From relationships to revolutions: seven ways Facebook has changed the world

One in seven people worldwide used the social network on one day this week, says Mark Zuckerberg. Here is how it has changed our lives – for better or worse

On Monday, one in seven people on Earth used Facebook – 1 billion people, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg. In a decade, the social network has transformed people’s relationships, privacy, their businesses, the news media, helped topple regimes and even changed the meaning of everyday words.

“A more open and connected world is a better world. It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values,” wrote Zuckerberg in the post announcing the numbers.

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Google boss warns against television repeating mistakes of press

Matt Brittin cites newspapers’ failure to grasp impact internet companies would have on business and says producers should take advantage of web’s growth

Google’s European boss has warned that the TV industry risks repeating the mistakes of newspapers by trying to “protect the past from the future”.

Matt Brittin told the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival that the “Edinburgh bubble” and debates over the BBC reminded him of how newspapers failed to grasp how companies like Google would affect their businesses. A former Olympic rower, Brittin had first-hand experience of the internet’s impact on newspapers as an executive at Trinity Mirror before joining Google in 2007.

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Ten of the best back-to-school apps for kids

A selection of educationally-focused apps that shows there’s more to iOS and Android for children than games

The summer holidays are either over or nearly over depending where your child is in the world. Parents are breathing a sigh of relief at the prospect of making a cup of tea without being screamed at / bundled into / forced to referee an over-aggressive game of split-screen Minecraft.

And their children? They’re back at school learning, then coming home every night eager to continue the education on whatever devices at hand. Or, alternatively, to continue eagerly smashing one another’s blocky windows.

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Double Fine keeping it weird with its newest game, the side-scrolling Headlander

After a year that saw the release of strategy game Massive Chalice and remastered versions of Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle, Double Fine has partnered with Adult Swim Games for its latest game, the 2D action-adventure game Headlander.

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TV industry needs to keep up effort to tackle piracy, says A + E chief

Paul Buccieri, president of US channel, says issue is bigger than ever, with increase in digital making problem more difficult to deal with

Piracy is a bigger issue than ever for the TV industry, despite it being talked about less, according to one of the US’s top cable executives.

Paul Buccieri, president of US channels A+E and History, told the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival that the industry needs to keep up its efforts to tackle people illegally watching content.

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Apple Watch is king of smartwatch sales according to latest numbers

It may not live up to financial analysts’ high expectations but sales are six times bigger than nearest competitor making it the best selling smartwatch in history

Apple sold 3.6m Watches in the second quarter of this year, but compared to the 40m sales estimates, does that make the company’s first smartwatch a flop?

The Apple Watch has both excited some and disappointed others. Before it was even launched, financial analysts predicted that Watches would sell in their droves, hitting 40m on customer wrists by the end of the first year.

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Kraftwerk to release ‘3D album’ in autumn 2015

The electronic band are translating their striking live 3D and surround sound performances to Blu-Ray format

Kraftwerk have confirmed details of a “3D album” – translating their current visual show into a release scheduled for autumn 2015.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, the group’s only original member, Ralf Hütter, explained that their 3D performances at venues such as New York’s MoMA, the Düsseldorf Kunstsammlung, London’s Tate Modern, the Sydney Opera House and Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles would be turned into Blu-Ray format.

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Six bailed teenagers accused of cyber attacks using Lizard Squad tool

Suspects arrested under suspicion of launching denial of service attacks on newspapers, schools, retailers and games companies using Lizard Stresser

Six teenagers have been released on bail on suspicion of using hacking group Lizard Squad’s cyberattack tool to target websites and services.

The six suspects are accused of launching cyber attacks at a national newspaper, a school, gaming companies and a number of online retailers

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