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

Advertising spending soars in new boost for economy

The British advertising market has bounced back to levels last seen before the 2007 credit crunch and is on course to keep growing strongly this year and next, boosting hopes that the UK economy is on the mend.

Channel 4 rapped by watchdog for broadcasting 'sexual' ad directly after 'disturbing rape scene'

Channel 4 has been criticised for showing a light-hearted advert featuring a couple having sex immediately after a rape scene in a film.

A still from the advert showing the line-up of suspects

The most racist ad in history? Maybe - but for PepsiCo and Mountain Dew, it's priceless

It's far better for an ad to be loathed than sink without a trace

Google faces second Parliament grilling on UK tax avoidance

Senior executives from the internet giant Google are to be recalled before MPs to answer allegations that they misled Parliament over their tax affairs.

Arbus, left, with Alan Alda as Hawkeye and Mike Farrell as BJ Hunnicutt in an episode of 'M*A*S*H'

Allan Arbus: Photographer who went on to become an actor best known on television in 'M*A*S*H'

Sometimes a character can take a disproportionately large place in people's memories of a film or television series, an effect that is, in large part due to the actor. So it was with Major Freedman, the M*A*S*H psychiatrist played by Allan Arbus. Though he only appeared in 12 episodes it became a signature role, in part because of how deeply he empathised with the character, possibly through witnessing the mental difficulties faced by his wife, the photographer Diane Arbus.

James Moore: Little for us to toast as Sorrell's glass overflows

Outlook Is your glass half full or half empty? In the marketing, PR and advertising industries, it's not just half full. It's wow look at this marvellous, mega, super-duper drinky thing I've still got loads of. Half full? Half full? It's doubleplus half full, that's what it is. And don't get me started on how cool that dinky little cocktail brolly is!

Curb ads for payday loans, urges poverty minister

Britain's only poverty minister will today demand strong action to curb payday lenders who prey on vulnerable people.

Newsjacking: Bold, brash and incredibly risky - how the advertising equivalent of Russian roulette (sometimes) conquers the world

It's called newsjacking, and it’s advertising's latest attempt to cash-in by responding to news events in real time

UK growth at WPP eases ad market fears

The group improved margins by trimming 600 jobs from the 116,000 staff

Pearson braced for challenges following slip in sales to £1.2bn

Financial Times owner Pearson today admitted underlying sales fell 1% to  £1.2 billion in the first quarter, against a 3% rise a year ago, in a sign of the tough task facing new chief executive John Fallon.

Animal rights group defeated in move that would have opened up paid UK political advertising

An animal rights group has narrowly lost an attempt to open up paid political advertising in the UK.

John Le Carré: Tackles modern themes, but his latest novel’s soul is rooted in the Cold War

Review: A Delicate Truth, By John le Carré

The spy who came in from the shadow of the wall

Bongile Mantsai and Hilda Cronje in Mies Julie

Investigation launched over 'offensive' sexually suggestive Mies Julie poster

The Advertising Standards Agency has launched an investigation into publicity for a critically acclaimed play currently staged in London, after one tube traveller complained the sexually suggestive imagery was “offensive”.

PC sales hit by biggest decline in 20 years as tablet takes over

Sales of PCs have been hit by the biggest decline in 20 years thanks to consumers increasingly choosing tablet computers over their less portable counterparts.

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It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
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Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
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The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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