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Firefox Advocate Site Hit by Hackers

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Just as its share of the market nears 10 percent, Mozilla's SpeadFirefox.com community marketing site was hit by "unknown remote attackers."

U.N. report recommends ruling body for Internet

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An independent group established by the United Nations concludes there is a need for Internet oversight and recommends the creation of a ruling body.

Internet speed battle heats up

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Comcast said Tuesday that it will upgrade customers to a faster broadband Internet connection this summer -- up to 6 megabits a second for most subscribers.

NY cop claims he was fired for Web posting

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An 18-year New York police veteran has been fired, and he blames it on comments on his "NYPD Rant" Web site upset his superiors.

New .mobi suffix points to wireless Web sites

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Consumers will soon be able to recognize Web sites specially designed for use by mobile phones by the new ".mobi" suffix, which will be introduced alongside the popular ".com" and other top-level domain names.

Google's Leap May Slow Rivals' Growth

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MSN and Yahoo! face new challenges as their share of search falls. "People haven't been given a good reason to switch from Google."

Web makes it easy to grow, sell pot

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The world of marijuana trafficking once existed mostly in shady places where the right dealers hung out, or in exotic locales such as Amsterdam. But technology, which has revolutionized almost every other aspect of our world, has changed that.

Teen on hacking charges

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Reuben - not his real name, because he is facing computer hacking-related charges in Auckland's Youth Court - is a new breed of digital delinquent: young, smart and with the power to unlock all your secrets.

Europe Goes Gently on P2P Piracy

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A law banning digital distribution of copyright movies and music went into effect last week in Sweden, but enforcing the new law and others like it around Europe isn't proving easy.

U.S. high-speed Internet use up 34 percent in 2004

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High-speed Internet use by U.S. businesses and households rose 34 percent in 2004 to 37.9 million lines, the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday.

Google Wins 'Typosquatting' Dispute

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An Internet arbitrator has awarded Google Inc. the rights to several Web site addresses that relied on typographical errors to exploit the online search engine's popularity so computer viruses and other malicious software could be unleashed on unsuspecting visitors.

ICANN to lift price caps on .net domains

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Owners of .net Web addresses may face higher registry fees in the future--but not until 2007.

Email traffic doubled after London bomb blasts

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Email traffic has doubled in Europe today after four bombs exploded in central London.

Safe browser an oxymoron?

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CERT security analyst Art Manion warns that all Web browsers now face similar threats--and some even share similar design features.

A Week Without Internet

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Cox Communications Inc. said yesterday that some of its Northern Virginia customers were unable to access the Internet after June 22, when the company began upgrading its high-speed service.

Blog Bares Sex Offender's Demons

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An ominous online journal maintained by accused kidnapper Joseph Duncan becomes a forum in the wake of his alleged crimes, as revolted web surfers condemn the convicted sexual predator.

More arrests, computers seized in FBI piracy bust

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The Justice Department seized hundreds of computers and arrested four people in an international crackdown on Internet pirates illegally distributing copyrighted video games, software and first-run movies, such as the latest episode of "Star Wars."

New tax for broadband customers?

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Many broadband customers will pay new universal service taxes akin to those on their telephone bills if Congress bows to suggestions from rural legislators.

States Move Forward on Internet Sales Tax

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Tax officials, state lawmakers and industry representatives agreed Thursday to establish an 18-state network for collecting taxes on Internet sales, a compact they hope will encourage online retailers and Congress to endorse a mandatory national program.

Barbecue chain buys porn Web site for $6G

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Surfers trying to find the barbecue chain Sticky Fingers on the Internet no longer face the possibility of ending up at a much saucier Web site.

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