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

Helena Bonham Carter as the wizard in the Wizard of Oz in Marks & Spencer's Christmas advert

Leeds students pressure venue to drop ‘Freshers Violation’ club night

Students are trying to force a club in Leeds to drop an events company which “glorified sexual assault” in a promotional video.

Argos launches £99 MyTablet for 8- to 13-year-olds

Tablet sales are expected to boom this Christmas, fuelled by the sale of budget 7-inch devices

Munching on popcorn means you won't be as susceptible to adverts as other cinemagoers

Eating popcorn helps numb the impact of cinema advertising

But can it help diminish the annoyance of those Kevin Bacon adverts?

Simon Read: Government should give more time to Equitable victims

It seems inconceivable that the Treasury has been unable to track down more than 400,000 Equitable Life policyholders to hand them the compensation due to them after the collapse of the life company.

Simon Read: Wonga ad ban won't stop kids being exposed to its deals

A radio ad for payday lender Wonga was banned for being irresponsible. It rewrote the words to jaunty Fifties hit Mr Sandman to praise the lender for its simple loans.

Revealed: Facebook pays no tax on £223m of its UK revenues

Facebook paid no corporation tax in Britain last year despite generating an estimated £223 million in revenues, The Independent's sister paper the Evening Standard has revealed.

Russell Brand is on his Messiah Complex tour

Comedy review: Russell Brand, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The comedian is on his Messiah Complex world tour

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

Instagram introduces ads, promises they will be beautiful

Advertisements have been long expected to make an appearance on Instagram

Jim Armitage: Reuters' staff are soon to suffer the storm's wrath

Outlook Sad news filtering out from the venerable Reuters media group last night: 150 job cuts coming soon to the UK and European offices.

Google to allow rival firms to display logos on search display results page, says European Commission chief

The European Commission's top competition official said Google would allow rival firms to display their own logos on its search display results page as part of concessions it has offered to avoid a showdown with regulators.

Sole man: The Prince showcases his footwear in Jamaica

Don’t step on my blue suede shoes... they’re back in fashion

Everyone from Prince Harry to Janice Dickinson is stepping out in Kingly style

Facebook shares break $50 on the back of mobile ads success

Facebook's shares closed above the $50 mark yesterday, continuing their onward march as the social media giant's success in making money from mobile ads lures investors back into a stock that, when it floated last year, swiftly plunged below its offer price on worries about being overvalued.

The widespread demand for local journalism remains undiminished

All around the country, community websites have sprung up, providing local news, covering local politics and engaging local people in the affairs of their area

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The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium

They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
A generation of dropouts failed by colleges

Dropout generation failed by colleges

£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
Entering civilian life 'can be like going into the jungle' for returning soldiers

Homeless Veterans appeal

Entering civilian life can be like going into the jungle
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen
Shazam! Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

Shazam: Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch