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Bitcoin: Fastest Growing Currency in the World
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Bitcoin: Fastest Growing Currency in the World

Bitcoin is an unregulated, uncontrolled online currency—worth more than £500m, it's the world's fastest growing.

Youtube Reaches a Billion Monthly Viewers, Boosted By 'generation C'
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Youtube Reaches a Billion Monthly Viewers, Boosted By 'generation C'

YouTube has a billion unique users visiting the video-sharing website every month, equivalent to one out of every two people on the Internet—and the generationsmartphones...

Princess Leia Hologram Could Become Reality
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Princess Leia Hologram Could Become Reality

Scientists have created a glasses-free, 3D display that could mimic the famous hologram projection of Princess Leia in the original 1977 Star Wars film.

Software that Tracks People on Social Media Created By Defence Firm
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Software that Tracks People on Social Media Created By Defence Firm

A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social...

Google Report Reveals Continued Rise in ­.S. Government Requests for Data
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Google Report Reveals Continued Rise in ­.S. Government Requests for Data

Google has revealed the full scale of the U.S. government's use of controversial legislation that bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of...

North Korean Students Show Google Chief How They Search Web
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North Korean Students Show Google Chief How They Search Web

Students at North Korea's premier university have showed Google's executive chairman how they look for information online: they Google it.

Google Cleared of Search Results Bias After 2-Year U.s. Investigation
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Google Cleared of Search Results Bias After 2-Year U.s. Investigation

Google has been forced by regulators in the U.S. to agree to legally binding changes to the way it presents some search results and runs its search advertising...

Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?
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Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?

The outrage over Instagram's announcement that it is changing its terms and conditions has turned the spotlight on the relationship between websites and users who...

Everyone Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi
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Everyone Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi

It's 9am on a lovely autumn morning at Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, just outside Geneva.

Google and Microsoft ­nder Threat from the March of the Mobiles
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Google and Microsoft ­nder Threat from the March of the Mobiles

We're used to the idea of "peak oil"—that there's only a finite amount of that stuff in the ground. What's the equivalent in the computing field?

Who Controls the Internet?
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Who Controls the Internet?

Have you ever noticed that wherever you are in the world, every telephone keypad looks the same? Or wondered why satellites don't crash into each other? Or why...

­.s. ­rged to Recruit Master Hackers to Wage Cyber War on Al-Qaida
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­.s. ­rged to Recruit Master Hackers to Wage Cyber War on Al-Qaida

Instead of prosecuting elite computer hackers, the U.S. government should recruit them to launch cyber-attacks against Islamist terrorists and other foes, according...

What Is an Internet Troll?
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What Is an Internet Troll?

I'm sitting waiting for the House of Commons to start debating a Law Against Trolls or, as they would call it, an amendment to the Defamation Act. It would basically...

Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin
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Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin

The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the Internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to...

Did Android Copy Ios? We Asked Google's Product Manager...
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Did Android Copy Ios? We Asked Google's Product Manager...

Has Android copied elements from Apple's iOS? It's not a matter that Google's senior managers for the Android operating system want to get involved in.

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Why Google Had to Have Motorola Mobility

For several years now, Google has been following a vow made by former CEO Eric Schmidt: mobile first. New CEO Larry Page is taking that dictum to a new level...

David Cameron Considers Banning Suspected Rioters from Social Media
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David Cameron Considers Banning Suspected Rioters from Social Media

David Cameron has told parliament that in the wake of this week's riots the government is looking at banning people from using social networking sites, such as...

Sony's Kaz Hirai on the Psn Hack
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Sony's Kaz Hirai on the Psn Hack

Sony's deputy president about the PlayStation Network hack, PS Vita and PS3's enduring appeal.

Analysing Data Is the Future For Journalists, Says Tim Berners-Lee
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Analysing Data Is the Future For Journalists, Says Tim Berners-Lee

Inventor of the World Wide Web says reporters should be hunting for stories in datasets.
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