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DarkMarket Could be the New Silk Road the Authorities Can't Take Down

The original Silk Road got seized by the powers that be. Its successor got hacked apart and robbed. Third time's a charm? Maybe. The minds behind a new proof-of-concept marketplace called "DarkMarket" say their model is impossible for the authorities to take down. Read More >>

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40 Per Cent of Brits Suffer 5Mbps Broadband; are You One of Them?

Despite the talk of fibre, cable and various superfast connections, the internet is still one big buffering lump of misery for many, with stats suggesting that 40 per cent of the population struggles to get a Speedtest result over the 5Mb mark. Is this your daily hell? Read More >>

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Flappy 2048 is the Demon Hell-Child of 2048 and Flappy Bird

Take the infuriating mind-puzzle of 2048, add the soul-crushing physics of Flappy Bird, and the end result? Flappy 2048, a great way to feel both dumb and malcoordinated in one short stretch of time. Read More >>

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Get (Then Slag Off) the New Twitter Layout Right Now

The Twitter layout that everyone hates because it looks like Facebook and you have to hate Facebook even though you're on it all day, is now live. So if you want something to be short-term meaninglessly angry about, follow this link in your desktop browser to initiate the upgrade. Then tweet about how much you hate it. Then forget about it all by elevenses. [Twitter via Techcrunch] Read More >>

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Who Should Control the Internet?

This week, the world's nations gather to discuss the influence the US wields over the internet and in particular ICANN—the web's logistical core. But who, exactly, should have the keys to the internet? Read More >>

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West Ham United and the London Symphony Orchestra Among the First .london Domain Owners

The capital's very own .london domain is almost ready to go live, and the first companies to be migrating to their new web homes have been revealed. Read More >>

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Was This the World's First Emoticon?

The emoticon might be older than we thought. This passage of text, which includes a cheeky smiley, is taken from Robert Herrick's 1648 poem To Fortune—and it might be the first ever use of an emoticon. Read More >>

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Ofcom Charts the Rise in Average UK Broadband Speeds -- But Rural Networks Still Crawling

The average UK broadband speed now sits at 17.8Mbps according to the latest study conducted by regulators Ofcom. That's up more than 3Mbps over the past six months, and a significant rise from the 3.6Mbps average that Ofcom found when it first started studying broadband speeds back in November 2008. Read More >>

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Sky and TalkTalk Battle BT's Fibre Dominance With 1Gb FTTP Wire-up of York

Brave people of York! There is another way! As well as desperately checking your exchange data for news while BT rolls out its fibre broadband, Sky and TalkTalk are joining with CityFibre to bring a rival "ultra-fast" network to the city. Read More >>

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The Internet is Becoming the UK's Preferred Illegal Drug-Buying Option

Forget badgering tramps in underpasses, the new, gentrified way of buying legal and illegal drugs in the UK is online, with the 2014 Global Drug Survey showing we're buying more dodgy prescription and illegal chemistry through the internet than ever before. Read More >>

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What's Your Biggest Online Fail?

A few weeks ago, we had a nice little chat where we described our proudest online accomplishments. It was fun! But now it's time we cut ourselves back down to size. Today, we'll be admitting our biggest online fails. Read More >>

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Seriously, Who Invented the Internet and Why?

People are always confused about who the hell invented the internet as we know it now. Even if they think they know, common mortals are most probably mistaken. This cool little video explains it clearly. Read More >>

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How Secure are Your Favourite Websites?

Heartbleed is a scary thing. Aside from the violent-sounding name, the vulnerability in OpenSSL security protocols spans the entire internet and affects most of the sites we know, love, and use on a daily basis. Even outside of Heartbleed, not all security protocols are created equal. So how do you know who to trust? Read More >>

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Views of a Dark World: Illuminating Unseen Infrastructure

For a global society highly dependent on complex technical, economic, and political systems, we manage to carry on our daily routines largely unaware of the hard and soft infrastructure—from pipes to policies—on which these systems rest. That is, until unexpected events, so-called black swans, illuminate the previously hidden pieces and surprise or unsettle us by their presence and function. Read More >>

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The US Military Wants to Turn its Drones into Flying Wi-Fi Hotspots

Not to be outdone by Facebook's vision of a drone internet, the US military is whipping up unmanned aerial Wi-Fi hotspots of its own. Unused drones from the war in Iraq are getting a second life as part of DARPA's Mobile Hotspots program. Read More >>

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This Video Reveals the Origin Scenes of Some of the Internet's Most Famous Memes

Memes are so damn clever at capturing emotion and feeling that they're pretty much the clearest way to communicate on the Internet. Need to explain your disappointment in something? Throw up that facepalm. And though most pop culture junkies can figure out where most memes and image macros come from, this video shows the exact source and scene of the movie where some of the Internet's most famous memes came from. It's like seeing the Internet come to life. Read More >>

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