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Tesco has given up on Blinkbox — Since October 2014, Tesco has done all it can to rid itself of its loss-making digital download service Blinkbox. TalkTalk came to its rescue, picking up Blinkbox Movies and its broadband services earlier this month, but the fate of its Music and Books businesses remained unclear -- until today.

Choose between a house or the first ever 20th Anniversary Edition PS4 — Sony caused quite a stir with the unveiling of the 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4, and gamers fell over themselves to get their hands on one of 12,300 pieces of gaming nostalgia. Those online sales and promotional '80s stores have now closed, but the company isn't finished yet.

Contactless charity donations could mean the end of 'chuggers' — Charities play an important role tackling all manner of medical and societal issues, but without donations many would cease to operate. To ensure a steady stream of funding, some send representatives into Britain's high streets to encourage giving, generally annoying people in the process.

Apple's latest acquisition will tell it what the world is listening to — When Apple spent $3 billion to buy Beats, it certainly made the headlines, but the company also goes to great lengths to keep smaller deals under wraps. One that has completely flown under the radar is its recent acquisition of Musicmetric.

Sky will soon switch on adult broadband filters for indecisive customers — As part of David Cameron's plan to protect young internet users, broadband providers have been forced to offer an "unavoidable choice." This impels new subscribers to decide whether they want to enable or disable blocks on adult content.

Amazon plans to release 12 movies a year in theaters and on Prime — In a bid to get more subscribers and grow revenues, Amazon and Netflix have created original content to set themselves apart from not only from each other, but major cable channels like HBO. Prime examples include House of Cards , Orange Is The New Black and Transparent.

Three UK's owner is reportedly plotting £9 billion bid for O2 — When BT finally confirmed its intention to by a UK carrier, the company said it had two carriers in its crosshairs: EE and O2. The telecoms giant eventually chose EE and is currently in the process of completing a £12.5 billion acquisition, but Telefonica-owned O2 has quietly become the subject of interest from Three UK owner Hutchison Whampoa.

HMV overtakes Amazon to become the UK's biggest seller of physical music — Two years ago, British high-street retailer HMV was staring bankruptcy in the face. It was subsequently picked up by administration specialist Hilco, which immediately set about reversing the company's fortunes. As a result of cost-cutting measures, HMV was forced to sell its iconic Oxford Street store and place a renewed focus on what made it popular: selling music.

UK police arrest Lizard Squad member behind PlayStation and Xbox attacks — Ever since its Christmas Day attack that took PlayStation and Xbox Live servers down, the "Lizard Squad" has taunted authorities while simultaneously trying to market its takedown-for-hire DDoS service. Police apparently arrested a London-based man affiliated with the group before the turn of the year, but today UK authorities have confirmed they've tracked down at least one member who was involved in the attacks.

Scientists find Mars probe Beagle 2 intact a decade after it disappeared — When British spacecraft Beagle 2 successfully ejected from Mars Express back on December 19th 2003, scientists expected to obtain confirmation of its touchdown on the Red Planet on Christmas Day. Unfortunately, no contact was ever received. Believing that it had been destroyed in a high-impact landing, the UK-led team abandoned the project, scuppering plans to search for signs of life on Mars.
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Jan 28, 2015

@stevekovach If the piece focuses on sexism and misogyny, it's pretty on point.

Jan 28, 2015

Someone left a well-worn discoloured Fleshlight on the beach.

Jan 28, 2015

@JoshConstine I honestly don't know why it hasn't cloned Day One yet.

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