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White Space Spectrum No Threat to Current TV Broadcasting and Wireless Microphones, Says Google

In a post today on Google's Public Policy blog, Senior Staff Engineer, Phil Gossett, addresses complaints from companies such as MTV that TV white space devices would harm their ability to use wireless microphones for performances. From today's post: "In previous postings, we've made the case that the TV "white spaces" could be used to provide broadband internet for all Americans without harming current users of this spectrum (TV broadcasters and wireless microphone users). In a new white paper, we make the case that better use of the white spaces could actually lead to new, vastly superior wireless microphones, rather than pose a threat to live events." more»

14 Million Domain Names Registered in First Quarter of 2008, Total Reaching 162 Million Worldwide

In the first three months of 2008, the growth of the Internet has remained steady as 14 million new domain names were added according to the first quarter 2008 Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign, Inc. According to the report, at the end of the first quarter of 2008, there were more than 162 million domain name registrations across all of the Top-Level Domain Names (TLDs). This represents a 26 percent increase over the same quarter last year, and 6 percent growth over the fourth quarter of 2007. That pace of quarterly growth is about the same as the average quarterly growth rate from 2007. more»

Google is in Process of Developing ISP Throttling Detector Tool for Consumers

In an effort to identify traffic discrimination by American ISPs, Google is prepping a suite of network analysis tools for everyday broadband users. "We're trying to develop tools, software tools...that allow people to detect what's happening with their broadband connections, so they can let [ISPs] know that they're not happy with what they're getting -- that they think certain services are being tampered with," Google senior policy director Richard Whitt said during a panel discussion. more»

AT&T Following Steps of Cable Companies, Considers Tiered Broadband Pricing

AT&T, United States' largest Internet provider, is considering charging extra for customers who download large amounts of data. Cable companies such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Rogers have already taken steps to gauge their customers Internet usage. "A form of usage-based pricing for those customers who have abnormally high usage patterns is inevitable," said AT&T's spokesman Michael Coe. more»

VoIP Compression Technique Vulnerable to Ease Dropping

Plans to compress internet (VoIP) phone calls so they use less bandwidth could make them vulnerable to eavesdropping. Most networks are currently safe, but many service providers are due to implement the flawed compression technology. A team from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, US, has shown that simply measuring the size of packets without decoding them can identify whole words and phrases with a high rate of accuracy. more»

Experts Concerned Over U.S. Spyware Legislation Being Overly Broad

U.S. Senate bill aims at limiting spyware by seemingly allowing broadband providers, computer hardware and software vendors, financial institutions and other businesses to scan users' computers without authorization. "We think this language is overly broad and could protect activities which could be harmful to computer users," Butler told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. "It would, in effect, allow a software vendor to truly monitor everything that's on a user's computer, essentially setting [vendors] up as an ad hoc police force." more»

New Trojan Horse Silently Alters Wireless Router Settings

Brian Krebs or Washington Post reports that a new Trojan horse masquerading as a video 'codec' required to view content on certain Websites tries to change key settings on the victim's Internet router so that all of the victim's Internet traffic is routed through servers controlled by the attackers. more»

Google Says It Will Support Creation of U.S. Internet Privacy Law

In a letter, copy of which was obtained by Reuters yesterday, Google Inc. has told a senior U.S. Republican lawmaker concerned about privacy that the Internet search and advertising company supports a federal privacy law. more»

Software Security Hole Exposes Critical Utilities to Internet attack

Internet attackers could gain control of water treatment plants, natural gas pipelines and other critical utilities because of a vulnerability in the software that runs some of those facilities, security researchers reported Wednesday. Experts with Boston-based Core Security Technologies, who discovered the deficiency, said there's no evidence anyone else found or exploited the flaw. Citect Pty. Ltd., which makes the program called CitectSCADA, patched the hole last week, five months after Core Security first notified Citect of the problem. more»

Canada's Largest Green Data Center Being Built by IBM gigaCENTER

In what appears to be a part of its environmentally friendly "Project Big Green" initiative, IBM announced today it has partnered with web hosting provider RackForce Networks and gigaCENTER Services to help build Canada's largest "green" data center. There has been a great quantity of data center announcements the past few weeks, many of which have been focused around "green" data center initiatives. more»

Cloud Computing Has Arrived: It's Not a Question of When But How Fast

Google sees all enterprise trends pointing toward cloud computing and it wants a piece of the action. Rishi Chandra, product manager for Google Enterprise, speaking at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in the US, said: "The next 10 years of innovations are going to be in the cloud. Enterprise software is not going away but there is a transition taking place." more»

Domain Registrars Releasing Suspended Domains to Attackers

Mary Landesman of ScanSafe reports: "A new outbreak of SQL attacks began on the 8th. Not that they ever really go away, but new waves replace the old ones. The attackers are using a much larger number of domains than seen in previous months. Just 11 days into June, and already 54 of these domains have been observed. Many of these are previously suspended domains that registrars have released back to the attackers. more»

CADNA Held London Online Brand Abuses and Internet Governance Education Forum

The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) recently held its London Online Brand Abuses and Internet Governance Education Forum. The forum included companies from the US, UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland, with half of the attendees representing Global 500 companies. Forum attendees expressed concerns over issues such as online brand dilution and the often-ineffective governance of ICANN. more»

Anti-Spam Law Violates Free Speech Protections, Says Virginia Court Appeal

A lawyer for Jeremy Jaynes, a man once considered one of the world's most prolific email spammers, has urged the Virginia Supreme Court to strike down a state anti-spam law, arguing it violates free speech protections under the First Amendment. more»

Security Research Names Hong Kong and China Most Dangerous Country Domains, Finland Safest

Recent security report suggests country code top-level domains '.hk' and '.cn' -- belonging to Hong Kong and China respectively -- are currently among the most dangers domain names. As to why? Making the Hong Kong online registration process "more user-friendly" by allowing registration of several domains at one time as well as "buy-one, get-two domains," are partly blamed for the decline in security. As a consequence, "phishers usually registered eight or more domains at one time." Hong Kong last year began to tighten policies to rectify the situation. more»

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