Internet Use/New Technologies

12 February 2009

Cuba looks to expand Internet access Reuters

Cuba wants to expand access to the Internet but has been held back by economic problems and bandwidth limitations, Cuban communications minister Ramiro Valdes said on Tuesday.

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Google introduces power meter software to reduce electricity use Daily Telegraph (UK)

Search giant Google is developing new monitoring tools to help families reduce the amount of electricity they are using.

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11 February 2009

British teenagers 'spend an average of 31 hours online' Daily Telegraph (UK)

Teenagers spend an average of 31 hours a week online and nearly two hours a week looking at pornography, according to a study.

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10 February 2009

While papers fold, television prospers International Herald Tribune

Subscribers to print newspapers have gone missing, as everyone knows. Book publishers are also wondering where readers have disappeared to.

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Another day wasted as I turn to the Twittering classes to provide suggestions for my column The Guardian

What's that? You think it's easy filling a page each week with this gibberish? Well, it is. But some weeks aren't as easy as others. For one thing, pretty much all I've been aware of all week is snow tumbling from the sky, and everyone else has already written about that - and I mean everyone, from Melanie Phillips to the late Roy Kinnear. The only other thing I've noticed is some kind of acute muscular spasm in my neck and left shoulder, and that's hardly entertaining, except maybe for the bit where the doctor rather brilliantly prescribed me diazepam so I necked some and walked very slowly around the Westfield shopping centre listening to Henry Mancini's Pink Panther theme on repeat on an MP3 player, smiling eerily at shoppers.

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09 February 2009

Online ads rise to defy crisis The Australian

Online advertising has defied expectations that the financial crisis would also crimp its growth, with annual spending to December up 27 per cent from a year ago to $1.7 billion.

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08 February 2009

Playing violent video games has risks: study Reuters

Among young college students, the frequency and type of video games played appears to parallel risky drug and alcohol use, poorer personal relationships, and low levels of self-esteem, researchers report.

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06 February 2009

Nigeria Overtakes South Africa in African Telecoms Market This Day

Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as Africa's largest telecom market with the highest subscriber base, Dr Ernest Ndukwe, Deputy Chairman, National Communication Commission, has said.

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05 February 2009

Facebook clocks fifth birthday BBC

Facebook is giving its 150 million users a mystery virtual gift to celebrate its fifth birthday.

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False Hopes for Internet Profits Time

Barry Diller, who has been in the media industry as long as almost any man alive, said the online display advertising at his company, IACI, might be down as much as 50% this month. Disney reported that its interactive business lost money in the final quarter of last year. The head of advertising sales at TIME Warner's AOL internet unit was replaced, probably a reasonable sign that revenue is under-performing there.

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Google Earth fills watery gaps New York Times

Two and a half years ago, the software engineers behind Google Earth, the searchable online replica of the planet, were poised to fill an enormous data gap, adding the two-thirds of the globe that is covered by water in reality and was blue, and blank, online.

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04 February 2009

US to build fastest computer on planet for managing nuclear arsenal The Times

A supercomputer with the processing power of two million laptops is to be built by IBM for the US government to help manage its nuclear arsenal.

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A third of adults without Internet don't want it: Pew USA Today

About one in four American adults have no Internet access. And many of them couldn't care less about getting online.

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Google researcher targets web's structured data Computerworld

Internet search engines have focused largely on crawling text on web pages, but Google is knee-deep in research about how to analyse and organise structured data, a company scientist says.

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Top 50 most popular Twitter celebrities The Times

The Times' league table of 50 famous people listed in accordance of how many followers they have on the micro-blogging site

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US study finds online porn may reduce the incidence of rape New York Daily News

Could online porn be responsible for a decrease in rape cases? A Clemson University study suggests it might.

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03 February 2009

Social networks grab 10% of UK internet traffic PC Advisor

The successes of Facebook and YouTube, along with similar sites, meant that Social networks accounted for 1 in every 10 UK internet visits during Christmas week 2008.

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Hal Varian, Google's chief economist, on how the Web challenges managers McKinsey Quarterly

Google's chief economist says executives in wired organizations need a sharper understanding of how technology empowers innovation.

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Facebook friends, until I delete you International Herald Tribune

A person could go mad trying to pinpoint the moment he lost a friend. So seldom does that friend make his feelings clear by sending out an e-mail alert.

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Facebook finds way to profit from 150m members' private data Daily Telegraph (UK)

Facebook is planning to exploit the vast amount of personal information it holds on its 150m members by creating one of the world's largest market research databases.

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02 February 2009

Internet boom in DIY abortion pills in Northern Ireland The Observer

Concern that women in Northern Ireland may misuse an online termination costing only £60, putting their health at risk

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He two-timed me on Facebook. But our divorce will be for real The Observer

Georgina Hobbs-Meyer discovered her husband had had cyber sex. Now she has two warnings for users of social networking sites: your whole life can be exposed - and don't get dumped online

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New Symbol of Elite Access: Barack Obama's Email Address New York Times

Anthony Lake served as one of Barack Obama's principal counselors on foreign affairs during the campaign and exchanged e-mail messages with him regularly. But now that Mr. Obama is president, Mr. Lake no longer has his e-mail address.

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Google Error Sends Warning Worldwide New York Times

Google's Internet search service malfunctioned for nearly 55 minutes Saturday morning, upending users around the world with search results that carried false safety warnings and Web links that did not work.

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30 January 2009

Google Aims To Expose Network Meddling InformationWeek

Vint Cerf puts the word out that Google's Measurement Lab will make it more difficult for telecoms to degrade or block apps, such as BitTorrent or Skype.

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