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Was the BBC hit by a DDoS attack?

It appears that the disruptions caused to the BBC’s iPlayer and website last weekend were possibly due to a DDoS attack. The iPlayer service was out of action over most of the weekend because of problems with the database behind the catch-up service. The faults also meant that only a simplified version of the BBC’s homepage was shown, while online …

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Stuart O'ConnorWas the BBC hit by a DDoS attack?
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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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Facebook adds a “save for later” button

Facebook has added a button that will let users save an item on their feed to read later – brilliant for if you come across an interesting sounding link whilst just doing a quick browse on the bus. The way it will work is pretty similar to the likes of Pocket or Instapaper. On Facebook’s mobile app if you’re on …

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James O'MalleyFacebook adds a “save for later” button
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Silly Washboard service shuts up shop after just a few weeks

Oh no! Remember Washboard? It was a web 2.0 service that would send American subscribers a bunch of coins every month for use in the laundrette. In exchange for slightly more money than the value of the quarters. Yep, it was as stupid as it sounds, and now to the surprise of no one, it has emerged that the service …

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James O'MalleySilly Washboard service shuts up shop after just a few weeks
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WATCH: Weird Al explains to Fox News host how the internet works

Fox News in America is known for two things: Its conservative slant, and the fact that the people who watch it are really, really old. Which is perhaps why it shouldn’t come as a shock that its hosts sometimes seem stunningly out of touch. Weird Al has been publishing new music videos every day for eight days to promote his …

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James O'MalleyWATCH: Weird Al explains to Fox News host how the internet works
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Amazon appears to be testing ebook subscription service

It seems that Amazon is preparing to give readers something to get excited about – a Netflix-style digital ebook and audiobook subscription service that provides Kindle users with access to a potential library of more than 600,000 titles for about £6 a month. The discovery was first reported by the news site GigaOm. Amazon has since deleted the details, but …

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Stuart O'ConnorAmazon appears to be testing ebook subscription service

Kickstarter changes its crowdfunding rules

The crowdfunding website Kickstarter has relaxed its rules, making it easier for projects to be accepted. Kickstarter, which launched in 2009, has become the most well-known and successful crowdfunding platform in the world – attracting more than $1bn worth of…

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Stuart O'ConnorKickstarter changes its crowdfunding rules

Jimmy Wales waves a giant "citation needed" sign at crazy alternative medicine lobby

Good on Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. He has finally responded to a petition setup by practitioners of "alternative medicine" and "holistic healing", demanding that the encyclopedia waive the desire for things like "facts" and "evidence" in order to…

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James O'MalleyJimmy Wales waves a giant "citation needed" sign at crazy alternative medicine lobby