Internet Use/New Technologies

24 March 2017

YouTube Advertiser Exodus Highlights Perils of Online Ads New York Times

When Google acquired YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion, it was considered a pricey gamble, one made with the belief that an online service known for pirated videos and vapid user-generated content could appeal to major advertisers.

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22 March 2017

Google Tries to Stop Ads From Appearing Next to Hate Speech New York Times

Google moved on Tuesday to protect its lucrative advertising business by giving marketers greater control over where their ads appear online, after major clients withdrew spots that were shown next to hate speech and other offensive material.

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e-waste: What happens to discarded televisions, computers and mobile phones? ABC News

Millions of televisions, computers and mobile phones are discarded in Australia each year. So what happens to all that electronic waste?

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19 March 2017

Extremists made £250,000 from ads for UK brands on Google, say experts The Guardian

Extremists and hate preachers are estimated by marketing experts to have made at least $318,000 (£250,000) from adverts for household brands and government departments placed alongside their YouTube videos.

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17 March 2017

EU consumer authorities to take on Facebook, Google, Twitter Reuters

European consumer protection authorities will ask social media companies Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc and Twitter Inc to amend their terms of service within one month or possibly face fines, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Government defunding may curtail innovative projects like the internet, says co-creator Vint Cerf CNBC

"Father of the internet" Vint Cerf worries government defunding of programs may create a huge roadblock for new ideas and technology.

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16 March 2017

How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It New York Times

One secret to longevity as a pundit is to issue predictions that can’t be easily checked. So here’s one for the time capsule: Two hundred years from now, give or take, the robot-people of Earth will look back on the early years of the 21st century as the beginning of a remarkable renaissance in art and culture.

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Google tells army of 'quality raters' to flag Holocaust denial The Guardian

Google is using a 10,000-strong army of independent contractors to flag “offensive or upsetting” content, in order to ensure that queries like “did the Holocaust happen” don’t push users to misinformation, propaganda and hate speech.

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15 March 2017

Could Google rankings skew an election? New group aims to find out. Washington Post

A researcher who long has argued that rankings on Google and other search engines can skew elections will announce plans on Tuesday to establish a global monitoring system to detect and counter the political effects of such alleged bias.

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Facebook and Twitter Could Face Fines in Germany Over Hate Speech Posts New York Times

Social media giants including Facebook and Twitter are not doing enough to curb hate speech on their platforms and could face fines of up to $53 million if they do not strengthen their efforts to delete illegal posts, a German government minister said on Tuesday.

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14 March 2017

How the internet found a better way than illegible squiggles to prove you're not a robot The Guardian

The experience of squinting at distorted text, puzzling over small images, or even simply clicking on a checkbox to prove you aren’t a robot could soon be over, if a new Google service takes off.

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12 March 2017

World wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee targets fake news BBC News

The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has unveiled a plan to tackle data abuse and fake news.

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01 March 2017

YouTube viewers now consuming 1B hours of video content a day Marketing Land

YouTube says people around the world are now consuming a billion hours of video content per day on the site.

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27 February 2017

Study reveals bot-on-bot editing wars raging on Wikipedia's pages The Guardian

For many it is no more than the first port of call when a niggling question raises its head. Found on its pages are answers to mysteries from the fate of male anglerfish, the joys of dorodango, and the improbable death of Aeschylus.

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25 February 2017

Australian kids now spending more time online than watching television, survey shows ABC News

Children now spend more time on the internet than watching television, according to a survey of young Australians aged six to 13.

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A battle rages for the future of the Web: Should the WWW be locked down with DRM? Tim Berners-Lee needs to decide, and soon. Ars Technica

The W3C, led by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, looks set to standardise DRM-enabling Encrypted Media Extensions in browsers, a move that betrays the founding principles of the open Web.

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Demystifying the Dark Web: What It Is and Where to Find It Fortune

As you may know, the “web” runs deeper than that network of hyperlinked pages you’re browsing right now.

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21 February 2017

WhatsApp improves message security with two-step verification The Guardian

WhatsApp is implementing a new two-step verification process to boost security for users.

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18 February 2017

Reports: digital, especially mobile, driving trillions in offline retail spending Marketing Land

The $354 billion in 2016 e-commerce sales is small potatoes compared with offline retail spending: over $4.5 trillion according to US government figures. But what’s also larger than e-commerce is offline spending influenced by the internet — between $1 and $2 trillion, depending on the estimate.

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17 February 2017

Google hails net balloon 'breakthrough' BBC News

Researchers at Google say they are “years closer” to rolling out a network of huge balloons to provide connectivity to rural areas.

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02 February 2017

The Alt-Majority: How Social Networks Empowered Mass Protests Against Trump New York Times

The presidency of Donald J. Trump has been noteworthy for its speed. In his first week in office, as the president's aides won't tire of reminding us, Mr. Trump has already put in motion plans to do much of what he promised to do while campaigning.

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26 January 2017

In Race Against Fake News, Google and Facebook Stroll to the Starting Line New York Times

Google and Facebook have been taking steps to curb the number of false news articles propagated across their sites. On Wednesday, the Silicon Valley companies showed that they were still in the early stages of their battle to limit misinformation online.

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24 January 2017

US Survey: Mobile devices eclipse PC usage and, in a surprise, drive more conversions Marketing Land

Many industry insiders expect mobile commerce to eclipse PC-based sales in the relatively near future. A new online survey from Fluent argues that may already be starting to happen.

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23 January 2017

Sorry cats, doggos run the internet now BBC News

Like many a BBC reporter before, I come to you with news of a coup, and perhaps the most significant transition of power you'll read about this weekend. Cats on the internet are over. Done. "Cheezburgers" are off the menu. Play yourself out, Keyboard Cat.

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17 January 2017

WhatsApp vulnerability explained: by the man who discovered it The Guardian

There was an outcry when the Guardian published my information regarding a vulnerability within WhatsApp's implementation of end-to-end encryption, but much of the response misses the point.

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