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

Raheem Sterling cleared: Liverpool winger found not guilty of assault

Case against footballer dropped after evidence supplied by ex-girlfriend judged to be ‘dissapointing’

SMS is still voted the top function of a handset that people can't live without

Government to start trials of text-message disaster alerts in Yorkshire, Suffolk and Glasgow

Trials will be voluntary with 50,000 messages sent

Cyber culture: Study for suspicious minds - delay in texting replies implies deceit

More research, this time from Brigham Young University in Utah, which suggests that untruthful text messages take longer to compose than truthful ones. The study demonstrated that respondents took around 10 per cent longer to tap out their lies than their truthful answers.

U2 singer Bono (right) arrives with his wife Ali Hewson for the funeral of Irish poet Seamus Heaney, at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland

'Don't be afraid': Seamus Heaney's final message - by text - revealed at his funeral

Presidents and poets pay tribute to Seamus Heaney as son reveals content of last text message sent by the Nobel laureate to his wife

Android devices attract 79% of malware attacks; iOS gets just 0.7%

A memo from the US to security personnel warns that Android's "market share and open source architecture" make it specially vulnerable.

The surveillance station in the Middle East intercepts and processes vast quantities of emails, telephone calls and web traffic

Exclusive: UK’s secret Mid-East internet surveillance base is revealed in Edward Snowden leaks

Data-gathering operation is part of a £1bn web project still being assembled by GCHQ

TV licence fee evasion makes up one in ten UK court cases - surely there's a better way

The licence fee is the best way to finance the BBC - but the high number of cases taken to court shows our criminal justice system is grossly inefficient

Nokia Bandit rumours: a 6-inch, quad-core 1080p Lumia phablet

Device said to be relased by the end of the year

Privacy breach officer let off with £150 fine

A former probation officer who handed details of a domestic abuse victim to her alleged abuser has been fined just £150.

New ‘ambient backscatter’ technology draws power from the air

Invention could help power the Internet of Things and allow for smart cities with always-on sensors

Facebook can lead to unhappiness, according to new study

University of Michigan researchers find a correlation between using the social network and a decline in user-well being

New Zealand woman drives 200 miles through the night while texting her friends (oh...and she was asleep the whole time)

The woman, who has not been named, reportedly drove for almost 200 miles asleep while also sending text messages from her mobile

'Highly intelligent' schoolboy jailed for life for attempting to kill 12-year-old girl by 'gutting her like a pig' after she spurned sexual advances

Cameron Cleland lured the girl to a secluded Yorkshire lane where he tried to kill her with a blunt pen-knife

Photography book review: Love and War, By Dewi Lewis Publishing

Love and War chronicles Guillaume Simoneau's on-off relationship with Caroline Annandale.

Breaking (really) Bad: Inept meth maker calls police in middle of night after getting lost in woods while 'looking for paranormal activity'

Men were actually embarked on an ill-fated trip to cook up crystal meth

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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain