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Deal raises fears of 'creeping privatisation' of the police

Lady Mary with her admirer Lord Gillingham in the Downton Abbey Christmas special 2013

ITV launches pay channel ITV Encore

ITV’s next drama hit could air first on pay-TV after the Downton Abbey broadcaster today launched a new channel dedicated to drama, called ITV Encore, that will air only on Sky.

BT to introduce default 'porn filtering'

BT joins TalkTalk and Sky in introducing filtering by default following pressure from the PM

Virgin Media announces 6.7% price increase for broadband and new speeds of up to 152Mbps

Company claims that new fibre optic service is twice as fast as rival BT's

Magic touch: 'Dynamo: Magician Impossible' pulled in 2.1 million viewers on pay channel Watch, making it UKTV’s biggest show yet

Please adjust your sets: The TV hit factory has arrived

After two decades in the shadows, UKTV is emerging as one of Britain's most successful broadcasters. Ian Burrell discovers why it's turning people on

Virgin Media has teamed up with Netflix to pilot its on-demand streaming service to TiVo box subscribers

Virgin Media pilots Netflix for TV subscribers

The cable firm will send letters this week inviting 40,000 of its TiVo set-top box subscribers to download the new Netflix TV app

A pedigree Maine Coon cat ... but trying to buy one on the internet led to one reader narrowly escaping being conned

Questions of Cash: Why this website offer for a pedigree cat looks like a con

Q I found pedigree Maine Coon cats available on the Dodo.ie website that were being given away to a good home. I responded and received emails from the person giving them away, who lives in County Mayo, which was near enough for me to meet the person, check the kittens were OK and collect them. At the last minute, the person said that because of family circumstances she had to go to the Isle of Man, so would have to ship the kittens to us from there, but would only charge the shipping costs and for the pedigree certification. This would cost more than £200 and seemed odd. I looked up the person, Dora Antoinette, on the internet and found that she had a Facebook page. The same face on the Facebook page appeared on her emails, so things looked all right. But I then did another online search and found that the photos of the kittens in the advertisement had been lifted from a website about Maine Coon cats. Is this a scam? ZW, Northern Ireland.

BPI to ask UK ISPs to compile database of illegal file-sharers

New scheme suggested by copyright holders has been met with hostility from ISPs.

Questions of Cash: Don't want direct debit? Sorry, but Virgin Media can't answer the call

Q. I wrote to Virgin Media in February requesting details of its charges, which are not provided in the company's monthly statements.

The Sport Matrix: Friday 16 August 2013

Spurs accept Bale will be out until end of August

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.

'Active Choice+' vs 'Default On': how Cameron’s crackdown on internet pornography became a rebranding exercise

Government demands firms vocally back its preferred online protection measures

Fibre optic broadband is now widely available in the UK

BT and Virgin Media obstruct government plans for 'ultrafast' broadband

Creation of 22 "super-connected" cities stutters after legal objection from telecoms

Possible new measures include greater use of online filters

The Government has got itself in a fine muddle over internet censorship

Maria Miller is attempting to take credit for measures started elsewhere

Police probe 'grotesque racist insults' on London-Brighton train

WARNING: Video contains explicit language

A man who launched a tirade of "grotesque racist insults" in front of rail passengers is being investigated by police.

TalkTalk shows it's a big noise in internet TV

TalkTalk today showed Britons are embracing internet-connected TV in their droves as the telecoms provider is signing up 12,000 customers a week, a rate that looks more than a match for rival BT.

Virgin Media apologises after late payment fee bill sent to deceased customer goes viral on Twitter and Facebook

The bill, which was posted on Facebook by the man's son-in-law has been shared more than 85,000 times

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