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Olympians: They're fit and don't we just know it

From Tom Daley's six-pack to scantily clad volleyball players, Olympic athletes are being sold on their sex appeal. Why can't we appreciate talent, not totty?

Guinness's QR coded pint glass

Marketing: QR codes on pints? I'll drink to that

When is a pint not a pint? When it's a social-media experience. Guinness's latest innovation is a glass whose design becomes a QR code when filled with the black stuff.

Alcohol adverts 'target teenagers' despite strict code

Seven years after strict new rules were introduced to stop drinks companies marketing alcohol to children, teenagers are again being targeted, a report finds.

In a case of opportunistic marketing in 2010, the Dutch brewer Oranjeboom handed out orange dresses to fans at a World Cup game

Want to strike gold at the Olympics? Don't be an official sponsor

Rival firms bend rules to reap rewards from the Games

Sorrell apologises for 'unacceptable' ad

Sir Martin Sorrell, the chief executive of advertising and media group WPP, apologised last night for the fact that one of his companies had made the advertisement for the Argentinian government.

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Singing with the brand

Cutesy covers of classic songs are marketing gold, says Rhodri Marsden

Outcry over Kutcher ad

An online ad featuring Ashton Kutcher as an Indian man has been withdrawn from Facebook and YouTube after viewers complained it was racist.

Recent covers of US magazine ‘Seventeen’

The teens taking on the airbrush

Digitally altered images of impossibly perfect models are a familiar sight in ads and magazines. But a new generation is talking tough on retouching

Virgin says Usain Bolt is boosting sales

Virgin Media yesterday claimed its decision to up its advertising spend by 50 per cent to £53m in the past quarter had paid off, as subscriber numbers jumped for its premium pay-TV and super-fast broadband.

Shop while you watch: Shazam and ITV sign landmark advertising deal

TV viewers will be able to see more ad content and shop online through the Shazam smartphone app

Advertising spending up again as optimism soars

Advertising spend has increased in the first three months of the year, the third-consecutive quarter of growth, a leading survey showed yesterday.

DMGT warns of fall in print ad revenues

Shares in the Daily Mail's owner fell nearly 5 per cent yesterday after it warned that lower advertising revenues at its national newspapers business had squeezed its profits in the first half.

TfL bans Christian groups' 'gay cure' advert from London buses

There were reports last night that TfL chiefs acted after Boris Johnson intervened

KFC sorry for tsunami chicken advert

KFC has apologised for a Facebook message that urged people to rush home during yesterday's tsunami scare in Thailand and order a bucket of chicken.

An ad featuring actor Vinnie Jones carrying out CPR has been cleared

Watchdog clears Vinnie Jones CPR advert

An ad featuring actor Vinnie Jones carrying out CPR has been cleared following complaints that he performs the technique incorrectly, a watchdog has ruled.

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Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas