A woman views the Chinese social media website Weibo at a cafe in Beijing

‘Great Firewall of China’ closes for business in financial district: Government lifts Shanghai ban on Facebook and Twitter to make foreign investors 'feel at home'

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

With each photo upload, parents are, unwittingly, helping Facebook to merge their children's digital and real worlds

'No posts about the kids': Why I've created a digital trust fund for my daughter

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

Billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed values Twitter at $15bn but doubts from the market remain

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.

Marissa Mayer and Mark Zuckerberg respond to critics over NSA compliance

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

London's first cat café gets green light

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

Jim Armitage: Britain's short-termers cut and run too soon

Outlook The natural response to Alistair Crane and Jamie True's bumper deal yesterday was to cheer.

Russians sell $525m stake in Facebook

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).

Opposite: the Blue Mountains National Park

Body found in Australia bushland is 'missing British man Gary Tweddle'

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

Italy's first black minister Cécile Kyenge likened to a prostitute in latest public insult

Deputy mayor of northern Diano Marina apologises after making the offensive comments on his public Facebook profile

Facebook ordered to compensate users for sharing details on ads

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

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?