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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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