Internet Use/New Technologies

10 May 2008

Brits addicted to social networking The Guardian

It seems that Britons are more addicted to poking and tweeting and writing on each other's walls than anyone else in Europe.

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It's not all just geek talk and texts - phones are first with the news The Times

Northern Virginia is a relatively quiet place. Seismically speaking. So when the ground started rumbling violently on Tuesday afternoon, the locals had an idea something was wrong. But what? For the first few minutes, there was no official news except for a series of "Tweets" -- mini alerts broadcast by wired locals tapping what they saw, felt and heard into their mobile phones and on to their Twitter web pages.

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The future of social networking: mobile phones The Times

Picture this: a young woman goes to a party. She doesn't know anyone but it's fine because she has her mobile with her. A few clicks and she accesses the profiles of a dozen people at the party, including their pictures. She's in luck: two of them turn out to be friends of friends. She messages them and they start to chat.

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09 May 2008

Australians prefer mobiles over landlines: study ABC

A report has found that nearly half of all Australian households use mobile phones instead of fixed-line phones as their main voice communication.

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Telecom giants team up on Europe-India cable plan Telecom Asia

The first direct, high-bandwidth optical-fibre submarine cable system from the UK to India is imminent with a construction and maintenance agreement signed between the 16 participating telecommunications companies Telecom Asia reports.

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Wireless world is almost with us The Guardian

Welcome to the future: a wire-free world of sensors and hi-tech cars, according to research published today by media regulator Ofcom. The report, called Tomorrow's Wireless World, outlines a number of areas in health and transport where wireless technology could have a decisive impact.

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U.S. telecom companies to join forces on wireless networks New York Times

A who's who of technology and telecommunications companies plans to announce on Wednesday they intend to build the first of a new generation of nationwide wireless data networks in the United States, according to several people briefed on the deal.

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Making the most of Twitter The Guardian

Real-time micro-blogging is gaining in popularity. But if you're wondering what's the point, here's Charles Arthur's guide to the benefits of Twitter - and how to get started

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08 May 2008

Austrian city Graz asking for polite mobile phone use International Herald Tribune

Graz last month issued a plea to its citizens not to use cellphones on public transportation. No fines are being given to transgressors, so Mayor Siegfried Nagl is counting on the civic sense or shame of his constituents to cut down on cellphone noise pollution.

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IPTV in Australia "less developed" Australian Communications and Media Authority

The Australian market for internet protocol television (IPTV) and internet video is less developed than many other international markets, with fewer than five IPTV providers and fifteen internet video providers offering full-length professional content directly to consumers, according to a report by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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Google's Cloud Forbes

Google says the economic benefits of cloud computing can't be ignored.

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Stephen Colbert wins 'Webby Person of the Year' ABC

Comedian Stephen Colbert has walked away with a Webby award as the internet's "Person Of The Year".

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Editors more optimistic on newspapers' future The Guardian

Their sales are falling, freesheets are flooding the market and more readers are going online for their news, but newspaper editors around the world remain overwhelmingly optimistic.

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07 May 2008

New Zealand BSA research "Seen and Heard: Children’s Media Use, Exposure, and Response": Research shows how Kiwi kids use the media Broadcasting Standards Authority

The BSA has released a major new study of New Zealand children's media use. The large quantitative survey was carried out by Colmar Brunton. It involved interviewing more than 600 children aged between six and 13 and their primary caregivers. The focus of the research was how children use and respond to media, including television, radio, the internet, and cell phones.

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Your 10 o'clock meeting is being held in Second Life The Observer

Blue-chip firms have their HQs there; the virtual world even has its own millionaires. And it can only grow, creator Philip Rosedale tells David Smith

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Google's unhealthy dominance will end The Times

Given Google's dominance of online advertising, and search, this article in The Times may interest readers. With Google's online search share rising to 60 per cent in recent weeks and its revenue rising by 42 per cent to US$5.2 billion in the last quarter, it also has plans for mobile phones, "social networking tools and its own version of Wikipedia - not to mention the other web giants, such as Doubleclick, that it keeps buying - and you can understand why Google feared the renewed challenge that a well-resourced, large-scale competitor would pose to its ability, in effect, to control the information age."

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06 May 2008

Mobile TV gathers momentum International Herald Tribune

Every day in Switzerland, 40,000 people watch a 100-second television news broadcast on their cellphones. In Italy, one million people pay as much as €19 a month to watch up to a dozen mobile TV channels.

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Russians learning to watch out for Web 'friends' International Herald Tribune

A new Web site is seeking volunteers to provide personal information to the Federal Security Service of Russia, known as the FSB.

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The Dark Side of Web Anonymity BusinessWeek

Malicious gossip posted by unidentified users is sparking a new debate about free speech online

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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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