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

MySpace appoints former Facebook chief

MySpace, the social networking site owned by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, has appointed a former Facebook senior manager to revitalise the brand and lead the charge against its bitter rival.

'MySpace Tom' may be axed in News Corp website reshuffle

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp said on Wednesday that MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe will not be renewing his contract and will step down from the chief executive post, as rumours circulated that the familiar figure of Tom Anderson may also be leaving the company.

My Fantasy Band - Dappy, N-Dubz

'Uncle B was my dad; we named our debut album after him, as he died just before we got our latest record deal.'

Caught in the Net: The Lips against the Fire

The pointless music "beef" is usually the preserve of hip-hop, but other, less likely musicians have been getting involved.

Howling Bells, Islington Academy, London

Back in 2004, the four-piece rock band Howling Bells swapped their base in Sydney, Australia, for the gritty music scene of London. Since then, they have been slowly gaining recognition and fans, as tonight’s packed NME Awards Show proves.

Social networking sites sign teen-protection pact with EU

Facebook, MySpace and Google have signed a pact with the European Union to improve safeguards against the bullying and abuse of teenagers online.

Is Facebook just a passing fad?

After five years of astonishing success, the youngest self-made billionaire in history is fighting off pretenders to ensure the future remains Facebook

90,000 sex offenders axed in MySpace clean-up

About 90,000 sex offenders have been identified and removed from the social networking website MySpace, company and law enforcement officials said today.

The EP is back (again)

The heyday of the four-track mini-album was the 1960s, but it has never gone away, says Chris Mugan

The last chord at the Astoria

London's iconic rock venue is closing next week. To mark its passing, Sam Duckworth of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly shares his memories before giving it the send-off it deserves

Want to be a star? How MySpace made a movie

They wrote the script, directed the action and played supporting roles – MySpace users have created a truly democratic feature film. Elisa Bray enjoys a glimpse of the future

MySpace teams up with Google for Facebook chase

MySpace.com is teaming up with internet search leader Google in a campaign to extend MySpace's reach and counter the expansion of their common rival Facebook.

MySpace on the look-out for cheap acquisitions

MySpace, the online social network owned by News Corp sees opportunities to buy start-ups for a fraction of what they would have cost six months ago as the economic slump slices millions of dollars off their price tags.

First 'cyber-bully' trial opens

Teenage girl killed herself after housewife's campaign on MySpace, jury told
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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform