Internet Use/New Technologies

08 June 2016

Cisco Visual Networking Index Predicts Near-Tripling of IP Traffic by 2020 Cisco

According to today's release of the Cisco Visual Networking Index™ (VNI) Complete Forecast for 2015 to 2020, global IP traffic will nearly triple at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22 percent over the next five years. More than one billion new Internet users are expected to join the global Internet community, growing from three billion in 2015 to 4.1 billion by 2020.

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31 May 2016

Newspapers escalate their fight against ad blockers Washington Post

The newspaper industry is upping its tactics in the fight against ad-blockers.

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27 May 2016

How the Internet works: Submarine fiber, brains in jars, and coaxial cables Ars Technica

Ah, there you are. That didn't take too long, surely? Just a click or a tap and, if you've some 21st century connectivity, you landed on this page in a trice.

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A 32-Hour Webcast of Norwegians Reading the Fine Print New York Times

A Norwegian consumers' group produced a 32-hour webcast of a team of readers going through the fine print of terms and conditions of downloadable apps.

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Twitter abuse - '50% of misogynistic tweets from women' BBC News

Half of all misogynistic tweets posted on Twitter come from women, a study suggests.

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26 May 2016

Reclaim the Internet research reveals huge scale of social media misogyny The Guardian

Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians will come together to call for a national campaign to defeat online misogyny as research reveals the scale of abuse aimed at women on social media.

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Women From Venus, Men Still From Mars on Facebook, Study Finds New York Times

Women used warmer, gentler words in their status updates on Facebook compared to men, who were more likely to swear, express anger and use argumentative language, a study of 10 million postings released on Wednesday found.

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21 May 2016

This dark side of the Internet is costing young people their jobs and social lives Washington Post

It was group discussion time at reSTART, a woodsy rehabilitation center about 30 miles outside Seattle. Four residents sat around the living room and talked about their struggles with addiction, anxiously drumming their fingers on their legs and fidgeting with their shoelaces. One young man described dropping out of college to seek treatment for the crippling problem that brought them all here: compulsive Internet use.

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17 May 2016

Twitter to Stop Counting Photos and Links in 140-Character Limit Bloomberg

Twitter Inc. is making a major shift in how it counts characters in Tweets, giving users more freedom to compose longer messages.

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16 May 2016

France might pass a law that makes it illegal to send after-hours work emails Washington Post

After-hours and weekend work emails may soon become illegal in France. A bill that prevents companies of 50 or more employees from sending emails after typical work hours passed the French lower parliamentary house earlier this week.

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13 May 2016

Facebook, Facing Bias Claims, Shows How Editors and Algorithms Guide News New York Times

Facebook, the largest social media network, published internal editorial guidelines on Thursday, the company's latest attempt to rebut accusations that it is politically biased in the news content it shows on the pages of its 1.6 billion users.

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12 May 2016

Facebook's Bias Is Built-In, and Bears Watching New York Times

Facebook is the world's most influential source of news. That's true according to every available measure of size -- the billion-plus people who devour its News Feed every day, the cargo ships of profit it keeps raking in, and the tsunami of online traffic it sends to other news sites.

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11 May 2016

A day in the digital life of teenagers The Conversation

With each generation the public consciousness conjures up a new fear for our youth: where once it was rock 'n' roll, today the concern is that teenagers' lives are dominated by digital media. The worry is that the digital deluge may affect their capacity to learn, to converse, to spell, and more besides. Have they no time for the leisurely face-to-face conversations of old, for spending time with family, or even for a good night's sleep uninterrupted by the glowing screen of a smartphone? I spent a year with a class of 13-year-olds to find out.

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10 May 2016

Researchers say computer screens change how you think about what you read Washington Post

You probably spend a lot of time staring at screens -- but all that computer time may be making you miss the big picture, new research has found.

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06 May 2016

Facebook Has 50 Minutes of Your Time Each Day. It Wants More. New York Times

Facebook reported dazzling first quarter results last week: Net income nearly tripled to $1.5 billion, and monthly active users hit a record 1.65 billion. But it's a much smaller number that leapt out at me.

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05 May 2016

Brazil lawmakers propose bill to shield WhatsApp Reuters

A Brazilian congressional commission on Wednesday recommended a bill that forbids authorities from blocking popular messaging applications, just two days after a judicial order left 100 million Brazilians without Facebook Inc's WhatsApp.

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04 May 2016

Brazilian Judge Lifts Suspension of WhatsApp New York Times

A judge lifted the nationwide suspension of WhatsApp in Brazil on Tuesday, allowing the popular messaging service owned by Facebook to get up and running again.

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03 May 2016

WhatsApp Brazil: Judge blocks access to messaging service BBC News

A judge in Brazil has blocked access to messaging service WhatsApp for 72 hours, the latest suspension to hit the hugely popular application.

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02 May 2016

How You’re Making Facebook a Money Machine New York Times

What you do when waiting for the bus or avoiding work goes a long way to explaining a tectonic shift in business and media.

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28 April 2016

Internet pioneer Vint Cerf: We need to make room on the Net for all the machines Yahoo!

The Internet is unlike many other major human inventions in one way: Most of the people who helped create it are still around. So if you have a chance to hear one of them talk, you should take it.

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25 April 2016

Tinder chief: we test new features in Australia because it's so far away The Guardian

Tinder's chief executive has revealed the dating app tests new features in in Australia because users there don't "cross-pollinate" with the rest of the world very much.

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20 April 2016

Ad blockers are breaking the internet, study finds Daily Telegraph

Ad blockers don't just block ads on the internet - they actually break websites such as British Airways and Vodafone, a new study has found.

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19 April 2016

Facebook is worried about users sharing less – but it only has itself to blame The Guardian

Facebook is worried that its more than one billion daily users are sharing less with one another.

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New data: Americans are abandoning wired home Internet Washington Post

For the most part, America's Internet-usage trends can be summed up in a few phrases. The Internet is now so common as to be a commodity; the rich have better Internet than the poor; more whites have Internet than do people of color; and, compared with low-income minorities, affluent whites are more likely to have fixed, wired Internet connections to their homes.

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Media Websites Battle Faltering Ad Revenue and Traffic New York Times

The business of online news has never been forgiving. But in recent weeks, what had been a simmering worry among publishers has turned into borderline panic.

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