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CEOs express concern that wide-ranging activities have undermined the trust of their users

Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt

Google boss: I'm very proud of our tax avoidance scheme

Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt said £2.5 billion tax avoidance 'is called capitalism'

Google offers to settle with investigators looking into claims it unfairly stifles opponents

The internet search giant Google faces having to make changes to the way it runs some of the most lucrative parts of its multi-billion pound business after it made an offer to settle with European Commission investigators looking into claims it uses its muscle to stifle opponents unfairly.

£8m: Actress and model Lily Cole

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New-media gurus, political pointy-heads, start-up whizz-kids and rock stars mingled at this year's Zeitgeist conference. Adam Sherwin reports

From left: Bill Clinton, Annie Lennox, Arsène Wenger

The great Google gathering

The search engine is taking its quest for knowledge offline at a secluded British hotel

Silicon Valley here? No way

Laura Chesters asks why we in Britain can't come up with a tech giant like Facebook

World Economic Forum: Thousands gather, with billions to spend. Will the world benefit?

As the global elite meet in Davos, Ben Chu asks what the annual shindig can hope to achieve

Critics of the BBC have the 'British disease', says Brian Cox

Scientist turned broadcaster Professor Brian Cox yesterday accused critics of the BBC of having "the British disease".

Google chief lambasts the UK for its technophobic 'luvvie' culture

Britain has squandered its great computing heritage, says Schmidt

Leading article: United by knowledge

Nostalgia for a return to the Victorian era is usually prompted by a desire to regain the discipline of a less liberal and cosseted period and a more rigorous and stricter education system.

BBC chief criticises James Murdoch

BBC Director-General Mark Thompson has criticised News Corporation boss James Murdoch, warning that "integrity" rather than "profit" is the best way to guarantee broadcasting independence.

Susan Greenfield: Computers may be altering our brains

The cyber-world is offering an unprecedented environment; the brain may be adapting. We should try to foresee these changes, both positive and negative

Google faces Microsoft-style competition investigation

Google is to face an in-depth investigation which will seek to establish whether it has abused its dominance of the internet search market.

Eric Schmidt: Google tried to use personal info from Facebook in data-sharing deal

Google tried to "partner" with Facebook in a bid to gain access to its users’ personal information, the search giant’s executive chairman has revealed.

Political disenfranchisement? People 'become lazy', says Google chief Eric Schmidt

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has blamed the failure of many people to engage with politics on their own laziness, rather than on a lack of information.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game