CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: Top Online Digital Services – Spotify, LoveFilm, Dropbox and more!

Tech gifts don't have to be about screen sizes or processing capabilities these days. In fact, they don't have to be physical gifts at all. You can put a smile on a loved one's face just by setting them up…

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Gerald LynchCHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: Top Online Digital Services – Spotify, LoveFilm, Dropbox and more!

The Times experiences massive loss in readers after introducing paywall

The Times and Sunday Times websites have experienced a huge drop in their readership after parent company News Corporation introduced a paywall, requiring readers to subscribe before accessing the content on the site. As of June 15th, readers were asked…

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Gerald LynchThe Times experiences massive loss in readers after introducing paywall

App Store Round-Up: Hockey, Taschen, crosswords and more!

It's as varied a bunch of apps as ever hitting Apple's store this week. From the Times Concise Crossword to the iStudiez Pro revision planner, the App Store is both all work AND all play this week. Keep an eye…

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Gerald LynchApp Store Round-Up: Hockey, Taschen, crosswords and more!

UPDATE: Secret police blogger unmasked by courts

The police officer behind the award-winning Night Jack blog has been revealed. The disclosure comes as a result of detective constable Richard Horton losing a legal case in which he sought an injunction against The Times to keep his anonymity.

Mr Justice Eady refused the injunction, ruling that it was in the public interest to reveal DC Horton’s identity.

The Night Jack blog had received wide praise for its honest and frank representations of police life and was awarded the Orwell special prize for blogs earlier this year.

Unfortunately the blog has now been deleted at Wordpress, although you can still read some extracts via The Guardian.

(via The FT)

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Paul LamkinUPDATE: Secret police blogger unmasked by courts

Opinion: Free music file sharing was never going to hit the right notes with record firms

Jon_smal.gifJonathan Weinberg writes… You don’t get anything in life for free. So the saying goes.

And so, I’m not surprised that a website which promised us the world’s first legal file-sharing service has had to backtrack on the plans after the record companies said they were not yet supporting it.

Qtrax made a big song and dance about their launch over in Cannes with stars including James Blunt there. They secured quite a bit of coverage in all the national newspapers too in Britain.

But maybe it would have made sense to secure the record firms first, after all, as the gatekeepers of the industry, they are pretty important don’t you think? It’s like saying you’ve got a No1 song, without actually having the lyrics written or the musical score penned…

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Jonathan WeinbergOpinion: Free music file sharing was never going to hit the right notes with record firms