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ICANN Formalizes Relationship with ccTLD Manager for Panama

Internet & Technology MARINA DEL REY, CA - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced on Tuesday that it has signed an accountability framework with the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) manager for .pa--Panama, Universidad Tecnologica de Panama. According to a press release by ICANN, the Accountability Framework program provides two mechanisms by which ccTLD managers can formalize their relationship with ICANN. The first is an Accountability Framework document that sets out the obligations of a ccTLD manager and ICANN. It also covers dispute resolution and termination and is designed for ccTLD managers requiring a formal document with ICANN. The second mechanism is an exchange of letters between ICANN and the ccTLD manager designed for those for whom a simple statement of commitment is more appropriate.
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FAQ: Which Cell Phone Company is Better?

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Question: What is the best cell phone carrier in Panama? Which has the best coverage? Which company has the best price for calls within Panama and to and from the USA? Is it worth buying a phone there?

Answer: There are two primary cell phone providers, Cable and Wireless (C&W) and Movistar. Both companies offer a choice of using either prepaid cards, or signing a contract with monthly payments. There are more people on the Movistar network and they offer discounts for calls between cellphones on the same network. Both C&W and Movistar have similar levels of coverage nationwide, but if you're specifically planning to visit or live in an area outsite of Panama City or away from the main highways then you should check to see which company covers that specific area. The problem is that the cell phone companies are putting up new towers and extending their networks all the time so its hard (if not impossible) to give you an accurate and complete answer. (more)

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The Domain Re-registration Scam

Internet & TechnologyBy mgibbs on Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:04pm for NetworkWorld.com - I just got a telephone call from Domain Registry Support to tell me that a domain name I own is about to expire and that they'd re-register it for me. The rep was barely audible, barely intelligible, and woefully under-trained. What this outfit is trying to do is the same kind of scam that The Domain Registry of America has been pulling for some time -- using an official sounding business name and trying to get to reregister a domain through them for an exorbitant price which also means that if you are foolish enough to do this they wind up being your registrar. What Domain Registry Support and The Domain Registry of America are doing isn't, as far as I know, illegal but it is manipulative and unethical. They certainly aren't accredited by ICANN and the fact that what they are doing is not kosher can be figured out from how they do it: For example, Domain Registry Support has a very unsophisticated Web site with no contact details other than a toll-free number and no really solid business information. In short, they look like what they are -- shady. (more)
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The Alexa Toolbar

Internet & Technology I'm still playing around with the Alexa Toolbar. They take a different approach to measuring web traffic, and try to rank all of the websites in the world (18 million and growing) in order from the most popular to the sites that no one visits. It's useful for comparing sites side-by-side, and I like the toolbar because it shows you the ranking of any website you visit at a glance (which is cool.)
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Software Produced in Panama Presented

Internet & Technology (Source: La prensa)The conpany Software AG Panama presented "Salesvision", its new integrated mobile solution developed in the country, to optimize sales operations for distributing companies. The company said that the software automates the most important functions of sales and product distribution of massive consumption.
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MySpace Takes Over the World

Internet & Technology If you don't have a MySpace account then you're probably over 30 years old and you've been overtaken by technology (again.) Myspace is a quick and easy way to throw up a basic webpage and share with your friends. The biggest advantage is ease of use and the ability for groups of friends to easily create interlinking networks. You can share photos, iPod broadcasts, links, etc.
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Fun With Motherboards and Short Circuits

Internet & Technology I had a guy doing some work in my house which required drilling a hole through a wall. He found an electric cable (the hard way) and caused an impressive short-circuit, which smoked my mother board. Before you start telling me how important it is to have surge protectors and UPS and all that other stuff, I had all that in place and it still managed to smoke my primary system. So I wandered down the to the best computer store in Panama (IBC, behind the Subway in El Dorado) and picked up a new Intel 3.0 GHz CPU with an 800mHz FSB, another 512mb memory stick, and a new motherboard with all the bells and whistles. It took about twenty minutes to put it all together but it was worth it. Anyway, in case you were wondering I wasn't goofing off yesterday, I was tearing apart my main system. Now I've got enough parts and pieces to build a new machine, just as soon as I can lay my hands on a socket 478 motherboard that will support the Intel 2.4 GHz CPU that I was using in my old system. Anyway, if you need computer stuff the guys at IBC are still the best in town. And BTW this new system is a rocket compared to what I was driving...
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Homeland Security - Update Windows Now

Internet & Technology In a rare alert, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has urged Windows users to plug a potential worm hole in the Microsoft operating system. The agency, which also runs the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), sent out a news release on Wednesday recommending that people apply Microsoft's MS06-040 patch as quickly as possible. The software maker released the "critical" fix Tuesday as part of its monthly patch cycle. "Users are encouraged to avoid delay in applying this security patch," the Department of Homeland Security said in the statement. The patch fixes a serious flaw that, if exploited, could enable an attacker to remotely take complete control of an affected system, the agency said. Microsoft on Tuesday issued a dozen security bulletins, nine of which were tagged "critical," the company's highest severity rating. However, the flaw addressed in MS06-040 is the only one among the updates that could let an anonymous attacker remotely commandeer a Windows PC without any user interaction.
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ANSP Upholds $100,000 Fine Against C&W

Internet & Technology The National Authority of Public Services (ANSP) denied two requests received from Cable & Wireless for reconsideration with regards to two resolutions against the company that apply fines of $100,000. The ANSP said yesterday that the first fine arose as a result of an investigation that revealed that Cable and Wireless failed to fullfill a validation requirement for pre-subscription requests during a promotion to sign up more customers. The problem was discovered when Telecarrier customers and VOIP users noticed that their bills reflected unexpected and unauthorized charges from Cable & Wireless. C&W can no appeal this decision to the Supreme Court.

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WorldGate gets Central, South American distribution for its video phones

Internet & Technology Philadelphia Business Journal - Alta Vista Management Inc. has agreed to sell WorldGate Communications Inc.'s Ojo Shadow personal video phone and Ojo video phone service in Panama, Colombia and Costa Rica, the companies said Tuesday. Alta Vista, which is based in Panama, will begin distributing the phones immediately. Alta Vista and WorldGate (NASDAQ: WGAT), which is based in Trevose, Pa., expect Alta Vista to take its first orders and make its first deliveries in the coming weeks. The Ojo provides full-motion video phone service over broadband networks. WorldGate is selling the Ojo for $399.99, the Ojo Shadow for $299.99 and Ojo service for $14.95 a month on its Web site.
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