Life and Style Last.fm users can now stream music from Spotify's catalogue

Last.fm users will now have access to the 20 million songs available on Spotify

The Friday Playlist - Dry the River edition

This week's Spotify playlist is a lovely collection of tunes selected by Dry the River, an alt-country five piece from London who recently took pride of place in our Arts&Books Barometer.

The Friday Playlist - Groove Armada edition

This week's Spotify playlist is compiled by Groove Armada

The Friday Playlist - Citadels edition

This week's Spotify playlist is compiled by Citadels, a London synth-pop trio with a new song out on Pure Groove Records in March

My Secret Life: George Lamb, broadcaster, 30

My parents ... had the foresight to tell me it was a very big world out there. My dad is an actor and my mum was an entrepreneur who had numerous businesses when I was a kid.

Caught in the Net: New respect for an old wave

In the late 1970s and 1980s, a genre of underground electronic music from North America and Europe emerged called "minimal wave".

RadioTuna, RadioTuna.com

Just a little word in your ear about online radio

Tim Walker: 'In the flurry of technical advancement, we've lost our sense of wonder'

The Couch Surfer: 'In 1999 I gave my first webmail account a novelty address that I didn’t shake off until 2004'

That's MySpace! Murdoch site aims to make music work

Less than five years after MySpace was bought by Rupert Murdoch for $580m (£348m), the social networking site will tomorrow attempt to resurrect its status in Britain, enthusiastically aided by such music stars as Kasabian, Chipmunk and Florence & The Machine.

Apple patent suggests ad-supported OS on the way

Apple fans are calling it the cyber equivalent of the holiday time share sales pitch: attend a seminar for a few hours on our wonderful holiday village and we’ll give you a weekend there absolutely free.

Radio 3 Requests, Radio 3<br/>How the Wall Fell, Radio 4

Long live the listener as disc jockey

The Friday Playlist - Black Cab Sessions edition

This week's Spotify playlist is brought to you courtesy of the nice people at Black Cab Sessions, purveyors of the finest musical performances to be found in the back of a black cab anywhere in London.

Single website for all UK radio stations by early next year

A single website which offers users the choice of the entire output of the British radio industry with potentially up to 500 different networks could be available to internet users within months.

Life unplugged vs life at the clicking edge

Technology increasingly rules our lives, but is it a cruel or benevolent master? Here, the novelist David Nicholls and the technology journalist David Rowan describe their very different relationships with telecoms and gadgetry
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there