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Government announces "broadband tax"
Digital Britain proposes 50p per month levy on fixed lines to pay for next-generation broadband

Virgin tells customer: we've dropped Phorm
Exclusive: Virgin informs customer it's ditched controversial ad service - even though it hasn't

Has Opera Unite really reinvented the web?
Opera turns PCs into web servers with new browser technology

Windows 7: now clean-install only
Microsoft's decision to remove Internet Explorer means Windows 7 users won't be able to upgrade in place from Vista

Professors gang up on Google over security
A group of security researchers has criticised Google for not turning encryption on by default

BlackBerry goes on Tour
New BlackBerry handset boasts worldwide compatibility - but will it even arrive in Europe?

Downtime bedevils Demon Internet customers
Demon customers complain of long periods of downtime on Demon's ADSL service

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Devout Jews get their own search engine, although it won't work on the Sabbath

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