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New Zealand

4  Cautious start to auction
The auction of radio spectrum began yesterday on schedule, with two rounds of low bids, valuing each of the third-generation spectrum bands at between $1.78 million and $3.5 million as at last night...
IDG NZ

4  FreeParking plays by the rules
The boss of a new domain name registration service says his company decided to put aside its "philosophical views" on the current DNS registry system and work with Domainz...
IDG NZ

4  MP3 spins cash for band
Auckland jazz band the Chris Mason-Battley Group has hit the right note at the high-profile MP3.com web site, raking in up to $US130 ($276) per day in "payback" earnings...
NZ Herald

Other

4  France Allots $441M To Develop Web
The French government will spend $441 million over the next 3 years to develop the Internet and encourage people to make more use of it...
AP

4  FTC Sues Toysmart Over Database
Back in its day, Toysmart vowed never to sell consumer information to marketers. That was before the toy e-tailer filed for bankruptcy, and attempted to sell said info. The FTC doesn't like that, and filed a lawsuit...
Wired

4  U.S. Lawyers Want Net-Rules Body
The American Bar Association releases a report on cyberspace legal issues, and recommends creating a multinational commission to set Internet rules....
Wired

4  U.N. Agency Broadens Fight Against Cybersquatters
Cybersquatters beware. The World Intellectual Property Organization is launching a new offensive against people who try to hijack Internet addresses...
Yahoo

4  $1 Billion to Be Spent Coping with Emails, Net -IDC
Protecting Internet content has unleashed a business whose value will rise to $952 million in 2004 from $66 million last year, market researchers International Data Corp (IDC) consulting said on Monday...
Yahoo

Australia

4  Industry fears net controls
The internet industry fears a possible Federal Government clampdown on de-facto "broadcasting" over the net that could render worthless billions of dollars of investment and cripple Australia's development as an information economy...
AFR

4  "Visas won't solve skills crisis"
THE Australian Computer Society has lashed the Federal Government over plans to loosen visa restrictions for high-tech workers, saying that more resources should be directed to retraining unemployed Australians rather than importing short-term contractors...
Australian IT

4  We're left behind: expert
AUSTRALIA is in danger of being left behind in the electronic information age unless key stakeholders pull together to solve the skills crisis, an industry training advisory body has warned...
Australian IT

4  New gaming ban bid
AN INQUIRY into ways of banning internet gambling including blocking overseas websites has been slammed as ludicrous and wasteful by online casino operators...
Australian IT

Other

4  Norway Browser Says It's Better
Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator are the Goliaths of Internet browsers, but there's a David out there, too...
Yahoo/AP

4  Businesses consider hacking insurance
With high-profile network outages and virus attacks on the rise, businesses want more than just good security...
ZDNet

4  How a cracker defeated 'Hackopen'
An Austrian exploits two previously unknown security holes in an e-storefront program to score a victory in eWEEK's 'hack this' contest...
ZDNet

4  It Pays to Cheat, Not Surf
As more and more "pay-to-surf" sites come on the market, more and more programs are being written to help rogue surfers bypass the rules and get paid anyway...
Wired