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Almost half the pupils from some French primary schools were absent from class after the text messages were sent

An Indian officegoer checks a text message on his mobile phone in Mumbai on September 27, 2011. India's telecom watchdog the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) exempted various service providers, including the dealers of telecom operators, e-ticketing agencies and social networking sites, from the new limit of one hundred Short Message Service (SMS) per day per SIM, which was imposed to block pesky calls and messages. India is the world's fastest-growing cellular market and second largest after China with over a dozen operators competing for millions of new customers each month with 858.37 million subscribers as of July 2011 according to latest official data made available by India's telecom regulator TRAI. AFP PHOTO/Indranil MUKHERJEE

C u l8r SMS: Text messages decline in the UK for the first time as WhatsApp, Snapchat rise

Ubiquity of smartphones and cheap data has boosted the popularity of instant messaging apps but texts continue to generate significant amounts of revenue

More than 20 people charged in corruption investigation at Barkingside Magistrates' Court

East London court at centre of police probe into conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, bribery and perverting the course of justice

The attack left Naomi Oni with severe facial scarring

Victoria's Secret worker Naomi Oni 'poured acid on her face after becoming obsessed with Katie Piper attack'

Miss Oni denies claims by defence that she inflicted injuries on herself to emulate model's success story

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's hopes to run for president in 2016 have been hit by the scandal

'Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee': Emails link New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's top aide to bridge closure scandal

Revelations certain to end embattled governor's presidential ambitions

Forget Blue Monday, BT broadband nearly drove me to Murder Wednesday

Trying to resolve problems about broadband while on the telephone to someone in India is a common frustration for people in Britain

'Goodnight, house!': Electronics show CES 2014 promises that the connected home is coming soon

The latest gadgets from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas promise a world of smart objects that will watch, listen and look after us

Surveys show that 90 per cent of us support the principle of donation – but yet only a third bother to join the register

How organ donation is getting nudge in the right direction: trial could pave way for 100,000 extra donors each year

People were most receptive to messages that appeared to affect them personally, rather than peer pressure

Utah gay couples wed after same-sex marriage ban struck down by judge

Couples line up to marry in Salt Lake City just hours after ban is lifted

The ban was driven by concerns that electronic devices could collectively interfere with aircraft systems

Kindles, iPads and laptops can now be used inflight - but only on BA

British Airways passengers will be the first to benefit from relaxed rules on gadgets inflight

Navy investigator John Beliveau pleads guilty in multi-million dollar bribery investigation

A senior US Navy criminal investigator has pleaded guilty to bribery stemming from a multi-million dollar fraud probe targeting an Asian defence contractor.

Payday lender First Financial fined £175,000 for spam texting

A payday loan firm that persistently bombarded people with spam texts encouraging them to borrow money to have a night out has been fined £175,000.

Instagram Direct: photo-app launches direct messaging to counter Snapchat and Whatsapp

Instagram Direct lets users send video, photos and text messages to up to 15 individuals, rather than having to broadcast to a group of followers

Andy McSmith's Diary: Bad news - Capita’s visa task bombs. Good news - they’re paid by results

More than a year has passed since the UK Border Agency awarded a four-year, £30m contract to a private firm, Capita, to track down immigrants who have overstayed their visas in the UK. Hiring a private firm for a task that is normally the responsibility of the state did not escape criticism. “We are appalled the Government has offered a contract of this size to a private company,” Ruth Grove-White, policy director at the Migrants Rights Network, told The Independent.

Him & Her: TV review - when it comes to 'observational comedy', this is the real McCoy

Him & Her is by the far the best sitcom to have ever landed up on BBC3, and surely the only one with roots in Harold Pinter. The swansong series, Him & Her: the Wedding, in which Laura and Paul's nuptials unfold over four episodes, is, as it should be, dominated by the bride with Kerry Howard's performance as invincibly monstrous Laura surely heading for a comedy award.

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