Miscellaneous

18 November 2006

Here are two signs of hope for the world's secret superpower The Guardian

Timothy Garton Ash writing in The Guardian looks at the growing importance of the media in the world, calling the newspaper "a weapon more powerful than most in the possession of the US army" with "much of its impact comes from its dissemination through electronic screens" today. Garton Ash goes on to say "The engine of this growth in media power, as in military firepower, is technological change." The article then goes on to look at the launch of al-Jazeera English.

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17 November 2006

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft adopt same Web index tool CNet

Search engine rivals Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are teaming up to make it easier for Web site owners to make sure their sites get included in the Web indexes, the companies are expected to announce.

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15 November 2006

au: Victoria the first to cast e-vote in a state election Computer World

Electronic votes are set to be cast in the state of Victoria today, marking a first for Australia in any state election.

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14 November 2006

Can't we all share in the search bounty? The Guardian

Should we be paid for using search engines? For most people that is a silly question. Of course not, they would say. If anything, we should be paying them. The use of search engines has transformed our lives by bringing knowledge on any subject to our computer screens in a fraction of a second - and all for nothing. The more relevant question is: how much would you pay to have a search engine if it were suddenly whisked away from you? The answer is: a lot of money.

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08 November 2006

us: Do the Rights of the Disabled Extend to the Blind on the Web? New York Times/International Herald Tribune

According to an advocacy group, Target declined last year to make its Web site fully accessible to blind people with specialized screen-reading technology last year. If true -- and Target has denied the accusation in court -- it was a public relations blunder, and it may have been illegal as well.

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06 November 2006

Why you should care about the Stern Review ZDNet

Sir Nicholas Stern, former World Bank chief economist, lobbed a bombshell into the heart of the climate change debate on Monday. His report, compiled at the behest of the Chancellor, laid out in stark terms the measures needed to stop global warming. Its conclusions are not pretty, and have major implications for businesses and IT professionals.

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02 November 2006

'Next step' in science studies: The Web International Herald Tribune

In little more than a decade, the Internet has grown to become such a pervasive force in commerce and culture that a group of leading university researchers is trying to make the Web a field of study on its own.

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31 October 2006

'The Google' lets homesick president keep an eye on the ranch The Guardian

Two years ago George Bush told the world about things he'd heard on "the internets". Since then the US president has progressed, becoming more familiar with the hi-tech world he leads.

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30 October 2006

Small is beautiful for the net giants The Observer

'Web 2.0' highlights how the online world is changing: amateurs come up with the ideas, then the big boys open their wallets: What exactly is the difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0? In essence, Web 1.0 was all about creating simple but effective internet versions of real-world businesses where selling could happen on the web, whereas Web 2.0 really uses the internet as a completely new way to market to people; 'selling' has shifted to 'buying' because the user is in control. He or she broadcasts his or her profile, tendencies and preferences in a way that is picked up by Web 2.0 technology infrastructure and marketing tools.

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25 October 2006

Firefox browser for web 2.0 age BBC

A new version of the popular Firefox web browser makes its debut, going head to head with Internet Explorer 7.

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20 October 2006

Independence must not be the first casualty of media shake-up The Age

Following the passing on new media ownership laws in Australia, The Age newspaper in an editorial writes: 'And we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." The Biblical text has nothing on the changes that seem likely to Australia's media landscape, and which have, in effect, come to pass before the laws that will allow them to happen were themselves passed yesterday. The stage is being set for whenever the performance is due to start.

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Google CEO: Techies must educate governments ZDNet

Those in the know about technology must spend more time reaching out to governments and helping them understand the Internet's role in society, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said.

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18 October 2006

55 Million Blogs, and Now a Service to Track Them New York Times

Corporations are growing increasingly conscious of the power, and potential pitfalls, of blogging. A favorable review from an influential blogger can help generate the kind of buzz around a new product that traditional advertising struggles to achieve. A negative write-up can help doom a product before it even hits the market.

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On Advertising: Blogs give PR new job International Herald Tribune

To Steve Rubel, senior vice president at the public relations firm Edelman, there is a "conversation gap" on the Internet between America and the rest of the world. Like Americans, Europeans and Asians have become fervent bloggers. But many of them contribute to U.S.- based sites, or to local-language blogs that are fragmented and obscure.

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16 October 2006

Is Windows near end of its run? CNet/New York Times

Steve Ballmer, the chief executive of Microsoft, has his hands full. The next version of the Windows operating system, Vista, is finally about to arrive--years late and clouded by doubts that it might violate antitrust rules in Europe.

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11 October 2006

Commentary: Google-YouTube and the value of social computing by Forrester Research CNet/Forrester Research

Google's purchase of user-generated video site YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock is a massive demonstration of the power of social computing. The search giant already has the No. 3 video site, but now it will own a networking platform that makes video stickier--and better for advertisers.

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Web a minefield and goldmine for publishers Sydney Morning Herald/AFP

Publishers could be the internet piracy boom's next victims after the music industry, but the web might also be their salvation, the head of the International Publishers Association says.

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10 October 2006

Google buys YouTube for US$1.65bn The Guardian

Internet search giant snaps up popular online video site.

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08 October 2006

Lazy employees cost businesses dear over PC usage ZDNet

Workers who leave their PCs on overnight are causing spiralling electricity bills and extended greenhouse damage to the environment

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Newspapers grapple with an unbundled world The Times

Publishers have been slow to realise how fundamentally their world has been changed by the internet.

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Internet 'diminishes influence of states' says Google chief The Times

The power and influence of governments is diminishing because of the rise of the internet, the head of Google told the Conservative Party conference. Eric Schmidt, the chairman and chief executive of the internet company, said that the internet was not necessarily a force for good, pointing out the rise of hate groups that have proliferated on the web.

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07 October 2006

Google 'in talks to buy YouTube' BBC

The BBC reports Google is reported to be in talks to buy popular video-sharing website YouTube for US$1.6bn.

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18 April 2006

Tolls may slow Web traffic Christian Science Monitor

The possibility of a two-tiered Internet threatens today's notion of free travel on the information superhighway.

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06 March 2006

Groups campaign against 'premium' e-mail International Herald Tribune

A coalition of nonprofit and public interest groups in the United States is beginning a campaign to protest plans by America Online and Yahoo, which each offer e-mail services, to charge high-volume senders of e-mail fees to guarantee preferred delivery of their messages.

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25 February 2006

Libraries begin uncertain new chapter Guardian

With internet companies such as Google becoming more involved in digitising content, what role does the public library have in today's web-driven society?

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