Concerns over Israeli access to BlackBerry data, and the use of the device by the United States to spy on the United Arab Emirates are behind the Gulf state’s moves to curb the smartphone, Dubai’s police chief said.
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In the face of opposition, the US has dropped its demands on secondary liability for ISPs but is still holding out hope of establishing a super-DMCA with digital lock rules that go beyond the WIPO Internet treaties and were even rejected by US courts.
Statistics compiled from Fortinet’s FortiGate network security appliances and intelligence systems for the period July 21st – August 20th, 2010Posted: 2010/09/06 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Network Security, Stats / reports
Threat Traffic & Growth
The following list breaks down the percentage of activity blocked for selected Web categories throughout this period. Percentage indicates how much activity was accounted for out of the four selected categories.
The 4in stick contains more than 2,000 pages of highly-sensitive and confidential information intended to be seen only by senior officers.
In his case his Facebook page is now associated with the French term for “a**hole” on the search engine.
Google said in a statement : “Sometimes, using this technique known as ‘Google bombing’, jokers can generate strange results. In this specific case, a certain number of webmasters used the expression in question to link to Nicolas Sarkozy’s Facebook page, thus moving it up the list of search results associated with this search term.
They also confirmed : “We don’t support this practice, nor any other aimed at altering the integrity of our search results, but this in no way affects the general quality of our search engine, whose impartiality is at the heart of all we do.”
DEATH by iPod is being blamed as a contributing factor to the 25 per cent rise in the number of pedestrian fatalities in NSW.
The ”iPod zombie trance” people get into when walking, driving or pedalling around listening to their mobile devices is being blamed for an increase in collisions and even deaths in Europe and the US.
How much did BP spend on search? In two months, BP went from spending very little on search advertising — about $57,000 a month — to becoming one of Google’s top advertisers, dropping nearly $3.6 million in the month of June alone, according to an internal Google document obtained by Advertising Age. That pushed BP into the upper echelon of search advertisers, in a league with Expedia, which spent at least $5.9 million in June, Amazon, which spent at least $5.8 million, and eBay, which spent at least $4.2 million.
This is a significant outlay, even for BP, which spent $94 million on advertising in 2009, and $78.7 million in the first six months of 2010 alone (excluding search), according to Kantar Media. Search advertisers only pay when their ads convert or get a click, and in June the crisis was still at full-boil, driving clicks on BP’s ads. But if BP kept spending at this rate, search would’ve become one of its bigger advertising line items by the end of the year, up there with network, cable or spot TV.
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The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia’s telecom regulator, has shut down three websites found to be violating a Royal decree limiting the issuance of religious edicts to the Board of Senior Ulema and authorized scholars, authorities said Saturday.
Saad Al-Shihri, a CITC official, was quoted as saying by a news agency that the regulator began blocking the websites Wednesday.
He said authorities also have drawn up a list of clerics whose services break the decree, and that they have been sent messages “warning them to comply.”
Among those breaking the ban are clerics who offer fatwas via text messages, some for as much as $3 per message, Al-Shihri was quoted as saying.
Regulators have already started barring such services.
John Palfrey, a Harvard University law professor and co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, said the move from Craigslist was still a victory because it moved the ads off a highly visible location.
“Will people be able to find these ads online? The answer is almost certainly,” he said. “Will they be able to find these on legitimate sites? I think the answer is probably not.”
- As of December 2009, broadband data traffic surpassed voice traffic on global wireless networks for the first time, according to statistics compiled by Ericsson and recently released by the company.
