Digital Digest: 11/10/2010

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Lady Gaga dominates MTV awards

Lady Gaga caused a stir at the MTV Video Music Awards when she took to the stage in a matching dress, boots, hat and purse - that appeared to be made of cuts of raw beef.

From teen idol to Twitter drain: the inescapable Justin Bieber

You may not have heard of Justin Bieber and could be excused for failing to recognise him were he seated next to you on the bus – which is unlikely because he's too busy eating the internet, site by site, gigabyte by gigabyte.

Leading article: Twitter crowd problems

More strange and wonderful news has emerged from the world of Twitter. An employee of the website has divulged that "racks of servers" are dedicated to cope with the Twitter traffic generated by a single user: the 16-year-old Canadian R&B singer Justin Bieber. "Beliebers", as Justin's fans are known, are said to eat up 3 per cent of the social networking website's resources. Justin has almost as many followers (5.1 million) as Barack Obama (5.3 million). Our own Twitter champ, Stephen Fry, is well back on 1.8 million.

Bo Burnham: Words, Words, Words, Pleasance Dome

He may look like the older brother of Justin Bieber, but don't let the youth and fragility of the 19 year-old American comedian Bo Burnham fool you. This is his "United States of Whatever" and he has come to kick some serious comedy butt.

Tom Mendelsohn: The plot to send Justin Bieber to North Korea

You may, if you’ve looked at the Internet at any time in these last few months, have become aware of one Justin Bieber – a 16-year-old heartthrob pop sensation, responsible for bunching more teen female panties than any act since the Hanson brothers.

Let's kick against the Eighties revival

Will the resurgence of the Tories prompt any decent protest music? DJ and journalist Ian McCann certainly hopes so

Katy Guest: Fizz and gossip, but not a hint of bitching

Female talent at the Orange Prize

Justin Bieber Australia concert cancelled after fans crushed

An outdoor concert by the 16-year-old pop star Justin Bieber was cancelled by police yesterday after several teenagers were crushed by a large crowd.

Why the cheese knives are out

Brie or stilton? Cheddar or comté? British or French? Few foods arouse such fierce tribalism. Tim Walker reports from the cutting edge of the fromage affray

Going from gangsta to pranksta

BBC Radio's king of hip hop, Tim 'Big Dawg' Westwood, has revealed a talent for comedy and become a star on Twitter and YouTube.

For the record: 12/04/2010

'When they have nowhere else to go they will start paying' – Rupert Murdoch reiterates his commitment to paywalls

SlackBelly: Trouble at Tradition: Ex-director sues broking firm

The City Snitch: The good, the bad and the ugly of the Square Mile

Dom Joly: Taming my inner political animal

Oh Jesus, someone had clearly spiked my tea. I was starting to hallucinate. I was in a tiny television studio and a hairy Scot in braces was asking me a question. I answered, I know not what, and then it got really weird. Opposite me, sat on a really small sofa, were Michael Portillo and Diane Abbott, squashed together like some weird Siamese twin experiment. Portillo was looking right at me. All I could see was this pair of enormous, fleshy lips.

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