Internet Use/New Technologies

17 June 2008

Korea's new generation of 'Web 2.0' protesters International Herald Tribune

In June 1987, Seoul's City Hall Plaza reverberated with a chant that signaled the end of military rule in South Korea: "Dokjetado!" or "Down with the dictatorship!" In June this year, the plaza has once again become a rallying point for crowds calling for the removal of an unpopular government: "Out with Lee Myung Bak!"

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Andrew Keen on New Media: Choose your words carefully, the blink media revolution has begun The Independent

Blink and you'll miss this message. Brevity is the new digital cool. As handheld computers such as the iPhone and the BlackBerry replace the desktop, mass media is being transformed into micro media. Technology is chunking, slicing and shrinking the message. Welcome to the age of blink media.

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16 June 2008

Internet use doubles in White House race: survey ABC

A new study says the internet now plays a central role in US politics, with nearly half of all Americans using the web and other new media to follow the presidential campaign.

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14 June 2008

Mobile internet use 'rocketing in Europe' Silicon

Europe has taken to 3G faster than any other region in the world and usage is growing rapidly as networks proliferate, according to research commissioned by mobile operator body the GSM Association (GSMA).

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Lost in Email, Tech Firms Face Self-Made Beast New York Times

The onslaught of cellphone calls and email and instant messages is fracturing attention spans and hurting productivity. It is a common complaint. But now the very companies that helped create the flood are trying to mop it up.

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Yahoo-Google agree online ad deal BBC

Yahoo has agreed a deal with Google which will see Yahoo use the search engine giant's advertising technology.

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Internet report shows digital divide in Canada Globe & Mail

Almost 75 per cent of Canadians aged 16 or older surfed the Net last year, but factors such as age, income, education and place of residence contribute to a "digital divide" in the country, a new Statistics Canada report says.

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13 June 2008

Mobile to displace fixed-line internet 'within two years' The Times

By 2010, the mobile phone network will have overtaken home broadband as the primary way of connecting to the web, experts say

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12 June 2008

Google lets users measure the power of words Reuters

Number-crunchers can rejoice as Google offers deeper access to the underlying figures for users' Web searches, giving some insight into trends based on the relative popularity of various words.

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11 June 2008

3G? Apple, We've Had It For Years Forbes

Talk about a reality distortion field. For mobile device makers like HTC, which has manufactured sleek, advanced cell phones for six years, it's bad enough that Apple, a neophyte in the wireless industry, can make consumers go weak at the knees just by unveiling an upgraded iPhone.

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Barack Obama sets up internet 'war room' to fight slurs The Times

A crack team of cybernauts will form a rapid response internet "war room" to track and respond aggressively to online rumours that Barack Obama is unpatriotic and a Muslim.

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The £100 iPhone aimed at boosting sales, but is Apple eating humble pie? The Guardian

A year ago it was hailed as a piece of technological wizardry, prompting American fans to camp out for days to be the first to get their hands on it. Last night Apple hoped that it could recapture some of the excitement of 12 months ago by announcing the latest version of its iPhone.

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UK online ad spend reaches record £3bn The Guardian

Online advertising spending leapt over the £3bn level for the first time in the UK last year, according to new research.

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Health risk of long-term mobile phone use to be studied by scientists Independent on Sunday

Scientists have started work on a massive official study to discover whether the long-term use of mobile phones causes brain cancer, and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

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Blackberry Deprivation - Why President Bush won't send you an email Weekly Standard

John McCain and Barack Obama are often seen sending emails between campaign rallies as they barnstorm the country. But whichever man is elected president will face a predicament: unholster his Blackberry or risk political suicide. As George W. Bush told a small group of friends just days before being sworn in, "Since I do not want my private conversations looked at by those out to embarrass, the only course of action is not to correspond in cyberspace." In the last eight years, President Bush has not sent a single message. And future presidents are all but certain to follow in his footsteps.

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10 June 2008

UK trailing in global broadband league The Guardian

Representatives from the government, the regulator Ofcom and industry will hold a crisis summit today to discuss how to prevent the UK slipping down the global broadband league.

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Mobile market booming: But there's room for all Silicon

As mobiles get more sophisticated, they will continue to be used for more purposes but they will not fully eclipse other handheld devices, says IDC.

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US Military Supercomputer Sets Record New York Times

The Roadrunner supercomputer costs $133 million and will be used to study nuclear weapons. The new machine is more than twice as fast as the previous fastest supercomputer, the I.B.M. BlueGene/L, which is based at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

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09 June 2008

Rummaging through the internet: New online search - "hyperwords" The Economist

The web has changed in many ways since it first emerged in the mid-1990s. The first web pages contained only text, and there was a big debate about whether pictures should be allowed. Today, by contrast, it is quite normal for pages to be bursting with photos, animated graphics, video clips, music and chunks of software, as well as text. In one respect, however, the web is unaltered: the clickable hyperlinks between pages are still the way users get from one page to another.

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Report: Online groceries to fuel growth in eCommerce EurActiv

Online sales in the EU are growing fast, notably thanks to social networking websites, whose users are "more inclined" to visit eCommerce sites, according to a new report on the digital world. It further identifies food products and 3D as the potential next big e-markets.

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EU promises to act on high-speed Internet networks EurActiv

Under heavy pressure from the industry and the European Parliament, the Commission will "soon" come out with a proposal to spur EU investment in Next Generation Networks (NGNs), Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding told EurActiv.

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The $100 Distraction Device: Why giving poor kids laptops doesn't improve their scholastic performance Slate

More than three decades ago, Commodore introduced the PET, the world's first personal computer, apparently so-named to take advantage of the '70s craze for pet rocks. My ever-doting and education-obsessed parents brought home a PET for me and my siblings, hoping to put us at the vanguard of the digital revolution-to-be. The results were mixed at best.

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08 June 2008

China takes broadband crown from U.S. InfoWorld

China takes broadband crown from U.S. China experienced a 28 percent increase in fixed broadband subscribers over last year, ending the quarter with 71.6 million subscribers -- 1.4 million more than the U.S.

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Bits, Bands and Books New York Times

... In 1994, one of those gurus, Esther Dyson, made a striking prediction: that the ease with which digital content can be copied and disseminated would eventually force businesses to sell the results of creative activity cheaply, or even give it away. Whatever the product -- software, books, music, movies -- the cost of creation would have to be recouped indirectly: businesses would have to "distribute intellectual property free in order to sell services and relationships."

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Keep It Short, Make It Instant: Instant Messaging New York Times

Some of us find those bouncing or flashing icons on computer screen to be disruptive and distracting. But apparently, many workers believe instant messaging causes less interruption than other forms of communication like phone calls, e-mail and talking face to face. Instant messaging means an increase in the number of conversations, but those conversations tend to be shorter.

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