Facebook is an 'infectious disease' and will lose 80% of users by 2017, according to researchers

Research says Facebook users will quit the site once they have 'recovered'

British expat banker Anton Casey causes uproar in Singapore after mocking 'poor people' calling a taxi driver a 'retard'

Porsche-driving Anton Casey has received death threats after his offensive comments went viral

The Japanese airline ANA pulled what was called a 'racist' advert and apologised to any customers for whom the advert caused 'uncomfortable feelings'

Japanese airline ANA pulls 'racist' advert after complaints it stereotyped foreigners as having big noses and blonde hair

The company made the decision after it apologised for the advert on Monday

Taiji Cove: 250 bottlenose dolphins await slaughter or captivity as selection begins

Conservationists warn the captive selection process will begin again tomorrow

'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan

Photographer shocked at how photo was 'twisted'

Facebook nabs Twitter's 'Trending' feature

Latest move looks to enhance its presence in the real-time new game

Bo Bergman has struggled to get to grips with the Internet

"It's gone on for too long": Elderly Swedish man orders the Internet to shut down

Bo Bergman demanded in a letter that the Internet be returned 'to the military department...before everything crumbles'

Facebook to enter the online newspaper market with Flipboard competitor named 'Paper'

Product release rumoured to launch by the end of January would aggregate news stories and 'hearken back to a time before digital devices'

Snapchat apologises for influx of spam - blames increased popularity

Latest bad news from the astonishingly popular app follows a New Years Day hack that publicized data belonging to 4.6m users

Google to buy start-up Nest Labs for $3.2 bn

All-cash deal is the second largest in Google's history after the $12.5 billion acquisition of mobile phone maker Motorola in 2012

Will Smith has finally paid tribute to the late James ‘Uncle Phil’ Avery.

James Avery death: Will Smith finally plays tribute to late ‘Uncle Phil’ star

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air star posted a moving message to the actor, who died on New Year's Eve aged 65 during open heart surgery

A Facebook logo made up from pictures of users. Many teens are turning their back on the social network

'Liking isn't helping': How Facebook is killing student activism

Status updates - when they're not baby pics or relationship updates - may "raise awareness", but is that even worth anything?

Eton's headmaster said the school wanted to 'make boys think twice' about using Snapchat by blocking it from the wifi network

Eton bans Snapchat over concerns it could be used for sexting

Headmaster Tony Little says the app is blocked from the school’s wireless network – but boys could still be accessing it via 3G

Facebook selfie alerts police and saves a woman's life in domestic dispute

Susann Stacy posted a graphic selfie on Facebook calling for help

Facebook sued for allegedly scanning users' private messages

Class action lawsuit seeks at least $10,000 per user for scanning the content of private Facebook messages and following the enclosed link

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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas