Internet Use/New Technologies

04 May 2008

Cuba lifts ban on home computers BBC

The first legalised home computers have gone on sale in Cuba, but a ban remains on internet access.

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Google alters policy on linked adverts in UK The Times

From Monday, it will become possible for J Sainsbury to place an advertisement that appears anytime someone in Britain types Tesco as a search term, as Google ends its policy of trademark protection in the UK.

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03 May 2008

Faster Broadband in the USA! Thrill! Thrill! Washington Post

The curve of acceleration for faster residential broadband seems to be kicking in at long last, but coverage lags and costs are still high. We in the U.S., and particularly me in Seattle, Wash., suffer from the heartbreak of slow-broadband-paralysis. A large percentage of U.S. residents can't obtain speeds that are typical in Japan, South Korea, and some countries in Europe.

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At Kodak, Some Old Things Are New Again: How the Move to Digital Affected Kodak New York Times

Steven J. Sasson, an electrical engineer who invented the first digital camera at Eastman Kodak in the 1970s, remembers well management's dismay at his feat. "My prototype was big as a toaster, but the technical people loved it," Mr. Sasson said. "But it was filmless photography, so management's reaction was, 'that's cute -- but don't tell anyone about it.'"

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US Democrat wants to require disability-friendly Internet phones, video CNet

At the moment, most TVs and telephones must be outfitted with special features for people with hearing, vision, and speech impairments under U.S. law. Now an influential Democratic congressman wants to expand those requirements to their Internet counterparts.

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02 May 2008

uk: Internet provokes more complaints than newspapers or magazines Out-Law

The internet is now the second most complained-about advertising medium, overtaking newspapers and magazines for the first time.

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Microsoft: we'll keep 'chipping away' at Google The Times

An overhaul of Live Search is the software giant's latest attempt to catch Google, the runaway leader in online services

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BT rolls out 'faster broadband' in UK BBC

Faster broadband speeds could soon be on offer to a limited number of people in the UK as BT starts offering access to its 21st Century Network.

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WiMax: The next Wi-Fi? The State

A wireless technology that Sprint Nextel plans to launch within a year makes high-speed and secure Internet access possible from almost anywhere.

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01 May 2008

Has Google solved the problem of image search? The Times

A new algorithm may solve one of the problems of searching for images on the web, namely that computers can't 'see' objects

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Microsoft highlights efforts to police the net - Efforts made in cause of 'good citizenship' ComputerWorld

Microsoft spends millions of dollars each year developing security products that it gives to law enforcement agencies, knowing that it may not make any money directly in return. The work is part of the company's efforts to be a good corporate citizen, although there are also some business benefits from the work it does.

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29 April 2008

Multimedia mobiles give wallpaper a pasting The Guardian

British mobile users are downloading fewer ringtones and wallpapers as they migrate from colour-screen mobiles to multimedia handsets that include cameras, according to new data from Orange.

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The mobile future is calling BBC

Developers are being asked to devise applications for mobile devices so users can "access it, mix it up, save it, and store it".

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Class war hits social networking sites: Facebook for toffs, MySpace for plebs, claims report vnunet

New research into social networking sites claims to have uncovered sharp online class divisions. The college educated turn more to Facebook, according to the report, while MySpace caters largely for those who leave school early.

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A Google Prototype for a Precision Image Search New York Times

Google researchers say they have a software technology intended to do for digital images on the Web what the company's original PageRank software did for searches of Web pages.

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27 April 2008

Europe leapfrogs US in broadband take-up vnunet

The number of European broadband users has topped the 100 million mark, according to the European Commission's latest study on broadband usage.

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26 April 2008

China Tops US for Internet Population Lead PC World

China has proclaimed itself the world's largest Internet market, with 221 million Internet users, state media reported Thursday.

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McKinsey: ignore Second Life at your peril The Times

Companies which do not embrace virtual worlds risk missing the next wave of the web's development, the consultancy said

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France to require apartments to come wired International Herald Tribune

The French government said Thursday that it planned to require builders to install fiber-optic cables in new apartment buildings to increase the introduction of fast broadband Internet.

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24 April 2008

Internet TV To Ditch PCs Forbes

Apple and Microsoft, with their AppleTVs and Media Centers, keep hoping that their personal computers will win a seat in the living room, but so far few consumers are inviting them in. Only 1.5 million broadband-connected households have a PC connected to their TV, according to a study conducted by Park Associates last year. "It might come down to the simple fact that consumers don't want to buy one more black box for the living room," says analyst Kurt Scherf.

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Yahoo's profit bolsters takeover defence The Guardian

First quarter results from Yahoo came in better than Wall Street expected last night, thanks in part to the internet company's international operations, but it is understood it will remain in talks with News Corp and AOL to see off the threat of a hostile takeover from Microsoft.

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In Afghanistan, insurgents attacking cellphone network Los Angeles Times

Afghans tend to be stoic in the face of poverty, hardship and seemingly endless warfare. But mess with their cellphones, and the response is one of undiluted outrage.

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Microsoft Reveals a Web-Based Software System New York Times

Microsoft is preparing to take its most ambitious step yet in transforming its personal computer business into one tied more closely to software running in remote data centers.

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Cloud Computing Gains Steam With New I.B.M. Gear New York Times

I.B.M. is entering the market for Internet-focused data centers with computer systems designed to reduce power consumption sharply and take up less floor space.

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23 April 2008

Web 2.0 is set for spending boom BBC

Web 2.0 is set to be embraced by Enterprise 2.0 as businesses prepare to spend nearly $5 billion by 2013 on social networking tools. Over half of the companies in North America and Europe see Web 2.0 as a priority for next year, a report says.

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