Internet Use/New Technologies

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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Books are thriving despite the internet The Guardian

Books are one of the oldest industries, yet they have been hardly affected by the digital revolution. Publishers just go on commissioning and editing them in their own sweet time as if nothing had happened. In an age when your blog could be out of date in minutes, publishers seem happy to leave months, even years, between the manuscript being presented and going on sale.

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Google shows touchy-feely Android phone CNet

Google demonstrated some new tricks of its Android mobile phone software, including an elaborate use of Google Maps Street View and a touch-screen interface with abilities known for their presence on Apple's iPhone.

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Big bill fear stops Australian mobile net usage Australian IT

Mobile phone advertising is languishing because people's fear of being charged to download content is stopping them surfing wirelessly, according to a Telstra BigPond executive.

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29 May 2008

Wireless Broadband Boosts Economy New York Times

Wireless technology will continue to have a huge impact on the economy as it becomes easier for businesses and their employees to access the Internet on their cell phones and other wireless devices, according to a study to be released Wednesday by the CTIA, a trade group for the wireless industry.

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28 May 2008

Entertainment beats sport in Australian mobile phone ratings The Australian

Entertainment channels rather than sport or news are the preferred viewing options of subscribers to pay-TV services on mobile phones, research from Telstra has revealed.

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27 May 2008

The Obama Connection New York Times

It's the networks, stupid. More than any other factor, it has been Barack Obama's grasp of the central place of Internet-driven social networking that has propelled his campaign for the Democratic nomination into a seemingly unassailable lead over Hillary Clinton. Her campaign has been so 20th-century. His has been of the century we're in.

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Browsers Are a Battleground Once Again New York Times

The browser, that porthole onto the broad horizon of the Web, is about to get some fancy new window dressing.

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'Hyperconnected' users on the increase: survey ComputerWorld

Enterprises are facing an exploding "culture of connectivity", with global information workers using an increasing number of devices and applications, according to an IDC study.

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26 May 2008

Computers and the environment: Buy our stuff, save the planet The Economist

... Data centres consumed 0.6% of the world's electricity in 2000, and 1% in 2005. Globally, they are already responsible for more carbon-dioxide emissions per year than Argentina or the Netherlands, according to a recent study by McKinsey, a consultancy, and the Uptime Institute, a think-tank. If today's trends hold, these emissions will have grown four-fold by 2020, reaching 670m tonnes. By some estimates, the carbon footprint of cloud computing will then be larger than that of aviation.

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Dial I for internet: Phone-book companies are heading for a long, slow decline The Economist

When the drains are blocked, the air-conditioning has given up or your life depends on someone delivering a take-away, you pick up the phone book. In most countries the companies that produce them have big chunks of the advertising market and enjoy some of the fattest margins in the media business.

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Telecoms infrastructure - cable laying: Here we go again? The Economist

There is another boom in laying undersea fibre optics cables with dozens of cables being laid over the next three years at a cost of US$7.1 billion reports The Economist. This investment comes after a spectacular telecoms crash in the late 1990s.

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Txt msgng in Frnc: Parlez-vous SMS? A new threat to the French language The Economist

The baccalauréat exam season approaches, and with it ritual agonising over the standard of French spelling. These days, fingers are pointed not only at progressive teaching, the decline of the dictée or the legacy of May 1968. The new culprit is text-messaging.

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FON: Global Dreams for a Wireless Web New York Times

... Three years ago, aiming to create a global wireless network, [Martin Varsavsky] founded FON, a company based in Madrid that wants to unlock the potential power of the social Internet. FON's gamble is that Internet users will share a portion of their wireless connection with strangers in exchange for access to wireless hotspots controlled by others.

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World's mobile phone users top 3.3 billion Sydney Morning Herald

The number of mobile phone users worldwide soared to over 3.3 billion by the end of 2007, equivalent to a penetration rate of 49 per cent, the International Telecommunications Union said in a report this week.

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