Internet Use/New Technologies

26 June 2008

Company scores plummet in Greenpeace Greener Electronics Guide Greenpeace

The Greener Electronics Guide is our way of getting the electronics industry to face up to the problem of e-waste. We want manufacturers to get rid of harmful chemicals in their products. We want to see an end to the stories of unprotected child labourers scavenging mountains of cast-off gadgets created by society's gizmo-loving ways.

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Chrysler will offer wireless Internet access in 2009 Los Angeles Times

The struggling automaker's announcement comes shortly before California enacts a law that requires hands-free cellphone use while driving.

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25 June 2008

PC population now one billion; 2 billion expected in 2014 ComputerActive

The total number of PCs in use today has broken the one billion mark, according to new figures from Gartner. The analyst house has calculated that the installed base of PCs grows by around 12 per cent a year. If this continues the number of systems will reach two billion by 2014.

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Facebook is "educational", says US uni Silicon

Social networks like Facebook and MySpace have reputations as tools for procrastination but a new study from the University of Minnesota, US says contests this.

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Google to Unveil New Ad Management, Internet Use Tools Wall Street Journal

An interesting new tool from Google, possibly set to be released as soon as next week, is an ad measurement tool to measure internet use, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Al-Qaeda's Growing Online Offensive Washington Post

... The exchange was part of the latest propaganda coup orchestrated by al-Qaeda: an online chat between Zawahiri -- one of the world's most wanted fugitives -- and hundreds of curious people around the globe. After announcing in a Web forum in December that he would entertain questions on virtually any topic, Zawahiri received 1,888 written queries from journalists and the public. He patiently answered about one-fifth of them, even hostile postings that condemned al-Qaeda for harming innocents and perverting Islam.

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At Google, Slow Growth in News Site New York Times

Six years after its start, Google News is far from achieving the kind of dominant position in news that the company has in other areas.

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23 June 2008

EBay Tries to Buy a Little More Love from Sellers New York Times

With thousands of eBay's most active sellers converging on its eBay Live convention in Chicago, the embattled online flea market is trying to give both sellers and buyers a little more to win back their loyalty.

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The mobile revolution's hidden cost InfoWorld

As mobile phone sales pass the 3 billion mark, is it time to survey the full reality of the technology's environmental impact?

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eBay's small sellers rebel Times on Sunday

Every year, thousands of people from around the world descend on an American city to spend the weekend discussing everything from bubble wrap to counterfeit goods and the Russian mafia at eBay Live, the online auction giant's annual jamboree.

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I Google, therefore I am losing the ability to think The Observer

'Is Google Making Us Stupid?' was the provocative title of a recent article in the US journal The Atlantic. Its author was Nicholas Carr, a prominent blogger and one of the internet's more distinguished contrarians. 'Over the past few years,' he writes, 'I've had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn't going - so far as I can tell - but it's changing. I'm not thinking the way I used to think.'

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21 June 2008

Firefox claims download success BBC

Mozilla is claiming a download record for the release of Firefox 3.0. In the first 24 hours the web browser was available the software was downloaded more than eight million times, says its creator Mozilla.

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au: eBay defies ACCC on PayPal issue The Age

eBay appears to be gearing up for a public court battle with the competition regulator over the auction site's move to force all sellers to use only PayPal for accepting electronic payments.

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19 June 2008

U.S. Will Lag in Tech Growth, Study Says New York Times

Watching television, gaining access to the Internet and listening to music on mobile phones will be a viable business in the next few years, says a study by a consulting arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. But while marketers and advertisers have much to cheer in the coming digital revolution, the fastest growth will be in emerging markets, with the United States lagging behind.

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18 June 2008

The web that time forgot - the first world wide web International Herald Tribune

The Mundaneum Museum honors the first concept of a world wide wonder, sketched out by Paul Otlet in 1934 as a global network of "electric telescopes."

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Stunts Today for Firefox. Sophisticated Programs Tomorrow New York Times

Today marks the official release of the version 3.0 for the Firefox browser. But what does that mean for a product that has been designed, written and tested in public? There's no surprise about what it does; that's been clear for months. And you could get a nearly complete version of the software for the last several weeks.

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17 June 2008

Tech firms act to counter 'information overload' The Times

A new research group will study how firms can reduce the amount of time workers waste reading unnecessary e-mails

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Korea's new generation of 'Web 2.0' protesters International Herald Tribune

In June 1987, Seoul's City Hall Plaza reverberated with a chant that signaled the end of military rule in South Korea: "Dokjetado!" or "Down with the dictatorship!" In June this year, the plaza has once again become a rallying point for crowds calling for the removal of an unpopular government: "Out with Lee Myung Bak!"

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Andrew Keen on New Media: Choose your words carefully, the blink media revolution has begun The Independent

Blink and you'll miss this message. Brevity is the new digital cool. As handheld computers such as the iPhone and the BlackBerry replace the desktop, mass media is being transformed into micro media. Technology is chunking, slicing and shrinking the message. Welcome to the age of blink media.

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16 June 2008

Internet use doubles in White House race: survey ABC

A new study says the internet now plays a central role in US politics, with nearly half of all Americans using the web and other new media to follow the presidential campaign.

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14 June 2008

Mobile internet use 'rocketing in Europe' Silicon

Europe has taken to 3G faster than any other region in the world and usage is growing rapidly as networks proliferate, according to research commissioned by mobile operator body the GSM Association (GSMA).

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Lost in Email, Tech Firms Face Self-Made Beast New York Times

The onslaught of cellphone calls and email and instant messages is fracturing attention spans and hurting productivity. It is a common complaint. But now the very companies that helped create the flood are trying to mop it up.

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Yahoo-Google agree online ad deal BBC

Yahoo has agreed a deal with Google which will see Yahoo use the search engine giant's advertising technology.

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Internet report shows digital divide in Canada Globe & Mail

Almost 75 per cent of Canadians aged 16 or older surfed the Net last year, but factors such as age, income, education and place of residence contribute to a "digital divide" in the country, a new Statistics Canada report says.

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13 June 2008

Mobile to displace fixed-line internet 'within two years' The Times

By 2010, the mobile phone network will have overtaken home broadband as the primary way of connecting to the web, experts say

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