Internet Use/New Technologies

18 July 2019

Instagram hides likes count in international test 'to remove pressure' BBC News

Instagram is hiding the number of likes on posts in several countries, including Australia and Japan, in order to "remove pressure" on users.

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The Internet Is Coming to the Rest of the Animal Kingdom: A new Doolittlesque initiative aims to promote Internet communication among smart animals IEEE

People surf it. Spiders crawl it. Gophers navigate it. Now, a leading group of cognitive biologists and computer scientists want to make the tools of the Internet accessible to the rest of the animal kingdom.

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16 July 2019

How we keep Search relevant and useful by Danny Sullivan Google blog

When you come to Google Search, our goal is to connect you with useful information as quickly as possible. That information can take many forms, and over the years the search results page has evolved to include not only a list of blue links to pages across the web, but also useful features to help you find what you’re looking for even faster. Some examples include featured snippets, which highlight results that are likely to contain what you’re looking for; Knowledge Panels, which can help you find key facts about an individual or other topic in the world; and predictive features like Autocomplete that help you navigate Search more quickly.

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12 July 2019

Why search is no longer all about Google BBC News

Once upon a time, Google was the beginning and end of life online.

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11 July 2019

Here's how we can use tech to boost climate action International Telecommunication Union

Today, we are facing not one but two deep transformations. The first one, driven by the emergence of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, the Internet of Things, 5G and others, is transforming our economies and our lives at warp speed and scale.

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10 July 2019

Trump Can't Block Critics From His Twitter Account, Appeals Court Rules New York Times

The decision may have broader implications for how the First Amendment applies to officials’ accounts in the social-media era.

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Twitter bans religious insults calling groups rats or maggots BBC News

Twitter is updating its hate-speech rules to ban posts that liken religious groups to rats, viruses or maggots, among other dehumanising terms.

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06 July 2019

Facebook says private groups are its future. Some are hubs for misinformation and hate. Washington Post

For more than two years, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has touted membership in private, “meaningful” communities as central to the future of the social network.

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02 July 2019

Facebook ban on white nationalism too narrow, say auditors The Guardian

Facebook’s new policy banning white nationalism from its site has been undercut by the company’s decision to ignore content that does not use the term “white nationalism”, according to an external audit.

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26 June 2019

Regulators Have Doubts About Facebook Cryptocurrency. So Do Its Partners. New York Times

One of the biggest selling points of Facebook’s ambitious plans for its new cryptocurrency, Libra, was that the social media company had 27 partners, including prominent outfits like Visa, Mastercard and Uber, helping out on the project.

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25 June 2019

How E-Commerce Sites Manipulate You Into Buying Things You May Not Want New York Times

When potential customers visit the online resale store ThredUp, messages on the screen regularly tell them just how much other users of the site are saving.

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If Facebook or Google create their own currency, they can control our lives The Guardian

Dystopian fiction – from Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange to Russell T Davies’s spectacular recent BBC1 series Years and Years – is usually intended to take elements of the present and then imagine a future in which they have become inescapable, so as to warn us of what might already be in our midst.

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24 June 2019

Internet of Things Technology Will Connect Highways, Street Lights, and Vehicles IEEE

As more and more intelligent cars and autonomous vehicles hit the road, some engineers are thinking about what can be done to smarten up the streets on which they travel.

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23 June 2019

Libra cryptocurrency: dare you trust Facebook with your money? The Observer

We’ve known for ages that somewhere in the bowels of Facebook people were beavering away designing a cryptocurrency. Various names were bandied about, including GlobalCoin and Facebook Coin. The latter led some people to conclude that it must be a joke. I mean to say, who would trust Facebook, of Cambridge Analytica fame, with their money?

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Facebook's plan to break the global financial system by Evgeny Morozov The Guardian

What should we make of Facebook’s sudden foray into the world of digital money? Just as regulators were beginning to wake up from their self-induced coma to discover that Facebook has grown too fast and too big for its own good, the company has decided to redouble its unbending commitment to “moving fast and breaking things”. The good old days when Facebook was merely breaking privacy and elections are now gone – and we’ll surely miss them. But how could they compete with the chance of breaking – once and for all – the global financial system?

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Facebook usage falling after privacy scandals, data suggests The Guardian

Facebook usage has plummeted over the last year, according to data seen by the Guardian, though the company says usage by other measures continues to grow.

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21 June 2019

30 years since Australia first connected to the internet, we've come a long way The Conversation

When Australia joined the global internet on June 23, 1989 – via a connection made by the University of Melbourne – it was mostly used by computer scientists. Three decades later, more than 86% of Australian households are connected to the internet.

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20 June 2019

Slack Wants to Replace Email. Is That What We Want? New York Times

As the office chat start-up prepares to go public, some of us are still figuring out how available we want to be — and whether it’s O.K. to ping the C.E.O.

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19 June 2019

Libra: Facebook launches cryptocurrency in bid to shake up global finance The Guardian

Facebook has announced a digital currency called Libra that will allow its billions of users to make financial transactions across the globe, in a move that could potentially shake up the world’s banking system.

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17 June 2019

Google CEO says he wants to reach the next billion users, but has no plans to relaunch in China CNN

Google was met with outrage last year when it was reported that the company may have been looking to get back into the search engine business in China. The company previously left China in protest over its strict censorship policies — which have only grown more strict.

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16 June 2019

Mobile Technology and Home Broadband 2019 Pew Research Center

7% of Americans now go online mostly using a smartphone, and these devices are increasingly cited as a reason for not having a high-speed internet connection at home

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Survey: Cyber Criminals, Social Media, Lack of Security Increasingly Fuelling Internet Distrust Centre for International Governance Innovation

In a new survey of internet users around the globe, social media companies emerged as the leading source of user distrust in the internet — surpassed only by cyber criminals — with 75% of those surveyed who distrust the internet citing Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms as contributing to their lack of trust.

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15 June 2019

More Than 25% Of U.S. Adults Almost Always Online: Mary Meeker's 2019 Internet Trends Report Forbes

Mary Meeker just delivered her highly anticipated annual “Internet Trends” presentation on the state of the Web.

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When Rohingya Refugees Fled to India, Hate on Facebook Followed New York Times

After posts on the social network contributed to Myanmar’s genocide of Rohingya Muslims, Facebook vowed to fix the problem. Then the vitriol moved to India.

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12 June 2019

Who will pay for trusted news? BBC News

Here is the good news about journalism - more people are worried about misinformation and so are turning to more reputable sources of information. But here's the bad news - they seem no more inclined to pay for good journalism.

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