The Thai government said Friday it has lifted a four-month ban on YouTube after the popular video-sharing Web site's operator agreed not to allow videos that violate the country's laws or are deemed offensive to Thai people. The government blocked access to YouTube on April 4 after Google turned down Thailand's request to remove clips seen as offensive to Thailand's revered monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has launched a survey to track trends in the production and distribution of feature films. The only global survey of its kind, it covers a range of issues such as the language of films and a breakdown of market shares for national and foreign productions.
The Wall Street Journal Online today announced the launch of a new video podcast, "Andy Jordan's Tech Diary." In a regular video segment that can be viewed free at
http://www.wsj.com/techdiary, WSJ.com technology reporter Andy Jordan chronicles the (often odd) stories that can be found when people and technology come together. He will spend time with people and the technology they use, watching what happens to the people -- and the technology.
The world's 500 biggest companies have all fallen victim to typosquatting. OUT-LAW research has found that the fast-growing trend of making ad money from web domains similar to famous brands affects all the world's biggest firms.
Typosquatting is the profiting, through adverts, from websites whose addresses are very close to famous brand names. A typical site could be microsift.com. When visitors go to a typosquatter's site they see adverts which, when displayed, pay the site operator a small fee.
Though the money earned by each advert is often only a few dollar cents, the volume of traffic and the number of domains held by professional typosquatters means that some are earning millions of dollars a year.
The continuing saga at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) about policy for approving new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) is entering what may be its final stages this summer. There has been a stream of controversy surrounding the ".xxx" gTLD proposal that was rejected by the ICANN Board of Directors at its March 2007 meeting in Lisbon, and ICANN's Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO) has continued to work on recommendations for a uniform policy to govern gTLDs, through a special New gTLDs Committee that was set up in a Policy Development Process in December 2005.