Evidence suggests that, for the first time in an Irish poll, social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been as influential in the referendum campaign as traditional media.   Photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Social media has played a significant role in shaping the debate and mobilising voters in the same-sex marriage referendum, according to preliminary (...)

US blues legend BB King performs onstage during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux in 2011. Photograph: Valentin Flauraud/Reuters

Tributes have begun flooding in for blues legend BB King, who has died at the age of 89.His lawyer Brent Bryson said that King, who suffered from diab(...)

AOL’s  Graham Moysey “There will be a consolidation of players over the next few years, so this is a good strategic move for us.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

AOL, the company that made famous the phrase “you’ve got mail”, was the subject of a $4.4 billion bid by telecoms giant Verizon this week, and the pro(...)

Researchers said “we cannot be certain that the use of internet in the class caused” the higher scores but a strong “relationship” was identified.

Primary school children who used the internet in the classroom had significantly higher mathematics and reading scores on average than peers who had n(...)

An insurance cheat who claimed he was laid low by chronic fatigue was caught out by social media postings which told of his passion for racing “superc(...)

Spotify is to announce its video-streaming service at a launch event in New York on May 20th.

Spotify is working on a video-streaming service that will complement its music platform as the battle for dominance in digital content hots up.The pri(...)

Screengrab taken from Russell Brand’s YouTube channel of Labour leader Ed Miliband’s meeting with the comedian. Photograph: Russell Brand/YouTube/PA Wire.

Britain “goes to the polls” today, and the media is “pumped up”, just like David Cameron claims to be. Later, the broadcasters will be expressing thei(...)

Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy (left) is confronted by a protester on May 4th in Glasgow.Murphy vowed not to be ‘silenced by this form of aggressive nationalism. It’s anti-democratic.’ Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has condemned “aggressive, violent” nationalists during a confrontation on Sunday at a Glasgow street rally, which t(...)

A screengrab of a video posted to YouTube of Labour candidate Tom Harris playing with his dog. 0:54

Politics can get boring, even for the politicians.Nobody illustrated this better than the Labour Party candidate in Glasgow South Tom Harris, who is s(...)

I never saw the filmThe Exorcist, because I am a coward. Watching a little girl’s head spin 360 degrees or seeing her spewing green vomit just didn’t (...)