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Just over six months after it was resurrected by German investors, online technology magazine The Kernel could be set to disappear once again after being swallowed up by a US rival.

Five-Minute Memoir: Car-park confessions

We were standing at the big raw-wood counter in the kitchen. My parents had rented a cabin so our family could spend the summer in the mountains by Lake Tahoe, and we were all talking about my girlfriend Dana. Everyone already knew what I hadn't told her. But you can't just tell someone something like that.

Lance Armstrong says 'sorry' on Oprah's sofa

Was it a PR stunt or a moment of redemption? Whatever the truth, his apology left his reputation more exposed than ever

Lance Armstrong confesses to Oprah Winfrey: My mythic story would have been impossible without doping

If Oprah’s regular audience switched on her interview with Lance Armstrong last night hoping for tears, they’ll have found it disappointing. But for her new audience from the global cycling community, the encounter was anything but.

World awaits Lance Armstrong admission

Disgraced cyclist's interview with Opray Winfrey airs later today

Lance Armstrong talks to Oprah Winfrey

Lance Armstrong asked to speak with authorities following Oprah Winfrey admission

Cyclist urged to divulge details

Lance Armstrong is preparing to give his first interview since he was stripped of his Tour de France titles for doping offences

Armstrong apologises to Livestrong charity staff ahead of Oprah Winfrey interview

Disgraced cyclist chokes back tears before his expected confession of doping

Lance Armstrong: The Oprah interview will air on 17 January

He's beaten cancer, won seven Tours, but can Lance Armstrong find redemption on Oprah Winfrey's sofa

Disgraced cyclist bids to win over US public in interview with queen of TV confessions

Jack Brooks: Unpredictable but influential Democrat

Jack Brooks was a Congressman who served 42 years in the US House of Representatives. An unpredictable but influential Texas Democrat, he who was one of the few politicians who cast fear in President Lyndon Johnson.

Welcome return for Toad, Ratty et al

That irascible anti-hero Toad is once again causing mischief.

Ferrari focused giving Fernando Alonso a fighting chance in qualifying at Brazilian Grand Prix

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali fears Fernando Alonso's Formula One world title hopes could be scuppered this weekend unless his team give the Spaniard a fighting chance in qualifying.

Sebastian Vettel on his way to finishing first during qualifying for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone expects sport to thrive in Austin

The Circuit of The Americas played host to a rousing race yesterday

United States Grand Prix facts

Formula One will attempt for the 10th time to crack the United States this weekend when it returns to America after a five-year absence.

Sebastian Vettel closes in on his third successive Formula One world title

Sebastian Vettel is hoping the highlight of his season is yet to come as he closes in on his third successive Formula One world title.

Kimi Raikkonen confident of more success at Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen is confident he will not be a one-win wonder at Lotus.

Hackers to 'take down Facebook'

You've got exactly five days to save all your Facebook pictures onto a disc, copy your event invites into a old-fashioned hard copy diary and decide who your real friends are: Hactivist group Anonymous have set the date for the Facebook apocalypse, and it's next Monday.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game