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26 September 2016

Swiss endorse new surveillance powers (BBC News)

Swiss voters have given a strong approval to a law on new surveillance powers for the intelligence agencies.

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24 September 2016

Hackers Trawl User Data in Hopes a Small Target Will Lead to a Big One (New York Times)

In disclosing that at least 500 million of its user accounts had been hacked, Yahoo blamed an unnamed "state-sponsored actor" for the intrusion. While Yahoo customers were caught by surprise, officials in Washington were not.

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23 September 2016

Attack on Yahoo hit 500 million users (BBC News)

Yahoo says hackers stole information from about 500 million users in 2014 in what appears to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history.

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22 September 2016

Nokia touts latest breakthrough in achieving mega fast internet speeds (News.com.au)

Imagine being able to download the entire Game of Thrones series in high definition in less than one second.

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Cyber attacks on satellites could spark global catastrophe, experts warn (The Independent)

The world is dangerously unprepared for a global disaster sparked by cyber attacks on space infrastructure, experts have warned.

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Ted Cruz is wrong about how free speech is censored on the Internet by Tim Berners-Lee and Daniel Weitzner (Washington Post)

Sen. Ted Cruz wants to engineer a United States takeover of a key Internet organization, ICANN, in the name of protecting freedom of expression.

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EU plan swaps roaming fees for roaming fudge (PC World)

The European Commission has reworked its plan to end mobile phone roaming fees in the face of widespread criticism of its 90-day annual limit.

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Stop Piracy? Legal Alternatives Beat Legal Threats, Research Shows (TorrentFreak)

Threatening file-sharers with high fines or even prison sentences is not the best way to stop piracy. New research published by UK researchers shows that perceived risk has no effect on people's file-sharing habits. Instead, the entertainment industries should focus on improving the legal options, so these can compete with file-sharing.

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21 September 2016

Google gets more time to counter EU antitrust charge on Android (Reuters)

Alphabet's Google has been given an extra three weeks to respond to EU antitrust charges that it abused its dominant Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

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MMX Reveals $7.1 Million Investment By Chinese

MMX, or Minds Machines, certainly sees a bright future in China. In an announcement on the London Stock Exchange Tuesday, the company announced a Chinese investment company based in the tax haven of the Cayman Islands will be buying £5.5 million ($7.1m) worth of shares in the new gTLD company.

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.SHOP Grosses Over $2 Million From 2,000 Domains With General Availability Commencing 26 September

The .shop new gTLD has received over 2,000 registrations and over $2 million in revenue, and General Availability does not even open until next week. The announcement came ten days before the commencement of General Availability on 26 September.

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North Korea Has Grand Total Of 28 .KP Domains

The secretive hermit kingdom of North Korea secretly let slip the country has the grand total of 28 domain names registered for its ccTLD, .kp. It appears .kp domain names are as common as filling dinners!

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20 September 2016

.BLOG Another gTLD Off To A Flying Sunrise Start

The .shop new gTLD is was off to a great start and appears to have gained 1,197 applications during its Sunrise period that ended 29 August, with around 350 of these coming in the last week, making it one of the most successful Sunrise periods for a new gTLD. But .blog is on track to beat this. Only halfway through its Sunrise period the registry is claiming over 600 applications.

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ICANN Announces Third 2018 Public Meeting For Barcelona

ICANN's Board approved a proposal to hold their third public meeting for 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, at regular meeting of the board on 15 September.

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Why Facebook and Microsoft say chatbots are the talk of the town (The Guardian)

'Chatbots are the new apps," said Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella earlier this year. He was not the first senior tech exec to make this claim.

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18 September 2016

Global Domain Registrations Grow 7.9 Million In Q2 Driven By New gTLD Growth

There were 334.6 million domain names registered around the world as of 30 June, an increase of 7.9 million, or 2.4 percent, over the previous quarter with three quarters (74.7%) of the growth coming from registrations in new gTLDs, according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief.

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Don't let WhatsApp coax you into sharing your data with Facebook (The Observer)

When WhatsApp, the messaging app, launched in 2009, it struck me as one of the most interesting innovations I'd seen in ages - for two reasons. The first was that it seemed beautifully designed from the outset: it was clean, minimalist and efficient; and, secondly, it had a business model that did not depend on advertising. Instead, users got a year free, after which they paid a modest annual subscription.

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How the US feds used Internet searches to find 5 child pornography victims (Ars Technica)

In 2013, US federal agents investigating the child pornography collection of one David S. Engle -- who was later sentenced in Washington state to 25 years in prison -- came across a new set of eight images. The pictures showed five boys, ranging in age from around seven to 15, urinating outdoors, shaving their pubic hair, and posing naked in bathtubs.

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China, India now world’s largest Internet markets: UN Broadband Commission releases new country-by-country data on state of broadband access worldwide (International Telecommunication Union)

​​​​India has overtaken the United States to become the world's second largest Internet market, with 333 million users, trailing China's 721 million. But a new report released today by the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development also confirms that just six nations - including China and India - together account for 55% of the total global population still offline, because of the sheer size of their populations.

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17 September 2016

EU says widespread use of geoblocking may breach antitrust rules (Reuters)

EU antitrust regulators said on Thursday they may take action against online and electronic retailers restricting cross-border sales within the bloc but only on a case-by-case basis.

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Edward Snowden Says Disclosures Bolstered Individual Privacy (New York Times)

Edward J. Snowden, the former American intelligence contractor who leaked documents about surveillance programs, said on Friday that his disclosures had improved privacy for individuals in the United States, and he declared that "being patriotic doesn't mean simply agreeing with your government."

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16 September 2016

Chrome and Firefox Block Pirate Bay Over "Harmful Programs" (TorrentFreak)

Chrome and Firefox are actively blocking direct access to the The Pirate Bay's download pages. According to Google's Safe Browsing diagnostics service TPB contains "harmful programs," most likely triggered by malicious advertisements running on the site. Comodo DNS also showed a "hacking" warning but this disappeared after a few hours.

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15 September 2016

European Commission plans free wi-fi in public spaces (BBC News)

The European Commission wants free wi-fi to be provided in public spaces across its member states within four years.

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Facebook, Twitter join network to tackle fake news (Reuters)

Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc have joined a network of over 30 news and technology companies to tackle fake news and improve the quality of information on social media, the group said on Tuesday.

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E.U. Rules Look to Unify Digital Market, but U.S. Sees Protectionism (New York Times)

Google may have to pay publishers for their content. Facebook might, too. WhatsApp could have to follow tougher telecom standards.

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