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01 August 2014

Sedo Powers 16,216 Domain Sales In First Six Months Of 2014

Sedo was behind 16,216 transactions worth a total of $35.9 million in sales over the first six months of 2014, the company announced in its First Half 2014 Domain Market Study.

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Why did all these countries start asking for Twitter's user data? (Washington Post)

Twitter's latest transparency report is out, and the company's new data show a 46-percent jump in the number of government requests for user information since the company issued its last report covering July to December of 2013. That most of the requests, about 61 percent, originated in the United States is also hardly unexpected; for the first time, however, the company has broken down its data on a state-by-state basis. Only two states, Idaho and Wyoming, saw zero requests.

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Dark net drugs adverts 'double in less than a year' (BBC News)

The number of listings offering illegal drugs for sale on the "dark net" appears to have more than doubled in less than a year, BBC News has learned.

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Judge Rules That Microsoft Must Turn Over Data Stored in Ireland (New York Times)

Microsoft has suffered a setback in its efforts to block federal prosecutors from seizing a customer's data that is stored overseas.

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Google Details Problems With Handling Right to Be Forgotten Requests (New York Times)

Google says complying with Europe's so-called right to be forgotten ruling is getting complicated.

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Russia enacts 'draconian' law for bloggers and online media (BBC News)

A new law imposing restrictions on users of social media has come into effect in Russia.

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Google facing European antitrust scrutiny of Android device deals (The Guardian)

Google's next tangle with European regulators is likely to focus on the deals it strikes with smartphone and tablet manufacturers using its Android software.

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No silver bullet to curb online piracy (Business Spectator)

Film companies, content distributors, internet service providers and consumer advocates have until the first day of September to make their voices heard on the knotty issue of online piracy, but it's not difficult to guess what they are going to say.

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31 July 2014

Illegal downloading is simply theft: Australian communications minister (ABC News)

Australians are among the world's most prolific downloader's of illegal videos and music and the Government looks likely to ask internet service providers to do more to crack down on piracy.

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ICANN's .IR Response Opens Legal Can of Worms by Philip Corwin, Internet Commerce Association (Internet Commerce Association)

ICANN has filed its initial response to writs of attachment issued by U.S. Courts that seek to have ICANN transfer control of the ccTLDs of Iran, Syria and North Korea to plaintiffs in various legal actions. The lawsuits were brought under a U.S. law that permits victims of terrorism and their family survivors to seek the assets of governments that provided support or direction of the terrorist acts.

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In Case Over Attempts To Seize Iran's ccTLD, ICANN Tells Court ccTLDs Are Not Property

ICANN has told a US federal court in the District of Columbia, that a ccTLD cannot be considered "property," and thus cannot be attached by plaintiffs in a lawsuit, who are trying to obtain the assets of countries that they argued have supported terrorism.

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30 July 2014

Pressure Grows on E.U. Regulator to Rethink Google Settlement (New York Times)

During the past five years, Google has taken a gingerly approach to fighting its antitrust battles in the European Union, nurturing a working relationship with JoaquĆ­n Almunia, the bloc's competition commissioner, and patiently presenting him with three sets of proposals to settle antitrust complaints that it favored its own business over that of rivals in search results.

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Right to be forgotten is unworkable, say British peers (The Guardian)

A "right to be forgotten" - enforcing the removal of online material - is wrong in principle and unworkable in practice, a parliamentary committee has said.

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Block The Pirate Bay Within 3 Days, Austrian ISPs Told (TorrentFreak)

Austrian ISPs have been told they have just days to block not only The Pirate Bay but also Movie4K, one of the world's most famous streaming sites. The blockades, which were demanded by Hollywood-backed anti-piracy outfit VAP, are supported by recent decisions from both the Supreme Court in Austria and the European Court of Justice.

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OKCupid experiments with 'bad' dating matches (BBC News)

Dating website OKCupid has revealed that it experimented on its users, including putting the "wrong" people together to see if they would connect.

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Australians embracing the internet - but as a supplement to TV (The Guardian)

The internet will soon take over from TV as Australia's favourite entertainment source as the country reaches the "digital tipping point".

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Max Mosley sues Google over sex party photos (BBC News)

Ex-Formula 1 boss Max Mosley is suing Google for continuing to publish images of him with prostitutes at a sex party.

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Internet Of Things Contains Average Of 25 Vulnerabilities Per Device (Dark Reading)

New study finds high volume of security flaws in such IoT devices as webcams, home thermostats, remote power outlets, sprinkler controllers, home alarms, and garage door openers.

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Data retention plan will cost Australian consumers $100 a year, warns iinet (The Guardian)

Internet service provider iinet has warned of significant costs and privacy concerns with a mandatory data retention regime that is currently being considered by the federal government.

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29 July 2014

A.C.L.U. and Human Rights Watch Say Surveillance Programs Hurt News Coverage (New York Times)

The Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union have issued a sharp rebuke of large-scale surveillance programs carried out by the United States government, saying in a joint report that such practices are hindering journalists.

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London police placing anti-piracy warning ads on illegal sites (BBC News)

The City of London police has started placing banner advertisements on websites believed to be offering pirated content illegally.

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The internet of things - the next big challenge to our privacy (The Guardian)

If there's a depressing slogan for the early era of the commercial internet, it's this: "Privacy is dead - get over it."

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Mandatory Australian data retention is a rort (Business Spectator)

Federal Attorney-General George Brandis is actively considering a mandatory data retention scheme under which ISPs and telcos would be forced to keep information (metadata) about customers' phone and online activities for up to two years, for access by law enforcement agencies.

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Chinese regulators target Microsoft, over possible antitrust concerns (Washington Post)

Chinese regulators have visited several Microsoft offices in China, in relation to an apparent antitrust investigation.

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New Australian national network for reporting online child sexual abuse content (ACMA)

Australian efforts against the trade in online child sexual abuse material have been significantly strengthened with the finalisation of formal agreements between the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the police forces of Queensland and Victoria.

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