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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 said. “You can basically see …

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Stuart O'ConnorAd-blocking software is ‘the Napster of the advertising industry’

Twitter putting “Buy” buttons directly on to tweets

Twitter is testing new functionality that could add “buy” buttons direct to tweets – making it easier to buy stuff over the network. At the moment, the links are only being tested with a handful of US users and a handful of retailers – but if successful could see it roll out to everyone. Here’s Twitter’s video explaining how it …

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James O'MalleyTwitter putting “Buy” buttons directly on to tweets
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Twitter forcing Twitpic to shut down

Big news overnight from Twitpic, the original Twitter image sharing service – it has announced that it will be shutting down following legal threats from Twitter itself. Long time Twitter users will know Twitpic well: Long before Twitter itself supported uploading images with tweets, Twitpic was there fill the gap with a simple website that let you login with your …

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Good news: Data suggests that the Ice Bucket Challenge has peaked

Okay, so we’re all pleased that the Ice Bucket Challenge is raising a lot of money for a good cause – but let’s be honest… isn’t it so last Thursday? Luckily, for those who have tired of it, Ice Bucket Fever appears to have peaked – with Google Trends showing downwards momentum from a peak on August 21st. It looks like it’ll …

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James O'MalleyGood news: Data suggests that the Ice Bucket Challenge has peaked
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Now Twitter can make you paranoid about flooding

A new website has launched that lets you browse through over 2000 river gauges that are connected to the internet – so you know how much to worry about flooding. Isn’t the Internet of Things great? Now we can get near real time river data on loads of places – and GaugeMap will put it into context, flagging up whether …

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James O'MalleyNow Twitter can make you paranoid about flooding
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The internet is a better teacher than a school – here’s some reasons why.

Today is GCSE exam results day here in the UK, when teenagers across the country will be nervously open envelopes to learn how they did – after spending the past couple of years putting in all that effort. Here’s the thing though: School’s a bit of a boring way to learn. So here’s some hi-tech suggestions on how you can …

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James O'MalleyThe internet is a better teacher than a school – here’s some reasons why.
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Greggs has a little Google problem

Poor Greggs. All the Newcastle embassy wants to do is have a presence online yet somehow Google’s algorithm picked the following image to represent the companies: Someone at Google doesn't like sausage rolls. This is what you get when you search "Greggs": pic.twitter.com/B090HlUGuw — Rosie (@RosieLondoner) August 19, 2014 Yes, that reads “Providing shit to scum for over 70 years”. …

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Twitter is showing your favourites in your followers’ timelines

Potentially horrifying news depending on how you use Twitter. The company is testing a new “feature” whereby tweets that you have favourited will act like retweets, and will be shown in the timelines of the people who follow you. That’s right – just like a retweet. The feature has only rolled out to a handful of users at the moment …

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James O'MalleyTwitter is showing your favourites in your followers’ timelines
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Facebook testing a “Satire” tag on shared links – no, this isn’t a joke

Facebook doesn’t think its users are too bright. At least, that’d be a reasonable conclusion to draw following the news that the company is testing a “[Satire]” tag that would be automatically displayed on articles from the likes of The Onion. As Ars Technica reports, at the moment the tag is only appearing for a small number of users. Facebook …

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James O'MalleyFacebook testing a “Satire” tag on shared links – no, this isn’t a joke
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Watch how much electricity the UK is generating in near real time

As environmental concerns are ever more important, how can we make informed decisions about what we should do? Check out this website where you can monitor the real time energy situation in the UK. Gridwatch was created a couple of years ago by an electrical engineer looking to get past what they viewed as a flawed debate on alternative energy. …

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James O'MalleyWatch how much electricity the UK is generating in near real time