New Forms of Media (Aug-Dec 2009)

Lectures every Wednesday from 13.00 to 16.00 in Room 1.2 Engineering Tower

Module Outline

12th August

No lecture on 19th August as announced as I will be in a workshop.

26th August
No lecture as UOM is closed as per ministry guidelines. However, students should download the following lecture notes and read this week. Questions and comments may be sent on the blog or discussed in class next week.
Inescapable Data
Overview of the History of New Media

2nd September
Please bring the above lecture notes for discussion.
Reading material: New Media History by Patrice Flichy

9th September
The Coming of Age of IT & the New Economy
Reading material: Technological revolutions and techno-economic paradigms by Carlota Perez
Please note that my colleagues have agreed to come and address you at 1.30 p.m. regarding dissertations. Please bring your draft proposals or ideas so we may have an overview and jot down any queries or comments you my wish to formulate.

16th September
New Media = New Theory?
Please don’t forget to bring your dissertation proposal forms.

23rd September
Class in the Mediacom Studio
The technophilia vs Technophobia debate
We will read the introduction of the book ‘La Révolte du Pronetariat’ by Joël de Rosnay which may be freely downloaded at the following addresses: (HTML version chapter by chapter) (whole book in PDF version)

Other recommended online reading resources are:
We The Media by Dan Gilmor
What is Web 2.0? by Tim O’Reilly

30th September
Class in the Mediacom Studio
We will have a practical session on the Internet with a series of activities .
After having completed these activities, students are expected to choose a particular platform for their audio assignment. For information, you will have to look for an individual or a groups of individuals who make intensive use of that chosen platform and interview them about their uses.

7th October
Students (teams of 2) are expected to finalise their choice of the platform they will investigate for their audio assignment.

Reading material about the digital divide:
From Wikipedia
The Digital Divide at a glance on ITU’s website
Report on the World Summit on the Information Society Stocktaking 2008
Digital Divide: The Three Stages

14th October
Students are expected to use this slot to conduct their interviews for the assignment. They are also expected to prepare a brief presentation on the chosen platform. You may use the recorders from the studio and do your editing during the week. Please contact the technician to loan out the recorders and to get access to the computers. He can also help you with your editing.

21st October
Students are expected to use this slot to finalise their audio editing in the Mediacom Studio. I will come to have a look at your work. You should be able to do your presentation next week, i.e. on 28th October. Please try to keep each presentation within the 10-minutes duration (including the audio interview).

28th October
Students’ presentations

4th November
We carry on with the students’ presentations from the two remaining teams. We will also discuss the next assignment.
Mrs Loga Virahsawmy of Gender Links will come at around 2.45 p.m. to address you and she will require 8-10 students to participate in a focus group about the content of our degree course with respect to gender aspects. Please let me know who is interested in participating. There should ideally be 4-5 boys and 4-5 girls.

11th November
Students are expected to monitor technology news and to share the articles on this blog. These will be used for in class discussions.
Reminder about second assignment (to be completed by the end of the semester): All students are expected to register on the wiki at:
and to contribute to expand the resource by:
– writing a new page (please put the theme you wish to work on in the comment section of this blog page); this is the minimum you need to do
– contributing to existing pages or your classmates’ pages (by modifying, adding, shortening, etc.); students who contribute more will earn more bonus marks
Also, students who contribute valuably to this comment section or to the blog (by writing new entries on technology) will earn bonus marks.

This week’s review (watch this regularly until Wednesday):
Does Technology Reduce Social Isolation?
La culture Facebook contamine les adultes
Youth flock to Twitter as Facebook users start to show their age
Les effets inattendus du blocage de Pirate Bay
Murdoch attacks newspaper doomsayers
Virtual Goods Start Bringing Real Paydays

18th November
Last session. We have a guest speaker, Avinash Meetoo

This week’s review:
O’Reilly: The Web is at war, and it’s making me sad
The War For the Web
YouTube Gives More News Reporting Power to the People
Can the law keep up with technology?
India to have ‘billion’ mobile users soon: exec
Don’t blame me for creating stories on Twitter, says Stephen Fry

Update (7th Dec): Here are the marks for your contributions to the wiki and the blog.

Useful online resources:
– Michael Wesch’s video: The Machine is Us/ing Us
– La vidéo mentionnée par Martine: Le Saviez-vous ? 4.0 – 2009


90 thoughts on “New Forms of Media (Aug-Dec 2009)

  1. Hi Madam,

    I hope you have enjoyed your holidays. I saw the tentative time table and would like to inquire if it will be possible to move the lecture of Tuesday on Wednesday evening at 4pm after your module or alternatively move it to 4pm on the same day. It will be quite difficult for me to get to half-day leaves for my lecture classes.

    Kind regards,



    • Hi David,

      The module on Tuesday is not lecture! It’s devoted to placements and/or dissertations… We put it there for those who need to negotiate some slots for these with their current employers. You don’t need to be on campus at that time! You actually have only one ‘physical’ lecture this semester.

      C. Chan-Meetoo


  2. Twitter seems to be indeed subject of latest new media trend and topic, as we discussed in class.
    I found a resourceful article about twitter on the website of Mashable, The social media guide.
    The article is written by Soren Gordhamer, author of the book, Wisdom 2.0. He speaks about twitter changing the face of media landscape.
    Read the article on
    There is also a series of related articles which are interesting on the website.

