08 - The Internet

'A technologically-supported social and information network that uses common protocols to link audiences with a wide array of content and each other in a global entertainment exchange' (Pearson, 2009 in Moss, 2009, p.133).

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28th September, 2016

BBC NewsbeatTwitch and YouTube 'taking misogynistic abuse in gaming seriously'

Article highlighting problems faced by female gamers who face misogynistic abuse on a number of online platforms.
25th September, 2016

BBC NewsIs the party over for free wi-fi in cafes?Free wi-fi in cafes is something that many people expect, however people overstaying and not making purchases is causing a re-think of how this works, including leasing cafe rental space as mobile offices to business users.

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18th April, 2016

BBC NewsYouTube live-streams in virtual reality and adds 3D sound

News story about innovations by YouTube to live-stream events with immersive technology.
7th April, 2016

BBC NewsEU lawyer sides against Playboy in hyperlinks case

News story highlighting how a website linking to photographs published on another website, which had published Playboy photographs without permission is not an infringement of copyright in the EU. 
1st February, 2016

BBC NewsIllegal football streams are 'dangerous', study says

Article highlighting how many streaming sites for live sports contain links to malware and other software, that can harm a user's computer.
30th December, 2015

BBC News2015: The year that angry won the internetArticle exploring the use of social media to spread hate speech.
27th November, 2015

BBC NewsOnline chatting at work gets the thumbs up from bosses

Feature exploring how social media for communication purposes is increasingly being adopted in the workplace in order to streamline and make more effective communication between colleagues - potentially at the expense of email.

26th November, 2015

BBC News

100 Women 2015: Social media 'fuels gender violence'

News article about a UN report that has highlighted how social media is being used as a tool to promote gender violence towards women.

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23rd September, 2015

BBC NewsWhere is the world's most Instagrammed place?

Article looking at the growing popularity of Instagram and particular rising markets in the Far East and South America. The world's most Instagrammed place is revealed to be Disneyland in California.
18th September, 2015

BBC NewsDoes ad blocking herald the end of the free internet?

Article highlighting how the rise in the use of ad-blockers, and particularly the decision by Apple to allow ad-blockers on it's phones, may lead to the 'free' to use internet becoming more restricted, with 'pay walls' to supplement lost revenue from advertising services.
3rd November, 2014BBC NewsOne wi-fi hotspot for every 150 people, says study

News article exploring the growth in proliferation of wi-fi hotspots, as the world becomes a more connected place, with a link to a wi-fi growth map.


20th October, 2014

BBC NewsGoogle changes 'to fight piracy' by highlighting legal sites

News article about changes made by Google to search results to highlight legal over illegal downloading sites. 
22nd July, 2014

BBC NewsYouTube star Michelle Phan sued over copyright

News story about Michelle Phan who hosts a YouTube channel with over 6 million subscribers being sued for music copyright infringement for using background music from recording artists under the Ultra Records label on her videos.
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19th July, 2014

BBC NewsUK anti-piracy campaign set to beginNews story about the commencement of written warnings from UK ISPs to those who persistently infringe copyright through using file-sharing websites.
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2nd July, 2014

BBC NewsWhy has Google cast me into oblivion?News article about a BBC news page which Google removed links to due to a 'right to be forgotten' request by a former Merrill Lynch boss. The article brings into question the morality of the EU law allowing individuals the right to be forgotten who may not deserve that right due to their former actions.

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30th June, 2014

The GuardianFacebook emotion study breached ethical guidelines, researchers say

News story about a piece of research undertaken by Facebook that was conducted on almost 700,000 users without their permission, and could have been harmful to them by altering their emotional state.
9th May, 2014BBC News

Deal to combat piracy in UK with 'alerts' is imminent

News article about a deal being struck between UK Internet Service Providers and the BPI and MPA to send letters warning those who are suspected of infringing copyright through either illegal downloading or file-sharing.
3rd April, 2014

BBC NewsMEPs vote to scrap mobile roaming fees in Europe

News about Members of the European Parliament voting to scrap mobile roaming fees from December 2015. This will benefit Europeans who travel from their home country to another European country, and will increase internet access from mobile devices from Europeans who are 'abroad' in other European states.
31st March, 214

BBC NewsAttempt to cut off illegal websites' advertising revenue

Websites that offer pirated products are reported to earn $227m annually, but could see their advertising revenues slashed after a Police database has been created to list websites that deal in copyright infringed products and highlight to advertisers which sites are legal and which are illegal.
21st February, 2014

BBC NewsCanada internet firm ordered to name 'illegal downloaders'

News story about the decision by a court in Canada to allow the handover of 2,000 suspected users who have illegally downloaded films owned by Voltage, albeit with measures in place to prevent 'copyright trolling'.
14th February, 2014

BBC NewsLinking to free web content is legal, says EU Court

News story about a decision by the European Court of Justice, that websites which link to freely available content online are not in copyright contravention.
3rd February, 2014

BBC NewsFacebook turns 10, but are its days numbered?Discussion around the future of Facebook, which charts it's rise to prominence as the worlds leading social media website, against the fact that teenagers are increasingly turning to new platforms.


23rd January, 2014

Sky News

Facebook 'could lose 80% of users by 2017'News story based upon research at Princeton university in the declining popularity of Facebook, this has been partially based upon Google searches for the term 'Facebook'.


11th November, 2013BBC News

Jamal Edwards: Amateur film-maker turned multimillionaire

Case study on SB:TV founder Jamal Edwards, who has become a millionaire after developing a YouTube channel.
10th November, 2013

The GuardianTeenagers say goodbye to Facebook and hello to messenger appsNews feature exploring the increasing popularity of messenger apps amongst young people, and seemingly a declining in Facebook usage by the same.

