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Submission + - Shorter '.uk' Domain Name Put On Ice (

judgecorp writes: "The British domain name registry, Nominet, has abandoned the idea of a shorter .uk domain name system, which would replace the current regime where all .uk domains are in subdomains, such as, or Although a consultation found a huge demand for a simpler system, Nominet couldn't get agreement on how to get there from here — so has put the idea to one side for now. There are some shorter addreses like — but these predate Nominet's regime."

Submission + - Vint Cerf Warns On Security of The Internet Of Things (

judgecorp writes: "The Internet of Things needs securing Vint Cerf told the RSA conference this week. The father of the Internet believes that public key cryptography at a very granular level will be required for the host of devices joining the Internet over the next while. He also spoke in defence of "psudonymity", the means by which the likes of Google say they can make use of Web traffic information, without infringing privacy."
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Submission + - First 'Weightless' White Space Radio Chip Arrives (

judgecorp writes: "Cambridge-based Neul has delivered the first transceiver chip for white space radio to meet the Weightless standard. The chip uses low power, and can be tuned to any band in the UHF TV spectrum, that is unoccupied in a given location. White space radio is intended for machine to machine (M2M) applications for smart meters and other "Internet of Things" applications. Analysts (admittedly analysts with a vested interest) have predicted billions of low cost white space chips will be used per year in a few years' time."

Submission + - UK Users Sue Google Over Safari Tracking (

judgecorp writes: "In what could become the UK's largest class action suit, users of Apple's Safari browser, on mobiles and desktops, are suing Google for bypassing Safari's default settings and tracking their behaviour. The case led to a large fine in the US, but now legal firm Olswang is gathering claimants for a UK suit."
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Submission + - UK ISP PlusNet Tests IP Address Sharing (

judgecorp writes: "Faced with the shortage of IPv4 addresses and the failure of IPv6 to take off, British ISP PlusNet is testing carrier-grade network address translation CG-NAT, where potentially all the ISP's customers could be sharing one IP address, through a gateway. The move is controversial as it could make some Internet services fail, but PlusNet says it is inevitable, and only a test at this stage."

Submission + - ICANN Raffle Sets gTLD Processing Order (

judgecorp writes: "ICANN has held a raffle to determine what order it will examine new domain name applications. This doesn't guarantee applicants will win the generic top-level domain (gTLD) they have set their hearts on, as the applications still have to be considered, and there may be competition, or objections such as the South American governments' objection to Amazon's .amazon bid. None of the first batch is an English language domain, and the first one likely to make it through all the hurdles is an application by the Vatican, for a domain spelling "catholic" in Chinese."

Submission + - UK IPv6 Promotion Body Gives Up The Ghost (

judgecorp writes: "A government backed body that was supposed to promote IPv6 has shut down, saying it can't do its job unless the government shows some support for the new Internet protocol. The volunteers on 6UK said that without any real government support organisations would find no reason to move to IPv6. “It beggars belief that you can’t access any UK government website using IPv6,” said the group's spokesman Philip Sheldrake."

Submission + - Russia And China Withdraw Bid for Internet Control (

judgecorp writes: "Russia, China and other nations have withdrawn proposals to take control over the Internet within their borders. The proposals, handed to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) on Friday, caused widespread dismay and protest. The WCIT event in Dubai, run by the UN agency ITU, is working on new International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) which are due for their first revision since the emergence of the mass Internet. The line-up of nations wanting to formalise their power to restrict the Internet included Russia, China, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan and Egypt. Their proposal has been withdrawn without explanation, an ITU spokesperson confirmed."

Submission + - Ledds And Bradford UK Get Free Wi-Fi - Funded By 4G ( 1

judgecorp writes: "Some years after the death of the "Metro Wi-Fi" idea, UK cities Leeds and Bradford plan to offer free Wi-Fi to their citizens, funded by a contract with fibre provider Virgin Media Business, which allows Virgin to site small cell base stations on the cities' lamp-posts. Virgin will make its money back through advertising, and also siting 4G small cells on the poles. Small cells are likely to be the only way 4G networks will be able to meet the ramp in data demand from 4G. The unanswered question is how the cities, and Virgin, will manage the conflict of interest between free Wi-Fi and paid-for cellular services."

Submission + - Go Daddy Offers Two-Factor Authentication Globally (

judgecorp writes: "After a hack last month tampered with users' DNS settings, hosting giant Go Daddy is offering two-factor authentication to users outside the US and Canada, where the feature has been available to now. Two-factor authentication would only be of use to people who actually implemented it — but it would have helped in this case, as the hackers had to gain access to user accounts before tampering with their DNS settings."

Submission + - Brazil And Peru Dispute .Amazon Domain (

judgecorp writes: " could lose the ",amazon" domain, as Brazil and Peru have disputed the retailer's application to ICANN, backed by other South American governments, who want to protect use of that domain for “purposes of public interest related to the protection,promotion and awareness raising on issues related to the Amazon biome”."

Submission + - BitInstant Continues Bitcoin Paycard Plan ( 1

judgecorp writes: "Virtual currency exchange BitInstant says its BitCoin credit card is still on track. even though Mastercard denied any involvement with the plans yesterday. BitInstant says it is applying through a third party bank which will broker a Mastercard application. BitInstant is still taking signups for the card. Oh, one clarifiction: the card will not be anonymous"

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