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03 September 2014
Tehran Unfetters Cellphones, and the Pictures Start Flowing (New York Times)
Some days ago, Mahdi Taghizadeh did something he never thought he would -- at least, not in Iran. He took a screen shot and shared the image with his followers on Twitter. "They were all excited," Mr. Taghizadeh, an Internet entrepreneur, said. "Finally."
Voluntary euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke says scam internet sites are using his image to sell the drug Nembutal.
In Nude Celebrity Photos, Privacy Collides With the Wild Web (New York Times)
Perez Hilton has made a career of posting anything and everything about celebrities and their lives. On Tuesday, he thought better of it.
Car sharing service Uber banned in Germany (The Guardian)
The online car-sharing service Uber has vowed to continue operating across Germany after its mobile app was banned by a Frankfurt regional court.
02 September 2014
The FBI is looking into allegations that intimate pictures of celebrities have been stolen and posted online.
Australia is vulnerable to cyber attack: McAfee boss (Australian Financial Review)
The global president of one of the world's biggest technology security firms, McAfee, has warned Australia's cyber security laws are lagging behind other developed nations, as it became increasingly likely a major cyber warfare attack would hit within two years.
01 September 2014
.CLUB announced last Friday they are the first of the new gTLDs to reach 100,000 domain names sold - and in just over 100 days. It appears there are around 200 to 400 .club domains continuing to be registered every day.
We've been manufacturing without a license in our homes for 30 years now. It's about to go physical. Maybe that will wake legislators up to the bigger picture. If not, we're in for something much worse.
When President Obama meets with other NATO leaders later this week, they are expected to ratify what seems, at first glance, a far-reaching change in the organization's mission of collective defense: For the first time, a cyberattack on any of the 28 NATO nations could be declared an attack on all of them, much like a ground invasion or an airborne bombing.
Facebook leads the pack, but other social media platforms, especially coming from China, are the ones to watch going forward.
MSN Messenger to end after 15 years (BBC News)
Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger will be switched off in China in October, marking a final end to the 15-year-old service.
31 August 2014
The country's biggest telecommunications companies are willing to block their customers from accessing overseas websites hosting pirated movies and music despite concerns harmless sites could also get caught by the filter.
30 August 2014
A judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to U.S. prosecutors, but the software company said it would not release any emails while it appeals the ruling.
29 August 2014
Persian paranoia: America's fear of Iranian cyber power (The Guardian)
When Israel stepped up Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in July, a crew of hackers going under the name of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters readied their attack tools to show support for their Palestinian brothers.
Civil rights groups, legal bodies and information security experts have expressed renewed concern about the government's push to store greater amounts of phone and web users' personal information following revelations that the federal police mistakenly published sensitive information and metadata about ongoing criminal investigations.
28 August 2014
The Struggle for Turkey's Internet (Freedom House)
Turkey is a battleground state for Internet regulation, according to a Freedom House report released in advance of the Internet Governance Forum.
The prospect of a second round of applications for new gTLDs is on the agenda for ICANN, with discussions likely to take place at an upcoming board meeting, possibly as early as September.
Telstra blamed for high Australian internet prices (Australian Financial Review)
US-based internet accelerator and security provider CloudFlare has lashed out at Telstra, labelling it one of the world's most expensive internet providers and blamed it for making Australians pay high broadband prices.
27 August 2014
.TV Value Grows With Changing Nature Of Media Consumption (New York Times)
The Tuvaluan ccTLD .TV has had its ups and downs since it was rebranded as a TLD aimed at the television industry. But it appears to be growing according to a report in The New York Times.
The law on privacy may have to be redrawn to keep up with rapid advances in modern technology and the rise of social media, the country's most senior judge has said.
Secret Australian data retention discussion paper leaked (Sydney Morning Herald)
It's the secret industry consultation paper the federal government doesn't want you to see.
Americans have been self-censoring their discussions about state surveillance in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations in 2013, researchers have found.
The total number of .org domains under management increased to 10,428,027 globally, a 1.4 percent (143,512) increase in registrations in the six months to the end of June 2014, the latest bi-annual Dashboard report from the Public Interest Registry, the .org registry operator, has found.
26 August 2014
South Korean authorities have revealed details surrounding massive data breach that impacts 27 million people aged 15-65. The compromised data comes from website registrations for various games and online gambling promotions, ringtone storefronts, and movie ticketing.
Parents set bad example by staying glued to smartphones (The Independent)
Parents who worry about their children constantly staring at their smartphones should set an example by not using their own devices so often - and set ground rules for screen-free mealtimes, parenting groups have said.