Internet Use/New Technologies

12 March 2015

88% of cultural content consumed online in Spain illegal, says industry El Pais

Spain's arts and entertainment industry has had the identity of its public enemy number one clear for a long time now: the crisis may by lethal, the government's 21-percent VAT rate may have left many casualties, but the biggest danger? Piracy.

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11 March 2015

Falling sales and a lack of readers: why two bookstores close a day in Spain El Pais

Around 15 bookstores are going to the wall every week in Spain, hit by an 18-percent drop in sales since 2011, and the harsh reality of a country where 55 percent of the population never or only occasionally reads, according to a new report by the CEGAL Spanish association of booksellers.

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09 March 2015

Twitter Traffic Reflects What People Like on TV, Study Says New York Times

Twitter might not be a window into the soul, but it does provide a clear view into what grabs our attention on television, according to new research being published this week.

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07 March 2015

Report: ISIS Backers Used at Least 46,000 Twitter Accounts in 2014 Wall Street Journal

Islamic State supporters used at least 46,000 Twitter accounts in late 2014, communicating in English roughly one-fifth of the time, according to a new analysis of the militant group's use of social media.

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06 March 2015

An incredibly shrinking Firefox faces endangered species status Computerworld

Mozilla's Firefox is in danger of making the endangered species list for browsers.

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05 March 2015

Facebook wants to get better at detecting fake profiles Computerworld

Facebook is taking steps to improve how it detects fake profiles, particularly those created by people claiming to be someone else.

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26 February 2015

PNG tops porn searches on Google, experts divided over link between pornography and violence ABC News

Australia's deeply Christian northern neighbour, Papua New Guinea, is the most pornography-obsessed country in the world, according to Google Trends.

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24 February 2015

Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain The Guardian

My son is 18 months old, and I've been reading books with him since he was born. I say "reading", but I really mean "looking at" - not to mention grasping, dropping, throwing, cuddling, chewing, and everything else a tiny human being likes to do. Over the last six months, though, he has begun not simply to look but also to recognise a few letters and numbers. He calls a capital Y a "yak" after a picture on the door of his room; a capital H is "hedgehog"; a capital K, "kangaroo"; and so on.

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21 February 2015

Avoiding a 'digital dark age': future-proofing our existence ABC News

The notion that dark clouds are forming over the future of our digital existence has been most recently voiced by an executive of a major multinational internet corporation.

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20 February 2015

Australia ranked 20 on OECD fixed broadband rankings; New Zealand tops fibre broadband Computerworld

Australia continues to lag behind many other developed nations on fixed broadband subscriptions while excelling in wireless broadband, according to world rankings released by the OECD.

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18 February 2015

Spanish politicians try to woo voters over WhatsApp The Guardian

Tucked among selfies and inspirational status updates, Borja Gutiérrez Iglesias's profile photo shows him casually perched on the edge of a fountain. His status reads "At your disposition to listen."

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16 February 2015

Hoping Google's Lab Is a Rainmaker New York Times

Google's research arm, Google X, is called the company's Moonshot Factory. One reason the company picked the word "Moonshot" was to remind people to tackle big problems that may well blow up in their faces.

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13 February 2015

Google's Vint Cerf warns of 'digital Dark Age' BBC News

Vint Cerf, a "father of the internet", says he is worried that all the images and documents we have been saving on computers will eventually be lost.

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11 February 2015

Facebook Is Bigger Than the Internet: Millions of the social-networking site's users have no idea they’re using the Internet when they log onto their profiles The Atlantic

It was in Indonesia three years ago that Helani Galpaya first noticed the anomaly.

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Google to put health information directly into search results The Guardian

Google is changing the way it displays search queries to pull medical facts directly into its results.

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05 February 2015

Twitter CEO: We suck at dealing with trolls and abuse The Guardian

Twitter's chief executive has acknowledged that the company "sucks at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform, and we've sucked at it for years", in a leaked memo.

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04 February 2015

China's internet population hits 649 million, 86 percent on phones Reuters

China had 649 million internet users by the end of 2014, with 557 million of those using handsets to go online, said a government report on Tuesday, as the world's biggest smartphone market continues its shift to mobile.

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30 January 2015

Microsoft's Bill Gates insists AI is a threat BBC News

Humans should be worried about the threat posed by artificial Intelligence, Bill Gates has said.

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29 January 2015

Rapists use social media to cover their tracks, police warned The Guardian

Rapists are increasingly exploiting social media to cover their tracks and mislead investigators, a joint conference by police and prosecutors on rape was told.

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27 January 2015

Unease for What Microsoft's HoloLens Will Mean for Our Screen-Obsessed Lives New York Times

Microsoft made a big announcement last week, revealing that Windows, a lucrative legacy franchise, was about to be unleashed into the physical environment through a set of goggles called the HoloLens that superimposes the operating system on the actual world. In one sense, it was heartening. Business reporters are frequently hung up on the new and the insurgent, but seeing mature companies adapt to a changed world is equally interesting.

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Why Apps for Messaging Are Trending New York Times

A team at BuzzFeed knew it had struck gold when it came across a decades-old photo of Dwayne Johnson, the musclebound wrestler and film star known as The Rock, wearing a fanny pack and dated bluejeans.

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25 January 2015

What can we learn from Facebook's annual Bullshit Report? The Observer

Last week was Davos week, the time of year when 2,900 movers and shakers (only 17% of whom are women, incidentally) congregate in a small town in Switzerland to talk the talk. It also means that it's the week in which Facebook issues its annual Bullshit Report, claiming that it is not only a Force for Good but also one of the world's economic powerhouses. In 2012 the report claimed that Facebook - an outfit which then had a global workforce of about 3,000 - had indirectly helped create 232,000 jobs in Europe in 2011 and "enabled" more than $32bn in revenues.

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Facebook Touts Its 'Economic Impact' but Economists Question Numbers Wall Street Journal

Facebook has more than a billion users and generated an estimated $12 billion in revenue last year. But the company says its economic impact is far greater.

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What Eric Schmidt meant when he said 'the Internet will disappear' Washington Post

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is making a lot of headlines Friday over a comment he made at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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22 January 2015

Facebook Dominates Social Sharing While Twitter Sees a Decline ClickZ

ShareThis's new report shows that Facebook overtook Pinterest, Twitter, and Reddit in terms of sharing activity during the fourth quarter of last year, garnering a whopping 81 percent of shares.

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