Venezuelan Politicians to Impose Restrictions on the Internet

Venezuela’s political top brass have imposed new broadcast regulations on the internet, preventing some types of online messages in a move that is being seen by some as a threat to freedom of speech. The National Assembly approved revisions to the Social Responsibility Law, extending previously existing broadcast rules to the internet. It prevents messages and images that “disrespect public authorities”, ”incite or promote hatred” or crimes, or could create “anxiety in the citizenry or alter public order”. It also rules that elctronic media must find way to implement the new procedures as soon as possible or else face being …

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US FCC to Formally Approve New Rules on How Internet Users Access Content

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is on course to approve a set of controversial new protocols that will govern how internet users gain access to content provided on sites such as YouTube and Skype. The new rules would essentially create two levels of internet access, one for regular fixed broadband connections and another for wireless and mobile internet providers. The new laws will prevent fixed line internet providers from blocking content and online services from rival companies and will also be prevented from providing preferential treatment to paying clients. The new framework will also allow for mobile ISPs …

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Analysts Estimate that More Will Shop Online than go to Church This Year

Estimates are indicating that around 4.8 million people will purchase something online on Christmas day. The figures compare to an estimated 4.5 million who will attend an Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Baptist or Pentecostal church service on Christmas Day. The number is a 9% increase from the same period last year and will mark the first time that more people have shopped on Christmas day than worshipped. It also displays the obsolescence of the Sunday Trading Laws in today’s society as access to the internet through an array of devices has made shopping quicker and more convenient.

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US Urges Internet Based Companies Develop Privacy Rules

The Commerce Department in the US has issued a report urging internet based companies, such as Google and Facebook, to work with consumer groups in an effort to develop new pribvacy policies for web users. If they don’t the companies may end up facing regulations. The move has been welcomed by the big internet industries, however consumer-protection advocates believe that the policy would leave the companies with too much of a role in policing themselves. The call was for those in the web industry to write voluntary codes of conduct to protect the privacy of web users. These codes would …

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Yell Employees Submit Thousands of Reviews to Yell Owned Trusted Places Website

Yellow Pages publisher Yell have been caught out boosting the content of their new social media website Trusted Places by having staff enter reviews onto the website to bolster its position and importance amongst review websites. Staff at Yell’s Reading HQ were offered bonuses, including an iPad and Amazon Vouchers, to create reviews for the website, resulting in 6,700 reviews being written in a month. This equates to 12.5% of all of the reviews currently on the website, however the company deny any wrong doing, claiming “We view our people as ambassadors, and it’s essential that they use and understand …

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Computer Hackers Attack Swedish Governmental Website

A group of computer hackers have attacked a Swedish governmental website, forcing it to go offline for several hours due to the denial of service attack. The attack appears to be from the same group that have been showing support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and certainly seems to follow the same pattern as a spate of attacks carried out by a group calling themselves Anonymous. Swedish MP Goran Lindblad says “Well it’s of course a criminal act on the same level as when the Russians blocked the Estonian websites for political reasons. This is just about the same and …

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Hackers Strike Dutch Police After Arrest of Teenager

A number of websites belonging to Dutch computer crime police forces and a group of prosecutors have all been attacked a day after the arrest of a 16 year old boy in relation to denial of service attacks carried out in support of WikiLeaks. A spokesperson for the Netherlands National Police Service confirmed that the police website and that belonging to the National Prosecutor’s Office were offline for much of Friday due to the attack. Janus didn’t connect the website downtime to the WikiLeaks attacks, but it seems likely given the amount of attacks currently ongoing.

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Access to Amazon Blocked Temporarily by Hackers

Hackers believed to be reacting to the attempted extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange managed to block access to the Amazon website as a response to the company refusing to host the WikiLeaks website on their servers. Hackers managed to block the British, Italian and German versions of the site and the hackers, who many believe to be art of the group calling themselves Anonymous, may carry out more attacks on firms that stopped providing services to WikiLeaks. Servers are now back in use and neither Amazon or Anonymous have released any form of statement.

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Panda Strike from Google

Rumours about a new Google algorithm are causing a greater headache than normal, and this update is already having a negative effect on search rankings for certain types of websites. This update, known as "Google Panda" (also referred to as Google Farmer), is estimated to affect 12% of search queries! The size and type of update suggests that it intends to target websites containing duplicate content, typical of scraping and content farm websites. The rationale is simple; Google is looking to get good quality sites listed at the top of search engines for improved user experience. Although a good idea …

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All I Want for Christmas is Google Page 1!

Is there anything wrong with this? Not really, but what if we amend this question slightly to the following "All I want for Christmas is Google Page 1 (against the right key phrases)" This can make all the difference for your company. Companies are sometimes so hung up about Page 1 positions that they almost forget whether those key phrases are actually delivering the goods or not. Getting on page 1 against the right key phrase is much better than having 10 page 1 key phrases that do not perform. I hear many shouting, “how do we find out?” Well, …

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