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Banned websites including the New York Times will only be available in specially designated economic zone

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Amy Webb refuses to post anything about her little girl online. Instead, she has registered a URL, email account and a vast array of social media sites in her name

Facebook apologises over dating ad showing picture of Rehtaeh Parsons after she killed herself

The teen was a victim of cyber-bullying after a picture of her alleged sexual assault was circulated across the internet, her mother has said

Twitter and Facebook blocked again in Iran after short-lived respite

But social media followers had their brief access removed this morning

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Billionaire investor Alwaleed bin Talal has given a public vote of confidence in microblogging site Twitter’s upcoming IPO, stating that he does not intend to sell any of his shares in the site when it hits the market.

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Mayer stressed that Yahoo had no choice in complying with government requests; Zuckerberg says: "The government blew it"

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New high street experience finally receives planning permission and announces location on Bethnal Green Road in Shoreditch, London

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The Russian internet group Mail.Ru, part-owned by the leading Arsenal football club shareholder Alisher Usmanov, has sold its remaining shares in Facebook for $525m (£337m).

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Gary Tweddle has not been seen since he disappeared after a work dinner seven weeks ago

Facebook proposes expanding its facial recognition database with users' profile pictures

Changes would  not affect European users but imply Facebook's continuing desire to use the contentious technology

Twitter introduces 'Conversations', preens its feathers for an IPO

New feature will allow users to see conversations between users in chronological 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.

Immigration Minister Cécile Kyenge has suffered a string of abusive public comments in recent months

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Plaintiffs complaining that their likeness had been used in adverts without their permission received $15 each

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