Daily Archives: February 3, 2009

TelnicThe new .tel domain faced its second test today as it opened its “Landrush” stage, hoping to attract small businesses to its web address book.

Kash Mahdavi, chief executive of Telnic, registry operator for .tel, said in a phone interview there had been more than 10,000 applications during the “Sunrise” phase, which began in December.  Read more

  • Google‘s head of privacy, Peter Fleischer, is due to appear in an Italian court on Tuesday on a criminal charge of defamation and failure to protect personal data. The case – said to be the first of its kind, and carrying a penalty of up to 36 months in prison – stems from a video uploaded to Google Video. [Update: Our correspondent in Milan reports from the hearing that Fleischer was not in court today, and that the judge allowed the case to go forward - full report on FT.com to follow.]
  • The semiconductor industry is becoming a smaller chip off the old block as the economic downturn deepens. The Semiconductor Industry Association reported on Monday that sales in 2008 fell year-on-year for the first time since 2001. They were down 2.8 per cent at $248.6bn.

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MagnoliaIs this the year of living dangerously in our reliance on web services?

First, Google announced it was cutting adrift a number of services, including Notebook, that thousands of users had come to rely on. Read more