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Issue:- 19 January  2012

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Internet has a bad start for 2012

IT'S a dark start for 2012 for web users and website providers internationally. In Indian 21 social networking sites, including Google, Yahoo and Facebook are facing prosecution in Indian courts. This action comes after Government officials became upset and ordered the remove contents considered insulting to Indian leaders and major religious figures. The websites involved have all refused to censor themselves and remove contents; and the Indian Federal Government has told the international press that they have "sufficient material to proceed against for offences of promoting enmity between classes and causing prejudice to national integration."  This came out as Richard O'Dwyer, aged 23 and Sheffield Hallam University undergraduate has been told he faces extradition to the United States to face copyright infringement allegations. This came after his website, TVShack, which helped people watch films and TV shows for free was closed down by the US authorities. His lawyer Ben Cooper has argued that the site did not store copyright material itself and merely pointed users to other sites, in the same way that Google and Yahoo operate. Also the well known online encyclopaedia Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales said on Twitter that he will "black out the website on Wednesday, 18 January 2012" as a protest at the controversial anti-piracy legislation, under consideration by the US Congress called the "Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act." Reddit, Boing Boing and other online sites also been reported to have plans to go dark in protest of the plans that many critics say could hurt the technology industry and infringes on free speech rights. "The legislation if passed would be designed to crack down on sales of pirated US products overseas and is a good thing." the US Congress has said. Not only that but back in the UK, Twitter has got many off to a bad start as well, with the likes of 29 year old, Scottish Rugby International, Rory Lamont calling US President Barack Obama a "whore" on social networking site, on Wednesday, 4 January 2012. He has since apologised after the remarks, which were described as "completely inappropriate."

Then came the New Digital Tipping Point report, produced by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has suggested that in the UK, consumers would be willing to pay around £4.20 a month for digital banking services. So banks could generate an extra £50 a year income for banks if they go ahead with the findings! The document has also predicted that digital banking will overtake many high street networks as the main way customers deal with their finances by 2015. The surveyed is said to have been conducted across the UK, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Poland, and the United Arab Emirates, interviewing more than 3,000 banking customers. So how many of our readers agree with the idea to pay extra for digital banking and the removal of free banking? Please email us your views on these issues to:- and also please let us know what you think the state of the web will be in January 2013.

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Heroes of Great War remembered
Children’s Centres saved from closure
Peacocks in financial trouble...
Suicide Prevention Charity Calls for Local Support
Merseyside staycationers with Hearing Loss should know your rights and check hotels accessibility before booking!

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New mental health support plan
Banging the drum for Chinese New Year
For the love of the limelight
Retired Mariners are Missing Out on Vital Support
80,000 jobs to be axed in North West’s public services
Premiere for Films Which Could Change Lives
JLA business up 4.5% in 2011
Usdaw says increase in abuse and threats against shop workers is extremely worrying
Health worker convicted of obtaining patient details unlawfully
Safety advice for all motorists in Merseyside
Liverpool Labour Group to hold demonstration against the Health & Social Care Bill
Act Now - Unison and warned the government
The Chemical Brothers’ Don’t Think to be shown ay Vue Southport
Tile triumph as thousands visit Hall
Past Times in administration
P1 AquaX has a big impact at the Autosport international Show
Job Joy in Liverpool
Freedom honour for charity founder
Will the UK's High Street Retailers Face 'Bleak' 2012?
Next Of Kin Appeal - Alan Yearsley
Take part in the Great Manchester Run and join the fight against meningitis & septicaemia
Formby Tree Tops Memories
Who are your customer service stars?
Film review:- "Mission Imposable 4, Ghost Protocol."
EU rule breakers left with egg on their faces over battery hens


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