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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’
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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 that in a survey of …

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Stuart O'ConnorAn ad-free internet would cost £140 a year
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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 for this is that some …

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Stuart O'ConnorHow the internet is slowing down
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Dating site OkCupid also experiments on its users

To paraphrase the Smashing Pumpkins, despite all our rage we are still just rats in a cage… In June, Facebook disclosed that it had tested to see if emotions were contagious, deliberately manipulating the emotional content of the news feeds for 700,000 people. Now it seems that Facebook is not the only website that conducts experiments on its users. According …

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Stuart O'ConnorDating site OkCupid also experiments on its users
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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 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