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BBC: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster headquartered at Broadcasting House in the City of Westminster, London. It is the largest broadcaster in the world, with about 23,000 staff. Its main responsibility is to provide impartial public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

The BBC is a semi-autonomous public service broadcaster that operates under a Royal Charter and a Licence and Agreement from the Home Secretary. Within the United Kingdom its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee, which is charged to all British households, companies and organisations using any type of equipment to record and/or receive live television broadcasts; the level of the fee is set annually by the British Government and agreed by Parliament. (Source: http://www.wikipedia.org)

2000 Times Faster Broadband?


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Scientists at Bangor University in North Wales are working on a three-year project dubbed ‘Ocean’ in order to see if they can create broadband speeds of up to 2000 times faster than those today, using existing fibre optic cables. So far the researchers have managed to cram 20GB of data per second down cable and hope to make the project "commercially viable” by the time the project comes to an end. However, as more and more cable is laid around the UK and cables become longer, ...   read more

Amazon Web will be in G-Cloud 3.0


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Amazon Web Services are to be integrated into the G-Cloud government cloud framework as a supplier for use by civil servants. Whilst the online retailer almost missed the second cut-off date for inclusion into the catalogue, this was due to timing, according to G-Cloud programme director Denise McDonagh. "We don't have Amazon on just now - reason is we ran out of time," McDonagh said during a webcast Wednesday by UKAuthority ...   read more

Amended Data Communications Bill To Go Ahead?


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The Conservative and Labour parties could join forces in order to push through the Communications Data Bill, overruling opposition from the Lib Dems, whose objections led to the bill being dropped. According to the BBC, former Tory leader Lord Howard said Prime Minister David Cameron has to "act in the national interest” in the wake of the murder of a soldier in ...   read more

Anonymous take down US Sentencing Commission


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Hackers claiming to be a part of hacktist group Anonymous have attacked the US Sentencing Commission website in protest of the way that fellow hacker Aaron Swartz was treated by the authorities. Mr Swartz, 26, recently took his own life whilst he was awaiting trial for the hacking of online journals, which he claimed was a "political statement”. He was an advocate of internet freedom and whilst he had a history of depression, his friends and family have said that it was the thr ...   read more

Apple Double Profits


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Apple has announced a bumper quarter in which it has doubled its net profit, resulting in an increase of 94% year-on-year. This is thanks to record sales of iPhones and iPads and represents a quarterly net profit of $11.6 billion, compared to $6.0 billion a year ago. The company sold 35.1 million iPhones, which is an 88% growth on last year, 11.8 million iPads, which represents a huge 151% increase and 4 million Macs, up 7% on sales from last year. The only product seeing a declin ...   read more

BBC Launches Kids Coding Lessons As Computer Programming Enters National Curriculum


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Children as young as five are to be taught how to code in British schools as part of the UK government’s new national curriculum. With a computer in nearly every British household and tablets and smartphones readily at their disposal, children are now completely surrounded by technology, and the government has chosen now as the time for them to get to understand how it all works. Schools will be expected to help pupils ex ...   read more

BBC Sports Hits Olympic Record


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BBC Sports hit a record high of 55 million visitors during the Olympic Games, accessed from devices all over the world, with a fair majority from the UK at 37 million. During the Games, there were also 106 million requests for online video, compared to 32 million during the Beijing games. BBC Olympic smartphone app was also downloaded by almost 2m people across a variety of mobile platforms. The busiest day overall was the 3 August, when Jessica Ennis featured at the b ...   read more

Big Data Means Better Business


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According to a study by Harvard Business Review, 74% of global executives said that they "feel under pressure to achieve results in less time than ever before". This means that many managers are under pressure to deliver results and make decisions faster than ever before due to rapidly changing technology. "Savvy managers” are now turning to analysing data on all aspects of business and are bringing in "ever-larger amounts of "big data" into decision making from a number of so ...   read more

Britain’s businesses attacked on “industrial scale”


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Businesses in the UK are coming in for cyberattacks on an "industrial scale”, according to GCHQ director Sir Iain Lobban. In an interview with the BBC , Sir Lobban said that some companies had been affected for up to two years, with Britain seeing about 70 "sophisticated” attacks each ...   read more

