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Facebook's Instagram beats Twitter's Vine in the war of the micro-film apps

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Market Report: Lloyds short-sellers get fingers burnt

Hedge funds and short-sellers had to learn not to bank on shares going one way yesterday. A bunch of short-sellers who have been buying up Lloyds Banking Group over the past month were yesterday desperately trying to cover their positions. This followed the confirmation of government plans to privatise the bank sooner rather than later.

Market Report: Long faces among Ocado short sellers

Short sellers in the grocery specialist Ocado got the life squeezed out of them for a second day. The online grocery distribution group was a favourite of the hedge fund community as one to bet against – more than 87 million shares were out on loan in February. But a run of good news, including its distribution tie-up with Morrisons and now rumours that it might be looking at something similar with Marks & Spencer, hasn't helped the shorters' positions. Since the end of last month the number of shares out on loan has fallen by almost 13 per cent.

Video sales defy cynics with a leap to £536m

James Bond blockbuster Skyfall helped drive up video sales in the first three months of this year, with a surge in online viewing and sales of physical Blu-Ray discs.

The 10 best sitcom DVDs

It is a prolific genre, but only certain TV comedies are good enough to be watched over and over again. Here are ten of the all-time best funny boxsets.

The 10 best crime DVDs

Whether you like your detectives to be traditional or gritty, Fair Isle jumper fans or a moustachioed gents, this superb selection should crack any case.

DVD: Hall Pass (15)

Any shred of credibility that Owen Wilson once had is obliterated by this deeply unfunny comedy from the Farrelly brothers. Sex-starved best pals Rick (Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) are anxious that their marriages have gone stale.

Win one of five copies of the classic Tony Hancock Collection on DVD

We're comedy connoisseurs here at The Independent - and we love to share - so we've decided to give away five copies of the Tony Hancock Collection on DVD.

DVD: The Dilemma (12)

The dilemma that arises in Ron Howard's sub-par comedy is, what do you do on discovering your best friend's wife is messing around with another fella?

DVD: Archipelago (15)

"Don't be so nice," Cynthia berates her drippy brother, Edward (Tom Hiddleston), when he volunteers to sleep in the attic room at his family's holiday home on the Scilly Isle of Tresco.

DVD: Let Me In (15)

Owen is a lonely little boy who is bullied at school and largely ignored at home by his single mum, yet things begin to look up when a young girl moves into the same housing block.

DVD: World's Greatest Dad (15)

Lance Clayton (Robin Williams) is a failed author who scrapes by teaching a handful of uninterested kids how to write poetry.

The ten best fitness DVDs

Tone up, slim down, and even give your face a workout - all in total privacy at home. Step One: Lift TV remote...

DVD: Misfits: Series Two (18)

The Misfits – teenagers with Asbos and superpowers – are back, and still no closer to saving the world. Thank goodness.

DVDs that shaped 2010: World cinema DVDs

The French New Wave is not so new any more, but it has had a resurgence with the DVD issue of films from Agnès Varda's real-time Cleo from 5 to 7 to Eric Rohmer's classic morality tale My Night with Maud, via two suspense-filled volumes of Claude Chabrol thrillers and one collection of Alain Resnais's dissections of love.

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