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6% of Planet's People May Be Addicted to Internet

New study finds the highest rates near 11% in the Middle East

(Newser) - Internet addiction may be a reality for more than 1 in 20 people worldwide, according to new research out of the University of Hong Kong and published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking . Researchers analyzed data from nearly 90,000 people in 31 countries and found that the... More »

How to Make Your Monitor Way More Useful

Turn it sideways to make content much easier to view: Mike Wehner

(Newser) - Browsing the web on a desktop? You're probably not making the most of your monitor, writes Mike Wehner at the Daily Dot . Fortunately, it's very easy to fix the problem: Rotate the thing vertically. Computer monitors have long adhered to same format as TV screens, meaning that these... More »

Grumpy Cat Story 'Completely Inaccurate'

Express reported earnings of $100M over 2 years for her owner

(Newser) - A cat with dwarfism hasn't made her owner rich after all. The Express reported that Grumpy Cat, the Internet sensation who recently starred in a film, had made almost $100 million over the past two years—but the cat's owner, Tabatha Bundesen, tells the Huffington Post that that... More »

New Google System Watches Your Cursor to Tell if You're Human

ReCAPTCHA system uses 'model of how a human behaves'

(Newser) - Google may have just made your web-browsing life a little easier. You're probably familiar with CAPTCHAs, which pop up on websites asking you to read and re-type distorted text to prove you're human and not a robotic clicking system. Well, today, Google revealed a new version of what... More »

How Technology Led to a Child's Abduction— and Rescue

iPod helped authorities find girl said to have been talking to man online

(Newser) - The story of a 12-year-old girl's kidnapping fuels concerns about the dangers of the Internet—even as it demonstrates how today's devices can come to the rescue, Ars Technica reports. The Baltimore-area girl, identified in court as Jane Doe, communicated with several men via Xbox Live and social... More »

Apps Are Killing the Web

Christopher Mims: What we know as the 'web' is doomed

(Newser) - It might soon be time to pay last respects to what we know as "the web," writes Christopher Mims at the Wall Street Journal . It's "dying," he writes, and the killer is easy to find: Just look at your smartphone and count the apps. These... More »

Obama to FCC: Keep the Internet Fair

Backs net neutrality, wants FCC to reclassify Internet as a utility

(Newser) - President Obama today waded into the politically charged debate over net neutrality , arguing that Internet service providers shouldn't be allowed to offer "fast lanes" to certain websites. Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to "reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."... More »

Racing Boss Sues Google to Take Down S&M Photos

Google fears win for Max Mosley could turn it into Internet police

(Newser) - The first lesson of sex parties is—don’t let anyone take pictures of your sex party. As former Formula One racing chief Max Mosley can attest, they'll keep popping up in Google searches. Mosley, 74, was photographed partaking in consensual S&M role-play with five prostitutes several years... More »

Experiencing the Least-Connected Country on Earth

Eritrea still hasn't reported Gadhafi's death: activist

(Newser) - Eritrea, the United Nations says, is the planet's least-connected country. Less than 1% of its people have landlines; just 5.6% have cell phones. As for the Internet, less than 1% use it, and connections are almost all dial-up. "Even after waiting half an hour, you might not... More »

Twitter Account About to Finish Tweeting Every Word

@everyword will send out its last tweet Saturday

(Newser) - After seven years spent tweeting every word in the English language one at a time, what was @everyword ’s most popular tweet? “Sex.” The popular Twitter feed will finally complete its task early Saturday, but until then, creator Adam Parrish is keeping the last word that will... More »

Plugin Wipes Out Wrong Uses of 'Literally'

Because that word is figuratively everywhere

(Newser) - Ruthless about grammar? Got Google Chrome? This plugin , highlighted at Yahoo , could figuratively solve all your problems. The "Literally" browser extension gets rid of the pesky incorrect uses of "literally" that litter the Internet, replacing them with "figuratively." According to the extension's developer, "that'... More »

For Fastest Internet, Try a Cabin on Edge of the World

Tiny Svalbard dwelling boasts world-class speeds

(Newser) - You wouldn't think a 750-square-foot cabin on the edge of a rock near the North Pole would offer much in the way of cutting-edge technology. After all, there are more polar bears than people in the area, and the cabin doesn't even have running water. What its Norwegian... More »

Facebook Wants to Deliver Internet From Drones

New lab aims to 'beam Internet from sky'

(Newser) - Facebook has followed up its leap into virtual reality with an ambitious plan to deliver the Internet around the world with drones, satellites, and lasers. "We've been working on ways to beam internet to people from the sky," Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post explaining the... More »

US Ceding Internet Control Will End Online Freedom*

*Or it may make things better, depending on your perspective

(Newser) - The US announced last week that it will soon relinquish its control over the Internet—specifically its oversight of ICANN, the agency that assigns domain names and Web addresses. Dumb move or one long overdue? Take your pick:
  • Bad move: The US oversaw ICANN to ensure a free Internet. With
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US to Cede Its Control Over Internet

It will no longer have authority over domain names, Web addresses

(Newser) - The end of an Internet era is near: The US plans to give up its control over the group that manages domain names and Web addresses, reports the Washington Post . The long-planned move means that the Commerce Department does not plan to renew its contract with the Internet Corporation for... More »

The Internet's Workforce Is Faceless

We've forgotten that huge deals have a human toll: George Packer

(Newser) - Early 20th-century America had its factory workers; later decades had store employees. But today's Internet economy hides the faces of its workers, writes George Packer in the New Yorker . "Amazon’s workforce is made up mainly of computer engineers and warehouse workers, but when you think of Amazon... More »

Netflix to Pay Comcast in Speed-Boosting Deal

Video service will have direct route to cable company's servers

(Newser) - If you're a Comcast user, a better Netflix experience may be on its way. After a year of wrangling, Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast for "direct access" to the cable provider's servers, the Wall Street Journal reports. Netflix had been using go-betweens like Cogent Communications to... More »

Google Fiber Explores 34 Cities for Expansion

Company announces 9 possible metro areas

(Newser) - Google Fiber : It's not just in Kansas anymore. Google has announced 34 cities in nine metro areas—including San Jose, Atlanta, Nashville, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix—as possible destinations to expand its fiber-optic network, offering lightning-fast Internet and cable. "People are hungrier than ever for... More »

FCC Will Try to Save Net Neutrality

Feds unveil rough guidelines, will hear from the public

(Newser) - When a federal court struck down rules governing how the FCC regulates web traffic last month, critics mourned the death of net neutrality and worried that providers would be able to slow or block traffic at will. Today, the FCC promised to rewrite its Open Internet rules to make sure... More »

Netflix Seem Slower? You're Not Imagining Things

Site's bandwidth usage spurs disagreements with providers

(Newser) - If your Netflix account seems to be running slower than usual these days, that's because it very likely is slower. Traffic conflicts between the service and major broadband providers—especially Verizon FiOS—are resulting in a slowdown, Wall Street Journal reports. Netflix says its average primetime speeds for Verizon... More »

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