Clegg Opposes ‘Snooping’ Bill


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Nick Clegg has said that the draft Communications Data Bill, which gives the authorities the right to monitor net users email and internet use, needs a "fundamental rethink”. Whilst many of the changes have been agreed, a number of MPs have criticised the ‘scope’ read more

DRM Doesn’t Stop Piracy, Tor Books Find


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A little over a year ago, sci-fi imprint Tor Books made the decision to do away with DRM (Digital Rights Management) on all of its UK and US ebook listings. A year on and the publishers have revealed that in that time, there has been little or no discernable increase in piracy for its titles. The decision was made to do away with DRM as the company felt that their particular readership was being hampered by the inability to move books from one device to another. Accord ...   read more

First UK Cities to get Superfast BB Cash Announced


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The government has announced which UK cities are to get cash for superfast broadband first, with the biggest chunk of the £114m pot going to London, which will receive £25m. The fund, intended to help cities create networks for superfast broadband, has been split and allocated to ten UK cities with Leeds and Bradford getting the next highest award at £14.4m. It’s all part of the UK govs scheme to make Britain one of the fastest broadband infrastructures in Eu ...   read more

German Chancellor Suggests Cordoning Off EU Internet


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Angela Merkel has suggested to the German nation that Europe should have its own "portion of the internet” in the wake of the revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden. The plan, in theory, would mean that European data would remain in the EU and not be routed across the Atlantic. However, the suggestion has come in for some criticism as it’s thought that Ms Merkel is exaggerating how much data goes through the US. According to Alan Mauldin, talking to the BBC, most of the d ...   read more

IT Skills Gap Could Affect Fight against Cybercrime


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A National Audit Office (NAO) review on the cybercrime strategy has found that whilst the strategy is beginning to deliver benefits, the lack of IT skills could harm efforts to fight cybercrime in the long term. The UK Cyber Security Strategy was published in November 2011 ...   read more

IT Skills Gap Could Harm UK Economy


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A report from UK technology job site Technojobs has revealed that whilst jobs in the technology sector continue to rise, there are not enough graduates to fill vacant positions. This, they say, is in danger of leaving the UK economy exposed as future generations fail to show enough interest in the subject. According to Technojobs, IT has l ...   read more

London Technology Week Kicks Off


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The first ever London Technology Week launched in the UK capital this week with an Oxford Economics report claiming that there are 34,000 technology businesses already in the city. The report forecasts that this will climb by another 11,000 in the next ten years, creating 46,000 new jobs. The event itself was launched by mayor Boris Johnson, alongside the Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg and vent ...   read more

Microsoft Release Patch for Zero-Day IE Bug


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Microsoft has released a temporary fix for a zero-day exploit which affects all versions of Internet Explorer 6-10. The company don’t often step outside their usual bug-fixing patch Tuesday, but as this exploit is "actively attacking” the browser, it’s been forced to. An advisory allows users to access "F ...   read more

O2 Outage Continues


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The outage experienced by O2 is continuing into its second day, despite the telecoms company insisting that the problem has been fixed in many areas. The problem, which affected hundreds of thousands of users across the UK, has meant that O2 users have been unable to make calls and send texts, a serious matter for many business users that rely on the service. According to the O2 service status website, 2G services are all no ...   read more

Paypal Here to Launch First in UK, say Ovum


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Following the successful launch of a smartphone chip and pin reader in the US, online payments firm Paypal have decided to take the technology into Europe next. Whilst the company haven’t as yet confirmed which parts of Europe will be the first to get the new device, designed to make taking payments simple for small traders, according to analysts at Ovum, it makes sense for Paypal to launch first in the UK. read more

Ubuntu Smartphone Seeks Funding


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Canonical, the developer of the Ubuntu OS, is looking to raise £20.8m within the next 30 days on a crowdfunding site in order to produce 40,000 devices that run Ubuntu. So far the Ubuntu Edge has raised $3,311,526 and in order to succeed the device will have to raise more than any other crowd-f ...   read more

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