In the first part of a series on the struggle to control the internet, Oliver Burkeman finds out why the US is spending millions to help activists communicate

Exclusive: Threats range from governments trying to control citizens to the rise of Facebook and Apple-style 'walled gardens'

Facebook has bought the photo-sharing service for $1bn. What does history tell us about the wisdom of such mega-deals?

Mark Zuckerberg's announcement of purchase comes days after massively popular photo app launched Android version

Tracey Caldwell finds out how Leeds city council became device agnostic – and employees' unexpected reaction to the scheme

Proposal echoes Labour scheme that was scrapped in 2009 over concerns it would breach civil liberties

Mark Samuels investigates the approach that's gaining favour among information-swamped public sector organisations

Speculative invoicing might be returning to the UK, thanks to a High Court judgment Monday. The practice, all but abandoned in the UK in the wake of the ACS:Law fiasco, has restarted but with conditions. Meanwhile, over 9,000 people could get letters from the plaintiff, Ben Dover.

Gill Hitchcock talks to Argyll and Bute council about the Microsoft Lync 2010 roll out helping save 20 minutes of staff time each day

Transport for London's CIO Steve Townsend unpicks the organisation's plan to stabilise, consolidate and innovate

The telecoms firm has ambitions to join Apple, Samsung and Nokia in the big league – but if it wants to crack the US market, it will have to offer more transparency

Rovio pushes the button on the game it hopes will send its feathery franchise past 1bn downloads

While it has attracted the interest of those who would love The Pirate Bay to launch an airborne division, the site's idea of putting servers in the sky won't fly

Blizzard is preparing a controversial new extension for the world's most successful MMORPG. But could the rumours of kung-fu pandas make this a map too far?

Former BT technology chief says the government's broadband plans are not ambitious enough and the UK is being left behind

But the implied yield of 1.77% is miserable and Apple's cash pile will still grow given the speed at which money is rolling in

In recent months The Pirate Bay has drastically changed its site to make it less vulnerable to ever increasing censorship attempts across the globe. But that was just the start, as the torrent site now says it’s getting ready to put some of its hardware in GPS controlled drones.

BBC director of content Roly Keating says audience research confirms iTunes-style purchase scheme would be welcomed

Released this week on PlayStation 3, Journey is one of the most talked about games of the year so far. But what exactly is it? And does it have more in common with art than gaming?

Mark Thompson says Project Barcelona will allow viewers to purchase programmes permanently just after they are broadcast

Richard O’Dwyer, the UK-based ex-administrator of the video linking website TVShack will be extradited to the US to face copyright infringement charges. Despite public outrage Home Secretary Theresa May approved the extradition order today. The 23-year-old student has never visited United States, but now faces several years in a US prison.

Internet company claims Facebook infringes patents covering advertising, privacy controls and social networking

People ordering Apple's new iPad online face a three-day delay due to overwhelming demand for the device

PC/Xbox 360/PS3; £29.99; cert 12+; EA

Does big data have the answers? Maybe some, but not all, says Mark Graham

Look out Hollywood, the video game industry is hot on your heels, poaching your talent and raking in the money. And one game has led the way…

UK data protection boss David Smith concerned how Google is sharing information between mail, calendar, call logs and searches

After managing to evade hackers for a number of years, Google's browser is targeted by French group Vupen which has controversial method of funding itself: selling vulnerabilities to governments

Internet service providers BT and TalkTalk have lost their appeal against the UK’s Digital Economy Act. The ISPs had argued that the legislation was incompatible with EU law, but this morning the Court of Appeal decided otherwise and dismissed their appeal. While the decision was welcomed by copyright holders, Internet account holders now face warnings, disconnections and speed throttling.

Hacker – real name Hector Xavier Monsegur – helped US authorities bring charges against five others

Programming device has also attracted interest from a Middle East country planning to give one to every schoolgirl

A “human error” carried out by the police resulted in thousands of websites being completely blocked at the DNS level yesterday. Danish visitors to around 8,000 sites including Google and Facebook were informed that the sites were being blocked by the country’s High Tech Crime Unit due to them offering child pornography, a situation which persisted for several hours.

