US watchdog to defend net neutrality

The chairman of the US’s communications watchdog intends to defend the principles of net neutrality by treating net providers as utilities. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

China bans ‘vulgar’ web pseudonyms

China bans internet users from posting under the names of famous people or Chinese officials, calling it a “vulgar culture”. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Alibaba begins drone delivery trials

Retail giant Alibaba says it is using quadcopter drones to deliver tea to hundreds of its customers in China as part of a test. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

CityFibre and Logicalis to Construct Fibre Optic Ring Network in Newport

CityFibre are in the news for a second time today because they’ve just teamed up with Logicalis, a global IT solutions provider, to build a new high-capacity pure fibre optic ring network in Wales’s third biggest city of Newport, which is curiously called a “Community Safety Network“. The project, which will initially connect over 50 …

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Path MTU discovery in practice

Last week, a very small number of our users who are using IP tunnels (primarily tunneling IPv4 to IPv6) were unable to access our services because a networking change broke “path MTU discovery” on our servers. In this article, I’ll explain what path MTU discovery is, how we broke it and how we fixed it …

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Path MTU discovery in practice

Last week, a very small number of our users who are using IP tunnels (primarily tunneling IPv4 to IPv6) were unable to access our services because a networking change broke “path MTU discovery” on our servers. In this article, I’ll explain what path MTU discovery is, how we broke it and how we fixed it …

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UK YouView Broadband IPTV Service Picks Sony for First Integrated TV

The broadband based YouView video-on-demand and catch-up TV (IPTV) service, which is being bundled by a number of ISPs (e.g. BT and TalkTalk) in the United Kingdom and can also be brought separately at retail, has officially branched out into the integrated TV market with Sony’s new 2015 BRAVIA range becoming the first to benefit. …

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CityFibre’s Aberdeen Fibre Optic Broadband Network Build Starts in March

Fibre optic infrastructure builder CityFibre has told today’s Transform Digital Conference that their plan to create Scotland’s first “Gigabit City“, by rolling out a new 1000Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) style network around the city of Aberdeen, is progressing and the network build should finally begin next month (March 2015). The plan, which was officially announced …

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Android adware ‘infects millions’

Google has suspended dozens of seemingly popular apps from its Play store after being warned that they were causing devices to show malicious pop-up ads. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Death threat hacker is jailed

Yusuke Katayama hijacked computers to make death threats that appeared to come from innocent people, during a game of cat and mouse with police. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Cumbria Council Put Fibre GarDen FTTP Broadband Rollout on Knife Edge

The community owned Digital Dales (Fibre GarDen) project, which is supposed to be building a 100Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across the rural villages of Garsdale and Dentdale in Cumbria (England), is in doubt again after councillors put the plan to a vote. The project, which is costing around £650,000 to deploy, successfully secured …

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Virgin Media Criticise Rival ISPs and Sky for Offering FREE Broadband Deals

Cable operator Virgin Media, which likes to think of itself as a premium provider, has heavily criticised rival ISPs like Sky Broadband and TalkTalk for offering aggressively cheap “free broadband” promotions. The Liberty Global owned operator warned the situation was “completely paradoxical and ironic” because it risks damaging the case for investment in future upgrades. …

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Vague Results from Sky Reveal Confusing UK Broadband Performance

Sky Plc (Sky Broadband) has today released the first batch of consolidated Q4-2014 (calendar) results since they merged Sky Italia (Italy) and Sky Deutschland (Germany) into the fold last year. But unfortunately this appears to have come at the cost of any useful data on their broadband and phone operations in the United Kingdom. Normally …

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Micromax ‘overtakes Samsung in India’

Samsung has been overtaken as the largest seller of smartphones in India by local budget brand Micromax for the first time, a research firm says. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

YouTube: Subtitles not good enough

The comments come in response to a campaign from a hard-of-hearing vlogger who says the current standard isn’t good enough. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

US adds rules for intelligence data

Data about US individuals gathered “incidentally” during intelligence operations must be deleted immediately under new rules. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Does facial recognition tech work?

As it emerges that the police are holding 18 million mugshots, the BBC finds out just how effective facial recognition technology is. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology