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Sunday, August 31, 2008
  M&G buys back website
M&G Media has bought back the 65% stake in Mail & Guardian Online that was sold to MWeb back in 1995.

Naspers invests in Buzzcity
BuzzCity, a developer of global wireless communities and consumer services, has secured USD$10 million growth capital financing by new investor Naspers, a South Africa based integrated multinational media company.

Stellenbosch gets high-performance Linux cluster
South Africa's Stellenbosch University now has a high-performance Sun Fire cluster running OpenSuse Linux, courtesy of Breakpoint Solutions.

Employers should engage the Google Generation
The communication styles and job expectations of Generation Y - those born between 1980 and 2000 - are totally different from those of previous generations, and prospective employers who want to attract school leavers and graduates now entering the workforce need to shift their thinking or risk losing talented candidates, according to Mark Gray, head of specialist HR recruitment and technology company Graylink.

ISPA welcomes new era for SA telecoms
ISPA welcomed the judgement in the High Court in favour of Altech and the VANS industry as a whole.

VANS can self provide
Altech Autopage recently launched legal action seeking a court ruling which would confirm its right to self provide its own network under its Value-Added Network Service (VANS) licence. A successful bid means that Altech Autopage – and all other VANS licensees – should receive Individual ECNS licences from ICASA.

Competition finally here?
A LANDMARK ruling set to shake up the telecommunications sector has been issued by the Pretoria High Court, ending Telkom’s lingering monopoly by decreeing that technology company Altech has the right to build its own network.

Thursday, August 28, 2008
  IE8 edges closer
Microsoft's latest browser adds a host of new features as it readies for a final launch.

Web 2.0: Copyright Law and the Web, Part 2: Who Are the IP Police?
Intellectual property like name brands and company logos can be ripped off with just a few clicks of a mouse. When IP pirates then attempt to profit through channels like counterfeit goods and phishing, corporations lay the hammer down -- if they manage to find out about it. Often, the IP owner itself is the one on patrol.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
  Content needs regulation
The Internet has developed in an anarchic way since it escaped from ARPANET, with much of the growth driven by the intermediaries that deliver broadband Internet services as well as the applications that take advantage of high-speed Internet access.

Cheaper broadband on the horizon
Subscriptions for broadband worldwide are expected to exceed 536-million by 2011.

ISPs, Google Disclose Info About Tracking Practices
Several Internet and broadband companies have acknowledged using targeted-advertising technology without explicitly informing customers, according to letters released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. And Google, the leading online advertiser, stated that it has begun using Internet tracking technology that enables it to more precisely follow Web-surfing behavior across affiliated sites. Daily News: Princeton Review Exposes Personal Data Online
The Princeton Review, the test-preparatory firm, accidentally published the personal data and standardized test scores of tens of thousands of Florida students on its Web site, where they were available for seven weeks. A flaw in configuring the site allowed anyone to type in a relatively simple Web address and have unfettered access to hundreds of files on the company’s computer network, including educational materials and internal communications. Daily News: Pedophile Arrested in British Child Abuse Ring
A pedophile who acted as a 'librarian' for a global Internet child abuse ring was jailed after one of the biggest undercover police investigations into online abuse in Britain. Unemployed Philip Thompson, 27, amassed nearly a quarter of a million indecent pictures of children, including thousands in the two most serious categories.

Saturday, August 09, 2008
  Google's Street View cleared by privacy watchdog | OUT-LAW.COM
Google's Street View service has received the blessing of UK privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner, who has said that the safeguards Google has put in place for people's privacy are 'adequate'.

Bulletin board postings more likely slander than libel, says High Court | OUT-LAW.COM
Defamation on internet bulletin boards is more like slander than libel, a High Court judge has ruled. Mr Justice Eady said that bulletin board discussions are characterised by 'give and take' and should be considered in that context.

SA`s ten most influential bloggers
Influence. It's all about having the authority to control outcomes, persuade, inspire, but mostly effect changes on a massive scale. Citizen journalists are often called the fifth estate, that echo of the fourth estate which serves the public interest as a watchdog to corruption and the abuse of power. With that comes the notion that bloggers could mobilise to influence the world for the better.

Spammers Using Olympic Interest to Their Advantage
Public interest in the Olympic Games is helping spammers, who are using text related to the games in e-mails to get users to click through to their malware and phishing Web sites, or to go to product sites, according to an executive at Symantec. While spam is increasing overall as a trend, there has been a spike ahead of the Beijing Olympics, said Shantanu Ghosh, vice president of Symantec's India product operations.

Court Reviewing Definition of E-mail "Interception"
A federal appeals court in California is reviewing a lower court's definition of 'interception' in the digital age, in a case that some legal experts say could weaken consumer privacy protections online. The case, Bunnell v. Motion Picture Association of America, involves a hacker who in 2005 broke into a file-sharing company's server and obtained copies of company e-mails as they were being transmitted.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008
  Teen Dating Site Called "Playground for Pedophiles"
A Newsbeat investigation has uncovered a dating website specifically for teenagers which campaigners fear will become a 'playground for pedophiles.' Children's Charity, NSPCC, says, which is marketed for teenagers but has hundreds of adult profiles, should clean up its act or be shut down.

Banks Mislead Net Customers on Security, Study Says
Many banks are unwittingly training their online customers to take risks with their passwords and other sensitive account information, leaving them more vulnerable to fraud, new research shows. That's the conclusion by University of Michigan researchers who found design flaws in 76 percent of the 214 U.S. financial institution Web sites they studied.

British Court Rules for Facebook Profile Victim
A businessman whose personal details were 'laid bare' in fake entries on the Facebook social networking website has won a libel case at the High Court. Mathew Firsht was awarded £22,000 in damages against an old school friend, Grant Raphael, who created the profile.

Google Says Privacy Not Expected in "Street View"
Google's Street View service didn't invade a Pittsburgh couple's privacy, the search giant said in a response to the couple's April lawsuit over the matter. 'Plaintiffs' privacy claims fail, among other reasons, because the view of a home from the driveway that can be seen by any visitor, delivery person, or telephone repairman is not private,' the company said in response to the suit.

Nintendo Sues Five Companies for Illegal Downloads
Nintendo filed lawsuits in Japan against five companies it said are allowing the illegal downloading of games from the Internet and the subsequent playing of those games on the company's hit DS handheld device. The video game giant filed its suit along with 54 game development companies, all in the hopes of stopping the defendants -- which it did not name in a press release -- from enabling the downloading.

Judge Rejects Class-Action in Video Game Sex Suit
A federal judge has put the brakes on a lawsuit filed over sex scenes buried in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. In a decision, United States District Judge Shirley Wohl Kram wrote that purchasers of the game could not be lumped together in a class action.

Man Arrested for Internet Videos on Poisoning
A man was arrested after he allegedly claimed in hoax Internet videos that he had poisoned millions of bottles of baby food, some with cyanide or rat poison, because he wanted to kill black and Hispanic children. Gerber Products Co. and the Food and Drug Administration have found no evidence of tampering with Gerber products.

EFF Opposes Prosecution of Mother on MySpace
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is opposing the prosecution of a Missouri mom who allegedly created a fake MySpace account to harass a teenage neighbor, saying the prosecutors' misuse of a federal law that targets computer fraud could turn millions of Americans into criminals. The civil liberties organization filed an amicus brief, urging a Los Angeles federal judge to dismiss the indictment of Lori Drew.

Government consults on web video regulation
The Government has published plans on how it might regulate the video on demand industry. It has also said that it is reluctant to relax rules on product placement on television.

Facebook defamation and privacy invasion costs man £22,000
A man has been ordered to pay £22,000 in damages for defamation and invasion of privacy over fake Facebook pages he created about a former friend.

Judge says expert witnesses are rarely useful for trade mark disputes
A judge has said that expert evidence in trade mark disputes is rarely likely to be relevant when it comes to deciding if a consumer will be confused by two supposedly similar marks.

Lords reject NASA hacker's appeal against extradition
NASA hacker Gary McKinnon has lost his appeal against extradition to the US. Five Law Lords have unanimously rejected his argument that plea bargaining by US prosecutors undermined his human rights.

Data blunders can breach human rights, rules ECHR
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered the Finnish government to pay out €34,000 because it failed to protect a citizen's personal data. One data protection expert said that the case creates a vital link between data security and human rights.

German horror film banned over cannibal's personality rights
A horror film has been banned in Germany because it infringes on the personality rights of the German man who killed and ate a voluntary victim on Christmas Day in 2001.

British couple lose Narnia domain name to author's estate
A British couple has lost the battle to keep the domain name which they claimed was only registered so that their son could have a Narnia-related email address. The address will transfer to a company representing CS Lewis's estate.

Leading ISPs agree to warn illegal file-sharers
The UK's six major internet service providers (ISPs) have agreed to write to 1,000 of their subscribers a week on behalf of the music and film industries warning them not to engage in copyright-infringing file-sharing.

Online Voyeur Gets Four Years in Jail in Cyprus
An online voyeur was jailed for four years in Cyprus for spying on a teenage girl over a webcam in her bedroom that he switched on remotely. The 47-year-old was found guilty of installing 'Trojan Horse' software in the computer of a 17-year-old he met in an online chatroom.

Geller Settles Copyright Suit Over Online Videos
Controversial 'paranormalist' Uri Geller has settled a lawsuit claiming he misused copyright law to squelch criticism. But much like Geller's mysticism, the legitimacy of his legal dispute remains rather ambiguous -- the terms of the settlement are mostly confidential.







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