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A friend of mine is, in computing terms at least, stuck in 2005, a time when Tony Blair was still Prime Minister, Sven-Goran Eriksson was still the England manager and people were buying records by Crazy Frog.

Hopes rise for development of universal flu vaccine

Newly discovered flu molecules shared by most strains of the virus could help scientists develop a "universal vaccine", it was claimed today.

Fiat Panda Twinair Lounge

Why Fiat's new Panda can give VW's compact a run for its money

Virus throws Palace Cup plan into chaos

Dougie Freedman expected to endure a sleepless night last night in anticipation of the phone call this morning that could determine the prospects of his Crystal Palace side against Cardiff City in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final tonight.

How do I: Protect my phone from wi-fi fraud?

Smartphone owners who use wi-fi on the go are increasingly vulnerable to fraudsters.

Mary Ann Sieghart: Parents must defy the tyranny of pink

On our kitchen wall are photos of our two daughters as a toddler and a baby. The older one is in navy blue and dark green, the younger in a red-and-blue checked shirt and cute little red trousers. Only the other day, our 18-year-old asked, "Why did you dress us as boys when we were little, Mum?"

First Night: Contagion, Venice Film Festival

Fast and frantic action proves too toxic for such wafer-thin characters

Gods Without Men, By Hari Kunzru

Ever since The Impressionist appeared in 2003, with its picaresque hero for post-colonial times, it was clear that Hari Kunzru's fiction was fuelled by an energetic intelligence. Along with a love of big ideas came narrative zest, verbal and comic flair, and an acute eye for contemporary mores both East and West. Is identity a fixed essence or a mimic matter assembled from conventions, the first novel asked.

New police investigation will probe computer hacking

Scotland Yard is to expand its inquiries into illegal news-gathering techniques at News International by launching a full-scale investigation into computer hacking, The Independent understands.

Man jailed for giving partner HIV

A 44-year-old man who had unprotected sex with his partner knowing he had HIV was jailed for four years today.

Patients warned in Hepatitis scare

More than 150 heart surgery patients at a hospital have been warned they may have contracted the dangerous Hepatitis B virus.

Criminal? Scandalous? Sick? A simple guide to a very messy affair

With so many sensational revelations, it's easy to lose track. Martin Hickman and Cahal Milmo isolate the essential facts

The end of the dotcom era... internet's law-makers to overhaul naming rules

The letters "com" forming the end of web addresses are so familiar they've become part of our language, but companies could soon be able to replace them with their brand name in a shake-up in the way the web is organised.

The untold story of hacking: burglary, fraud and computer viruses

Evidence of private eye's activities prompts calls for proper investigation

Leading article: Vigilance is the only realistic defence in cyber war

The Ministry of Defence is recruiting hundreds of new cyber specialists, while the Pentagon has decided that an attack on US computer networks from another country may be deemed an act of war, meriting an armed response. Both moves are merely acknowledgement that the internet, once considered a background support system, is now a front line of modern conflict, both commercial and military.

Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream, English National Opera, London Coliseum

Viruses, it seems, make no distinction between mortals and spirits. Even Fairy Kings can succumb.

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House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

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War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

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BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
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Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

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Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

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