21st October, 2013

BBC News

Facebook lets beheading clips return to social network

News story about Facebook allowing the distribution of videos which depict actual murder and beheading on its site, and the damaging effect this could have on viewers.

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11th September, 2013

BBC News Ofcom: Piracy accounts for one in four downloads A new report by UK telecoms regular Ofcom has revealed that a quarter of all downloads infringe copyright, and that 2% of downloaders in the UK accounted for almost three quarters of online piracy in a year.


10th May, 2013

BBC News

Censoring Facebook: Social network's violent video dilemma

Discussion around the morality and ethics of social networking sites allowing violent videos to be uploaded and streamed, and whether or not they should be edited or censored.

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1st May, 2013 BBC News Charities urge Facebook to block decapitation videos

Facebook has been criticised for not blocking videos that depict acts of violence and murder, including the decapitation of a woman with a sword purportedly in Mexico, which could harm those who see them.

21st March, 2013

BBC News

Teenagers and their sleepless lives

Feature exploring how teenagers are increasingly engaging with technology in their lives, through phones and computers, and how this is having an effect on sleeping patterns as many develop nocturnal lifestyles.

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24th October, 2012

BBC News

Web host for 'SumoTorrent' site 'liable for damges'

News story that could set a new precedent in claiming damages for internet piracy. In a ruling in the Netherlands, the web host of SumTorrent have been found liable for damages to owners of copyrighted materials. SumoTorrent themselves had already moved their operations to the Ukraine in order to avoid prosecution and closure.

 

 

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23rd October, 2012 BBC News More piracy sites faced with blocking as BPI contacts UK ISPs

The UK's major internet service providers have been asked to block three more file-sharing websites by The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which acts on behalf of rights holders, and wants ISPs to prevent access to Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents.

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18th October, 2012





BBC News

Google threatens French media ban over proposed law

The French government are proposing to charge search engines for inclusion of French materials in search results. In response to this Google is threatening to remove all French media content.

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17th October, 2012

BBC News The Pirate Bay moves to the cloud to avoid shutdown

News story about The Pirate Bay illegal file sharing website moving its content to cloud based storage in order to thwart investigators and law enforcement agencies.

15th October, 2012

BBC News

Social Media and the PCC elections: Tweeting Candidates

News article shows the understanding that politicians have on how powerful the social media is. It shows that the political world are beginning to understand the power of social media and therefore they are using hashtags to create debates.

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12th October, 2012

BBC News Harvey Weinstein attacks 'free internet' Feature about a speech by US film Producer Harvey Weinstein in which he has criticised media giants Apple and Google for making content available under the guise of "free internet".
4th October, 2012

BBC News Facebook surpasses one billion users as it
 tempts new markets

News feature exploring how Facebook has announced that it has 1 billion users, the article also explores new and emergent global markets that Facebook is still to penetrate.
1st October, 2012 BBC News Japan introduces pirate penalties for illegal downloads Japan-based internet users who download copyright infringing files face up to two years in prison or fines of up to two million yen ($25,700; £15,900) after a change to the law.


 25th September, 2012  The Telegraph  MySpace aims to win back music fans with new design The article is about how MySpace have reinvented themselves to regain the popularity it had years ago. Also how it is trying to become the social networking site for musicians once again with it's claims of having the biggest music libary online.  
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11th September, 2012  BBC News  Google removes The Pirate Bay from auto-complete search Google has restricted the presence of The Pirate Bay's web pages in its auto-complete search facility after being pressured by UK music companies and Hollywood Film studios.  

16th July, 2012

BBC News

Pirate Bay block effectiveness short-lived data suggests

News article highlighting how measures by ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay had only a limited impact, with a dip in traffic lasting only a week.

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31st May, 2012

BBC News Acta: Piracy treaty dealt crucial blows in EU votes

News story about a setback to the implementation of the European Union's Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

2nd May, 2012

BBC News

File-sharers look to VPNs to overcome Pirate Bay ban

News story about how file sharers are turning to virtual private networks (VPNs) in order to anonymise their web usage and share files illegaly, circumventing bans enforced upon internet service providers (ISPs).

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26th April, 2012

BBC News Digital Economy Act's anti-piracy measures are delayed

News story about the delaying in the UK of laws that are intended to punish file sharers and illegal downloaders.
20th April, 2012

BBC News YouTube loses court battle over music clips

News story about a court in Germany finding YouTube as being responsible for the clips that its users upload. The court wants YouTube to install filters that spot win users try and upload videos containing music by royalty collection group Gema.


20th April, 2012 BBC News Studios lose landmark anti-piracy suit in Australia

News story about major film and television studios losing a landmark piracy case in Australia, after it was ruled by the Australian High Court that ISP iiNet did not authorise copyright infringement amongst its customers.
18th April, 2012 The Guardian

The online copyright war: the day the internet hit back at big media

Discussion article exploring the difficulty of applying online copyright laws to the internet.
19th March, 2012

Branding Personality The rise of Facebook in the "BRIC" nations

Feature discussing the rise of Facebook in Brazil, Russia, India and China over other social media tools. 

19th March, 2012

BBC News

UK is the 'most internet-based major economy'

The internet contributes to 8.3% of the UK economy, a bigger share than for any of the other G20 major countries, a new study suggests.

The "internet economy" was worth £121bn in 2010, more than £2,000 per person, researchers at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) said

 

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16th March, 2012

BBC Click SXSW: As 'Pinteresting' as ever

Feature video from the 2012 South by South West festival, that highlights the growth in a new generation of social media apps that are based around curation and location sharing.


