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27 September 2016
The .cloud new gTLD passed the 70,000 registration mark in mid-September, almost nine months to the day after General Availability commenced and continues growing, with many but by no means all registrations in the cloud computing sector.
Germany wants to become the first country to set up a comprehensive 5G mobile network, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung quoted digital infrastructure minister Alexander Dobrindt as saying in Tuesday's editions.
The Democratization of Censorship (Krebs On Security)
... However, events of the past week have convinced me that one of the fastest-growing censorship threats on the Internet today comes not from nation-states, but from super-empowered individuals who have been quietly building extremely potent cyber weapons with transnational reach.
Justice Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday the German government could take legal action against Facebook and other social media groups if they do not intensify their fight against illegal hate speech or Islamist "terror phantasies".
With speculation mounting that Twitter Inc will soon have a new corporate owner, the 10-year-old social networking service - which has long struggled to define its core purpose -may end up heading in one of several distinctly different directions depending on who ends up paying for it.
26 September 2016
Thailand is studying plans to toughen tax collection rules for internet and technology firms like Alphabet Inc's Google, the head of the Revenue Department told Reuters, as the tax affairs of these firms comes under growing scrutiny in Southeast Asia.
Editors from two Palestinian news publications based in the occupied West Bank say their Facebook accounts were suspended last week and that no reason was provided, alleging their pages may have been censored because of a recent agreement between the US social media giant and the Israeli government aimed at tackling "incitement".
Swiss endorse new surveillance powers (BBC News)
Swiss voters have given a strong approval to a law on new surveillance powers for the intelligence agencies.
24 September 2016
In disclosing that at least 500 million of its user accounts had been hacked, Yahoo blamed an unnamed "state-sponsored actor" for the intrusion. While Yahoo customers were caught by surprise, officials in Washington were not.
23 September 2016
Attack on Yahoo hit 500 million users (BBC News)
Yahoo says hackers stole information from about 500 million users in 2014 in what appears to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history.
22 September 2016
Imagine being able to download the entire Game of Thrones series in high definition in less than one second.
Cyber attacks on satellites could spark global catastrophe, experts warn (The Independent)
The world is dangerously unprepared for a global disaster sparked by cyber attacks on space infrastructure, experts have warned.
Ted Cruz is wrong about how free speech is censored on the Internet by Tim Berners-Lee and Daniel Weitzner (Washington Post)
Sen. Ted Cruz wants to engineer a United States takeover of a key Internet organization, ICANN, in the name of protecting freedom of expression.
EU plan swaps roaming fees for roaming fudge (PC World)
The European Commission has reworked its plan to end mobile phone roaming fees in the face of widespread criticism of its 90-day annual limit.
Threatening file-sharers with high fines or even prison sentences is not the best way to stop piracy. New research published by UK researchers shows that perceived risk has no effect on people's file-sharing habits. Instead, the entertainment industries should focus on improving the legal options, so these can compete with file-sharing.
21 September 2016
Alphabet's Google has been given an extra three weeks to respond to EU antitrust charges that it abused its dominant Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals, the European Commission said on Tuesday.
MMX, or Minds Machines, certainly sees a bright future in China. In an announcement on the London Stock Exchange Tuesday, the company announced a Chinese investment company based in the tax haven of the Cayman Islands will be buying £5.5 million ($7.1m) worth of shares in the new gTLD company.
The .shop new gTLD has received over 2,000 registrations and over $2 million in revenue, and General Availability does not even open until next week. The announcement came ten days before the commencement of General Availability on 26 September.
The secretive hermit kingdom of North Korea secretly let slip the country has the grand total of 28 domain names registered for its ccTLD, .kp. It appears .kp domain names are as common as filling dinners!
20 September 2016
The .shop new gTLD is was off to a great start and appears to have gained 1,197 applications during its Sunrise period that ended 29 August, with around 350 of these coming in the last week, making it one of the most successful Sunrise periods for a new gTLD. But .blog is on track to beat this. Only halfway through its Sunrise period the registry is claiming over 600 applications.
ICANN's Board approved a proposal to hold their third public meeting for 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, at regular meeting of the board on 15 September.
'Chatbots are the new apps," said Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella earlier this year. He was not the first senior tech exec to make this claim.
18 September 2016
There were 334.6 million domain names registered around the world as of 30 June, an increase of 7.9 million, or 2.4 percent, over the previous quarter with three quarters (74.7%) of the growth coming from registrations in new gTLDs, according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief.
When WhatsApp, the messaging app, launched in 2009, it struck me as one of the most interesting innovations I'd seen in ages - for two reasons. The first was that it seemed beautifully designed from the outset: it was clean, minimalist and efficient; and, secondly, it had a business model that did not depend on advertising. Instead, users got a year free, after which they paid a modest annual subscription.
In 2013, US federal agents investigating the child pornography collection of one David S. Engle -- who was later sentenced in Washington state to 25 years in prison -- came across a new set of eight images. The pictures showed five boys, ranging in age from around seven to 15, urinating outdoors, shaving their pubic hair, and posing naked in bathtubs.