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The suprise sale allows Google to drop a struggling part of their business and lets Lenovo leapfrog their way to third place in smartphone sales

A ruling which banned Dutch ISPs from letting subscribers access The Pirate Bay torrent website has been lifted.

Pirate Bay ban lifted by Dutch court as blocking file-sharing sites ruled 'ineffective'

The decision was made after evidence showed the amount of torrenting by Dutch users had not gone down

Prince is sueing fans who post links to recordings of his live performances online

Prince sues 'bootlegging' Facebook fans for $22 million in piracy lawsuit

The singer is targeting 22 individuals for 'massive infringement' of his work

Google and Samsung strengthen ties with global patent deal

The two companies have largely been on the same side in the patent wars

Bavaria owns the copyright for the book, however it will expire next year. A new version of the book with an academic commentary will be published in 2016

Mein Kampf legalised: Bavaria drops veto on German edition of Adolf Hitler's manifesto

Bavaria has cleared the way for Adolf Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf to be published in Germany for the first time since the Second World War.

The Internet's top 25 worst passwords, and what yours say about you

In the spirit of educational shaming, here are the year's most popular — and therefore least effective — passwords

Candy Crush Saga creator King gets greedy and trademarks the word 'candy'

King has reportedly begun using their trademark to issue takedown notices

'Coinye West is dead. You win Kanye': Virtual currency creators shut down website

A virtual currency that declared itself inspired by Kanye West has shut down after the rapper filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against its creators.

Tom Jones: Businessman

Tom Jones was chief executive of the US aerospace company Northrop for 30 years and took it to the top of its field during the Cold War while weathering a series of scandals. He took the company from a secondary aerospace subcontractor to a leading manufacturer of military aircraft, including the F-5 and F-18 fighter jets and the B-2 stealth bomber.

Sherlock Holmes is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC series

Sherlock writers plot fourth and fifth series

The nation's favourite detective should be back in our living rooms again soon

Apple and Samsung CEOs to attend mediation session over patent dispute

Apple and Samsung have agreed to a mediation session next month ahead of a trial in March over smartphone patent infringements.

In Brief: Confidence at a high; Jets fly with 3-D printer parts; Britain hosts intellectual property fights; Bank likely to hold rates low

Confidence at highest level for 20 years

Metal components created through 3D printing have been flown on Tornado fighter jets for the first time. The move paves the way for the defence contractor BAE Systems to use 3D printed parts in other military kit, which could end up saving the Royal Air Force more than £1.2m to 2017.

Down to the Sea in Ships, By Horatio Clare: Book review - excellent look at ocean-bound trade and exploitation

chances are that you have spent the past two weeks wrapping, unwrapping and wolfing down the stuff brought to you by people like the cheerful rating whom Horatio Clare calls "N".

Charles Zhang speaks to journalists during a press conference in Beijing

Saturday Night Live: US satire comes to China – but will the government see the funny side?

A popular online video site is bringing the irreverent, topical humour of Saturday Night Live to China.

The genuine Venus de Milo, at the Louvre Museum

3D printers revive the art of casting your own Venus

In the 19th Century, art lovers keen to enjoy classical sculptures in the comfort of their own homes would buy a copy in plaster, cast by artisans.

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