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Newswatch 1.30.08: Egypt, India lose Net access

Judge to MSFT: Two more years

[WaPo] Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia extended the court's supervision through Nov. 12, 2009, writing that the2002 settlementhad not fully taken effect. Several U.S. states involved inthe casehad sought a five-year extension, despite opposition from the Department of Justice.

Net broken in India, Egypt

[Reuters] - A breakdown in an international undersea cable network disrupted Internet links to Egypt, India and Gulf Arab countries on Wednesday, and Egypt said it could take several days for its services to return to normal. It was not immediately possible to gauge the impact of the disruption on financial institutions. Egypt's telecoms ministry said 70 percent of the country's Internet network was down and India initially said it had lost over half its bandwidth.

ICANN may put bite on domain tasting

[IDG] The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is considering keeping the annual fee it charges registries for a registered domain name, even if the domain name is forfeited during the five-day Add Grace Period. ICANN currently charges US$0.20 per domain per year.
The move is intended to stop "domain tasting," a practice where thousands of domain names are purchased at a time and monitored to see which get the most traffic during the grace period, said Jason Keenan, media advisor for ICANN.

Apple TV delayed

[Merc] recently added movie rentals as a feature to its iTunes store. Consumers can now watch those movies on their iPods or computers, but in order for them to view them on Apple TV, they're going to need to install a software upgrade. Apple had promised to have the free upgrade available by the end of this month, but the company announced today that customers will have to wait another week or two for it. "The new ... update ... is not quite finished," the company said in a statement.

NY bill to register offenders' emails

[NYT] Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and state lawmakers, with the backing of the social networking sites MySpace and Facebook, are pushing a bill that would crack down on sex offenders’ use of the sites. The law would require all registered sex offenders to submit any e-mail addresses and other Internet identifiers, such as screen names used for instant messaging, to the State Division of Criminal Justice Services within 10 days of their creation, just as with their home addresses.