    Nice reading to all.


  3. Facebook to launch on PS3
    Facebook is set to launch on Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PS3), according to reports. It’s believed the social network will be available to PS3 users following the console’s next upgrade. Facebook launched an app on the Xbox 360 last month. Reports of Sony partnering with Facebook have come from leaked images form the PS3’s new service, although an official announcement is expected to come from Sony next week.
    Thu, 12 Nov 2009 |


  4. Here are interesting figures about social networks craze:

    China’s social networks like and are expected to attract 124 million users as of the year-end, accounting for one third of total netizens in China, reported.

    China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) published the “Research Report on China’s Social Network Service 2009” Wednesday, which revealed 42.4% of social network users logged on just to kill time. Another 27.4% sign in for the purpose of playing cyber games.

    The number of China’s social network service (SNS) websites has exceeded 1,000 and keeps growing. Most users are young people—52.6% of whom are in their twenties—a number far beyond the proportion of netizens in the same age group. Students and white collar workers make up the main bulk, accounting for 50.3% and 31.1%.

    The report also suggests most SNS users are well educated, with 59.1% of them having junior college certificates.


  5. Hi everybody,

    Since we have talked about the generation gap concerning new media, i found an interesting article on SAGE website. “It could be useful but not for me at the moment: older people, internet access and e-public service provision” written by Maria Soubrati _ University of Brighton, UK. It is indeed a very interesting article talking about how older people are positioned in e_government and relationship of older people in new media;
    I will elaborate more on it on the newmediaform website, but it would be good if u could have a look at it urself



  6. Salut les jeunes,
    Pour une fois, j’ai trouvé quelque chose d’interessant a propos de new forms of media. Il s’agit d’un article sympa qui explique comment est-ce que le site communautaire Facebook “veillit” de plus en plus et que Twitter de son côté “rajeunit”. C’est interessant car nous en avons discute en classe la semaine derniere.
    Selon les auteurs de l’articles,Sarah Perez et Fabrice Epelboin, en mai 2008, l’âge médian sur Facebook était de 26 ans, aujourd’hui, il est de 33, soit 8 ans de plus en un peu plus d’une année…. Bref, je vous envoie un lien:…/facebook-vieillit-twitter-rajeunit/



  7. Hello friends,
    I think this info may interest you.

    Infotech 2009
    Digital Mauritius

    Venue: Swami Vivekananda International Conference entre

    The Exhibition will be held over a period of four days from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd November 2009.

    The Exhibition will be open to the public as follows:

    Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November : 10.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs
    Saturday 21 November : 10.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs
    Sunday 22 November : 10.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs

    Visit the website:


  8. Hi guys,
    How to stop workmates stealing your sandwiches

    this is for friends who works in offices where the lunch room has a shared refrigerator. well you can now buy your anti-theft lunch bags for 10 dollars a pack of 25 at this address
    Collegues sometimes steal each other’s lunch. An inventive American, annoyed by the regular disappearance of the meals he brought from home, has come up with something to fight refrigerator theft,. A see-through plastic bag with dark green spots that make it look like mould has started to grow on the contents. Now no-one steals Sherwood Ferlee’s lunch.

    Its an article from The Independent Daily – Monday 16 Nov 09.



  9. A third of cell phone users aged 16 and 17 admitted to texting while driving, according to focus groups and a report released Monday by Pew Research.

    For the report, “Teens and Distracted Driving,” Pew surveyed 800 kids aged 12 to 17 about their cell phone use in the car. Teens 16 and 17 years old were asked about their role as drivers, while younger ones were questioned about their experiences as passengers.

    Of all teens surveyed, 75 percent said they own a cell phone and 66 percent of those text. Half of teens 16 and 17 who own a cell phone said they’ve talked on the phone while driving.

    Among passengers, 48 percent of teens 12 to 17 said they’ve been in a car while the driver was texting, and 40 percent have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put everyone in danger.

    Though some teen drivers said they only text at a red light or will hand the phone over to a passenger to text, others didn’t seem to care about the risk.

    Pew found one high school boy who said he thinks texting while driving is “fine,” adding, “I wear sunglasses so the cops don’t see [my eyes looking down].” A high-school girl admitted that she texts “all the time,” and that “everybody texts while they drive…like when I’m driving by myself I’ll call people or text them cause I get bored.”

    Source: Pew Research Center | November 16, 2009


  10. Hi guys,

    Ann Marie Shillito developed a shoftware that allows artists to receive physical feedback when designing virtual 3D objects.
    It is a haptic device called Falcon which vibrate and moves to allow users to “feel” virtual objects. Due to tiny motors in the device which provide resistance and small vibrations to give feedback about various properties of the virtual objects being designed, such as its weight, texture and shape.
    As for artists sense is important, this would be a wow tool for them.


  11. Here is an interesting article which raises a meaningful question mark on the ‘ethical’ and ‘social’ issues relating to online gaming.

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China said it will tighten regulations in its rapidly growing online games sector, requiring game operators to enhance socialist values in their games and hire specialized staff to monitor content.
    China’s Ministry of Culture said in a circular that game operators must re-examine their game offerings for obscene and violent content and limit the number of virtual marriages and player-versus-player combat.

    The changes will affect companies such as Shanda Games, and Tencent Holdings.

    “Over this year, China’s online game industry has grown at a rapid pace,” the ministry said in a statement late on Wednesday.

    “But the current product offerings are not up to standard and the cultural content is lowbrow and having a negative effect on the healthy development of the industry,” it said.

    NetEase’s Chief Executive Officer William Ding said in an earnings call on Thursday he was not aware of the full details of the circular, but that the firm is willing to comply.

    China’s online game industry is expected to grow by between 30 percent and 50 percent this year, with a sales revenue of 24 billion yuan to 27 billion yuan ($3.5 billion-$4 billion). It has more than 50 million gamers.

    China has been stepping up oversight of the industry. Earlier this month, another regulator ordered to stop operating World of Warcraft, due to “gross violations” of regulations.

    Melanie Lee | Thu Nov 19, 2009 |


  12. Five Ways Social Media Will Change Recorded History:
    1) Everyone will have the ability to know what you did and who you were with on a daily basis.
    2) Historical trend analysis will leap to a new level of precision.
    3) We will not use history to learn from our mistakes, but to prevent them before they happen.
    4) There is little room for hiding details about our lives.
    5) An ethical war over the use of this information will arise.


    This is an interesting article, which makes us all, as social network users 🙂


  13. Big Brother is watching us
    Dans son ouvrage 1984, George Orwell imagina un être mythique appelé Big Brother. Dans son imaginaire, ce Big Brother serait un système totalitaire, une sorte de maître absolu, un parti unique qui exercerait son contrôle sur l´ensemble de son économie. Et dans ce monde là, le contrôle s´étend à la vie privée des individus par l´intermédiaire d´un écran. A travers cet écran, le pouvoir central diffuse l´information de son choix et observe l´individu dans ses moindres faits et gestes. Sans le savoir, George Orwell avait déjà mis le doigt sur un fait avéré aujourd´hui : celui de la toute-puissance des utilisateurs des technologies nouvelles sur ceux, définitivement plus pauvres, qui ne participeront jamais à la construction d´un nouveau monde – monde basé sur la toute-puissance des technologies nouvelles. Jakob Nielsen définit ainsi la fracture numérique qui existe entre les nations riches et les nations pauvres. Compte tenu du fait que les nations pauvres n´ont même pas les moyens pour s´acheter un ordinateur, ces nations resteront à l´écart de la nouvelle économie du monde.

    Cette nouvelle économie avec ses contraintes et ses avantages, ne devrait pas être responsable de l´asservissement de l´homme. Elle devrait plutôt lui permettre de s´épanouir davantage. Avec l´informatique, nous assistons à une révolution comparable avec la révolution industrielle au XIXe siècle en Europe. Pourtant, les changements resultant de l´informatisation concernent les biens et les actes immatériels que sont les informations et leur traitement. Mesure-t-on réellement l´ampleur d´une telle évolution sur les relations humaines et cela dans toutes les sphères de la vie d´aujourd´hui?

    Les optimistes font confiance au progrès technique et s´appuient sur l´expérience passée pour affirmer que la télématique nous conduira vers un nouveau cycle économique.
    Les pessimistes voient dans la télématique un moyen terriblement efficace d´enlever à l´individu toute initiative et, à la limite, de se passer de lui.

    Pour sortir de ce débat idéologique, il faut évaluer les effets réels de la technologie.
    Par exemple, l´évolution économique des pays développés a été étroitement liée à l´avancée des nouvelles technologies qui ont permis de faire croître la productivité et cela dans tous les sens du terme. La substitution de la mécanique à l´électronique, par exemple, a considérablement changé la donne.

    Ce qu´il faut retenir surtout, c´est que l´informatique est un formidable outil, outil qu´il convient de savoir manipuler. Le déferlement des nouvelles technologies influence certes le vécut de tout un chacun, mais c´est à chacun de savoir quels usages il en fait.

    Le Web 2.0
    C´est le nouveau terme à la mode. Aujourd’hui, on parle de web participatif et d´interaction. D’un côté, il est vu comme le basculement des techniques vers des services, de l’autre il représente un nouveau réseau d’interaction sociale. Dans les deux cas pourtant, il replace l’utilisateur et ses relations avec les autres, plutôt qu’avec des contenus ou des machines, au centre de l’internet. Le web 2.0 est résolument relationnel. Selon Tin O´Reilly, la clef du succès dans cette nouvelle étape de l’évolution du web réside dans l’intelligence collective. “Le web 2.0 repose sur un ensemble de modèles de conception : des systèmes architecturaux plus intelligents qui permettent aux gens de les utiliser, des modèles d’affaires légers qui rendent possible la syndication et la coopération des données et des services… Le web 2.0 c’est le moment où les gens réalisent que ce n’est pas le logiciel qui fait le web, mais les services !”

