Life and Style A ruling which banned Dutch ISPs from letting subscribers access The Pirate Bay torrent website has been lifted.

The decision was made after evidence showed the amount of torrenting by Dutch users had not gone down

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The season premiere of Game of Thrones series three has already been downloaded illegally more than a million times just a day after it was broadcast on Sky Atlantic.

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom allowed to sue New Zealand spy agency over illegal surveillance

Entrepreneur is seeking damages from the country's government over a raid at his home last year

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Many people were sceptical about peer-to-peer lending and questioned whether it would ever take off in the UK, but with savings rates from banks and building societies suddenly hitting rock bottom this new sector is becoming increasingly popular.

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Kim Dotcom's latest website 'Mega' to offer encrypted email

Mega will offer users 50GB of space on the cloud for files of any time, as well as encrypted email for the more secretive web-browser

Relatives of victims of the fire at Boate Kiss nightclub attend a collective wake in the southern city of Santa Maria,

Brazil buries first 80 victims of nightclub blaze: 'My two sons went to a party. Now one is in a critical state, and the other is in a coffin'

Nation witnesses an outpouring of grief as first victims of Santa Maria club fire are buried

KIM DOTCOM: The internet mogul could be jailed for up to 55 years if convicted in the US

Under-fire cyber tycoon Kim Dotcom hits back at American prosecutors

Helicopters buzzed overhead and armed men in uniform abseiled down the walls of an opulent mansion in the countryside outside Auckland today. But this time the “police raid” was just a stunt to herald Kim Dotcom’s launch of a new file-sharing website, to replace the one closed down by US authorities exactly a year ago.

Metallica put their considerable back catalogue on Spotify last month

Stream-age kicks: Is Spotify a musician's friend or foe?

As sales of records decline, are streaming services helping artists survive or short-changing them?

Ancient bridge succumbs to flood’s force

Floodwater swept away one of Britain’s oldest bridges yesterday and forced the cancellation of the New Year’s Day race meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse as rain again lashed the country.

In 2012 Tesco Bank launched a range of competitive products; but savers in general had a bad end to the year as rates fell across the board

Money Insider: Turbulent ride looks as if it is far from over

Whether you're an individual bank customer, running a small business or part of a FTSE-listed company, from a financial perspective 2012 has been another year to forget.

Lloyds Banking Group’s decision to stop offering fee-charging packaged accounts should be followed by other banks

Julian Knight: Peer-to-peer lending is the future but users must take care

Not all lending platforms are the same: some are based on a risky premise

Peer-to-peer lenders to double this year as City gives backing

The number of consumers turning away from banks and using peer-to-peer lending is set to double this year, according to the industry’s biggest player.

Money Insider: Don't fall for this phoney call card scam

A shocking new report from the UK Cards Association last week revealed that criminal gangs are increasingly targeting elderly and vulnerable bank customers with a new scam involving debit and credit cards.

Danny Rogers on PR: A perceptive move by Starbucks to regain trust

To condemn Starbucks' belated decision to pay more UK tax as a “PR stunt” – as many have been doing – is to misunderstand how companies think.

P2P lending will soon rely on more than a handshake

Peer-to-peer lenders get a boost from regulation

The new City watchdog will regulate peer-to-peer lenders when it comes into being next year.

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