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Leading article: Flat earthers

We might be looking at things differently in the years to come; at least when sitting on the couch. Yesterday Sky unveiled its new 3D television technology. And impressive it sounds too. The special glasses that viewers need to wear might not exactly be the height of fashion, but, by all accounts, the visual effect is quite stimulating.

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The Day Today opens with some wonderfully glossy computer graphics and one of those pompous current-affairs soundtracks – all sforzando brass chords and urgent percussion. It's the real thing, at least until the final seconds, when it suddenly dawns on you that the computer effects have got a little frantic, that the music's final bars are perhaps a little overwrought in their search for a punching climax. Not much respect here for those national institutions The Nine O'Clock News and Newsnight. Not much respect either for Elvis Presley, government ministers, the Church of England, Prince Charles, good taste and unsuspecting members of the public, but above all for television itself, which is the real object of The Day Today's scorn. It's very cynical, very clever and very funny.

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Pride and Glory (124 mins, 15)

This gloomy cop thriller stars Edward Norton as an NYPD detective investigating the murder of four police officers by a drug dealer. He quickly uncovers a trail of corruption in the ranks which may lead as far as his brother, Noah Emmerich, their father, Jon Voight, and their brother-in-law, Colin Farrell.

New Apple laptops get glass trackpad

Apple touched up its line of laptop computers today with a minimal nod to the economic turmoil that might push consumers to be more frugal this holiday shopping season.

3D cinema: A giant leap forward

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The Investment Column: Imagination Technologies

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Tuesday book: Whistle-stop tour of the Universe

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