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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

Darryn Lyons

'Mr Paparazzi' Darryn Lyons buys back Big Pictures' assets just weeks after the photo agency went into administration

With his dyed Mohawk hairstyle and cosmetically-crafted abdominal six pack, things are rarely as they seem with Darryn Lyons, the brash Australian who has dubbed himself “The King of the Paparazzi”.

Kim Dotcom, the founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload, has been released on bail

Indicted 'internet pirate' plans new file-sharing site

In a move bound to provoke United States, prosecutors and entertainment executives, the indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is planning to launch a replacement of his shuttered website and a new online music service by the end of the year.

A degree is like an Olympic medal - you want a gold not a report card

Do students really need a full-length, in-depth report detailing how they performed at university?

Editorial: A few too many Shapp practices?

Grant Shapps has been the chairman of the Conservative party for only a month, yet he will launch the Tory conference next week with an official investigation hanging over his head. The Advertising Standards Agency is launching an inquiry into a website founded by Mr Shapps (now transferred to his wife), questioning the authenticity of online testimonials for the software which (under the pseudonym Michael Green) the Tory chairman claimed could make his customers $20,000 in 20 days.

Market Report: Snake anti-venom puts bite into BTG

Brisk summer business usually comes in the shape of holidays, barbeques, and ice cream sales. But for BTG the summer sun boosts the flogging of snake anti-venom. BTG, the pharmaceutical group which was first created by the Government to protect British inventions back in the 1940s, shot up the FTSE 250 index after reporting that it had outperformed in the first half and was increasing its revenue expectations for the full year.

Cadbury wins court battle over purple packaging

Cadbury owns the colour purple – in chocolate packaging terms at least, a High Court judge has ruled.

Cadbury wins legal battle over purple packaging

Cadbury owns the colour purple – in chocolate packaging terms at least, a High Court judge has ruled.

Page 3 Profile: Thomas Arne, Composer of Rule, Britannia!

Don't you mean Edward Elgar?

Apple and Samsung fined over patents

A tit-for-tat spat between Apple and Samsung has resulted in both companies being fined and their products banned from being sold in South Korea.

A view from outside the Olympic Stadium

Spectators fail to #savethesurprise as opening ceremony rehearsal videos are removed from YouTube

Rehearsal footage of the Olympic opening ceremony was removed from YouTube today as organisers stepped up efforts to keep details of tomorrow's eagerly awaited curtain-raiser under wraps.

Leading article: The rest of the UK must follow Scotland's lead

Yet again Scotland has stolen a march on a signal piece of social legislation. It was first to ban smoking in public places, first to introduce a minimum price for alcohol, and now it looks set to be the first to legalise gay marriage. While the UK Government missed the chance to include such a Bill in the Queen's Speech in May, the Scottish Government announced yesterday that it would legislate for the change after a huge response to a public consultation.

ITV said the use of a De’Longhi Magnificae on Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 'Superstar' was 'prop placement'

Music stars in piracy plea to PM

Some of the biggest names in British music have written to David Cameron calling for a crackdown on illegal file-sharing.

Controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement proposals rejected by European Parliament

Internet freedom campaigners are celebrating after a controversial international agreement, which would have forced internet service providers to hand over details of people suspected of online copyright infringement, was rejected by the European Parliament.

Samsung vs Apple: In a seemingly endless battle, Apple claims that Samsung ripped off its iPad tablet for the Galaxy Tab. Last week saw a US court agreeing, pulling the tablet from sale in the US

Problem patents: the battle of ideas

Buying up patents is big business. But the system that was designed to protect the small investor is being twisted by big companies who are using it to stifle the small guys

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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own