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BT chief executive Gavin Patterson has accused Labour of being too “negative” about the benefits of advertising for business.

Is this the best job in the world: Nasa recruits volunteers to spend 70 days in bed

Volunteers will be paid £3,000 a month to stay in bed for 24 hours a day

Twitter files for IPO, hopes to avoid Facebook's mistakes

The micro-blogging service was valued last month at around $10.5bn (£6.65bn)

A Brazilian football team masseur runs onto the pitch to save a last-minute shot in a semi-final playoff

Video: Brazilian football masseur saves two shots in final minutes of semi-final playoff before being chased off the pitch

Team masseur runs onto pitch in a fourth division match in Brazil

Fire in China delays Apple smartphones

Shipments of millions of computers and smartphones could be delayed  for up to six months following a  blaze at a Chinese factory which supplies 15 per cent of the world’s memory chips.

Tech entrepreneurs sell mobile app design business Grapple for £40m

Two London tech entrepreneurs are enjoying a windfall after selling their mobile app design business, Grapple, for almost £40 million just three years after setting it up.

James Moore: Wonga? It's just an unnecessary evil

Outlook Moola, dosh, bread, one thing's quite clear: whatever you choose to call it, Wonga's positively rolling in the stuff, turning a profit of more than £1m a week by (to continue the slang theme) fleecing its customers.

Sage of Soho declares advertising booming but attacks rival merger

WPP cheered the City yesterday as its half-year profits surged almost 20 per cent to £429m and the advertising giant promised to keep raising the dividend.

Chime puts £1bn tag on World Cup

Next year’s football World Cup taking place in Brazil is going to be an even bigger sponsorship bonanza than expected, according to marketing group Chime Communications.

Gok Wan ad campaign offends Australians by referring to breasts as ‘bangers’

Retailer Target is forced to defend its use of the British TV presenter in bra fitting promotion

Facebook ordered to compensate users for sharing details on ads

Plaintiffs complaining that their likeness had been used in adverts without their permission received $15 each

Yahoo overtakes Google in web traffic

New rankings vindicate CEO Marissa Mayer's changes to the ailing brand

Maria Sharapova

Page 3 Profile: Maria Sharapova, tennis player

Ah, Maria Sharapova. Lots to talk about here: tennis, grunting, modelling contracts…

Coup for Yahoo as it lures former Channel 5 boss to European arm

Yahoo's chief executive Marissa Mayer last night hired one of Britain's leading commercial television executives, Dawn Airey, to run the internet group's European operations.

US makes extradition request to Ireland for porn suspect

The United States has formally requested the extradition of a man in Ireland described by the FBI as being the "largest facilitator of child porn on the planet".

House prices are rising at their fastest pace since they hit a peak in 2006

Housing market bounce-back: Property prices rise at fastest rate since 2006 peak

House prices are rising at their fastest pace since they hit a peak in 2006, a new report from surveyors published today shows. Meanwhile the number of would-be buyers looking to enter the market last month saw the strongest growth in four years.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there