Facebook's top topics for 2011: TOWIE more talked about than Gaddafi, Bin Laden deaths in UK

Facebook have revealed the most often-discussed topics on their social network for 2011. Ranking topics based on the amount of times they appeared in status updates across the year, the top global lists are a mixture of major news events…

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Gerald LynchFacebook's top topics for 2011: TOWIE more talked about than Gaddafi, Bin Laden deaths in UK

How Twitter broke story of Amy Winehouse's death before mainstream media: 10 per cent of tweets

It's a reflection of how quickly media is changing. Before the story was was announced on mainstream media websites – a little over an hour after the police had found Winehouse dead in her north London flat – micro-blogging…

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shinychrisHow Twitter broke story of Amy Winehouse's death before mainstream media: 10 per cent of tweets

Amy Winehouse's website attacked by "SwagSec" hackers

Amy Winehouse has become the latest high-profile target for hackers. A collective known as Swagger Security or "SwagSec" (and not to be confused with LulZSec, who recently disbanded) gained control of www.amywinehouse.com long enough to deface the stars page. Though…

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Gerald LynchAmy Winehouse's website attacked by "SwagSec" hackers

Tried to make Amy Winehouse go to rehab, she said 'No, no, not unless it improves my search engine ranking'

wino.jpgIt’s not much fun being Amy Winehouse at the moment, what with the dodgy husband, the parents asking people to stop buying your records, the paparazzi popping out from behind bins, and the continual reports claiming you have a drug habit that makes Pete Doherty look like a lightweight.

You’d think the silver lining would be a search engine ranking going through the roof, but not according to Yahoo’s Buzz Index for musicians.

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Stuart DredgeTried to make Amy Winehouse go to rehab, she said 'No, no, not unless it improves my search engine ranking'

Forget Glastonbury! Apple is holding its own iTunes music festival…

ica-venue.jpgThere are, by my estimation, about 876 music festivals happening in the UK this summer. Actually, make that 877. Apple has just announced the iTunes Festival, comprising a series of gigs at London’s ICA venue with 60 acts including Amy Winehouse, Crowded House, Editors and Mika.

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Stuart DredgeForget Glastonbury! Apple is holding its own iTunes music festival…

Will Universal be the second major label to make its digital music DRM-free?

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That’s what The Times reckons, anyway. In a report this weekend, the newspaper claimed that Universal Music is launching a trial of DRM-free digital music, to see if it’s worth following fellow major label EMI in ditching copyright protection.

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Stuart DredgeWill Universal be the second major label to make its digital music DRM-free?