BBC's Tony Hall takes on critics after attack by Rupert Murdoch

Director-general defends Corporation as it spends £1bn a year backing the commercial sector

Hats off to the sanitary towel sellers

Tampons are a tough sell - I'm wishing the best of luck to Edith Bowman in her new advertising campaign

Companies lack trust in forecasts, warns study

Less than half of all finance professionals at UK companies think the forecasts they rely on are reliable, a report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers has warned.

Labour to support free schools run by parents, says Tristram Hunt

New shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt says parent-led academies would put ‘rocket boosters’ on current schemes to back community engagement in learning

Ada Lovelace envisioned the digitisation of life

Review: A female genius ... By James Essinger

The history of science is punctuated by eureka moments of great discovery, but it’s also full of less well-known “what might have beens”. One such agonising narrative is the story of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Machine which, had it received the financial backing and development it needed, might have kick-started the computer age a century sooner.

No child should be left behind

In education, the slogan should be: innovation, innovation, innovation

Scientists develop implant that could stop Parkinson's growth

The implant pumps proteins into the brain to encourage damaged cells to grow again

Album review: Jonathan Wilson, Fanfare (Bella Union)

Album of the Week: Friends unite for a cosmic hymn to the simple things

Video: next-gen ultrasonic gesture interfaces ready for smartphones

Low-power, wide-range gesture interfaces could be commercially available as soon as 2014

Sweet deal for Yorkshire as Haribo announces new factory in Castleford

Yorkshire has a long history of manufacturing treats to feed the British sweet tooth. Jonathan Brown finds out more

Shaving, brushing teeth and using iPads: Distracted motorists caught on camera

Five-day operation across the motorways of Hampshire and the Thames Valley resulted in 198 motorists being prosecuted

Starbucks claim that their invention, pictured, is unique

Huffin and puffin over a duffin - the doughnut-muffin hybrid raising heat between Starbucks and small pastry chain

'They're protecting something that they clearly aren't the originator of' complains businesswoman

Tony Hall announced major changes to the BBC today

Longer exposure: watch programmes on BBC iPlayer up to 30 days after broadcast (and maybe even beforehand)

But Director General Tony Hall also tells staff to find £100m-a-year savings to fund improvements

Investment View: In search of an income? Here’s a steer through the dividend maze

As a general rule, companies try  hard not to impose dividend cuts

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 8 October 2013

BP may face fines of $18bn over spill

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