The Digest: Serial breaks iTunes record… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Murder mystery podcast Serial breaks download records | The Telegraph

“A podcast about a real-life murder presented in a format that its creator says is ‘as old as Dickens’ has become the fastest ever to pass five million downloads. The podcast, which issues weekly 40-minute episodes, is a spin-off from broadcasting sensation This American Life and follows presenter and journalist Sarah Koenig as she unpicks a murder case that closed 15 years ago.”

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Yahoo to replace Google for search on Firefox | BBC News

“Tech giant Yahoo will now replace online leader Google as the default search engine on Firefox’s internet browsers in the US. Yahoo said it would launch a ‘clean, modern and immersive design’ search engine for Firefox users starting in December. The news comes as Google’s arrangement with Firefox maker Mozilla nears an end after a decade-long partnership.”

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Free apps aren’t “free” in Apple’s App Store any more | Re/code

“If you try to download an app like Clash of Clans or Candy Crush Saga from the iOS App Store, you may notice something different: They’re no longer called ‘free’. They still are free, at least to start, but critics of the ‘free-to-play’ business model (also known as ‘freemium’) have cause to celebrate. Apple has tweaked the download buttons for free-to-download games to say ‘get’ instead of ‘free’. Apple confirmed to Re/code that this is a worldwide change.”

It would seem that the powers that be at Apple might have watched a recent episode of South Park

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Webcam hackers could be watching you, watchdog warns  | The Guardian

“The UK is to take international action to close down a Russian website that is streaming images from British webcams including baby monitors, bedroom cameras and gym CCTV. The site feature live feeds from households and businesses across the world, including a gym in Manchester, a bedroom in Birmingham, and an office in Leicester.”

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Powerlace self-lacing trainers to launch May 2015 | ITProPortal

“You can hopefully tie your own shoelaces, but it’s a hassle, right? If you think so, then take heart that lace knotting could soon become a thing of the past, as the self-lacing trainer is being developed by Nike – and now a new startup on Kickstarter.”

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