Georgina Prodhan

Web address controversy deepens after U.S. warning

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
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A controversial attempt to expand Internet addresses far beyond the likes of .com, .org or .net has provoked a rare threat from the U.S. government to withdraw a key license from the body that runs the Internet's core functions.

Telcos squeezed as consumers go mad for mobile Web

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Consumers' increasing love of using services like Facebook and YouTube on their smartphones is leaving many telecoms carriers sidelined while bearing the costs of ever-growing demands on their networks.

UK says governments' Internet power grab will fail

Location:
London, United Kingdom
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Attempts by China, Russia and others to gain more control over the Internet are doomed to failure, Britain said, after hosting a major conference on cyberspace that it said sent a clear signal to authoritarian governments.

UK, U.S. talk tough on web freedom at cyber talks

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London, United Kingdom
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Britain and the United States strongly rejected calls from China and Russia for greater Internet controls at a major conference on the future of cyberspace, although Western states too faced accusations of double standards.

China Mobile says has 10 million iPhone users

Location:
Beijing, China
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China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers, has 10 million iPhone users even though it does not yet have an agreement with iPhone maker Apple.

BRICs push for bigger say in running of Internet

Location:
Nairobi, Kenya
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Campaigners for a loosely regulated Internet are alarmed at the risk to Web freedom from fast-growing Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) and other emerging economies seeking more say in how the online realm is policed.

Internet firms co-opted for surveillance: experts

Location:
Nairobi, Kenya
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Internet companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook are increasingly co-opted for surveillance work as the information they gather proves irresistible to law enforcement agencies, Web experts said.

Activists meet to defend Internet from state control

Location:
Nairobi, Kenya
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Internet activists accused governments of making it difficult for users of the Web, rights campaigners and private businesses to carry out their work through state attempts to seize control of the Web.

EU to warn foot-dragging states on e-privacy law

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European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
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The European Commission plans to call Britain and Denmark to account for dragging their feet on enforcing a controversial new law to protect people's privacy on-line.

Biggest study on cellphone health effects launched

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The biggest study to date into the effects of mobile-phone usage on long-term health was launched on Thursday, aiming to track at least a quarter of a million of people in five European countries for up to 30 years.

Smartphones will shake up paid content debate

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Media companies longing to bring a paid-for culture to the Internet might just get what they want if they pay more attention to the smartphone revolution that is changing the way people access the Web.

Smartphones a growing problem for networks

Location:
Barcelona, Spain
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The chief executive of Vodafone Group, the world's largest mobile network operator, expressed the fears of many on Tuesday when he said Google should not be allowed to dominate the mobile space.

Telstra Wants Role in Australia's National Broadband Network

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David Thodey, CEO of Telstra, Australia's biggest phone company, says the company is having "productive" and "professional" talks with the Australian government on its potential role in the building of a nationwide super-fast broadband network.

Media sector mergers seen few and far between

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Takeovers in the media sector are likely to be few and far between until at least next year, especially given the high gearing and shaky cashflows of many firms in the industry, bankers and financiers said.

Eight percent admit to downloading video illegally

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Eight percent of all consumers in Britain, France, Germany and the United States admit to downloading video illegally from the Internet, according to a survey, showing the scale of the ongoing fight against piracy.

Vodafone, Telefonica to share Europe network sites

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Vodafone and Telefonica agreed to share network infrastructure in four European countries to meet a surge in demand for mobile broadband, while saving hundreds of millions of pounds in costs.

Social networks are telcos' new best friend

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From the world's biggest phone maker, Nokia, to tiny Irish semiconductor start-up Movidia, delegates to the wireless industry's biggest annual gathering couldn't stop talking about Facebook, MySpace and Bebo. The majority of visits to such online communities are still made by people sitting at a computer telling their friends where they are and how they are feeling, exchanging opinions on their favorite movies and music or uploading videos.

Telecom industry faces moment of truth

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The world's mobile telecom industry will gather in the Spanish city of Barcelona next week, hoping to find ways to outwit the downturn, powerful new rivals and software developers threatening to steal their thunder.

Britain unveils plans for universal broadband

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Britain plans to provide universal broadband access in a bid to make the country more competitive and help drag it out of recession. A report by Communications minister Lord Carter said Britain would work to provide Internet access to the whole country at around 2 Megabits per second (Mb) through a mixture of fixed and wireless connections by 2012.

NBC says local TV profoundly affected by downturn

The US economic downturn has had a severe effect on broadcaster NBC's local television stations but the company has not yet seen an advertising slowdown at a national level, Jeff Zucker said.

UK online ad spend overtakes mainstream TV

Spending on online ads overtook advertising on mainstream TV in Britain last year, growing 40 percent to $5.3 billion and accounting for 19 percent of all advertising, UK regulator Ofcom said.