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Can the Big Society work?

In the first part of a three-day debate, our chief political commentator Steve Richards examines the genesis, development and ultimate misjudgment of a Coalition policy that, he argues, is doomed to fail

BT buoyed by broadband as Global Services recovers

Profits at BT soared by almost a third in the final three months of last year as new customers flocked to sign up to its broadband package. The company also revealed that the worst of the problems at its Global Services arm were over, with the troubled division expected to make money again a year earlier than forecast.

Alcatel role reunites Bland and Verwaayen

The former BT chairman Sir Christopher Bland has joined Alcatel-Lucent, a move that re-unites him with Ben Verwaayen, who was chief executive of the UK telecoms giant for much of the same period.

Cuts pay off for BT as broadband pressures rise

BT Group will hope to put out a strong response to moves by rivals to muscle in on its territory when it reports third-quarter numbers this week.

My landline was bugged as papers tried to 'out' me, says Nick Brown

Former chief whip claims his phone and mobile were targeted

Brian Viner: I've spent too long talking to TalkTalk

One of the small ironies of our peculiar age is that telephone companies are less communicative than just about any other kind of enterprise. Phone them up and it feels like a minor miracle when eventually you find yourself in dialogue with a human being after all the automated nonsense of pressing 1 if you want this, or 2 if you want that. If only the next option was, press 3 if you'd like to interact with somebody real, but it never is.

My Secret Life: Eliza Doolittle, singer, 22

When I was a child I wanted to be... a taxi driver, and then I thought it might be more up my street to be a singer.

Ofcom censures BT pricing policy

BT infringed competition law by squeezing rivals through its wholesale pricing of phone calls, according to Ofcom. The telecoms watchdog said BT may have engaged in a "margin squeeze" in 2008 and 2009, by setting the prices charged to other providers for its wholesale calls product at a level that would not have allowed rivals to cover their costs. Its statement follows a two-year investigation after complaints from BT's rivals Thus – now part of Cable & Wireless Worldwide – and Gamma Telecom.

Red phone boxes could be saved

Britain's red telephone boxes could be given a new lease of life as cash machines. Payphone use has halved in the last two years and many have been sold off or decommissioned, but BT is now looking at saving many of them by using them as ATMs. At least two have already been installed.

BT squares up to Hollywood over broadcast rights

Telecom giant tells Competition Commission inquiry that Sky has unfair advantage on films

BT disappointed by Ofcom pension veto

The communications watchdog yesterday blocked BT from raising its wholesale prices to help fill the £3.8bn black hole in its pension fund.

BT fined £300,000 over ladder death

BT was fined £300,000 today after a judge said a "significant failing" by the company contributed to the death of one its engineers.

Cable TV giant Virgin hooks up to new homes

Virgin Media is to expand its fibre-optic network after securing a deal with Persimmon Homes to bring cable to thousands of new properties.

Providers race for prize as UK users get demanding

Suppliers are battling to bring usquicker broadband, but do we want topay for it? Simon Clarke investigates
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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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