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Friday, June 01, 2007
  Lawyer gags sex blogger
The controversial 'sex blog' in which an anonymous former male prostitute named and shamed his alleged former clients - many of them South African celebrities - has been stopped.

MXit at centre of nude teen photos uproar
Angry parents believe images originated from popular chat facility, but this has not been proved.

Tell-all sex blog targets SA celebrities : Mail & Guardian Online
A new blog that purports to be written by a former male prostitute in South Africa has become the focus of a criminal investigation into claims of defamation.

G8 needs private sector help to end child porn
World powers vowed on Thursday to increase efforts to combat sexual exploitation of children by Internet pornographers but said governments alone could not stamp out the Web crime.

Illegal downloading drops
Illegal downloading of songs, software and other copyrighted materials from the internet among US youth has dropped sharply in the past three years, a survey showed on Tuesday.

Teenagers Internet Suicide (from The Argus)
A teenage boy hanged himself after logging on to a suicide website.

New regulations aim to resolve South African domain name disputes
The .za Domain Name Authority (.za DNA) – the organisation that oversees all the South African domain names on the Internet – has announced a formal, regulated process that aims to provide an inexpensive, fast and easy way to resolve domain name disputes without the need to employ a lawyer.

Web registration tool digitizes books -
A few simple keystrokes may soon turn blather into books.

Online and offline worlds merge
Google has launched a tool designed to make it easier for computer users to use online applications offline.

US arrests internet 'spam king'
A man nicknamed the 'spam king' for allegedly sending out millions of junk e-mails has been arrested in the US.

Google privacy policy 'is vague'
Elements of Google's privacy policy are 'vague' and need to be made more precise, the firm's global privacy counsel has told BBC News.

Which freedoms do we want online?
We can't take an all or nothing approach to online expression, argues Bill Thompson.

Woman sues eHarmony for discrimination -
Northern California woman sued the online dating service eHarmony on Thursday, alleging it discriminates against gays, lesbians and bisexuals.

Cyber Crooks Hijack Activities of Large Web-Hosting Firm - Security Fix
Organized crime groups have modified a significant share of the Web sites operated by one of the Internet's largest Web hosting companies to launch cyber attacks against visitors, Security Fix has learned.

The Politics of Identity Theft - Security Fix today ran an in-depth story I wrote examining the politics behind the identity theft problem in one state.

Microsoft to Issue Seven Security Updates - Security Fix
Microsoft Corp. today announced that it plans to release seven software updates next week to plug multiple security holes in its Windows operating system and other software.

SA lawyer takes on MXit and blogging critics
Reinhardt Buys, from the Internet law firm Buys Inc., has examined the attack launched by politician Patricia de Lille, the leader of the Independent Democrats (ID) and provides a break down of the legal obligations placed on website owners regarding defamatory content.

EHarmony Sued for Refusing Service to Gays
The popular online dating service eHarmony was sued for refusing to offer its services to gays, lesbians and bisexuals. A lawsuit alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Linda Carlson, who was denied access to eHarmony because she is gay.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Sues Over Navigation Patents
Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. has sued Dutch navigation systems company TomTom and two other companies in a U.S. court, contending they infringed on its patents for a computerized map system. The lawsuit also names as defendants Magellan Navigation Inc., based in Santa Clara, California, and American TV & Appliance of Madison Inc. in the U.S. state of Wisconsin.

Webcasters Sue to Stop Copyright Royalty Fee Hike
Webcasters went to court seeking to stave off a Copyright Royalty Board ruling tripling Internet radio royalty rates. Without intervention by the courts or Congress, the new rates become effective July 15.

Law Enforcement Posse Takes Down Spam King
A prolonged effort on the part of a coalition of law enforcement officials and antispam forces has resulted in the arrest of Alan Soloway, aka the 'Spam King.' The 27-year-old now faces charges on a host of violations, including fraud, identity theft and money laundering.

SA editors slam bid to gag eNaTIS report
South African editors have come out strongly in support of Beeld newspaper's attempts to inform the public about the snag-hit eNaTIS system - and against the department of transport's 'unconstitutional' attempt to gag them.

Grindrod in 'merciless' pursuit of blogger
ID city councillor Simon Grindrod is relying on police officers and their hi-tech methods to bring to book a mysterious blogger and former male prostitute who uses the blog to kiss and tell on his alleged clients, many of whom are prominent South Africans.

Media scores major victory in Media Bill
The media must be exempted from the provision of the controversial Films and Publication Bill, the Home Affairs' Portfolio Committee has ruled.

Missing the message
eMAIL may be an easy way to keep in touch but it’s also an easy way to get into trouble — especially at work.







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