    Ainsi le nouveau web se concentre sur l´utilisateur. Ce dernier a aujourd’hui tous les atouts en main pour changer le visage des interfaces, changer le contenu des sites et s´exprimer en toute liberté. Pour Frédéric Cavazza, spécialiste d’utilisabilité et d’ergonomie, le web 2.0 combine, d’un côté, une amélioration des interfaces utilisateurs et de l’autre, des architectures plus flexibles, des protocoles de communication plus ouverts (web services), une interopérabilité plus poussée… Le web 2.0 repose sur une multitude de petites améliorations technologiques, ergonomiques (interfaces riches), sémantiques (micro-formats)… qui donnent des résultats d’une grande souplesse d’utilisation comme ¨Net Vibes¨ par exemple, un agrégateur en ligne utilisant ces techniques. L´essence du nouveau web c´est donc l´utilisation qu´en fait chaque internaute. Le web 2.0 c’est le partage de l’information, fondé sur des bases de données ouvertes qui permettent à d’autres utilisateurs de les employer. Le web 2.0 est une attitude, une philosophie d’ouverture sociale dont le but est d’abandonner le contrôle individuel sur les choses au profit de la participation du plus grand nombre. Pour tous, le web 2.0 est une plate-forme d’innovation qui fait en quelque sorte du web un système d’exploitation.

    Dans son excellent article ¨Web 2.0 : The Power Behind the Hype” le webdesigner Jared M. Spool explique que ¨le web 2.0 n’est pas une chose, mais une collection d’approches, qui toutes convergent sur un monde de nouveaux développements. Ces approches, y compris les API, RSS, Folksonomies, Réseaux sociaux…, proposent soudainement aux créateurs d’applications une nouvelle manière d’approcher des problèmes complexes avec des résultats étonnemment efficaces.¨ Ainsi, l´expérience du Web 2.0 combine à la fois expérience technologique et humaine.

    C´est le scientifique Joël de Rosnay qui inventa le terme ¨infomobilité¨ dans son ouvrage ¨La révolte du pronétariat¨. Selon lui, ¨l´infomobilité offre des possibilités nouvelles. Les ¨infonautes¨ sont libres d´aller chercher de l´information dans différentes sphères du cyberespace, puis de la transmettre ou non à quelqu´un d´autre.¨ Ainsi, l´internaute s´affranchit du monopole de l´information qui dictait sa loi aux patrons des chaînes de télévision et de radio.

    Petit lexique pour mieux comprendre et maîtriser le web
    FTP – File Transfer Protocole
    HTML – Hypertext Markup Language
    WiFi – Wireless Fidelity – connexion sans fil sur 100m
    Hot spots – lieux de haute densité communicationnelle (aéroports, musées, restaurants..) – concentration dans l´espace d´un certain nombre de services, on peut l´utiliser pour accéder à l´internet sabs fil en s´abonnant à ces services par l´achat en ligne dans le temps ou d´une carte sécurisée.
    WiMax – Emettre sans fil sur une distance de trente à quarante kilomètres. Est réservé aux seuls opérateurs.
    RSS – Really Simple Syndication – système collectif permettant d´acertir les abonnés en temps réel dès qu´une mise à jour est effectuée
    Peer to peer – Protocole de communication décentralisé permettant, notamment d´échanger de la musique et dont la presse s´est largement fait écho à la suite du téléchargement et de la mise en circulation de musique sous copyright. (l´ordinateur est à la fois le transmetteur, le récepteur et l´émetteur)
    Podcasting – Moyen de diffusion de fichiers sonores ou vidéo qui s´appuie lui aussi sur le format RSS
    Flux RSS – sans avoir besoin de consulter un à un ses sites préférés pour être informé des nouveautés, on peut insérer leur fil d´information RSS dans un logiciel compatible pour que toutes ces sources d´informations soient agrégées par un seul écran.
    BitTorrent – logiciel téléchargeable gratuitement sur internet – concentre déjà 30% du trafic mondial à la fin de l´année 2004. Il revendique 45 millions d´utilisateurs dans le monde. Chaque personne qui télécharge devient lui-même un site miroir de télécharment pour un autre téléchargeur. Plus les internautes sont nombreux à télécharger une vidéo, plus l´opération s´effectuera rapidement.
    DMB – Digital Multimedia Broadcasting – système de réception des grandes chaînes de télévision sur des mobiles utilisant la technologie DMB.
    PDA – Personal Digital Assistant – Assistant personnel ou ordinateur de poche

    TVT – Tous vers tous

    VOIP – Voice Over IP

    Skype – Système de téléphonie gratuit – incarne le nouveau modèle économique à l´instar de Netscape, Google, Amazon – racheté par ebay pour 2,6 milliards de dollars.

    NVO – Network Virtual Organisations (nouvelles organisations mondiales virtuelles)

    SDR – Software Defined Radio – une technologie révolutionnaire qui permet désormais à tout objet électronique de de devenir récepteur radio.

    DVR – Digital Video Recording – ¨Tivo¨ est la marque la plus populaire.

    XML (Extensible Markup Language ou langage
    de balisage extensible) est un standard du World
    Wide Web Consortium servant de base pour créer
    des langages balisés spécialisés. «Métalangage», il
    est suffisamment général pour que les langages
    reposant sur XML (ou « dialectes XML ») puissent
    être utilisés afin de décrire toutes sortes de
    données et de textes. Il s’agit donc partiellement d’un format de données. L’objectif initial de XML
    était de faciliter le partage de textes et d’informations
    structurés, par exemple sur Internet, en séparant
    le contenu (les données) du contenant (la
    présentation des données). Une grande partie de
    l’interface des navigateurs Firefox et Mozilla est
    construite avec des langages utilisant XML.

    Wiki- Outil de média de masse qui tire son nom de l´expression hawaïenne ¨wiki, wiki¨ qui signifie ¨vite¨. Le wiki le plus célèbre est ¨¨ qui réunit un collectif de collaborateurs en ligne. Ces derniers procèdent à la constante réactualisation du site. Ce site contient plus d´un million et demi d´articles disponibles en 40 langues alors que la célèbre Encyclopedia Britannica en compte que 120,000 articles en 32 tomes.

