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People need to be much more aware of the risks they might be running by revealing too much personal information

Battle of social-networking sites

Nick Clark: Facebook's value has fallen a third in 18 months and many of its rivals are also struggling - but not all. Who's up and who's down?

Facebook: the new cyber CV

Job hunters beware - employers are increasingly checking out networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to get a feel for prospective employees.

The rise and fall of Friends Reunited

It pioneered the social networking craze in Britain, but Friends Reunited could now be up for sale at a fraction of the price ITV paid for it just three years ago. Nick Clark reports

<a href="http://jleach.livejournal.com/2040.html">Jimmy Leach: Facebook thwarts evil-doers</a>

Increasingly, we’re leaving our digital fingerprints over whatever we do. You might be LinkedIn, on Facebook, happily sharing your snaps on Flickr, and, of course, you’re a blogger on Independent Minds.

Education Diary: Who's for hot seat at Hefce?

Tongues are wagging about who will succeed Professor David Eastwood, the widely admired and liked chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. This is considered to be a highly influential job, advising ministers, disbursing money to universities, and urging them to do the Government's bidding. But it has become less popular now that ministers intervene so much in universities' affairs, and the money is less than you would earn as a vice chancellor of a university such as Birmingham, where Eastwood is bound. Two names appear to be in the frame: Professor Paul Welling, the Australian who heads Lancaster University, and Professor Steve Smith, Exeter's boss. Smith has said that he doesn't want it. That leaves Welling. But there could, of course, be a dark-horse candidate. An announcement is expected by Christmas.

Social networks leap the language barrier

Nothing has got lost in translation as the likes of Facebook and MySpace win millions of converts in new countries. By Catherine Holahan

Confessions of a stuntman: Mark Borkowski on the fame game

The master publicist who promoted Jacko and Pavarotti and filled Selfridges with nude people is disturbed by the success of his profession &ndash; accusing it of promoting fake celebrity and soundbites that betray complex issues. He talks to Ian Burrell

Site for professionals is latest web venture valued at $1bn-plus

LinkedIn, the networking website for professionals, has become the latest trendy internet venture to achieve a $1bn-plus (£510m) valuation, following its latest round of fundraising from venture capital firms.

Open season on the web

From blogging to keeping in touch with alumni, social networking sites can be useful tools – but they’re not without risk.

Leading article: Stuck in the wrong gear

Road charging has been government policy for quite some time now. Plans to charge drivers for using the busiest roads at peak times were first unveiled by the former transport secretary, Alistair Darling, back in June 2005. His successor, Douglas Alexander, announced regional trials last year. But suddenly the Government finds itself in a terrible flap on the subject. Ministers seem to have been spooked by a popular online petition calling for the plan to be scrapped. Mr Alexander now says that unless "motorists and families can see the benefits of bringing in a national road pricing system then it simply won't happen". So much for a Government with no reverse gear.

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