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Vint Cerf Explains Google's Biggest Challenge in Telecommunications Space

In his recent visit to Google's Seattle office, Vint Cerf discussed various topics with reporters including Google's recent bid on the wireless airwaves. Below are a couple of questions asked during this session by Seattle Times' reporter, Brier Dudley: What's going to be Google's biggest challenge if it moves into the telecommunications space... more»

CADNA Launches National Campaign Against Typosquatting

The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA), a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C., is confronting 'cybersquatting', or as defined in the report today, the fraudulent abuse of domain name registration that threatens the future viability of Internet commerce. From today's release: "To effectively combat cybersquatting, CADNA will work at the federal and international levels to make these fraudulent practices difficult to establish and unprofitable to maintain. Among the coalition's goals are to pursue congressional legislation that would increase the statutory damages set forth by the existing Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act..." more»

Spam About to Get Worst, Says Former Spammer in New Book

A spammer who goes by the name "Ed" (and sometimes SpammerX ), has gotten out of the business and written a book, "Inside the Spam Cartel: Trade Secrets from the Dark Side". The book, which has had a particular level of interest in the law enforcement circles eager to learn more about the spam business, predicts the spam problem will only get worse. Ed says: "As broadband speeds increase, spammers will increasingly look to market goods by making VoIP calls or sending out videos..." more»

Google Will Bid At Least $4.6 Billion on Wireless Airwaves

Google has announced today that it will bid at least $4.6 billion on the wireless airwaves that are to be auctioned off by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). However Google will only commit to its bid if the following conditions are met... Om Malik of GigaOM says that behind all the 'openness' of Google's proposal, there are likely hefty vested interests in play... more»

VoIP and IP-Based Network Skills in High Demand

Network World is reporting that VoIP and wireless LAN network skills are in high demand as companies are looking for better support of wireless LANs, VoIP and IP-based networks. From the report: "Forrester Research recently released data that showed the number of network systems and data communications analysts surged by 11% from 2005 to 2006, and the research firm expects that number to grow another 6% in 2007 and 6 % by 2008. With some 178,000 IT workers filling those positions in 2006, Forrester says the market will demand close to 198,000 network systems and data communications analysts in 2008." more»

Experts Believe Domain Industry to Reach $4 Billion by 2010

Domain names are snagging substantial amounts of money. These are boom times in an estimated $2 billion industry that involves the buying and selling of domain names and pay-per-click advertising revenue for the owners of the names. At the end of first quarter 2007, at least 128 million domain names had been registered worldwide, a 31 percent increase over the previous year, according to VeriSign, a company that tracks the industry. more»

Businesses Losing Battle Against DNS Attack, Says New Study

According to a new research study, companies are in struggle to keep their DNS (Domain Name Systems) protected from malicious attackers. Many businesses remain vulnerable, as over half the respondents reported having fallen victim to some form of malware attack. Over one third had been hit by a denial-of-service attack while over 44 percent had experienced either a pharming or cache poisoning attack. more»

.uk Domains Pass 6 Million Mark

In the last week Nominet has reported that the six millionth domain has been registered. For a ccTLD that's an impressive figure by any estimation... It would be interesting to see what percentage of registrants are UK based, as the registry has an open policy (the registrant class wouldn't work too well for this). more»

China to Become Largest Broadband Market by Year's End

CNN Money reports that the China is on track to pass the U.S. in becoming the largest broadband market later this year as video, e-commerce and online gaming fuel demand -- and the country has "just scratched the surface". From the report: "China added 4.5 million high-speed connections in the first three months of 2007 to 56.3 million, says research firm point 15pic. more»

Tight Control Over Domain Names Will Damage The Internet

BBC is running a commentary by Bill Thompson today arguing that the Internet's core architecture should be kept open both technically and in terms of freedom of expression -- such as the introduction of new top-level domains. Giving every interest group, lobbying organisation and corrupt government a veto is what ICANN needs to avoid, says Bill Thompson. From the story: "ICANN is currently making some decisions that will have a massive impact on the net over the next few years, and we need to make sure that it takes into account the wider feelings of the whole community instead of responding solely to pressure from established interest groups..." more»

ICANN to Face Major Transition as Vint Cerf Steps Down

Since its inception in 1998, the controversial Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has withstood violent political turbulence and survived volatile technical controversies. owever, in a few months, the non-profit ICANN may face one of its toughest challenges ever when its long-time board Chairman Vint Cerf -- widely known as one of the fathers of the Internet -- steps down. more»

Google Preparing to be Next Giant of Telecommunications?

Canada's Financial Post suggests in a story that Google's plan to provide bandwith to consumers has been underway for some time and is now gaining momentum. From the report: "Search engine giant Google Inc. has been putting together a massive cable network to provide customers around the world with telecommunications services ranging from broadband Internet to home and mobile phones. Google has publicly denied plans to get into the lucrative business, valued at US$1.3-trillion globally, but industry experts say it is inevitable." more»

FTC Tells Law Makers Back Off Net Neutrality

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released its report suggesting that concerns over threats to 'Net Neutrality' are a non-issue and that current anti-trust laws provide adequate protection against abuses of network power. more»

Latest Regional Domain '.ASIA' to Launch in October

Regional top-level domain, ".asia" will be open to governments and trademark owners starting in October 2008. DotAsia Organization, the registry managing this new domain extension, is an organization made up of groups that run domain names for China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and other countries. The ".asia" initiative is intended to unify businesses and other users in the Asia-Pacific region. more»

4,000 iPhone Domains Registered, Expected to Double Before Year's End

The Associated Press is reporting today that although the 'iPhone.com' domain name was grabbed long before January 9th, when Apple announced its new gadget, speculators have been registering thousands of iPhone-related domain names such as 'iPhoneJewelry.com' and 'TheAppleMaciPhone.com'. Although the registrations dropped to 25 per day for a while, they have picked up rapidly and more than 350 iPhone related domain names were registered in a day last week. more»

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