Internet Use/New Technologies

29 November 2008

Citizen journalists told to stop using Twitter to update on Bombay attacks The Times

News on the Bombay attacks is breaking fast on Twitter with hundreds of people using the site to update others with first-hand accounts of the carnage.

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Google's next step towards domination of the Information Age ABC News

The recent announcement of a proposed settlement in the class action by US publishers and authors in the copyright case against Google signals an inevitable, but nevertheless worrying, milestone in the collection and storage of the world's information.

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Forget productivity: more people should join Facebook ABC News

Concerns about Facebook's negative effect on the economy - especially an economy on the verge of recession - were raised just recently when 13 Virgin Atlantic staff were sacked for criticising the airline online.

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28 November 2008

Talking Web, memory assistants and solar-powered mobile phones headed mainstream, IBM says Network World

A talking Web, solar technology embedded in windows and mobile phones, and the end of forgetting will all come in the next five years, IBM predicts in its third annual Next Five in Five list, detailing innovations that could change our lives in the next half-decade.

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More Australians use Facebook, but usage time declines The Age

The Facebook website has opened a huge lead in Australia in the number of users it attracts against social networking rivals including News Corp's MySpace. Six months ago Facebook and MySpace were close to even in user numbers.

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26 November 2008

UK mobile internet usage on the rise BBC

Mobile internet use is growing while the number of people going online via a PC is slowing, analyst firm Nielsen Online has found.

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Web suicide watchers tough to prosecute CNET

A teenager lay dying in bed after swallowing a lethal does of narcotics while his suicide attempt is being broadcast to the Web. A group of concerned viewers attempted to save his life by alerting the authorities. Others however prodded the teen to take his own life with messages such as "do it."

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American youth trail in Internet use - survey Reuters

Fewer young Americans have Internet access than their peers in the Czech Republic, Canada, Macao and Britain, a survey of 13 countries around the world showed.

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Compulsive gamers 'not addicts' BBC

Ninety per cent of the young people who seek treatment for compulsive computer gaming are not addicted.

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Web Suicide Viewed Live and Reaction Spur a Debate New York Times

For a 19-year-old community college student in Pembroke Pines, Fla., the message boards on were a place to post messages, at least 2,300 of them, including more than one about his suicidal impulses. In a post last year, he wrote that online forums had "become like a family to me."

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Microsoft Examines Causes of 'Cyberchondria' New York Times

A study by Microsoft researchers suggests that self-diagnosis by search engine frequently leads searchers to conclude the worst about their health concerns, a condition known as 'cyberchondria.'

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Greenpeace: Companies not serious about climate change Network World

Consumer electronics giants Apple, Dell, Motorola, Microsoft, Nintendo and Samsung have been slow to get serious about climate change, and are notably lagging behind, according to the latest edition of the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics.

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25 November 2008

Grieving parents denounce web suicide voyeurs Sunday Times

The family of a troubled teenager, who filmed himself on a webcam committing suicide from a drugs overdose, yesterday condemned the broadcast of his death and the many viewers who egged him on.

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24 November 2008

Internet's bandwidth health still in trouble, report says Network World

Nemertes Research continued to throw cold water on the future of the Internet this week, releasing a study projecting that demand for bandwidth on the Web would exceed its capacity by 2012.

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Horror as teenager commits suicide live online The Times

A 19-year-old man in Florida committed suicide live on the internet as hundreds of web surfers watched - taunting him and offering encouragement.

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Email wastes an hour a day in the office, study claims Sunday Telegraph

Workers waste an hour a day sending and receiving emails, a new report has revealed.

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23 November 2008

Facebook's Land Grab in the Face of a Downturn BusinessWeek

The social-networking site is moving aggressively to sign up more users around the world while much of Silicon Valley hunkers down

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21 November 2008

Internet-savvy Britons lead digital league Financial Times

Britons emerge as a nation of gadget-savvy internet junkies - spending more time than the rest of Europe browsing the internet, social networking and playing video games - in new research by the communications regulator.

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France takes lead in digital library with Europeana International Herald Tribune

France has never been shy about promoting its culture, so few were surprised that Paris took a close interest in a new European digital library designed to showcase the Continent's history, literature, arts and science.

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Global broadband hits 400 million users vnunet

An analysis of the market for global broadband has found that the total number of subscribers has reached 400 million.

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High-street shopping losing appeal in plugged-in Asia Reuters

The Internet is replacing the high street as the shopping destination of choice in the Asia Pacific, with a new survey showing a majority of Internet users prefer to go online to buy everything from electronics to holidays.

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Australian electronic waste tax ruled out by Environment Minister Peter Garrett Australian IT

Australian consumers won't be taxed for recycling electronic goods such as computers, TVs and mobile phones. Instead the federal Government will look at developing policy to encourage consumers to dispose electronic waste in a proper manner.

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Study Finds Teenagers' Internet Socializing Isn't Such a Bad Thing New York Times

Good news for worried parents: All those hours their teenagers spend socializing on the Internet are not a bad thing, according to a new study by the MacArthur Foundation.

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20 November 2008

us: Wife's iPhone plea as hubby emails raunchy pictures to lover Sydney Morning Herald

A US woman has discovered her husband using his iPhone to send raunchy pictures of his genitals to a lover, which he tried to explain was caused by an Apple bug.

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19 November 2008

Murdoch attacks newspaper doomsayers The Independent

Rupert Murdoch tore into the "doom and gloomers" predicting the demise of newspapers yesterday, backing the industry to hit new heights this century, but admitted this involved "moving beyond dead trees".

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