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Controversy and the Pirate Bay have always gone together like peanut butter and jam, but now, quicker than you can utter "arrgh me hearties", the controversy seems to have spread to Global Gaming, the company aiming to become the Pirate Bay's new owner.

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A Dutch court has ruled that three men connected with The Pirate Bay website must block traffic between it and the Netherlands within 10 days.

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Anyone who did not think that the country was on the brink of a serious political crisis over the expenses scandal must surely realise that it is now. Whatever happens next, the scenes in the Commons yesterday afternoon proved that the current state of affairs is unsustainable. MPs packed the Chamber, expecting – from a torrent of apparently well-informed speculation – that the Speaker would announce his intention to leave office at the next election. Their belief was that this was the minimum Michael Martin could do to expiate their collective guilt.

Pirate Bay 'could soon be obsolete'

Peter Sunde, one of the founders and spokesperson for bitorrent tracker site, The Pirate Bay, is said to have found out that they had lost their court case in Sweden several hours before the official verdict was delivered thanks to information supposedly leaked by what is claimed to be a "trustworthy source".

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Xbox 360, Microsoft, £44.99

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The Island at the End of the World, By Sam Taylor

That universal patriarch Noah has finally been rumbled. Children's versions of the Bible usually overlook the fact that this genial figure was also a drunkard sometimes capable of throwing off all his clothes, to the huge embarrassment of his family. But modern fiction goes further. Four years ago, Geraldine McCaughrean's Not the End of the World showed him as a cultist grimly enjoying the spectacle of the mass drowning around him as he and his family escape.

Windows 7 beta leaked on BitTorrent

The beta version of Microsoft's next-generation operating system has been linked on peer-to-peer network BitTorrent.

Teenager died playing in flood waters

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