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FCC: A range of net neutrality options remain on the table

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it remains open to a range of options for new net neutrality rules, following a news report saying it is leaning toward a controversial approach that regulates one piece of broadband service.
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iOS 8 app crash rate falls 25% since release

In the six weeks since its release, iOS 8's app crash rate has declined more than 25% as app developers have adjusted to new APIs and issued updates, an app performance management developer said today.
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Pirate Bay co-founder sentenced to 3.5 years imprisonment in Denmark

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was sentenced Friday by the Court of Frederiksberg in Denmark to three and a half years in jail for hacking and serious vandalism.
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First camera used in space goes up for auction


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Royal Mail promises flexible deliveries with £130m handheld deal for posties

Royal Mail is investing around £130 million over five years in handheld technology to "support more flexible deliveries for customers" and better tracking capabilities.
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Google to kill off SSL 3.0 in Chrome 40

Google plans to remove support for the aging Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) version 3.0 protocol in Google Chrome 40, which is expected to ship in about two months.
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BT Global Services hit by lower public sector revenue

BT’s Global Services (BTGS) business has reported a five percent fall in revenue due to a continuing decline in UK public sector contracts.
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BlackBerry upgrades BBM with timed messages

Taking a page from the Snapchat playbook, BlackBerry will let BBM messaging service users control how long messages and pictures can be viewed, hoping the feature, along with other new capabilities, will result in a new revenue stream.
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NASA puts finishing touches on its first Mars-bound spacecraft

NASA engineers and technicians on Thursday put the finishing touches on Orion, the spacecraft designed to take astronauts into deep space.
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Facebook sets up shop on the Tor anonymity network

Facebook has made its site directly available on Tor to prevent access problems for people using the anonymity network and to provide an alternative method of accessing the social network securely.
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Sky overhauls contact centres with Citrix to serve 11.5m customers

Sky has overhauled its customer contact systems to serve its 11.5 million TV and broadband customers.
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NYSE network failure disrupts trading

Trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) was disrupted temporarily yesterday due to problems with its data processing network.
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Farmers shut out of online services by new identity scheme

Farmers have reacted angrily at being shut out of the new online service for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) applications and payments.
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New Projects from the Ever-Protean World of Open Source

In my previous column, I pointed out that free software was now so successful, and in so many fields, that people might wonder whether there's anything left to do. The question was rhetorical, of course: the ingenuity of the open source community means that they will always find new and exciting projects. And not just the big one that I suggested of baking strong crypto into all our communication tools. There are countless other novel uses for open source, as these three very different examples below indicate.
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