Internet Use/New Technologies

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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Europol to Hunt Islamic State's Social Media Recruiters Wall Street Journal

Europe is counting on the help of social media companies in the battle against the Islamic State's success in attracting Western recruits.

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22 June 2015

Cuba Offers Its Citizens Better Access to Internet New York Times

Cuba, one of the Western Hemisphere's least-wired countries, is poised to expand access to the Internet by introducing about three dozen Wi-Fi hot spots around the island and reducing the steep fees that Cubans pay to spend time online.

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Internet usage boom tipped for NZ New Zealand Herald

By 2019, there will be at least 35 million devices connected to the internet in New Zealand - more than seven per person, and this is predicted to boost internet use significantly according to new research by IT company Cisco.

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20 June 2015

A Fearless Culture Fuels U.S. Tech Giants New York Times

With this month's announcement that the European Union is investigating Amazon for possible anticompetitive behavior in the sale of e-books, antitrust fervor in Europe seems to have hit fever pitch. Apple, Google and Facebook are all subjects of investigation, and Amazon is now the focus of at least three separate inquiries.

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Australian e-commerce tops $260bn mark as more businesses log on The Australian

Australia's love affair with e-commerce is blossoming, with local businesses earning a record $267 billion from internet sales in 2013-14, according to a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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18 June 2015

Surge in smartphones' popularity, social media threaten online news providers Reuters

A surge in the use of smartphones as the leading device for accessing online news and the growing influence of social media could lead to an uncertain financial future for news organizations worldwide, a think tank said on Tuesday.

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Computers could replace five million Australian jobs within two decades The Guardian

Computers could replace five million Australian jobs in the coming two decades, from accountants to real estate agents and even some of the roles now performed by doctors.

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Dear Twitter (and everyone else), please end your obsession with autoplay! The Guardian

Twitter has just introduced auto-playing video, Vines and gifs on mobile. "Oh great!" you may say: "Just what we needed! ... more things to, er, chew through our data and battery life?"

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14 June 2015

ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War, U.S. Concludes New York Times

An internal State Department assessment paints a dismal picture of the efforts by the Obama administration and its foreign allies to combat the Islamic State's message machine, portraying a fractured coalition that cannot get its own message straight.

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Twitter could be so much more than just a Facebook rival The Observer

When the chief executive of Twitter announced he was stepping down on Thursday, staff knew there was only one way to mark his surprise departure. A hashtag on the social network was created - #thankyoudickc - for colleagues to lavish praise on Dick Costolo, a former standup comedian turned Silicon Valley entrepreneur. "140 characters certainly not enough #thankyoudickc," said one employee.

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10 June 2015

SpaceX founder files with government to provide Internet service from space Washington Post

Elon Musk's space company has asked the federal government for permission to begin testing on an ambitious project to beam Internet service from space, a significant step forward for an initiative that could create another major competitor to Comcast, AT&T and other telecom companies.

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09 June 2015

Malcolm Gladwell is right: Facebook, social media and the real story of political change Salon

In what is now a well-worn story, Wael Ghonim, a thirty-year-old Google executive, used Facebook to help organize the protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Today, it's hard to speak of the Arab Spring without calling to mind the phrase "Facebook revolution." In early 2011, Facebook had roughly 600 million users. Almost 10 percent of the world population was on it. Speculations about its initial public offering swirled, and The Social Network, a movie telling one version of its origins, was in theaters. With this buzz ringing in their ears, journalists and bloggers were agog over Facebook's role in Egypt.

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07 June 2015

Angela Merkel on Facebook: 'It's nice to have it, like it's nice to have a decent washing machine' The Independent

Angela Merkel has said Facebook is "nice to have...like a decent washing machine" but cautioned that it "won't make you happy in life".

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Online advertising: Internet users are increasingly blocking ads, including on their mobiles The Economist

In advertising, an old adage holds, half the money spent is wasted; the problem is that no one knows which half. This should be less of a problem in online advertising, since readers' tastes and habits can be tracked, and ads tailored accordingly. But consumers are increasingly using software that blocks advertising on the websites they visit. If current trends continue, the saying in the industry may well become that half the ads aimed at consumers never reach their screens. This puts at risk online publishing's dominant business model, in which consumers get content and services free in return for granting advertisers access to their eyeballs.

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06 June 2015

Apple and Google set their sights on their next battleground: your home Washington Post

Visions of the smart home -- a house that can set its own thermostat, schedule its own lights and preheat its own ovens -- are fast-becoming a reality. The technology is becoming smaller, faster and cheaper, opening new opportunities for transforming everyday objects.

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