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Technology companies such as Microsoft are concerned about public confidence in their security after Prism revelations claimed that US authorities had direct access to servers

NSA scandal: Twitter, Microsoft, Google and Facebook in call to disclose government security requests

Technology companies concerned about public confidence in their security after Prism revelations claimed that US authorities had 'direct' access to servers

The Tor software system has built a reputation as the 'dark internet' – an ungoverned and seemingly ungovernable space where web users can surf with complete anonymity.

The Tor system: Welcome to the dark internet where you can search in secret

Every day, 15,000 people in Britain log on to an obscure online domain where they can search for anything they want in secret. The NSA whistleblower is a fan. It is anonymous. It is growing. And it is often criminal.

BBC forced to remove 'misleading' clock from its homepage

Site simply replicates time from the user's own computer

The Kernel's back to make new enemies

Having paid off its debts, a controversial online magazine is relaunching. By Oscar Williams-Grut

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A rival for Netflix? Amazon to produce five original TV shows for LoveFilm

First Netflix created its own on-demand drama series, now Amazon-owned LoveFilm is to make five shows selected from 14 would-be shows

BuzzFeed and CNN are working in partnership to create a new YouTube channel called 'CNN Buzzfeed'

BuzzFeed and CNN announce joint YouTube video channel

The channel hopes to create 'shareable, emotionally compelling video content for a highly-mobile, video-driven generation'

News proprietors can no longer rely on the ways people consume print media to inform their digital outputs - it needs a complete rethink

The digital takeover: Why 2013 must see the end of traditional news consumption

News organisations are hopelessly wedded to print-led and out-of-date means of delivering content. If we are going to start paying for newspaper websites this needs to change -and fast

Six of of 10 UK internet users access BBC website - but even that is below target

BBC Online also failing to meet target of 22m clickthroughs a year for connecting users to external sites

Prostitutes have been banned from offering sex to users on LinkedIn

LinkedIn prohibits 'the world's oldest profession': Prostitutes banned from offering sex to users

Site changes policy to stop prostitutes using network to make connections

The Onion's twitter feed following the supposed hack

Cyberwars: 'The Onion' runs rings round its Twitter feed hackers

On Monday night the Twitter feed of satirical newspaper The Onion was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (Sea), supposed supporters of the Assad regime. Or that’s what it looked like.

Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips has launched a range of products and merchandise

Phillips launches ‘Brand Melanie’ as she tries to become the darling of the American right

Right-wing columnist launches her own branded merchandise as she takes on the American market

After Paris Brown was vilified for tweets she sent years earlier, Oscar Quine thought he had better check his own social media history

Paris Brown furore and my Facebook and Twitter social media history: A lot of drink, a lot of fags and some really dodgy photos

After Paris Brown was vilified for tweets she sent years earlier, Oscar Quine thought he had better check his own social media history

Google’s data-gathering technology has sparked privacy fears

Stop your snooping, European regulators tell Google

Privacy watchdogs have united in an unprecedented attack on the way the search giant collects information on its users

Fancy a drink?

Online shopping and drinking – what could poshibly *hic* go wrong?

Do you fancy another one? Go on, just a small one. You don’t have to get up in the morning, after all.

The Sun follows Telegraph in charging readers for website access

The Sun is reportedly following the Telegraph in charging readers for online access.

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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