Miscellaneous

16 September 2014

Microsoft Says It Will Pay $2.5b for Company That Created Minecraft New York Times

Microsoft agreed on Monday to buy the company behind Minecraft, the world-building computer game, for $2.5 billion in a cash deal meant to add the immensely popular title to its stock of content.

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15 September 2014

Want lithium-ion batteries to last? Slow charging may not be the answer Computerworld

New research by a California-based team could change the way lithium-ion batteries are charged in consumer electronics products and electric cars, leading to longer lifetimes and more useful batteries.

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11 September 2014

In Games Like Minecraft, Tech Giants See More Than Fun New York Times

Parents like Minecraft because it can be a creative outlet for their children. Teachers like the game because it can bring lessons to life. And Microsoft likes the game so much that the tech giant wants to buy Minecraft's parent company for more than $2 billion.

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28 August 2014

Telstra blamed for high Australian internet prices Australian Financial Review

US-based internet accelerator and security provider CloudFlare has lashed out at Telstra, labelling it one of the world's most expensive internet providers and blamed it for making Australians pay high broadband prices.

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17 August 2014

The internet is broken. You can blame sharks. And Netflix The Guardian

Bad news: The internet ran out of space on Tuesday. Worse news: Sharks are eating what is left.

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So the internet's winners are finally chipping in? About time... The Observer

The generosity of Facebook, Microsoft et al in the wake of the Heartbleed bug only highlights the degree to which the giants of Silicon Valley are willing to shirk their responsibilities

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16 August 2014

Google wraps its trans-Pacific fiber cables in Kevlar to prevent against shark attacks Network World

Google wraps its underwater fiber cables in Kevlar material, at least in part to protect against shark attacks, an official with the company said recently.

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14 August 2014

Edward Snowden: The Untold Story Wired

The message arrives on my "clean machine," a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. "Change in plans," my contact says. "Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you."

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Google, Asian firms laying Trans-Pacific underwater Internet cable ABC News

Google is partnering with five Asian telecom firms to build a $300 million underwater cable across the Pacific Ocean in a bid to meet surging internet use.

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08 August 2014

Building a better web: the internet need not be doomed The Guardian

While Charles Leadbeater's report worries about whether the internet is living up to its potential, both his Better Web report and its funders strike notes of optimism, pointing to progress being made by social enterprises and charities online.

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07 August 2014

New Buying Strategy as Facebook and Google Transform Into Web Conglomerates New York Times

Facebook, Google and other Internet titans have been busy transforming themselves into web conglomerates, making fortunes for the venture capital industry. But is it good for everyone else?

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23 July 2014

Colbert Blasts Amazon, While Taking Amazon's Ad Dollars Wall Street Journal

Television satirist Stephen Colbert over the past few weeks has pointed the finger - sometimes literally - at Amazon.com, blaming the retailer for unfairly dragging Hachette authors into its e-book pricing spat with the publishing house by limiting pre-orders or delaying delivery on many titles.

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19 July 2014

Google's Quarterly Results Show Its Continuing Struggle With Mobile Advertising New York Times

In the court of Internet advertising, sometimes it's hard to be the king.

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07 July 2014

Principles Are No Match for Europe's Love of U.S. Web Titans New York Times

On weekends, Guillaume Rosquin browses the shelves of local bookstores in Lyon, France. He enjoys peppering the staff with questions about what he should be reading next. But his visits, he says, are also a protest against the growing power of Amazon. He is bothered by the way the American online retailer treats its warehouse employees.

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Why 2014 could be the year we lose the Internet Salon

Net neutrality is dying, Uber is waging a war on regulations, and Amazon grows stronger by the day

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04 July 2014

Researchers asked 1,400 experts to describe the biggest threats to the Web. Here's what they said. Washington Post

What are the biggest threats to the Internet in the next 20 years? According to experts canvassed by Pew, the biggest threats aren't a rise in hacking attacks or new waves of Internet crime. They're government and big online corporations.

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27 June 2014

Amazon accused of 'bullying' smaller UK publishers BBC News

Amazon is facing a battle with UK publishers as it seeks to secure more advantageous terms in its latest round of contract negotiations.

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Google's Brand Is Not What It Once Was The Atlantic

Maybe it is the Snowden revelations. Maybe it is Google Glass. Maybe it is the creeping realization that Google is a megacorporation, and not just some quirky guys who help you find webpages.

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Google's Grand Plans: A Conversation With Larry Page and Sundar Pichai New York Times

Shortly after Google's keynote presentation at the company's developer conference on Wednesday, I was ushered into a green room backstage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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F.C.C. Issues Snapshot of U.S. Internet Service New York Times

The number of homes in the United States that subscribe to Internet service has grown at a 15 percent annual rate over the last decade, to 85 million. But as much as 30 percent of households do not have a connection faster than dial-up speed, according to government figures released this week.

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26 June 2014

Watching Google's Many Arms New York Times

One way to think of Google is as an extremely helpful, all-knowing, hyper-intelligent executive assistant. Already, it can remind you about your flight, open up your boarding pass when you get to the airport and offer you driving directions to your hotel when you land.

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Google, Microsoft and Others Delve Deeper Into Cloud Storage for Businesses New York Times

File cabinets -- the digital kind -- may be the technology industry's next big battleground.

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Submarine cable company SubPartners urges Tasmania to get connected [includes maps of underwater internet cables connecting Australia and world] ABC News

The company building part of a huge underwater digital cable network that will come within 170 kilometres of Tasmania has warned the State Government costs will go up the longer it delays investing in the project.

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24 June 2014

How Australia connected to the internet 25 years ago The Conversation

It is a quarter-century since Australia first connected to the internet, but this technological breakthrough had a long gestation. What is now a global phenomenon was once the property of an exclusive community.

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22 June 2014

Google considering investment in new subsea cable Reuters

Google Inc is considering an investment in a new cable across the Pacific Ocean, the Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the matter.

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