Internet Use/New Technologies

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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Singaporeans Eschew Adult Content Online, Avast Says Wall Street Journal

Singaporeans are just not very interested in accessing adult content online.

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05 June 2015

Internet of Things Spending to Reach 1.7 Trillion by 2020 ClickZ

The worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) market will grow from $655.8 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020, according to research company International Data Corporation.

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03 June 2015

Study: Nearly third of US teens changed health habits based on online search Washington Post

Some good news about teens and the Internet: Many switch to healthier habits after consulting the Web.

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Egyptian repairman outranks Google in search BBC News

An Egyptian repairman has found unexpected fame as one of the most searched-for men in his country.

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01 June 2015

Google's Ingenious Plan to Make Apps Obsolete Wired

Google showed off any number of potentially revolutionary technologies at its I/O developer conference keynote Thursday. There was Jump, a platform for generating 3D virtual reality content, and Brillo, Google's latest entrant into the smart-home horse race. But the company's most important announcement was the evolution of a technology that's nearly three years old. It laid out a course for making apps obsolete and getting users back onto the web, where Google is master. And that course is paved by Google Now.

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31 May 2015

Steve Case: Get ready, the Internet is about to change again. Here's how. Washington Post

I don't recall exactly what was going through my mind that morning, 30 years ago this summer, when a group of us in Tysons Corner, Va., launched a start-up called Quantum Computer Services, later renamed America Online.

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30 May 2015

Google Wants to Turn Your Clothes Into a Computer New York Times

If you thought it was only a matter of time before Google tried to turn your pants into a computer, well, guess what, you were right.

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28 May 2015

In 5 years, 80 percent of the whole Internet will be online video Washington Post

Video is eating the Web. Already, we know that Netflix accounts for one-third of Internet traffic at peak hours. Toss in YouTube, and that figure rises to roughly half of all bandwidth consumed. But even that's small potatoes compared with what's coming. In five years, 80 percent of the entire world's Internet consumption will be dominated by video. That number will be even higher in the United States, approaching 85 percent.

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27 May 2015

Internet used by 3.2 billion people in 2015 BBC News

Nearly half of the global population will be using the internet by the end of this year, according to a new report.

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22 May 2015

Google a step closer to developing machines with human-like intelligence The Guardian

Computers will have developed "common sense" within a decade and we could be counting them among our friends not long afterwards, one of the world's leading AI scientists has predicted.

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20 May 2015

Girls like digital media while boys prefer print, finds study on reading habits The Guardian

Girls have more firmly embraced digital literacy and formats such as Facebook, email and text message, while boys are more comfortable with traditional printed media such as comics, manuals and newspapers, according to a study published by the National Literacy Trust.

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18 May 2015

Why Facebook's News Experiment Matters to Readers New York Times

Facebook's new plan to host news publications' stories directly is not only about page views, advertising revenue or the number of seconds it takes for an article to load. It is about who owns the relationship with readers.

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We are ignoring the new machine age at our peril The Observer

As a species, we don't seem to be very good at dealing with nonlinearity. We cope moderately well with situations and environments that are changing gradually. But sudden, major discontinuities - what some people call "tipping points" - leave us spooked. That's why we are so perversely relaxed about climate change, for example: things are changing slowly, imperceptibly almost, but so far there hasn't been the kind of sharp, catastrophic change that would lead us seriously to recalibrate our behaviour and attitudes.

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