advertising
Broadband Companies Will Have to Stop Advertising ‘Unrealistic Speeds’ From Next May

There are some new rules about how broadband companies can advertise the speed on their services, and as of next May they're going to have to stop using "unrealistic" speed quotes that almost nobody is going to be able to enjoy. Read More >>

internet
Skype Removed From Apple’s App Store in China

Skype is now absent from several app stores in China, namely Apple’s, making it the latest victim of the nation’s harsh internet censorship efforts known as the Great Firewall. Read More >>

internet
12 Useful Web Tools You Didn’t Know About

Google isn’t the only company creating useful apps for the web. There are plenty of great online resources made by non-Alphabet companies, provided you know where to look. Here are 12 of our favourite online apps and websites that are worth collecting in your browser’s bookmarks, ready to go at a moment’s notice, to convert files, enhance photos, make GIFs, pick colours, transfer documents and more besides. Read More >>

privacy
New DNS Service Launched by IBM Vows to Keep Your Browsing Habits Secret

A new online service was launched Thursday morning to keep your browsing habits out of the hands of marketers and help you automatically avoid millions of malicious websites. Read More >>

internet
Berners-Lee Says His Beloved Web is Being Ruined by Money-Grabbing AIs

Tim Berners-Lee, who either invented the whole internet or just the WWW interface bit, depending on how seriously you take your tech history and your level of awareness of communications protocols, isn't particularly happy with the way it's all been turning out of late. Read More >>

internet
New Firefox Defaults to Google, Ends Friendship With Yahoo

Mozilla’s new Firefox Quantum browser launched on Wednesday, and there’s a lot to like about it. One change you might notice right away is that it now defaults to the Google search engine instead of Yahoo. Mozilla is framing this as doing the right thing for its users, but in reality it may just be taking advantage of a really bad deal that Yahoo signed. Read More >>

internet
Openreach Van Effigy Wins Bonfire Night

Residents in the village of Templeton in Devon have put into action what many of us have been thinking, with their fury at BT's engineering teams demonstrated by burning an effigy of an Openreach van. Read More >>

twitter
Twitter Now Has Explanations on What Will Get You Banned

To say Twitter is not very good at dealing with abuse on its platform is an understatement, especially when that abuse comes from an orange dipshit with delusions of grandeur. In addition to rolling out new tools to help fight abuse, the platform has just released a guide on what will force the moderators to ban you. Read More >>

censorship
Russia’s New Law Outlaws VPNs That Unblock Censored Sites

With all the talk of how our government likes to meddle with the internet (a topic they've proven themselves incapable of understanding) we have it pretty good in this country. Not like in Russia, where censorship is rampant. To the point where the government has started cracking down on VPNs and other services that let internet users unblock forbidden websites. Read More >>

piracy
YouTube MP3 Converters Have Blocked UK Traffic, Apparently to Avoid Trouble

Despite the protests of the EFF, there are still people out there (particularly rights holders) who have an issue with sites designed to rip audio from YouTube videos. After the closure of YouTube-MP3 earlier this year, the RIAA promised action would be taken against a number of other, including MP3Juices.cc and YtMp3.cc. Read More >>

google
Google no Longer Allows You to Switch Domains to Make Localised Searches Related to Specific Countries

Do you regularly switch Google domains to get localised searches related to a specific country? Bad news. The Big G has done away with this practice. Read More >>

crime
The Met Police Won’t Reveal In Depth Statistics About Online Extremist Takedowns

The government makes a big deal about tackling extremist content online, and with good reason. Accusations have levelled at internet companies for failing to deal with extremist content on their platforms, despite the companies themselves insisting they're very good at taking it down. Normally people would use stats to check, but London's Metropolitan Police have refused to release anything of note. Read More >>

dating
The Future of Online Dating Is Unsexy and Brutally Effective

When I give the dating app LoveFlutter my Twitter handle, it rewards me with a 28-axis breakdown of my personality: I’m an analytic Type A who’s unsettlingly sex-focused and neurotic (99th percentile). On the sidebar where my “Personality Snapshot” is broken down in further detail, a section called “Chat-Up Advice” advises, “Do your best to avoid being negative. Get to the point quickly and don’t waste their time. They may get impatient if you’re moving too slowly.” I’m a catch. Read More >>

ISPs
BT Chops Line Rental Fees for the Internetless

BT's bizarre old line rental scam is about to get a little bit fairer for some as, under pressure from communications regulator Ofcom, it's agreed to drastically reduce the cost of line rental for a sizeable chunk of its customer base. Read More >>

internet
Reddit’s Next Wave of Community Bans Starts Today

As of approximately three hours ago, Reddit has begun a wave of new community bans, reminiscent of the culling during interim CEO Ellen Pao’s reign in 2015 that saw a handful of hate-based groups removed from the site. This time, Reddit’s leadership is taking aim at content and groups that incite violence, and the first groups to fall are Nazi and Nazi-sympathising subreddits. Read More >>