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BT chief executive Gavin Patterson has accused Labour of being too “negative” about the benefits of advertising for business.

Fulham winger Ashkan Dejagah

Fulham winger Ashkan Dejagah to miss rest of season

Iranian winger has become an important part of Martin Jol's squad

Advertising: Digital revenues hit record £5bn

The stellar growth in digital advertising shows no signs of slowing down, with annual revenues jumping 12.5 per cent to a record £5.4bn last year as mobile devices turbocharged demand.

The new Facebook offering to ‘bring content right to you’ was unveiled by Mark
Zuckerberg this week

Nikhil Kumar: The best things in life may be free...but I fear Facebook Home won't be

US Outlook There was something missing from Facebook's much-hyped press conference earlier this week. Not the rumoured "Facebook phone", which turned out to be a beefed-up application that transforms an Android phone's home screen into an always-on Facebook feed. No, the real omission concerned the business of advertising, the source of Facebook's revenues.

Mark Zuckerberg confirms Facebook phone for Android and HTC

App will reset phones to display updates of profiles and newsfeeds

Numbers of complaints about unwanted calls have trebled in just six months

Campaigners are calling for action against rogue operators

Whether it’s PPI mis-selling, double glazing  or accident insurance claims, the plague of unsolicited calls has reached the status of No. 1 complaint to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

New techniques to tackle the head lice epidemic include vacuuming and blasting hair with hot air

Return of the nit: We've got the lousy weather to thank, and many of the treatments don't work

Call the nit nurse! A miserable summer followed by a long winter have created an explosion of head lice infestations across Britain – and the country's nits are more resilient than ever to treatment.

Calls for rental agents and landlords to be properly regulated

"Failure to regulate will mean that rogue agents will continue to blight the sector."

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 26 March 2013

Shoppers on credit-card spree

Sex scenes out, special effects in: Hollywood aims to dazzle, not titillate, as film industry abandons 'adult scenes' for family friendly fun

Hollywood filmmakers are abandoning sex scenes in favour of dazzling special effects, film industry analysts have claimed.

Watchdog calls for drastic changes in wake of police commissioner poll turnout fiasco

Just one person in five believed they received enough information to cast an informed vote in last year’s ill-fated contests for the first Police and Crime Commissioners, the elections watchdog said today.

Anthony Hilton: Will Osborne use Royal Mail to put the stamp of success on his Budget?

Moya Greene runs one of our biggest businesses but has one of the lowest profiles

Market Report: Footsie charges on to a high after blip

Panic over! The FTSE 100 is on the march again. Time to stop hoarding tins, dusting off your gas masks and building makeshift shelters at the bottom of the garden. Armageddon is on hold, for now. Wednesday's mini wobble, led by ex-dividend stocks such as Standard Chartered, seemed light years away yesterday as the blue-chip index broke back through the 6,500 mark. European stocks also reached five-year highs as EU policymakers met in Brussels to dream up the region's latest rescue plan.

George Osborne and Ed Balls

We don't mind austerity - when it's not George Osborne's idea (or Ed Balls's for that matter)

Voters accept austerity – except when they’re told its George Osborne’s idea, an intriguing poll has found.

Cyber culture: Can I borrow your Telepod?

Did you know the iPhone was almost called the Telepod and other tech-naming near misses...

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office

Ad agency fury as Francis Maude’s old firm goes on government list

Claims of impropriety after shortlist includes company where Cabinet Office Minister was non-executive chairman

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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible