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Cyber Culture: BuzzFeed - an unlikely investor in the future of longform journalism?

There are many ways for people to register their disapproval of something you've written and posted online, from a simple thumbs-down to a sustained campaign of harassment culminating in the imposition of a restraining order. But the most withering are those replies that simply read "TLDR" – or "too long, didn't read". It's become shorthand for our supposed intolerance for writing that extends beyond bullet points, an affirmation that lengthy tracts of prose belong to a pre-internet era. But maybe this is all a fallacy.

Twitter: No end of the Piers pain in sight

Despite juggling careers on both sides of the Atlantic, it takes more than mere time zones to hinder Piers Morgan's relentless presence on Twitter at any given hour.

Grace Dent polishes up her internet manners with help from Debrett’s

Online decorum: A long, hard day of being nice on the internet

Challenged to follow Debrett’s ‘Netiquette’, Twitterholic Grace Dent managed about 10 minutes

Nick D'Aloisio

Could a 17-year-old boy from Wimbledon transform how you read news on your phone? Nick D'Aloisio launches his Summly app today backed by Stephen Fry and Rupert Murdoch

Nick D'Aloisio is on sabbatical from his London school, where he is yet to take his A-levels. Last Sunday, just before the onset of Hurricane Sandy, he boarded a last plane out of New York's JFK airport to return to England in time for the global launch of his revolutionary iPhone app today, his 17th birthday.

Lost in the flood: superstorm Sandy's impact on lower Manhattan

A media storm: Why the way we talk about the weather has changed forever

Predicting the weather is no longer a mug’s game - it’s a social one. David Kenny, the king of US weather forecasts talks to Geoffrey Macnab.

Ancestry.com: Money grows on family trees

The site has just been sold for £1bn. Simon Usborne charts its founders’ histories, and how they made a mint out of your Great Auntie Mabel

Michael Brutsch, aka ‘Violentacrez’, told CNN he ‘had made mistakes’

Internet's biggest troll says sorry... 'to some degree'

Blogger behind 'jailbait' forum claims Reddit staff 'encouraged' him

New Trinity Mirror chief admits 'neglect' of digital and pledges shake-up

The new chief executive at Trinity Mirror Simon Fox has quickly stamped his authority on the newspaper group, announcing a major shake-up and expressing astonishment at the poor state of its digital operations.

Ransomwear: Pay up or the hard drive gets it

You've just opened a Web page or clicked a link in an email when your computer's desktop goes gray. A browser window pops up with the FBI logo in the top left corner. Below it is a live webcam feed with a picture of someone's face. You try to click away but find that your browser is locked. With a start, you recognize the face staring at you from the screen: It's you.

The Space (and John Peel's record collection) to remain online for another six months

A free digital art service set up to give everyone access to the Cultural Olympiad from their living rooms is to be extended for another six months.

independent.co.uk records 20.47% global growth

Growth mirrors last week’s NRS success for Independent and i, which recorded an unprecedented 70.2% rise in combined print and online readership.

'Mother Jones' supports The Occupy Movement

Undercover Mitt Romney video: Who is Mother Jones?

Mother Jones scored the biggest scoop of the US election so far with an undercover Mitt Romney clip. But who on earth is she? Samuel Muston finds out

Comment, Campaigns, Community: 'The Independent' breaks new ground again

Twenty-six years ago, The Independent was founded as a journalistic expression of its time. It was the zeitgeist made print: world-class reporting and fearless comment, together with journalistic integrity, compassion, and superb design. Roll forward and the paper today is as true to those values as it ever was; but just as the world has changed beyond recognition, so journalism now is irretrievably different from journalism then.

Royal Society hosts edit-a-thon to raise the profile of women whose contribution has been overlooked

Wikipedia gets overdue makeover to give recognition to science's female pioneers

Royal Society hosts edit-a-thon to raise the profile of women whose contribution has been overlooked

Internet boosts readers for newspapers

Far from being the ruin of newspapers, the internet revolution has increased the number of readers of the British press and taken them upmarket, with quality papers now matching tabloid audiences.

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