Internet Use/New Technologies

09 January 2009

Zuckerberg: New year, 150 million Facebook users CNET

It was only a matter of time. Social network Facebook says it has hit the milestone of 150 million active users, just more than two months after reaching 120 million and about four months after reaching 100 million. The site hit 140 million in the middle of December.

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07 January 2009

Twitter accounts of Obama, Britney Spears hacked ABC News

The Twitter accounts of US president-elect Barack Obama, singer Britney Spears and other prominent figures were hacked on Monday (US time) and fake messages sent out in their names on the micro-blogging service.

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Many American teens display risky behaviour on MySpace Reuters

More than half of teenagers mention risky behaviours such as sex and drugs on their MySpace accounts, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

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06 January 2009

Andrew Keen: This healthy industry now has the printed word in its sights The Independent

American President-elect Barack Obama gets my award for the new media star of 2008, probably the most digitally eventful year of the 21st century.

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Online is the future and the future is now The Guardian

With bosses focused on commerce and ratings, papers are falling behind where it really matters, says Roy Greenslade - creating online material and innovations people are prepared to pay for

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The shape of things to come: Clay Shirky The Guardian

A self-confessed 'pretty unlikely early adopter', the digital guru Clay Shirky still proved to be uncannily prescient about the impact of the web - which is why Tom Teodorczuk is getting his media forecast for 2009

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More and More, US Schools Got Game Washington Post

Lifelong gamer Russell Alford, 15, usually has to wait until his homework and chores are finished before he can play Call of Duty 4, but this semester he got to play another video game at school. His finance class at Marshall High School in Fairfax County designed avatars and saved a virtual city from an oil spill -- earning points for teamwork, research on the world's water supply, business ethics and negotiating skills.

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BT faces tough year as broadband nears saturation Daily Telegraph

Telecoms group BT will face "one of its toughest ever years" in 2009 as revenue from landline phone calls continues to decline and broadband reaches saturation point, according to a new report.

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05 January 2009

How Green Is Apple? Wall Street Journal

Apple Inc.'s eye-catching logo - an apple with a bite taken from it - has come in many colors in the past. Now, the iconic computer company is trying to prove its commitment to the color green.

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Tough year ahead for IT industry, warns OECD OECD

The economic downturn will hit the Internet economy hard in 2009, according to the latest available OECD estimates.

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For the Blind, Technology Does What a Guide Dog Can't New York Times

T. V. Raman was a bookish child who developed a love of math and puzzles at an early age. That passion didn't change after glaucoma took his eyesight at the age of 14. What changed is the role that technology -- and his own innovations -- played in helping him pursue his interests.

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04 January 2009

Gaza: secondary war being fought on the internet The Times

As fighting rages in the Gaza Strip an unprecedented 'virtual war' is being joined in cyberspace.

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Unless TV networks adapt they will be eaten alive by the internet The Age

The commercial television networks are quietly delighted by Telstra's exclusion from the $10 billion national broadband network tender, write Allan Fels and Fred Brenchley.

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03 January 2009

The Internet's Cool, But TV Remains Ad King InformationWeek

A Deloitte survey also finds that nearly six in 10 U.S. consumers would like to easily integrate their televisions with their computers to download or watch online content.

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eBay bans sale of ivory products The Independent

The internet auction site eBay has finally banned the sale of virtually all ivory products from its website after coming under intense pressure from conservationists who accused the site of acting as a major black market source for forbidden elephant tusks.

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02 January 2009

Web worldwide: UK housewives love it, Chinese use it most, Danes least keen The Guardian

... The poll of more than 27,500 people in 16 countries found that housewives in the UK spend 47% of their leisure time on the web, compared with 39% for students and 32% for the unemployed. Globally, the average across all occupations was 29%.

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01 January 2009

FCC's Martin Drops Porn Filtering Idea BusinessWeek

Even though Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin is leaving in a matter of weeks, he still hopes to push through a major policy decision he's been backing for months: One that would create a nationwide free wireless broadband network for use by all.

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Writing the Web's Future in Numerous Languages New York Times

The next chapter of the World Wide Web will not be written in English alone. Asia already has twice as many Internet users as North America, and by 2012 it will have three times as many. Already, more than half of the search queries on Google come from outside the United States.

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Internet Use Grows at Meetings, as Do Challenges New York Times

Until recently, travelers attending conferences or trade shows had simple Internet needs. They would check e-mail messages and maybe look up information on the Web or connect to the home office.

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30 December 2008

Why Online Ads Are Weathering the Recession BusinessWeek

In most media, 2009 will bring unkind cuts, and Madison Avenue will never be the same. But Internet advertising seems to be holding up

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29 December 2008

UK behind in global rush to broadband The Observer

Britain is falling badly behind the rest of the world in the use of broadband technology and the consequences could prove disastrous for education, health care, entertainment and the fight against global warming, one of the country's leading computer experts has warned.

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28 December 2008

Ebay changes backfire as it loses ground to rivals The Independent

John Donahoe, chief executive of eBay, is facing questions over his leadership of the online auctions pioneer which has been trying to turn itself into a more traditional e-commerce website.

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Bush Data Threatens to Overload Archives New York Times

The National Archives has put into effect an emergency plan to handle electronic records from the Bush White House amid growing doubts about whether its new $144 million computer system can cope with the vast quantities of digital data it will receive when President Bush leaves office on Jan. 20.

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Web overtakes newspapers as source of news in US survey The Guardian

As Barack Obama marched towards the White House and the economy plunged, more Americans ditched newspapers for the internet.

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27 December 2008

IE's European share falls under 60%, Firefox's growth stalls Computerworld

Fewer than 60% of European Web users run Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer, while more than 31% have switched to Mozilla's Firefox, a French-based metrics company reported yesterday.

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