Internet Use/New Technologies

29 September 2008

Mobile Phones and Cancer: More Research Needed BusinessWeek

A large-scale study of the long-term effects of cell-phone use needs to be carried out, medical professionals said at a congressional hearing

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Murdoch declares war in the last great battle of the barons The Observer

The Wall Street Journal and New York Times are locking horns in the old press tradition. But the fight is looking increasingly irrelevant as their readership deserts them for the internet

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27 September 2008

Cyber sex causes depression: study Sydney Morning Herald

People who seek out cyber sex have "alarmingly high" rates of depression, anxiety and stress and typically devote hours a day to the covert activity, a study shows.

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Japan home owners to be offered 1Gbit/s Internet connection TechWorld

Japanese telecommunications carrier KDDI is to start offering 1Gbit/s fibre optic Internet hook-ups for less than the current price of a connection one tenth the speed.

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Half world's population 'will have mobile phone by end of year' The Guardian

The world's love affair with the mobile phone shows no sign of abating, with the head of the UN's agency for information and communication technologies predicting that there will be 4 billion mobile phone users - or more than half of the planet's estimated 6.7 billion inhabitants - by the end of this year.

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Quarter of workers' time online is personal New Zealand Herald

Most people spend more than 25 per cent of their time online at work on personal activities. And 80 per cent of emails sent by volume in the workplace are personal.

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Europe-wide wireless broadband on the way ZDNet

EU politicians have backed measures to help create a wireless broadband service that could work across Europe.

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26 September 2008

Microsoft research tackles teen social networking Computerworld

Microsoft Corp. is throwing computer scientists and physicists together with economists and psychologists in its new East Coast research facility.

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Blogs becoming entrenched in mainstream, and more profitable Computerworld

Blogs have become entrenched in mainstream life, according to the 2008 "State of the Blogosphere" report that found bloggers are adding new posts at a staggering rate - more than 37,000 per hour - to their increasingly profitable blogs. That growth, the report said, has attracted the attention of companies who are turning to such blog sites to promote their brands.

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Facebook ban for odd names The Age

Facebook users with even slightly unusual names beware: your account can be suspended by the site's draconian administrators without warning and your personal information held to ransom until you show them a government-issued ID.

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25 September 2008

Authorities look for answers after Finnish mass shooting ABC News

A deadly shooting at a Finnish school has raised questions about tougher policing of the internet, and whether the thrill of posting threatening videos encourages other potential killers.

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Google's phone software launched BBC

The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones takes a look at Android, the new mobile phone platform launched by Google.

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24 September 2008

The mobile Internet you'll be using in 10 years Computerworld

The US military's new space based communications network opens a glimpse at the sort of data rates and network that you might be using on mobile devices within the next decade.

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With Google Phone, HTC Comes Out of the Shadows New York Times

When executives from Google and T-Mobile converge on a stage in New York Tuesday to unveil the first mobile phone powered by Google's software, the event will be a coming-out party of sorts for another, far more obscure, but no less ambitious company -- HTC.

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Nokia tops latest Greener Electronics Guide Greenpeace

Company scores plummeted in the previous edition of Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics, when new criteria on climate change were introduced. However, leading brands like Nokia and Samsung are now making significant progress in greening their electronics products, with improved environmental policies responding not only to these new energy criteria, but also to the more stringent chemical and e-waste criteria.

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23 September 2008

Google in Shift on 'Abortion' as Keyword New York Times

After a lawsuit from a Christian anti-abortion group, Google is allowing religious organizations to take out ads using the keyword "abortion," a rare case of the search giant admitting it was wrong.

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Gartner: Social networking here to stay ZDNet

Social networking applications may have got a bad rap in enterprises due to security scares, but according to a Gartner analyst, companies should begin building for these in the workplace because they are here to stay.

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Some 'Cyberloafing' is OK, Study Says PC World

Employees feel that 'cyberloafing' - the non-work related use of their workplace computer -- is acceptable and helps them work better.

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Google makes handset debut with rival to iPhone The Guardian

Google will make its long-awaited debut in the mobile phone handset market tomorrow when it launches in New York, with its first network partner T-Mobile, the first device that runs its Android operating system.

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22 September 2008

Why the Google-Yahoo Ad Deal Is Nothing to Fear New York Times

Google controls about 70 percent of the search advertising market. Doesn't that give it a monopolist's ability to set prices as high as it wishes? It does not.

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Mobile phone use 'raises children's risk of brain cancer fivefold' Independent on Sunday

Alarming new research from Sweden on the effects of radiation raises fears that today's youngsters face an epidemic of the disease in later life

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21 September 2008

As Text Messages Fly, Danger Lurks: Dangers of SMS New York Times

... But even as industry calculations show that Americans are now using mobile phones to send or receive more text messages than phone calls, those messages are coming under increasing fire because of the danger they can pose by distracting users. Though there are no official casualty statistics, there is much anecdotal evidence that the number of fatal accidents stemming from texting while driving, crossing the street or engaging in other activities is on the rise.

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20 September 2008

US environmental agency doing little to curb e-waste exports, report says The Guardian

Those old computers Americans discard often end up in developing countries, bridging the so-called digital divide - when they work. But there's a dark side to computer exports in which children are threatened by open-air burning of hazardous metals and the "acid baths" used to recover bits of gold, a report from the US government accountability office report said yesterday.

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Asia Pacific world's hottest telco market Computerworld

Research firm Gartner is predicting that the Asia Pacific telecommunications market will topple North America as the largest, most lucrative telecommunications market for 2008.

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Facebook reflects struggle over Islam's role Los Angeles Times

In the Middle East, the devout and the secular are duking it out online. But does one side hear the other?

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