- Cisco Systems is one of several companies that conducts detailed traffic analyses on networks of all types – on a global basis. It has been finding that 1 percent of global users are consuming 20 percent of global bandwidth, consistent with other findings that a small minority of users are consuming a disproportionate share of network resources. And if a few users are consuming far more of their share of the bandwidth available, one of the best techniques for managing the situation is to make those people pay extra. Among service providers, that’s thoroughly uncontroversial. That’s not the case with some members of the public who equate any measure that limits them at the all-they-caneat bandwidth buffet to be a violation of how they believe the Internet is supposed to work. Usage caps, usage limits, paying based on usage – they’ve made that a network neutrality issue. Consumption billing and network neutrality are tied inextricably with network and traffic management. And by virtue of the common element of metering and monitoring traffic, service providers know those issues are also tied in to quality assurance – both quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE), as well as the promise of personalized and/or customizable services.
- If the top 1 percent of all broadband connections are responsible for 20 percent of all network traffic, “that’s a great case for metering,” said Brown. “Throttling will impact only 1 percent of users. Look at AT&T’s argument – that’s what it is.” When you introduce tiers, the idea is if you want to sign up for broadband but don’t want to subsidize the heavy users, then you get a lower price in exchange for a usage cap you’re unlikely to hit. “The media portray this as a negative,” she said. “You pay less and get less, but you weren’t using it anyway.” “Ultimately, when we get to this level, we’ll have tiers of service – not just for bandwidth, but also for the experience. Service providers will need to monitor and meter to be able to get back to customers to offer a tier appropriate to what the customer is doing. “You’ll get customers realizing, ‘Oh! It might be better for me to go to a different tier – it might save me some money. I use more music than video, so maybe I can sign up to a music tier.’”
- “The benefit is to the consumer, but it also benefits the operator,” Riley explained. “If I can have a meaningful dialog with the consumer, there’s more stickiness to the service. Consumers end up working with their providers to customize their experience.”
Policy Control Key to Personalized Services – Over 90% of mobile operators globally are looking to invest in Policy Management SolutionsPosted: 2010/09/06 in Bandwidth Management, Filtering, Net Neutrality, Network Security, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
There is a growing demand for Deep packet inspection technology as consumer’s increasing desire for data is outpacing the network’s capabilitiesPosted: 2010/09/06 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness, Filtering, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection, Tech Evolution
It’s clear to me that the current trend, is moving towards a much less open network. Service providers are facing more pressure to actively manage their traffic , governments are trying to assert their control. Even the “don’t be evil” google is seeking to implement a more favorable traffic management system with Verizon that gives their sites priority.
The appeal of deep packet inspection is clear for companies eager to show they can detect malware or intrusions on government networks, said Philip Eliot, a principal at the D.C. private equity firm Paladin Capital Group, previously an investor in CloudShield.
“There’s been a big spend around some of the programs that are definitely dependent on that capability,” Eliot added.
In an effort to keep the people of Dubai from gouging themselves on the suggestively shaped thorns of this porn plant, the UAE has locked it behind a firewall. Actually, the wall metaphor is a bit strong. It’s more a pair of ratty, old curtains that have been hastily closed to keep the kids from seeing naked Nora the next-door neighbour. A firecurtain, if you will.
A former ambassador, a prominent television celebrity, an orphanage driver, a prominent doctor who often deliberately picked out deaf and dumb children, a former deputy principal at an orphanage, a solicitor and the only female defendant who allowed her house to be used by the paedophile ring: how a paedophile ring used the orphanages to source children for wealthy and influential clients.
“There isn’t a profile or stereotype, which makes it even more challenging for law enforcement”
Dutch media are reporting that all Dutch movies ever made will be made available online. Filmotech, the new organization which will launch the project, has confirmed this. The project will be presented at the Dutch Film Festival on 28th September.
Within a year “thousands of hours worth of material will be presented online”. In the Netherlands more than 1200 movies were produced as well as hundreds of TV series.
People will be able to download archived movies and TV shows at a price of 1 euro per movie or episode. More recent movies will cost 5 euros per download.
Dutch Public Broadcasters have stated that they too support this project.
Filmotech website in English: http://www.filmotech.nl/en/
Dutch language article: http://www.nu.nl/film/2327184/alle-nederlandse-films-en-series-komen-online.html