Internet Use/New Technologies

11 March 2016

German court rules against use of Facebook 'like' button Reuters

A German court has ruled against an online shopping site's use of Facebook's "like" button on Wednesday, dealing a further legal blow to the world's biggest social network in Germany.

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10 March 2016

How teenage pregnancy in the UK collapsed after birth of social media Daily Telegraph

Teenage pregnancy rates have almost halved since the birth of social media as a global phenomenon, official figures show.

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07 March 2016

Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies at 74 BBC News

Internet pioneer Ray Tomlinson, who is credited with the invention of email, has died at the age of 74.

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22 February 2016

Making Smart Clever – the Market Potential and Growing Significance of the Internet of Things eco

The market potential of the Internet of Things is almost unlimited. The dizzy sum of 19 trillion US dollars of value creation by 2020 in the public and private sectors was predicted by Cisco in a 2013 white paper. In Germany alone, the potential Value at Stake is $88 billion US dollars. Cisco's IoE Value Index forecasts 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Intel is even more optimistic and projects 200 billion devices by the year 2020; a more than 13-fold increase in just five years.

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11 February 2016

Report places NZ well above the rest in tech sector InternetNZ

InternetNZ welcomes the release of a report summarising the status of the telecommunications sector in New Zealand.

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07 February 2016

We need a social media with heart that gives us time to think by Will Hutton The Observer

On average, we check our smartphones 200 times a day - for emails, alerts, tweets or text messages. That's before using any one of our phone's multiple applications. It is a degree of connectivity to one another, and the world beyond, that is unparalleled. And it's difficult to imagine life without it - to be so connected is to have access to instant knowledge, instant exchange, instant laughter and anger.

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05 February 2016

This robot keyboard will catapult Microsoft into the artificial intelligence race Washington Post

The humble keyboard hasn't changed much since it was first invented. Even the jump from physical keyboards to the digital ones you use on your smartphone still look virtually identical -- save for the new emoji keys we've grown accustomed to punching into a text message or tweet.

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03 February 2016

Google to divert extremist searches to anti-radicalisation websites The Guardian

Users of Google who put extremist-related entries into the search engine are to be directed towards anti-radicalisation links under a pilot programme, MPs have been told by an executive for the company. The initiative, aimed at countering the online influence of groups such as Islamic State, is running alongside another pilot scheme designed to make videos posted by extremists easier to identify.

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02 February 2016

WhatsApp reaches a billion monthly users BBC News

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp is now used by a billion people every month, Facebook has reported.

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01 February 2016

Microsoft Plumbs Ocean’s Depths to Test Underwater Data Center New York Times

Taking a page from Jules Verne, researchers at Microsoft believe the future of data centers may be under the sea. Microsoft has tested a prototype of a self-contained data center that can operate hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean, eliminating one of the technology industry's most expensive problems: the air-conditioning bill.

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How Europe is fighting to change tech companies' 'wrecking ball' ethics The Observer

Facebook, Google, Amazon and other internet behemoths are involved in a form of technological innovation that is acting as a "wrecking ball", the president of the European parliament declared in Brussels this week.

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28 January 2016

What is the dark net, and how will it shape the future of the digital age? ABC News

The dark net has continued to make headlines over the last decade as a mysterious part of the internet where criminals lurk and engage in illegal activities, all from the privacy of home computers.

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25 January 2016

Is Blockchain the most important IT invention of our age? The Observer

There are not many occasions when one can give an unqualified thumbs-up to something the government does, but this is one such occasion. Last week, Sir Mark Walport, the government's chief scientific adviser, published a report with the forbidding title Distributed Ledger Technology: Beyond Block Chain. The report sets out the findings of an official study that explores how the aforementioned technology "can revolutionise services, both in government and the private sector". Since this is the kind of talk one normally hears from loopy startup founders pitching to venture capitalists rather than from sober Whitehall mandarins, it made this columnist choke on his muesli - especially given that, in so far as Joe Public thinks about distributed ledgers at all, it is in the context of Bitcoin, money laundering and online drug dealing. So what, one is tempted to ask, has the chief scientific adviser been smoking?

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In South Korea, a rehab camp for Internet-addicted teenagers Washington Post

Since he arrived at the camp, Yoon Yong-won had experienced recurrent nightmares. He was playing a game on his phone, and the image of the phone in his hands was so vivid. But then he woke up with a fright and stared at his hands: empty.

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23 January 2016

Texts, Internet, social networks are "gift of God" if used wisely - Pope Francis Reuters

Pope Francis, who has acknowledged being "a disaster" when it comes to technology, said on Friday that the Internet, social networks and text messages were "a gift of God" if used wisely.

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19 January 2016

WhatsApp drops $1 subscription, studies making businesses pay Reuters

The world's most popular messaging service, WhatsApp, is dropping its token $1 fee still levied on some users as it experiments with making businesses pay to reach their customers, Chief Executive Jan Koum said on Monday.

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18 January 2016

The Internet Trends for 2016 eco

Smart, Mobility, New Work and Entertainment are the trend topics in 2016, according to eco - Association of the Internet Industry. "The Internet industry has grown from a small niche market into a major impulse generator for innovation and growth. There are hardly any businesses, in any sector, that can function without the Internet today. The network of networks is now metamorphosing into a master of all things", says eco CEO Harald A. Summa.

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12 January 2016

BowieNet: how David Bowie's ISP foresaw the future of the internet The Guardian

In the summer of 1998, a strange press release made its way out to technology and music publications throughout the world. David Bowie, the legendary musician and cultural provocateur, would be launching his own internet service provider, offering subscription-based dial up access to the emerging online world. At a time when plenty of major corporations were still struggling to even comprehend the significance and impact of the web, Bowie was there staking his claim. "If I was 19 again, I'd bypass music and go right to the internet," he said at the time. He understood that a revolution was coming.

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05 January 2016

Twitter clarifies rules on banned content, abusive behavior Reuters

Twitter Inc has clarified its definition of abusive behavior that will prompt it to delete accounts, banning "hateful conduct" that promotes violence against specific groups.

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03 January 2016

Looking Beyond the Internet of Things New York Times

... Imagine if almost everything -- streets, car bumpers, doors, hydroelectric dams -- had a tiny sensor. That is already happening through so-called Internet-of-Things projects run by big companies like General Electric and IBM.

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28 December 2015

North Korea's 'paranoid' computer operating system revealed The Guardian

North Korea's 'paranoid' computer operating system revealed North Korea’s homegrown computer operating system mirrors its political one – marked by a high degree of paranoia and invasive snooping on users, according to two German researchers. Their investigation, the deepest yet into the country’s Red Star OS, illustrates the challenges Pyongyang faces in trying to embrace the benefits of computing and the internet while keeping a tight grip on ideas and culture.

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27 December 2015

Mobile internet is now just the internet The Observer

Mobile internet is now just the internet The Christmas holidays are the time of year when different generations of the family gather around the dinner table. So it’s a perfect opportunity for a spot of tech anthropology. Here’s how to do it. At some point, insert into the conversation a contemporary topic about which most people have strong opinions but know relatively little. Jeremy Clarkson, say. There will come a moment when someone decides that the only thing to be done to resolve the ensuing factual disputes is to “Google it”. Watch what happens next. The younger members of the group will pull out their smartphones and key in the search terms. Most of the older members will do nothing – other than make a mental note to look it up when they’re next at their PCs and wait for the smartphone owners to report what they have found. What does this experiment demonstrate? Two things, one trivial, the other profound. The trivial one is that there is a generational gap in attitudes to networked technology. The profound one is that it no longer makes sense to talk about the “mobile internet”. For most people in the world now there is only one internet – the one they access via their mobile phones. Or, as the tech analyst Benedict Evans puts it, “Mobile is not a subset of the internet any more, which you use only if you’re waiting for a coffee or don’t have a PC in front of you – it’s becoming the main way that people use the internet.”

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26 December 2015

Twitter is winning war on trolls and extremists, says its Europe chief The Independent

These are critical times for Twitter. The social media giant, which is 10 years old in March, has amassed 320 million users and a valuation of more than $33bn (£22bn). But it desperately needs to turn back waves of negative headlines and to find ways to engage more deeply with the margins of its audience. Twitter’s recent history has been beset by stories of trolling and extremism. Celebrity users, the great cheerleading asset for the platform in its fledgling years, have been closing their accounts. Many of them have been women.

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19 December 2015

Mobile browsing will trump desktop by the end of 2016, report says Washington Post

In a month of 2015 recaps from just about every company out there, now may be the time to start those predictions about what's going to happen in the new year.

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16 December 2015

Facebook changes controversial 'real name' policy in wake of criticism The Guardian

Facebook unveiled changes to its controversial "real name" policy on Tuesday after criticism from transgender people and victims of domestic abuse.

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