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The Independent website grew by 7.94 per cent to 29,894,151 unique monthly users

The Independent website records largest growth among newspaper websites

The Independent’s website independent.co.uk enjoyed the largest growth among newspaper websites during December, according to official figures released today.

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Guardian website blocked in China after it ran a story on the wealth of its rulers' families

China has blocked the websites of The Guardian and other media organisations which published stories about the offshore holdings of relatives of the country’s leading figures.

Arianna Huffington is joining force with Nicolas Berggruen to launch 'The World Post'

Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington to launch 'World Post' news website

Tony Blair and global elite to feature on new digital platform

UK Porn trends: From 'Lisa Ann' to 'British', Pornhub reveals what we search for

Pornhub reveals the most popular porn search terms in Britain

Many had called on IAC to fire Justine Sacco after she sent the racist tweet shortly before boarding a flight to Africa

PR executive Justine Sacco apologises after losing job over racist Aids ‘joke’ provoked #HasJustineLandedYet Twitter storm

The now-former director of communications worked for IAC representing popular websites such as OKCupid, Vimeo, The Daily Beast and Tinder

Beyonce's new album is 'as billowing and bountiful as that legendary booty'

Weird web news: Beyonce's secret online album release

It is not often that a PR person is awake at 6.28am let alone sending emails, so it was clear there was something afoot on Friday morning when a “For Immediate Release” announcement from Purple PR pinged into my inbox.

Lufsig the wolf has become a symbol of protest in Hong Kong

Weird web news: Why cuddly wolf Lufsig is popular in Hong Kong

What sells in Ikea and has become a symbol of protest in Hong Kong? Meet Lufsig, the cuddly wolf who – since being thrown at the region’s chief executive Leung Chun-ying – has sold out in local branches of the Swedish furniture giant.

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Andy Murray is tipped to win Sports Personality of the Year

Weird web news: Sports Personality of the Year favourite Andy Murray to duet with X Factor favourite Sam Bailey?

Tonight the winners of The X Factor and Sports Personality of the Year will be crowned.

Liz Hurley is selling her shows for charity

Weird web news: An auction for 'kids living on rubbish dumps'

In other auction news, we were alerted to one by perhaps the most un-self-aware tweet in history: “HELP KIDS LIVING ON RUBBISH DUMPS.

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On Wednesday a blog post imagining what a 10-month-old baby’s Christmas wish list might look like went viral.

A new app designed to take the stress out of proposing

Weird web news: Three apps unlikely to take smartphone world by storm

A recent article in Business Insider contained advice for app developers from one Ryan Matzner of mobile app development firm Fueled.

Julie Walters has picked up an award for outstanding contribution British Independent Film Awards

Weird web news: Julie Walters has a way with words

Julie Walters was feeling talkative after picking up the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution at the British Independent Film Awards last weekend.

Pope Francis caresses a sick person in Saint Peter's Square at the end of his General Audience in Vatican City

Pope Francis, Miley Cyrus and a Briton winning Wimbledon: Facebook's 2013 year in review unveiled

New charismatic pontiff became a social media phenomenon in 2013

The top ten: Trollemics

A word created by merging troll and polemic by Stephen Tall, editor of 'Liberal Democrat Voice', who defined it as 'a deliberately over-the-top argument to generate controversy and make rational debate impossible'. Oddly, many of them seem to be published by one website…

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Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
Ryanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?

Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
Billionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers

Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
10 best over-ear headphones

Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel
Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2014: Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings
Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star