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  • Extreme Heat Knocks Out Internet In Australia
    By on January 5, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments


    An anonymous reader writes with news that bad weather caused internet connectivity problems for users in Perth, Western Australia on Monday. But it wasn’t raging storms or lightning that caused this outage — it was extreme heat. Monday was the 6th hottest day on record for Perth, peaking around 44.4 C (111.9 F). Thousands of iiNet customers across Australia found themselves offline for about six and a half hours after the company shut down some (more…)

  • Kaspersky Update Breaks Internet Access For Windows XP Users
    By on February 5, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “Yesterday afternoon, Kaspersky Labs released a definition update that blocked all Internet and Intranet access on Windows XP workstations. While there has been no official communication from Kaspersky, their forum is lit up with angry customers relying on each other to find a fix.” Update: 02/05 16:42 GMT by T : Thanks to an anonymous reader, who says that Kaspersky has issued a statement, and a fix (though the fix takes (more…)

  • Free Wi-Fi: the Movement To Give Away Your Internet For the Good of Humanity
    By on January 30, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    pigrabbitbear writes “We are strangely territorial when it comes to our wireless networks. The idea of someone siphoning off our precious bandwidth without paying for it is, for most people, completely unacceptable. But the Open Wireless Movement wants to change all that. ‘We are trying to create a movement where people are willing to share their network for the common good,’ says Adi Kamdar, an activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. ‘It’s (more…)

  • New.secure Internet Domain On Tap
    By on May 11, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    CowboyRobot writes “A new top-level domain (TLD) in the works for the Internet will bake security in from the outset: The .secure domain will require fully encrypted HTTPS sessions and a comprehensive vetting process for websites and their operators. If the new domain takes off, it could shift the way Web domains are secured. ICANN is expected to sign off on .secure, and for the new TLD to be up and running June or July 2013.”

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  • Eric Schmidt: UN Treaty a ‘Disaster’ For the Internet
    By on February 29, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “Internet freedom and innovation are at risk of being stifled by a new United Nations treaty that aims to bring in more regulation, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt has warned. In a question-and-answer session at Mobile World Congress 2012 on Tuesday, Schmidt said handing over control of things such as naming and DNS to the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) would divide the internet, allowing (more…)

  • Microsoft Accuses Google of Violating Internet Explorer’s Privacy Settings
    By on February 20, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter Dupple writes with a followup to Friday’s news that Google was bypassing Safari’s privacy settings. Now, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer blog has a post accusing Google of doing the same thing (in a different way) to Internet Explorer. Quoting:
    “By default, IE blocks third-party cookies unless the site presents a P3P Compact Policy Statement indicating how the site will use the cookie and that the site’s use does not (more…)

  • How Will States Tax Internet Downloads? Congress May Decide.
    By on May 25, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Congress is considering a law that would bar states and localities from imposing “multiple” or “discriminatory” taxes on online digital goods sellers. Could this bill resolve the great Internet Tax War once and for all? Don’t count on it.

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  • Massachusetts Bids To Restrict Internet Indecency
    By on July 14, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Remember the Communications Decency Act? Enacted 1996, found unconstitutional 1997. Or its successor attempt to reduce discourse on the Internet to what is suitable for 8-year-olds, the Child Online Protection Act? Invalidated 2003. Seven state laws attempting to restrict Internet content on grounds of decency have been struck down. Despite all this, Massachusetts has now added a couple of paragraphs to its (traditionally bricks-and-mortar) indecency (more…)

  • When Will the Automotive Internet Arrive?
    By on June 12, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    DeviceGuru writes “European researchers are developing a cooperative traffic system, known CVIS (Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems), comprised of vehicle-, roadside-, and central infrastructure-based communications hardware and software, including vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) wireless. Among other capabilities, cars communicate with each other and with ‘smart traffic signals’ to smooth the flow of traffic and (more…)

  • Australian Government Delays Internet Filter Legislation
    By on April 30, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “It seems the Australian federal government is being forced to delay the introduction of its proposed and much-hated, much-maligned Internet filter. It will not be introduced in the next two sittings of parliament, which realistically delays it until after the next election. News on withdrawing the filter, which was a promise from the previous election, has disappointed lobbying groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby.”

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