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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.

Woolwich terror attack: Internet monitoring is now urgent for MI5 and MI6 to fight 'mayhem', says Defence Secretary Philip Hammond

British troops and citizens would be safer from terrorist “mayhem” if MI5 and MI6 had more access to people’s internet activities, the Defence Secretary has claimed.

Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary, broke cabinet ranks to suggest that there was “real sense of anger” among voters over the legislation to allow gay weddings

New data powers to access email and social media records would stop terrorists, says Philip Hammond

Proposed powers for police and security services to access email and social media records would help prevent terrorists causing mayhem and murder on Britain's streets, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said today.

The Woolwich murder will be used by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to revive plans for a “snooper’s charter”, allowing police and security services to monitor internet use, Conservative sources indicated last night

Theresa May keen to revive 'snooper's charter' in wake of Woolwich attack

Home Secretary under pressure from senior figures in all parties to strengthen police and security service powers after killing of off-duty soldier

British man Geoffrey Portway admits plot to rape, murder and eat children in a dungeon beneath his US home

40-year-old's basement was equipped with a steel cage, a child-sized home-made coffin, scalpels, butchering kits, freezers and castration tools

Chalk Talk: Two-and-a-half cheers for Gove's reforms from the history boys

Spare a thought for Professor Jonathan Clark, professor of British history at the University of Kansas and one of three eminent panellists debating the proposed new history curriculum at a seminar organised by the right-of-centre thinktank Politeia last week.

Blackstone, Icahn have Dell in sights

Private equity giant Blackstone and activist investor Carl Icahn are preparing formal bids for US computer company Dell, according to reports at the weekend.

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One Direction to launch Simon Cowell's online talent hunt The You Generation

Chart stars One Direction are to launch Simon Cowell's latest worldwide talent hunt with a live online interview.

Last Night's Viewing: A Very British Wedding, BBC2
The Mimic, Channel 4

The title of A Very British Wedding is a bit of a tease. It relies on the assumption that most of us will read it with an unwitting cultural parochialism, sketching a picture in our heads of a country church, a bride in white and men in tailcoats. And then you watch and find that it's actually about a Punjabi wedding or an Eastern European one and you're meant, I guess, to do a slightly guilty double-take and say, "Oh... of course... the definition of British is so much more interesting than it used to be."

Uhuru Kenyatta wins Kenyan presidential election by slim margin but faces trial in The Hague for crimes against humanity

Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's founding president, won the presidential election by the slimmest of margins with 50.03 per cent, provisional results showed, just enough to avoid a run-off after a race that has divided the nation along tribal lines.

You’ll be hooked: Max Joseph (left) and Nev Schulman investigate fake online relationships in ‘Catfish’

Grace Dent on TV: Catfish

I have to admire any show that tackles the multi-layered weirdness of our lives on the internet

Kim Dotcom: File-sharing mogul and enemy of US copyright regulators Kim Dotcom has announced his new website ‘Mega’ will feature encrypted emails.

Kim Dotcom's latest website 'Mega' to offer encrypted email

Mega will offer users 50GB of space on the cloud for files of any time, as well as encrypted email for the more secretive web-browser

You don't have to be Amish to love un-smart phones.

Would you buy a 'No internet. No video. No music' laptop?

...and wouldn't it be nice to have a phone that just does phone calls? Simon Usborne looks into a high-tech backlash

West End regains crown for dearest office space in the world, says DTZ

The hedge-fund heartland of the West End has regained its status as the most expensive place in the world for office space, property agent DTZ said today.

20 ways to be really annoying in the library

The library is a vital place for students. It is the sanctuary where our most innovative thinking is produced and our most significant work completed, and it is a haven from the distractions of the outside world. Well that may all be exaggerating slightly, but it is a place you go to when an important deadline is looming and you really need to concentrate.

Nick Clegg's veto threat puts Theresa May's plan for a 'snooper's charter' in crisis

Lib Dem leader says proposals to give police powers to monitor internet use need major 'rethink'

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The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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