Internet Use/New Technologies

13 May 2016

Facebook, Facing Bias Claims, Shows How Editors and Algorithms Guide News New York Times

Facebook, the largest social media network, published internal editorial guidelines on Thursday, the company's latest attempt to rebut accusations that it is politically biased in the news content it shows on the pages of its 1.6 billion users.

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12 May 2016

Facebook's Bias Is Built-In, and Bears Watching New York Times

Facebook is the world's most influential source of news. That's true according to every available measure of size -- the billion-plus people who devour its News Feed every day, the cargo ships of profit it keeps raking in, and the tsunami of online traffic it sends to other news sites.

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11 May 2016

A day in the digital life of teenagers The Conversation

With each generation the public consciousness conjures up a new fear for our youth: where once it was rock 'n' roll, today the concern is that teenagers' lives are dominated by digital media. The worry is that the digital deluge may affect their capacity to learn, to converse, to spell, and more besides. Have they no time for the leisurely face-to-face conversations of old, for spending time with family, or even for a good night's sleep uninterrupted by the glowing screen of a smartphone? I spent a year with a class of 13-year-olds to find out.

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10 May 2016

Researchers say computer screens change how you think about what you read Washington Post

You probably spend a lot of time staring at screens -- but all that computer time may be making you miss the big picture, new research has found.

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06 May 2016

Facebook Has 50 Minutes of Your Time Each Day. It Wants More. New York Times

Facebook reported dazzling first quarter results last week: Net income nearly tripled to $1.5 billion, and monthly active users hit a record 1.65 billion. But it's a much smaller number that leapt out at me.

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05 May 2016

Brazil lawmakers propose bill to shield WhatsApp Reuters

A Brazilian congressional commission on Wednesday recommended a bill that forbids authorities from blocking popular messaging applications, just two days after a judicial order left 100 million Brazilians without Facebook Inc's WhatsApp.

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04 May 2016

Brazilian Judge Lifts Suspension of WhatsApp New York Times

A judge lifted the nationwide suspension of WhatsApp in Brazil on Tuesday, allowing the popular messaging service owned by Facebook to get up and running again.

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03 May 2016

WhatsApp Brazil: Judge blocks access to messaging service BBC News

A judge in Brazil has blocked access to messaging service WhatsApp for 72 hours, the latest suspension to hit the hugely popular application.

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02 May 2016

How You’re Making Facebook a Money Machine New York Times

What you do when waiting for the bus or avoiding work goes a long way to explaining a tectonic shift in business and media.

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28 April 2016

Internet pioneer Vint Cerf: We need to make room on the Net for all the machines Yahoo!

The Internet is unlike many other major human inventions in one way: Most of the people who helped create it are still around. So if you have a chance to hear one of them talk, you should take it.

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25 April 2016

Tinder chief: we test new features in Australia because it's so far away The Guardian

Tinder's chief executive has revealed the dating app tests new features in in Australia because users there don't "cross-pollinate" with the rest of the world very much.

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20 April 2016

Ad blockers are breaking the internet, study finds Daily Telegraph

Ad blockers don't just block ads on the internet - they actually break websites such as British Airways and Vodafone, a new study has found.

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19 April 2016

Facebook is worried about users sharing less – but it only has itself to blame The Guardian

Facebook is worried that its more than one billion daily users are sharing less with one another.

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New data: Americans are abandoning wired home Internet Washington Post

For the most part, America's Internet-usage trends can be summed up in a few phrases. The Internet is now so common as to be a commodity; the rich have better Internet than the poor; more whites have Internet than do people of color; and, compared with low-income minorities, affluent whites are more likely to have fixed, wired Internet connections to their homes.

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Media Websites Battle Faltering Ad Revenue and Traffic New York Times

The business of online news has never been forgiving. But in recent weeks, what had been a simmering worry among publishers has turned into borderline panic.

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18 April 2016

Media Websites Battle Faltering Ad Revenue and Traffic New York Times

The business of online news has never been forgiving. But in recent weeks, what had been a simmering worry among publishers has turned into borderline panic.

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13 April 2016

The dark side of Guardian comments The Guardian

As part of a series on the rising global phenomenon of online harassment, the Guardian commissioned research into the 70m comments left on its site since 2006 and discovered that of the 10 most abused writers eight are women, and the two men are black. Hear from three of those writers, explore the data and help us host better conversations online

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Facebook Messenger introducing 'chat bot' artificial intelligence ABC News

Facebook is building artificial intelligence-powered "chat-bots" into its Messenger application to allow businesses to have software that can engage in lifelike text exchanges with users, company co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg says.

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12 April 2016

Discarded Electronics and Ghana's Environmental Conundrum Der Spiegel

In Ghana, the disposal of discarded electronic waste from industrialized countries has become a booming business. But the consequences for health and environment are dire.

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05 April 2016

Internet of Things raises privacy, security concerns, White House official tells ABA American Bar Association

At an American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law program on March 30, Ed Felten, deputy U.S. chief technology officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said the world is in the midst of a technology transition. At the center of this transition is the Internet of Things -basically defined as the network of physical devices embedded with electronics that allow the objects to collect and exchange data.

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Technology Upgrades Get White House Out of the 20th Century New York Times

Can you run the country with spotty Wi-Fi, computers that power on and off randomly and desktop speakerphones from Radio Shack, circa 1985?

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29 March 2016

Why Apple and Google are struggling to design simple software Washington Post

I was recently reminded of this when I tried to quickly snap a picture at a recent Apple event. I tried to double-click the home button on my locked Galaxy S6 to call up the camera. But I took just a moment too long, triggered the fingerprint reader and unlocked my phone instead -- and completely missed the shot.

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23 March 2016

What it looks like when the Internet suddenly disappears, in 4 charts Washington Post

Early one afternoon in November, Internet activity in Bangladesh fell off a cliff. The drop -- to 5 percent of typical activity -- lasted only an hour, but traffic would not return to normal levels for weeks. The cause? A reportedly government-ordered shutdown in the wake of a court ruling upholding a death penalty verdict in a high-profile war crimes trial.

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22 March 2016

Google Introduces Products That Will Sharpen Its Ad Focus New York Times

Google's skills in tracking people, figuring out desires, and placing ads revolutionized the world of marketing. Now it is adding even more technology muscle to its ad business.

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19 March 2016

Twitter Rules Out Long Tweets, Sticking to 140-Character Limit New York Times

Two months ago, Twitter's most dedicated fans threw a fit when news of a potentially major change in the service came to light: the 140-character limit, long one of Twitter's defining characteristics, might be going away.

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