Internet Use/New Technologies

22 August 2008

Virtual Worlds Get Real About Punishment Washington Post

Virtual worlds have often been called the digital equivalent of the Wild West, where animated alter egos can live in a fantasy frontier. But in some of these universes, a sheriff has come to town.

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Convicts log on as US updates jail-mail system New Zealand Herald

When Melvin Garcia was sent to prison almost a decade ago for racketeering, he had never used a computer. Now he sends 50 emails a month from a federal prison in West Virginia, punctuating notes with emoticons.

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Greenpeace Raises Alarm Over Rising E-Waste in Africa Vanguard

As e-waste continue to pose health problem to the international communities, especially the third world countries, Greenpeace has called on the world's electronics companies to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their products, saying toxic waste from wealthy nations' gadgets ends up being dumped in poor countries despite laws prohibiting it.

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21 August 2008

EBay changes aim for fewer critics and more sellers The Guardian

EBay will unveil sweeping changes today to encourage more fixed-price sellers as part of a wider attempt to transform the business from global car boot sale to worldwide shopping mall.

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20 August 2008

Internet becomes Iraq's new matchmaker Sydney Morning Herald

Young Iraqis in Baghdad are surfing the internet to search for partners to tie the knot as violence and sectarian tensions take their toll on more traditional forms of socialising.

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19 August 2008

Google, 10 years in: big, friendly giant or a greedy Goliath? The Observer

Every day, all over the world, millions of us use Google. Founded 10 years ago by two students, it is now so powerful that it threatens to swallow up all other media while global leaders queue for its blessing. But just as we seek knowledge from Google, so Google gleans secrets from us. Has the cool baby grown up into a sinister corporate threat to privacy?

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18 August 2008

LinkedIn warns social networkers about dangers of 'frolleagues' The Guardian

Business networking website LinkedIn has published a series of guidelines to help prevent users damaging their careers by mixing professional contacts and friends online.

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VCs Hope to See Wi-Fi Everywhere: Beyond computers, Wi-Fi-enabled televisions, set-top boxes, and cars are entering the market BusinessWeek

Many people are familiar with the coffee shop's Wi-Fi, while others even know how to set up a simple home network. Pretty much everyone, however, knows that Wi-Fi is what makes it all possible. That ubiquity is what many venture firms are counting on as they invest in a group of startups putting Wi-Fi into cameras, televisions, and even keyboards and mice.

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British Internet TV: watch this space The Observer

The British internet TV market could generate revenues of £1.78bn by 2011, according to research carried out by technology company Alcatel-Lucent.

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16 August 2008

Facebook grabs top spot from MySpace New Zealand Herald

Facebook has overtaken MySpace in terms of the amount of users who have signed up to its services, making it the biggest social networking site worldwide.

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15 August 2008

How the British watch now: tune in, log on, call up The Guardian

The traditional picture of the British family spending its evenings slumped in front of the TV has changed dramatically, according to a new report from the watchdog Ofcom, published today. The box is still on, but the people on the sofa are talking on the phone, texting furiously or surfing the internet - increasingly using a laptop with a mobile broadband connection - while they keep one eye on the screen.

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14 August 2008

Study shows U.S. broadband speeds continue to lag CNet

The average download and upload speeds for broadband services across the U.S. have remained relatively unchanged over the past year as the U.S. continues to lag behind other countries in terms of broadband speeds, according to a report published by the Communications Workers of America labor union.

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Facebook dominates worldwide social networking, study finds Computerworld

Facebook Inc. has grown 153% during the past year, propelled by the soaring growth of new in virtually every market outside North America, according to a report on social networking released Tuesday by ComScore Inc.

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'Slow' light to speed up the internet BBC

A huge increase in the speed of the internet could be produced by slowing parts of it down, say researchers. Recently reported "metamaterials" touted as bringing closer cloaking devices could soon provide the brakes.

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13 August 2008

Is Google a Media Company? New York Times

Type "buttermilk pancakes" into Google, and among the top three or four search results you will find a link to a detailed recipe complete with a photo of a scrumptious stack from a site called Knol, which is owned by Google.

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08 August 2008

Search closing in on e-mail as most popular online activity: report Computerworld

Almost half of all Internet users now use search engines on a typical day, according to a new study released Wednesday, that showed search engines are drawing ever closer to the all-time dominant Internet application -- email.

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BT injects life into its network BBC

Insights from artificial life could soon be helping run BT's networks. The telecommunications firm wants to give its networks life-like abilities so they can self-regulate, recover from injury and respond to changing demands.

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Spanish speakers struggle to find web content vnunet

Users whose native tongue is not English are having a particularly hard time evaluating the credibility of websites, according to new research.

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06 August 2008

An Energy Diet for Power-Hungry Household PCs New York Times

In its drive to go green, the technology industry has so far focused mainly on big targets like corporations and especially computer data centers, the power-hungry computing engine rooms of the Internet economy.

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05 August 2008

Computer games move into guerrilla marketing The Times

Two weeks ago, an e-mail landed in the inbox of Ben Stiller, the Hollywood actor. With the release of Tropic Thunder, an upcoming action comedy, would he allow his image to be used in a computer game to be distributed on Facebook?

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Microsoft sees end of Windows era with coming Midori BBC

Microsoft has kicked off a research project to create software that will take over when it retires Windows. Called Midori, the cut-down operating system is radically different to Microsoft's older programs.

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Web Filtering Moves to the Cloud New York Times

For those of you spending your workdays posting videos of the cat to YouTube or trading messages with friends on Facebook, you'd better start cultivating another pastime.

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04 August 2008

Bruised S.Korean government takes on "infodemics" Reuters

South Korea's unpopular young government is having second thoughts about the benefits of running the world's most wired society.

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Life without Web virtually impossible for New Zealanders New Zealand Herald

Studies have revealed our love-hate relationship with the Internet, with most unable to imagine life without it - except for the 16 per cent who have never ventured online.

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Six degrees separate people with PCs The Australian

A study into electronic communication records has given credence to the theory that any two people on the planet have only "six degrees of separation" between them - though researchers suggest the actual number may be closer to seven.

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