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Internet committee says Amazon should not be given .amazon web domain
Written by Theodore on Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:22   

DURBAN, South Africa, July 18 (UPI) -- A committee of the organization overseeing the Internet's top-level domain names has said "no" to allowing ".Amazon" to be controlled by the Seattle retailer.

In filings it made with the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, Amazon had asked to control .amazon as "a unique and dedicated platform for Amazon" as "a further platform for innovation" to "support the business goals of Amazon."

At a meeting in Durban, South Africa, ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee recommended against allowing Amazon to gain control of the domain, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The committee may have taken into account objections from Latin American countries served by the Amazon River, said Nao Matsukata, chief executive of domain-name advisory firm FairWinds Partners.

"They said it would not be fair for Amazon to have control," Matsukata said. "It's a shame that this couldn't be a more open process and less arbitrary."

Amazon has been campaigning to be given nearly 80 different top-line domain names, including ".kindle," ".wow" and ".shop."

Although ICANN could still vote to give Amazon control of the domain name, it has historically followed the advice of its Governmental Advisory Committee, the Journal said.

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Microsoft participates in take-down of criminal botnet
Written by Theodore on Friday, 07 June 2013 16:13   

REDMOND, Wash., June 7 (UPI) -- Microsoft says it worked with financial groups and the FBI to take down a thousand criminal botnets implicated in at least $500 million in business losses.

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Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Can companies patent genes?
Written by Theodore on Sunday, 21 April 2013 02:25   

WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding under what conditions a company can patent the building blocks of life -- or in some cases the building blocks of death -- for profit.

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Stars seen forming close to black hole
Written by Theodore on Friday, 05 April 2013 17:51   

EVANSTON, Ill., April 5 (UPI) -- Astronomers using a telescope in Chile say they've seen signs of star formation close to the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

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Cyberthreat summit set
Written by Theodore on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 05:42   

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. cybersecurity Industry experts are gathering next month in Washington for what is being called a major, one-of-a-kind knowledge-sharing event.


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Multi-language software unveiled
Written by Theodore on Monday, 18 February 2013 14:35   

CAMBRIDGE, England, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- New software for sensor and control systems by Britain's Blighter Surveillance Systems is available in multiple languages, including Arabic and Korean.

Blighter Surveillance Systems, in an announcement at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, said its BlighterView includes new modular architecture for enhanced integration into command and control systems ESRI GS mapping capabilities and third-party sensor support.

"This feature rich, multi-language version of our BlighterView software will provide the additional capabilities we need to support large scale deployment of radars, cameras, thermal imagers and other sensor systems into global defense and security applications, such as border and perimeter security and infrastructure protection," said Mark Radford, chief executive officer of Blighter Surveillance Systems.

"Several customers, including a South Korean integrator, approached us about providing local language support so we developed the capability to customize the BlighterView application to use local language and terms that are familiar to systems operators. This is a key development given our particular focus on Middle Eastern and North African markets."

BlighterView's control panel is key to the system. It provides access to advanced ground surveillance settings for a system integrator to design the Blighter ground radar into their own system using a software development kit. BlighterView can also be purchased as a stand-alone Microsoft Windows application.

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Facebook reveals attack by computer virus
Written by Theodore on Saturday, 16 February 2013 10:03   

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Facebook has been the victim of a "sophisticated" targeted cyberattack, but no user information has been compromised, company officials say.


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