We're bad at calculating the long-term costs of keeping our online privacy

Viviane Reding says there are 'doubts' over legality of internet giant's move as French authorities open EU-wide investigation

Work on new version began three years ago with tablet versions made of cardboard as Microsoft tries to bridge gap between mobile and desktop with single interface

Apple has sent journalists invitations to an event that falls close to the 2 March anniversary of launch of the iPad 2

UK developer told that Evi speech analysis app will be removed from App Store as 'confusingly similar' to Siri

Website says total cache amounts to millions of emails exposing the global trade in intelligence

Steve Jobs initially resisted apps, fearing sabotage. But when the late Apple chief relented in 2007, the floodgates opened

Rumoured $50m acquisition will build on existing Genius feature

The Arab spring showed how multinationals can wield power without responsibility by controlling internet access

Some 4,000 ebook editions from Independent Publishers Group pulled from sale in dispute over new retail terms

Tech giants support Obama administration's plan to issue voluntary guidelines and commit to 'Do Not Track' technology

Investigators can be heard discussing joint inquiry into cybercrime in 15-minute call released on the internet

The anti-counterfeiting trade agreement could criminalise internet users globally. But it hasn't been ratified yet …

Are we reaching the tipping point at which the downloading of games begins to dominate the industry? And will it be more about old games than new ones? Some interesting events this week suggest we're close

BT will also start doubling residential broadband speeds to up-to-80Mbps this spring, earlier than expected

Following a hearing today at the High Court in New Zealand, Kim Dotcom was again denied bail. The Megaupload founder, who authorities insist will likely flee should he be released, told the court that he’d been kicked and punched by police during his arrest.

World handset market hits slow growth patch as smartphones compete for attention with featurephones - and Apple reaps huge revenues

Multimillion-selling author links with Pirate Bay, saying 'the more people "pirate" a book, the better'

Mark Zuckerberg's phenomenally successful enterprise – in effect, a wholly-owned internet – now faces hard business facts

Kader Arif, the lead ACTA negotiator in the European Parliament, says ACTA potentially cuts access to lifesaving generic drugs and restricts online freedom

The PlayStation boss will replace Howard Stringer at a crucial time for the consumer electronics giant

Mark Zuckerberg is likely to stay tight-lipped about Facebook's stock market flotation – unlike other Silicon Valley CEOs recently

Exclusive: Marko Ahtisaari interview points towards new designs of Lumia phones without tab on USB charger slot

Apple's new vice-president of retail will oversee the continued expansion of the technology group's stores around the world

Rovio's Mikael Hed tells music industry audience that embracing pirates can attract new fans

MegaUpload has received a letter from the US Attorney informing the company that data uploaded by its users may be destroyed before the end of the week.

Ewan Morrison tracks the self-epublishing euphoria of the last five months and argues that we are at the start of an epublishing bubble

Thai government becomes first to publicly endorse Twitter's decision to permit country-specific censorship of content

The chief executive of one of the fastest-growing startups on the internet says he lied about his age and experience to woo clients

The creator of the iPhone may soon have more ready cash than the US government and analysts are speculating about acquisitions. But the firm may be more focused on a daring foray into pay television

Facebook's reaction to proposals to tighten up on privacy rights shows its lack of respect for others

US writers attack conditions at Foxconn plant and call for consumers to act

Censorship fears are misplaced, tweets from the Middle East will still buzz around the world

With demand for storage growing by 20% this year alone, St Helens and Knowsley teaching hospitals trust turned to the cloud

File-sharing millionaire refused bail in New Zealand could motivate others into doing what he wanted, claim associates

File-sharing multimillionaire faces four more weeks in jail in New Zealand after judge warns he could try to flee to Germany

Piracy and fragmentation headaches persist, but opportunities await beyond the developed world

The consumer tech giant has a cash pile of roughly $90bn. So what should it be spending its money on?

Online streaming service reports a return to subscriber growth and better-than-expected results

While Apple still rules the global tablet market, with its iPad owning 58% in the fourth quarter of 2011, Android still managed to take 39%

Users of social network critical of new system that can censor tweets on a country-by-country basis

MEPs of 21 EU states, including the UK, have signed off on the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Chief executive Stephen Elop promises to break even in first three months of 2012 after posting €954m fourth-quarter loss

Get our weekly newsletter on Thursdays

Follow us on social media