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

Fulham winger Ashkan Dejagah

Fulham winger Ashkan Dejagah to miss rest of season

Iranian winger has become an important part of Martin Jol's squad

Advertising: Digital revenues hit record £5bn

The stellar growth in digital advertising shows no signs of slowing down, with annual revenues jumping 12.5 per cent to a record £5.4bn last year as mobile devices turbocharged demand.

The new Facebook offering to ‘bring content right to you’ was unveiled by Mark
Zuckerberg this week

Nikhil Kumar: The best things in life may be free...but I fear Facebook Home won't be

US Outlook There was something missing from Facebook's much-hyped press conference earlier this week. Not the rumoured "Facebook phone", which turned out to be a beefed-up application that transforms an Android phone's home screen into an always-on Facebook feed. No, the real omission concerned the business of advertising, the source of Facebook's revenues.

Calls for rental agents and landlords to be properly regulated

"Failure to regulate will mean that rogue agents will continue to blight the sector."

Watchdog calls for drastic changes in wake of police commissioner poll turnout fiasco

Just one person in five believed they received enough information to cast an informed vote in last year’s ill-fated contests for the first Police and Crime Commissioners, the elections watchdog said today.

Anthony Hilton: Will Osborne use Royal Mail to put the stamp of success on his Budget?

Moya Greene runs one of our biggest businesses but has one of the lowest profiles

Market Report: Footsie charges on to a high after blip

Panic over! The FTSE 100 is on the march again. Time to stop hoarding tins, dusting off your gas masks and building makeshift shelters at the bottom of the garden. Armageddon is on hold, for now. Wednesday's mini wobble, led by ex-dividend stocks such as Standard Chartered, seemed light years away yesterday as the blue-chip index broke back through the 6,500 mark. European stocks also reached five-year highs as EU policymakers met in Brussels to dream up the region's latest rescue plan.

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office

Ad agency fury as Francis Maude’s old firm goes on government list

Claims of impropriety after shortlist includes company where Cabinet Office Minister was non-executive chairman

The gruesome cigarette packaging that could become a design classic

The Design Museum in London includes controversial cigarette packaging in list of possible 'Designs of the Year 2013'

A National Union of Journalists placard taped outside the BBC Television Centre in White City, London

BBC's flagship news programmes hit as journalists strike over compulsory redundancies

BBC staff staged a one-day strike across Britain today in protest at plans for compulsory redundancies at the troubled broadcaster.

Martin Whitmarsh: ‘It’s tough. We have taken some measures’

McLaren team director Martin Whitmarsh: 'Red Bull are doing well but everyone else is suffering'

Red Bull are the only Formula One team prospering financially and seven of the other 10 are struggling  to the extent that they are in “survival” mode.

Anthony Hilton: The skilled executives who justify their soaring salaries with a lack of unique talent

Few businessmen are as special as Pavarotti, so they don’t get any public recognition

Adverts target 'misery' of unlocked pensions

Regulators are to unveil measures this week to help combat the menace of pension unlocking.

Yellow Pages released from price cap

The struggling owner of the Yellow Pages will be boosted by the lifting of an outdated advertising price cap on the telephone directory this week.

That cap and gown just cost me four thousand pounds

Young people have got it bad, and the situation doesn’t look like it's getting any better

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

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, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
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?