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New software will focus on three main areas: better multitasking, access to apps and quicker set-up for first-time smart TV users

Circuit City files for bankruptcy

Circuit City, the second largest electronics retailer in the US, has filed for bankruptcy, owing $2.3bn to more than 100,000 creditors.

Sony recalls 100,000 laptop batteries

Computer makers are recalling 100,000 laptop battery packs made by Sony after 40 reports of overheating, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

McCain's economic adviser out of limelight after gaffe

The public face of John McCain's campaign on the economy disappeared from public view yesterday after she queried whether he and his running-mate, Sarah Palin, were capable of leading a large US corporation.

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Andrew Keen: VideoJug is the anti-YouTube

New Media: The British CEO teaching YouTube how it's done – among other things

Leading article: Meeting of minds

The news that some universities are going out into British companies and other organisations to develop tailor-made courses for adults in work is a welcome development. For too long, universities have lived in their own little world where, if they got enough 18-year-olds, the money would roll in and staff could continue teaching the same material, year after year. Now that is changing. Nudged by the Government, the universities of Coventry and Chester are joining local companies to improve the skills of their workforces. It should be a win-win situation - universities will make money in the long run, and the country will benefit from better-skilled staff.

Sky boasts it's beating NTL

Broadcaster claims it can reach more UK homes

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Politician and EU commissioner

Only in France: the black, anti-Semitic comedian at a rally of Le Pen's far right

Ségolène Royal's runaway success has brought the ends of the political spectrum together in the face of a common enemy

Cover stories: ChavLit; Coleen McLoughlin; London Book Fair

The culture of celebrity dominates TV screens, many newspapers and magazines and, ever-increasingly, bookshops. Here the fad is no longer ChickLit but ChavLit, on which Random House has announced "a drive". Riding high on the second volume of Jordan's memoirs, it will shortly launch the first of her two "novels". This week it also signed Chantelle for a ton of money. Jade Goody has topped the charts for HarperCollins. Penguin has splashed out on a self-improvement manual by Victoria Beckham, while Orion has bought a second autobiography from Welsh warbler Charlotte Church (above). Hodder has just acquired Billie Piper, Dr Who's sidekick. And Pan Macmillan has signed yet another Osbourne, Jack.

Art of the smile

The Royal College of Art's exhibition of 33,000 images of smiles celebrates one of the most powerful human actions.
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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