Life and Style Dear Barry: Open letters have become the way high-flying individuals - and firms - get their message across

It used to be just angry celebrities (and Moses) who wrote open letters. Now, even America's top businesses are taking the president to task, says Clare Dwyer Hogg

Hurricane Sandy silences US websites: Huffington Post, Gawker and Buzzfeed all affected by storm that pounded New York

Several data centres on Americas' East Coast have suffered a power shortage, despite failsafe procedures, causing havoc for American news media

The woman who breastfeeds her dog

Closer Magazine are to release this week's edition featuring the story of Terri Graham, a 44-year-old mother of two from California - who apparently breastfeeds her dog, Spider.

Yahoo poaches Google executive

Yahoo's new chief executive Marissa Mayer has raided her old employer and rival Google to find a new chief operating officer.

A lot of huffing and puffing but HuffPo has yet to find its niche

After the grand fanfare from Arianna Huffington, I've been slightly disappointed by the impact of her eponymous website since its arrival in the United Kingdom a year ago.

Stephen Foley: Patch reporters clearly not connected to AOL’s brain

US Outlook Kudos to the Patch reporter in the audience when Eric Lefkofsky, Groupon's chairman, told a Chicago chamber of commerce meeting that the disaster-prone tech start-up "was like giving a seven-year-old a Ferrari; you're going to get a certain amount of chaos".

Azealia Banks, The Plug, Sheffield
The Black Keys, Alexandra Palace, London

The rapper who topped the 'NME' Cool List last year is fierce, fast-tongued and full of herself

Tom Hodgkinson: 'Respect don't pay the rent'

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, as my mother never tires of reminding me, journalism was a very well-paid job. My parents started with nothing and ended up with boys at private school, a Morgan in the drive, and a Georgian house in Richmond, all thanks to the Sunday People, the Daily Mail, The Sun and the other papers they toiled for.

Ricky Gervais says losers are life's characters

Ricky Gervais says "losers" are the real "interesting" characters in life.

SeeSaw bought by Bebo owner

A consortium led by Criterion, the US merchant bank that owns Bebo, is buying SeeSaw, the online video-on-demand service that evolved from Project Kangaroo.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary

We never close

Huffington: There must be resignations at The News of the World

From an interview at AOL HQ on Tuesday evening; because of the escalation of this story it didn’t make it into our newspaper. Huffington still makes some interesting points.

Ian Burrell: Huffington has to find the right formula to post a success in the UK

Arianna Huffington will personally launch the UK version of her American blog-based news website, The Huffington Post, next week. For the irrepressible Athens-born former Cambridge University student and BBC presenter, this is a crucial return to the country she once called home.

How the new New Man won

When he coined the term &lsquo;metrosexual&rsquo; in the pages of The Independent in 1994, Mark Simpson had no idea that it would come to define our idea of modern manhood

Stephen Foley: The sale of Cadbury to Kraft was a sweet deal whatever MPs say

Outlook: The UK is best served by having an open economy, where even strategic industries can obtain foreign capital that UK investors may not be able to provide

Stephen Foley: The trendy way to gain online readers

Outlook The Daily Mail's website is a sight to behold, a smorgasbord of celebrity tittle-tattle and fancy-that internet ephemera. There is even some news on it, and bits and bobs that might be recognisable to readers of the UK newspaper – but not much, because the Mail's online business is really just a giant dragnet designed to snare the shoals of casual browsers following the internet's latest trending topics.

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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month