Taipei is one of the world's most connected cities. Personal computer usage in Taiwan is high, with 88 per cent of households using a computer - and 83.6 per cent us ing the internet, compared with around 65 per cent in the UK and just under 70 per cent in the US.
A remarkable 89.3 per cent of Taipei's 5 million residents have broadband access and the entire city will have free wi-fi access by the end of the year - the first in the world to have that facility.
Embedded in this story is another story about Yahoo and a service called Yahoo Knowledge
The service allows users to post and answer questions, sharing their expertise online with Yahoo's 50 million other unique users.
Yahoo! claims Answers demonstrates it is prepared for the next phase of the internet's evolution. 'The battleground so far has been about who has the most powerful and fastest search engine, but, increasingly, it will be about relevance and context', says Stephen Taylor who runs its European operation
Question: Does interruptive advertising often have that specific context?
In a world of search - specificity and context are everything.
Like the newest stars in the internet fi rmament, including YouTube and Flickr, Answers relies on user-generated content. Users are also awarded points for useful answers and ranked accordingly, which gives Answers a community feel shared by other social networking sites like Rupert Murdoch's MySpace. They are coveted by internet companies because their users keep coming back, and advertisers can exploit their loyalty by running targeted campaigns.