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Despite my obsession with Game of Thrones and Lucy Worsley’s The First Georgians right now, I am still televisually smitten with MTV’s Catfish. The show that exposes online love fraudsters. The throwaway youth TV show that one’s mind just cannot throw away. Instead, one sits post- episode genuinely saddened that our human need to love and be loved is so destructive. Or that  the earth’s supply of gullible optimists may well be infinite.

India in talks for BlackBerry email access

India is in talks with Research In Motion for access to BlackBerry corporate emails, a senior government source said today, adding that its current access was only for the messenger services.

An unplanned gap year can be an unexpected bonus

If you have missed out on a university place, there are ways to make the most of this year off. It's not too late to spend the time profitably, says Chiara Cavaglieri

BlackBerry maker wins reprieve on India shutdown

Research In Motion will give India access to secure BlackBerry data beginning September 1, a government source said on Monday, leading New Delhi to put off a decision on whether to shut down the smartphone.

Google to allow phone calls from Gmail

Google said users of Gmail in the US will now be able to call telephones directly from their email, putting it in direct competition with web calling service Skype and more traditional operators such as T Mobile and AT&T.

India 'may shut down' Google and Skype services

India may shut down Google and Skype Internet-based messaging services over security concerns, the Financial Times reported on Friday, as the government threatened a similar crackdown on BlackBerry services.

Rupert Murdoch claims to own the 'Sky' in 'Skype'

Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB is fighting a legal battle with the internet telecommunications pioneer Skype, claiming that it owns the “Sky” in “Skype”.

Telecoms pioneer Skype to float on Nasdaq in US

The group of investors which bought the internet telecoms pioneer Skype from eBay is planning a snap stock market flotation less than a year later.

Video calls: A face odyssey

The new iPhone is being marketed on its ability to make video calls. Will it finally succeed where its predecessors failed? Rhodri Marsden reports

One Minute With: Jennie Rooney

'I was terrified before my first readings because I thought everyone would lay into the book'

Don't fall foul of mobile costs in South Africa

If you're off to the World Cup in South Africa, beware of high roaming charges. By Alison Shepherd

The Tuesday Essay: Brought down to earth

The closure of Europe's airports has brought the continent to a standstill. But there are lessons to be learned – both social and economic – from this remarkable event, says Hamish McRae

Ruby Wax hired to train Home Office staff

TV personality Ruby Wax has been hired by the Home Office to help train staff, it was confirmed today.

Skype gets into Nokia smartphones

Internet telephony firm Skype took a second major leap into the wireless market in just a few weeks, unveiling software from top phone maker Nokia Oyj which could run on more than 200 million smartphones around the world.

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