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Photo courtesy of Diana Andone It was a delight to return to Romania exactly 20 years after my last visit.I was in Timisoara last week to give the opening address for the Open Education conference hosted by Universitatea Polytehnica Timisoara's Virtual Campus Centre.Director of the Centre is Diana Andone, whom I first met many years ago across the table when I examined her PhD viva. She told me I gave her a tough time, but we have been friends and colleagues since, and have served togethe...
Tags: EDEN, Carmen Holotescu, Diana Andone, Education Reform, Gabriela Grosseck, Internet, Open Education, Romania, Technology, Timisoara, TV interview, Web


The secrets of 'review-bombing': why do people write zero-star reviews?

The games world is awash with spiteful online appraisals – but what’s the point? A committed review-bomber tells allIn an age when everyone’s a blogger or social media influencer, it’s easy for traditional criticism to get drowned out. It’s at the epicentre of this din of competing opinions that Metacritic – a review aggregator owned by CBS that parses disparate media scores into round(ish) numbers – has flourished. Every game, album and movie that is released gets added to site’s gargantuan dat...
Tags: Games, Culture, Internet, Technology


The early days of the world wide web: Chips with Everything podcast

Alex Hern speaks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, 30 years after the computer engineer sent the proposal for what would become the world wide web. Jordan Erica Webber chats to Elle Hunt and Alex about their earliest memories of using the webThis week, the inventor of the world wide web reflects on what he could have done differently all those years ago, and what we should all be doing to make the internet a safer and better place.Then, Elle Hunt and Alex Hern join Jordan Erica Webber to talk about some o...
Tags: Internet, Tim Berners-Lee, Technology


A family tracking app was leaking real-time location data

A popular family tracking app was leaking the real-time locations of more than 238,000 users for weeks after the developer left a server exposed without a password. The app, Family Locator, built by Australia-based software house React Apps, allows families to track each other in real-time, such as spouses or parents wanting to know where their children are. It also lets users set up geofenced alerts to send a notification when a family member enters or leaves a certain location, such as school ...
Tags: Apps, Security, Australia, Computing, Database, Email, Internet, Photo Sharing, Social Media


New Funding for Workplace Software Firms Skedulo and Scope AR

Two young San Francisco companies on Wednesday announced fundraisings to bolster their online services aimed at improving workforce efficiency.—Skedulo, which helps managers schedule assignments for field service personnel, says it raised $28 million in a Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s corporate venture arm. Joining in the round were previous investors Blackbird, a venture capital firm based near Sydney, Australia, and Palo Alto, CA-based Costanoa Ventures. M12 principal Priya S...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Microsoft, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Unilever, Web, It, Vc, Software


Instagram users will be able to buy from brands on platform

‘Checkout on Instagram’ is new e-commerce service available to US customersFacebook is moving into retail, as the company partners with more than 20 brands to allow Instagram users to buy clothes, accessories and makeup on the social network without leaving the app.“Checkout on Instagram” is a step up from previous shopping features on the service, which ultimately pushed buyers to a brand’s web page to complete transactions. Users were then required to enter payment and shipping details, and of...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Money, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, US, World news, Consumer affairs, E-commerce, US news, Online Shopping


European Commission slaps Google with €1.49 billion for violating EU anti-trust rules

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion, or 1.29% of Google’s turnover in 2018, for breaching EU antitrust rules. The commission said that Google abused its market dominance by placing restrictions on third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing ads... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, News, Internet, Eu, European Commission, Anti-trust


Google Stadia: what developers think of the game-streaming service

Has Google got its head in the cloud, or can its sheer size help it succeed where many have failed in building a hardware-free future for gamers?Google’s announcement of game-streaming service Stadia may not have been a huge industry revelation; Google has made no secret of its ambitions to enter the video game market, and it was somewhat given away by public trials last September. Instead, it was the things that weren’t revealed at Tuesday’s Game Developers Conference keynote that took many by ...
Tags: Google, Games, Technology, Internet, Broadband, Culture, Game culture, Games consoles, Gizmodo, Live Streaming, Bethesda, Alex Cranz


New Accelerator Aims For Social Change With AR, VR, Gaming Startups

Games for Change, a non-profit that promotes the use of games and immersive technology for social good, is taking applications from startup teams for a new accelerator program it’s launching in New York City.New York-based Games for Change already encourages game and XR developers, by a variety of means, to build societal benefits into their designs. The organization, founded in 2004, holds an annual festival with demos, workshops, and training sessions, and also operates awards programs and st...
Tags: Startups, Games, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc, Software, Innovation, Venture Capital, Virtual Reality, Berkshire Hathaway


EU Fines Google 1.49 Billion Euros for Abusing Its Dominance in Online Ads

(BRUSSELS) — European Union regulators have hit Google with a 1.49 billion euro ($1.68 billion) fine for abusing its dominant role in online advertising. The EU’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, announced the results of the long-running probe of Google’s AdSense advertising business case at a news conference in Brussels on Wednesday. It’s the third time…
Tags: Google, News, Internet, Uncategorized, Eu, Brussels, Margrethe Vestager, Brussels European Union, Onetime, EU Fines Google


“It is unacceptable to treat the internet as an ungoverned space,” Australian PM calls for global tech scrutiny

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for a global crackdown on social media after the New Zealand mosque shooting was live-streamed on Facebook last week. “It is unacceptable to treat the internet as an ungoverned space,” Morrison wrote in a letter to Japan’s prime... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Japan, Technology, News, Internet, Australia, Youtube, Social Media, Regulation, Terrorism, New Zealand, Reddit


Election Commission urges “voluntary restraint”; asks FB, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV to lay down code of ethics for elections

Social media platforms Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV and the IAMAI will lay down a code of ethics for election-related operational details by today evening. In a meeting, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora “exhorted the Social Media Organizations, who... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Regulation, Eci, Misinformation, Election Commission, Fake News


Xiaomi launches Mi Pay as a UPI app on Indian Xiaomi smartphones

Xiaomi has launched Mi Pay, its UPI payment app, for Xiaomi smartphone users in India. MIUI users can install Mi Pay from the Mi Store. Users can login with their Mi account or use another account. With Mi Pay, users can also pay utility bills (water, electricity, gas, phone recharges) across 120... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Privacy, Internet, India, Policy, Regulation, Xiaomi, UPI, RBI, Digital Payments, Data Localisation


Google testing UPI to onboard offline retailers on Google Pay: report

Google Pay is testing UPI based transactions with unspecified point-of-sale (POS) providers to onboard retail merchants, reports the Economic Times. Currently, Google is running small scale pilots with retail stores, to rollout over the next few months, and gain momentum in this market, the report... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, News, Internet, Commerce, Retail, UPI, Digital Payments, Offline Stores, Digitisation, Google Pay, Economic Times Currently Google


Goats, cows and Devin Nunes' mom: how a Republican's Twitter lawsuit backfired

US congressman’s action against the company and its users has led to what is known as the ‘Streisand effect’The US congressman Devin Nunes sent the Twitterverse spiraling into hilarity late on Monday with his lawsuit listing the purported crimes of Twitter users “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow”.In the lawsuit against Twitter and a handful of users, the California Republican claims to be the victim of vicious internet trolls, as well as the victim of selective censorship by the social me...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Media, Internet, Republicans, California, US, Social Media, Devin Nunes


Australian telcos block dozens of websites hosting Christchurch terror video

LiveLeak removed the horrific footage but still caught up in ‘extraordinary’ effort to censor the webA site that explicitly stated it would not host the horrific Christchurch terror video has been blocked by Australian telcos in an “extraordinary” effort to censor dozens of websites.Telstra, Vodafone and Optus have all confirmed they are actively blocking Australian customers on their networks from accessing websites that hosted the Christchurch terror video. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Internet, Australia news, Internet Safety, Christchurch, Optus, Christchurch shooting, Telstra Vodafone


Google’s new Stadia gaming platform is all about streamers

Google and while we’re still waiting to hear more details about how (and when) consumers will be able to access the service, it’s clear that Google clearly kept game streamers in mind when it designed this new service. Indeed, it’s the first modern gaming platform that was clearly designed from the ground up with game streamers in mind. During its presentation today, Google almost spent more time talking about streamers than the games that will be available on the service. Since Google owns...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Gaming, Internet, Youtube, Tech, Digital Media, Twitch, Live Streaming, New Media, World Wide Web, Video Hosting, Stadia, Twitch TV, Ryan Wyatt


Online retail fuelling rapid rise in sales of fake goods, says OECD

Counterfeits worth $590bn a year made up 3.3% of global trade in 2016, report findsThe rise of online platforms for buying and selling goods has fuelled a rapid increase in fake merchandise sold around the world, the value of which has reached $590bn (£384.4bn) a year, according to a report.The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the EU’s intellectual property office (EUIPO) found illicit goods, from designer handbags to luxury watches, accounted for as much as 3.3%...
Tags: Business, Technology, Internet, China, Eu, World news, Consumer affairs, Retail industry, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Asia Pacific, Global Economy, Internet Safety, OECD, The Organisation for Economic Co


Myspace loses all content uploaded before 2016

Faulty server migration blamed for mass deletion of songs, photos and videoMyspace, the once-mighty social network, has lost every single piece of content uploaded to its site before 2016, including millions of songs, photos and videos with no other home on the internet.The company is blaming a faulty server migration for the mass deletion, which appears to have happened more than a year ago, when the first reports appeared of users unable to access older content. The company has confirmed to on...
Tags: Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Myspace


Fifty years of the internet

Leonard Kleinrock Contributor Share on Twitter Leonard Kleinrock is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. When my team of graduate students and I sent the first message over the internet on a warm Los Angeles evening in October, 1969, little did we suspect that we were at the start of a worldwide revolution. After we typed the first two letters from our computer room...
Tags: TC, Column, Utah, Technology, Instagram, Email, Social Networking, Internet, California, Los Angeles, Social Media, Tech, E-commerce, Authentication, Digital Media, Aol


