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The decision was made after evidence showed the amount of torrenting by Dutch users had not gone down

An estimated 20 million Brits make foreign payments each year

Money Insider: New kids on the block cut the cost of sending money abroad

According to the latest research there are an estimated 20 million Brits making overseas payments each year and collectively they are forking out more than £150m in fees.

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319 people reported missing in New Bataan town

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With just weeks until the winter solstice, dark rumours came like icy gusts. There is isolated talk of chill winds blowing through the PR industry.

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A former scout leader has been jailed after nearly 100,000 indecent images of young boys were found on his computer.

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Interest rates on personal loans may be close to record lows for those borrowing five- figure sums but it's not all good news, with some lenders charging 20 per cent APR plus to customers who only want a loan of £5,000 or less.

Kim Dotcom, the founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload, has been released on bail

Indicted 'internet pirate' plans new file-sharing site

In a move bound to provoke United States, prosecutors and entertainment executives, the indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is planning to launch a replacement of his shuttered website and a new online music service by the end of the year.

Butch Vig: The Garbage baggage just melted away

The drummer and music producer spills the beans on his new American band The Emperor's of Wyoming

Savers 'spurning banks'

The recent spate of banking scandals, such as Libor fixing, coupled with a lack of trust and chronic low interest rates mean that savers are turning their backs on traditional high street banks, a survey suggests.

Leading article: When rock music meets do-it-yourself

While not quite in the same class as John Cage's 4 minutes 33 seconds of silence, Andy Warhol's empty sculpture stand or Gianni Motti's blank white canvases, rock musician Beck's decision to release his latest album only as a collection of 20 pieces of sheet music constitutes something more than artistic eccentricity.

Amol Rajan: Decline and fall of that great craft, the Knowledge

It used to be that if you wanted to get a black cab driver in London talking, you hit the subjects beloved of talk radio: crime, immigration, welfare, Europe, that sort of thing. Nowadays there is a much quicker route: Addison Lee. Mention this rival and your man up front will splutter for all England about that cab company's tyrannical influence.

The couple last year; behind the scenes, spin doctors have been busy

A divorce battle, a PR war

Katie Holmes has seized the initiative after her split from Tom Cruise

It's not so good to talk: average phone call duration is down to just 1.78 minutes

Will Dean's Ideas Factory: Tracking phone call lengths

It is, once mused an actor of east-endish origins, good to talk. Since mobile phones tipped into the mainstream in the late Nineties, we've had voice contact with everyone from loved ones to the local pizza delivery place a pocket's distance away.

James Moore: Goldman's masters of the universe are still winners

Outlook Don't be fooled by the headline numbers – Goldman Sachs' net earnings might have fallen by 23 per cent, but that was a whole lot better than Wall Street expected.

Money Insider: Peer-to-peer lending shows some longevity

Many people doubted whether peer-to-peer lending would ever really take off, but it appears that the sector is going from strength to strength and increasingly being accepted as a credible alternative to the banks.

Album: Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls (Rough Trade)

Essentially, a high-school band playing old-fashioned R&B and soul with a rock attitude and rhythm section: unrefined, unresigned, occasionally clunky, frequently obtuse but always, always fit to bust.

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