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Words that have whole new meanings, thanks to social media

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'On a cold winter's evening, the whole family would gather round the wireless... because Virgin Media broadband was down to 2Mbps again.' For as long as it has existed, the internet has been taking words and claiming them as its own. Post, thread, status; all terms that would have entirely different meanings on Downton Abbey than they…

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“Photobomb”, “adorkable” among latest additions to Collins English Dictionary

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The terms 'twerking', 'photobomb' and 'meme' are among the latest to be added to the print edition of the Collins English Dictionary, Huffington Post reports. They're just a couple of the whopping 50,000 new entries which have been added to the dictionary's 12th edition. Also making the cut are 'Bitcoin' and 'onesie'. More obscure entries include…

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Hungary to tax internet usage, public says No way

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Hungary is steeling itself to become the first country in the world to tax people for internet usage, Reuters has reported. In a draft tax bill submitted to parliament yesterday, provisions were outlined for internet providers to pay a hefty 150 forints (37 pence) per gigabyte of data traffic in tax. It would, however, allow companies to offset corporate…

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Dachshund’s Creek is the ’90s reboot you didn’t know you needed

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Dawson’s Creek was great in its day: the ‘90s, back before any of us had actual worries and were happy to listen to overly loquacious teenagers string self-important sentences together and watch endless permutations of the Dawson-Joey-Pacey-Jen ‘love square’. (No wonder creator Kevin Williamson finally snapped and killed one of them off. The wrong one,…

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Is this the best Hallowe’en costume ever?

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What happens when you attach LEDs to a toddler in a stick-man formation and film her running around? Here's what - a video that's been viewed more than 22 million times on YouTube, and a truly awesome business idea. As the Telegraph reports, what started out as a bit of fun has been turned into…

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Oscar Pistorius, and 5 other shocking murder trials

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This morning, it was announced that Oscar Pistorius will serve a five-year prison sentence for the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day 2013. He was also given a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge. The trial, which lasted for seven months, was widely televised, giving it added immediacy and allowing people…

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Haters gonna hate: how 5 celebrities deal with Twitter trolls

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The House of Lords will debate this week whether the maximum sentence for online abusers should be raised from six months to two years. Following a string of high-profile cases, this news has been welcomed by many. But even us ordinary folk suffer from so-called 'trolling' sometimes - so what are the best ways of…

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The week in hashtags: #NeverOK, #StandUp2Cancer, #BringBackOurGirls

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#NeverOK Exeter University has launched Never Ok, its campaign against sexual harassment. Inspired by Manchester Uni's We Get It campaign earlier this year, it's also a response to a recent NUS survey on 'lad culture', which found that two thirds of students had heard rape jokes on campus, while 50 per cent of students felt there was…

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Yahoo, Google, and Amazon reveal the top Halloween costume searches

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Google, Yahoo, and Amazon have revealed their top Halloween costume searches of the last week, and as Jezebel points out, the general public isn’t as imaginative as you might have hoped. Ninja Turtles top the list for Yahoo and Google and Frozen characters are a hit across the board, while some inventive souls still using…

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U2’s “Songs of Innocence” may have sold just 16,000 copies

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U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence, may have sold just 16,000 copies since its physical release. According to the Guardian, the album, which was given away free on iTunes throughout September, has entered the UK albums chart at number six following its physical release on October 13 - the lowest chart debut for the band in 33 years. Every…

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Careless Whisper? Guardian raises major privacy concerns over ‘secret’ app

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Yesterday evening, The Guardian broke a big story: they claimed that the secret-sharing app Whisper has been storing users’ location data against their wishes. What’s more, they said, Whisper has been handing over info on what members of the armed services have been sharing to the US Department of Defense (DoD). So, of course, given…

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Five books #WaterstonesTexan could have read instead of tweeting for help

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Last night, an American tourist in London was accidentally locked in the Trafalgar Square branch of Waterstones when it closed at 9 PM. Or as any book lover would call it, LIVING THE DREAM. (I mean, I have literally had multiple, detailed daydreams about that happening to me.) However, instead of seeing this incident as,…

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Apple iPad Air 2: Everything you need to know about the thinner, 10 inch tablet

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This story is developing... We've been keeping our eyes glued to the latest livestream from Apple's highly-anticipated iPad event so you don't have to. The biggest announcement was the unveiling of the iPad Air 2, and we've summarised the top specs and features of Apple's latest tablet below. What do you think of it? Let us…

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Friends is coming to Netflix: could we BE any more excited?

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How you doin'? If it hasn't been your day, your week, your month or even your year, here's something that could put a smile on your face: Friends is coming to Netflix. Isn't that fantastic? And not 'Kick-you-in-the-crotch, spit-on-your-neck fantastic,' the real thing. The video streaming service has announced that all ten seasons of the…

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10 frightfully good Halloween make-up video tutorials

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MWAHAHA. That's the evil laugh you'll be doing come Halloween, when you've painted yourself up into something dazzlingly original and everyone else has just worn devil horns and glitter again. We've rounded up 10 of the spookiest, ookiest Halloween make-up tutorials on YouTube. Try them... if you DARE. Mexican sugar skull Turn Halloween into Day of…

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What was on TV the day you were born? Find out with BBC Genome

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The BBC has today launched 'BBC Genome', a comprehensive project aiming to document every single radio and television programme which has ever been broadcast by the corporation. So if you've ever wondered what was on TV or what was on the radio the day of your birth, there's now a way of finding out. The…

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Queens of YouTube: eight female vloggers who you’ll want to be your new best friend

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Just when parents, career advisers and the media had got their heads around 'becoming a professional blogger' as a valid life choice, Gen Y moved things on a step. With social media becoming increasingly visual (why write a tweet in 30 seconds when you can Instagram in an instant?) and young people eschewing traditional TV…

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The week in hashtags: #WakeUpCall, #NHSstrike, #ThorneTravel, #GBBOfinal

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#NHSstrike Today, thousands of NHS workers from across six different trade unions are striking in protest at the government's refusal to give all staff a one per cent pay rise. Messages of solidarity have spread across Twitter, with celebs including Sue Perkins, Rufus Hound and David Schneider all tweeting their support for the strikers.  …

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