Internet Use/New Technologies

31 March 2015

1.1 million Aussies have never accessed the internet Computerworld

An estimated 1.1 million Australians -- most aged over 65 -- have never been online according to a new report released by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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24 March 2015

Facebook May Host News Sites' Content New York Times

Nothing attracts news organizations like Facebook. And nothing makes them more nervous.

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19 March 2015

Twitter puts trillions of tweets up for sale to data miners The Guardian

You are travelling by plane to see your newborn grandchild. As you board the aircraft, the cabin crew address you by name and congratulate you on the arrival of a bouncing baby boy. On your seat, you find a gift-wrapped blue rattle with a note from the airline.

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Steve Case: We're at a pivotal point in the Internet's history CNN

Entrepreneur Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, took on a different role at SXSW: history professor and Internet savant.

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17 March 2015

Cuba approves first public wi-fi hub in Havana BBC News

Cuba's state telecom agency Etecsa has granted approval to the artist Kcho to open the country's first public wireless hub at his cultural centre.

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13 March 2015

EU law makers to discuss whether Facebook qualifies as critical infrastructure Computerworld

European legislators are about to reopen a debate on whether Facebook and Twitter should be subject to the same rules as power grids and payment services for protecting critical IT infrastructure and the data it carries.

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12 March 2015

88% of cultural content consumed online in Spain illegal, says industry El Pais

Spain's arts and entertainment industry has had the identity of its public enemy number one clear for a long time now: the crisis may by lethal, the government's 21-percent VAT rate may have left many casualties, but the biggest danger? Piracy.

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11 March 2015

Falling sales and a lack of readers: why two bookstores close a day in Spain El Pais

Around 15 bookstores are going to the wall every week in Spain, hit by an 18-percent drop in sales since 2011, and the harsh reality of a country where 55 percent of the population never or only occasionally reads, according to a new report by the CEGAL Spanish association of booksellers.

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09 March 2015

Twitter Traffic Reflects What People Like on TV, Study Says New York Times

Twitter might not be a window into the soul, but it does provide a clear view into what grabs our attention on television, according to new research being published this week.

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07 March 2015

Report: ISIS Backers Used at Least 46,000 Twitter Accounts in 2014 Wall Street Journal

Islamic State supporters used at least 46,000 Twitter accounts in late 2014, communicating in English roughly one-fifth of the time, according to a new analysis of the militant group's use of social media.

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06 March 2015

An incredibly shrinking Firefox faces endangered species status Computerworld

Mozilla's Firefox is in danger of making the endangered species list for browsers.

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05 March 2015

Facebook wants to get better at detecting fake profiles Computerworld

Facebook is taking steps to improve how it detects fake profiles, particularly those created by people claiming to be someone else.

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26 February 2015

PNG tops porn searches on Google, experts divided over link between pornography and violence ABC News

Australia's deeply Christian northern neighbour, Papua New Guinea, is the most pornography-obsessed country in the world, according to Google Trends.

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24 February 2015

Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain The Guardian

My son is 18 months old, and I've been reading books with him since he was born. I say "reading", but I really mean "looking at" - not to mention grasping, dropping, throwing, cuddling, chewing, and everything else a tiny human being likes to do. Over the last six months, though, he has begun not simply to look but also to recognise a few letters and numbers. He calls a capital Y a "yak" after a picture on the door of his room; a capital H is "hedgehog"; a capital K, "kangaroo"; and so on.

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21 February 2015

Avoiding a 'digital dark age': future-proofing our existence ABC News

The notion that dark clouds are forming over the future of our digital existence has been most recently voiced by an executive of a major multinational internet corporation.

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20 February 2015

Australia ranked 20 on OECD fixed broadband rankings; New Zealand tops fibre broadband Computerworld

Australia continues to lag behind many other developed nations on fixed broadband subscriptions while excelling in wireless broadband, according to world rankings released by the OECD.

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18 February 2015

Spanish politicians try to woo voters over WhatsApp The Guardian

Tucked among selfies and inspirational status updates, Borja Gutiérrez Iglesias's profile photo shows him casually perched on the edge of a fountain. His status reads "At your disposition to listen."

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16 February 2015

Hoping Google's Lab Is a Rainmaker New York Times

Google's research arm, Google X, is called the company's Moonshot Factory. One reason the company picked the word "Moonshot" was to remind people to tackle big problems that may well blow up in their faces.

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13 February 2015

Google's Vint Cerf warns of 'digital Dark Age' BBC News

Vint Cerf, a "father of the internet", says he is worried that all the images and documents we have been saving on computers will eventually be lost.

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11 February 2015

Facebook Is Bigger Than the Internet: Millions of the social-networking site's users have no idea they’re using the Internet when they log onto their profiles The Atlantic

It was in Indonesia three years ago that Helani Galpaya first noticed the anomaly.

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Google to put health information directly into search results The Guardian

Google is changing the way it displays search queries to pull medical facts directly into its results.

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05 February 2015

Twitter CEO: We suck at dealing with trolls and abuse The Guardian

Twitter's chief executive has acknowledged that the company "sucks at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform, and we've sucked at it for years", in a leaked memo.

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04 February 2015

China's internet population hits 649 million, 86 percent on phones Reuters

China had 649 million internet users by the end of 2014, with 557 million of those using handsets to go online, said a government report on Tuesday, as the world's biggest smartphone market continues its shift to mobile.

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30 January 2015

Microsoft's Bill Gates insists AI is a threat BBC News

Humans should be worried about the threat posed by artificial Intelligence, Bill Gates has said.

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29 January 2015

Rapists use social media to cover their tracks, police warned The Guardian

Rapists are increasingly exploiting social media to cover their tracks and mislead investigators, a joint conference by police and prosecutors on rape was told.

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