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The National are Ellis' favourite band

Facebook launches 'Arctic data centre' in Luleå, Sweden

Green buildings will run on 100% renewable energy and use icy conditions to cool heat from servers

Crowd-sourced map app Waze to accelerate with Google behind the wheel

Purchase price of Israeli-based reportedly $1 b

How did Apple fare at the 2013 WWDC keynote?

The stock market took a few bites out of Apple this year; share prices dropped to a low of $385 in April, and performance has been rocky since. So last night's WWDC keynote came with added expectation. Did it deliver?

Xbox One Controller is shown during a press event unveiling Microsoft's new Xbox in Redmond, Washington

Microsoft confirms Xbox One will have 24-hour offline gaming limit

Selling used games will be decided by publishers and only allowed through 'participating retailers'

Fire in poultry slaughterhouse kills 119 in China's deadliest blaze for more than a decade

The fire is likely to once again highlight the lax safety standards at many Chinese workplaces

N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, has stepped aside temporarily

Rajan's Wrong 'un: The fight against corruption in the IPL is a battle for the very soul of India

The structure of the IPL is a denial of the rights of equal citizenship

Chinese activists launch 'call me, not school children' campaign against paedophiles

Activists in China have launched a “call me, not school children” campaign, as part of an online battle against paedophiles.

Xbox One is shown on display during a press event unveiling Microsoft's new Xbox in Redmond, Washington

Xbox One: Gamers voice anger about proposed 'fee' for secondhand games

Microsoft has said it will control the re-sale of games for the Xbox One, drawing angry reactions from the online community.

The statement from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer begins with a promise “not to screw it up”, whilst assuring users that David Karp will remain CEO and that Yahoo! will “operate Tumblr independently”.

'We won't screw it up': Yahoo buys New York-based social network Tumblr for $1.1bn as chief executive Marissa Mayer rules out radical changes following negative reaction

Deal for £723m in cash justified by Tumblr’s impressive numbers as one of the world’s fastest growing social-media networks

David Karp, the 26-year-old high school dropout worth $275million

Meet David Karp, the 26-year-old high school dropout worth $275m after selling Tumblr to Yahoo

Behind the news of Tumblr’s sale for $1.1billion (£723 million) to Yahoo there lies the story of David Karp, its 26-year-old founder, who has now become one of the world’s richest technology entrepreneurs.

China urges North Korea to release fishing boat crew

China is urging North Korea to release a Chinese fishing boat whose owner says it was seized by gun-toting North Koreans earlier this month and held for ransom, in the latest irritant in relations between the neighboring allies.

Solange has confirmed she will put out a full-length LP later this year

The Playlist: Solange; Holy Ghost!; Katy B

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Bearded actor and director Ben Affleck

Male grooming: To shave or not to shave?

As manufacturers of, among other things, shaving paraphernalia, you can understand why the people at Dutch electronics firm Philips are keen for all men to have smooth faces.

Civilians and security forces gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in the southern Shiite city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq

Voices in Danger: In Iraq, intimidation threatens the media's ability to report

In a country still recovering from war, reporting is as dangerous as ever

Why are we sharing the Charles Ramsey meme?

You've probably seen the Charles Ramsey video by now (if not, hey, it's right above). In the 3 minute clip, the neighbour of Ariel Castro, the man today charged with kidnapping and raping three women, describes how he heard one of the victims shout from next door and went over to help. It's become a viral hit - with almost ten million views on combined YouTube sources - but what's the root of its success?

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project