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GTA 5 has already beaten GTA 4's lifetime sales

The best-selling series continues to top its own records, although Fifa remains at the top of the UK's gaming charts

Brits spend one in 12 waking minutes online

More time spent living on the web has been matched by an increased spend from companies on online ads

Farewell Twitter. Hello sanity and crossbows

I think it was Ash Atalla, producer of The Office, who said that there was no quicker way to a nervous breakdown than to have a comedy show on television in the age of Twitter. The first show of the new series of Fool Britannia went out last night and the one thing I didn't do was follow the live commentary online. That way only madness lies.

Album review: Chase and Status, Brand New Machine (Virgin)

Not so much a new machine, more an old banger with a steam-cleaned engine: compared to Chase and Status's fizzing 2011 debut, No More Idols, this sounds creatively knackered. It starts okay, with the sinister de-tuned vocal of "Gun Metal Grey" and the ragamuffin style of "International", but "Count on Me" brings in that tired piano vamp from all those Italian house tracks, and it all deteriorates. The occasional groove is bailed out by a cute vocal sample, but if it wasn't for Nile Rodgers adding sophistication to "What Is Right?", it would be an unmitigated disaster.

Album review: Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort ,Incarnation (Signum Classics)

The latest of Paul McCreesh's projects with the Gabrieli Consort, Incarnation, offers his distinctive take on a Christmas album, with Renaissance hymnody eschewed in favour of a blend of Ancient and Modern, in which recent carols like Jonathan Dove's polyphonic setting of Dorothy L Sayers' "The Three Kings" are set alongside medieval texts, climaxing in Britten's multi-section suite A Boy Was Born. It's done in austere manner, with no fashionable drones or tintinnabulation blurring the edges: instead, unison vocals present "Veni, Veni Emanuel" as simply as possible, while a solo alto renders "Lullay, Lullay" as a lilting line that develops hypnotic power through church reverb.

Album review: Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Philadelphia Orchestra, Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Stokowski: Bach Transcriptions (Deutsche Grammophon)

The historical context lends particular interest to this release by Canadian wunderkind Yannick Nézet-Séguin: the American premiere performance and recording of The Rite of Spring were both by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Together with Stokowski's orchestral transcriptions of Bach, it's a homage to the lineage Nézet-Séguin has taken on. His Rite is exuberant and dramatic, its dynamic shifts executed with gusto. The Bach pieces are varied in approach: the "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" is skillfully transcribed to bring out its full, rich sonority, while the "Fugue in G minor" features exquisitely poised interplay between woodwind and strings.

Album review: Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip, Repent Replenish Repeat (Sunday Best)

Repent Replenish Repeat follows in much the same vein as 2010's prickly The Logic of Chance: glitchy industrial-electro grooves and jerky, uncomfortable rhythm programmes, over which rapper Scroobius Pip inhabits the grey area between maverick articulacy and feral antipathy. "I ain't shoutin' at ya, I'm shoutin' to ya," he claims in the break-up track "Stunner", but it's a fine line when that romantic pain shades into the fury of "You Will See Me", an assertion of will that starts out angry and ends up sociopathic: creativity as revenge. Elsewhere, "Stiff Upper Lip" is a more defiant statement of raw underclass protest principles than Logic's comparatively polite "Stake a Claim": "Fuck stiff upper lip, pick up a brick, and if the crime fits, do something with it".

Album review: Anna Calvi, One Breath (Domino)

On her second album, Anna Calvi has lost much of the distinctive guitar work that helped make her debut so intriguing, but gained a deeper breadth of texture and structure to carry her emotional excursions. At first, it seems as if she's gone for a full-blown populist rock sound: "Suddenly" opens with predatory verses before erupting into the full Florence on the choruses; "Eliza" seems too simple a stomp. But things improve: "Piece by Piece" blends sleek strings with bursts of de-tuned guitar, and there's a lovely discordant twang to the guitar fills on "Cry". "Carry Me Over" offers the album's most compelling arrangement, climaxing with expansive strings and industrious marimba supporting Calvi's wordless wailing.

Enemies of the the Daily Mail discover new strength in numbers

In standing up for his father’s reputation, Ed Miliband has set a new tone in relations between public figures and the most aggressive elements of the press.

Everton allowed their fans to pick their new badge, Option A (far left) which will be used from next season onwards

Everton announce new club badge design voted for by the fans to replace 'awful' 2013-14 version

The Toffees allowed supporters to vote from three options with the winning candidate seeing the club's Latin motto ‘Nil Satis Nisi Optimum’ return to the crest

GTA Online: Rockstar say PS3 update is live, Xbox fix coming 'soon'

The popularity of Grand Theft Auto 5 has proved too much for the game's servers

Silk Road comes to an end: Dread Pirate Roberts arrested, millions of bitcoins seized

Ross Ulbricht, 29, was said to have had  £2.1m in his account in  July from commissions

Moshi Monster creator Mind Candy reveals record revenues

Colourful monsters continue to prove big business for Mind Candy, with the firm’s Moshi Monster characters becoming the most-licensed property in the UK and revenues at the firm jumping by more than 60 per cent.

Google nears deal over EU monopoly complaints

Google's three-year battle with the EU competition regulator could be coming to a close, according to the man in charge of the case – but he warned that other inquiries were on the horizon.

GTA 5 Online launch: difficulties expected as Rockstar outlines online rules

The online portion of the game will be available from approximately noon on October 1st

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