    En bref :-

    L´internet de demain reposera sur trois piliers qui se renforceront mutuellement :
    le multimédia, le haut débit et le ¨sans fil¨ avec la ¨portabilité¨.
    Grâce à internet, les médias de masse commencent à apparaître dans cet écosystème informationnel comme un cinquième pouvoir. Ignacio Ramonet l´appelle ¨une nouvelle force civique¨.

    L´économie de la gratuité
    L´internet des médias de masse a donné naissance à une nouvelle économie. Il ne s´agit pas seulement d´une économie de marché, mais d´une économie avec marché, doublée d´une ¨économie de la gratuité¨. L´économie de marché traditionnel ne va pas disparaître mais une économie ¨plurielle¨ va favoriser des échanges autres que marchands.

    La vocation du web c´est de connecter des personnes à d´autres personnes au même moment pour des activités partagées. L´interconnexion qu´est devenu internet catalyse la montée progressive des média des masses.

    Comme un organisme vivant, internet connaît une nouvelle et spectaculaire évolution. Le net s´adapte constamment aux nouvelles demandes de ses utilisateurs – sites d´échange, journaux citoyens, radios communautaires, blogs, vblog…

    culture Internet partagée par les générations montantes, et une base
    de 54 millions d’utilisateurs en croissance de 150000
    nouvelles personnes par jour.

    Les modèles Yahoo, Google et maintenant Skype
    reposent sur le principe de la gratuité, mais ils aboutissent
    à des capitalisations boursières dépassant
    celle des entreprises classiques du Dow Jones. Ils
    offrent pour la première fois dans l’histoire de
    l’industrie une plate-forme, une place publique


  14. Hi to all. Google Chrome will soon be available and Google is saying that the operating system will start in 7seconds, “as fast as a TV.” Please find article published by reuters below.

    By Alexei Oreskovic

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (Reuters) – New Google Inc software will start up a computer as fast as a television can be turned on, the search company said on Thursday as it showed off its Chrome operating system designed for PCs that do their work on the Web.

    Google gave the first public look at its Chrome OS four months after declaring its intention of developing the PC’s main software, a move that pits it directly against Microsoft Corp and Apple Inc.

    True to Google’s Internet-pedigree, the Chrome OS resembles a Web browser more than it does a traditional computer operating system like Microsoft Windows, matching Google’s ambition to drive people to the Web — where they can see Google ads.

    Google said the software will initially be available by the holiday season of 2010 on low-cost netbooks that meet Google’s hardware specifications, such as using only memory chips to store data instead of slower hard drives, the current standard.

    Netbooks running Chrome OS will only be able to run Web applications and the user’s data will automatically be stored on the Web in the so-called cloud of Internet servers, Google executives said at an event at the company’s Mountain View, California headquarters on Thursday.

    “It’s basically a Web browsing machine,” said Altimeter Group analyst Charlene Li, referring to the netbooks powered by Chrome OS.

    Such a machine is made for a world of near-constant, extremely fast Web connection, without the type of software that made Microsoft famous, since most of the work would be done by big machines on the Web which take directions and send information to relatively uncomplicated devices like a Chrome PC.

    Sundar Pichai, vice-president of product management for Google’s Chrome OS, said that computers running Chrome OS will be able to start in less than seven seconds.

    “From the time you press boot you want it to be like a TV: You turn it on and you should be on the Web using your applications,” Pichai said.


    Google said it is giving away the software for free, similar to its Android smartphone software, with the idea that improving the Web experience will ultimately benefit its Internet search advertising business, which generated roughly $22 billion in revenue in 2008.

    “They’re doing it to get further and further entrenched in whatever people are doing to go online, whether that’s a browser, an operating system or in applications,” said Todd Greenwald, an analyst with Signal Hill Group.

    “If Chrome is the OS then the attach (access) rate on Google searches will be a lot higher,” he said.

    But analysts noted that the differences between conventional PCs and Chrome OS netbooks might give some consumers pause.

    “If they view it from the conventional perspective, then it falls short,” Gartner analyst Ray Valdes said of Chrome OS, citing its lack of compatibility with traditional software and its limited offline capabilities.

    Google officials said Chrome OS netbooks will be able to provide some functions when offline, but that the product was primarily designed to be connected to the Internet.

    But Valdes said if Google can deliver on the products’ promises, such as fast performance, then consumers may view Chrome OS netbooks as distinct class of products with attractive benefits.

    “I think that it’s initially going to appeal to small subset of the general consumer population,” said Valdes. “The question is can they build on that and expand that over time.”

    Google made the computer code for the Chrome OS available to outside developers on Thursday, allowing developers to tinker with the software and potentially design new applications to run alongside it.

    With Chrome, Google is seeking to challenge the dominance of Microsoft Corp’s Windows, which runs on nine out of 10 personal computers.

    The Chrome OS also challenges makers of traditional, desktop software, including Microsoft and its lucrative Office suite of productivity software, since Chrome OS only runs Web applications.

    Google’s Pichai, noted during a demonstration on Thursday, that Chrome OS-based PCs would be interoperable with Web-based versions of software, such as Microsoft’s online version of its Excel spreadsheet.

