russia
Russia Is Still Trashing Its Internet Two Weeks Into Its Failed Rampage Against Telegram

Since Russia banned the Telegram messaging app, the government has embarked on a campaign of hitting itself in the face. The functionality of the Russian internet has been hobbled for two weeks as regulators wildly block IP addresses, and on Thursday a Kremlin spokesperson admitted he still uses Telegram. “It works for me, and there’s nothing to it,” he said. Read More >>

cryptocurrency
City In New York Becomes First to Ban New Bitcoin Mining

The people of Plattsburgh, New York have had enough. On Thursday night, the city council approved an 18-month moratorium on new cryptocurrency mining operations. The temporary ban will be used to figure out what to do with these ding dong miners using up all the electricity. Read More >>

uber
Uber’s Boss Said Sorry to London for Ban

A small glimpse into what was said at the Uber/TfL power meeting this week has been given to us by mayor Sadiq Khan, who seems to have lowered his DEFCON level a couple of notches when it comes to dealing with the taxi company. Read More >>

travel
UK Joins US in Banning Laptops and Tablets on Some Flights

Anything bigger than a phablet will have to go in the hold luggage on some flights into the UK, with the government joining the US in requiring passengers from six countries to stow tablets, ereaders and laptops in the hold, lest their batteries actually be bombs. Read More >>

memes
Spain Moves to Ban Anti-Politician Memes

Spain's top political party has floated the idea that it might be nice to ban all funny things on the internet classed as memes, particularly ones that offend politicians within the country. Read More >>

uncategorized
Beijing Has Banned the iPhone 6

In the latest chapter of bad news for Apple in China, Beijing is halting the sale of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office just ruled that because the devices infringe on the patent rights of the 100C, a phone made by Shenzhen Baili that almost no one has ever heard of. Weird, huh? Read More >>

sex
India Just Banned Masses of Porn

Porn is now banned in India. So are some racier corners of the online dating world, apparently. Read More >>

health
Now Wales is Banning Ecigs Too

The war on potentially hazardous forms of modern fun is really turning on ecigs at the moment, with Wales set to join others in England in banning the plastic chemical inhalers from public places. Read More >>

smartwatches
Smartwatch Micro-Craze Triggers Watch Ban in Universities

The fact that some people want their notifications on their wrists has spoilt the empowering, knowing-the-time fun for some uni students, thanks to examiners realising that smartwatches could be used to cheat in exams. Read More >>

gaming
The Time an MP Tried to Ban Space Invaders

An MP speaking in the House of Commons back in 1981 asked his peers to consider introducing laws to control the playing of Space Invaders, after a teacher in his constituency warned of the "increasingly harmful effects on young people of addiction" to the game. Read More >>

wtf
EU Plans to Ban High-Power Hairdryers, Quiffs be Damned

It's already doomed many a vacuum cleaner with its energy efficiency clampdown, and now the European Union is taking a look at smaller appliances too. Gadgets such as hairdryers, kettles and even power-hungry smartphones could be banned if new legislation is passed next year. Read More >>

advertising
Jaguar Advert Banned for Glamourising Going a Bit Fast

An advert which showed a Jaguar hammering around mountains on both the left and right sides of the road has been banned, after advertising watchdogs decided it made driving look way too much like fun. Read More >>

gaming
Sharing Expletive-Filled Videos on Xbox One Can Get Your Account Suspended

Everyone who's played so much as a 15 minutes of Candy Crush knows that, aside from mechanics, graphics, and all that other good stuff—swearing is a crucial part of playing games. Swear too much at your Xbox One in gameplay footage though, and your account can get suspended if you upload it. Read More >>

porn
New Free Porn Site Promises “100 Per Cent Drama” and no XXX

There's a new porn site on the block you need to know about, as it's one that won't be stopped by any ISP filters. It's called Cameron Porn and everything's safe enough even for viewing inside the prime minister's sexless office. Read More >>

porn
US State Plans “Revenge Porn” Internet Ban

As well as being morally extremely dubious, it might soon be actually illegal to post "revenge porn" photos of ex-partners on the internet in parts of the US, with one state said to be planning to criminalise the act of posting rude photos of someone without their permission. Read More >>