Internet Use/New Technologies

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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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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