The BBC has claimed that its website is being blocked in China.

While online censorship is commonplace in the country, BBC.com has apparently been singled out among major news websites for unknown reasons.

The corporation's World Service Group director Peter Horrocks has described the incident as "deliberate censorship".

"The BBC strongly condemns any attempts to restrict free access to news and information and we are protesting to the Chinese authorities," he said.

"This appears to be deliberate censorship. The BBC provides impartial, trusted news to millions of people around the world, and attempts to censor our news services show just how important it is to get our accurate information to them."

Access to the BBC's English-language content has been available with little restriction since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but its Chinese-language variant has been largely off limits since it launched.

Among China's strict laws in the last year is a ban on actors with a history of drug use or prostitution from appearing on screen. Windows 8 was also prohibited from use on government PCs in May.

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Friends will be available on Netflix from next year in the US, it has been revealed.

The NBC sitcom, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary earlier this year, will be available on the streaming site in its entirety from January 2015.

Friends will be available on Netflix from next year in the US, it has been revealed.

The NBC sitcom, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary earlier this year, will be available on the streaming site in its entirety from January 2015.


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HBO has announced plans to offer viewers an online service in 2015.

The cable network will begin selling a digital version that will not require a pay-TV subscription next year, CEO Richard Plepler revealed at an investor presentation today (October 15).

Plepler explainer that HBO will launch a "standalone, over the top" version of HBO in the US in 2015.

He added that the company will work with "current partners", and that others may join in the near future. However, further details were not provided.

HBO is currently available to customers who buy other bundles of TV networks from providers such as Comcast. Last year, HBO generated $4.9 billion in revenue.

Industry insiders have stated that HBO and Time Warner could work with companies such as Amazon and Hulu to market and deliver its web content, according to Re/code.



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Apple is joining Facebook in offering to freeze the eggs of its female employees, in a move that will enable them to delay motherhood until later in their career.

The iPhone maker will start providing cryopreservation and egg storage to US staff covered by its insurance plans from January 2015.

"We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended maternity leave policy, along with cryopreservation and egg storage as part of our extensive support for infertility treatment," Apple said in a statement.

"We want to empower women at Apple to do the best work of their lives as they care for loved ones and raise their families."

Facebook implemented the policy early this year, along with "a host of other fertility services for male and female employees", under its surrogacy benefits programme

Both firms are offering up to $20,000 (£12,500) to extract the eggs and handle their preservation.

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Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla have donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola.

The couple, who married in 2012 , revealed their support in a message posted on Facebook, explaining that they believed the money would "empower" experts working to help control the spread of the disease.

"The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed," they explained.

"We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn't spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio."

The message continued: "We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome. Grants like this directly help the frontline responders in their heroic work. These people are on the ground setting up care centers, training local staff, identifying Ebola cases and much more."

They concluded by adding that they are "hopeful" the donation "will help save lives and get this outbreak under control".

The CDC welcomed the Zuckerbergs' donation. In a statement, director Tom Frieden said: "The most important step we can take is to stop Ebola at its source. The sooner the world comes together to help West Africa, the safer we all will be.

"This significant contribution from Mark Zuckerberg and Dr Priscilla Chan will help us rapidly advance the fight against Ebola."


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Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly paid over $100m on two pieces of land on Hawaii's Kauai North Shore.

The Facebook CEO's properties are said to total 700 acres, according to Forbes.

His first purchase was the private Pila'a beach, consisting of 383 acres of white sand. It was previously owned by Jim Pfleuger of Pfleuger Properties.

He has also bought the Kahu'aina plantation, a 357-acre former sugarcane plantation. It was purchased from the Falko partners, which belongs to landowner Larry Bowman. This property includes 2,500 ft of oceanfront and a working organic farm.

Both properties have space for 85 homes, but Zuckerberg is thought to be planning to build one house, and use the rest of the land to increase his privacy.

Meanwhile, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has bought Jenny Craig's equestrian property in Rancho Santa Fe, California for $18 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.


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Dropbox has moved to assure users that it has not been hacked directly following reports that 7 million usernames and passwords have been leaked online.

Account information for scores of users recently appeared on Pastebin, but the cloud storage company insists that it was stolen from third-party services.

Dropbox also claims that it has taken steps to protect the accounts affected, and informed users that their files are safe.

"Dropbox has not been hacked," the company said in a blog post. "These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts.

"We'd previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now. All other remaining passwords have been expired as well."

Dropbox is urging users to activate two-step verification to safeguard themselves against such incidents. This feature can be enabled on the Dropbox website.


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Snapsaved has confirmed reports that it was hacked earlier this week, resulting in the theft of thousands of personal Snapchat photographs.

The third-party service is a tool for saving self-destructing images sent through the picture messaging app, a practice that Snapchat prohibits.

The images included in the breach - dubbed 'The Snappening' - are said to depict minors and are explicit in nature, but Snapsaved insists that the hackers did not obtain enough data to create an indexed online database, as previously threatened.

"Snapsaved has always tried to fight child pornography, we have even gone as far as to reporting some of our users to the Swedish and Norwegian authorities," said Snapsaved in a statement.

"The recent rumours about The Snappening are a hoax. The hacker does not have sufficient information to live up to his claims of creating a searchable database."

It is suspected that those behind the circulation of explicit Snapchat images were also responsible for the leaks of nude photos taken by hundreds of celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Lawrence recently described the leaking of intimate and personal photographs as "a sex crime", and said that anyone seeking out such images online "should cower with shame".

More recent celebrity victims of nude photo leaks have included Doctor Who actor Matt Smith and former girlfriend Daisy Lowe.

In January, a Snapchat hack saw around 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers leaked online due to a security loophole, but the company insists that it was not hacked directly this time around.

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Electronics usage on planes in the US is facing possible restrictions during take-offs and landings.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last year submitted a notice that led to the lifting of rules preventing people from using technology during the start and end of a flight, but the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) want to see these restrictions reinstated.

A lawsuit was first filed against the FAA by the association in December last year (2013), but details have just been made public.

The AFA argue that passengers can potentially ignore important announcements if using electronic devices at the same time.

They also claim that allowing the use of technology at these stages clashes with federal regulations which state that passengers must keep all items packed away during certain times of a flight.

However, the FAA claim that fliers are in fact allowed to keep smaller devices in their hands at all times in a flight.

The Wall Street Journal quotes Amanda Duré, attorney for the flight attendants, as saying: "Essentially we want to set the reset button to the way personal electronic devices were handled prior to October 2013."

She added that take off and landing "are the two most critical phases of flight with the most chance of turbulence and accidents".


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Beats and Bose have agreed to settle their dispute over noise cancellation technology out of court.

Bose accused its rival of infringing on a number of patents in July and asked for a sales ban on certain headphones.

In the claim, the Massachusetts-based audio firm said it had "suffered and will continue to suffer damages" for use of its features on Beats Studio and Beats Studio Wireless.

According to Bloomberg, Bose has now agreed to dismiss the lawsuit.

It has also asked the US International Trade Commission to end its investigation.

Apple acquired Beats in May for $3 billion, which saw co-founders Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine joined the company.

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