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Microsoft Tests Windows 7

A nearly-final version of Windows 7 made its world debut, giving people a chance to tell Microsoft what they love or hate about the new-generation operating system.

Microsoft is making a Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) available as the global software giant puts finishing touches on an operating system that it hopes will escape criticism heaped on its predecessor Vista.

Google Book Deadline Extended

A United States judge has extended for four months the deadline for authors to opt out of a settlement related to a lawsuit over Google's plan to build the world's largest digital library.

The original deadline is 5 May 2009, but Judge Denny Chin has ruled that authors and their heirs or publishers have until 4 September 2009 to decide whether they want their works to be included in the settlement.

Call for National Broadband Strategy for SA

The South African National Broadband Forum is calling for affordable broadband access to the Internet for all South Africans. 

The forum, which is an initiative of four organisations including SANGONeT, developed a draft framework with input from multiple stakeholders at a workshop held on 24 March 2009 in Johannesburg. The framework will be presented to the new government elected on 22 April 2009 with a proposal that it be used as a basis for building consensus between all stakeholders on a comprehensive national broadband strategy for South Africa.

The DigiActive Guide to Twitter for Activism

The DigiActive Guide to Twitter for Activism provides a wealth of information on Twitter activism. The guide begins with an introduction to the platform and its terminology and then lays out five uses of Twitter for activists, each illustrated by a case study. It then presents a step-by-step strategy for using Twitter for political and social change along with a list of do’s and don’ts for campaigners. It ends with additional resources for Twitterers, such as applications that help you use Twitter, further reading, and even alternatives to Twitter.

Telecoms Operators Sign African Undersea Cable

Telkom has announced that a consortium of telecoms operators have signed a deal that will pave the way for the laying of South Africa's undersea cable around West Africa to Europe.

In a press statement, Telkom points out that the US$600 million West Africa Cable System will boost broadband capacity and could cut comparatively high Internet tariffs in Africa's biggest economy.

The company states that the 14 000 kilometre long cable system will be supplied by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks and is expected to be completed by 2011.

Cybersquatting Hits Record High – WIPO

The United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) says it received last year a record number of complaints on cybersquatting - or abusive registration of trademarks on the Internet.

WIPO deputy director general, Francis Gurry, points out that, "Cybersquatting remains a serious issue for trademark holders."

The organisation states that in 2008, 2 329 cybersquatting cases more were brought to it for arbitration and mediation centre, up eight percent from 2007.

Concerns Over Snooping on the Internet

Tim Berners-Lee, one of the founders of the World Wide Web, has expressed concern about the emergence of user profiling on the Internet and "snooping."

Speaking at an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the first proposal to create the web, Berners-Lee argued that, "The fact that when information travels across the web it isn't interfered with, snooped or molested, is very important."

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