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22 September 2014

Concerns Small Number Of New gTLDs Hit By Phishers

There are reports that new gTLDs are already a boon for phishers with a report in Infosecurity Magazine saying "it's s a worrying trend that shows fresh addressing to be a boon for phishers and spammers -- at least at first."

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Verisign Wants You To Know Your .COM Is Still Waiting

With hundreds of new gTLDs now available and your desired shorter domain easy to find in one of these gTLDs, Verisign wants registrants to know they can still get a good .com domain. Albeit with a bit of effort and imagination.

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Russia Plans For Being Disconnected From Internet, Bring .RU Under Government Control

The Russian government is preparing an action plan should they be disconnected by the west according to news reports following the deteriorating relations the country is facing with the west. A report in The Guardian suggests the plans could be ready early next year, with the plans brought forward with the aim of reducing Russia's dependency on American technology and digital infrastructure, amid fears that its communications are vulnerable to US spying.

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Sharing Economy Faces Patchwork of Guidelines in European Countries (New York Times)

Start-ups like Uber and Airbnb want European consumers to embrace their companies. Yet when it comes to persuading policy makers, these companies have run into regulatory hurdles that have exposed the European Union's uneven response to technological innovation.

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World Wide Web inventor slams Internet fast lanes: 'It's bribery.' (Washington Post)

A quarter-century ago, Timothy Berners-Lee designed the world's first Web browser and server, kicking off a thing that people started calling the World Wide Web.

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China Clamps Down on Web, Pinching Companies Like Google (New York Times)

Google's problems in China just got worse. As part of a broad campaign to tighten internal security, the Chinese government has draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks, a situation that has made it more difficult for Google and its customers to do business.

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Grindr: accurately predicting Scottish referendum results since 17 September (The Guardian)

Forget Ipsos Mori, YouGov and ICM; it turns out the most accurate predictor of the Scottish referendum result was Grindr, the hook-up app for gay and bisexual men.

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The Pirate Bay Runs on 21 "Raid-Proof" Virtual Machines (TorrentFreak)

With several million daily visitors The Pirate Bay is one of the 100 most-visited websites on the Internet. Despite its massive presence the website does not have a giant server park. Instead, it operates from the cloud, on 21 virtual machines that can be quickly moved if needed.

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21 September 2014

GCHQ employs more than 100 dyslexic and dyspraxic spies (Sunday Telegraph)

The British intelligence agency uses dyslexics' ability to analyse complex information in a 'dispassionate, logical and analytical' in the fight against terror

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China shuts almost 1.8 mln accounts in pornography crackdown (Reuters)

China's Cyperspace Administration has closed nearly 1.8 million accounts on social networking and instant messaging services since it launched its anti-pornography campaign in April, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday.

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20 September 2014

Putin considers plan to unplug Russia from the internet 'in an emergency' (The Guardian)

The Kremlin is considering radical plans to unplug Russia from the global internet in the event of a serious military confrontation or big anti-government protests at home, Russian officials hinted on Friday.

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Ottawa's disturbing appetite for Internet subscriber information: Geist (The Star)

Government and law enforcement warrantless requests for telecom and Internet subscriber information have emerged as a major concern in recent months with revelations of tens of thousands of requests annually. The Supreme Court of Canada examined the issue in June, issuing the landmark Spencer decision that confirmed there is a reasonable expectation of privacy in subscriber data and raising serious doubts about the constitutionality of voluntary disclosures that occur without court oversight.

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Why Australia's NBN's cost-benefit analysis is flawed on arrival by Mark Gregory (Business Spectator)

The recent Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) business luncheon held in Melbourne provided a venue for NBN Co chairman Ziggy Switkowski and Professor Henry Ergas to provide a valuable insight into the NBN's new direction.

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19 September 2014

Israel's N.S.A. Scandal (New York Times)

In Moscow this summer, while reporting a story for Wired magazine, I had the rare opportunity to hang out for three days with Edward J. Snowden. It gave me a chance to get a deeper understanding of who he is and why, as a National Security Agency contractor, he took the momentous step of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.

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Tim Cook didn't address Apple's real privacy problem (CNN)

Tim Cook is deflecting the conversation with his new statement about privacy.

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Credit Card Companies Enable Piracy, Study Claims (Variety)

A new report takes aim at the role that credit card companies are playing in enabling cyberlockers to collect tens of millions of dollars for pirated content.

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US Study: Cities with super fast Internet speeds are more productive (Washington Post)

It's become an article of faith among politicians, investors and entrepreneurs that the Internet -- and access to it -- is an economic engine. It helps connect Americans to education and government services. It serves as a platform for new ideas and companies that wind up changing the world. And it reduces costs for consumers and businesses everywhere.

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Why a company you've never heard of is about to take over the world (Salon)

The Chinese company Alibaba is going public at 9:30 AM ET on Friday. It is poised to be the largest IPO in history, expected to raise $21 billion. According to Fortune, the offering price will be in the range of $60 to $68 per share.

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18 September 2014

News Corp. and Google in a War of Words (New York Times)

A war of words has broken out between News Corporation and Google.

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Free speech goes to court in Singapore (Al Jazeera)

Roy Ngerng is set for a court battle over a defamation suit filed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, a case that has catapulted the blogger into the limelight in the fight for freedom of expression in this city-state.

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Warning over Isis cyber threat (Financial Times)

The Islamist militants who have seized almost a third of Iraq and Syria pose the next great cyber threat as terrorist organisations hoard cyber weaponry from underground markets, the chief executive of FireEye has warned.

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Website numbers explode past 1 billion mark, and counting (ABC News)

The number of websites has burst above one billion and is growing apace, according to figures updated in real time by online tracker Internet Live Stats.

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Germany to toughen penalties against child porn (Reuters)

Germany is seeking to widen its definition of child pornography and jail people for up to three years for owning or trading photographs of naked children that are considered pornographic, according to a new draft law.

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John Key says Edward Snowden 'may well be right' about NSA spying on NZ (The Guardian)

The claim by Edward Snowden that New Zealanders' internet traffic is accessible through a NSA intelligence database "may well be right", the country's prime minister, John Key, has acknowledged.

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17 September 2014

Former New Zealand spy chief denies capacity for mass surveillance following Edward Snowden claims (ABC News)

The former head of the New Zealand spy agency at the centre of allegations of mass surveillance of residents says the organisation does not have the capacity for such a task.

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