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Europe in Brief The Basque Country and Navarra in northern Spain are to host what is apparently the world's first Internet Traffic Observatory. It is a network made up of 50 nodes - or traffic-measurement computers - distributed throughout Europe. The PCs, fitted with traffic-generation cards and synchronised via satellite, send traffic between them with the aim of measuring features such as the time lag or the transfer speed of web pages.

The Telematic Networks, Systems and Services Research Group of the Public University of Navarre is to open a control centre Pamplona to manage the Traffic Observatory. The project is part of the EU-funded Evergrow program.


Germany: antispam law

Germany's Social Democrat Party (SPD) last week said it plans to introduce an "Anti Spam" law in an attempt to stem the tide of unsolicited junk emails, Deutsche Welle reports. Spammers face fines and the worst offenders may enjoy a jail sentence.

Germany was one of the European countries criticised last year by the EC for not implementing spam restrictions in accordance with an EU directive.


Russia: Yahoo! email service in Russian

Yahoo! will roll out a Russian-language version of its email service to cater to the growing number of Russian web users around the world, the Moscow Times reports.

The new service is targeted at the 2 to 3 million Russian-speakers living in the US and the "approximately 35 million Russians" living abroad, as well as the growing number of Internet users within the country itself. However, some experts believe that Yahoo!'s Russian service is many years overdue. Experts reckon it will prove difficult to compete with existing Russian email services such as Mail.ru, with 8 million subscribers, and Yandex.ru, boasting 4 million punters.


Denmark: first wireless Skype phone?

Danish wireless technology developer RTX Telecom - based in Nørresundby, north Jutland - has launched a new wireless telephone which can be used for Internet telephony as well as normal telephone calls via the ordinary telephone network, Invest In Denmark reports.

RTX Telecom is collaborating with Internet telephony service Skype, whose free IP telephony software has been downloaded 9 million times. Jørgen Elbæk, managing director of RTX Telecom says the new telephone is very straightforward to use so that people can phone via the Internet just as easily as from a bog-standard telephone. ®

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