News@5: Anonymous DDoS Mastercard Website, You View CTO Anthony Rose Steps Down & 'Silver Surfers'

Hacktivist group Anonymous is claiming to have taken down the Mastercard website in response to the company pulling its services from WikiLeaks. Making the announcement on the Anon_Operation twitter account, the group said that the Mastercard website had been hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack as part of Operation: Payback.

Anthony Rose, the chief technology officer of the BBC-led YouView IPTV project, has stepped down from his post before the service has launched. According to a senior TV executive cited by The Telegraph, Rose, the man behind a number of significant contributions to the BBC's popular iPlayer catch-up service, was asked to step down because he was unable to manage a large team.

Broadband take-up in the UK is on the rise thanks to the growing number of elderly users, or 'silver surfers', that have started using the web according to new statistics released by Ofcom. According to the data, broadband take-up in the UK increased by 3 per cent from 2009. During the same period, broadband take-up in the 65-74 age bracket increased by 9 per cent, while it grew by 8 per cent in over 75 year olds.

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is offering a free PlayBook tablet device to registered developers who submit applications for the upcoming tablet PC. RIM urged the developers to start building applications for the tablet device, which is expected to be launched during the first quarter of 2011.

Virgin Media has started rolling out its 'ultra-fast' 100 Mbps broadband connection to some parts of the UK, promising a connection that is 20 times faster than those currently available. According to the company, people in Colchester, Farnborough, and Heckmondwike, as well as Barry in South Wales, will be able to subscribe to the broadband service.