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12 February 2016

The future of television, according to Google (Washington Post)

Google is increasingly interested in building an alternative to the traditional cable set-top box, according to a top exec for Google Fiber.

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Dallas Buyers Club piracy case abandoned but illegal downloaders warned of trouble ahead (ABC News)

Thousands of Australians who illegally downloaded copies of Dallas Buyers Club "can breathe a sigh of relief" after an ongoing legal case was abandoned by the film's makers, but experts have warned there is trouble ahead for those who continue the practice.

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Google takes wider action on 'right to be forgotten' (BBC News)

Tech giant Google says it will hide content removed under the "right to be forgotten" from all versions of the search engine when viewed from countries where removal was approved.

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11 February 2016

Donuts and MPAA Work To Thwart Piracy, But EFF Says TLD Operators Should Not Be Content Police

Donuts and the US's Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have made a joint announcement that they believe will help ensure that websites using domains registered under the Donuts operated new gTLDs are not engaged in large-scale piracy. But the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is scathing of the agreement saying that "the companies and organisations that run the [DNS] shouldn't be in the business of policing the contents of websites, or enforcing laws that can impinge on free speech.

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Australia's Dallas Buyers Club saga draws to a close (Computerworld)

The long-running legal action launched by the rights holders of the movie Dallas Buyers Club today draws to a close.

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Australian Government introduces ‘Netflix tax’ bill (Computerworld)

The government has introduced a bill to implement what has been dubbed the 'Netflix tax': An expansion of the GST to apply to digital services consumed by Australians but provided by overseas suppliers.

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US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you (The Guardian)

The US intelligence chief has acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to increase their surveillance capabilities.

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Report places NZ well above the rest in tech sector (InternetNZ)

InternetNZ welcomes the release of a report summarising the status of the telecommunications sector in New Zealand.

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10 February 2016

Concerned by cyber threat, Obama seeks big increase in funding (Reuters)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday sought a surge in funding to counter cyber security threats, as his top intelligence official warned Congress that computer attacks were among the most imminent security challenges facing the United States.

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09 February 2016

India blocks Zuckerberg's free net app (BBC News)

India's telecoms regulator has blocked Facebook's Free Basics internet service app as part of a ruling in favour of net neutrality.

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Rise in UK first-date rape claims linked to online dating (BBC News)

The number of people reporting being raped on their first date with someone they met on a dating app has risen six-fold in five years, figures show.

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French data privacy regulator cracks down on Facebook (Reuters)

The French data protection authority on Monday gave Facebook three months to stop tracking non-users' web activity without their consent and ordered the social network to stop some transfers of personal data to the United States.

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Swedish Technology Executive Named ICANN President and CEO

Göran Marby, an experienced business executive and government leader from Sweden has been named the next President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN. He will commence in May 2016.

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08 February 2016

New gTLD Registrations Pass 12 Million, .XYZ and Donuts Pass 2 Million

The total number of domain names registered across all of the new gTLDs continues to grow strongly with the 12 millionth registration happening around 4 February according to And the .xyz gTLD accounts for around one in six, or 2.099 million, of these.

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07 February 2016

We need a social media with heart that gives us time to think by Will Hutton (The Observer)

On average, we check our smartphones 200 times a day - for emails, alerts, tweets or text messages. That's before using any one of our phone's multiple applications. It is a degree of connectivity to one another, and the world beyond, that is unparalleled. And it's difficult to imagine life without it - to be so connected is to have access to instant knowledge, instant exchange, instant laughter and anger.

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06 February 2016

Twitter suspends 125,000 'terrorism' accounts (BBC News)

Twitter says it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 "for threatening or promoting terrorist acts".

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ICANN Announces June Panama Meeting To Be Relocated Due To Zika Virus

ICANN announced yesterday that their 56th public meeting that was to be held in Panama City, scheduled to be held in June 2016, will be moved to another location due to the severity of the Zika Virus outbreak in the Latin America region.

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05 February 2016

Reds Under the Beds! Ted Cruz Afraid of Fadi Chehadé Going to China!

China is not a beacon of free speech and its World Internet Conference isn't either. It is, according to Time Magazine "one of the world's most restrictive -- girded by a complex system of self-censorship, outright filtering and blocking of major Western tech companies." But it is also very well attended with the December 2015 conference "expected to draw participants from 120 nations and regions."

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This robot keyboard will catapult Microsoft into the artificial intelligence race (Washington Post)

The humble keyboard hasn't changed much since it was first invented. Even the jump from physical keyboards to the digital ones you use on your smartphone still look virtually identical -- save for the new emoji keys we've grown accustomed to punching into a text message or tweet.

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Europe's top court mulls legality of hyperlinks to copyrighted content (Ars Technica)

Europe's highest court is considering whether every hyperlink in a Web page should be checked for potentially linking to material that infringes copyright, before it can be used. Such a legal requirement would place an unreasonable burden on anyone who uses hyperlinks, thereby destroying the Web we know and love.

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Blocking all offensive websites is impossible, says Pakistan Telecommunication Auhtority (Express Tribune)

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has finally admitted that it is virtually impossible to block all offensive websites as hundreds of sites emerge every day and even if blocked these may be accessed through proxy sites.

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04 February 2016

ICANN Controversially Rejects .GAY Community Application Again

ICANN has rejected the community application for .gay by dotgay LLC again because it wasn't deemed to be community enough. The application has been through the Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) and reconsideration processes twice.

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Melbourne man used dark web to advise paedophiles on kidnap, rape and torture, court hears (ABC News)

A Melbourne man described by the FBI as one of the world's worst paedophiles encouraged a Russian man to kidnap, rape, torture and murder a five-year-old girl, the Victorian County Court has heard.

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European Privacy Regulators Want Details on ‘Safe Harbor’ Data Deal (New York Times)

Europe's national privacy agencies demanded more details on Wednesday about whether the European Union's new data transfer agreement with the United States would adequately protect individuals' personal information.

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03 February 2016

AusRegistry: Latest Behind The Dot Examines .AU Security And Global Cyber Threats

With internet security becoming an ever growing threat and ever more important issue, the latest issue of the quarterly Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain from AusRegistry examines these issues with a focus on .au.

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