's leading performers, owners and fans gather in Las Vegas for three conferences starting next week amid indications that the robust growth of pornography since it came out from behind the counter in the 1970s is slowing.

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