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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.

US dominates opening regatta of Audi MedCup

The trend was upwards for the Brits but dominant for the Americans in the opening regatta of the 2011 Audi MedCup as new skipper Ed Baird and the crew of Quantum posted five wins from nine starts.

The man who saw the future: How the sci-fi writer Geoffrey Hoyle predicted 2011's technologies in 1972

Webcams, microwaves, touchscreens, Ocado, jumpsuits... When Geoffrey Hoyle was asked in 1972 to imagine what the world might be like in 2011, little could he have known quite how many advances he would correctly predict

Skype co-founder on learning curve at the Audi Medcup

Niklas Zennström spent last winter with two central tasks. One was putting all the finishing touches to the selling of the company in which he was a co-founder, Skype, to Microsoft for £5.2bn. The other was keeping day to day tabs on the design, build, launch and commissioning of his new racing yacht, like the others named Rán, the Norse goddess of storms, who specialised in sinking ships and collecting the bodies of drowned sailors.

The 10 best smart TVs

We’ve come a long way from remotes attached to your telly by a cord. These next-generation screens have everything from wi-fi to built-in Skype.

Damien Iehl wins Match Race France

Match Race France was won in France in a final contested by two Frenchmen as the opening of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour was brought to a brisk end. A Mistral was threatening to scream through Marseille at 40 knots on what was originally scheduled to be the finals day, Sunday.

Has Microsoft hit the right number for Skype?

The computing giant's $8.5bn purchase of the internet telephony pioneer has perplexed many analysts

David Prosser: Microsoft bets big on a gamble with long odds of coming off

Outlook If one company is thinking about buying another, there are some basic questions to ask before signing on the dotted line. Shareholders in Microsoft will be wondering whether Steve Ballmer, their chief executive, did that before agreeing to pay $8.5m for Skype.

Microsoft confirms £5bn Skype deal

Microsoft today confirmed it will buy internet phone service Skype for 8.5 billion US dollars (£5 billion) in the software giant's biggest ever takeover deal.

Facebook and Google weigh up Skype offers

The internet giants Google and Facebook have held talks about possible tie-ups with Skype, it emerged yesterday, and analysts believe either move would make sense.

Sex tape scandal rocks Australian military

Australia's military, already under fire for racist comments made by soldiers serving in Afghanistan, was rocked by another scandal yesterday when a young woman accused a fellow cadet of secretly filming a sexual encounter between the two of them and broadcasting it to his friends.

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Angry Birds firm raises $42m

Rovio, the app developer behind Angry Birds, has raised $42m as it seeks to expand. The Finnish group yesterday revealed that venture capital firms Accel Partners and Atomico Ventures led the funding round. Niklas Zennstrom, of Atomico and who co-founded Skype, is to join the board.

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