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2011 Irish Blog Awards [Photos]

The 2011 Irish Blog Awards are now over and we've gotten the chance to finally share some of last night's images on Flickr. They're mainly before and after shots of the event, along with some other images we took around Belfast earlier in the day. Feel free to lift images and share, but please give us the appropriate attribution were possible.
2011 Irish Blog Awards
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Live: 2011 Irish Blog Awards

The sixth annual Irish Blog Awards are almost upon us and we’ll be there to cover the proceedings in full. Starting this afternoon we’ll be live blogging and tweeting during the build-up, and throughout, the awards ceremony.
Google fridge
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Google remains dominant leader over US search market

Google remains the dominant search market share leader with 65.4% of all explicit searches in the US in February 2011, according to comScore qSearch analysis. Yahoo! came in second with 16.1% market share, Bing at 13.6%, Ask at 3.2%, and AOL at 1.7%. Explicit searches are those that reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results.
St Patrick's Festival logo 2011
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What’s happening online for the 2011 St Patrick’s Festival

You would think that the Irish would have little reason to celebrate the son of a European tax collector but, come March 17, that is just what the country, and the world, will do. To find out what is happening online we spoke to the organisers of the 2011 St Patrick’s Festival to see what digital events are planned this March.
BBC iPlayer not currently available in Ireland
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International BBC iPlayer could cost less than €7 per month

Speaking at the Financial Times Digital Media Broadcasting Conference in London yesterday, the BBC’s Director General, Mark Thompson, revealed that the international version of the BBC iPlayer will definitely be available before the end of this year, and will likely cost less than $10, or approximately €7.
Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate
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Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate security update hits Ireland

Microsoft is finishing rolling out its latest update to its Internet Explorer browser to millions of Windows Vista and 7 users this weekend. Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate has been issued in February’s automatic security download for Windows machines running the two latest versions of the company’s operating system, Vista and 7.
Trim Castle, Trim, Ireland - One of the areas to receive image updates
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Fresh Irish imagery updates in Google Earth

Following on with their monthly imagery update cycles, the Google Earth and Google Maps Imagery team have released another high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery update that again includes areas of Ireland, and in particular Derry/Londonderry, Mayo, Meath, Sligo, and Tyrone.
Libya pulls plug on internet via @labovit/@arbornetworks
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Can Libya’s government bring down URL shortener bit.ly?

Following successful mass protests in Tunisia and Egypt thousands of protesters have been taking part in demonstrations in Libya, which included a “Day of Anger” on Friday. However, concerns have been raised that if Gaddafi’s government were to shut down internet access, as happened in Egypt, bit..ly links, which are shared by millions of twitter users every day, will become unusable.
The iconic BBC Television Centre in London
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Online activist saves 172 doomed BBC websites for $3.99

The BBC confirmed last month that it would proceed with a 25% online operations budget reduction, with the loss of 360 jobs as a result. As part of these budget curtailments, a decision to reportedly delete and not archive 172 BBC run websites has stirred one anonymous online citizen in particular into action.
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