Life and Style 'Angry Birds' and other mobile game users are reportedly leaving their personal information open to secret harvesting by government spies

Metadata from iPhone and Android apps can leak data about the phone's model, age of users, gender and location

Google, Yahoo and Marissa Mayer

There can't be much doubt that Marissa Mayer is impressing investors as CEO of Yahoo!, as this analysis from the clever people at Wired proves. Mayer is a hugely interesting woman, of course. There was a great hoo-ha when she was appointed CEO of Yahoo!, because her appointment was interpreted as a blow for equality.

Yahoo earnings show former frontrunner is back on track

Hopes of a turnaround at Yahoo, the once-powerful internet business, were boosted last night after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

Theresa May ordered that the UK Border Force be separated from the UK Border Agency (UKBA)

A guide for potential immigrants to the worst parts of UK culture

Sourpuss MPs concerned by a possible flood of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants in 2014 are considering a negative ad campaign to put citizens in the East European countries off a move to Britain. They hope to divert would-be migrants to other European countries, or convince them to stay at home, and don't mind airing the UK's dirty laundry in the process. Travel? Terrible. Sun? No sir. Jobs? Not here. But their list of stains on the national reputation is far from exhaustive, so we've thought up a few more.

Steeled for the long haul: Jessica Chastain stars as the determined CIA analyst Maya in 'Zero Dark Thirty'
Senators vote for a search warrant being needed to review emails

Senators vote to require search warrant for email

A Senate committee approved a measure on Thursday that would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a court-approved search warrant before reviewing any email or other electronic content.

Shares at Yahoo enjoy revival as new boss spells out plans

Yahoo's new boss, Marissa Mayer, pulled off a sparkling first impression yesterday, cheering Wall Street with better-than-expected third-quarter results as she outlined her plans to revive the struggling internet giant.

Page 3 Profile: Joanna Shields Digital media executive

The new Marissa Mayer?

Postcard from... Germany

Anyone who had assumed they would never hear any more from Norway's convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, is in for a surprise. One of his right-wing rants will be uttered on stage by a Turkish-born actress from a political theatre group in the east German city of Weimar this week.

Page 3 Profile: Henrique De Castro, Tech executive

Another Silicon Valley success story?

Yahoo poaches Google executive

Yahoo's new chief executive Marissa Mayer has raided her old employer and rival Google to find a new chief operating officer.

Convention Diary: Minding manners around (hot) microphones

It's tricky being a reporter in Tampa if part of your job is keeping your own biases under wraps, particularly so in the age of Twitter, a repository for all our cheers or jeers as successive speakers take the stage. But some things should not be said, ever.

Ms Mayer will be three months in top job when baby arrives

New Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer given £37m pay package

Yahoo is giving its new chief executive Marissa Mayer a compensation package worth more than 59 million dollars (£37m) over the next few years.

Yahoo poaches Marissa Mayer from Google to take over as CEO

Yahoo electrified Silicon Valley and its own 12,000-strong workforce last night by poaching Marissa Mayer, one of the earliest and most famous employees of its arch-rival Google, to be the company's new chief executive.

Facebook children ban could be lifted

Faced with slowing growth in its advertising business, Facebook is considering throwing open its social network to children, in the hope that their parents will pay for games and other content on the site.

James Moore: What's in a name? Yell has to tackle its crisis

Outlook Yell has a problem. The stumbling directories business that used to be known as Yellow Pages has become a byword for bad management and bad debt. (It has a mountain of the stuff which needs restructuring. Again.) Not to mention the fact that the internet has presented all sorts of challenges to its business model.

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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