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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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Anti-piracy campaign set to kick off in UK

In an effort to fight digital piracy, the movie and music industries have announced a deal with the UK’s leading ISPs to send warning emails to alleged copyright infringers. Called the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme, the campaign will focus on alerting people to the fact that their activities infringe copyright. Starting next year, up to four warnings will be sent …

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Stuart O'ConnorAnti-piracy campaign set to kick off in UK
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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

O2 voted favourite British broadband provider

A poll carried out by www.broadband-expert.co.uk has revealed O2 to be Britian's favourite broadband provider. Over 100,000 broadband users voted in the poll, with 6,676 giving O2 the highest average satisfaction rating of 77%. View the full list of results…

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BT slams government's plans to tackle illegal file sharers

Dealing with online piracy has often been a bone of contention between operators and the government, but since the plans laid out in the Digital Economy Bill were announced, disagreements has stepped up a notch. Now BT's chief executive Ian…

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Gerald LynchBT slams government's plans to tackle illegal file sharers

British ISPs block Wikipedia over album cover

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That image to the right, when uncensored, is the cover to German heavy metal band Scorpions’ 1976 album “Virgin Killer”. It was the centre of a storm yesterday after six British ISPs blocked their subscribers from accessing pages that featured it, including Wikipedia.

As well as the block of the offending page, another result was that Wikipedia editors and administrators in the UK became suddenly unable to edit pages when not logged in. This has prompted an uproar amongst users of the site – which relies on editing by volunteers for its content.

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Duncan GeereBritish ISPs block Wikipedia over album cover