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The local sheriff’s department has had the last laugh after a drawing widely panned as the worst police sketch ever has helped catch their suspect

Manus Island guard ridicules asylum seeker on Facebook

Post by supervisor Darren Powell read: 'One of these jokers just swallowed a pair of nail clippers. RALMFAO'

People only have a handful of really close friends even though their wider social network may include hundreds of casual contacts

Despite social networks like Facebook and Twitter, most people will only ever have a handful of good friends

Study finds that people tend to drop old friends when new ones are made - keeping our inner circle constant

A Facebook logo made up from pictures of users. Many teens are turning their back on the social network

'Liking isn't helping': How Facebook is killing student activism

Status updates - when they're not baby pics or relationship updates - may "raise awareness", but is that even worth anything?

Is it serious? Manchester medical student Tom Leach's notes become worldwide internet hit

His notes and blog got him labelled an 'industry innovator' after the site attracted thousands of other students

Midwives have spoken anonymously about devastating staff shortages, which has an impact on patient care

Midwives and patients warn of ‘devastating’ staff shortages

As an Independent article by an exasperated midwife goes viral, mothers, patients and other NHS professionals come forward with their own experiences of maternity care

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks past his uncle Jang Song Thaek - Jang Song Thaek is reported to have been executed for 'attempting to overthrow the state'

Kim Jong-un's executed uncle Jang Song Thaek 'stripped naked, fed to 120 dogs as officials watched'

Kim Jong-un’s uncle was killed after being stripped naked and fed to a pack of hungry dogs, according to reports in a Chinese state-backed newspaper.

Facebook selfie alerts police and saves a woman's life in domestic dispute

Susann Stacy posted a graphic selfie on Facebook calling for help

Facebook sued for allegedly scanning users' private messages

Class action lawsuit seeks at least $10,000 per user for scanning the content of private Facebook messages and following the enclosed link

Teen throws boiling water into girl's face after she unfriended him on Facebook

The girl sustained 20 per cent burns to her face in the attack

Vodafone Egypt questioned over alleged puppet 'coded bomb plot' in advert

Youth activist Ahmed Spider accused the advert of containing secret codes for possible bomb attacks by the Muslim Brotherhood

Evan Spiegel, the founder of Snapchat, dropped out of Stanford University just before graduation to develop his app

Snapchat hack of 4.6m users' data prompts the company to release updated app

Snapchat has announced plans to release an updated version of its disappearing photo-sharing app after hackers uploaded account information belonging to more than 4.6 million users online.

Christopher Poole spent £1,000 trying to win a competition at Nando's, to find that it had closed.

Man spends £1,000 trying to win Nando's competition only to find it had closed

Christopher Poole visited 85 branches of the Portuguese themed restaurant before he realised the competition was no longer running

MP John Hemming has been suspended from Mumsnet after he posted a transcript of Italian court proceedings which identified some of the protagonists in the case

MP John Hemming suspended from Mumsnet after flouting anonymity guidelines

It might be regarded as a happy hunting ground for the crucial female votes of Middle England but Mumsnet has again proved it can be a jungle for politicians hoping to reach out beyond the confines of Westminster.

Skype's social media accounts hacked in protest against US surveillance

The Microsoft-owned video-calling service had both its Twitter account and its blog hacked by the prolific hacking group

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$400 an ounce, but no need to worry about the cops: So what's it like to legally buy marijuana in Denver?

As recreational cannabis was legalised in Colorado on New Year's Day, thousands turned out for their first taste of the new industry. Tim Walker joined the back of the queue

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