Miscellaneous

08 August 2007

Guardian eyes US in bid to become global liberal voice Financial Times

It may appear ironic that a media group with liberal values is making cold, hard marketing decisions with its very liberalness. But the Guardian Media Group, whose publications are frequently critical in their coverage of the US administration, is doing just that as it attempts to position itself in the US through its website.

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05 August 2007

The U.S. is unlikely to ever regain its broadband leadership by Robert X. Cringely PBS

The question we were left with two weeks ago was "Why has America lost its broadband leadership?" but it really ought to have been "Whatever happened to the Information Superhighway?" It died. ... There are many reasons for [America's decline], but much of it comes down to government policy or lack of it and some of it comes down to pure luck. In large part we've been locked in our own little world where government and business feed on each other in ways that are always symbiotic and often destructive, but this time the rest of the world just passed us by while we were distracted by other things.

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01 August 2007

Wikipedia launches DIY search engine The Times

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has said that just as internet users can contribute to articles on an open-source encyclopedia, so too will they be able to play a hand in the way the web is searched.

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Are we heading towards another internet crash? The Independent

Tudor Aw looks to history - the manias over the steam train revolution and the dot.com boom - for lessons on how companies can avoid becoming victims of a digital bubble: Stockton and Darlington may seem an unusual place to begin exploring the potential pitfalls of the digital revolution, but as the birthplace of the railway revolution, it provides a context for some alarming parallels to be drawn.

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31 July 2007

Getting real about business in Second Life The Sunday Times

... The Sunday Times/PA conference, 'Getting real about business in Second Life' aimed to start a debate on whether, and how, businesses should take advantage of Second Life. The conference took place in front of a live audience of around 90 people. While numbers had to be capped for technical reasons the conference is believed to have been the largest event of its kind yet held in Second Life. Guests arrived from Shanghai to Surrey and from companies including ABN Amro, the BBC, BA, Cisco, Dell, FirstDirect, Shell and Reuters.

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Notorious nobodies The Sunday Times

The internet allows anyone to become famous overnight. But is it incubating vacuous wannabes -- or the household names of tomorrow?

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28 July 2007

Mozilla, Thunderbird Facing Trial Separation PC World

Mozilla's CEO says the Firefox browser is the priority over its standalone email client.

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21 July 2007

British broadband companies woo customers with free laptops The Times

Broadband companies desperate to woo new customers have started giving away expensive new laptops in a bid to get then to sign long-term contracts.

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'I don't think bloggers read' says Andrew Keen The Guardian

Andrew Keen says the internet is populated by second-rate amateurs - and that it is swiftly destroying our culture. Tim Dowling meets the man cyberspace loves to hate: ... In fact, the book, he insists, isn't really about the internet. It's more about personal responsibility: "It's not against technology. It's simply saying that we make technology and we need to control it. When we look at the internet we're looking at ourselves."

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Google, eBay, Microsoft & IBM report profit/earnings; Google slow in China

Google and IBM reported earnings for the last quarter, up 28% and 12% respectively, while eBay and Microsoft reported increased profits, up 50% and 7% respectively. And who was punished on Wall St for their reported increase? Google! Apparently their reported earnings were just not good enough. News reports on all of these are available, including an analysis of the Google results by Forbes.

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19 July 2007

Google Offers to Run Site Search Engines Time

Google Inc. is offering to run the search engines of small Web sites for as little as US$100 per year, marking the company's latest attempt to make more money off technology that already steers much of the Internet's traffic

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The Future of Facebook Time

In his first interview with TIME, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down with reporter Laura Locke to talk about Facebook's rapid growth spurt, IPO rumors, future plans and the pressures of being a 23-year-old CEO in Silicon Valley.

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14 July 2007

The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness The Nation

This story has nothing to do with the internet, other than because of it I can help promote it to a wider audience. The Nation, and reproduced in The Guardian, have published an investigation into the effects of the four-year-old occupation on average Iraqi civilians. It's a deeply disturbing investigation and I urge everyone to read it. Fifty combat veterans of the Iraq War from around the United States are interviewed.

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12 July 2007

The Apple iPhone rort

An article in The Guardian makes a few more points on the new must-have iPhone. Well, must have only for those who are slaves to marketing hype. It makes points that have been made before.

