Miscellaneous

21 December 2006

The End User: The future of telecommunications may be 'comminfotainment' International Herald Tribune

When Olivier Baujard looks into his digital crystal ball, he sees us all being customers of "comminfotainment" providers. Within five years or so, the familiar land-line "telco" and even the mobile operator will disappear, in his view. Instead, broadband service providers will replace them, selling packages, bundles or channels of communications, information and entertainment.

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Convergence and the death of the traditional telco IT-Analysis

It sounds such an appealing term, 'convergence', conjuring up an image of things neatly slotting together. There is some indication of it in the worlds of IT and telecommunications, as proprietary forms of communication and interconnection are being replaced by one unified approach -- IP, the internetworking protocol at the foundation of the Internet.

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Internet gold-mine attitude returns to Northern Europe International Herald Tribune

Northern Europe has long been a hotbed of technology innovation, and now -- with some of the world's highest levels of broadband usage -- the region is abuzz with new Internet business models.

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uk: Electricity use for gadgets 'to double' by 2011 The Guardian

The amount of electricity people use to power gadgets such as cordless phones and electric toothbrushes is expected to double in the next five years because of a huge demand for new items, according to a study.

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18 December 2006

'You' named Time's person of 2006 BBC

"You" have been named as Time magazine's Person of the Year for the growth and influence of user-generated content on the internet.

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15 December 2006

Bitten By The Google Spider Forbes

Google giveth, and Google taketh away. Kris Jones' shopping-review Web site, MarketShareBuilders.com, used to earn $15,000 to $20,000 a month by drawing traffic with Google advertising and linking customers with online merchants. Then one day last July, Jones got an unpleasant surprise: Google hiked his advertising price rates from about 35 cents per click to $10.

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09 December 2006

Apple may be cool but it comes last on green list Sydney Morning Herald

Apple Computer may be cool and hip with consumers, but it is anything but a trend-setter when it comes to good environmental policies, Greenpeace says.

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05 December 2006

InternetNZ supports International Day of Disabled Persons InternetNZ news release

InternetNZ (The Internet Society of New Zealand) expresses its support for the International Day of Disabled Persons.

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uk: OFCOM: Communications - The Next Decade OFCOM

The UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) has launched its new book "Communications - The Next Decade". It consists of a series of essays by academics, politicians and regulators that examine the effect of convergence on the communications sector and the authors come to some provocative conclusions.

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02 December 2006

PC makers must follow world's strictest green laws, says Gartner Out-Law.com

Laws designed to curb the environmental impact of computer parts will disrupt complex global supply chains unless companies themselves are more stringent, says Gartner.

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UN warning on e-waste 'mountain' BBC

The UN meets to discuss how to tackle the growing problem of dumping of electronic waste in Africa.

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29 November 2006

The spectrum dividend: Spectrum management issues OECD

After analogue TV signals are switched off with the shift to digital transmission, a significant amount of spectrum bandwidth is expected to be freed-up, potentially making it available for other applications rather than replicating the similar quality analogue TV programmes. This paper discusses spectrum management issues in relation to digitalisation of terrestrial television broadcasting.

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If Google Shopped Until It Dropped Business Week

It was a glorious Thanksgiving for the founders of Google, whose shares now trade around $500, having more than quintupled in 27 months. Yes, a market value of $155 billion is some kind of cornucopia. So with tryptophan coursing through their veins and visions of search algorithms dancing in their heads, Sergey Brin and Larry Page let their post-meal thoughts drift to what most other Americans were fixating on: shopping.

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28 November 2006

UN warning on e-waste 'mountain' BBC

The UN meets to discuss how to tackle the growing problem of dumping of electronic waste in Africa.

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Trouble clicks: “Click fraud” could undermine the boom in online advertising The Economist

Internet advertising is booming. The industry has gone from $9.6 billion in revenue in 2001 to $27 billion this year, according to Piper Jaffray, an investment bank. And it is still early days. The internet accounts for only 5% of total spending on advertising, but that figure is expected to reach at least 20% in the next few years. The single largest category within this flourishing industry, accounting for nearly half of all spending, is "pay-per-click" advertising, which is used by firms both large and small to promote their wares.

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25 November 2006

Fundamental socialism by Mick Hucknall (lead singer of Simply Red) The Guardian

Copyright is fundamentally socialist - it is radical and redistributive, subversive even. How else would you describe a form of property that anyone can create out of nothing? Copyright's democratising effect is seen most clearly in the music business. Anyone who can speak, sing, rap or hum and operate a simple sound recorder can create a copyright song. Imagination is the only limit.

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24 November 2006

Green IT: Do it for the money, if nothing else ZDNet

While the welfare of the planet may not top their agenda, the vast majority of businesses are still shooting themselves in the foot when it comes to energy savings. Eighty percent of businesses have never conducted an energy audit and only 29 percent of businesses are investing in energy-efficient PCs, according to research from Intel.

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Confounding the skeptics, Google shares soar International Herald Tribune/New York Times

Over the years, many have felt that Google stock was overvalued and that it would inevitably suffer the fate of Yahoo. This week, Google shares closed above US$500 for the first time.

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23 November 2006

Google shares going gangbusters Sydney Morning Herald

Google's share price surpassed $US500 for the first time, marking another milestone for the internet search leader.

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Is Google worth its weight in gold? CNet

As Google's share price neared US$500 Thursday [and subsequently passed it], analysts were unfazed by the fact that the search king's market capitalization is greater than its three biggest Internet rivals combined and about double that of media companies Walt Disney and Time Warner.

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22 November 2006

us: Newspapers to link up with Yahoo New York Times/International Herald Tribune

A consortium of U.S. newspaper chains representing 176 daily papers plans to form a partnership with Yahoo that will start with shared ads and extend eventually to news content.

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18 November 2006

Here are two signs of hope for the world's secret superpower The Guardian

Timothy Garton Ash writing in The Guardian looks at the growing importance of the media in the world, calling the newspaper "a weapon more powerful than most in the possession of the US army" with "much of its impact comes from its dissemination through electronic screens" today. Garton Ash goes on to say "The engine of this growth in media power, as in military firepower, is technological change." The article then goes on to look at the launch of al-Jazeera English.

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17 November 2006

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft adopt same Web index tool CNet

Search engine rivals Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are teaming up to make it easier for Web site owners to make sure their sites get included in the Web indexes, the companies are expected to announce.

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15 November 2006

au: Victoria the first to cast e-vote in a state election Computer World

Electronic votes are set to be cast in the state of Victoria today, marking a first for Australia in any state election.

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14 November 2006

Can't we all share in the search bounty? The Guardian

Should we be paid for using search engines? For most people that is a silly question. Of course not, they would say. If anything, we should be paying them. The use of search engines has transformed our lives by bringing knowledge on any subject to our computer screens in a fraction of a second - and all for nothing. The more relevant question is: how much would you pay to have a search engine if it were suddenly whisked away from you? The answer is: a lot of money.

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