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28 May 2015

Phishers Continue Targeting Companies, But Limited Interest in New gTLDs: APWG

New companies are constantly being targeted by phishers, with some phishers attacking targets where consumers may least expect it while the ten companies that are targeted most often by phishers are attacked constantly, sometimes more than 1,000 times per month. These are some of the findings of the Global Phishing Survey for Second Half of 2014, released by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) on Wednesday.

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In 5 years, 80 percent of the whole Internet will be online video (Washington Post)

Video is eating the Web. Already, we know that Netflix accounts for one-third of Internet traffic at peak hours. Toss in YouTube, and that figure rises to roughly half of all bandwidth consumed. But even that's small potatoes compared with what's coming. In five years, 80 percent of the entire world's Internet consumption will be dominated by video. That number will be even higher in the United States, approaching 85 percent.

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A Murky Road Ahead for Android, Despite Market Dominance (New York Times)

In 2005, Google bought a tiny mobile software company named Android, and almost nobody in the technology industry saw its potential -- not even Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman and then chief executive. "One day Larry and Sergey bought Android, and I didn't even notice," Mr. Schmidt told reporters in 2009, referring to Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google's founders.

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Obama administration asks U.S. top court to decline Google copyright appeal (Reuters)

The Obama administration on Tuesday sided against Google Inc and said the U.S. Supreme Court should not hear the company's appeal in a case against Oracle Corp with wide implications for the technology industry, according to a court filing.

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AdBlock Plus secures another court victory in Germany (BBC News)

AdBlock Plus has successfully defended itself in court for the second time in five weeks.

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Queen's Speech: New monitoring powers 'to tackle terrorism' (BBC News)

New laws to give police and spies greater powers to monitor internet and phone use are in the Queen's Speech.

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Firefox Maker Battles to Save the Internet—and Itself (Technology Review)

Mozilla helped an open Web flourish in the 2000s. Now it's struggling to play a meaningful role on mobile devices.

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Unauthorised Access To ICANN New gTLD and GDD Portals Not Quite As Serious As First Thought

ICANN has released the results of the second phase of its investigation into the improper access to the the New gTLD Applicant and GDD (Global Domains Division) portals, first reported on 1 March 2015. ICANN now believes that over 60 searches were made resulting in the unauthorised access of more than 200 records using a limited set of user credentials.

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27 May 2015

Internet used by 3.2 billion people in 2015 (BBC News)

Nearly half of the global population will be using the internet by the end of this year, according to a new report.

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The Underwater Internet (The Atlantic)

A wireless world relies on more than cloud technology. Half-century-old cable stations are critical nodes where messages can still be delayed, censored, or intercepted.

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Security Researchers Start Effort to Protect 'Smart' Cities (New York Times)

It's a brave new world when hackers step in to protect citizens because regulators are not getting the job done.

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26 May 2015

As Facebook Sweeps Across Europe, Regulators Gird for Battle (New York Times)

One arm of the European Union is looking into whether Facebook and other tech companies unfairly favor their own services over those of rivals. At least five data protection watchdogs across the region are questioning Facebook's privacy settings.

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Legal experts call for greater scrutiny of UK surveillance laws (The Guardian)

An alliance of prominent academics have signed a letter to the government warning against any expansions of state surveillance without the full involvement of parliament and the public.

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25 May 2015

YouTube's 1st decade shows sharing free content pays off (New Zealand Herald)

YouTube's legacy extends beyond its pioneering role in the Internet's video revolution.

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Cyber-Attack Warning: Could Hackers Bring Down a Plane? (Der Spiegel)

For years, hackers have been warning that passenger jets are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Airlines and plane manufacturers have largely ignored the risks, but recent events are leading German authorities and pilots to take the threats extremely seriously.

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Africa's Worst New Internet Censorship Law Could be Coming to South Africa (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Only once in a while does an Internet censorship law or regulation come along that is so audacious in its scope, so misguided in its premises, and so poorly thought out in its execution, that you have to check your calendar to make sure April 1 hasn't come around again.

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One Week To Go For Your Say: Should .AU Allow Second Level Registrations

There is only one week to go for submissions and comments on whether, among other issues, second level .au registrations should be allowed.

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Behind the Downfall at BlackBerry (New York Times)

Ever since Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepped down as co-chairmen and co-chief executives of BlackBerry, neither has spoken much in public about the once-dominant smartphone maker's fall into near market obscurity. The two and many others have opened up, however, to two reporters from The Globe and Mail in Toronto: Jacquie McNish, a senior business writer and author of several books and Sean Silcoff, who reports about the company.

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24 May 2015

Bitcoin really is useful. Just not in the way you think (The Observer)

When the banking system went into meltdown in 2008, an intriguing glimpse of an alternative future appeared. On 31 October, an unknown cryptographer who went by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto launched what he described as "a new electronic cash system that's fully peer to peer, with no trusted third party". The name he assigned to this new currency was bitcoin.

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23 May 2015

US Senate Blocks Bill on N.S.A. Collection of Phone Records (New York Times)

After vigorous debate and intense last-minute pressure by Republican leaders, the Senate on Saturday rejected legislation that would end the federal government's bulk collection of phone records.

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22 May 2015

Why Edward Snowden may be the last whistleblower by Eric Jardine, CIGI research fellow (Globe and Mail)

Right or wrong, the leaks of classified information by Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley) shook things up. Some people look at what Mr. Snowden did and call him a traitor, others a modern day Daniel Ellsberg - a hero of free speech and democracy. The debate is highly polarized.

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Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations (Reuters)

Russia's media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws and a spokesman said on Thursday they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules.

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Europe Seeks a Model to Repel U.S. Internet Giants (Wall Street Journal)

The European Union has woken up from one nightmare to find itself in another. After a five-year economic crisis, which Greece's travails suggest might not yet be over, European policy makers now worry that their most successful job generators are at the mercy of U.S.-owned digital companies.

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Google a step closer to developing machines with human-like intelligence (The Guardian)

Computers will have developed "common sense" within a decade and we could be counting them among our friends not long afterwards, one of the world's leading AI scientists has predicted.

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21 May 2015

Chehadé Announces Intention to End His Tenure as ICANN President & CEO in March 2016

ICANN today (21 May) announced that President and CEO Fadi Chehadé has informed the Board he will be concluding his tenure in March 2016 to move into a new career in the private sector (outside the Domain Name Industry).

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