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Non-Latin Internet scripts agreed

Published | 14.53, 30th of October 2009, by Paul Butler | Business

At their annual meeting in Seol the ICANN board announced that it is now allowing non-Latin scripts for Chinese and Arabic URLs. This is a massive change for the industry, described as the biggest change in 40 years. It will affect over half of the 1.6 billion Internet users who use non-Latin scripts. Some countries such as Thailand and China have had their own work around but this new move allows for global recognition and will be rolled out from the 16th November 2009. It is expected that Russian will follow soon after.

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Wycombe businessman completes first charity run for UK Cancer Research

Published | 14.31, 26th of October 2009, by Paul Butler | Random

Chris van Aurich, Director at the High Wycombe based Creative Agency Artlines Media, has completed this year's 10K run at Dorney Lake on behalf of Cancer Research UK. Along with over 2,000 other runners this is a fantastic achievement considering it was his first ever competitive race. Crossing the line on 58 minutes, his ten minute mile estimation proved correct. Friends and family members attended the event and although tired, Chris was very pleased to have raised money for such a worth while charity.

"I was more surprised by donations from people I didn't even know." said the man himself after the race. "I have trained quite a bit and my body is as fit as it has even been. I really enjoyed today and I think it is reasonable to assume that I will run another charity race like this again at some point. People can still log on to the website and donate even though this year's event is over."

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Cancer Research UK is the world's leading independent organisation dedicated to cancer research. They support research into all aspects of cancer through the work of more than 4,250 scientists, doctors and nurses. Over the past 10 years alone, thousands of lives have been saved through earlier detection and improved treatments. But, much work remains to be done if they are to achieve their aim of beating cancer.

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Net Neutrality | Free-flowing Internet verses an equal playing field for all

Published | 14.29, 20th of October 2009, by Paul Butler | Random

Some Internet Service Providers and Telecommunications companies are battling against some of the biggest Internet based businesses in the world. A letter has been sent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) arguing the case for Net Neutrality. Senior representatives from Google, Ebay, Skype, Facebook, Amazon, Sony Electronics, Digg, Flickr, LinkedIn and Craigslist have all signed on the dotted line.

Net Neutrality keeps the transportation of data across the Net in equal proportions. As opposed to a tiered concept preferred by ISPs and Telcos, which would deliver bandwidth-heavy data containing video for example, at a slower rate. They also say that it is the only way to keep Internet traffic running smoothly in future.

Those that support Net Neutrality contest by saying that small, start-up business would be not able compete with corporate bodies on a level playing field if this was the path that was selected. Net Neutrality helps businesses compete on a content basis alone.

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1 in 7 web page views target Social Media giant Facebook

Published | 13.33, 16th of October 2009, by Paul Butler | Marketing

According to a recent survey by Hitwise, Facebook accounted for 14.5% of all UK Internet page views during the month of September 2009. That is equal to 1 in every 7. Overall UK visits to Facebook increased by just over 86% between September 08 and September 09. In fact, so popular has the website become that visits have more than doubled over the last 14 months. The Social Media website owned by Facebook Inc, accounted for nearly half of all UK Internet based visits to any social networking website portal, during September 2009. It was also the second most visited website in the UK for this period after Google UK, and it received more page views than Google UK, eBAY UK and YouTube combined.

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