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Thousands of false identities used in elaborate scam

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Storgards, Hardenberger, BBC Philharmonic, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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LME’s only female voice is silenced

The London Metal Exchange is losing the only female trader on its famously boisterous floor.

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Editorial: An alarming spike in snooping

Few would dispute that the Government should work hard to pursue tax dodgers. And in such lean times as these, a crackdown can only be all the more welcome. After all, with nearly £7bn thought to be slipping through the net each year, there is much to be gained for the yawning public purse. But even so large a prize does not give the taxman carte blanche in his methods, and evidence of a sharp spike in snooping by the authorities is still cause for alarm, however worthy the cause.

IoS album review: New Order, Lost Sirens (Rhino)

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Album review: Mountains, Centralia (Thrill Jockey)

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Lend me your ears: Lemmy designs Motörheadphones range

First it was Dr Dre, then 50 Cent...musicians continue trend for branded ear devices

Hapifork, a “smart” cutlery item that tracks how often you put fork to face and vibrates if you’re eating too quickly

The fork of the future: a gadget for greedy guzzlers

Can the answer to the obesity crisis be found in the cutlery drawer? The first intimation that it might came, of all places, from Sir Alan Sugar, who titled a chapter "The Tiny Fork Diet" in his 2011 book The Way I see It. It gathered pace thanks to a French book, published last year, called Dîne Avec Une Fourchette: the idea of both being that if you only eat food with a fork, and prepared with a fork, you forgo the fattening, slippery delights of yoghurt, ice cream, butter et al (see forkitdiet.com for a wider array of things that aren't allowed to tickle your tines).

Chinese growth gives hope for global recovery

The growth prospects for the global economy were given a fillip over the New Year after China's manufacturing sector posted a third consecutive month of expansion.

Christmas sales: It's the embattled sales assistants that I feel sorry for

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