9th March 2012

BBC News US Army: Geotagged Facebook posts put soldiers' lives at risk

News story about the dangers associated with geo-tagging which has become a popular feature amongst many social media web tools allowing users to pinpoint their exact location.
8th March, 2012

BBC News Hotfile's digital locker service targeted by Hollywood

News story about court papers being unsealed this week, which have revealed that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has filed a motion for a summary judgement against Hotfile, in a bid to have the site taken down for alleged copyright infringement.


6th March, 2012

BBC News BT and Talk Talk lose file-sharing appeal

News story relating to British internet service providers losing an appeal against the Digital Economy Act, which will require them to send warning letters to those who choose to illegally share files. 


2nd March, 2012 BBC News
Pinterest: Just what exactly is on it?

Feature about fast growing social media network Pinterest, which largely evolves around photographic content, and globally is a female dominated social network - but not in the UK.


15th February, 2012

BBC News Users warned as RnBXclusive.com shut down by police

Music site RnBXclusive.com has been shut down by the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

A takedown notice warned visitors who have used the site to download music they could face up to 10 years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.

Soca said music posted on the site was "stolen from the artists" and may have "damaged careers".




19th January, 2012

BBC News Megaupload file-sharing site shut down, founders charged

Megaupload, which was one of the internet's largest file-sharing websites has been closed by US prosecutors. The site has been accused of costing copyright holders more than $500m (£320m).
18th January, 2012

Mashable Why SOPA is Dangerous Blog article in opposition to the American Stop Online Piracy Act, which also includes a link to the act itself.
16th January, 2012

BBC News China's microbloggers quadrupled in 2011, report says

The number of microbloggers in China quadrupled in 2011, according to a think-tank report.

Nearly half of China's 513 million netizens used weibo sites - Twitter equivalents - last year compared to 63 million in 2010, the China Internet Network Information Center report said.



3rd January, 2012

BBC News

Is 2012 the year for India's internet

According to research aggregated by wearesocial.net, there are more than 898 million mobile subscribers in India, 292 million of these living in rural areas.

The same data showed that 346 million Indian mobile users had subscribed to data packages, with more than half of all internet users in the country accessing the web via their mobile phone.

 

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19th December, 2011

BBC News

One year later: Google's report card on making copyright work better online

A year after Google published it's intentions to tackle online piracy, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has published it's response to what it sees as Google's successes and failures in this area. 

 

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15th December, 2011

BBC News Net founders fight piracy law with 'censorship' law

The founders of Google, Twitter and eBay have signed a strongly worded letter criticising controversial US legislation ahead of a debate in Congress.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) aims to slash the amount of pirated content on the internet.

But signatories including Google co-founder Sergey Brin claim it amounts to China-style censorship.




6th December, 2011

BBC News Like: How we are living the Facebook life Discussion around the ways by which Facebook has impacted upon our lives.
25th November, 2011 BBC News Clash of the titans: Email V social media Debate as to whether Facebook's new messaging service will lead to the demise of email.


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24th November, 2011 BBC News European Court of Justice rejects web piracy filter

The European Court of Justice has ruled that content owners cannot ask ISPs to filter out illegal content.

The ruling could have implications for the creative industries as they attempt to crack down on piracy.



4th November, 2011

BBC News Arts groups tell BT to block access to the Pirate Bay

News story about UK music industry trade body, the BPI stating that it will take legal action against British Telecom if the firm refuses to block the BitTorrent file sharing website The Pirate Bay.
3rd November, 2011

BBC News Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales on the internet's future

Censorship is the biggest threat to the future of the internet, according to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Governments have become "more sophisticated" in the ways they suppress criticism, he told the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones in an interview at London's Cyberspace conference.


27th October, 2011

BBC News Middle East firms eye social media profit potential

News story about the launch of Godudu.com in Dubai - a new social network that translates the posts of members so that they can interact more internationally. This follows the rise in prominence of social media in the Middle East following the Arab Spring uprisings.


26th October, 2011 BBC News YouTube boosted by music videos to pull behind Facebook

News story highlighting how websites showing videos have gone up by more than a third in the last year. The biggest driver of traffic to sites is music videos (33%), followed by TV shows (17%), film (11%), gaming (10%) and news (9%).
21st October, 2011

BBC News Whatever happened to the Digital Economy Act? Discussion about the lack of progress in the UK over enforcement of the Digital Economy Act (2010) and its fight against internet piracy.
7th October, 2011 BBC News YouTube to offer film rentals in the UK

News story about plans by youTube to role out its film rental service to UK users, there will initially be 1,000 titles on offer, with new releases costing £3.49 and library titles £2.49. Users will have 30 days to watch a rental movie, and 30 hours to view it once they have begun.


5th October, 2011 BBC News

Viewpoint: Should we do away with Privacy?

Discussion feature that addresses the issue of internet privacy, and questions whether we should really be concerned about privacy online?
23rd September, 2011 TechRadar.com Why Facebook is building a second internet

Discussion feature questioning Facebook's attempt to get users to do on the site many things that they can do elsewhere on the internet, and at the same time track this for marketing purposes.


22nd September, 2011 BBC News Facebook focuses on media sharing and adds timeline

News feature about future plans by Facebook to charge for particular services, such as media streaming, and adapt its business model.
22nd September, 2011 BBC News Facebook plans to cash in on its popularity

News video about future plans by Facebook to charge for particular services, such as media streaming, and adapt its business model.
20th September, 2011 BBC News In search of the mobile wallet News story about the growing use of mobile technology as a replacement for credit cards in making payments, the article features several mobile technologies including Google Wallet, Visa Mobile, Orange Barclaycard and the possibility of the Apple iWallet.


19th September, 2011 BBC News Videobloggers make millions through online content

Feature looking at ways by which thousands of video bloggers globally are hosting videos online and taking a share of advertising revenues.
19th September, 2011 BBC News Updates improve Twitter and Facebook connections

News story about a forthcoming Facebook development that will allow updates to sync with joined Twitter accounts, a feature which is possibly being added in competition of Google+.
15th September, 2011 BBC News Web pirates ready block-busting software

News story about Usenet indexing site Newzbin2, which is readying software that it says will defeat attempts to stop people visiting it. This is in the face of legal action brought by the Motion Picture Association (MPA) which has resulted in British Telecom (BT) blocking access to Newzbin2.


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14th September, 2011 BBC News Jeremy Hunt urges web firms to join anti-piracy drive
 
Details of measures outlined by the British Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport at a speech to the Royal Television Society about measures that he believes companies should take to reduce Internet piracy.

13th September, 2011

BBC News

Jeremy Hunt: Google and co must take on pirate sites

News feature and discussion around plans by the British government to make search engines more responsible for results that they display - particularly in terms of showing links to websites associated with piracy.

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10th September, 2011

BBC News

The Schleswig-Holstein question

Discussion feature analysing German attitudes towards privacy in the face of social media and search engines, in particular Facebook and Google.

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28th July, 2011

BBC News
BT ordered to block links to Newzbin 2 website

In Britain a High Court judge has ruled that British Telecom must block access to a website which provides links to pirated movies. Newzbin 2 is a members-only site which aggregates a large amount of the illegally copied material found on Usenet discussion forums. The landmark case is the first time that an ISP has been ordered to block access to such a site in the UK.



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27th July, 2011

BBC News
French downloaders face government grilling

News story about the body responsible for administering France's "three strikes" anti-piracy law has summoned a group of web users to explain their file sharing habits.


23rd July, 2011

BBC Click
Podcasts: Who still listens to them?

Feature discussing the rise and fall of podcasts, particularly in relation to the rise of social media.

27th June, 2011

BBC News

Over-50s flock to social networks

News story centered around a Nielsen report that Facebook use among over-50s in the UK has risen faster than any other group.

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27th June, 2011

BBC News

Google chairman warns of censorship after Arab Spring

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has warned that events such as the recent Arab uprisings will lead to greater internet regulation by governments, who are afraid their citizens will use the web to circumvent existing laws covering the media.

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16th May, 2011
BBC Click
Is Google taking the 'you' out of YouTube?

Discussion around the change in focus for YouTube, from amateur 'fan' videos to professional content by artists, television channels and live broadcasts.

13th May, 2011
BBC News

Americans face piracy website blocking

News story about moves by the US government to block access to websites that allow for the sale of pirated media content and fake goods.

2nd May, 2011

BBC News
Bin Laden raid was revealed on Twitter

News story revealing the power of Twitter as a tool for citizen journalism and global communication, that traditional news agencies are now having to compete with.

30th April, 2011
BBC News
William and Kate's world wide wedding
Feature highlighting how social media particularly helped to spread globally the Royal Wedding 'mega-event'.


27th April, 2011

BBC News
'Steal everything' era of hacking

Discussion around the vulnerability of information stored online, this is in the face of the Sony PlayStation network being hacked and user details being stolen.

26th April, 2011
BBC News

Location-based services still have to win over business

Feature discussing the viability and potential of location based web applications such as Foursquare, along with their increasing popularity set against a rise in the number of GPS-equipped smartphones.

25th April, 2011
BBC News
Is the web waging war on super-injunctions?

Discussion article around privacy, injunctions, super injunctions and the web, where in a world of global communication, the web can be used to circumvent privacy laws and rulings.


23rd April, 2011
BBC Click
Should we care what we share?

Feature discussing the pros and cons of sharing personal information online via social media platforms.

20th April, 2011 BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat YouTube star TomSka 'makes thousands' every month.
 
Feature about YouTube entrepreneur TomSka who is one of a growing number of YouTube users who are taking advantage of the Google AdSense program, which places adverts on videos, and pays  those who participate in the program a share of the advertising revenue.


20th April, 2011
BBC News
Digital Economy Act court challenge fails

News story detailing a failure at the High Court in the UK to restrict the Digital Economy Act, which makes ISPs responsible for handing over information about their users to copyright holders where file sharing or copyright breach is suspected.


19th April, 2011

BBC News
Many under-13s 'using Facebook'

News story highlighting how despite age restrictions many under 13 year olds have Facebook accounts.

18th April, 2011
BBC News
Tim-Berners Lee warns over threats to online freedom

Video interview with Internet creator Tim-Berners Lee, in which he told the BBC that companies that want to control traffic on the internet could make it less free and open than he intended when he came up with the idea.
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18th April, 2011
BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat

Facebook more popular than porn for UK users News story detailing that in January 2011 UK Internet users spent more time on social networking websites than they did on ones that delivered 'adult' content.

15th April, 2011
BBC Click
Bordeaux's digital drive to get citizens online
Video feature about the French city of Bordeaux and its use of Quick Response (QR) technology to give public information to residents and visitors via their smartphones.


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15th April, 2011

BBC Click

How can social networks make money?

Discussion article highlighting the challenges faced by social networks in creating a revenue generating business model, with analysis of how several networks do this?

