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

Websites remove strangling videos

By Terri Judd and Joe Rennison

Caught in the Net: Lots at stake with new album

When the Strokes emerged they set a template for indie bands arriving on a wave of hype only to find that the critics and the fans had moved on to the Next Big Thing by the time their second album arrived. Like the Strokes, Vampire Weekend (left) are a bunch of well-dressed, well-heeled New Yorkers. Their self-titled debut record, released in 2008, received both praise and reproach for their cherry-picking of Afro-pop influences and for their preppy style (personally, I liked how they looked and enjoyed about half of the album). Next week sees the release of Vampire Weekend's second LP, 'Contra' (reviewed opposite). For fans who can't wait until then, there has been much pre-release hype, some leaked songs and a great video for single "Cousins" (tinyurl.com/yfpojny). The record is currently streaming in full at tinyurl.com/2zgv8h. It follows in a similar vein to the first LP, a collection of charming pop songs but with an expanded palette of sounds and influences. While the band show signs of having staying power it will be interesting to see what reception 'Contra' gets from fans.

Teenagers risk death in internet strangling craze

Online videos show children how to throttle each other in pursuit of highs

Observations: Radiohead no Patch on Partch

As musical beefs go this is one of the more lame (and one-sided) brouhahas in recent rock history. A few weeks back, in an interview with music website Spinner UK, Matthew Friedberger of brother-sister duo the Fiery Furnaces took issue with Radiohead's tribute to Harry Patch, declaring: "You brand yourself by brazenly and arbitrarily associating yourself with things that you know people consider cool. That is bogus. So they have a song about Harry Patch... Is it 48 notes to the octave? What does it have to do with Harry Patch?"

Business Diary: Murdoch swallows his pride at MySpace

Ever the pragmatist, Rupert Murdoch has no intention of cutting his nose off to spite his face. Despite the spat he is having with Google over its use of News International copy he would like to charge for on the internet, Murdoch has sanctioned a business deal between his struggling MySpace social networking site and the search engine. Needs must and all that.

MySpace buys imeem music site for a song

MySpace's online music venture with recording labels has completed its purchase of song streaming site imeem, scooping up its 16 million users and mobile phone applications for less than $1 million (£613,000).

MySpace hopes high as launches music site in UK

MySpace expands its presence in the entertainment market today with the British launch of its music service, as the social networking site seeks to reinvent itself after being eclipsed by rival Facebook.

That's MySpace! Murdoch site aims to make music work

Less than five years after MySpace was bought by Rupert Murdoch for $580m (£348m), the social networking site will tomorrow attempt to resurrect its status in Britain, enthusiastically aided by such music stars as Kasabian, Chipmunk and Florence & The Machine.

Indie labels sign download deal

After lengthy negotiations, the agency representing top UK artists such as Arctic Monkeys joins venture that will delight music lovers

Facebook and MySpace users hit by cyber attacks

Facebook users - already being targeted in a malware campaign - are now under threat from a phishing scam.

Caught in the net: 'Ambling Alp' – a new peak

In recent years there has been a wealth of David Byrne-inspired US bands, such as TV on the Radio, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, MGMT and Vampire Weekend fusing experimentation, art-rock, a head for great pop tunes, and the occasional African musical inflection. Though in the case of the Vampire Weekend the influence is more Paul Simon than Mr Byrne. Yeasayer (left) are another band that can be lobbed into this grouping, though they haven't quite recieved the same amount of acclaim or notice, despite their 2007 debut album 'All Hour Cymbals' being well received and containing at least one perfect pop song in "2080". Now they return with their second album 'Odd Blood', released on 10 February. The first single from it is "Ambling Alp". It doesn't drastically alter their style from previous efforts, but has a more stripped-back, electro feel. While not scaling the heights of "2080", the song is worth a listen nonetheless (and on repeat listens it grew on me), and it's a free download from Yeasayer's website – yeasayer.net.

Ian Birrell: Mind your language: words can cause terrible damage

When did people with disabilities cease to matter in the battle against bigotry?

Murdoch puts back plan to charge for websites

Rupert Murdoch's adventures in cyberspace have suffered a number of setbacks, the media mogul admitted to investors last night.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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