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OKCupid confessed to having tested its users for shallowness

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YouTube cover versions have gone from being unwelcome to broadly tolerated - and why not?

Earlier this year, a band that I play in decided to record a cover version of a TV theme tune, make a video for it and put it online in the hope of attracting some attention. What began as a whimsical idea ended up as a severe administrative headache; I discovered that to do things by the book, it was likely that I'd need to get permission from the publisher of the original song to do so. If I didn't, I'd be participating in what Wired magazine once referred to as "quite possibly the most popular creative art that's against the law".

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Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements

Change of art: Google’s new Roboto font placed over the old one (hint: red new, blue old)

Google has spent 18 months changing its typeface - but can you tell the difference?

Roboto - the system font that's been used on Google's mobile operating system, Android, since 2011 - needed tweaking

Skype me up, Scotty: Captain Kirk and Dr McCoy use their universal translators in ‘Star Trek’

Skype Translator vows to translate multilingual voice calls - but is it any good?

David Crookes finds out how fluent the new service is - and whether it has the potential to revolutionise the way we communicate

Google+ becomes more privacy-friendly with launch of pseudonyms

There's an accepted piece of wisdom which says that if people know who we are on the internet, we'll behave ourselves. It makes sense. After all, who'd want to be identified publicly as an abusive ranter who responds to even the mildest provocation with a stream of expletives?

Psy dances in his hit music video 'Gangnam Style'

Most viewed YouTube videos: From 'Gangnam Style' to 'Wrecking Ball'

Nine of the top ten most-watched YouTube clips are music videos. Scroll to see which artists make the cut - and why Psy's 'Gangnam Style' can't be toppled

The byte stuff: 'Silicon Valley'

Why new TV show Silicon Valley is like Entourage for geeks

The new TV comedy show focuses on California's hi-tech companies – so don't expect any female whizz-kids, says Gerard Gilbert
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