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Facebook to scrap `become a fan of' for `like'

Facebook is about to change the way it asks its users to connect to brands and celebrities on the site. Rather than ask people to "become a fan" of say, Starbucks or Lady Gaga, Facebook will instead let users click that they like the subject.

Johnson parts with Bristol City

Gary Johnson has left Bristol City by mutual consent following a disappointing run of form.

Hereford dismiss manager Trewick

Hereford manager John Trewick has been sacked following a meeting with chairman Graham Turner.

Macclesfield match to go ahead

Macclesfield assistant boss Gary Simpson has confirmed this weekend's Coca-Cola League Two match at Hereford will go ahead as scheduled following the death of manager Keith Alexander.

Crystal Palace inundated with offers

The administrators of Crystal Palace have confirmed that they have had interest from 36 separate buyers for the Coca-Cola Championship club after extending the deadline for bids by a fortnight.

London listing on the cards for Coca-Cola's UK bottling arm

US firm to bring North American bottling in-house as fizzy drink sales flatten

Clough defensive after FA charges

Derby manager Nigel Clough wants the Football Association to consider the context in which the melee occurred at the end of Saturday's derby against Nottingham Forest.

Martinez says Wigan must learn

Roberto Martinez warned Wigan they must learn the lessons from their profligacy in front of goal after falling victim to an FA Cup giant-killing at the hands of Notts County.

Newcastle sign Routledge from QPR

Newcastle have completed the signing of Wayne Routledge on a three-and-a-half deal from Coca-Cola Championship rivals QPR.

Tonic wine Buckfast 'behind violent crimes'

The tonic wine Buckfast has been mentioned in 5,000 crime reports by Scotland's biggest police force in the last three years, an investigation has revealed.

Robert Chesshyre: Cold? You should have been around in the 1950s

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Young Lotto millionaire found dead

Police were today investigating the death of one of Britain's youngest lottery jackpot winners.

Mad scientists top poll of online marketing campaigns

Online videos of two self-proclaimed mad scientists conducting explosive ‘Mentos experiments with Diet Coke’ have topped a poll of the most significant online marketing campaigns of last decade.

China opens state-backed gay bar to fight spread of Aids

China's first government-backed gay bar has finally opened, very discreetly, after the original scheduled launch was delayed for almost three weeks due to intense media attention.

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