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11 July 2007

Google buys e-mail security firm Postini International Herald Tribune

The deal underscores Google's ambitions to become a serious player in the business of selling software to companies and organizations, in competition with Microsoft and others.

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09 July 2007

BOOK REVIEW: YouTube if you want to ... Andrew Keen's The Culture of the Amateur The Observer

The internet is overrated and even harmful according to Andrew Keen's The Culture of the Amateur, says The Observer's Killian Fox

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From the web to the White House - the web's role in the US presidential campaign The Observer

Since the 1960 face-offs between Kennedy and Nixon, televsion has been the dominant medium in US presidential election campaigns. But the advent of YouTube has changed all that. Now it's the internet that has become the key political battleground for 2008. But is this the birth of a new democraticatising medium - or just a passing fad?

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04 July 2007

The new Web shows why they call it world wide Los Angeles Times

Masses of many nations are networking and creating user content their own way. Big companies find they have to localize their global footprint: For Japanese Internet users of all ages, Mixi has become a favorite place to network online. In France, Dailymotion draws a big audience for its user-generated videos. And in South Korea, Cyworld has long been a popular destination for teenagers who want to hang out. As the so-called Web 2.0 phenomenon represented by social media sites like these ripples around the world, new national champions have emerged. Social networking, video- and photo-sharing and blogging destinations are becoming the new hot properties.

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Get a life - it's only a phone!

Oh my god, TechNewsReview thinks some people need to get a life. The iPhone is a bloody phone. It doesn't solve world poverty, end climate change or improve your sex life. Arguably it could be to the detriment of all 3! The money spent on iPhones could go to world poverty, the countless hours people spend playing with their iPhones will chew through more non-renewable electricity and, really, for the those spending hours obtaining and playing with their iPhones, surely sex would be a more rewarding experience. Or do the stereotypes of nerds with no social life or partner fit the bill?

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02 July 2007

Danger: virulent new strain of technolust found in Apple The Observer

A new spectre is haunting the planet - technolust. Psychiatrists define it as the self-indulgent craving for attractive gadgets offering at best only marginal improvements over older devices but inducing fleeting, orgasmic, smug superiority in their possessors.

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Wikipedia - for your information The Observer

Covering almost 7.5m pages in more than 250 languages, Wikipedia is by far the biggest encyclopaedia ever written. But is it a vast online fount of human knowledge or an extreme example of 'digital Maoism', as some critics claim? Tim Adams of The Observer meets Jimmy Wales, the man behind the phenomenon, to get to the facts.

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30 June 2007

The promise of the Information Revolution. Has it been delivered? - speech by Dr Barry Jones ABC

Abstract: The Information Revolution should have been an instrument of personal liberation and an explosion of creativity. Instead, it has been characterised by public policy dominated by managerialism, replacement of ‘public good’ by ‘private benefit’, decline of sustained critical debate, and ‘dumbing down’ of mass media; it is linked with celebrity, substance abuse and retreat into the personal, the rise of fundamentalism and an assault on reason. The Knowledge Revolution ought to have been a countervailing force: in practice it has been the vector of change. I urge you to commit yourselves to enlightened, passionate scepticism, involvement and detachment, reflection, enthusiasm, knowledge and balance – an odd mixture, but an essential one.

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Who really makes the iPod? International Herald Tribune

Who makes the Apple iPod? Here's a hint: It is not Apple. The company outsources the entire manufacture of the device to a number of Asian enterprises, among them Asustek, Inventec Appliances and Foxconn.

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29 June 2007

Hi Stu, you don't know me but ... big hug! xxx The Guardian

Since when did it become OK to sign off work emails with kisses? Stuart Jeffries laments the rise of bogus email intimacy: Recently, I got an email complaining about an article I'd written. It happens. The angry tone was nothing if not consistent until very near the end. One question. After all that rage, why did she sign off with her first name and two kisses?

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24 June 2007

MySpace plans tactics to take over the world The Daily Telegraph

Chris DeWolfe, founder and chief executive of MySpace, has set out plans to exploit the huge popularity of the social networking site, which attracts more than 69m users every month and has been credited with launching the career of singers such as Lily Allen.

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