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

ITV gives its dividend the X factor

ITV shares today soared 5 per cent to a record high as chief executive Adam Crozier hiked the dividend almost 40 per cent and reported that advertisers are feeling “more confidence and positivity” about the UK economy.

Sean Hannity, left, and Rush Limbaugh are said to be dropped from the airwaves

Shock ‘n’ roll… radio DJs Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity dropped after ad boycott

America’s two biggest shock jocks just got a shock of their own. In a major blow to their broadcasting dominance, the second-largest radio station owner in the US is said to be dropping both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its airwaves.

Google's new ads for Gmail masquerade as regular emails

Latest example of 'native ads' jump straight into your inbox

An attendee tries Google Glass during the Google I/O developer conference on May 17, 2013 (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

OK Glass: The story behind Google's 'hotword' and the rejected alternatives

'OK Glass' chosen as it denotes 'approval, acceptance, agreement, assent, or acknowledgement'

Bus conductor ad is ‘gobbledegook’ says Plain English Campaign

A public transport operator has been accused of losing its way with words when advertising for a bus “passenger assistant”.

Sir Alex Ferguson lift the 2013 Premier League trophy

Premier League clubs urged to invest in the future to avoid spiralling debt

Too much focus is on the present claims Professor of Sport Business Strategy and Marketing

Google reportedly paying AdBlock Plus to greenlight their ads

Search giant among companies paying to have their ad content added to app's 'whitelist'

Small Talk: Crowdfunding can flourish but it still needs a watchdog

Raise your glasses to BrewDog, the Scottish brewery company in the middle of a £4m growth capital campaign. It is raising the money from equity investors through a private share sale and looks likely to hit its target with no difficulties at all – £1m came in on the first day of the share issue.

Flagging interest: Derek Draper’s successor as LTA chief executive will be ‘good with money’ but what’s needed is an understanding of the sport’s culture

The Last Word: Sorry Andy, we're not a tennis nation

The LTA are not fit for purpose but a different, independent system could get us more involved

Facebook's Instagram beats Twitter's Vine in the war of the micro-film apps

Data from Topsy suggests Vine users have ditched Twitter's six second videos for Facebook's 12

The investigation into Stephen Lawrence's murder in 1993 was dogged by mistakes by police officers

Former officer claims police hoped to ‘smear’ family of Stephen Lawrence

Video credit: Channel 4 Dispatches/Guardian

A former undercover police officer has alleged that he was instructed to spy on and “smear” the family of Stephen Lawrence in the aftermath of the black teenager’s murder in south-east London.

Neville 'Big Nev' Wilshire's staff make 1.5 million unwanted calls a year

The Call Centre boss 'Big Nev' fined £225,000 over nuisance calls

Two companies owned by the BBC’s new reality star Neville “Big Nev” Wilshire – who appears in the fly-on-the-wall documentary The Call Centre – have been fined £225,000 for making nuisance calls.

Danny Rogers: Women are finally taking over from the Mad Men

The recent Media360 conference in London was an eye-opener, but in a different way from usual.

The world's timber trade has been touted as one of the investments of the future and attracted £4bn-worth of funds in the UK alone – but similar promotions have ended in disaster

VCTs escape as watchdog bans risky investments

Buying into an exotic product like timber or wine is now off limits

New TfL websites focused on "responsive design"

New user-interface goes into beta over next few weeks, full launch to come at end of summer

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...