    Google said all data in Chrome will automatically be housed in the so-called cloud, or on external servers, but also cached on the computer’s internal hardware to boost performance.

    If a person loses their netbook, Google Engineering Director Matt Papakipos explained, they can buy a new one, log in and within seconds have a machine with access to all the same data as their previous device.

    “What really makes this a cloud device is that all the user data is synced back to the cloud in real time,” said Papakipos.

    Shares of Mountain View, California-based Google fell $3.66 to $572.99 in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq.

    (Additional reporting by Ian Sherr)

    (Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic, writing by Gabriel Madway; Editing by Bernard Orr and Carol Bishopric)


  15. Hi again,

    Ever heard of the Webby awards – ? it is the leading international award rewarding excellence on the internet. According to them, the launch of the iphone and the wikipedia and the election of the US President are among the ten most influencial moments on the internet in the past decade. Here is the Webby’s list of the 10 most influential Internet moments of the decade:

    – Craigslist, the free classifieds site, expands outside San Francisco in 2000, impacting newspaper publishers everywhere

    – Google AdWords launched in 2000 allowing advertisers to target their customers with laser-sharp precision

    – Wikipedia, the free open-source encyclopedia, launches in 2001 and today boasts more than 14 million articles in 271 different languages and bringing strangers together on projects

    – Napster shutdown in 2001, opening the file-sharing floodgates

    – Google’s IPO in 2004 put the search engine on the path to powering countless aspects of our everyday lives

    – Online video revolution in 2006 that led to a boom in homemade and professional content on the Internet and helped reshape everything from pop culture to politics

    – Facebook opens to non-college students and Twitter takes off in 2006

    – The iPhone debuts in 2007 and smartphones go from a luxury item to a necessity with an app for just about every aspect of modern life

    – U.S. presidential campaign in 2008 in which the Internet changed every facet of the way campaigns are run

    – Iranian election protests in 2009 when Twitter proved vital in organizing demonstrations and as a protest too


  16. Hi there,

    If you all remember, Avinash, the it guru, talked about the advent of cloud platforms. Microsoft will launch its own cloud computing system on Jan1 2010. According to reuters, “Azure, which provides an online platform for software developers to create their own programs, and space for customers to store data, was rolled out for experimentation a year ago.”

    The first month of service will be free and Microsoft is expected to be a big player in this newly e-merging market. The challenge will be to match rivals like amazons, which already sells cloud storage and Google which already offers and array of free online software.


  17. YouTube launches channel for citizen journalists.

    By Paul Bond

    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Celebrities beware: YouTube is making it even easier for anyone with a camera phone to turn your behavior — be it mundane or sensational — into news.

    The world’s top purveyor of Internet video has launched YouTube Direct, whereby TV and online news editors can obtain video from so-called “citizen journalists” — and even request such video be shot by amateurs seeking attention.

    It’s not entirely about celebrities, of course. Many news outlets will be seeking disaster footage, for example, or rowdy behavior at political town hall meetings.

    News outlets seeking footage can announce it in a variety of ways, including via call-out videos posted at YouTube. When a YouTube user has video they think will interest the mainstream media, it can make it easy for editors, producers and journalists to contact them.

    “News organizations always want to verify the content they use,” said Steve Grove, head of news and politics at YouTube.

    YouTube Direct isn’t a revenue play — either for YouTube or its users, Grove said. “It’s an incentive to upload great video, because of the recognition you’ll get from legitimate news organizations,” he said.

    Testing the service now are Huffington Post, NPR, Politico, the San Francisco Chronicle and a couple of Boston TV stations.

    In a blog posting, Grove links to examples of such newsworthy user-generated video: presidential candidate George Allen’s “Macaca” reference, video of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in China and a teacher screaming at and slapping an autistic student.

    Separately on Monday, Univision said it would supply Spanish-language TV shows to YouTube from its three networks: Univision, TeleFuture and Galavision.


  18. Impressive technological convergence!
    Verizon Turns a 3G Cellular Signal Into Wi-Fi:
    The trouble with Wi-Fi hot spots? They’re usually located in soul-draining fast food joints and coffee shops. That is, until the MiFi 2200. About the size of a stack of credit cards, Verizon’s tiny titan sucks up 3G signals and regurgitates them as a piping-hot Wi-Fi bubble for up to five separate devices. That multitasking ability doesn’t mean the 2200 is overextended though. Upload and download speeds are so fast that they gave our PC heat blisters.
    Service Provider: Verizon Wireless
    Manufacturer: Verizon


  19. Do hiring managers and employers surf the Web to screen job candidates? Or research potential hires on social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn?
    Below is an interesting article which speaks about the “digi-dilemma’ dealing (specifically) with social media in the workplace: Considering cleaning up your Facebook profile before applying for a new job…

    A Pair of Social Media Predicaments
    November 23, 2009, 10:58 am | By JENNA WORTHAM
    The New York Times


  20. Salesforce, like many other companies, is jumping onto the enterprise social media bandwagon with the soon-to-be-released Chatter.
    Basically, Chatter introduces some of the functionality found in Facebook and Twitter into a secure enterprise system.

    Here is a YouTube link which speaks about the features and advantages of Chatter :


  21. Short clip: American Airlines social media experiment
    Monte Ford, CIO of American Airlines describes how the company is embracing Twitter and Facebook, and how these social networking tools are benefiting interactions with customers. The link is:

    Find also link to another short clip explaining how sony uses new media to listen to customers.;video-playlist


  22. The latest studyy of The Society New Communications Research showed that company executives are influenced by their online networks.

    Here are some key findings from this survey 365 business professionals:

    – Professional decision-making is becoming more social – enter the era of Social Media Peer Groups (SMPG)

    – Professional networks are emerging as decision-support tools

    – Professionals trust online information almost as much as information gotten from in-person

    – Reliance on web-based professional networks and online communities has increased significantly over the past 3 years

    – Social Media use patterns are not pre-determined by age or organizational affiliation

    The link to the full article is


  23. Cloud- The IT guru’s explanation on cloud really caught my attention. I am since then on the lookout for anything that will help me understand this new platform mechanisms. I came across two interesting movies. The first one features Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Kraig Swensrud, senior vice president of product marketing. They showed the company’s new customer service software, Service Cloud 2. The new tool helps businesses connect their traditional call center technologies with social media applications through a cloud computing infrastructure.

    In the second movie, HP CEO Mark Hurd talks about how the company plans to layer cloud services on its infrastructure in the future. However, with more than 1,000 hacks a day, security creates an important need on differentiating what they put in public versus private clouds. “We wouldn’t put anything material in nature outside the firewall,” Hurd says.

    The liks are:;video-playlist

    This website have many other resourceful clips that I would encourage all of you to have a look.


  24. If I am not mistaken, Mrs Chan Meetoo talked about online readers the eventuality that online readers being charged for accessing newscorp online papers. Microsoft is currently having talks with News Corp to encourage the latter remove its online papers on Google against payment.

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has had talks with News Corp about a tie up, which would involve News Corp getting paid to take its news websites off Google Inc, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

    News Corp, which owns such papers as the Wall Street Journal and the Sun, started the discussions, which were at an early stage, the source said.

    News Corp Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch has said he wants to make people pay for access to his news websites. Other publishers including The New York Times are also searching for ways to charge for news online, convinced that they must not give news through search engines such as Google and Yahoo Inc.

    Microsoft has also talked with other online publishers about removing their sites from Google, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the development.

    “This is all about Microsoft hurting Google’s margins,” the FT quoted a website publisher, who had been approached by Microsoft.

    Microsoft, which relaunched its search engine as Bing this year, has been looking for ways to challenge market leader Google.

    Earlier this year, it signed a 10-year global web search partnership with Yahoo, a deal that U.S. and European antitrust regulators are evaluating.

    Microsoft could not reached for comment late on Sunday. News Corp declined to comment. The source is anonymous because the talks are not public.

    (Reporting by Robert MacMillan; writing by Paritosh Bansal; Editing Lincoln Feast)

    The link to the article is


  25. Blogging Vs. Microblogging: Twitter’s Global Growth Flattens, While WordPress’ Picks Up

    Only a year ago, the conventional wisdom was that blogs were dead and microblogging would soon replace them. Twitter was supposed to kill blogs because it’s so much simpler to publish one sentence fragment at a time rather than whole thoughts bunched together into what is known in the trade as “paragraphs.”

    Today, blogs are doing fine, while Twitter is struggling with flattening growth, at least to its Website (clients like Seesmic and TweetDeck have seen no slowdown). The weakness Twitter has been experiencing in the U.S. since last summer is now finally hitting its worldwide visitor growth as well.

    In October, comScore estimates that Twitter had 58.3 million unique visitors worldwide, down from 58.4 million in September. Meanwhile, gained 10 million unique visitors to end the month at 151.8 million—this is after going pretty much nowhere since March, 2009.

    Of course, I am using as a proxy for all blogging here (I could have just as easily used Blogger, which is actually bigger with 291.7 million visitors worldwide. And Blogger saw a similar holding pattern since March, with a huge sudden jump of 18.2 million visitors in October

    So is blogging back, while microblogging is on the skids? A one-month spike in the popularity of blogs doesn’t tell you much of anything, but in any case it’s the wrong question. Blogging never really went away, and was in fact helped by Twitter, which is becoming the preferred feed reader for many people (thanks to services like Twitterfeed).

    And don’t count out microblogging just yet. Twitter is finally rolling out improvements to its site such as Lists and the new Retweet button. Once geo-location features kick in, Twitter’s growth could come back with a vengeance.



  26. Social Media Campaigns more and more in use and meaningful for many. The following piece of news confirms this:
    More than 60,000 people signed up to the BBC Bullyproof Facebook fan page following the BBC’s social media campaign for National Anti-Bullying week.

    The campaign centred around the fan page but the BBC also streamed a live Radio 1 and 1Xtra show on Thursday 19 November, which was listened to by nearly 8,000 users.

    The BBC also launched a tool that enabled more than 5,500 fans to download a personalised badge to their profile which they could share with friends.



  27. Innovation: Where next for social networking?

    Innovation is our regular column that highlights emerging technological ideas and where they may lead

    Social networking sites are the culmination of the internet revolution, and there’s not much innovation left to come online. So said Peter Thiel, co-founder of web payments service PayPal, at a discussion at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School on Monday.

    The event provided a glimpse of where he and other Silicon Valley luminaries think social networks are taking us next.



  28. Religious duties: ‘online sacrifice’

    Hello everyone!

