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Analysis on how technology impacts society from around the web, by The Sociable

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.
Google Search Screen
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Is Google rolling out an improved search interface?

Google appears to be in the process of rolling out an improved search interface for US (.com) users. The new design features a larger search box as well as a gray navigation box at the top of the screen. While Google has had a top navigation for some time it has never been this prominant or stylised.
The Pirate Bay's Swedish founders
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The Pirate Bay to launch dedicated music sharing project in April

Notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay is working on new dedicated music sharing project, entitled “The Music Bay”, which will instill further fear into the heart of the phonographic industry. The Pirate Bay is currently used by millions to facilitate sharing of (mostly pirated) music, movies, and software.
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