Internet Use/New Technologies

05 February 2014

6 new facts about Facebook Pew Research

Facebook turns 10 tomorrow and reaches that milestone as the dominant social networking platform, used by 57% of all adults and 73% of all those ages 12-17. Adult Facebook use is intensifying: 64% of Facebook users visit the site on a daily basis, up from 51% of users who were daily users in 2010. Among teens, the total number of users remains high, according to Pew Research Center surveys, and they are not abandoning the site. But focus group interviews suggest that teens' relationship with Facebook is complicated and may be evolving.

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What Facebook knows about you CNN

Facebook has spent the past 10 years building a business upon your personal information.

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04 February 2014

Facebook turns 10: from college dorm to 1.23 billion users The Guardian

What does the future look like? According to Facebook, exactly 10 years after the social network was created, the future is called Paper. But it's not quite as nostalgic as it sounds. This is the future where we write, film and share our stories via our mobile phones. A sleek cut-down version of the Facebook site, Paper replaces buttons with touchscreen swipes, and uses full-screen to play video on the handheld devices, where the future of the internet will be fought.

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Facebook's mobile journey has only just begun, but already makes money The Guardian

Eerke Boiten has been on Facebook for six years, but studiously avoids using it on his mobile phone. The 47-year-old director of the University of Kent's cybersecurity centre only uses it on his desktop where possible; if he does access it on his mobile, it's through the browser of his Android phone. He won't use the app because he dislikes its demands to access his contacts and, more recently, his text messages: "my friends haven't given me permission to share their phone numbers, etc, with Facebook," he says. And on the desktop version he can run adblocking software.

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02 February 2014

Video fails to kill the radio star BBC News

When MTV launched in 1981, the first music video it played was "Video killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles. The intent was clear; the channel was going to kill off old-fashioned radio.

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Web advertising: still a small net in a very large pond The Observer

Here, as recession ends, is a reality check on the global media ad market (courtesy of Nielsen). Revenues via the internet are up 32.4%, up 4.3% via TV and 5.1% on posters. But they're down 2.2% for newspapers and 1.1% on magazines (with radio and cinema also in negative territory). So, that's another familiar yarn about the march of the online battalions.

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01 February 2014

Map of the Internet 1.0: Explore this beautiful, hand-drawn map of the online world The Independent

How do you map something like the internet? It's a challenge that continues to fascinate many virtual-cartographers, and amateur graphic designer Martin Vargic is the latest to try his hand - creating the magnificently baroque image above.

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30 January 2014

These Are the Filthy Words Google Voice Search Doesn't Want to Hear TechHive

Google takes a decidedly more puritanical view towards "naughty" voice searches than it does toward comparable typed searches.

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29 January 2014

Akamai: Internet speeds climb 10 percent worldwide CNET

Releasing its "State of the Internet" report for third quarter of 2013 on Tuesday, Akamai pegged the average global connection speed at 3.6 megabits per second, a 10 percent increase from the second quarter and a 29 percent leap from the same quarter in 2012. Gains in the average connection speed among 133 regions covered in the report ranged from 0.2 percent in Egypt to 1.2 Mbps to 259 percent in French island Reunion to 6.8 Mbps.

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28 January 2014

Global internet advertising spend surges 32% The Drum

Display internet advertising has surged 32 per cent worldwide in the first three quarters of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012, according to Nielsen's quarterly Global Adview Pulse report.

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Why data science matters to Foursquare The Guardian

Since its most recent update, Foursquare users now spend 30% more time with the check-in app. And it wouldn't have been possible without the input of data scientist Blake Shaw

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27 January 2014

New study demonstrates Canadian youth have similar habits online as adults CIRA

YouTube has been chosen as the number one site to visit by Canadian youth according to a study of Canadian children's and teens' Internet use by MediaSmarts, a Canadian digital and media literacy organization.

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25 January 2014

Facebook: reports of its demise are greatly exaggerated The Guardian

A striking study by researchers at Princeton University this week made headlines for its claim that Facebook would lose 80% of its users by 2017. Now, in an effort to point out flaws in the study, a Facebook analyst has applied similar methodology to predict the impending doom of Princeton University.

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24 January 2014

Screen Time Study Finds Education Drop-Off New York Times

With children spending more time in front of screens than ever, parents sometimes try to convince themselves that playing Angry Birds teaches physics, or that assembling outfits on a shopping app like Polyvore fires creativity.

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23 January 2014

Facebook could fade out like a disease, lose 80 per cent of users, say US researchers ABC News

Facebook is like an infectious disease, experiencing a spike before its decline, according to US researchers who claim the social network will lose 80 per cent of users by 2017.

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'Fastest ever' broadband passes speed test BBC News

The "fastest ever" broadband speeds have been achieved in a test in London, raising hopes of more efficient data transfer via existing infrastructure.

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22 January 2014

Google-backed venture uses shape-shifting code to defeat hackers Financial Times

A new company backed by Eric Schmidt and Google Ventures is promising to use constantly morphing computer code to transform the fight against cyber criminals.

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21 January 2014

'China's Web Junkies' New York Times

Compulsive Internet use has been categorized as a mental health issue in many countries, including the United States, but China was among the first to label "Internet addiction" a clinical disorder.

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A Popular Chinese Social Networking App Blazes Its Own Path New York Times

Every half-hour or so, Jenny Zhao, young and wired, unlocks her iPhone 5 to connect with friends using Weixin, China's wildly popular social messaging app.

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19 January 2014

Technology Is Not Driving Us Apart After All New York Times

In September 2008, two graduate students working for Keith Hampton, a professor at Rutgers, raised a camera atop a 16-foot tripod to film down into Bryant Park, the sprawling green space behind the main branch of the New York Public Library. They hit record, then milled about nearby pretending they had nothing to do with the rig, as it semi-surreptitiously filmed the comings and goings of hundreds of New Yorkers. The charade didn't last. After an hour, Lauren Sessions Goulet, the more senior of the pair, found herself talking to the park's private security force, which sent her to see their bosses, the Bryant Park Corporation. She was nervous.

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17 January 2014

China now has half a billion mobile web users, 618 million total internet users Tech In Asia

China now has 618 million internet users and 500 million mobile web users, according to new figures today from CNNIC.

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16 January 2014

Facebook Revamps Ads To Compete With Google New York Times

Last June, Facebook released a tracking pixel, a snippet of code that allows advertisers to track customers who come to their websites from Facebook ads. For Amy Norman, co-chief executive officer of Little Passports, the pixel was a game-changer.

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14 January 2014

O'Leary reveals Ryanair-Google plan to 'change how we buy tickets forever' The Independent

Google is working on top-secret plans with Michael O'Leary's Ryanair in a bid to completely transform how consumers search for, select and buy airline tickets.

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Google to buy Nest Labs for $3.2bn in bid for smart home-devices market The Guardian

Google has expanded its presence in consumer homes by buying Nest Labs, a connected device company which makes smart thermostats and smoke detectors, for $3.2bn.

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10 January 2014

Australia leads OECD on wireless broadband, but tied with Austria for 18th on wired broadband; NZ improving Computerworld

Australia has moved into first place among the 34 OECD countries for wireless broadband penetration, with 114 subscriptions per 100 people, the OECD has announced.

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