Revealed: 74 countries demanded data on 38,000 Facebook users

Social networking giant Facebook says government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 users of the service in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States.

PS4 & Xbox One at Gamescom 2013: which came off best?

Both Microsoft and Sony offered new details, but no killer blow against their competitor

Microsoft shares soar on news of boss ‘Monkey Boy’ Steve Ballmer's impending retirement

News of a change at the top sends the software behemoth’s shares soaring

Yahoo overtakes Google in web traffic

New rankings vindicate CEO Marissa Mayer's changes to the ailing brand

Google and Microsoft embroiled in bitter row over YouTube app

Google and Microsoft have become embroiled in a row over the Windows Phone YouTube app.

Gaming reviews: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist; Charlie Murder; The Drowning

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Bank's bumper send-off for Sir Mervyn King

Sir Mervyn King received a £10,000 portrait of himself and other retirement presents worth £3,000 from the Bank of England last month, it emerged yesterday.

The future according to Microsoft: the Magic Window revolutionizes video chat

<b>David Phelan</b> has an exclusive peek behind the scenes at Microsoft’s research and development facilities – here’s his first report

Another Xbox One reversal: console will not require Kinect

Microsoft confirm that "the console will still function if Kinect isn't plugged in"

A Microsoft Xbox controller

Another Xbox One reversal: console will not require Kinect

Microsoft confirm that "the console will still function if Kinect isn't plugged in"

Amazon UK takes on Steam with digital downloads for games

New service launches in the UK (just four years after the US)

Microsoft to boost Xbox One specs ahead of launch to compete with PS4

Tweaks to the firmware will eke an extra 53MHz in clock speed from the AMD GPU

Xbox One and PS4 release dates leaked by Toys'R'Us

Xbox One listed for Novemeber 29th and PS4 for December 13th

BSkyB successfully sue Microsoft's 'SkyDrive' out the cloud

US tech giant's cloud service storage will be renamed after a "transition period"

Japanese video game designer Eiji Aonuma demonstrates his latest production

Nintendo's Wii U: sales plummet as Asda drops the console

Nintendo's console sold just 160,000 units between April and June.

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore