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European Court Invalidates EU-US Data Pact

The personal data of Europeans held in the United States by Internet companies is not safe from US government snooping, the European court of justice ruled today, in a landmark verdict that hits Facebook, Google, Amazon and many others. more»

Facebook, Eutelsat to Build High Throughput Satellite System for Africa

Eutelsat Communications and Facebook announced today their partnership on a new initiative that will leverage satellite technologies to get more Africans online. "Under a multi-year agreement with Spacecom, the two companies will utilize the entire broadband payload on the future AMOS-6 satellite and will build a dedicated system comprising satellite capacity, gateways and terminals," according to the official announcement. more»

Former Chinese Commander Highly Critical of American Internet Policies

Just days after China and the United States hailed a high-level agreement limiting cyberattacks, a former commander of one of the Chinese military's top hacking units lashed out at American Internet policy, in a sign of how far apart Beijing and Washington remain on technology issues... the United States had double standards with online surveillance and that the uncertainty behind the origin of digital attacks makes it difficult to apply traditional rules of engagement to the Internet. more»

Obama, Xi Reach 'Common Understanding' on Curbing Cyber Espionage

resident Obama announced today that he has reached a "common understanding" with Chinese President Xi Jinping on curbing economic cyber espionage, but threatened to impose U.S. sanctions on Chinese hackers who persist with cyber crimes. more»

November 2016 U.S. Elections and the Fate of Internet Privatization

The currently ongoing process of privatizing the Internet technical functions under the IANA Contract -- outside the direct control of the U.S. government -- will not happen before March 2017, predicts Sophia Bekele in an op-ed published in The Hill. more»

Global Re-Distribution of IPv4 Addresses Requires Greater Trading Transparency and Security

He warns millions of IPv4 numbers are impacted by inaccurate records, and as a consequence, ARIN’s registry cannot, in many cases, be relied upon as the definitive single source for establishing the rightful holders of IPv4 address space. more»

EU Launches Inquiry on Whether Online Companies Should be Regulated

The European Commission on Thursday launched an inquiry into the behavior of online companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to try to gauge whether there is a need to regulate the web. more»

ARIN Issues Final IPv4 Addresses in Its Free Pool

Marking an important milestone in the evolution of the Internet, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the nonprofit association that manages the distribution of Internet number resources for its region, announced today that it has issued the final IPv4 addresses in its free pool. The attention now shifts to IPv4's successor, IPv6. more»

Xi Insists on China's Right to Regulate Its Own Internet

Chinese President, Xi Jinping, in response to concerns about China's new Internet regulations and restrictions, says "rule of law also applies to the Internet, with the need to safeguard a country's sovereignty, security and development interests as relevant as in the real world." more»

Apple Uses the .NEWS TLD for Its News Platform

Apple has elected to use the .NEWS top-level domain for its new app on iOS 9. The '' domain will also be used within the app for shortening news links. more»

UN Broadband Commission: Global Broadband Growth in Decline, 4 Billion Still Offline

Broadband Internet is failing to reach those who could benefit most, with Internet access reaching near-saturation in the world's rich nations but not advancing fast enough to benefit the billions of people living in the developing world, according to the 2015 edition of the State of Broadband report. more»

Lufthansa to Offer High-Speed Internet Access on Board Short and Medium-Haul Flights

Lufthansa will start offering broadband on board its short and medium-haul flights beginning early summer 2016, according to an announcement made today. more»

Apple App Store Hit With Major Cyberattack

Many of the most popular iPhone apps in China have been infected with malicious software in what researchers are calling the first major cyberattack on Apple's iOS App Store. According to multiple security research firms, numerous widely used apps such as mobile chat app WeChat, which boasts nearly 500 million active users, have been compromised. more»

Rio Becomes First Latin American City to Offer Its Own TLD

Rio de Janeiro has become the first Latin American city with its own dedicated top-level domain (.rio), allowing individuals and entities who want to identify themselves with the Brazilian city to register their desired domain names with the new extension. more»

ICANN Turning into a FIFA-Like Organization, Says the Guardian

A story published today in the Guardian warns that the US government's plan to give up control of ICANN may create the web's answer to Fifa. more»

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