US Govt. Warns of unacceptable China’s internet rules and aggressive cyber authority

The the US government through the assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling and state department ambassador Daniel Sepulveda have warned that Chinese government could fragment the internet if it pursues new registration rules for online addresses. The warning is in response to a decision by the Chinese government in late March to require all domain names …

Uber faces Country-wide outage in S. Africa

US Taxi E-hailing service Uber is experiencing a country-wide outage this morning. Drivers are unable to connect to the platform and passengers cannot hail a cab through the app. A message when opening the app says: “We are experiencing a brief disruption which is making it difficult for drivers to use the app. We’re sorry …

Google to be sued for $1 billion for over 20,000 unlicensed songs on Youtube

Google is staring at a $1B legal suit Irving Azoff manages the performance rights for roughly 20,000 songs from artists such as Pharrell, John Lennon, and The Eagles through his company, Global Music Rights (GMR) — and he’s planning to sue YouTube for over $1 billion. Azoff’s claim: The online video site has not secured necessary licensing …

Godaddy becomes first Domain Registrar to hit 500,000 New gTLD Registrations

  According to ntldstats.com, Godaddy.com has become the first domain name registration to have registered more than 500,000 domain names.   Godaddy has 500,091 new gTLD domain names under registration, 100,000 more than the second closest domain registrar, Network Solution which topped the 400,000 domain mark although around 377K of the 400,000 Network Solutions domain …

Thousands of Hungarians revolt against Internet tax

  (Reuters) – Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest on Sunday against a planned new tax on Internet data transfers, which they said would not only increase the tax burden but would also curb fundamental democratic rights and freedoms.   Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government, which has been widely accused of adopting anti-democratic policies, first …

Putin plays cat and mouse with Russian online critics

  MOSCOW (Reuters) – Before the Internet, Anton Nossik remembers painstakingly copying out Soviet dissident Joseph Brodsky’s forbidden writings on a clattering typewriter for samizdat publications.   On his popular blog, the online media entrepreneur now instructs readers on ways to use new technology to get around online censorship, warning them: “There’s not much time …

Obama Contradicts FCC Chief on Fast Lanes, Net Neutrality Backers Say

  The Internet must remain open and accessible to all so that the “next Google and the next Facebook” have the opportunity to succeed, President Barack Obama declared on Tuesday, in his strongest comments on net neutrality since the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to craft new Open Internet rules. “One of the issues around Net Neutrality is …