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Internet usage-based pricing confuses consumers, U.S. watchdog finds
CBC News
Consumers often incorrectly estimate how much data they consume online and pay internet providers for more downloading and uploading than they actually do, a U.S. government watchdog said. The preliminary observations of U.S. consumers were from the Government Accountability Office's review of the practice of usage-based pricing, in which consumers pay internet service providers (ISPs) for a specific amount of data they agree to consume instead of a flat fee for unlimited data.
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Fast internet speeds boost U.K. property prices
The Telegraph
Home owners in London are willing to pay up to 8 per cent above the market price for properties in areas offering very fast internet speeds, according to a new study. Researchers from LSE and Imperial College Business School have analysed the value of broadband to English households, looking at the link between property prices and broadband availability.
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3 questions to ask before you dive into online video
The Globe and Mail
Has your business considered adding online video to its marketing mix, but you're not quite sure where to start? ome up with three key messages for potential customers to absorb, and then work on simplifying them. Get someone to view your businesses from an outsider's perspective, which can add additional insight. When you see your brand a new light, it helps clarify your message for you and your audience.
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New social media site pays users for posts that attract advertisers
The Columbus Dispatch
Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared — except the money those posts produce. At least two services are trying to change that. Bubblews, which came out of an extended test phase recently, pays users for posts that draw traffic and advertisers. Bonzo Me has been doing something similar since early July.

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Freedome app lets you surf the web anonymously by masking IP addresses
Tech 2
Security solutions firm F-Secure has introduced a mobile application, Freedome app, for surfing the Internet anonymously. The company claims the app enables users mask their IP address and hide their real location. It further claimed that this app is an ideal choice to counter cyber snooping.

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The internet of things — the next big challenge to our privacy
The Guardian
If there's a depressing slogan for the early era of the commercial internet, it's this: "Privacy is dead — get over it." For most of us, the internet is complex and opaque. Some might be vaguely aware that their personal data are getting sucked, their search histories tracked, and their digital journeys scoured. But the current nature of online services provides few mechanisms for individuals to have oversight and control of their information, particularly across tech-vendors.

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Facebook's expands in Zambia with app offering basic Internet services
Times Colonist
Facebook's project is taking another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online with an app launching in Zambia. The app will give subscribers of Zambia's Airtel phone company access to a set of basic Internet services for free. Users of the app won't incur the data charges that can be prohibitive for many people in developing nations.
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Could Yoox be a takeover target for Amazon?
Business of Fashion
Yoox SpA offers potential suitors a way to combine two of the fastest growing areas of retail: Luxury goods and the Internet. The $1.6 billion company, which operates e-commerce sites for designer brands including Armani and Moncler, is poised to boost sales by about 75 per cent over the next three years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Affluent consumers from Seattle to Shanghai have more to spend on luxury goods and are increasingly going online to do it, according to Retail Metrics Inc.
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Australia steps up fight against online piracy
The Wall Street Journal
Winter is coming for Australia's Internet pirates, among the world's most zealous in illegally downloading hit movies and television series such as HBO's blockbuster "Game of Thrones." After months of lobbying from Hollywood studios, local production houses and subscription channel Foxtel, as well as the U.S. ambassador, Australia's conservative government has released a discussion paper for public comment proposing legislative curbs that would force Internet providers to block access to popular downloading websites.
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Sprint is offering super-cheap data plans for only accessing social media
Time Magazine
As wireless carriers launch services to make mobile Internet more affordable, Sprint is taking a more drastic approach with its new wireless plan — unlimited access to a few popular social media apps, and nothing else. Offered under Sprint's Virgin Mobile brand, the $12 monthly plan allows customers uncapped access to either Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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