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Luxury brand names take Google fight to High Court

Some of the world's most prestigious brand names are to fight a legal battle in the High Court over Google search terms.

48 Hours In: Montreal

Spring is in the air in this impressive Canadian city, where the accent is French, the cuisine sophisticated and the cycling superb.

Portfolio: A fresh focus on past masters

As a crowd looks on, a woman opens up her shoulders, ready to strike a particularly doleful-looking lady. Who are they? And why is no one stopping the violence?

Video: Royal biscuits in the oven

A luxury biscuit firm has created the ultimate Royal Wedding biscuit collection.

From giant gems to huge homes: Taylor's billion-dollar legacy

It is a fortune that even Cleopatra might have blushed at. Elizabeth Taylor, who immortalised the amorous pharaoh in the lavish 1963 movie of the same name, died leaving behind enough money to buy a pyramid or three of her own with personal riches estimated at up to $1bn (£625m), it was claimed yesterday.

Elizabeth Taylor: A life less ordinary

The death of Elizabeth Taylor has been heralded as the end of an era. Why don’t today’s stars shine as brightly? Steve Rose says it’s not just the pictures that got small

New exhibition reveals snapshots of the lives behind the lenses

The tables are turned as the pioneers behind the camera are put in the spotlight. Featuring heavyweights Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, William Henry Fox Talbot and Weegee, among others, The Lives of Great Photographers exhibition explores their personal stories, which are often overshadowed by their most famous photographs.

Moonstone a jewel among Classic hopes

You have to go back to Kazzia, in 2002, for Godolphin's last Guineas winner at Newmarket, but next month the stable finally hopes to land running in the first Classics of the season. The unbeaten White Moonstone is favourite for the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas; among the colts, meanwhile, Saamidd is joined on the list of possibles by eligible Irish recruits in Dubai Prince and Casamento.

Julie Burchill: Farewell then, Liz. You knew your beauty was a fuel worth burning

With the death of Elizabeth Taylor, the last of the Hollywood greats is finally gone. True to form – never a lady, barely ever a girl – this tough broad supreme battled on against ill-health for decades after her contemporaries overdosed on barbiturates, booze and self-loathing. And at a time when professional beauties seem terrified to show any sign of ageing lest they be shunted into character cameos in favour of some fresher flesh, Taylor was fascinating for being far less interested in leaving a good-looking corpse than in wringing every drop of the juice from every inch of the ride.

Who'll be crowned the king of bling?

Cartier owner Johann Rupert had the luxury jewellery market sewn up. Then Bernard Arnault bought Bulgari, writes John Lichfield

Montblanc boss says it's time to scale even higher peaks

The German pen manufacturer knew it had to diversify to expand. Laura Chesters reports

Business Diary: Ratings agency wakes up to Egypt

Quick off the mark as ever, well done to the credit-ratings agency Fitch which finally woke up at the end of last week to the fact that there have been a few troubles in Egypt. Fitch got round to putting the country's debt on "negative outlook" after several days of unrest that could soon result in a long-awaited change of government. Expect a downgrade at some point, presumably when it's all been resolved and things have started to look up.

Hide and chic: From zebra-print sofas to sheepskin throws we're going wild for animal interiors

But how can you pull off the lastest trend without a furry faux pas? Trish Lorenz finds out

The secrets of successful festive snaps

Learn these rules, then break them, to create the most memorable pictures, writes Joel Chant

Wallis Simpson bracelet fetches world record price

A bracelet owned by Wallis Simpson, whose love affair with Edward VIII led to his abdication, has sold for a world record £4.5 million at auction.

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