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31st March, 2011

BBC News
Government mulls UK net controls

News story about the UK government's plans to make ISPs block access to websites that help users infringe copyright.

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25th March, 2011
BBC Newsbeat
MySpace loses millions of users in a few weeks
News story highlighting the continued decline of social media platform MySpace.


23rd March, 2011
BBC News
Tweeting with the telly on
Feature about the phenomenon that has been dubbed social TV - a synthesis between TV and social networking, where viewers are using social media to provide live commentary as they are watching.

21st March, 2011
BBC News dot.Rory
Happy birthday Twitter - here are my top tweets
Blog article looking at the first five years of Twitter, exploring its remarkable emergence as a way to get news out quickly to a global audience.


14th March, 2011

BBC

Third-party Twitter applications under threat

News story about moves by Twitter to curb third party programmes from being able to read and write Tweets, a move that is widely seen as an attempt by Twitter to take control of the service to boost ad revenues and improve commercialisation.

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8th March, 2011
BBC Newsnight
Naom Chomsky talks to Paxman about the internet's power
Show video narrative from Naom Chomsky about the power and control of the internet.

8th March, 2011 BBC

Life as a ghost Tweeter
Interest story about the challenges faced by celebrities in managing their social media, and outsourcing this to third parties.
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8th March, 2011

BBC

New net rules set to make cookies crumble

News article highlighting how from the 25th of May, European laws dictate that "explicit consent" must be gathered from web users who are being tracked via text files called "cookies".

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15th February, 2011

BBC

Twitter dismisses £10bn Google deal and talks up mobile

News story reporting from the mobile world congress that Twitter sees it's future through mobile access, and denies tie-ups with Google and other platforms. The article also discusses how Twitter supports live TV as audiences like to tweet while watching.

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4th February, 2011
BBC
Are governments closing the net around net freedom?
Article discussing governments globally and their ability to clamp down on internet freedoms, which is limiting the scope of people to interact with each other freely and is worrying the creator of the world wide web itself, Tim Berners-Lee.
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29th January, 2011
BBC
Davos 2011: We're all hyper-connected, now what?
Article discussing how in the age of hyper-connectivity, where there are ten mobile devices for every PC - what are the implications of this for business?

13th January, 2011
BBC
Facebook's potential 'unlimited'
Audio and text narrative exploring the future of Facebook, with discussion around revenue generation from advertising and Facebook credits for games played through the site.
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11th January, 2011
BBC
Piracy websites attract billions of visits

A study by anti-fraud firm MarkMonitor has offered a snapshot into the changing nature of online piracy. It monitored illegal traffic levels on 43 file-sharing sites and found that they generated more than 53 billion visits per year.


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10th January, 2011
BBC
Twitter celebs who advertise products face UK crackdown
News story highlighting the legal issues around social media advertising, particularly celebrity endorsement of products via Twitter which is big business in the USA, but illegal in the UK, unless the advertiser explicitly states they are being paid to advertise a product.
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22nd October, 2010

BBC

Illegal online sports streaming of matches 'increases'

News story about illegal streaming of live online sporting fixtures, which sporting bodies claim is taking money out of the game.

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12th October, 2010
BBC
Irish court rules in favour of ISPs in piracy case
News article relating to a landmark legal ruling in Ireland that revokes any attempt to ban or cut-off illegal fire sharers from having internet access.

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10th October, 2010
BBC
Japan has fewest digital friends
News story relating to a survey carried out by TNS, that looks at the sizes of friend lists around the world on various social networks.

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3rd October, 2010

BBC

Why companies watch your every Facebook, YouTube, Twitter move

Discussion article around the power of social networking, that has allowed customer to complain about companies to a global audience, and the ramifications that this has for industry.

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 30th September, 2010
BBC
Lawyers to continue piracy fight
News story and discussion article around attacks on law firms intent on prosecuting file sharers by pro-file sharing activists. Both sides look set to continue their actions.

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 20th September, 2010
BBC
Wary Germans say no to Google cameras
News story about the debate raging in Germany around Google Street View, which hundreds of thousands of Germans would like to opt out of, in terms of their property's image being placed online.

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21st July, 2010
BBC
The unintended consequences of Facebook
As Facebook gains its 500 millionth member, there have been a number of issues that have arisen due to the rise of the social network.

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14th July, 2010

BBC

Is Bebo ready to bounce back?

Bebo has been purchased from AOL by Adam Levin, for a reputedly low price. Levin's intention is to reinvent Bebo and get users using it again, in the face of Facebook dominance in social media.

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 12th July, 2010

 GOOD Blog

 The carbon cost of spam: An inforgraphic

Pictoral representation of the annual cost of spam email in terms of CO2 emissions.

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8th July, 2010
BBC
YouTube bids for screen dominance
News story about YouTube's plans for screen dominance in all formats from mobile phones to televisions.
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 7th July, 2010
 BBC  Facebook eyes mobiles to drive Russian expansion
News story about moves by Facebook to expand in Russia, a country with vast potential, and where Facebook is not the number one social networking website.

1st July, 2010
BBC
Finland makes broadband a 'legal right'

Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband a legal right for every citizen. From 1 July every Finn will have the right to access to a 1Mbps (megabit per second) broadband connection.


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28th June, 2010
BBC
Max Levchin, Slide
Video article about serial entrepreneur and PayPal founder Max Levchin.
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28th June, 2010
BBC
Icann approves Chinese character web domains
Net address overseer Icann has approved the creation of domains that use only Chinese characters. This will make the web more open to Chinese speakers, and should drive the creation of new Chinese language websites.
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24th June, 2010
BBC
Virgin Media looks to fast future
News story about Virgin Media's plans to introduce broadband speeds of up to 400Mb, these would allow a music album to be downloaded in around a second, and a high-definition movie in around two minutes.

