Internet Use/New Technologies

09 January 2014

Warning: how social media is a danger to brands Marketing Week

A Marketing Week investigation has found that a range of brands, including Ugg Australia, Mulberry, Ray-Ban and Louis Vuitton are being targeted by unauthorised websites that use social media to promote their claims of selling luxury goods. We uncovered a number of sites not listed in these brands' published networks of resellers that use links and paid-for advertising space on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to bring in web traffic, using brands' photographs, logos and trademarked words.

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05 January 2014

Unfriending mum and dad: Fears that teenagers are deserting Facebook are overblown The Economist

Not long after being snapped up by News Corporation in 2005, MySpace became a much emptier space when many teenagers who had used the social network to share music and photos of themselves in various states of undress decided it was no longer the cool place to be online. A recent blog post has sparked a debate about whether Facebook, which has 1.2 billion users, is suffering a similar exodus.

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03 January 2014

Many more of us will work from home - or a cafe - says BT futurologist The Guardian

When the American broadcaster Walter Cronkite made a programme about the office of the future in 1967, he forecast the end of commuting thanks to a desk at home laden with screens for making video calls, checking the news and tracking stock prices. There was even a closed circuit television system for monitoring activity in the other rooms - on Cronkite's screen, women in pinafores were making the bed.

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Facebook sued over alleged private message 'scanning' BBC News

Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it monitors users' private messages.

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02 January 2014

You won't believe what viral content does to news - the fastest-growing forms of online 'content' are click-bait headlines and videos Financial Times

"News is what somebody does not want you to print. All the rest is advertising," runs the journalists' mantra, variously ascribed to publishers William Randolph Hearst and Lord Northcliffe. If so, news is being deluged.

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01 January 2014

Google Chairman Says Mistake Was Missing Social Networks Bloomberg

Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said missing the rise of social media was the biggest mistake he made at the world's largest search-engine operator.

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31 December 2013

Facebook tops US social networking charts, but users diversifying Computerworld

Facebook remained the most popular social networking destination among U.S. adults, but users are also turning to other websites for their daily social fix.

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Viewing Where the Internet Goes New York Times

Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn, who outlined the conventions of the Internet in a hotel room in 1973, spoke separately about what has become of it and where it is going.

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29 December 2013

Facebook 'dead and buried' as teens switch to Snapchat and Whatsapp The Independent

Teenagers are turning their back on Facebook 'in their droves' and switching to simpler social networks and messaging apps, new research has found.

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28 December 2013

Is the Internet a Mob Without Consequence? New York Times

The immediacy and fast pace of the Internet can be magical. But when someone makes a comment that the masses disagree with, a mob with 140-character pitchforks can develop in seconds and the Internet can become terrifyingly bellicose.

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22 December 2013

Internet cafés losing out in China's online battle Financial Times

Cyber cafés were once a social hub for China's twentysomethings - and, for authorities, a convenient way to monitor what Chinese citizens were doing online. But as usage of smartphones and tablet devices expands, internet cafés are becoming the collateral damage in the battle to get the country online.

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Even our grunts could be monetised by Facebook The Observer

Online hysteria about Facebook reading text that is deleted before it is posted might not be entirely unfounded

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18 December 2013

Twerking dances its way into 2013 Google search rankings The Guardian

Miley Cyrus did it, Lily Allen refused to do it, one London gym started offering lessons in it. And on Tuesday twerking - the frenetic, buttock-wiggling dance - also topped Google's list of the trends that Britons were trying to discover the meaning of online this year.

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15 December 2013

Toxic 'e-waste' dumped in poor nations, says United Nations The Observer

Millions of mobile phones, laptops, tablets, toys, digital cameras and other electronic devices bought this Christmas are destined to create a flood of dangerous "e-waste" that is being dumped illegally in developing countries, the UN has warned.

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14 December 2013

Twitter backtracks on blocking changes BBC News

Twitter has reversed changes it made to how people block other users, less than a day after they were introduced.

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13 December 2013

Facebook the Most Trusted Channel for Brand Recommendations ClickZ

As social media has developed as a method of amplifying the power of online reviews about brands, Facebook has become the most trusted channel for product and service recommendations.

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Twitter users revolt over changes to abusive behaviour policy Reuters

Twitter Inc encountered a user revolt for the first time as a public company after it tweaked its "block" function on Thursday, prompting an outcry from those who said the new policy empowered perpetrators of online abuse.

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500Mbps Internet over phone lines might solve fiber's "last mile" problem Ars Technica

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) yesterday gave initial approval to a data transmission standard capable of 500Mbps speeds in both directions over existing telephone wires. The new standard,, can be used on phone lines within 250 meters of a distribution point, benefiting fiber-to-the-node deployments. With telcos not having to build fiber on the proverbial "last mile" (or, really, 250 meters), this could bring fiber-like speeds to many more homes.

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12 December 2013

Australians more reliant on high-speed broadband Australian Financial Review

Australians downloaded 59 per cent more data via fixed-line broadband connections in the June quarter of 2013 compared with the same time last year, and there are now more than 11.19 million smartphone users in the country, according to an Australian Communications and Media Authority report tabled by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.

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10 December 2013

Mobile browser usage share hits 20% for the first time Computerworld

Mobile devices generated 20% of the world's browsing activity last month, the first time that the surging category reached the 1-in-5 milestone, according to a Web analytics company.

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04 December 2013

British social media users warned over court case comments BBC News

The attorney general is to publish guidance on Twitter to help prevent social media users from committing a contempt of court by commenting inappropriately on criminal cases.

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03 December 2013

Beyonce ousts Kim Kardashian as 2013's most-searched person on Bing Reuters

Singer Beyonce was named the most-searched person in 2013 on Bing, the online search engine said on Monday, edging out 2012's list-topper reality television star Kim Kardashian, who came in second.

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What's the Real Value of Twitter for Brands? ClickZ

For brands, the key objective on all social platforms remains consumer engagement. Because content-focused social promotions are a perfect means for fuelling engagement -- and Twitter is an unmatched platform for broadcasting content -- the opportunities for delivering promotions on this platform are enticing.

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02 December 2013

Majority of British social media users uncomfortable to post personal details or holiday plans The Drum

The majority of social media users feel uncomfortable about posting personal contact details on their profiles, while over three quarters would not mention that they were going on holiday either.

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25 November 2013

The Free Web Has Economists Puzzled Businessweek

Since completing a master's degree in electrical engineering in 2009, Ti Zhao, a self-described education junkie, has continued to take classes. The price for the last eight: $0. "It's hard for me to imagine ever paying for a class again," says Zhao, who's taken free courses from online education services EdX and Coursera. Before, the San Francisco resident spent about $500 per class at a local university's continuing education program.

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