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Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Lenders first, their critics second – the mistake MPs couldn’t afford to make

It must have seemed a good idea at the time. But you had to wonder, seeing their representatives lined up in front of the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee, whether the off-the-back-of-the-lorry company names help their branding as public spirited pillars of the financial services community: Wonga, Mr Lender, QuickQuid. How confidence-inspiring is that?

Microsoft details Xbox One Friends App with Twitter-style friends feed

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Laura Robson

Laura Robson splits from coach Miles Maclagan after just four months together

Maclagan helped Robson to the Wimbledon fourth round this year but results have since dropped significantly

Love thy neighbour? Most British people don’t even know what their names are

British people are becoming increasingly isolated from their local communities with more than half not knowing their neighbours’ first names, a study says.

Audio: Jonathan Wilson

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