Saturday, 21 February 2009

Digital Media News December 2008-January 2009

January 2009

A personal account of a marriage collapsing after one partner’s relationships on Facebook (31st Jan):

An article about the success of Lauren Luke on Youtube, a single mother from Tyneside whose video make-up tips have been watched more than 31m times (31st Jan):

Digital Britain:
Lord Carter publishes his interim Digital Britain report (30th Jan):

Satellite Imagery:
An article on the positive uses of satellite imagery, such as disaster relief (29th Jan):

Google plans to make PCs history – launching a service that would enable a user to access their personal computing from any internet connection. The ‘GDrive’ would store the user’s personal files and operating system on Google’s own servers. Privacy campaigners are obviously warning of the loss of control of user data and wider security issues (25th Jan):

The head of the British Library warns of a ‘black hole’ of lost digital material unless urgent action is taken to preserve websites and other digital records (25th Jan):

The European Commission is investigating complaints about the tax advantages enjoyed by many leading online CD and DVD retailers in the UK who use a tax-dodge operating through the Channel islands (24th Jan):

Both Samsung and Sony report losses (23rd Jan):

A woman is murdered by her estranged husband after she changes her marital status on her Facebook profile to ‘single’ (23rd Jan):

The Pope launches his own Youtube channel (23rd Jan): A few days earlier newspapers report one convent in Spain has overcome its recruitment crisis by advertising on Youtube (17th Jan):

An article on the attempt to develop 3-D television (22nd Jan):

A survey of the state of the digital music market, discussing the success of streamed, cloud-based listening sites (22nd Jan):

Cyborg Technology:
A student tells how he took minutes to adapt to his new i-Limb prosthetic hand (19th Jan):

‘Internet Generation’:
Children are spending increasing amounts of their lives in front of televisions, computers and game consoles, according to new research (19th Jan):

According to a new IFPI report 95% of internet music downloads are illegal (17th Jan):

Police in Oakland, California arrest an ex-police officer over the killing of an unarmed man on New year’s Day. Videos taken by train passengers and uploaded onto Youtube showed the man sitting calmly on the platform shortly before a scuffle that saw him held down and shot in the back. The police officer refused to speak to investigators and resigned (15th Jan):

An Oxford scientists has harnessed the power of the net in a ‘citizen science’ project in which the public helps to classify photographs of 1m galaxies (15th Jan):

Google extend their Google Earth imagery with access to high-definition scanned images from the Prado museum (14th Jan):

The Director of Public Prosecutions says Government plans for a ‘superdatabase’ tracking all phone and internet communications are ‘legitimate’ (10th Jan):

Apple drops DRM protection from its iTunes stores, so songs bought from the store will no longer be tied to ipods and users will be able to transfer their songs freely (7th Jan):

China launches a crackdown on ‘vulgar’ websites (6th Jan):

An article on the possible development of ‘wireless power’, broadcasting electricity through the air to power laptops etc. (4th Jan):

Mobile Phones:
An article about how Africa’s farmers are using mobile phones to help them find the best price for their crops (4th Jan):

The president of Guyana condemns a fake Facebook profile of himself (2nd Jan):

December 2008

Video Games:
How a new generation of video games is being influenced by the success of social networking (29th Dec):

Online video technology form Blinkx has developed an integrated advertising system it hopes will generate revenues from he use of video online (29th Dec):

Mobile Phones:
Thousands of British jobs in the mobile phone industry are expected to be lost as the networks look to cut costs in the face of fierce competition and the worsening economic condition (27th Dec):

The internet overtakes newspapers for the first time as the major source of news in the US, according to a new survey (27th Dec):

Warner Music Group falls out with Youtube over royalties and says it will pull hundreds of thousands of videos from the service after the renegotiation of a content-sharing deal fails (22nd Dec):

A Chinese man bullied online for infidelity after his wife’s suicide has won the country’s first case against internet bullying (20th Dec):

Online shopping surges in the run up to Christmas as department store sales slump to a record low (19th Dec):

Sky unveils plans to launch a 3-D TV service within two years (19th Dec):

Internet and phone traffic between Europe, Asia and the Middle east are disrupted after a severed cable 130km off Sicily (19th Dec):

An article on attempts to integrate the 3D spaces of virtual worlds into the web for a seamless experience (18th Dec):

Yahoo announces it will cut the length of time it retains information about what its users are doing online from 13 months to 90 days before anonymising the data (18th Dec):

A court in Australia has approved the use of Facebook as a means of notifying a couple they have lost their hoe after defaulting on a loan (17th Dec):

Mobile Phones:
North Korea launches a restricted mobile phone service – an unusual move in a country where state controls of communication are so strong (16th Dec):

Internet:Facebook users are coming to the aid of children who need life-saving transplants (15th Dec):

Internet:Virgin unveils its new super-fast (50 Megabits per second) broadband service (15th Dec):

The BBC reveals its controversial plans to share online and digital content (12th Dec):

Virtual Worlds:
A Virtual world for Muslims launches (9th Dec): See also (11th Dec)

Britain blocks pages on Wikipedia showing an album sleeve by The Scorpions which shows a naked young girl (9th Dec):

The US Tribune Company, a ‘media powerhouse’ and owners of titles such as the LA Times and Chicago tribune moves to file for bankruptcy in the latest blow to the US newspaper industry (9th Dec):

A student who created a Facebook group critical of a teacher sues the school for violation of her free speech rights (9th Dec):

Leona Lewis has the fastest-selling digital track ever with her cover of Snow Patrol’s ‘Run’ (8th Dec):

An article on how the UHF network that carries analogue national TV will be sold off with the digital switchover and how this will usher in a new generation of super-fast broadband and high-definition TV (7th Dec):

Social Networking:
An article on Facebook groups (5th Dec):

The fingerprints and DNA samples of over 857 000 innocent people now have to be wiped from police records after a legal ruling (5th Dec):

New requirements that Chinese internet cafes install Chinese-developed operating systems raise new concerns over cyber-snooping (4th Dec):

Ambitious plans for ‘Project Kangaroo’, an online video-on-demand service bringing together 10 000 hours of shows from BBC, ITV and C4 suffer a negative report from the Competition Commission which rules that it would reduce competition in the UK (4th Dec):

Transhumanism’s dreams of downloading into robot prostheses might be a step nearer… scientists create the illusion of out-of-body experiences, showing that it is easy to trick people into thinking they are inside another body (3rd Dec):

The Royal Mail’s letter’s business is being hit by competition from electronic alternatives such as email and messaging (1st Dec):

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