Internet Use/New Technologies

10 July 2014

Bell Labs celebrates net speed record over copper lines BBC News

A team of researchers has announced it has transmitted data over traditional copper telephone lines at a record speed of 10 gigabits per second (Gbps).

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09 July 2014

Digital exclusion is a modern social evil we can abolish The Guardian

It's easy to forget that 9.5 million people - nearly 20% of the UK population - lack the basic online skills needed to send and receive email, use a search engine, browse the internet and complete online forms. The latest research shows that nearly three-quarters of adults who lack these basic online skills are vulnerable people, who are poor, have disabilities or are older.

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British social media users warned against falsely calling politicians paedophiles The Guardian

Internet users need to be careful about falsely labelling politicians as paedophiles amid a frenzy of rumours on social media about alleged child abusers in Westminster, legal experts have warned.

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08 July 2014

Google's founders on the future of health, transport – and robots The Guardian

When Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, sat down for a rare frank and open chat with the veteran technology venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, they admitted, among other things, that Google is interested in healthcare but scared of its intense regulation.

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06 July 2014

An Online Shift in China Muffles an Open Forum New York Times

For the past few years, social media in China has been dominated by the Twitter-like Sina Weibo, a microblogging service that created an online sphere of freewheeling public debate, incubating social change and at times even holding politicians accountable in a country where traditional media outlets are severely constrained.

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Don't hide your dark side from Google. Much better to tell The Observer

It has been a distressing and troubling period for those of us who struggle to maintain a meaningful relationship with social media and internet technology. The revelation that Facebook had undertaken a grotesque experiment in mind-bending and emotional manipulation by altering the news feeds of around 700,000 of its users in 2012 has been greeted with some outrage.

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04 July 2014

US Privacy Group Complains to F.T.C. About Facebook Emotion Study New York Times

A leading privacy group filed a formal complaint on Thursday with the Federal Trade Commission over a 2012 study in which Facebook manipulated the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users of the social network to see what effect the changes would have on their emotions.

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Journal that published Facebook mood study expresses 'concern' at its ethics The Guardian

The scientific journal that published a study by Facebook and two US universities examining people's online mood swings regrets how the social experiment was handled.

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03 July 2014

Facebook Experiments Had Few Limits: Data Science Lab Conducted Tests on Users With Little Oversight Wall Street Journal

Thousands of Facebook Inc. users received an unsettling message two years ago: They were being locked out of the social network because Facebook believed they were robots or using fake names. To get back in, the users had to prove they were real.

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Facebook apologises for psychological experiments on users The Guardian

Facebook's second most powerful executive, Sheryl Sandberg, has apologised for the conduct of secret psychological tests on nearly 700,000 users in 2012, which prompted outrage from users and experts alike.

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02 July 2014

Facebook faces UK probe over emotion study BBC News

A UK regulator is investigating whether Facebook broke data protection laws when it conducted a psychological study on users without their consent.

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01 July 2014

How does Facebook decide what to show in my news feed? The Guardian

Not so secretly, actually. There is controversy this week over the social network's research project manipulating nearly 700,000 users' news feeds to understand whether it could affect their emotions.

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30 June 2014

Facebook Tinkers With Users' Emotions in News Feed Experiment, Stirring Outcry New York Times

Facebook routinely adjusts its users' news feeds -- testing out the number of ads they see or the size of photos that appear -- often without their knowledge. It is all for the purpose, the company says, of creating a more alluring and useful product.

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27 June 2014

Facebook is 69% male and mostly white CNN

Like many of its Silicon Valley peers, Facebook's workforce and management team is overwhelmingly white and male, according to the social media giant's first diversity report.

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Bing positions itself as go-to destination for Twitter search PC World

Through its exclusive relationship with Twitter, Microsoft said its Bing search engine will provide a front door into Twitter's timeline.

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25 June 2014

Facebook still tops among teens, says survey CNET

Reports of Facebook's death among teenagers have been greatly exaggerated, at least according to a new survey.

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24 June 2014

Microsoft Makes Bet Quantum Computing Is Next Breakthrough New York Times

Modern computers are not unlike the looms of the industrial revolution: They follow programmed instructions to weave intricate patterns. With a loom, you see the result in a cloth or carpet. With a computer, you see it on an electronic display.

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17 June 2014

Facebook frees the nipple, finally allows breast-feeding photos Salon

When people have babies, they tend to plaster Facebook with photos of their bouncy, chubby-cheeked offspring. Baby photos are so prominent in users' feeds, some people fed up with toddler glamor shots have tried to block baby pictures from their Facebook... but for every person tired of seeing their friends' profile pictures replaced with the visage of a human who recently dwelled inside her body, there's a mom or dad or aunt eager to share the baby love.

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How ISIS Games Twitter - The militant group that conquered northern Iraq is deploying a sophisticated social-media strategy The Atlantic

The advance of an army used to be marked by war drums. Now it's marked by volleys of tweets.

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15 June 2014

The Internet of Things: it's a really big deal The Observer

Good morning! Or evening, if you happen to be reading this on the other side of the world. Our topic for today is the internet. What? You already know about the internet? No, no, I don't mean that internet, the boring old one you use to access YouTube and send Facebook updates, email and tweets and stuff. That's the internet of people and it's so, well, yesterday. I'm talking about the new internet, which is going to be the latest thing Real Soon Now.

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14 June 2014

How 5G internet could change the world Australian Financial Review

Imagine a world where your car is driven by a SIM card that's in touch with a call centre in Manila - you could have a champagne chauffeur on a Toyota Corolla budget.

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13 June 2014

European newspapers search for ways to survive digital revolution The Guardian

Newspapers are in freefall. Print editions are being discontinued. Editors are being replaced with alarming regularity. Financial losses are mounting. Digital strategies are yet to bear fruit. New readerships are fickle, promiscuous and hard to impress.

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Mainstream media 'still dominate online news' BBC News

Traditional media organisations remain the dominant source of online news in the UK, according to a new report.

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Facebook to show ads based on your browsing history, but let you change them The Verge

Facebook has long shown users advertisements targeted to them based on the interests they've listed and the "Like" buttons they click around the web. In the coming weeks, Facebook will begin showing ads based on the other websites a user visits, even if a user doesn't click a "Like" button.

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11 June 2014

Monitoring 4.0: How to track of the Internet of Things Business Spectator

We've all seen the numbers around the Internet of Things (IoT). Experts predict that by 2020, the IoT will reach 26 billion units and hundreds of billions in revenue. While it's safe to say the IoT will be transformative for businesses, all of the possibilities opened up by these new connected devices will also bring new challenges to overcome.

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