News@5: The Queen Joins Facebook, Google Blocks Facebook & RockMelt

The British Monarchy and the Queen will have an official presence on the world's most popular social networking website, Facebook. The page, which unsurprising be called The British Monarchy, will be launched tomorrow according to Buckingham Palace which underlined the fact that this is not a personal profile page - no "poking" or sending "friend request" to the Queen.

Police investigating the theft of a caravan have found a fresh lead after the owner spotted an individual at the scene of the crime on Google Street View. A white Abbey Adventura caravan was reported stolen from Cauldwell Road, Linton, Derbyshire in 2009. Despite intensive investigations at the time, the police were unable to catch the thief, who had towed away the caravan.

RockMelt, a 'social' web browser designed to integrate the web with all its social networking functions, is now available as a beta version for download. The browser, which launched on Sunday, is being released on a first come first serve basis to those who have signed up for it.

Carphone Warehouse has announced the launch of the Alcatel OT-209, a 99p basic handset that is available on Virgin Mobile when you pick up a £10 top-up.

Google has banned Facebook from allowing its users to import their Gmail contacts onto the social networking platform. Facebook will only regain access to Gmail's database once it starts sharing its massive user data with Gmail.