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Evan Williams, CEO and co-founder of Twitter, at their headquarters. He is now working on a new website, Medium

Medium: the new publishing platform from Twitter's co-founder

Momentum builds for site where algorithm suggests stories based on how long users spend reading certain articles

Nina Davuluri - the first Miss America winner from Indian background - dismisses barrage of racist abuse

Just minutes after the result racist comments began to appear on social networking sites

Selfies from space: NASA has lift-off on Instagram to mark moon probe launch

Space agency says it will share with its followers the 'most engaging images on and off the planet'

Say 'fromage!' - François Hollande's moment of madness

Say fromage! Agency denies censorship after withdrawing 'gormless' picture of Francois Hollande

Agence France Presse transmitted the unflattering picture to clients on Tuesday, then quickly issued a 'Mandatory Kill' order

Facebook is the latest technology company to release figures on how often governments seek information about its customers

Facebook's 'Transparency Report' reveals data requests by UK police

The US government led the rankings in number of requests, asking for as much data as the next five countries combined.

Left, from top: Anette Iren Johansen; the actress Nazanin Boniadi; Tom Cruise with his ex-wife Katie Holmes

I was one of women auditioned to be Tom Cruise’s wife, says former Scientologist

Norwegian woman recounts personal questions from interview

A view of Joey Barton's Twitter account

Premier League clubs monitoring Twitter accounts of players

Three clubs are using service which alerts them to potentially problematic tweets

Planning appeal hearings to be opened up for filming, tweeting and blogging

"Heavy-handed councils who call the police to suppress freedom of speech are abusing state powers,"says Eric Pickles

Postcard from... Paris

Denise Fergus, the mother of murdered toddler James Bulger (right), has been targeted by a troll on Twitter

Twitter troll targets mother of murdered toddler James Bulger

'They face no consequences - it's gutless' says husband

Lady Gaga warns ‘little monsters’ to stop sending abusive tweets after Perez Hilton row

“Born This Way” singer Lady Gaga has urged her fans, known as “little monsters”, to stop sending threats, using hateful language and provoking others on the internet.

Former friends: Perez Hilton and Lady Gaga pictured together in 2009.

Perez Hilton denies 'preposterous' claims he poses threat to Lady Gaga

The pop singer accused Perez of stalking her, which he denies and claims is 'defamatory' and 'utterly false'

Popular Leicester pub 'The Globe' forced to close after false anti-military Facebook rumours

The owners of The Globe on Silver Street were forced to shut their doors on Saturday while security staff were brought in

Google and Microsoft embroiled in bitter row over YouTube app

Google and Microsoft have become embroiled in a row over the Windows Phone YouTube app.

Twitter trolls' online crusade against extremism brings down 'al-Qa'ida' Twitter account

A Twitter hashtag asking for propaganda ideas was bombarded with joke advice such as 'release a brand of exclusive fragrances'

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links