ECI to talk to Google, FB, Twitter, WhatsApp, ShareChat and TikTok India heads about taking down offending content

The Election Commission of India (EC) has asked to meet with Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, ShareChat and TikTok’s India heads to talk about taking down content which violates its guidelines during the upcoming elections, reports the Indian Express. It is interesting that the EC has now... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Whatsapp, Policy, Content, EC, Google Facebook Twitter, Content Moderation


Social media addiction should be seen as a disease, MPs say

Report suggests sites such as Facebook and Instagram could be harming mental healthSocial media addiction should be considered a disease, MPs have said, in a sign of the pressures facing technology companies and the growing concern over the impact social networks are having on users’ mental health.The politicians called for further research on the effects of social media but said a report suggested there was good reason to believe sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – which are constan...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Digital Media, Young People, Facebook Instagram


'Shame!' Amazon gets $23m from Virginia county amid fierce protests

Tech giant will build second HQ in Crystal CityProtesters echo New Yorkers who forced company outProtesters repeatedly shouted “shame” as a northern Virginia county board unanimously approved a $23m incentives package for Amazon to build a new headquarters there. Related: 'Amazon isn't bigger than New York': meet the man who killed the deal Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Technology, Internet, Virginia, E-commerce, US news, Shame Amazon


Thousands of Britons using extreme far-right online forums

Analysis finds huge numbers of Britons using forums that spread extremist ideology Thousands of Britons are regularly using online forums that espouse rightwing extremism, as experts say the UK is facing a new wave of anti-Muslim hatred.An indicator of the evolving challenge is MI5’s recent move to wrest control over investigating far right plots that “cross the statutory threshold to be considered terrorism” from the police. The security services are currently investigating potential contact b...
Tags: UK, Technology, Internet, UK News, The far right, Christchurch


See What the World Looked Like When the World Wide Web Was Born

The World Wide Web turned 30 this week, and everyone celebrated the best way they know how—by coming up with big lists of all the internet-related topics we’ve dealt with (or obsessed over) the past few decades. That includes dial-up modems, AOL, avatar- and comic-based chatrooms, and Homestar Runner, which are just a…Read more...
Tags: Google, Internet, Web, Anniversary, Aol, Timelapse, Lifehacks


Data spies: The dark and shady practices of Silicon Valley

In this absorbing talk spanning the last 20 years of tech, Roger McNamee starts at the origins of the PayPal Mafia (which included entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and Reid Hoffman) and traces them to Silicon Valley's global domination.Data is used by online vendors in all industries to make behavioral predictions for profit – often in unethical or cloaked ways.Did we sign up for this? Roger McNamee calls for a halt to blind participation and asks for a national debate on whether comm...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, Internet, Advertising, Social Media, Data, Web, Computer, Ethics, Innovation, Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley, PayPal Mafia, Big Problems, Roger McNamee, Facebook Catastrophe


How to Find Your First Profile Picture on Facebook

We often see various new trends popping up on the largest social network, Facebook. In the past, we’ve seen viral trends such as Facebook Puberty Challenge where you had to post your first Facebook profile picture alongside the current photo. A similar trend surfaced back in 2015 where Facebook users were seen reposting their first ever profile photo posted on Facebook. This certain activity is fun as you see your transformation over the years and how people react to it. Those curious to find t...
Tags: Ios, Android, Facebook, Internet, Social Media, Blogging, Tips, How To's, Facebook Puberty Challenge


Google removed 2.3B ads in 2018, 58.8M phishing ads; 143K election ads verified in US

Google took down 2.3 billion ads in 2018, which is much fewer than the 3.2 billion ads it removed in 2017, for violating its advertising policies. Google took down 207,000 ads for ticket resellers, 531,000 ads for bail bonds and approximately 58.8 million phishing ads. This year Google focused on... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, News, Internet, India, US, Advertisement, Google Adwords, Google Ads, Political Ads, Fake News, Google Bad Ads Report


Tumblr Loses 100 Million Views a Month After Porn Ban

Radical left-wing blogging site Tumblr has seen a massive loss in traffic since its porn ban earlier this year, with views down by 17% in just one month. Blogging platform and former user-based pornography distributor Tumblr lost 100 million page views in the first full month after its porn ban on the 17th of December […]
Tags: Technology, Internet, Censorship, International, Pornography, Statistics, Anime, Tumblr, Porn Sites


Hypnospace Outlaw review: a surreal tribute to the 90s internet

PC; Tendershoot/No More Robots Journey back in time as an online detective policing a compelling parody of the nascent net, with dodgy graphics, tinny music and a host of weird websites to exploreThe very nature of the internet means that things are constantly vanishing from it, as websites, social networks and communities emerge, evolve and dissipate over the years. This constant change means that “the internet” of previous decades becomes something like a dream, existing only in the vague memo...
Tags: Games, Design, Technology, Law, Internet, Pc, Culture, Art and design, Intellectual Property, Puzzle games, Geocities



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