24th June, 2010
BBC
Google's YouTube wins Viacom copyright case
News story about a copyright lawsuit filed against YouTube by US entertainment giant Viacom, which a judge has thrown out handing the Google-owned video-sharing site a major legal victory.
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24th June, 2010
NZ Herald
YouTube wins massive Viacom case
News story about a copyright lawsuit filed against YouTube by US entertainment giant Viacom, which a judge has thrown out handing the Google-owned video-sharing site a major legal victory. Link
 18th June, 2010
 BBC FCC to toughen internet rules
In the USA the Federal Communications Commission has taken the first formal steps towards tougher rules for broadband.This news article examines the reasons behind this.
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 17th June, 2010
 BBC Getty taps into Flickr snappers
Flickr's 40 million registered users are now being given the chance to make money from their images through Getty Images.
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 17th June, 2010
 BBC Bebo sold by AOL after just two years
AOL have sold off the Social Networking site Bebo, which they bought two years ago. The site has underperformed due to stiff competition from particularly Facebook.
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 11th June, 2010
 BBC  US debates its broadband future
News story about a court decision in the USA that effectively states the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has no authority to stop ISPs slowing traffic to some users.  Link
 8th June, 2010
 The Cube
Case study crunch: Social media case studies in entertainment (TV, film, music + more)

The entertainment industry’s relationship with social media is changing -and fast. With the industry getting its own Twitter dashboard, American Idol’s weekly outcomes being predicted by SM stats and Twilight’s Facebook Fan page reaching 5 million and counting, proof of the SM-Entertainment (r)evolution is everywhere:

 
 8th June, 2010  BBC Government lays out fast net plan
News story about British Government plans to introduce a new super-fast broadband network for Britain.
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8th June, 2010

 BBC

 China defends Internet censorship

 China has 384 million Internet users, however the Chinese government censors access to certain parts of the Internet for them saying the country has the right to govern the internet according to its own rules inside its borders.

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 7th June, 2010

 BBC

 Yahoo and Facebook announce site tie-up

 News article about Yahoo and facebook forming an online alliance so that features of both partners may be shared with the other partner, providing a more seamless experience for users.

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 6th June, 2010
 BBC Ofcom's code on file-sharers
BBC Blog article in response to Ofcom's proposed Online Infringement of Copyright and the Digital Economy Act 2010.
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 4th June, 2010
 BBC Apple and Adobe lead web tool battle
News article exploring the rivalry between software developers for creating new technology and programmes for playing video online.
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 3rd June, 2010
 BBC EU is lagging behind in broadband technology
News video about Europe lagging behind its economic rivals in the US and East Asia when it comes to broadband technology. That's according to the European Commission, which has committed to guaranteeing all 500 million people who live in the EU broadband access by 2013.
 
 3rd June, 2010
 BBC  Facebook "clickjacking" spreads across site
Facebook users are falling victim to clickjacking attacks, whereby users click upon Facebook pages, which causes their profile to say that they 'like' a page, whether they do or not. Security experts say the scam currently has no malicious intent but could be adapted to deliver malware.  Link
 3rd June, 2010
 BBC  The first wave of Internet pay walls
 Interest story tracking the history of pay to access and subscription news websites in the UK.
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 2nd June, 2010
 BBC  The Hurt Locker producers to sue illegal file-sharers
News story about Voltage Pictures, the company behind the Oscar winning film The Hurt Locker using Internet Service Providers to identify 5,000 net connections which have been involved in sharing the film via peer-to-peer networks.Voltage Pictures are to request the names of file-sharers from ISPs.
 

30th May, 2010

BBC

Pakistani court removes Facebook ban

News article about Facebook being banned and then un-banned in Pakistan, following a competition on the site to draw pictures of Muhammed, which deeply offended Muslims. This article highlights the debate between freedom of expression on one side and offence being caused on another, and how this can be censored but not realistically managed with the onset of user generated content and online social networking.

 

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28th May, 2010

BBC


Ofcom unveils anti-piracy policy

News article about Internet Service Providers (ISPs) being told to keep lists of Britons who infringe copyright by file sharing.

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26th May, 2010

BBC


Facebook reveals 'simplified' privacy changes

News article about Facebook's simplified privacy settings.

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25th May, 2010

BBC


Facebook privacy settings to be made simpler

News article about Facebook's decision to simplify its privacy settings for users, after receiving international criticism over privacy concerns, and threats to quit the site on May 31st.

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25th May, 2010

BBC

Big Irish crackdown on Net piracy

News article about plans by the Irish government to cut            file-sharers off of the Internet for a year as punishment for piracy.

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24th May, 2010

BBC

Instant messaging: This conversation is terminated

News article looking at why instant messaging was once tipped to replace e-mail, but recent figures suggest that it has lost ground sharply.

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21st May, 2010

BBC

Facebook challenged by ambitious upstarts

News article about controversy over Facebook's privacy policy is helping those developing alternatives to the social network.

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20th May, 2010

BBC

Google launches smart TV service

 News article about search giant Google launching it's own searchable streaming web TV service, that will be viewable on normal TVs connected to a Google Box.

 

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19th May, 2010

BBC

Europe outlines plan to boost broadband by 2020.

News article detailing how half of European households will have broadband speeds of 30Mbps (megabits per second) by 2020, the European Union has pledged.

