Internet Use/New Technologies

10 June 2008

US Military Supercomputer Sets Record New York Times

The Roadrunner supercomputer costs $133 million and will be used to study nuclear weapons. The new machine is more than twice as fast as the previous fastest supercomputer, the I.B.M. BlueGene/L, which is based at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

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09 June 2008

Rummaging through the internet: New online search - "hyperwords" The Economist

The web has changed in many ways since it first emerged in the mid-1990s. The first web pages contained only text, and there was a big debate about whether pictures should be allowed. Today, by contrast, it is quite normal for pages to be bursting with photos, animated graphics, video clips, music and chunks of software, as well as text. In one respect, however, the web is unaltered: the clickable hyperlinks between pages are still the way users get from one page to another.

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Report: Online groceries to fuel growth in eCommerce EurActiv

Online sales in the EU are growing fast, notably thanks to social networking websites, whose users are "more inclined" to visit eCommerce sites, according to a new report on the digital world. It further identifies food products and 3D as the potential next big e-markets.

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EU promises to act on high-speed Internet networks EurActiv

Under heavy pressure from the industry and the European Parliament, the Commission will "soon" come out with a proposal to spur EU investment in Next Generation Networks (NGNs), Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding told EurActiv.

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The $100 Distraction Device: Why giving poor kids laptops doesn't improve their scholastic performance Slate

More than three decades ago, Commodore introduced the PET, the world's first personal computer, apparently so-named to take advantage of the '70s craze for pet rocks. My ever-doting and education-obsessed parents brought home a PET for me and my siblings, hoping to put us at the vanguard of the digital revolution-to-be. The results were mixed at best.

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08 June 2008

China takes broadband crown from U.S. InfoWorld

China takes broadband crown from U.S. China experienced a 28 percent increase in fixed broadband subscribers over last year, ending the quarter with 71.6 million subscribers -- 1.4 million more than the U.S.

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Bits, Bands and Books New York Times

... In 1994, one of those gurus, Esther Dyson, made a striking prediction: that the ease with which digital content can be copied and disseminated would eventually force businesses to sell the results of creative activity cheaply, or even give it away. Whatever the product -- software, books, music, movies -- the cost of creation would have to be recouped indirectly: businesses would have to "distribute intellectual property free in order to sell services and relationships."

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Keep It Short, Make It Instant: Instant Messaging New York Times

Some of us find those bouncing or flashing icons on computer screen to be disruptive and distracting. But apparently, many workers believe instant messaging causes less interruption than other forms of communication like phone calls, e-mail and talking face to face. Instant messaging means an increase in the number of conversations, but those conversations tend to be shorter.

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07 June 2008

Turkmenistan opens internet access to citizens The Age

Turkmenistan has begun allowing private citizens to connect to the Internet in the latest sign the reclusive Central Asian nation is opening up to the world.

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us: More laws, collaboration required for online safety Computerworld

Washington state's attorney general is only half-joking when he suggests that perhaps sites like Facebook and MySpace should require members to use a credit card to sign up for access as a way to prove their identity.

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uk: Voluntary code for internet speed BBC

The way broadband speeds are advertised is to be regulated under a voluntary code published by Ofcom. It wants companies to publish accurate estimates of the maximum connection speeds people can expect before they buy broadband packages.

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06 June 2008

Q&A: Microsoft's Ballmer on Yahoo and the Future - in 10 years all media delivered via internet Washington Post

In an animated discussion with Washington Post editors and reporters yesterday, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer offered his far-ranging views of upcoming changes in technology and the media.

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Games consoles high on energy even when no one plays New Zealand Herald

Games consoles such as the Sony Playstation 3 can burn up to five times more energy than a medium sized refrigerator, a Choice study has found.

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'No need to panic' over lack of super-fast broadband in the UK The Independent

The man appointed to examine why the UK has been left behind many other countries in the roll-out of super-fast broadband believes there is no need for a panic-stricken attempt to catch up.

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05 June 2008

Mobile phones expose human habits BBC

The whereabouts of more than 100,000 mobile phone users have been tracked in an attempt to build a comprehensive picture of human movements.

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Heavy US Internet Users Targeted - Providers to Test Charges, Delays Washington Post

Cable service operators Comcast and Time Warner Cable said yesterday that they would begin testing new approaches that would slow Internet access for heavy users and charge more to those who want additional speed.

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04 June 2008

U.S. Internet will shrink to 2 strong players - report Reuters

An Internet analyst for a major Wall Street firm argues in a new report that Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc will be long-term winners, while Yahoo and IAC InterActiveCorp fall by the wayside and eBay Inc becomes a merger target.

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Sudden Disconnect Over Social Networking Deal Washington Post

... Yet within three days of the campfire, a dispute erupted between Google and Facebook, its largest partner in the new service, that reflected the fact that for Web companies there is nothing casual about the business of Internet socializing: There's too much money, maybe billions, at stake.

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Firefox on track to crack 20% share in July Computerworld

Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox browser is on pace to hit the 20% market-share mark next month, a Web metrics company said today.

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03 June 2008

The Human Hands Behind the Google Money Machine New York Times

If Google were the United States government, the data that streams onto Nicholas Fox's laptop every day would be classified as top secret. Mr. Fox is among a small group of Google employees who keep a watchful eye on the vital signs of one of the most successful and profitable businesses on the Internet. The number of searches and clicks, the rate at which users click on ads, the revenue this generates -- everything is tracked hour by hour, compared with the data from a week earlier and charted.

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02 June 2008

Son of iPhone: the next revolution The Sunday Times

The world expects Apple to unveil its new mobile next week, with fast web access and new features on the menu

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31 May 2008

au: Clerical error exposes Google as anonymous eBay critic Sydney Morning Herald

The Australian competition watchdog has accidentally revealed Google as the anonymous source of a submission that is highly critical of eBay's proposal to force its users onto the PayPal payments system.

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FCC considers offering spectrum for free wireless Internet InfoWorld

Under the FCC's proposal, the winner of the 25Mhz piece of spectrum in the 2155MHz band would have to use some of the spectrum for free wireless Internet access

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'State Of The Internet' Shows Attacks, Network Speeds Up InformationWeek

Attacks coming from 125 countries targeted 23 unique network ports, with the most malicious traffic coming from the United States and China, Akamai reports.

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30 May 2008

Mozilla shooting for record books with Firefox 3 release Network World

Mozilla is aiming to create what may be the geekiest world record ever with its upcoming Firefox 3 browser release by setting a Guinness World Record for the largest number of software downloads in 24 hours.

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