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Rhodri Marsden

Rhodri Marsden is the Technology Columnist for The Independent; he has also written about crumpets, Captain Beefheart, rude place names and string. He's also a musician who plays in the band Scritti Politti, and won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival by playing a piece called "Silver Trumpets" with verve and aplomb.

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Taking the biscuit: Nestlé capitalised on the Facebook shutdown to tweet a Kit-Kat advert

When Facebook broke, users railed or mocked, but most kept refreshing their news feeds

As we mocked Facebook's meaninglessness, we knew deep down that we were mocking ourselves, says Rhodri Marsden

A mind to quit: some therapists treat the end of a patient's sessions like the break-up of an affair

Stopping therapy: We have ways of making you talk

Walking away from therapy is a big step, but what if your analyst tries to stop you? Their methods of persuasion can be intense – and not always ethical, reports Rhodri Marsden

Rhodri Marsden: They may have passed the test, but the robots aren't taking over yet

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Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: Prince's symbol

* Today in 1993, on his 35th birthday, Prince changed his name to the symbol pictured above, provoking consternation, derision, amusement and indifference.

Rhodri Marsden: Struggling to express your emotions? There's a sticker for that...

Nothing says "I appear to be veering towards narcissim" like a picture of a chubby cat. <b>Rhodri Marsden</b> extolls the virtues of a well-placed sticker

The world blocks its ears: The unstoppable rise of headphones and especially Beats by Dr Dre

You can’t help wonder how aliens might interpret our relationship with our headphones

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Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The monstrous carbuncle

* Thirty years ago this morning, Britain began its relationship with the phrase "monstrous carbuncle". The previous night, Prince Charles had delivered a speech at Hampton Court Palace to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He seized the opportunity to compare the proposed extension to the National Gallery to what Webster's describes as "a very painful acute local inflammation of subcutaneous tissue".

Spanish lawyer Mario Costeja Gonzalez fought for six years for Google to erase a search result for his name that links to an article on property auctions

Google privacy law - analysis: The fact is, information doesn’t want to be controlled

Poor Mario Costeja Gonzalez. He’ll now forever be known as the person who owed social security debts to the Spanish government in the late 1990s. This was never his intention; indeed, he went to court in an attempt to get this detail about a past episode of his life removed from Google’s index. His victory in that case earlier this month has since prompted a huge debate about the “right to be forgotten”, but the associated publicity has provided a perfect illustration of how, as the popular slogan has it, “information wants to be free”. Attempts at suppression, whether noble or nefarious, will almost inevitably prove to be futile.

Enthusiasm curbed: irritable types such as Larry David are apparently not helping themselves

Research suggests that cynics are three times more likely to develop dementia

Committed sceptic Rhodri Marsden decides to get happy
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Rhodri Marsden: Is Twitter making you miserable? Befriending a stranger might help

I've just been reading about a social-media campaign where a marketing team spent two months planning a tweet about a brand of cheese. When finally unleashed, said tweet disappeared up the timeline virtually unnoticed, burning out immediately like a moth in a flame.

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