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 19th May, 2010
 BBC The net is not just for the young
News story exploring initiatives in the UK to encourage more older people to use the internet.
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19th May, 2010

BBC

Britons spend more than 'one day a month online'

News article about British web users who are spending 65% more time online than three years ago, according to research of net habits.

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18th May, 2010

BBC

Facebook is a major influence on girls, says survey.

News article about how Facebook has become one of the biggest influences on the lives of girls, according to a survey.

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17th May, 2010

BBC

YouTube at five - 2bn views a day

 News article about the rise in the popularity if YouTube, which now gets more than two billion hits daily, which is double the number of people who tune into the US's three prime time TV stations combined

 

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17th May, 2010

Times Online

Google aims to offer internet on your TV.

News article about how Google is set to move into the living room with a computer operating system that will bring the internet to home televisions.


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14th May, 2010

Guardian.co.uk

Facebook loses friends as privacy campaign grows

 

News article about Facebook. Type 'How do I ...' into the search engine and one of the first suggestions it comes up with continues: '... delete my Facebook account?'



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14th May, 2010

BBC

Music piracy unstoppable, Universal admits

 

News article about how the world's largest music company has admitted that piracy cannot be stopped.



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3rd May, 2010

Guardian.co.uk

Goodbye petabytes, hello zettabytes

News article about a massive figure equal to a million million gigabytes, and how the planet's digital content grew by 62% last year.


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28th April, 2010

Times Online

Paedophile who used internet to groom victims faces life

 

News article about a paedophile who used the internet to groom the children he abused was yesterday told he could face a life sentence.


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17th April, 2010

Times Online

TalkTalk aims to gorge on internet café recipe

 

News article detailing how TalkTalk is hoping to steal some of Apple’s buzz when it opens a seven-storey shop in the West End of London on Monday that will tempt in passers-by with free internet access and coffee.


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 8th April, 2010
 Guardian.co.uk  Creative industries, rights groups and lawyers react to digital economy bill
The digital economy bill has received its final reading in the Lords, with no amendments made - meaning that it has passed all its Parliamentary hurdles and can now pass to royal assent.This article explores reactions from those who are both for and against it.
 

1st April, 2010

BBC

The day the Web turned day-glo

 BBC Technology article about the phenomenon that is Chatroulette, the article explains how Chatroulette works comparing it to having a punk mentality.

 
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10th March, 2010

Times Online

Government ban on internet firms that do not block child sex sites

 

News article about how public bodies have been banned from using internet companies that refuse to block a range of websites that contain images of child sex abuse, The Times has learnt.


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8th March, 2010

Times Online

Is there such a thing as internet addiction?

 

News article discussing if the internet can be as addictive as drugs or alcohol, and should online games addicts be treated in the same way?

 

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7th March, 2010

Times Online

Internet TV: the goggle box gets googly

 

News article: Get ready for a revolutionary service that searches the world wide web for programmes to add to your television line-up

 

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7th January, 2010

BBC

Downloads up as album sales drop

 

News article about how album sales continued to fall last year, despite being boosted by a growth in digital downloads, figures show.

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26th December, 2009

BBC

How internet-based music services make their money

 

News detailing about how since the launch of Apple's iTunes in 2003, digital music has become big business.

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27th November, 2009

BBC

Lawyers target thousands of 'illegal' file-sharers

 

News article about how around 15,000 suspected pirates may soon get legal letters accusing them of illegally sharing movies and games.

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24th November, 2009

BBC

Protests grow over digital bill

 

News article about the Digital Economy bill sparking a wave of protest among consumers and rights groups.

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20th November, 2009

BBC

Twitter to charge for new services

 

News article and accompanying video about the social networking site's co- founder Biz Stone tells Jonathan Fildes that Twitter will offer commercial services this year.

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18th November, 2009

The Mark Bao Journal

Creative Destruction: How Entrepreneurs and the Internet Disrupt Old Industries

 

Journal piece about how the entrepreneurs and the Internet have disrupted old industries.

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6th November, 2009

Social Media Explorer

Three Tips For Social Media Management

Article about young, tech-oriented entrepreneurs, immersed in all the code and in programming most of us fear, they use social tools to build their business around. They’re digital natives. What did they say that made me smile?“How do you choose which social networks and channels to focus on?”

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5th November, 2009

Ars technical

Bizarre legal defense after EMI sues over Beatles MP3 sales

 

News story about how a federal judge has issued a restraining order against BlueBeat.com and its parent company, for both streaming and selling The Beatles remasters for 25¢ a track—we speculated that an entertainingly weird legal theory was at the root of this behaviour.

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5th October, 2009

BBC

England match to be internet only

 

News article about England's World Cup qualifier in Ukraine on Saturday will be shown exclusively live to subscribers on the internet who will pay at least £4.99.

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18th September, 2009

BBC

Spoof election videos 'unpoliced'

 

News article about how The Electoral Commission has said it will not be able to police the expected explosion in spoof internet videos at the next general election.

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14th September, 2009

Guardian.co.uk

BBC iPlayer and Channel 4 on Demand to be regulated

News article about Ofcom saying online services will be handled by the Association for Television on Demand from December.

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14th September, 2009

BBC

Number of webcam models 'on the rise'

 

A Newsbeat investigation has found a rising number of British women are working as webcam models on the internet.

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10th September, 2009

BBC

Musicians hit out at piracy plans

 

News article about an alliance of music stars, songwriters and record producers has spoken out against UK government proposals to kick file-sharers off the internet.

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14th August, 2009

BBC

Sony to back open e-book format

News article about Sony taking steps to open up its e-book Reader and online e-book store.

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17th July, 2009

BBC

Wikipedia painting row escalates

 

News article about the battle over Wikipedia's use of images from a British art gallery's website has intensified.

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29th June, 2009

BBC

Man cleared over Girls Aloud blog

News article regarding a former civil servant who wrote an internet article imagining the kidnap and murder of the pop group Girls Aloud has been cleared of obscenity.

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20th March, 2009

BBC

Google pulls some street images

News story of how Google has removed dozens of photos from its new UK Street View service.

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29th October, 2008

BBC

Bosses 'should embrace Facebook'

 

News story about how companies should not dismiss staff who use social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo at work as merely time-wasters, a Demos study suggests.

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10th October, 2008

BBC

Facebook founder: Mark Zuckerberg

News video about Mark Zuckerberg talking to the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones about how he started the social networking site.

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23rd September, 2008

BBC

Google's Android mobile unveiled

 

News story and accompanying video detailing how the first mobile telephone using Google's Android software has been unveiled.

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4th September, 2008

BBC

Google at 10

 

News story and supplementary videos of the success story to beat all internet success stories. Ten years ago, on 7 September 1998, two young graduate students at Stanford University incorporated a company with the (then) odd-sounding name "Google".

 

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 9th June, 2008
BBC
FredCavazza.net
Excellent and in-depth blog article that explains in detail exactly what social media is, with its many different facets.
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4th May, 2008

BBC

Microsoft walks away from Yahoo

 

News article about software giant Microsoft dropping its three-month-old bid to buy internet firm Yahoo because the two sides cannot agree on an acceptable sale price.

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30th April, 2008

BBC

Web in infancy, says Berners-Lee

 

News article about how the world wide web is "still in its infancy" the web's inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told BBC News.

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9th April, 2008

BBC

BBC and ISPs clash over iPlayer

 

News story regarding a row about who should pay for extra network costs incurred by the iPlayer has broken out between internet service providers (ISPs) and the BBC.

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13th March, 2008

BBC

Google your way to a wacky office

 

News story and accompanying video: If your ideal workspace includes a slide, a games room, a 'chill-out' aquarium and plenty of free food then you had better get your CV into Google.

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12th December, 2007

BBC

UK 'keener on online networking'

 

News story about how more adults in the UK use social networking sites such as Facebook than in other European countries, a report by communications watchdog Ofcom says.

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7th November, 2007

BBC

Most 'paid nothing for Radiohead'

 

News article of how nearly two-thirds of downloaders paid nothing for Radiohead's latest album, a survey has suggested.

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5th November, 2007

BBC

Minogue launches networking site

 

News article about how singer Kylie Minogue has launched her own social networking website for her fans to communicate with each other.

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25th October, 2007

BBC

15 reasons Facebook may be worth $15bn

 

News article detailing why Microsoft has invested $240m (£117m) in social networking site Facebook in exchange for a 1.6% share of the company. That puts a value of $15bn (£7.3bn) on a firm that has only been in existence three and a half years.

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11th October, 2007

BBC

UK download sales 'reach £163m'

 

News article detailing how more than £160m will be spent on music and video downloads in the UK this year, according to a forecast.

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13th September, 2007

BBC

Prince gets tough on web pirates

 

News article detailing how pop star Prince is demanding that video sharing website YouTube removes clips of his recent concerts in London.

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23rd August, 2007

BBC

Britain enjoying 'digital boom'

 

News articles and supplementary videos regarding the net, mobile phones and MP3 players revolutionising how Britons spend their time, says Ofcom's annual report.

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23rd August, 2007

BBC

Is stealing wireless wrong?

 

News story about how a man has been arrested after being spotted allegedly sitting in a street with a laptop using someone else's unsecured wireless connection. Is it immoral to do this?

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22nd August, 2007

BBC

YouTube introduces video adverts

 

News article about how video advertising has started on the YouTube website, its owner - internet giant Google - has confirmed.

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29th July, 2007

BBC

Web child fight videos criticised

 

News article detailing how Police chiefs have urged websites to remove violent video footage of children fighting, following an investigation by the BBC.

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23rd July, 2007

BBC

Search sites tackle privacy fears

 

News article regarding user worries driving search firms to let people manage how much data they reveal when they visit the sites.

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5th December, 2006

BBC

'Most websites' failing disabled

 

New story detailing how most of the leading websites around the world are failing to provide the most basic accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

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2nd November, 2006

BBC

Google ad revenue 'to surpass TV'

 

News article about how Google is about to overtake the UK's main commercial TV channels in the race for advertising revenue, a study says.

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10th October, 2006

BBC

Google's copyright nightmare

 

News story about Google's takeover of video-sharing website YouTube may look like a nifty business move. For the company's legal team, however, it may soon turn into a long and nasty nightmare.

 

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10th October, 2006

BBC

Google buys YouTube for $1.65bn

 

News article about how Google is buying video-sharing website YouTube for $1.65bn (£883m) in shares after a weekend of speculation that a deal was in the offing.

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28th September, 2006

BBC

BBC and Microsoft sign agreement

 

News article about the BBC signing an agreement with Microsoft to explore ways of developing its digital services.

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18th September, 2006

BBC

YouTube in 'landmark' music deal

 

News article about how video-sharing site YouTube has signed a deal with media giant Warner Music to allow its material to be used legally.

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8th September, 2006

BBC

Amazon offers TV and films online

 

News article about how online shopping giant Amazon.com has launched a digital TV and film download service in the US called Amazon Unbox.

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20th August, 2006

Times Online

Web wise: Creators of a new universe

News article about how the wired generation is shunning the old media. Simon Kurs plugs into the interactive realm that the young are building.

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