Internet Use/New Technologies

16 September 2008

Google mobile chief says can't afford a dud Reuters

Google Inc is betting it can revolutionize wireless Internet service on mobile phones the way that it transformed the search business on PCs.

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Separating fact from rumour online: Berners Lee foundation to vet websites BBC

The internet needs a way to help people separate rumour from real science, says the creator of the World Wide Web. Talking to BBC News Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he was increasingly worried about the way the web has been used to spread disinformation.

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Broadband in Australia below par: Cisco study Australian IT

Several industrialised countries, such as Great Britain, Spain, Australia and Italy, offer broadband speeds that on average are just below what is necessary to make good use of broadband applications, according to a study.

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15 September 2008

Internet in the Sky: Surf but Don't Call New York Times

... But one thing you may not do is use that Internet hookup for VoIP, the voice over Internet protocol services provided by companies like Skype.

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14 September 2008

Many, many happy returns as the microchip celebrates 50th birthday The Times

The microchip, now found in every home and office, in devices from cookers to computers, credit cards to traffic lights and cars to mobile phones, is 50 years old today.

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Stuck in Google’s Doghouse New York Times

Some say that Google's near monopoly in search ads puts it in a position to decide which business models it will tolerate and which ones it won't.

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Facebook for the kindergarten set International Herald Tribune

A host of new Web sites, including Totspot, Odadeo, Lil'Grams and Kidmondo, offer parents a chance to invite friends and family to join and contribute to a network geared to connecting them to the baby in their lives.

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Japan tops world broadband study BBC

Only Japan has the broadband quality to cope with next-generation internet applications, a new study has revealed.

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In Tangle of Young Lips, a Sex Rebellion in Chile Brought On, In Part, By An Internet Explosion New York Times

... The sexual awakening is happening through a booming industry for 18-and-under parties, an explosion of Internet connectivity and through Web sites like Fotolog, where young people trade suggestive photos of each other and organize weekend parties, some of which have drawn more than 4,500 teenagers. The online networks have emboldened teenagers to express themselves in ways that were never customary in Chile's conservative society.

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Probe into how Google mix-up caused $1 billion run on United Airlines The Times

... The errors provide a salutary lesson for investors of the power and perils of computer automation and throw a spotlight on Google's News search technology which, using "Googlebot" algorithms, scours web pages in search of news articles.

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In Digital Age, Federal Files Blip Into Oblivion New York Times

Countless federal records are being lost to posterity because federal employees, grappling with a staggering growth in electronic records, do not regularly preserve the documents they create on government computers, send by e-mail and post on the Web.

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13 September 2008

UK could suffer economicaly and socially with 'poor broadband' Daily Telegraph

Britain risks falling behind Europe and the rest of the world socially and economically because of poor broadband internet connection speeds, according to a new study.

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uk: No aid for next-gen network firms BBC

There is no need to use public money to bankroll next-generation broadband in the UK, says a report. The six-month long review of the UK's readiness for high-speed net access said the case for government intervention was "weak".

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France Telecom's E-Reader Experiment BusinessWeek

France Telecom's Read & Go device shows one way e-readers could become a distribution channel for newspapers and other frequently updated print media

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12 September 2008

Microsoft and Google Give The Browser a Rewrite Washington Post

Your Web browser is probably the most important program on your computer, and it's now getting the competition it deserves.

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The Queen to visit Google's British HQ Daily Telegraph

She already exchanges emails with her grandchildren and she has shared video on YouTube but now the Queen plans to make a further foray into the world of cyberspace with a visit to Google.

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Finally, Apple begins to understand there is an environment to care for

Apple has finally realised, no doubt under pressure from groups such as Greenpeace, that they need to take the environment seriously.

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The future of newspapers in the age of the internet The Australian

Newspaper companies risk dying "a death of a thousand cuts" if they fire staff en masse without drastically reinventing their businesses, a leading international media consultant warned Australian publishing executives this week. ... Mr Senor said newspapers needed to "innovate or die", completely reinvent the formula of the medium and "rediscover the soul of their business".

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10 September 2008

British bosses more likely to ban Facebook than European counterparts Daily Telegraph

British companies are twice as likely to ban or restrict the use of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace compared to their European counterparts, according to new research.

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Google to Digitise Newspaper Archives New York Times

Google has begun scanning microfilm from some newspapers' historic archives to make them searchable online, first through Google News and eventually on the papers' own Web sites, the company said Monday.

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Google's Search Goes Out to Sea New York Times

Call it Google's data navy. The search and advertising company has filed for a patent that describes a "water-based data center." The idea is that Google would create mobile data center platforms out at sea by stacking containers filled with servers, storage systems and networking gear on barges or other platforms.

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NICTA team looks to internet's future Australian IT

A team of five scientists from Australia's national ICT research centre, NICTA, are lending their wireless expertise to a collaborative European research project that aims to one day lay the foundations for a future internet.

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au: RBA to review PayPal, eBay link Australian IT

The Reserve Bank has summoned top executives from online auction house eBay Australia and its subsidiary, PayPal, to review their alleged anti-competitive behaviour, in a meeting to be held next month.

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Brave New World of Digital Intimacy New York Times

On Sept. 5, 2006, Mark Zuckerberg changed the way that Facebook worked, and in the process he inspired a revolt.

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09 September 2008

Super-fast UK broadband will cost at least £5bn The Guardian

Building Britain's next generation of super-fast broadband network, which can download music in seconds and movies in minutes, will cost between £5.1bn and £28.8bn, according to the government's independent advisory group.

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