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News Snippets

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2013
>> Chinese security researchers have discovered a botnet running on the smartphones of more than a million users in the country. The devices had been infected by a Trojan-based attack first discovered in 2011, Xinhua reported. The botnet can allow the phones to be hijacked remotely.

Internet governance issues will dominate 2013

Treaty negotiated in Dubai is not a magic wand Author(s): Emma Llansó

Apple loses its track

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2013
Inaccuracies in Apple Maps could be “life-threatening” to motorists in Australia’s searing heat, police have warned. Sharon Darcy, the acting senior seargent of Victoria state, said, “Tests on the mapping system by police confirm the mapping system lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70 km away from the actual location of Mildura.

Iran’s YouTube

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2013
The depleted online menu for Iranians has got a little better. The country has launched a video upload site, Mehr, to promote Iranian culture. But just days after its launch, the website, that officials hope will rival Google’s popular YouTube, has been marred by poor download speed and technical glitches.

Hollywood’s Net police

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2012
US Internet firms have declared war on what they call “illegal downloaders”. Verizon, one of the biggest Internet service providers in the country, said it will e-mail warnings to people who use technologies such as BitTorrent to download copyrighted material. Then it will restrict or “throttle” their Net speed.

Hackers—good and bad

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2012
In 2009, a group of hackers—or hacktivists, depending on one’s political position—broke into the websites of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The industry body which claims to safeguard recording artists’ rights had just won a landmark case against the downloading site Pirate Bay.

Search ends in gangland

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2012

The physical Net

Author(s): Meenakshi Mistry
Issue Date: Nov 30, 2012
In the concluding chapter of the book under review author Andrew Blum visits Google’s data centre in Oregon in the US, where he gets a cold reception. Google employees refuse to show him around little more than the lunchroom. “The company’s primary colors and childlike playfulness no longer seemed friendly... They made me feel like a schoolkid.

A respite

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012
In a country with no daily newspapers and soft-hitting state media outlets, the Internet is where Tajikistanis go for news. That apparently got officials worried. In recent months, some 50 websites, including independent news portals and even youtube, were blocked. Though most sites were reopened on October 10, analysts say they can go offline anytime.
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