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

Facebook 'trusted app' plan annoys developers

Facebook plans to start charging for verifying applications built for the social network - an optional process that has upset some developers despite the company's assurances it will bring plenty of positive benefits.

My Style: Niyi

My Style: Little Boots

Occupation: Singer
Age: 24
Personal style: Cosmic disco doll

Those Dancing Days - Swedish girls who pop

Yes, they're five very young Swedish women who play catchy pop numbers – but cast aside your prejudices, Those Dancing Days take their act and their music seriously. They talk to Elisa Bray

Out of this world: The Aliens

Refugees from Scotland's Beta Band, The Aliens have turned failure and despair into stirring psychedelic pop. Chris Mugan meets a trio reborn

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/the-life-brow-1.html">The Life Browser: Google (once again) and some voodoo to boot</a>

As part of its 10th anniversary Google has put up its 2001 search engine. Seven years is a lifetime; a search for "ipod" yields something called the "Image Proof of Deposit Document", while Myspace is an Australian home improvement site. Sarah Palin? "Did not match any documents".

MySpace unveils new music site

News Corp's MySpace, the world's largest social networking site, have unveiled a long-expected joint venture with all four major music companies in a bid to compete with Apple's market-leading iTunes store.

Talent to burn: Friendly Fires are no flash in the pan

Their math-rock-infused pop has won high praise from the music press

Join the crowd: Why do multinationals use amateurs to solve scientific and technical problems?

Dozens of web-based companies employ just a handful of people, yet make millions each year. Jeff Howe investigates the 'crowdsourcing' phenomenon that's changing our world

Poetry reading is the new rock'n'roll

Britain's poets enjoy the limelight as their strongly ethical works attract the rock festival crowds

Social networks leap the language barrier

Nothing has got lost in translation as the likes of Facebook and MySpace win millions of converts in new countries. By Catherine Holahan

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I believe in a thing called Justin &ndash; and he's back

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn