Google unveils new logo in doodle at turning point in company’s history

Search giant says the new design will soon be seen across all its products just a month after a major restructuring of the company gave rise to Alphabet

First they changed their name, now they’ve changed their logo. Google introduced a new sans-serif and slightly toned-down four-colour logo on Tuesday in the biggest redesign since 1999.

Google said the new design would soon be seen across all its products. Google’s homepage introduced the redesign with an animation that wiped away the old logo and drew the new one.

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Russian data law fuels web surveillance fears

Rules requiring firms to store data of Russian citizens on Russian soil seen as a way for Putin to tighten control over internet

A new law has been implemented in Russia that in theory demands companies store data about Russian citizens on Russian territory, throwing thousands of firms with online operations into a legal grey area.

The law, which came into operation on Tuesday, is part of Vladimir Putin’s so-called “CIA project” to wrest control of the internet. The Russian authorities are keen to ensure greater access for domestic security services to online data, and lessen the potential for foreign states, especially the US, to have the same access.

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Ashley Madison? Sign me up!

Thousands are said to have subscribed to the infidelity website in the last week, suggesting the recent leak of client information proved little deterrent for those keen to cheat on their spouses

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public, H L Mencken famously said. It looks like you can double the truth of that the moment penises get involved.

According to Avid Life Media, the parent company of the recently hacked infidelity website Ashley Madison, hundreds of thousands of people have signed up for its services in the past week, despite the fact that the hack not only released details of millions of its adulterous clients, but had also apparently shown that most of the female users were fake.

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Hillary Clinton emails: Cherie Blair lobbied for Qatari crown prince

In 2010 email, Blair seeks meeting between US secretary of state and Sheikh Tamim ‘to discuss potential partnership issues’

New emails released from Hillary Clinton’s private account show that Cherie Blair lobbied the US secretary of state on behalf of the crown prince of Qatar, writing: “As you know I have good links to the Qataris.”

In a 2009 email marked confidential, Blair sought to arrange a meeting between Clinton and Qatar’s young crown prince, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

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The nine greatest stealth games

Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain is finally out so, to celebrate, here’s a furtive glance back at our favourite sneak-n-shoot adventures

After years in development, a fascinating prelude and some interesting marketing decisions, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was finally released Tuesday. Following grizzled hero Big Boss on his journey into war-torn Afghanistan, the latest title in the series is looking like another epic, bewildering and brilliant stealth adventure.

Metal Gear Solid, of course, popularised the stealth concept in 1998, introducing millions of gamers to the basic conventions of this then formative genre. You need a protagonist who relies more on watching and avoiding enemies than shooting them; you need an artificial intelligence system that gives baddies predictable patrol behaviours but also lets them see and hear the hero; and you need an environment that allows players to hide. A lot.

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The Amazon Fire TV is out of stock, could this mean a new model is on the way?

If you’re looking for an Amazon Fire TV, you’re out of luck for the time being, but that might not be a bad thing. The item is listed as “currently unavailable” which could indicate that an updated new model of the streaming box is on the way.

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The smaller New Nintendo 3DS is finally coming to the U.S. as part of a new bundle

When Nintendo brought the updated New Nintendo 3DS to North America, only the larger XL model of the device was available, unlike the previous iteration of the hardware. Now the smaller version is finally coming as part of a new bundle.

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