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US docs halve screen time for tots: No more than an hour a day

The American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its recommendations for children's use of electronic media, and has cut the overall time it recommends that tots spend on-screen. For the past 17 years, the influential group has recommended a blanket ban on digital media viewing until the age of two, and then allowing two hours a …
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2016

Minister for Fun opens consultation on future of the BBC

The Government has opened up a wide-ranging consultation on the future of the BBC, whose ten-year duration Royal Charter expires in 2017. Inside the BBC Micro From this ... Coincidentally a Government review of the criminalisation of license fee evasion, was also published today, the Perry Review, which has decided to …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jul 2015
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You THINK you're watching your LG smart TV - but IT's WATCHING YOU, baby

LG smart TVs silently log owners' viewing habits to the South Korean company's servers and use them to serve targeted ads, one researcher has claimed. According to Yorkshire, UK–based hacker "DoctorBeet," the internet-enabled sets try to phone home to LG every time a viewer changes the channel, giving the chaebol the ability …
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2013

Apple files 'Bonk to Gift' near field communication patent application

Apple has filed an unusually detailed, 63-page patent application for the ability to "gift" – and yes, our dictionary recognizes that word as a verb – digital content via near field communication (NFC). Application number 20130211971, filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office just this March, published on …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Aug 2013
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Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us

Comment The brother-in-law of the Guardian's editor - the paper's investigative reporter David Leigh - has floated an idea to save the newspaper industry. Every broadband subscriber in the country would pay a tax of £2 a month, whether they wanted to or not, with the money shared amongst news organisations according to how many UK …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2012
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Adobe axes 750 jobs to focus on HTML5, cloud

Adobe has confirmed it is slashing 750 jobs across its enterprise licensing biz and focusing on HTML5 work as part of a restructure to pump up its digital media and marketing software. The proposal to cut around seven per cent of its workforce came as the maker of reassuringly expensive graphic design software reaffirmed …
Paul Kunert, 9 Nov 2011
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Aussies shine at Geek Oscars

South Australian company Rising Sun Research has been recognised by the Academy (of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences – you know who we mean) for its work in developing the remote collaboration technology cineSync. Developers Tony Clark, Neil Wilson, Alan Rogers and Rory McGregor have been given a Scientific and Technical …
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Wikileaks are for-hire mercenaries - Cryptome

Wikileaks has always been a commercial enterprise hiding behind a narcissistic "public interest" PR, says Cryptome operator John Young in a scathing critique of the site. Whistleblower site Cryptome began publishing documents in 1996, incurring the wrath of UK and US governments. The archive endures. Young was invited to be the …
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The iPad will doom humanity to painful bog-roll horror

Journalists are always moaning about the ever-accelerating disappearance of printed newspapers and magazines, as this seems likely in many cases to take away their livelihoods. Many of you out there, however, probably care not a snap of your fingers for the welfare of idle (and often dissolute) scribblers who think the world …
Team Register, 22 Apr 2010
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Associated Newspapers, GMG to pool newsrooms

April Fools In a sign of newspaper industry consolidation, rival publishing groups Associated and the Guardian Media Group are to join forces, sharing a common editorial production facility. Using the latest technology, a single team will produce stories for both groups flagship titles, the Daily Mail and the Guardian, in a process that …
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Brits don't think musicians should be paid

A poll suggests an emergent misanthropic streak in British adults, with only 38 per cent agreeing with the statement that musicians should earn royalties from online transactions. The poll didn't offer an option about paying (nor not paying) songwriters and composers, who create the original material. However a similar figure …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jul 2009
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RIP, Pirate Bay

Comment So The Pirate Bay has executed the Web 2.0 business plan to perfection: give someone else's stuff away for free - then find a bigger idiot to buy the company. It's actually not so different from the potted history of every media company that rises to popularity on the back of a new medium - take radio, for example - then sells …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2009

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