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The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything? Rhodri Marsden wonders if they signal a blow for people power – or the death throes of true democracy

Jennifer Lawrence took on Google after its failure to remove stolen photos from its searches – but are lower-profile victims being ignored?

Threats lodged over the internet are no longer laughed off but it's often the richest, most famous, or otherwise well-connected victims who stand to benefit from this recent societal attitude adjustment, argues Amanda Hess

Biology bribe: freezing eggs isn’t cheap

Is Facebook's egg-freezing service for female employees good news – or a medical minefield?

The company is helping female employees in the US to pay for the cost of freezing their eggs, while Apple is planning to introduce the policy in January. So could the practice be on the way to becoming both widespread and normal?

Simon Segars, the chief executive of ARM Holdings

Simon Segars: Looking forward to the future and the ‘internet of things’

The James Ashton Interview: Basildon born, the CEO of ARM Holdings, Britain’s one truly global hi-tech star, explains why he’s so optimistic about the connected home just around the corner

Do we still have the technology to go to the Moon?

Why does it take three years to develop a new car, when it shares 90 per cent of its 'DNA' with the previous model? Why does it take six years to develop a new airplane when it shares 90 per cent of its 'DNA' with the previous model?

A Google search removal request displayed on the screen of a smart phone

Rhodri Marsden: 'If you are going to harvest my personal data, make it for something I want'

We give Google, Facebook and Youtube the data, and they give us a motley collection of offers that feels no more tailored to our needs than a Piccadilly Circus billboard.

IBM's new super-computer has been hailed as the future of healthcare... and it can even devise a recipe for a mean stew

Watson is an artificial-intelligence system that uses natural language processing - you can ask it a question in everyday English - and machine learning, where the computer learns without having to be programmed with new knowledge

Page turner: e-book sales last year fell by 26 per cent from 2012

Have we fallen out of love with e-readers?

While Amazon gets ready to launch a new Kindle, Caroline Corcoran is one of a growing number of people who are going back to books

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Netiquette: A loser's guide to social media - from Facebook events to dating on Tinder

Have you Snapchatted your bum? or swiped right on your cousin? Fear not: help is at hand with Rhodri Marsden's guide to netiquette…

Say Ello to the new social network that’s not that sociable yet

It's not Facebook or Twitter, and for many people that’s enough to sell them the idea

Laid bare: the Good2Go app ensures people have a chance to make their intentions clear about having sex

An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

A surge in sexual-assault cases on US campuses has paved the way for a new app which logs two parties’ consent to sex. Amanda Hess examines the pros and cons

Virtual reality glasses could give the porn industry a new revenue stream

The future of porn: Virtual reality glasses at XBiz

Delegates at the London XBiz conference focused on potentially lucrative new business opportunities

Why Kindle Fire proves Amazon wants to take on Samsung and Apple

What makes Amazon so dangerous as a company is that it doesn’t have to make money on its hardware

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The device was granted a patent 135 years ago this week and offered a 30 decibel boost to ambient noises

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Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned PR disaster

A free album on iTunes: what could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot, as U2 and Apple have discovered

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