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

Archie Bland: The Internet is just too big to censor the dirty bits

You couldn't fault him for a lack of ambition. But for a telecommunications minister, India's Kapil Sibal appears to be lacking in an understanding of telecommunications.

Yahoo investors stand by amid speculation of $25bn bid from Chinese partner

A$25bn bid for Yahoo would be one of the biggest buyouts of all time, but the finance could be tricky

The Business On... Marc Andreessen, founder, Andreessen Horowitz

You mean 'the visionary Marc Andreessen', of course?

Google looks at bid for troubled rival Yahoo

Google has piled into the potential auction of rival Yahoo, allying with private equity players to explore a joint bid for the ailing internet giant.

Stephen Foley: Microsoft: Once bitten, but still not Yahoo shy

Outlook So Microsoft is working on a new bid for Yahoo, in conjunction with private equity? Doesn't it learn? It had a lucky escape in 2008 and has done better out of a search-engine partnership instead.

David Prosser: Yahoo gave Bartz an impossible challenge

Outlook Any British football manager could have warned Carol Bartz what was coming. Less than two months ago, speculation that the end was nigh for Yahoo's chief executive forced the company's board to give Ms Bartz a public vote of confidence. Six weeks later, after what by all accounts was a terse telephone call with her chairman, she was out.

Six degrees of social networking

The "six degrees of separation" theory – that any two strangers can be linked by an average of just six friendships – is to be put to the test online. Yahoo and Facebook have joined forces to conduct an online version of the "small world" social experiment devised in 1967 by the Harvard Professor Stanley Milgram.

Ruck and Maul: Seeds of doubt over whether Saints or Tigers are top dogs for Euro draw

Either Saracens or Gloucester will be lumped in with a fellow English club in next season's Heineken Cup when the draw is made at Twickenham on 7 June.

Ruck and Maul: Leeds' freefall is over but Neil can't Back out of parachute jump

Leeds Carnegie's former coach Neil Back and hooker Steve Thompson shook off the after-effects of relegation – and their departure from the Headingley club – with a trip to Afghanistan last weekend, visiting British and American troops in Camp Bastion and Camp Souter.

Yahoo hit by Alibaba decision to transfer unit

Investors who once viewed Yahoo shares as a cheap way to get exposure to the soaring Chinese internet sector, because of its 40 per cent stake in China's Alibaba group of websites, are rethinking that plan after what many fear is an irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between the companies.

Ex-UN weapons chief guilty on child sex charge

A former weapons inspector who became a thorn in the side of the US government in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq was facing a probable prison sentence last night after a jury in Pennsylvania convicted him of attempting to make sexual contact with a minor.

Business Diary: Putting the wind in Hayward's sails

At the height of BP's Deepwater Horizon crisis last summer, the oil giant's then chief executive, Tony Hayward, was pilloried for taking a day off to take part in the Round the Island yacht race in the English Channel. Now it appears something good may have come out of the day after all – also sailing in the race that date (part of the crew that came fourth out of 1,754 in fact) was Julian Metherell, the Goldman Sachs banker with whom Hayward now plans to start an energy investment fund. Did the two start hatching their plans over a post-race drink?

Yahoo pins its hopes on new online hybrid for advertising

Yahoo is gauging advertisers' interest for a new kind of online ad – a hybrid of search and display advertising – which it hopes could help boost the fortunes of its perennially disappointing search business.

Groupon hunts for new No 2 to manage flotation

Groupon, one of several internet companies that offers users money-off vouchers to spend at local businesses, is looking for a new No 2 executive to steer it through a US stock market flotation after parting ways with its existing chief operating officer.

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
10 best men's skincare products

Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape