Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Digital Media, Favorite New Thought, Media, Print Media | Tags: Australian Newspapers, Australian Print Media, New Weekend Newspaper, Print Media News, The Saturday Paper | 1 Comment »
A crisp new weekend newspaper has hit the stands in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne this morning, hoping to prove that print media can thrive in this digital age. The Saturday Paper is produced by property developer and publisher Morry Schwartz – the man behind the influential Quarterly Essay and The Monthly – The Saturday Paper is edited by 25-year-young former Fairfax journalist Erik Jensen.
The Saturday Paper will be on stands each weekend in print, it’ll also be published online and as a mobile app. Mr Schwartz has attracted some heavy hitting pens to the new paper, including former Fairfax journalist, author and social commentator David Marr :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 20th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Business News, Facebook, Social Media, Social Network Sites | Tags: Apple Mobile Devices, Facebook, Facebook Internet Voice Calls, Facebook Mobile Users, Google Android Devices, Messenger, Mobile Messaging, Non Carrier SMS, WhatsApp, Windows Phone | 1 Comment »
The social networking site that is Facebook, has announced it’s buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp in a deal worth $US19 billion, seriously expanding its mobile footprint. WhatsApp, a cross-platform mobile app that allows users to exchange text messages without having to pay carrier charges, has apparently been in discussions with Facebook for more than 12 months.
The deal bolsters the Facebook’s – currently populated with more than 1.2 billion members – mobile user base with the 450-million strong WhatsApp users.
The deal will see WhatsApp operated independently.
It’s Facebook’s biggest acquisition to date, coming less than two years after Mark Zuckerberg’s firm raised $16 billion in the record breaking public stock offer.
The WhatsApp deal includes $US12 billion in Facebook shares, $4 billion in cash and $3 billion in RSUs – Restricted Stock Units – for employee retention.
Facebook said via it’s blog the deal that “the deal supports Facebook and WhatsApp’s shared mission to bring more connectivity to the world. The combination will help accelerate growth and user engagement across both companies. “
Unlike Facebook, WhatsApp is a slim operation, with less than 35 engineers – 1 engineer to 14 million users – it processes 50 billion messages a day. The attraction runs much deeper than popularity, WhatsApp will not only boost Facebook’s international coverage, more importantly, it will add up to 350 million mobile users to Facebook’s mobile advertising offer :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 14th, 2014 | Author: Judith Sternbach | Filed under: Indeep Media, Technoid, Technology | Tags: Australian Copyright Act, Australian Copyright Law, Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, Australian Screen Association, BitTorrent, iiNet, Internet Piracy, ISP Graduated Response, Law, Malcolm Turnbull, Technoid Computer News | Comments Off
Australia’s Attorney General, Senator George Brandis has foreshadowed serious changes to the nations copyright laws.
Senator Brandis says one move he’s considering is asking internet service providers – ISPs – to issue warnings to customers.
Australians are among the worst offenders when it comes to illegal downloads, Senator Brandis is also apparently considering asking ISPs to block sites where content can be illegally downloaded.
Copyright holders like film and television and music studios have long argued that it is ISPs role to prevent internet users from illegally downloading their content.
The glitch in the plan might be a landmark High Court ruling in 2012, where the court found service provider iiNet wasn’t responsible for its customers’ illegal activities :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 13th, 2014 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Technoid, Technology | Tags: Business News, IPO, Mobile Social Media, social network site, Social Network Sites, Twitter, Twitter Share Price | Comments Off
Twitter has suffered a massive loss in its first published financial results since the social networks highly anticipated US stock market debut last year, and though the company might not have been surprised, punters took a different view, with shares dropping almost 25 percent in value.
Twitter told shareholders it lost $US511 million/$AU573 million in the last three months of last year, that’s despite a doubling of revenue from 12 months ago to a better-than-expected $US243 million/$AU273 Million.
Financials aren’t the only woes the micro-blog are suffering, Twitter seems to be testing a new heavier design and it’s users haven’t been receptive of the changes. The new layout is reported to include a look described by many as a cross between Facebook and Google plus. Format changes in the past – including their most recent small change – have upset a bunch of users :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 13th, 2014 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: Cankler Science News, Inexhaustible Energy, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Nuclear Fission, Nuclear Fusion, Practical Nuclear Fusion | Comments Off
Scientists in the United States say they have taken an important step on a decades-old quest to harness nuclear fusion to generate nearly inexhaustible energy. For the first time, two nuclear fusion experiments succeeded in producing more energy than was used to trigger the reaction, the journal Nature reports :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 24th, 2014 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: Catholic Church in the Digital Age, Catholic Teachings, Pope Francis, Popes Official Twitter Account, Religious View, St Peter's Square | Comments Off
Pope Francis says the internet is “a gift from God” and called on Catholics to “boldly become citizens of the digital world”.
“The internet offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God,” the Argentinian born pontiff said in his first World Communication Day message, given annually by the pope. :Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world. Let our communication be a balm which relieves pain and a fine wine which gladdens hearts.”
The 77-year-old pontiff is a keen Twitter user whose account has attracted more than 10 million followers, check: twitter.com/Pontifex
But he also makes a point of privileging human relationships and physical touch, often walking among the crowds who flock to see him in St Peter’s Square and embracing the ill or disabled :: Read the full article »»»»