News Model Liliana Matthäus with Patrick Liotard-Vogt and Israeli socialite Hofit Golan in Switzerland

One of the social media company’s backers has made an apparently sudden exit of his own from his native Switzerland for St Kitts in the Caribbean

Music & Me: Primary 1

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Dangerous by Michael Jackson, on cassette

Caught in the Net: Mad about the duo

Madvillain, the collaboration between the producer Madlib and the rapper Doom, turned out one of the great rap albums of the last decade in 2004's Madvillainy. A follow up is finally due this year; their label Stones Throw calls it a work in progress, but the first new material has arrived. "Papermill" sees the pair in sprightly mode, with Madlib layering uptempo samples and beats over Doom's swiftly delivered rhymes. It's an enticing taste of what might be to come.

Revealed: why the hottest new bands are hiding their faces

Monarchy are the latest act to conceal their identities in a bid for success. Rob Sharp tracks them down, and removes some other musical masks

Album: JJ, No 3 (Secretly Canadian)

Funny how, within the space of a few short years, it can now be a band's USP not to have a Facebook or MySpace page.

Twitter's new flight path

In an attempt to cash in on its popularity, the micro-blogging site is launching 'promoted tweets', unleashing branded adverts on its 70 million users for the first time

Band of the Week: Stricken City

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Facebook overtakes Google

Social networking site hits 'important milestone' in the US market

Digital music sales boost royalties

Songwriters, composers and music publishers received more money in royalties last year, as the growth in digital music sales for the first time offset the decline in traditional CD and DVD formats.

Who needs record labels?

The majors tried to justify their existence this week. But they need to smarten up their act to stay in business, says Fiona Sturges

MySpace readies site overhaul to rekindle growth

With shrinking audiences, deep layoffs and two management shake-ups, MySpace, the one-time leader in Internet social networking, has had a rocky year.

Simon Fuller launches "Dream" interactive venture

Simon Fuller, the creator of the multimillion dollar "American Idol" TV franchise, is betting on the Internet for his latest venture - a multimedia interactive reality show that debuts on US video-viewing site Hulu.com today.

Band of the Week: The Drums

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Band of the Week: The Standards

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The changing faces at Murdoch's MySpace

In 2005, Rupert Murdoch spent $580m om MySpace. Four years later, he hired AOL's Jonathan Miller to rescue it. He fired founder Chris de Wolfe and hired Owen van Natta from Facebook. Ten months on Van Natta is out too

MySpace CEO steps down

News Corp has replaced the CEO of the social networking site MySpace less than a year after hiring him, and said a discussion of his priorities led both sides to agree to a parting.

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Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
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Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
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

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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
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Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
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From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

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