Internet Use/New Technologies

22 December 2013

Even our grunts could be monetised by Facebook The Observer

Online hysteria about Facebook reading text that is deleted before it is posted might not be entirely unfounded

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18 December 2013

Twerking dances its way into 2013 Google search rankings The Guardian

Miley Cyrus did it, Lily Allen refused to do it, one London gym started offering lessons in it. And on Tuesday twerking - the frenetic, buttock-wiggling dance - also topped Google's list of the trends that Britons were trying to discover the meaning of online this year.

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15 December 2013

Toxic 'e-waste' dumped in poor nations, says United Nations The Observer

Millions of mobile phones, laptops, tablets, toys, digital cameras and other electronic devices bought this Christmas are destined to create a flood of dangerous "e-waste" that is being dumped illegally in developing countries, the UN has warned.

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14 December 2013

Twitter backtracks on blocking changes BBC News

Twitter has reversed changes it made to how people block other users, less than a day after they were introduced.

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13 December 2013

Facebook the Most Trusted Channel for Brand Recommendations ClickZ

As social media has developed as a method of amplifying the power of online reviews about brands, Facebook has become the most trusted channel for product and service recommendations.

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Twitter users revolt over changes to abusive behaviour policy Reuters

Twitter Inc encountered a user revolt for the first time as a public company after it tweaked its "block" function on Thursday, prompting an outcry from those who said the new policy empowered perpetrators of online abuse.

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500Mbps Internet over phone lines might solve fiber's "last mile" problem Ars Technica

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) yesterday gave initial approval to a data transmission standard capable of 500Mbps speeds in both directions over existing telephone wires. The new standard,, can be used on phone lines within 250 meters of a distribution point, benefiting fiber-to-the-node deployments. With telcos not having to build fiber on the proverbial "last mile" (or, really, 250 meters), this could bring fiber-like speeds to many more homes.

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12 December 2013

Australians more reliant on high-speed broadband Australian Financial Review

Australians downloaded 59 per cent more data via fixed-line broadband connections in the June quarter of 2013 compared with the same time last year, and there are now more than 11.19 million smartphone users in the country, according to an Australian Communications and Media Authority report tabled by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.

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10 December 2013

Mobile browser usage share hits 20% for the first time Computerworld

Mobile devices generated 20% of the world's browsing activity last month, the first time that the surging category reached the 1-in-5 milestone, according to a Web analytics company.

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04 December 2013

British social media users warned over court case comments BBC News

The attorney general is to publish guidance on Twitter to help prevent social media users from committing a contempt of court by commenting inappropriately on criminal cases.

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03 December 2013

Beyonce ousts Kim Kardashian as 2013's most-searched person on Bing Reuters

Singer Beyonce was named the most-searched person in 2013 on Bing, the online search engine said on Monday, edging out 2012's list-topper reality television star Kim Kardashian, who came in second.

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What's the Real Value of Twitter for Brands? ClickZ

For brands, the key objective on all social platforms remains consumer engagement. Because content-focused social promotions are a perfect means for fuelling engagement -- and Twitter is an unmatched platform for broadcasting content -- the opportunities for delivering promotions on this platform are enticing.

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02 December 2013

Majority of British social media users uncomfortable to post personal details or holiday plans The Drum

The majority of social media users feel uncomfortable about posting personal contact details on their profiles, while over three quarters would not mention that they were going on holiday either.

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25 November 2013

The Free Web Has Economists Puzzled Businessweek

Since completing a master's degree in electrical engineering in 2009, Ti Zhao, a self-described education junkie, has continued to take classes. The price for the last eight: $0. "It's hard for me to imagine ever paying for a class again," says Zhao, who's taken free courses from online education services EdX and Coursera. Before, the San Francisco resident spent about $500 per class at a local university's continuing education program.

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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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