Internet Use/New Technologies

26 January 2009

Behind Google's Glowing Earnings BusinessWeek

The search giant's better-than-expected results encouraged analysts, but investors still see tough times ahead in online advertising

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Brussels to launch new 'green ICT' plan EurActiv

The European Commission will publish an action plan in March to boost the role of ICT in helping to green the EU economy. But extra effort from the technology industry may be necessary.

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Flexible display screens: Bend me, shape me, anyway you want me The Economist

Over the years, the screens on laptops, televisions, mobile phones and so on have got sharper, wider and thinner. They are about to get thinner still, but with a new twist. By using flexible components, these screens will also become bendy. Some could even be rolled up and slipped into your pocket like a piece of electronic paper. These thin sheets of plastic will be able to display words and images; a book, perhaps, or a newspaper or a magazine. And now it looks as if they might be mass produced in much the same way as the printed paper they are emulating.

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Apple's holier-than-thou attitude may be its salvation The Observer

Umberto Eco once wrote an intriguing essay about the differences between the Apple Macintosh and the PC. "The fact is," he wrote, "that the world is divided between users of the Macintosh computer and users of MS-DOS compatible computers. I am firmly of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant. The Macintosh is... cheerful, friendly, conciliatory; it tells the faithful how they must proceed step by step to reach - if not the kingdom of heaven - the moment in which their document is printed. It is catechistic: The essence of revelation is dealt with via simple formulae and sumptuous icons. Everyone has a right to salvation."

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Google plans to make PCs history The Observer

Google is to launch a service that would enable users to access their personal computer from any internet connection, according to industry reports. But campaigners warn that it would give the online behemoth unprecedented control over individuals' personal data.

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Websites 'must be saved for history': British Library head The Observer

Historians face a "black hole" of lost material unless urgent action is taken to preserve websites and other digital records, the head of the British Library has warned.

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25 January 2009

Revolution, Facebook-Style New York Times

Only a few hours after Israel's first air strike against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip late last month, more than 2,000 protesters marched through the streets of downtown Cairo, carrying Palestinian flags. This began what would become weeks of protests, in which thousands of Egyptians of all different political leanings gathered in Egypt's main cities, in public squares and at mosques and universities. Hundreds were arrested. In every city, the biggest presence at the protests was the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist political organization, active in many countries throughout the Middle East, that seeks to govern according to Islamic law. Other, smaller demonstrations were put together, sometimes spontaneously, by leftist groups and student organizations.

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Global Internet Audience Surpasses 1 billion comScore

comScore, Inc. reported that total global Internet audience (age 15 and older from home and work computers) has surpassed 1 billion visitors in December 2008, based on data from the comScore World Metrix audience measurement service.

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24 January 2009

Staff Finds White House in the Technological Dark Ages Washington Post

If the Obama campaign represented a sleek, new iPhone kind of future, the first day of the Obama administration looked more like the rotary-dial past.

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Tech-savvy Obama keeps online lifeline The Guardian

Barack Obama is likely to become America's first emailing president, as part of sweeping changes to the way the White House uses technology aimed at making his presidency the most open and connected in history.

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Twitter to hit the big time with explosion in microblogging The Times

Twitter, the fast-growing microblogging and social media site, is about to change gears.

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23 January 2009

UK Twitter traffic up 974 per cent in a year Daily Telegraph

The latest figures from Hitwise shows Twitter's popularity has grown tenfold among UK users.

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Barack Obama to use BlackBerry as president: reports The Guardian

Barack Obama could become the first sitting US president to use email, after reports suggested he may be in line for a new spy-proof smartphone.

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Google's inauguration searches show a changing Internet Computerworld

People weren't just sitting back and watching President Barack Obama's inauguration yesterday. They were commenting on Twitter, sharing information on Facebook and turning to Google in significant numbers to find live video and audio of inauguration activities in Washington.

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New corporate firefighters: social networking for business Financial Times

... The "Motrin moms" episode illustrates the power of social media - the expanding network of websites that allow users to interact with each other and, increasingly, with companies. It also demonstrates the perils for enterprises that are unprepared to interact with social media.

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22 January 2009

Google ends efforts to sell newspaper ads New York Times

Google's efforts to expand its advertising empire beyond the confines of the Internet have hit their first major setback. The company said Tuesday that it would end a two-year-old program to sell ads in newspapers because the effort, called Google Print Ads, had not been as successful as expected.

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Online Video of Inauguration Sets Records New York Times

Millions of cubicle dwellers across the country helped set records for Internet traffic on Tuesday as they watched online video of the inauguration ceremonies -- or at least tried to. The overwhelming demand meant that some Web sites and data networks had trouble keeping up, forcing many people to turn to less cutting-edge forms of media.

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Children spending half as much time in class as they do looking at screens The Times

Children are spending twice as much time in front of a TV or computer screen as in the classroom, according to a new book on how big business targets young consumers aggressively though new media.

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How advertisers are stalking your children online The Times

In a new book, Consumer Kids, Ed Mayo and Agnes Nairn ask how many of us realise that when children go online, they're targeted by predatory advertisers

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More Chinese teenagers losing selves in cyberspace Reuters

They can't sleep, can't concentrate and are wracked by bouts of anxiety or depression, and like anyone with a destructive bad habit, China's increasing number of Internet addicts need help, and need it fast.

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How the web is undermining reading The Guardian

From Plato to Guitar Hero, we have always been wary of change - but the internet poses a serious threat to society's ability to read

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21 January 2009

Report: Australian broadband performance on the rise ARN

Australian Internet surfers enjoyed significant improvements in performance during the last quarter of 2008, according to new international research.

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20 January 2009

BlackBerry-using Barack Obama set to become first President 2.0 The Times

Barack Obama looks likely to win his battle to keep his beloved BlackBerry smartphone, when he goes inside the White House bubble.

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Internet generation leave parents behind The Guardian

Children are spending increasing amounts of their lives in front of televisions, computers and games consoles, cramming in nearly six hours of screen time a day, according to research.

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19 January 2009

uk: TV waits to see a preview of its new world The Observer

This week, two major reports will set out the shape of broadcasting's future. James Robinson and Richard Wray of The Observer explore who the winners and losers will be in a radical overhaul of the industry

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