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Facebook and Google stake claims in developing world with global internet projects

Net-neutrality advocates are cheering India’s decision to reject Facebook’s Free Basics program, but say private companies have a big role to play in spreading broadband internet access across the developing world. Tech giants like Facebook, Google, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX all have high-concept projects in the works to bring broadband internet to the masses around the globe. While these companies paint their efforts as philanthropic, experts ... Read More »

Maura Murray and the Internet sleuths trying to find her

Twelve years ago this month, Maura Murray vanished. Sometime around 7:30pm on Feb. 9, 2004, the 21-year old nursing student crashed her car on a rural stretch of road along the border of Vermont and New Hampshire. On that cold night, her vehicle apparently slid, spun, and finally stopped, facing the wrong way on the opposite side of the road. ... Read More »

Brambles push into big data with BXB Digital in chase for Internet of Things

The $17 billion logistics giant Brambles is expanding into “big data” by setting up a new company called BXB Digital to be based in California’s Silicon Valley as it pushes to make extra profits and become a big player in the Internet of Things. The company expects the new entity to eventually become a profit centre in its own right ... Read More »

Thousands of low-income families unable to afford internet at home, Smith Family says

Australia has one of the highest internet access rates in the world, but there are concerns children from disadvantaged backgrounds are being left behind in the digital revolution. Key points: One in three kids in poor communities lack essential tools for learning: Smith Family Too many people isolated from digital world, according to academic Dr Scott Ewing Queensland Teachers Union ... Read More »


One of the more notable instances of differential pricing was Facebook’s Free Basics, where Facebook and its supporters argued that providing certain content for free would entice Indians to buy data packages to access the Internet. According to the company, 50 percent of Free Basics users purchased a data package with their cellphone provider within thirty days of joining. This ... Read More »

World’s cheapest smartphone crashes internet and enrages competitors

Its unbeatably low price tag sounds too good to be true but that hasn’t deterred more than 600,000 people per second from heading online to buy the $4 Ringing Bells Freedom 251 smartphone, which went on sale yesterday. That kind of traffic has swamped the company’s servers and the website where you can pre-order the phone is currently down, prompting many to head ... Read More »

Meet the internet maths guru who could become the next million-dollar teacher

At the back of Colin Hegarty’s classroom, on a display made from wavy pieces of blue sugar paper, is something he calls his “wall of inspiration”. It features photographs of famous people – Michelangelo, Malcolm X, Malala Yousafzai – alongside a quote from each stressing the critical importance in their own life and career of sheer, bloody-minded hard work. “My ... Read More »

Yahoo board hires investment bankers to explore selling its internet businesses

Yahoo’s board has hired three investment banking firms to evaluate potential bids for its internet operations in the clearest sign yet that CEO Marissa Mayer may not have much more time to turn around the struggling company. The move announced Friday comes just two weeks after Yahoo disclosed it would consider “strategic alternatives” while Mayer cuts costs through mass layoffs, ... Read More »

Canberrans are Australia’s most internet-connected citizens

The ACT is home to Australia’s most internet-connected citizens, who also spend the most amount of time online, new Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show. Helped by a small and centralised population, 94 per cent of Canberrans have internet at home, well above the national average of 86 per cent. Hamish Insley, 12, has a variety of devices he uses ... Read More »

How to Figure Out What’s Wrong With Your Internet Connection

It’s a heart-wrenching moment when your web browser reports that it’s no longer connected to the internet. But there’s no reason to panic: We’ve distilled the troubleshooting process into five easy steps. Keep this list close by in case your internet suddenly breaks (or pass it on to friends and family the next time they call on your assistance). Of ... Read More »