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NATO sites hacked by Ukrainians over Crimea row

NATO sites hacked by Ukrainians over Crimea row

One of the most popular forms of online protest against authoritative action is to bring down the official website and make life chaotic, and NATO is the latest to fall victim over controversies in the Crimea. NATO's primary website, along with the pages for its online cyber defense center, were allegedly forced offline by Ukrainian hackers aiming to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with plans to relinquish a part of Ukraine to Russia, based on the NATO voting system.

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US ceding Internet control

US ceding Internet control

You may call it a face-saving effort, but it looks like the Obama administration is taking some good measures to do damage control after the NSA disclosures fiasco. Presently, the Commerce Department of the U.S. government has a hold over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. This is a body that manages Internet names and addresses and other technical functions that assist computers across the globe to find correct servers and websites. When their contract expires in 2015, the governing agency plans to give up its control and put into place a neutral alternative.

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Berlin beats others to get first city domain

Berlin beats others to get first city domain

Berlin has many bragging rights, but the latest among them is a world's first: scoring the first city domain name. Starting March 18, applicable websites will be able to use the .berlin domain suffix, adding an element of description that gives browsers an immediate idea of the website's focus.

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Age of Ascent aims at world record for largest video game battle

Age of Ascent aims at world record for largest video game battle

As attempts at getting people to pay attention to your crowd-funding venture go, aiming for a world record with the Guinness book of world records isn’t the worst idea you could have. The team at Illyriao Games are attempting to break the world record for "World’s Largest Videogame PvP Battle" today starting at 7pm GMT / 3pm Eastern / noon Pacific - at the time of this article’s writing, they’ve got 376 players online with a peak of 993.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg calls Obama over internet fears

Facebook’s Zuckerberg calls Obama over internet fears

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama to complain about the US government presenting a threat to the internet, claiming to be "confused and frustrated" by the recent spying and surveillance scandals. "When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security" Zuckerberg wrote, "we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government."

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Tim Berners-Lee’s Reddit AMA summed in four comments

Tim Berners-Lee’s Reddit AMA summed in four comments

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. As he mentioned today in his Reddit AMA session (that’s Ask Me Anything, a popular method of popular people speaking to the internet), TBL "coded it up on a NeXT", while it was Robert Cailliau who was "the first convert to it" and later "wrote some code for a Mac browser called "Samba". As the creator of the WWW, TBL is (arguably) one of the best people to go to when it comes to considerations for how it might be handled now and in the future - thusly we devour his insight.

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