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Mirror website sees more than 100 per cent traffic in wake of Sun.co.uk paywall

The Mirror Group Digital website has enjoyed a rise of more than 100 per cent annual growth in its traffic after the rival Sun.co.uk site was made into a subscription only service.

Asos 'can maintain double-digit growth for years'

The boss of online fashion retailer Asos today said the business can keep hitting double-digit growth for several more years.

YouTube to launch offline viewing this November

New functionality promises that your video viewing won't be "interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute"

Life on Marsden: Want to know how to have sex with women? Read on...

Why not follow the notion that women are a homogenous entity to which we have annoyingly mislaid the operating manual?

Paedophile who posed as Justin Bieber jailed for 14 years

A prolific paedophile who posed online as the singer Justin Bieber to convince young girls all over the world to expose themselves on video has been jailed for 14 years, in a case described as one of the worst the courts have ever seen.

Liberal Democrat Conference: Lib Dems reject Cameron's 'illiberal' controls on internet porn

David Cameron’s plans to introduce tougher controls on the internet to block hardcore pornography were rejected on Sunday night by Liberal Democrat activists.

Album review: The Weeknd, Kiss Land Island

Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye's triple-album compilation of three previous mixtapes, Trilogy, caused a stir on its release last year, but this debut album proper fails to develop or change-up his formula of predatory sexuality expressed in tremulous tones. Employing samples from Emika, Portishead and others, the arrangements have a dark, lascivious fascination, but Tesfaye's cold, reptilian character is deeply off-putting. As portrayed in “Kiss Land” and in the prostitute encounter “Professional”, this is a world in which sexual desire is joyless and compromised by commerce, yet still claims the emotional pull of soul music, in the Marvin Gaye/Otis Redding sense. Which leaves you wondering what has happened to this man's soul.

Album review: Hans Werner, Henze Symphonies 1 & 6 (Wergo)

Hans Werner Henze's first symphony was written in 1946, when he was 20. Two years later, despite critical acclaim, its composer already regarded it as “ill-conceived”, and by the 1960s had completely reworked it for the version featured here. Its shadowy contrasts are akin to faint blue skies obscured by clouds. His sixth symphony premiered in Cuba in 1969, and includes melodic quotes from Cuban, Vietnamese and Greek liberation songs. It is a spikier and more cacophonous affair, with a rock-strewn topography of brass, woodwind and percussion, slashed by shrill string glissandi. It's a fascinating relic of its era, with electric guitar, banjo and organ added to the two chamber orchestras whose lines and motifs criss-cross the piece confusingly.

Album review: Bryn Terfel, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Homeward Bound (Deutsche Grammophon)

It's commonplace for bass-baritones to be saddled with the villain roles of operas, so perhaps it's understandable that Bryn Terfel should want to take time out with a more righteous, uplifting programme such as this collaboration with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. But that ominous sleeve photo, with Terfel beaming in a pale-blue cardie, prompts due misgivings: compared to the relish with which he tackled the villainous cast on the splendid Bad Boys, here he simply recalls Howard Keel slapping his britches alongside a prop campfire whilst belting out heartwarming Western show-tunes like “Home on the Range”, “Shenandoah” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.

Album review: Philippe Jaroussky, Farinelli – Porpora Arias (Erato)

The interest in castrati continues to grow. In particular, the figure of the legendary Farinelli looms ever larger: this most celebrated of castrati was the main subject of Australian countertenor David Hansen's recent Rivals collection of arias by Vinci, Bononcini, Leo and Broschi; and now Philippe Jaroussky presents an album of arias written by Nicola Porpora for Farinelli. Over string arrangements of a Vivaldian timbre, Jaroussky's gossamer technique is playfully employed on the likes of “Mira in cielo”, the rapid ornamentation verging at times on laughter; but the more undulating upper-register glide of the sublime “Alto Giove” from Polifemo gives some indication of why Porpora's 50 operas were once considered the equal of Handel's.

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United Airlines sells 'free' $0 tickets on their website

Customers wait to find out if the airline will honour the purchased tickets after a glitch on their site

Quiz: Are you down with the kids?

Do you find yourself listening in to 'young people' conversations unable to understand a word of what they're saying?

Clifford Chance trainee lawyer faces sack after describing his work as 'f***ing people over for money'

A trainee with City law firm Clifford Chance faces the sack after a video has emerged of him drunk and describing his work as “f***ing people over for money”.

Virgin Media has teamed up with Netflix to pilot its on-demand streaming service to TiVo box subscribers

Virgin Media pilots Netflix for TV subscribers

The cable firm will send letters this week inviting 40,000 of its TiVo set-top box subscribers to download the new Netflix TV app

England fans warned after Kiev bar attack

England supporters in Kiev have been urged to be on their guard before and after tonight’s World Cup qualifier after three fans needed hospital treatment following a reportedly unprovoked attack in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday night.

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