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Revenue jumped 63% to $2.59 billion in the fourth quarter, beating analysts’ expectation

Fast-growing Facebook aims for more social web

Facebook's user base is growing at its fastest rate ever, the online social network company said on Wednesday as it rolled out features that link the company's platform more tightly with outside web sites.

Boat Race, Facebook, and the $65m twins

Sink or win, the Winklevoss twins are already the stars today after a Harvard feud over a certain website. Chris Dodd meets them

Facebook CEO in no rush for IPO

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is in no rush to take the popular social-networking site public, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Is there anything the Winklevoss twins can't do?

They went to Harvard, set up their own social networking site, won a $65m settlement when they accused Facebook of stealing their ideas, rowed for America in the Beijing Olympics, and are now competing for Oxford in the Boat Race

Facebook urged to act after memorial sites defaced

Cyber attacks on Facebook pages set up to pay tribute to two murdered Australian children has prompted calls for the social networking site to be more accountable for its users.

Tim Walker: 'The contestants in Saatchi's show aren't made to seem like sociopaths'

The Couch Surfer: Saatchi is the Wizard of Oz in this particular drama. His presence looms over proceedings, yet he never appears on screen, relaying his views instead via a hyper-qualified minion.

When friends fall out: The story of Facebook's creation

The film of Facebook's creation will reveal the fights and bitterness among the feuding founders

Facebook heads towards profit

Facebook has this week hit two significant milestones in its history. The social networking phenomenon now has a staggering 300 million regular users around the world, and has become cash flow positive for the first time ever.

Facebook 'finally making money'

Facebook says it is now bringing in more money than it is spending.

The Couch Surfer: 'Trying to elevate nerds to rock-star levels of cool simply isn't plausible'

The Accidental Billionaires should be easy to spot in the non-fiction section of any good bookstore. The image on the front of the hardcover edition is of two cocktail glasses. In one of them, two pimento olives soak suggestively in a vodka martini like a pair of pale green testicles; the other has been knocked over, its swizzle stick lying prone in a scatter of broken glass. I presume the mishap occurred while the drinks' owners were lost in a passionate embrace, because artfully discarded in the background is an item of red silk ladies' underwear.

Sophie Morris: Teenage kicks tell all in the gadget age

Who'd have thought that the best way to get the inside track on teenagers' technology habits was to ask an actual teenager? Until this revolutionary piece of noughties market research (more details later) came to light recently, it was assumed that the media consumption and social networking inclinations of teenagers resembled adults': greedy, frantic, gullible and self-aggrandising, overly personal and constant, interminable even.

Facebook valued at over $10 billion

How much is Facebook worth? A Russian investment firm appears to put it at $6.5 billion to $10 billion.

Facebook worth $5bn less as recession bites

The Russian investors Digital Sky Technologies (DST) paid $200m (£125m) for a 2 per cent stake in Facebook yesterday, valuing the social networking site at $10bn – or two-thirds of what it was worth 18 months ago.

Facebook lets users comment on new terms of service

Facebook is asking its members to help shape its governance policies after drawing their ire for a policy change that many perceived as being overbearing and potentially compromising privacy.

Catherine Blyth: Facebook ‘friends’ are fine, but the more we chat the less we say

If modern relationships are being built online, the foundations are weak
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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

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Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

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Europe's biggest steampunk convention

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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

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Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

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The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

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