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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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Good News! Qualcomm Wants to End Slow, Overcrowded, Public Wi-Fi

Chip-making-overlord Qualcomm has announced support for multi user-multiple-input-multiple-output (MU-MIMO) in its future network-enabled equipment. What does this random selection of words mean? In a nutshell, it could mean the end of overcrowding on public Wi-Fi. Read More >>

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This is What the Internet Looks Like as an NYC Subway Map

Everything is easier to understand when it's drawn up as a well-formatted subway map—including the Internet. This one, for instance, shows a simplification of the world's network of submarine fibre-optic cables. Read More >>

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Spotify's Deep-Black Redesign Brings Album Art to the Fore

Spotify has started rolling out a new darker redesign. It's the biggest stylistic change we've seen since service launched its web-based player in autumn 2012. The new look ditches the old app's overcast greys for a sleek black facade—and it's so much more beautiful and useful for it. Read More >>

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Why One of the World's Most Remote Places Has the Fastest Internet

Ever been to Bjørndalen? No, of course you haven't: This tiny town, located in a remote area of Svalbard, the Arctic archipelago controlled by Norway, has more polar bears than humans. Curiously, it's also home to some of the country's fastest internet speeds. Read More >>

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