Internet Use/New Technologies

25 November 2013

One out of seven people use social networks globally, study shows Computerworld

About one in seven people around the globe use a social networking site at least once a month, and that number is expected to see grow significantly over the next several years.

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21 November 2013

Virtual-Currency Craze Spawns Bitcoin Wannabes Wall Street Journal

... A "cryptocurrency" craze has spawned more than 80 entrants, from peercoin and namecoin, to worldcoin and hobonickels. In October and November alone, developers launched gridcoin, fireflycoin and zeuscoin. Bbqcoin has enjoyed a renaissance after a false start in 2012. Litecoin, launched in 2011, has turned into the strongest bitcoin alternative.

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20 November 2013

Facebook defends allowing beheadings footage to continue BBC News

Facebook will continue to allow users to show footage of beheadings as long as it is posted in "the right context", MPs have heard.

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19 November 2013

Australians use up nearly a day on the Internet every week Computerworld

Businesses are spending more on online advertising to engage Australians whose online activities now consume nearly an entire day each week, according to a study released today by Nielsen.

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18 November 2013

Facebook, Still Dominant, Strives to Keep Cachet New York Times

... Facebook is still the dominant social media service, and has been an attractive suitor for many start-ups. And Snapchat most likely spurned Facebook partly because it thought it could fetch much more than the billions Facebook was willing to pay.

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Still on Facebook, but Finding Less to Like New York Times

Just a few years ago, most of my online social activity revolved around Facebook. I was an active member of several Facebook groups, including one that helped me and others find apartments and sell used items. Another group was wonderful for organizing midnight movie screenings. And I used Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest achievements of my sisters and their children, and the many members of my extended family.

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16 November 2013

Facebook Reasserts Posts Can Be Used to Advertise New York Times

If you post something on Facebook, let there be no doubt that it can end up as an ad shown to your friends and acquaintances.

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Snapchat, How Quickly You Have Grown New York Times

Last year, Evan Spiegel, a co-founder of SnapChat, was busy wrapping up school projects at Stanford. Now, Mr. Spiegel is turning down multibillion dollar acquisition attempts.

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11 November 2013

How the Internet Has Changed the R.S.V.P. New York Times

With ease come presumption and murk. Take, for instance, the modern R.S.V.P. The Internet has allowed a host or event producer to painlessly publicize his or her event to sultans and skateboarders in minutes, the digital invitation beaming on their computer screens and cellphones like an onion puff dangling from a stick.

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08 November 2013

Instagram blocks some drugs advert tags after BBC probe BBC News

Instagram has blocked searches for certain terms associated with the suspected illegal sale of drugs via its service.

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04 November 2013

An exclusive interview with Bill Gates - the internet is not going to save the world Financial Times

The internet is not going to save the world, says the Microsoft co-founder, whatever Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley's tech billionaires believe. But eradicating disease just might.

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01 November 2013

Internet chatrooms can help those in distress, says study BBC News

Internet forums and chatrooms can have positive effects that should be more widely acknowledged, experts say.

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31 October 2013

Facebook fesses up: Young teens are getting bored CNET

Despite repeated assertions to the contrary, Facebook finally admitted Wednesday that its youngest users really are losing interest in the social network.

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29 October 2013

Web Giants Threaten End to Cookie Tracking:" Balance of Power in Ad Industry at Stake as Google, Microsoft Seek to Control Web Tracking Wall Street Journal

The end could be near for cookies, the tiny pieces of code that marketers deploy on Web browsers to track people's online movements, serve targeted advertising and amass valuable user profiles.

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'Li-fi' via LED light bulb data speed breakthrough BBC News

UK researchers say they have achieved data transmission speeds of 10Gbit/s via "li-fi" - wireless internet connectivity using light.

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25 October 2013

One-third of U.S. adults get news through Facebook - study Reuters

One in three Americans get news through Facebook, according to a study from the Pew Research Center released on Thursday.

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23 October 2013

Facebook adds warnings to decapitations and other violence BBC News

Facebook has begun adding warning messages to videos on its site showing decapitations and other instances of extreme violence.

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22 October 2013

Online dating now widely accepted, US survey says CNN

If eHarmony or features more prominently in your "how we met" story than a smoky nightclub or the produce aisle, you're probably not so reluctant to admit it.

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20 October 2013

German Internet Boom: E-Commerce Growing Yearly by more than Ten Percent eco

Already grossing €30 billion, Internet services like e-commerce or social networks are now the strongest revenue earners of the entire German Internet industry. In the coming three years, they will grow annually by more than ten percent respectively, so that by the year 2016 their volume is estimated to reach 41 billion euros. The largest portion of this is the e-commerce segment, with 28.4 billion euros. This is one finding from the recent study by the Association of the German Internet Industry, eco, and the business consultancy Arthur D. Little.

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Edison’s revenge: The humble USB cable is part of an electrical revolution. It will make power supplies greener and cheaper The Economist

Fiddly cables, incompatible plugs and sockets, and the many adaptors needed to fit them all together used to be the travellers' bane. But the USB (Universal Serial Bus) has simplified their life. Most phones and other small gadgets can charge from a simple USB cable plugged into a computer or an adaptor. Some 10 billion of them are already in use. Hotel rooms, aircraft seats, cars and new buildings increasingly come with USB sockets as a standard electrical fitting.

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18 October 2013

Young adults say technology can be dehumanizing - poll Reuters

Millennials are tech-savvy young adults who grew up with smartphones and iPads, but many think technology makes people less human, according to a poll released on Thursday.

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17 October 2013

Sleeptexting Is the New Sleepwalking: "The line is blurring between wakefulness and sleep." The Atlantic

... "The line is blurring between wakefulness and sleep," Gelb explains. "So, you'll be texting one second and the next second you're asleep, but then you get a ping and the ping awakens you. It's becoming more of a trend because the line is really being blurred between being awake and being asleep."

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12 October 2013

David Byrne: 'The internet will suck all creative content out of the world' The Guardian

The boom in digital streaming may generate profits for record labels and free content for consumers, but it spells disaster for today's artists across the creative industries

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Google to Sell Users' Endorsements New York Times

Those long-forgotten posts on social networks, from the pasta someone photographed to the rant about her dentist, are forgotten no more. Social networks want to make them easier to find, and in some cases, to show them in ads.

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10 October 2013

The rise of the reader: journalism in the age of the open web The Guardian

Katharine Viner, deputy editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia, gave the AN Smith lecture in Melbourne on Wednesday night. Here's her speech

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