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Teenagers say goodbye to Facebook and hello to messenger apps

Facebook made a startling admission in its earnings announcement this month: it was seeing a "decrease in daily users, specifically among teens". In other words, teenagers are still on Facebook; they're just not using it as much as they did. It was a landmark statement, since teens are the …

Anti-gay discrimination not on the agenda of this month's heads of government meeting in Sri Lanka<p>Homosexuality is illegal in 41 out of the 53 Commonwealth countries, a report released on Monday reveals.<p>Despite this, the forthcoming Commonwealth heads of government meeting (Chogm) in Sri Lanka has …

Guardian/ICM poll: Labour lead over Tories widens to eight points

Ed Miliband also outperforms David Cameron on several personal scores – but not on question of who makes best PM<p>Labour has forged an eight-point lead over the Conservatives, the biggest since March, in a Guardian/ICM poll. The poll also shows that the party leader, Ed Miliband, is outperforming …

Martin Scorsese names his scariest films of all time

Martin Scorsese has named his top 11 scary movies – and surprise, surprise, there's not a Hostel or Saw to be seen.<p>Instead the professorial director of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Shutter Island has come down firmly in favour of old-school black-and-white chillers, with Stanley Kubrick's The …

Glasgow council kills plan to prevent traffic cones on monument's head

Plans to raise a statue to stop traffic cones being placed on its head have been withdrawn after public complaints.<p>Thousands of people signed an online petition that says the cone on the Duke of Wellington monument has become part of Glasgow's landscape.<p>The council wanted to deter people from …

Nymphomaniac to be hardcore only as Lars von Trier gives up final cut

Lars Von Trier has abandoned plans to release a softcore version of his sex epic Nymphomaniac. The film's two-part four-hour cut, which is due to debut in Copenhagen on Christmas Day, will now contain explicit scenes.<p>The release of Nymphomaniac will see the Danish director give up final cut for the …

Whoever bought Francis Bacon's Lucian Freud portrait – please share it

Well, what do you do with $142.4m? Other than behave with saintly altruism and give it to the people of the Philippines' Leyte province, say, or use it to stamp out malaria? The unnamed caller who phoned Christie's New York last night and set out to buy the Francis Bacon triptych Three Studies of …

Rome overwhelmed by faeces of migrating birds

Romans are staying at home or shielding themselves with umbrellas when venturing out this autumn as the city is bombarded by tonnes of slippery and foul-smelling excrement from millions of migrating starlings.<p>The problem is an annual one, but this year the cash-strapped city has failed to muster …

Alastair Campbell: I hate what Dacre and Murdoch have done to journalism

One of the most powerful critiques of modern journalism came from the Guardian's Nick Davies. In his book Flat Earth News, he detailed specific acts of press distortion, manipulation and lying. But more, he made a convincing analysis that the corporatisation of the media is what has led to its …

Guantánamo 12 years on: how the media is missing the point

Two recent stories about Guantánamo from two of the US's most respected news organisations highlight just how little attention the American press has paid to the facts about the extralegal prison – which was authorised 12 years ago today – and the general lack of understanding about the core legal …

Men stroked in their pants to shed light on chemistry that bonds relationships

Researchers have shed light on the chemistry that bonds one person to another by taking brain scans of men being stroked while in their underpants.<p>The Finnish study found that gentle stroking – which was not in sexually arousing areas – changed levels of opioid brain chemicals which work behind the …

Today is Guantánamo's 12th anniversary, and there's no end in sight

Twelve years ago, on 13 November 2001, President George W Bush signed an order authorizing the detention of suspected al-Qaida members and supporters, and the creation of military commissions. To borrow a line from the Grateful Dead: "What a long, strange trip it's been."<p>The order was modeled on …

Dating,Life and style,Relationships,Social media,Digital media,Media,Social networking,Google,Technology,US news,World news<p>Modern courtship tends to involve due diligence with the help of Facebook and Google. That's fine, as long as you know the limits of cyberstalking<p>Researching potential love …

Google Street View conquers Venice

With its winding network of canals, cobblestone alleys and streets, the car-free city of Venice always presented a challenge to the Google Street View team. But today, thanks to "superfit" Google employees who spent two months walking around the city with a camera strapped to their back, the …

Boris Johnson says cyclists must obey law after fifth death in nine days

Boris Johnson has shrugged off calls for an urgent review of cycling safety in London after a man killed on Wednesday night became the fifth cyclist to die in the capital in nine days. The London mayor said that unless people obeyed the laws of the road, "there's no amount of traffic engineering …

Police try to recruit activist to spy on Cambridge students and political groups - video

130 academics write letter calling on Cambridge vice-chancellor to rebuke local force for 'invasive covert surveillance'<p>Published: 18 Nov 2013<p>Officer is filmed attempting to persuade activist in his 20s to become informant targeting 'student-union type stuff'<p>Published: 14 Nov 2013<p>A police officer …

Robert De Niro: 'I'd like to see where Travis Bickle is today'

To misquote Bananarama, Robert De Niro is waiting inside the hotel room, talking on his phone, though probably not in Italian. I'm outside with the PR, who keeps easing open the door to check if he's done. The publicist is starstruck; he doesn't want to intrude. He explains that he grew up watching …

Facebook and Microsoft help fund rightwing lobby network, report finds

Some of America’s largest technology and telecoms companies, including Facebook, Microsoft and AT&T, are backing a network of self-styled “free-market thinktanks” promoting a radical rightwing agenda in states across the nation, according to a new report by a lobbying watchdog.<p>The Center for Media …

Female students face a wave of misogyny in British universities

The shocking sexism displayed in a video of Stirling University men's hockey team is a stark example of the misogyny women students are experiencing in the name of 'banter'<p>This week, a video of the men's hockey team at the University of Stirling appeared on YouTube, showing the male students on a …

London cycling deaths – Guardian readers on their own near misses

The safety of London's cyclists has become the cause of urgent debate after a man killed on Wednesday night became the fifth cyclist to die in the London in nine days. The mayor, Boris Johnson, has played down the spate of deaths, suggesting "there's no amount of traffic engineering that we invest …

Jon Hamm interview: 'Don Draper is dismal and despicable'

'I think we should all," Jon Hamm suggests, "get a chance to spend a week or two back in the shoes of our 24-year-old self…" Hamm, straight-jawed star of <i>Mad Men</i>, is talking in his rich bass voice about the premise of <i>A Young Doctor's Notebook,</i> an inspired adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's …

Philomena star Judi Dench urged to back inquiry into 'stolen baby' scandal

<i>Philomena</i> is a small film that is defying box-office conventions; the audience keeps on growing while other, bigger titles fade. The emotional story starring Steve Coogan and Dame Judi Dench of the brutal separation of an Irish mother and her child has become a word-of-mouth hit, beating even …