New .mobi domain gets ICANN backing
At a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) approved the use of the .mobi top-level domain for use with sites aimed at mobile phones.
The new domain had the backing from a number of mobile telcos and companies involved in the mobile phone business including Ericsson, Microsoft and Vodafone. ...more
Jobs named in Apple lawsuit
Steve Jobs heads a list of Apple notables named in the recent shareholders' lawsuit over irregularities in the company's issuing of stock options.
Apple revealed last week that it faces two lawsuits arising from its own internal investigation into the granting of options.
One lawsuit, filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges 'company executives and directors colluded to backdate stock options in order to maximize the return on their options, breaching their fiduciary duties to the company and causing the company millions in losses'. ...more
Sony's rootkit DRM comes under legal attack
An Italian online civil rights organisation has filed a legal complaint against Sony's use of rootkit technology in the DRM protecting a number of its music CDs.
The ALCEI-EFI (Association for Freedom in Electronic Interactive Communications - Electronic Frontiers Italy) filed its complaint on Friday to the commander of the Guardia di Finanza, Colonel Umberto Rapetto, alleging the technology contravenes Italian legislation.
It claims that knowingly distributing code which damages computer systems is subject to penal law and an 'indictable offence'. ...more
eBay to launch contextual advertising programme
In a surprise move, auction site eBay has announced that it is to roll out its own contextual advertising programme to be called AdContext. Websites that sign up to the affiliate programme will receive a share of between 35 to 60 per cent of the sales, depending on the volume. This is in contrast to the usual pay-per-click basis of most other contextual advertising networks. ...more
Scotland to go 100 per cent broadband
BT and the Scottish Executive have signed an agreement that will ensure 100 per cent broadband coverage north of the border.
Under the Broadband for Scotland's Rural and Remote Areas initiative, 378 exchanges will be ADSL-enabled, extending broadband to 51,000 households and 5,400 businesses in 20 local authority areas.
'We made a commitment in our Partnership Agreement to ensure that every community in Scotland has access to broadband by the end of 2005,' said Enterprise Minister Jim Wallace. ...more