Internet Use/New Technologies

17 March 2014

How the Internet of Everything Will Shape the Next 25 Years of Internet History Cisco

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, an important milestone as we look at how far we've come and how the Internet of Everything (IoE) is shaping our future.

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14 March 2014

The Innovation Enigma by Joseph E. Stiglitz Project Syndicate

Around the world, there is enormous enthusiasm for the type of technological innovation symbolized by Silicon Valley. In this view, America's ingenuity represents its true comparative advantage, which others strive to imitate. But there is a puzzle: it is difficult to detect the benefits of this innovation in GDP statistics.

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Emotions Vented Online Are Contagious, Study Finds Wall Street Journal

In the digital swirl of Facebook status updates, emotions expressed online can be contagious, according to a new study encompassing more than 100 million people in the U.S. and a billion messages they posted.

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11 March 2014

The Deep Web you don't know about CNN

What we commonly call the Web is really just the surface. Beneath that is a vast, mostly uncharted ocean called the Deep Web.

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The internet of things is embedding itself into everyday items The Guardian

The world of the internet-connected toothbrush is well and truly in full swing, after Oral B became the second company to launch a bluetooth-connected toothbrush at the Mobile World Congress earlier this month.

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Strictly algorithm: how news finds people in the Facebook and Twitter age The Guardian

From Spotify and Netflix recommendations to Facebook's news feed or Google's search results, algorithms play a pivotal role in our media consumption.

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10 March 2014

25 things you might not know about the web on its 25th birthday The Guardian

It sprang from the brain of one man, Tim Berners-Lee, and is the fastest-growing communication medium of all time. A quarter-century on, we examine how the web has transformed our lives

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07 March 2014

60% of adults use at least 2 devices every day, while 40% have changed device through an activity, Facebook and GfK find The Drum

Over a fifth of the UK public uses three devices a day - smartphone, computer and tablet - research from Facebook and GfK has discovered, with 73 per cent of these switching between device mid-activity, such as browsing on a phone and completing the purchase on a laptop.

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06 March 2014

Facebook tightens rules on gun posts BBC News

Facebook has tightened its rules on posts relating to guns. The site said it will remove posts from users who "indicate a willingness" to break the law - like requiring no background check - to sell firearms.

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04 March 2014

Web-Enabled Toothbrushes Join the Internet of Things: Devices Link to Smartphones to Record Brushing Habits Wall Street Journal

What the world needs now is a Web-enabled toothbrush. That part is clear to several oral-hygiene companies. What they can't agree on is who was first to put teeth into the smartphone.

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01 March 2014

Kids online: parents, don't panic The Guardian

It used to be the shopping centre or park bench - now teens spend hours hanging out on Snapchat or Instagram. Don't worry: they're just forging their own brave new world

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28 February 2014

Internet now used by 87% of American adults, says poll CNET

Almost 90 percent of American adults surveyed use the Internet, and almost all say that the Internet has been a good thing for them personally.

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25 February 2014

Zuckerberg Says WhatsApp Deal Was a Bargain New York Times

Many analysts and technology insiders have suggested that Facebook is overpaying for WhatsApp, the mobile messaging service that it is buying for up to $19 billion.

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21 February 2014

For Facebook, It's Users First and Profits Later New York Times

Technology companies have always been paranoid about missing the next big thing, be it email, e-commerce or social media.

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Why is WhatsApp worth up to $19bn to Facebook? The Guardian

People will bring their prejudices to the table when judging whether Facebook agreeing to pay up to $19bn for messaging app WhatsApp is a smart deal or not.

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German privacy regulator: WhatsApp users should switch to a more secure service PC World

WhatsApp users should switch to a more secure messaging service now that it is being bought by Facebook, a German data protection commissioner urged Thursday.

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20 February 2014

Screen time improves eye sight: study ABC News

Almost as long as there have been television screens, parents have been warning about the risk to your eyesight of watching for too long.

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Lie detector on the way to test social media rumours BBC News

A lie detector for social media is being built to try to verify online rumours.

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Microsoft study finds Twitter posts can predict post-natal depression The Drum

A Microsoft study investigating the linguistic quirks of Twitter users has found that subtle shifts in language used by expectant mothers can predict their subsequent likelihood of developing post-natal depression.

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14 February 2014

Facebook allows users to customise gender BBC News

Facebook has announced that it will allow users to customise their gender, after consulting on the subject with gay and transgender advocacy groups.

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10 February 2014

Children 'need lessons in how to concentrate' because of impact of social media The Independent

Children should be taught "attentiveness" skills to help combat the influence of social media, the shadow Education Secretary has said.

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06 February 2014

Super Bowl 2014: Denver Broncos fans turn to porn following defeat to Seattle Seahawks The Independent

It was America's most-watched TV event of the year - and it turns out the massive popularity of the Super Bowl led to a huge decline in that other popular US pastime - watching porn.

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How Social Media Is Changing Language Usage and What Marketers Need to Know About It ClickZ

Some people say social media is killing our language. Their arguments are innumerable, but they mostly cite the excessive usage of undecipherable initialisms, incorrect abbreviations, and cutesy emoticons. Others believe (a much smaller population, to be sure) that social media is not ruining language, but rather simply changing the ways in which we use language to express ourselves. And, to be clear, it really shouldn't be compared to other forms of written language because it's not actually written. What are these unfathomable arguments? And what does it have to do with marketers? Let's tackle the obvious question first.

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05 February 2014

Facebook Sustainable for Foreseeable Future, Researcher Says CIO

While Princeton University researchers predictA Facebook could shed 80% of its users over the next few years, a Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist has the social network's back and says Facebook's prospects are good.

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Social Media Update 2013 Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project

Some 73% of online adults now use a social networking site of some kind. Facebook is the dominant social networking platform in the number of users, but a striking number of users are now diversifying onto other platforms. Some 42% of online adults now use multiple social networking sites. In addition, Instagram users are nearly as likely as Facebook users to check in to the site on a daily basis. These are among the key findings on social networking site usage and adoption from a new survey from the Pew Research Center's Internet Project.

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