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07 July 2015

European Domain Centre Checks Out Who Uses New gTLD Domains

Have you been seeing domain names from some of the new gTLDs out in the wild? Quite possibly not, or at least very few. To give you an idea of who is using these domains, the European Domain Centre has checked out a few of those that have taken to using them.

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06 July 2015

Russian parliament approves Internet privacy bill (Reuters)

Russia's parliament gave its final approval on Friday to a law that would require Internet search engines to remove users' personal information from their results.

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05 July 2015

Humans are the weakest link when it comes to encryption (The Observer)

"Encryption works," said Edward Snowden in June 2013, in reply to a question from a Guardian reader about how he could protect his communications from NSA/GCHQ surveillance. "Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on." Mr Snowden is a smart and thoughtful guy and he chooses his words with care. So note the qualifications in that sentence: "strong crypto" and "properly implemented".

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04 July 2015

Should Google Always Tell the Truth? (The Atlantic)

What is Google's responsibility to its searchers? In a Thursday panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Ashkan Soltani, the Federal Trade Commission's chief technologist, offered a hypothetical that captured why that question is so difficult to answer.

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03 July 2015

North America Runs Out Of New IPv4 Addresses

The need to adopt IPv6 became a little more urgent this week when ARIN was unable to meet a request for IPv4 addresses.

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European Police to Target Islamist Radicals on Social Media Accounts (New York Times)

Europol, the European police agency based in The Hague, will create a new unit next month to discover and dismantle social media accounts used by Islamist radicals to spread their message and recruit foreigners, the agency announced on Wednesday.

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When to post things to Facebook if you want the most likes (Washington Post)

Facebook's elusive algorithm, the one that makes some posts super visible and others seemingly invisible, is something most Facebook users might never understand. But behind most far-reaching posts is at least one subtle but important factor everyone can grasp: good timing.

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The Next Mark Zuckerberg Is Not Who You Might Think (New York Times)

Many people think they know what the founder of a tech start-up looks like: a 20-something man who spent his childhood playing on computers in his basement and who later dropped out of college to become a billionaire entrepreneur.

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02 July 2015

China passes new national security law extending control over internet (The Guardian)

China has passed a wide-ranging national security law expanding its legal reach over the internet and even outer space as concerns grow about ever-tighter limits on rights.

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YouTube not liable on copyright, but needs to do more - German court (Reuters)

A German court reaffirmed on Wednesday that YouTube was only responsible for blocking copyright-infringing videos which had been brought to its attention, but the judicial panel said the Google video unit could do more to stop breaches.

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Facebook Wins a Round in Austrian Court Case (New York Times)

A court in Vienna has rejected a class-action suit against Facebook that centered on how the social network collected and used data on its 1.4 billion users.

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01 July 2015

Global Domain Registrations Climb Six Million To 294 Million In First Quarter 2015: Verisign

The total number of domain names registered across all top level domains around the world grew by six million in the first quarter of 2015, to a total of 294 million domains as of 31 March, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign released Tuesday.

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Privacy Advocates Aghast As Entertainment Industry Pushes For Commercial Registrants To Reveal WHOIS

Privacy advocates are aghast at ICANN's proposed changes to current rules around privacy and proxy services for domain name registrants. The changes, that many see as being lobbied for by the US entertainment industry, would see "commercial" registrants forced to reveal their identity and contact details.

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U.S. Surveillance Court Rules That N.S.A. Can Resume Bulk Data Collection (New York Times)

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled late Monday that the National Security Agency may temporarily resume its once-secret program that systematically collects records of Americans' domestic phone calls in bulk.

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Europe agrees to scrap roaming charges while paving way for 'internet fast lane' (The Guardian)

Holidaymakers travelling within the EU will pay the same price to use their mobile phone as they would at home from June 2017, after a deal was reached by European authorities.

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When it comes to online shopping, we're browsing more and buying less (Washington Post)

It's only getting harder for retailers to close the deal with online shoppers.

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VPNs may not protect your information as well as you think (Endgadget)

VPNs (virtual private networks) are a popular choice for sidestepping censorship and geographic restrictions on services like Netflix with more than 20 percent of Europeans using them. However, researchers at the Queen Mary, University of London recently examined 14 of the region's most popular VPN providers and found nearly all of them leaked information about their users to some degree. These leaks ranged from minor, ie what site you visited, to major infractions including the actual content of your communications.

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US Ruling That Apple Led E-Book Pricing Conspiracy Is Upheld (New York Times)

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling that determined Apple to be the leader of an industrywide conspiracy among book publishers to raise prices of digital books.

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Data roaming charges to end in EU within two years (BBC News)

Data roaming charges are set to be abolished within the European Union by June 2017, it has been announced.

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30 June 2015

Study Suggests That Google Has Its Thumb on Scale in Search (New York Times)

Google entices people to search by promising links to the best that the web has to offer. But research released Monday, led by top academics but paid for by one of Google's rivals, suggests that Google sometimes alters results to play up its own content despite people's preferences.

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Were All Those Rainbow Profile Photos Another Facebook Study? (The Atlantic)

Facebook, you may have noticed, turned into a rainbow-drenched spectacle following the Supreme Court's decision Friday that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right.

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How the internet still fails disabled people (The Guardian)

Elaine suffers from depression and anxiety. A psychiatric nurse suggested that she learn how to use a computer to keep in contact with her family so that she didn't feel so isolated. So Elaine decided to attend one-to-one tutorials at Cambridge Online. "I'm in my 50s. We didn't have computers when I was at school, so it was quite a job to teach me. I didn't even know how to use a keyboard and was afraid if I hit a wrong button, I would break it."

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29 June 2015

How Television Won the Internet by Michael Wolff (New York Times)

Rupert Murdoch recently appointed his son James chief executive of 21st Century Fox, prompting the obvious question: How can a guy whose main credential is a silver spoon compete with Silicon Valley's meritocratic coders and entrepreneurs?

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Why we are resigned to giving our data to corporate spies (The Guardian)

'The business model of the internet," writes the security expert Bruce Schneier in his excellent new book Data and Goliath, "is surveillance." States engage in it for their own inscrutable purposes and - as we know from Edward Snowden - they do it on a colossal scale. But the giant internet companies do it too, on an equally large scale. The only difference is that they claim that they do it with our consent, whereas the state doesn't really bother with that.

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Have the copyright bullies in Australia pushed too hard? by Mark Gregory (Business Spectator)

The owners of the film Dallas Buyers Club and the multinationals supporting the world wide fight against illegal downloading have adopted tactics that go too far. While the media companies deserve a modicum of protection from blatant copyright infringement the Coalition's heavy-handed legislation is likely to cause the average consumer far more headaches than discomfit online pirates.

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