    Well, as u must be knowing, today was the Eid-Ul-Adha festival (the festival of sacrifice for Muslims).

    I don’t know if that would interest you guyz but still I found an interesting news about how people are making new uses of technology and even offering people chances to fulfill their religious duties online!

    Well, for this festival, people must buy sacrificial animals, assist the sacrifice and then distribute the meat among family, friends, relatives and the poor. And without forgetting all the mess to clean at the end of the day!

    Now this year a new trend has been launched on the Internet for this festival. No need to go in the markets n bargain for your animal. Some people has developed and put in practice their idea about selling the animals online. So,no more bargaining tensions as the price are very interesting and all details about the animal are provided as well.

    What is new, is that the buyers can now assist the sacrifice and the prayers online via their web cam and the website people will distribute the meat where ever the client orders to and if the client is not in the country of origin; the website administration will send their share of meat to them also.

    Many people are going towards this option rather than the traditional way of doing things and they are quite satisfied with the services being offered and with the facilities that new media is offering them to fulfill their religious duties.

    So, just to tell you guyz that today, technology has even made our religion and religious duties go ‘online’ and has made things easier, more rapid and hassle-free!

    Here’s a link of a newspaper which also talks about the same issue.


  29. Google welcomes Gizmo5

    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    Today we’re pleased to announce we’ve acquired Gizmo5, a company that provides Internet-based calling software for mobile phones and computers. While we don’t have any specific features to announce right now, Gizmo5’s engineers will be joining the Google Voice team to continue improving the Google Voice and Gizmo5 experience. Current Gizmo5 users will still be able to use the service, though we will be suspending new signups for the time being, and existing users will no longer be able to sign up for a call-in number.

    We’ve acquired a number of small companies over the past five years, and the people and technology that have come to Google from other places have contributed in many ways, large and small, to all kinds of Google products. Since the GrandCentral team joined Google in 2007, they’ve done incredible things with Google’s technology and resources to launch and improve Google Voice.

    We welcome the Gizmo5 team to Google and look forward to working together to bringing more useful features to Google Voice.

    Posted by Wesley Chan and Craig Walker, Group Product Managers


  30. The new communications technology has enabled many children and young people to become media producers too. In America, Children’s Pressline encourages young people to take up their pens in the course of children less materially privileged than themselves.

    TakingITGlobal (TIG), ‘led by youth, empowered by technology’, brings together young people on-line in more than 200 countries to collaborate on projects concerned with global problems and initiatives for change.
    Many other exciting website like ‘Media Activities and Good Ideas by, with and for Children’ (MAGIC) identified by PressWise and Media Action International are showcased on a special website which also contains code of conduct for working with and writing about children .

    MAGIC website was a direct consequence of the Oslo challenge issued on the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which allied on media owners and practitioners, teachers, parents, politicians and children themselves to find new ways of making mass media a positive influence in the lives of children throughout the world

    Youth Meidia in Europe

    In Central Asia and Eastern Europe a network of youthful media projects has been established, so that young journalists and programme-makers are able to share ideas, information and media products through the Internet. The network is co-ordinated from Hungary by Chris Schuepp with support from UNICEF. Anyone can join the mailing list if they are willing to share their skills and experiences. Just get in touch with Chris on Email: , mailing list: . Many of the previously isolated projects are now showcasing their talents by taking part in competitions and film festivals. There is no doubt the participants will form a new generation of media professionals with a distinctly international perspective. The

    MAGIC website is regularly updated with the latest news on event and awards for youth media projects and around the world.
    For more information, do not hesitate to visit this site


  31. Hi madam,

    I know am to be blamed but I have to tell you that am having problem with my PC and can’t edit my new page on New media forms site.

    Please bear with me and I promise to send u all my work as soon as possible.



  32. Wi-Fi is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance that may be used with certified products that belong to a class of wireless local area network devices based on the IEEE 802.11 standards. A Wi-Fi enabled device such as a personal computer, video game console, mobile phone, MP3 player or personal digital assistant can connect to the Internet when within range of a wireless network connected to the Internet. The coverage of one or more interconnected access points — called a hotspot — can comprise an area as small as a few rooms or as large as many square miles covered by a group of access points with overlapping coverage. (Ref: )

    Here’s a website about how Wi-Fi works:
    and advantages and disadvantages of Wi-Fi at:


  33. The Virtual grapevine

    Back-biting in office has always existed, there’s nothing new about it, what is new is that it has become virtual now.

    Co-workers have been complaining about each other for years, typically by the watercooler. However like many other aspects of life,it appears that office gossip is now online. A recent survey by recruitment scoring website showed that 38% of employees use messengering software like MSN Messenger and e-mail to moan to other employees about problems within the workplace. It could be regarding management, other colleagues or the workload.

    It’s not just workplace moaning which is taking place via the virtual grapevine but also office politics are discussed or sorted via MSN or e-mail. However some people is against ‘sorting out of problems online’ as it can sometimes make things worse. According to them the main problem when dealing with complaints via e-mail, members of staff are never given the opportunity to fully express their thoughts. Hence meetings have proven to be much more effective when trying ascertain the facts,not only by making the member of staff feel at ease but also by watching their body language.


  34. Hello everybody

    We are planning to have a group revision on Wednesday 9th Dec. at raize plaza @ 13.00hrs. You are all invited.

    Together we can share our knowledge… thanks


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