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Ad-blocking software is ‘the Napster of the advertising industry’

Blocking adverts on the internet is the equivalent of theft, according to the chief executive of PageFair. Sean Blanchfield, who is also the founder of the anti-adblocking company, described adblockers as “like the Napster of the advertising industry”. “[Adblocking] is really concentrated on exactly the kind of people that advertisers are targeting - millennials," he…

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Stuart O'ConnorAd-blocking software is ‘the Napster of the advertising industry’
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Google ‘discourages’ users of out-of-date web browsers

Are you still using IE7, Firefox 22 or even Netscape Navigator 9? Then Google has a bit of a problem with you. Google is trying to encourage users away from out-of-date browsers by intentionally serving up an old version of its search homepage to them. Many people reported recently in a Google forum they were…

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Stuart O'ConnorGoogle ‘discourages’ users of out-of-date web browsers
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Monkey does not own selfie, rules US Copyright Office

The US Copyright Office has settled the recent debate over the so-called monkey selfie, declaring in updated rules that material produced by an animal can't be registered. "The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals or plants," the office, which operates under the US Library of Congress, wrote in a recent update to…

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Stuart O'ConnorMonkey does not own selfie, rules US Copyright Office
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An ad-free internet would cost £140 a year

We all hate those annoying pop-up ads, or the ads that take over the entire page you are trying to read, or the pre-roll advertising you get on videos. But how many people would be willing to pay to get rid of advertising? Not that many, according to the International Business Times. The site reports…

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Stuart O'ConnorAn ad-free internet would cost £140 a year
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Britons still prefer to watch television live – on their TVs

As our "second" screens get smaller while our TV screens get larger, it seems that the old adage that "bigger is better" just might hold true. Some new research has shown that despite the growth in watching television via a PC, tablet or smartphone, 90 per cent of viewers still regularly use the TV to…

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Stuart O'ConnorBritons still prefer to watch television live – on their TVs
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Online music videos to get age rating in UK

In further proof that he has absolutely no understanding of how the internet works, UK prime minister David Cameron has announced that music videos on YouTube and other websites will be given age ratings from October to stop children seeing “graphic content”. Cameron said that new filters will replicate rules that exist offline for media…

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Stuart O'ConnorOnline music videos to get age rating in UK
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How the internet is slowing down

Do you suffer from a slow internet connection? Well, it may get worse before it gets better. The BBC is reporting that networking giant Cisco says that web browsing speeds could slow over the next week or so as old hardware is upgraded to handle the growth of the internet. It says that the reason…

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Stuart O'ConnorHow the internet is slowing down
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Police arrest man for running proxy servers

City of London anti-piracy police have arrested a man in Nottingham for running a proxy server. The 20-year-old from Nottingham is believed to have been running a proxy server that connected to addresses banned by service providers in the UK. Acccording to reports, the man was questioned and then released on bail. The arrest was…

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Stuart O'ConnorPolice arrest man for running proxy servers
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Like Google, Microsoft tips off police on child porn

Google isn’t alone in its scanning for child porn - Microsoft is also keeping its cyber-eyes peeled. The BBC reports that a tip-off from Microsoft has led to the arrest of a man in Pennsylvania who has been charged with receiving and sharing child abuse images. Microsoft informed the National Center for Missing and Exploited…

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Stuart O'ConnorLike Google, Microsoft tips off police on child porn