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

Two lads partake in boozy banter

Internet searches: Mapping Britain’s capitals of top banter

If you’re looking for a flat share in a “lovely house”, where key features include “mucking in”, “movie nights” and “banter”, (or just want to avoid them) then you’re in luck.

'Greek Monsters’ installation by Beetroot at Belgrade Design Week

Belgrade Design Week: New ideas ripple by the Danube

Shortly before I left Belgrade a woman said to me. “If you write about us, don’t make us seem like savages.” For natives and blow-ins alike it can be hard not to conjure the dark days of war but I was in the capital for altogether more cheery reasons.

Gabriel Weinberg is the CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn't track its users.

An interview with DuckDuckGo CEO on the future of anonymous searching

Gabriel Weinberg tells us why he thinks people are turning away from Google

Danny Rogers: Women are finally taking over from the Mad Men

The recent Media360 conference in London was an eye-opener, but in a different way from usual.

Shake Shack: Coming next to Britain’s burgeoning burger market

The new kids on the burger block are... American

Two US chains are hoping to take a big bite out of Britain's £2.8bn posh-beef-in-a-bun market

New TfL websites focused on "responsive design"

New user-interface goes into beta over next few weeks, full launch to come at end of summer

Look East for the future of newspapers

Depending on their position around the globe, The World Press Trends report will be taken in quite different spirits by media kingpins. To the West, all is gloom. In the East, however, more people paid up for a newspaper in 2012-13 than did the year before.

Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon to leave Sunderland

Di Canio to overhaul squad he inherited from Martin O'Neill with six or seven summer additions

To this end, the equality crusaders – masterminded by Laura Bates– is urging the world’s most popular social networking site “to contact advertisers whose ads appear next to content that targets women for violence, to ask these companies to withdraw from advertising on Facebook until you… ban gender-based hate speech on your site

Discrimination: Everyday Sexism Project takes the fight to Facebook

Stepping up its relentless campaign against casual misogyny, the Everyday Sexism Project, which documents “everyday experiences of sexism to prove how bad the problem is and create solidarity”, is taking on one of the world’s most prolific companies in its bid to tackle gender-based discrimination.

The Price Drop TV station today: The company behind is found to have consistently made misleading price claims and product descriptions

Company behind Bid and Price Drop shopping channels found to have made misleading price claims and product descriptions

Sit-Up could have its broadcast licence revoked after Advertising Standards Authority asks broadcasting regulator Ofcom to consider sanctions

Matt Brittin, Google's vice president for northern and central Europe

HMRC are being 'bamboozled' by Google: MPs confront search giant over 'devious' attempt to avoid paying UK tax

Internet giants on back foot after shopping giant admitted it receives more in government grants than it pays in UK corporate tax

Sophie Lau has become the third casualty of the boardroom in The Apprentice 2013

The Apprentice 2013: You're fired, Sophie Lau! The candidate who claimed she was better at teamwork because she went to university

Sophie Lau has become the third casualty of the boardroom in series nine of The Apprentice.

The Go Compare bloke. A recent survey established that 96 per cent of people hate online video ads

Cyber Culture: Video ads might be annoying, but they make sense

As unwanted distractions go, I'm hard-pressed to think of anything as annoying as video ads which automatically start playing when you arrive on a website. They're even worse than the Go Compare bloke turning up in the middle of your relaxing shiatsu massage. My automatic response is to dive for the mute button, or, if I'm feeling particularly irritable, set about my laptop with a samurai sword, which I keep handy.

It’s all steady at ITV after it rides the ups and downs

Advertising is like a faulty shower, ITV chairman Archie Norman once said, and the Downton Abbey broadcaster today showed again that is the case.

C4 switches off profits and makes a loss

Channel 4 is set to announce its first annual loss in a decade after the state-owned corporation used some of its cash reserves to fund new programming such as the Paralympics.

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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
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick