Internet Use/New Technologies

08 May 2008

Austrian city Graz asking for polite mobile phone use International Herald Tribune

Graz last month issued a plea to its citizens not to use cellphones on public transportation. No fines are being given to transgressors, so Mayor Siegfried Nagl is counting on the civic sense or shame of his constituents to cut down on cellphone noise pollution.

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IPTV in Australia "less developed" Australian Communications and Media Authority

The Australian market for internet protocol television (IPTV) and internet video is less developed than many other international markets, with fewer than five IPTV providers and fifteen internet video providers offering full-length professional content directly to consumers, according to a report by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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Google's Cloud Forbes

Google says the economic benefits of cloud computing can't be ignored.

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Stephen Colbert wins 'Webby Person of the Year' ABC

Comedian Stephen Colbert has walked away with a Webby award as the internet's "Person Of The Year".

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Editors more optimistic on newspapers' future The Guardian

Their sales are falling, freesheets are flooding the market and more readers are going online for their news, but newspaper editors around the world remain overwhelmingly optimistic.

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07 May 2008

New Zealand BSA research "Seen and Heard: Children’s Media Use, Exposure, and Response": Research shows how Kiwi kids use the media Broadcasting Standards Authority

The BSA has released a major new study of New Zealand children's media use. The large quantitative survey was carried out by Colmar Brunton. It involved interviewing more than 600 children aged between six and 13 and their primary caregivers. The focus of the research was how children use and respond to media, including television, radio, the internet, and cell phones.

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Your 10 o'clock meeting is being held in Second Life The Observer

Blue-chip firms have their HQs there; the virtual world even has its own millionaires. And it can only grow, creator Philip Rosedale tells David Smith

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Google's unhealthy dominance will end The Times

Given Google's dominance of online advertising, and search, this article in The Times may interest readers. With Google's online search share rising to 60 per cent in recent weeks and its revenue rising by 42 per cent to US$5.2 billion in the last quarter, it also has plans for mobile phones, "social networking tools and its own version of Wikipedia - not to mention the other web giants, such as Doubleclick, that it keeps buying - and you can understand why Google feared the renewed challenge that a well-resourced, large-scale competitor would pose to its ability, in effect, to control the information age."

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06 May 2008

Mobile TV gathers momentum International Herald Tribune

Every day in Switzerland, 40,000 people watch a 100-second television news broadcast on their cellphones. In Italy, one million people pay as much as €19 a month to watch up to a dozen mobile TV channels.

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Russians learning to watch out for Web 'friends' International Herald Tribune

A new Web site is seeking volunteers to provide personal information to the Federal Security Service of Russia, known as the FSB.

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The Dark Side of Web Anonymity BusinessWeek

Malicious gossip posted by unidentified users is sparking a new debate about free speech online

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04 May 2008

Cuba lifts ban on home computers BBC

The first legalised home computers have gone on sale in Cuba, but a ban remains on internet access.

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Google alters policy on linked adverts in UK The Times

From Monday, it will become possible for J Sainsbury to place an advertisement that appears anytime someone in Britain types Tesco as a search term, as Google ends its policy of trademark protection in the UK.

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03 May 2008

Faster Broadband in the USA! Thrill! Thrill! Washington Post

The curve of acceleration for faster residential broadband seems to be kicking in at long last, but coverage lags and costs are still high. We in the U.S., and particularly me in Seattle, Wash., suffer from the heartbreak of slow-broadband-paralysis. A large percentage of U.S. residents can't obtain speeds that are typical in Japan, South Korea, and some countries in Europe.

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At Kodak, Some Old Things Are New Again: How the Move to Digital Affected Kodak New York Times

Steven J. Sasson, an electrical engineer who invented the first digital camera at Eastman Kodak in the 1970s, remembers well management's dismay at his feat. "My prototype was big as a toaster, but the technical people loved it," Mr. Sasson said. "But it was filmless photography, so management's reaction was, 'that's cute -- but don't tell anyone about it.'"

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US Democrat wants to require disability-friendly Internet phones, video CNet

At the moment, most TVs and telephones must be outfitted with special features for people with hearing, vision, and speech impairments under U.S. law. Now an influential Democratic congressman wants to expand those requirements to their Internet counterparts.

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02 May 2008

uk: Internet provokes more complaints than newspapers or magazines Out-Law

The internet is now the second most complained-about advertising medium, overtaking newspapers and magazines for the first time.

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Microsoft: we'll keep 'chipping away' at Google The Times

An overhaul of Live Search is the software giant's latest attempt to catch Google, the runaway leader in online services

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BT rolls out 'faster broadband' in UK BBC

Faster broadband speeds could soon be on offer to a limited number of people in the UK as BT starts offering access to its 21st Century Network.

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WiMax: The next Wi-Fi? The State

A wireless technology that Sprint Nextel plans to launch within a year makes high-speed and secure Internet access possible from almost anywhere.

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01 May 2008

Has Google solved the problem of image search? The Times

A new algorithm may solve one of the problems of searching for images on the web, namely that computers can't 'see' objects

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Microsoft highlights efforts to police the net - Efforts made in cause of 'good citizenship' ComputerWorld

Microsoft spends millions of dollars each year developing security products that it gives to law enforcement agencies, knowing that it may not make any money directly in return. The work is part of the company's efforts to be a good corporate citizen, although there are also some business benefits from the work it does.

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29 April 2008

Multimedia mobiles give wallpaper a pasting The Guardian

British mobile users are downloading fewer ringtones and wallpapers as they migrate from colour-screen mobiles to multimedia handsets that include cameras, according to new data from Orange.

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The mobile future is calling BBC

Developers are being asked to devise applications for mobile devices so users can "access it, mix it up, save it, and store it".

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Class war hits social networking sites: Facebook for toffs, MySpace for plebs, claims report vnunet

New research into social networking sites claims to have uncovered sharp online class divisions. The college educated turn more to Facebook, according to the report, while MySpace caters largely for those who leave school early.

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