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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

William Blake: The 19th-century poet is not the author of 'Two Sunflowers Move into the Yellow Room'

School librarian puts the world straight on fake William Blake poem

Misattribution of verse started by students on internet is finally corrected by blogger

McCutcheon: Penned one ageless satire

Invisible Ink: No 177 - George McCutcheon

Whimsy is hard to pull off. In the wrong hands it becomes fey and cloying. When it's done well it can create a loyal, lasting audience, as Terry Pratchett will tell you.

Scientists and lawyers in Britain are challenging a European ban on the patenting of embryonic stem cells which they believe is blocking the development of new treatments for a range of illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and Parkinson’s

Scientists challenge patent ban for embryonic stem cell research

Researchers and biotech firms say European court ruling will deter investors from funding new cures

Christopher Purves, right, as the cruel Walt Disney

Classical review: The Perfect American - Are you a man or a mouse, Walt?

If only the latest opera from Philip Glass had a squeak of the wit, drama and character of the great animator's creations

Postcard from... South Funen

When the mayors of South Funen in Denmark came together to make a promotional video, there was an obvious choice for the creative direction.

AstraZeneca’s £93m headache as it dumps another new drug

Struggling AstraZeneca today faced yet another blow when it had to dump a new arthritis treatment because clinical trials showed patients were hit with side-effects including the common cold.

Megaupoad founder Kim Dotcom

Megaupload court victory: New Zealand High Court orders police to return digital materials to Kim Dotcom - at their own cost

Entrepreneur is attempting to fight extradition to the United States on charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering

The real thing? Historian publishes Coca-Cola's 'secret formula'

Move by Mark Pedergrast comes in the same week as man tries to sell another variant on eBay for $5m

Peter Sunde

Career change: Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde to stand in European Parliament elections

A co-founder of Pirate Bay has decided to make a radical career change and stand in the 2014 European Parliament elections in Finland.

Amelia Andersdotter has been in the UK for a piracy debate

Amelia Andersdotter: Internet copyright laws? They can walk the plank, says Pirate Party politician

Ian Burrell talk to the Swedish MEP who wants free music and movie downloads to stop internet users being criminalised

You can't park your souped-up story here

Not for the first time, Richard Littlejohn got a bit confused and mixed up "ideas" with "format"

Game over: Developers Patrick (left) and Daniel Klug

The pair making online pirates pay

In a bid to stop people downloading their new title for free, the Klug brothers created a version of their Game Dev Tycoon game that would virtually bankrupt anyone who tried it. Jamie Merrill reports

GlaxoSmithKline faces inquiry over 'price fixing'

Fine could be as high as £2.6bn if competition rules were broken

Television choices: How to build a better future with Sellotape and science

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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