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31 October 2014

Top literary agent Andrew Wylie calls Amazon 'Isis-like distribution channel' (The Guardian)

He is the sinister "jackal" of the literary world who counts Salman Rushdie, Philip Roth and Martin Amis among his formidable roster of clients.

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Nato frontline in life-or-death war on cyber-terrorists (The Guardian)

It's been a busy week in the skies above Europe's periphery, as Nato has repeatedly scrambled jets to track "unusual" sorties by Russian bombers.

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China: Facebook not banned, but must follow the rules (PC World)

China may be blocking access to Facebook, but that doesn't mean the social media network can't one day enter the country, as long as it follows the rules, a top government official said on Thursday.

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Why the U.S. Has Fallen Behind in Internet Speed and Affordability (New York Times)

America's slow and expensive Internet is more than just an annoyance for people trying to watch "Happy Gilmore" on Netflix. Largely a consequence of monopoly providers, the sluggish service could have long-term economic consequences for American competitiveness.

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Donuts Among Big Winners As Total New gTLD Registrations Pass 3 Million In 9 Months

There are now over three million domain names registered across the 254 new gTLDs that have entered General Availability and another 173 that have been delegated according to figures compiled by

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30 October 2014

Biggest ever cyber security exercise in Europe today (ENISA)

More than 200 organisations and 400 cyber-security professionals from 29 European countries are testing their readiness to counter cyber-attacks in a day-long simulation, organised by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).

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Child sex exploitation is a 'social norm’, damning UK report finds (Daily Telegraph [UK])

Music videos, "selfies" and "sexting" have led to the sexual exploitation of children becoming the "norm" in some areas, a report claims.

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FBI demands new powers to hack into computers and carry out surveillance (The Guardian)

The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to seize significant new powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers throughout the US and around the world.

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Australian Government will pay telcos and ISPs under metadata retention bill (The Guardian)

The Abbott government will make "substantial" payments to Australian telcos and internet service providers under a new scheme requiring the companies to store data about their customers' activities for two years.

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Internet experts see 'major cyber attacks' increasing over next decade (The Guardian)

Cyber attacks on countries and corporations are likely to increase in the next decade, according to a majority of internet experts surveyed for a new report by the US-based Pew Research Center.

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29 October 2014

GCHQ views data with no warrant, government admits (The Guardian)

British intelligence services can access raw material collected in bulk by the NSA and other foreign spy agencies without a warrant, the government has confirmed for the first time.

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Retain private data for police use or face $685,000 fine, Swedish authority tells ISP (Computerworld)

Swedish ISP Bahnhof must resume retaining customer communications metadata for police use by the end of November or pay a fine of 5 million Swedish Kronor (US$685,000), the Swedish telecom authority has ruled.

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Australina police defends power to block websites (The Age)

Australia's top law-enforcement agency has defended its use of a controversial law that requires internet service providers to block websites it and other government agencies deem illegal, without judicial oversight.

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28 October 2014

Usage Stalls For Twitter; Shares Drop (New York Times)

Dick Costolo, Twitter's chief executive, has been sprucing up the social network this year. So far, however, the renovations don't seem to be flashy enough to bring in many newcomers or persuade the veterans to return more frequently.

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US urges coalition to wage online battle against Islamic State militants (ABC News)

Washington has called for the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group to be extended to the internet to stop the jihadists' online propaganda.

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27 October 2014

Let grandmas teach you a thing or two - about Facebook (Washington Post)

There were many reactions Verizon Wireless salesman Joseph Ramireza expected to hear when he introduced an iPhone to his oldest client this year. It would have been perfectly normal for the elderly Minnesota man to show confusion, maybe curiosity, possibly indifference. Instead, the 85-year-old said this:

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One-Third of Top Websites Restrict Customers' Right to Sue (New York Times)

Walk into the grocery store, and you can sue if a clumsy clerk drops a box on your head. But what happens if a website leaks your personal data? Or if an online retailer misleads you about the cost of a purchase? Depending on the site you're visiting, your legal rights are murkier.

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Thousands of Hungarians protest against tax on Internet traffic (Reuters)

Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest on Sunday against a planned new tax on Internet data transfers, which they said would not only increase the tax burden but would also curb fundamental democratic rights and freedoms.

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How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism (New York Times)

Many of the people who read this article will do so because Greg Marra, 26, a Facebook engineer, calculated that it was the kind of thing they might enjoy.

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ICANN Issues Statement Saying Considering Postponing Marrakech Meeting

Following a report in the Moroccan Le360, ICANN have issued a statement regarding speculation their 52nd public meeting scheduled to be held in Marrakech, ICANN has issued a statement to say they are currently discussing options with the hosts.

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26 October 2014

Silencing extreme views, even if they are those of internet trolls, is wrong (The Observer)

Internet trolls are among the worst specimens the human race can offer. But they are not a reason to nod through another restriction on personal freedom

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25 October 2014

Tim Berners-Lee: hateful people on the web are 'staggering' (The Guardian)

Tim Berners-Lee has expressed sadness that the web has mirrored the dark side of humanity, as well as enabling its "wonderful side" to flourish.

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The Queen sends her first tweet (Reuters)

The Queen made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter.

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24 October 2014

PIPCU Gets Funding To 2017 To Continue Fight Against IP Fraud, And Suspend Related Domains

The City of London's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has been given funding to ensure its existence to at least 2017, and will undoubtedly see it continue to be a thorn in the side of those who peddle counterfeit goods online.

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ICANN To Allow Two-Character Domains In New gTLDs

It was resisted by the Governmental Advisory Committee and some security experts, but following a request from a Registry Operators group, ICANN will now develop procedures to allow the registration of two-character domains in new gTLDs.

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