Life and Style Last.fm users can now stream music from Spotify's catalogue

Last.fm users will now have access to the 20 million songs available on Spotify

The best Christmas gifts for the foodie

Main image: hand tray by Fornasetti, £175, Liberty; macarons, from a selection, Laduree

The best Christmas gifts for the green-fingered

Main image: bee station, £39.99, Firebox; bird, £185, The Shop Floor Project

The Fashion Audit: Louise Gray Barbie, Dior Palette, The Clothes Show Live and You-wellery

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Mark Thompson is the incoming chief executive of The New York Times

Former BBC chief Mark Thompson starts new job at New York Times... with questions over Savile affair

Mark Thompson begins a new life as one of the US media’s most influential power-brokers this morning, hoping the scandal that lingers over his stewardship of the BBC will stay largely confined to the far side of the Atlantic.

Drive time: early route cards supplied by the AA

Simon Calder: How to get from A to B (20 million times a month)

The man who pays his way

Advice is out there for singles who are trying to make sense of their textual exchanges

Relationships: The site that helps decode those post-date texts

The advent of text messaging and social networking might have made flirting and dating simpler for some but, for others, it has created a world of uncertainty and confusion.

Mark Clattenburg promoting the benefits of hair restoration

Mark Clattenburg: The man in black with a BMW X5 and lifestyle close to controversy

The allegations against Mark Clattenburg are unique in English football. Much of what the referee was involved with at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, though, was not.

Tangent gets European foothold

Tangent is expanding in Europe after buying rival Goodprint for £10m. Shares in the Aim-listed printer, chaired by the former Carlton TV chief Michael Green, closed up 0.625p at 10.75p as Tangent also posted a 3 per cent rise in interim profits to £964,000.

BBC creates iPlayer for radio

The BBC has unveiled a version of its iPlayer dedicated to radio.

Dust: An Elysian Tail – Review

A stunning adventure which retains the glorious simplicity of an 8 or 16-bit title but dresses it in fancy modern clothes.

2K releases XCOM: Enemy Unknown ‘Casualties of War’ trailer

Latest trailer offers more than a sneak peak into how the battles in Firaxis Games' strategy title are shaping up.

Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse put up for Kickstarter crowd-funding

Fans can start their adventure now by supporting development of the latest in the Broken Sword series.

Paul Ryan with his mother, Betty Douglas, in Florida

Romney running mate Ryan hits back on health insurance, with Mom at his side

Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan has put a personal spin on the debate over Medicare, bringing his 78-year-old mother on stage at a speech to senior citizens in Florida, where he vowed to protect the health-insurance programme for the elderly.

Harley-Davidson powers ahead

A new generation of motorcycle enthusiasts are buying Harley-Davidsons, thanks to a concerted marketing push aimed at refreshing the company's image.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada