Internet Use/New Technologies

25 August 2015

Is this really the beginning of the end for web ads? The Guardian

As you've probably heard, the "infidelity" website Ashley Madison (motto: "Life is short. Have an affair") has been hacked and the personal details of its 33 million users have been dumped on the internet, with predictable results. Reckoning that it's the kind of story that is made for tabloid news outlets, I logged on to Mail Online, and sure enough, they did it proud.

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21 August 2015

Facebook's growth just ain't what it used to be Washington Post

Americans' addiction to social media is deepening, according to a new report that found that while Facebook devotion has plateaued, other social networking platforms are gaining in popularity.

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19 August 2015

Ad Blockers and the Nuisance at the Heart of the Modern Web New York Times

The great philosopher Homer Simpson once memorably described alcohol as "the cause of and solution to all of life's problems." Internet advertising is a bit like that -- the funder of and terrible nuisance baked into everything you do online.

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13 August 2015

Don’t panic, the internet won't rot children's brains by Andrew Whitehouse, Winthrop Professor, Telethon Kids Institute at University of Western Australia The Conversation

You know the deal: a social phenomenon rises from obscurity to international familiarity within the blink of an eye. Pitchforks are sharpened, torches lit, and higher thought goes out the window. Elvis Presley's hips, the skin revealed by a bikini, Harry Potter's sorcery - you would think by now we'd have learnt to occasionally sit back and thoughtfully stroke our collective chin before writing the eulogy for humankind.

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10 August 2015

Just how easy is it to digitally fake a death? Washington Post

Killing someone is easier than you might think, or at least getting them legally declared dead might be.

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08 August 2015

Teenagers Keep and Make Friends Online, Pew Says New York Times

Researchers say they have discovered something that teenagers already know: Young people use the Internet to maintain friendships made at school or work, but also to forge entirely new ones with peers they meet while browsing social networks like Instagram or playing a game like Call of Duty.

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07 August 2015

Smartphone now most popular way for Britons to browse internet – Ofcom report The Guardian

Smartphones are the UK's most popular device for getting online for the first time, according to industry monitor Ofcom.

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03 August 2015

It’s fast, global, engaged and influential – so why isn't Twitter flying? The Observer

How many tech companies are saddled with the problem of enjoying global fame but struggling with lacklustre performance? Not Facebook, which revealed in its results that it has nearly 1.5 billion users logging in each month around the world. Twitter, however, is an example where participation is lagging behind reputation.

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02 August 2015

Research Scientists to Use Network Much Faster Than Internet New York Times

A series of ultra-high-speed fiber-optic cables will weave a cluster of West Coast university laboratories and supercomputer centers into a network called the Pacific Research Platform as part of a five-year $5 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation.

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30 July 2015

Facebook now used by half of world's online users BBC News

Half the world's estimated online population now check into social networking giant Facebook at least once a month.

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29 July 2015

A Steady Percentage of Americans Still Do Not Go Online, Study Says New York Times

For the first 13 years of the decade, Americans embraced the Internet at a whirlwind pace. The percentage of Americans who use the Internet grew to 84 percent in 2013 from 52 percent at the turn of the century, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

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Paced by Facebook, Customer Satisfaction Up for Social-Media Sites Wall Street Journal

User satisfaction with social media websites is improving, paced by Facebook's success with its mobile app and advertising, according to new data from the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

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19 July 2015

Why the Islamic State leaves tech companies torn between free speech and security Washington Post

When a lone terrorist slaughtered 38 tourists at a Tunisian resort on June 26, the Islamic State turned to one of America's leading social-media companies to claim responsibility and warn of more attacks on the world's nonbelievers.

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17 July 2015

Internet of Bins: Wi-Fi to come to New York trash cans The Guardian

The struggle is real. Out and about and the 4G isn't cutting it. People used to cheekily pop into cafes to use the loo - now it's to briefly pilfer Wi-Fi.

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14 July 2015

A Eulogy for the Long, Intimate Email New York Times

... My decreased reliance on personal email, however, may correspond with global trends. According to the Radicati Group, a technology marketing firm, business email users now send and receive an average of 122 messages per day, up from 110 in 2010. Sealing and opening all those virtual envelopes takes a toll: A 2012 report from McKinsey found that workers spent 28 percent of their day on email.

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10 July 2015

World wide web? Map resizes countries by number of internet users The Guardian

Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) have produced a map that shows the countries of the world resized by the number of internet users in 2013.

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03 July 2015

When to post things to Facebook if you want the most likes Washington Post

Facebook's elusive algorithm, the one that makes some posts super visible and others seemingly invisible, is something most Facebook users might never understand. But behind most far-reaching posts is at least one subtle but important factor everyone can grasp: good timing.

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01 July 2015

When it comes to online shopping, we're browsing more and buying less Washington Post

It's only getting harder for retailers to close the deal with online shoppers.

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30 June 2015

Study Suggests That Google Has Its Thumb on Scale in Search New York Times

Google entices people to search by promising links to the best that the web has to offer. But research released Monday, led by top academics but paid for by one of Google's rivals, suggests that Google sometimes alters results to play up its own content despite people's preferences.

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Were All Those Rainbow Profile Photos Another Facebook Study? The Atlantic

Facebook, you may have noticed, turned into a rainbow-drenched spectacle following the Supreme Court's decision Friday that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right.

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How the internet still fails disabled people The Guardian

Elaine suffers from depression and anxiety. A psychiatric nurse suggested that she learn how to use a computer to keep in contact with her family so that she didn't feel so isolated. So Elaine decided to attend one-to-one tutorials at Cambridge Online. "I'm in my 50s. We didn't have computers when I was at school, so it was quite a job to teach me. I didn't even know how to use a keyboard and was afraid if I hit a wrong button, I would break it."

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29 June 2015

6 reasons why we're underhyping the Internet of Things Washington Post

Just when you thought the Internet of Things couldn't possibly live up to its hype, along comes a blockbuster, 142-page report from McKinsey Global Institute ("The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value Beyond the Hype") that says, if anything, we're underestimating the potential economic impact of the Internet of Things. By 2025, says McKinsey, the potential economic impact of having "sensors and actuators connected by networks to computing systems" (McKinsey's definition of the Internet of Things) could be more than $11 trillion annually.

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28 June 2015

The Pope, Lonely on the Internet The Atlantic

Of all the media's favorite blood sports, media criticism has to rank near the top. No one can fret about digital technology like the journalists who seem surgically attached to their smartphones. But the ranks of self-gazing critics should doff their hats to a new, sharper-tongued peer: the headline-grabbing, Twitter-loving bishop of Rome.

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23 June 2015

Adult eBooks can only be sold after 10pm, Germany rules The Independent

Germans will only be able to buy adult eBooks between 10pm and 6am, after a new law.

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Major internet providers slowing traffic speeds for thousands across US The Guardian

Major internet providers, including AT&T, Time Warner and Verizon, are slowing data from popular websites to thousands of US businesses and residential customers in dozens of cities across the country, according to a study released on Monday.

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