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The Pirate Bay launches mobile site

“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” So said Jedi-master Obi-Wan Kenobi as he fought Darth Vader at the end of Star Wars. The same could be said of torrent site The Pirate Bay, which simply refuses to lay down and die despite the efforts of various authorities to put it to …

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Pirate Bay launches mobile site
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Britons don’t want web filters, says Ofcom

UK web users must really like their porn. Either that, or they just don’t like the government telling them what they can and cannot look at online. A new report from Ofcom shows that broadband customers in the UK are overwhelmingly choosing not to use parental-control systems foisted on ISPs by the government – with take-up in the single digits …

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Stuart O'ConnorBritons don’t want web filters, says Ofcom
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Netflix hits 50m global subscribers as profits double

Streaming video may not have supplanted broadcast TV, DVD or Blu-ray quite yet, but it appears to be well on its way. Online TV and movie streaming service Netflix announced this week that it now had more than 50 million subscribers in more than 40 countries worldwide. Releasing its results for the second quarter of 2014 on Monday, Netflix also …

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Stuart O'ConnorNetflix hits 50m global subscribers as profits double
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BBC technical problems affect iPlayer and homepage

TV viewers were unable to watch or listen to their favourite BBC shows online for more than 24 hours over the weekend, when the corporation’s TV and radio iPlayer service was hit by technical issues. The gremlins also got into the BBC website’s front page. An error message on the page reads: “Due to technical problems, we are displaying a …

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Stuart O'ConnorBBC technical problems affect iPlayer and homepage
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Anti-piracy campaign set to kick off in UK

In an effort to fight digital piracy, the movie and music industries have announced a deal with the UK’s leading ISPs to send warning emails to alleged copyright infringers. Called the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme, the campaign will focus on alerting people to the fact that their activities infringe copyright. Starting next year, up to four warnings will be sent …

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Stuart O'ConnorAnti-piracy campaign set to kick off in UK
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Netflix ranks Virgin Media as UK’s fastest ISP

Not all of its customers might agree, but Virgin Media has been rated the UK’s best ISP by streaming service Netflix. Virgin Media tops the current list on the official Netflix blog with an average speed of 3.30Mbps, with BT in second place at 2.96Mbps. Sky is in third on 2.74Mbps, then EE on 2.62Mbps and finally TalkTalk on 2.59Mbps. …

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Stuart O'ConnorNetflix ranks Virgin Media as UK’s fastest ISP
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Bell Labs pushes 10Gbps over copper phone lines

The imminent death of the copper cable appears to have been greatly exaggerated. To paraphrase a certain character from Monty Python and The Holy Grail: “It’s not dead yet.”   The BBC reports that researchers at Bell Labs claim to have set a new broadband speed record of 10Gbps using traditional copper telephone lines. In the recent round of tests, …

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Stuart O'ConnorBell Labs pushes 10Gbps over copper phone lines
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Government scaremongering its way to further surveillance powers

Last night news broke that the government plans to push through “emergency” legislation to force phone and internet companies to keep records of calls and internet use. Yeah, that doesn’t sound ominous at all. David Cameron explained the plans this morning by playing the scary terrorism card: I'll be explaining today why emergency legislation is needed to maintain powers to …

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James O'MalleyGovernment scaremongering its way to further surveillance powers
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UK aims for 100% superfast broadband coverage by 2017

Sick of slow downloads and constant buffering while trying to watch a TV show on the iPlayer or Netflix? Well, the internet in the UK should see some improvement over the next few years. The government has today said that it aims to achieve 100% superfast broadband coverage in the UK by 2017. Communications minister Ed Vaizey said that once …

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Stuart O'ConnorUK aims for 100% superfast broadband coverage by 2017
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UK digital banking reaches £1bn a day

Remember the very, very old days where, if you wanted to get money out of your bank account, you had to walk into a building and conduct a conversation and a physical transaction with an actual human being? How those times have changed – most of us now do pretty much all our banking online or at ATMs. A new …

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Stuart O'ConnorUK digital banking reaches £1bn a day