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

Cloud computing deals agreed

IBM has agreed to buy the cloud computing specialist Softlayer Technologies in a deal thought to be worth about $2bn (£1.3bn).

Joe Root, 22, began watching cricket at Headingley as a 10-year-old

Joe Root remains grounded as 'dream' of Yorkshire Test hits home

Two Yorkshiremen will be making their first Test appearance on their home ground tomorrow. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow are viewed by many as the future of England's batting and this match will be a significant step for them.

The Go Compare bloke. A recent survey established that 96 per cent of people hate online video ads

Cyber Culture: Video ads might be annoying, but they make sense

As unwanted distractions go, I'm hard-pressed to think of anything as annoying as video ads which automatically start playing when you arrive on a website. They're even worse than the Go Compare bloke turning up in the middle of your relaxing shiatsu massage. My automatic response is to dive for the mute button, or, if I'm feeling particularly irritable, set about my laptop with a samurai sword, which I keep handy.

Andrew Main Wilson, the new CEO of AMBA

Association of MBAs announces new chief executive

Andrew Main Wilson is to be the new chief executive of AMBA, it has been announced on the first day of the Association's conference in Poland.

Mariah Carey has released a song titled #Beautiful

#Beautiful: Why hashtags are going to the top of the charts

As if the pop charts didn’t have enough problems with dwindling sales, they now appear to be dealing with a case of hashtag-itis.

Nicola Mendelsohn, a former advertising executive, is an outspoken advocate of flexible working hours for mothers

Nicola Mendelsohn gets top Facebook job as head of European operations – so can she pack it into a four-day week?

She is successful, driven and widely respected in the advertising and media worlds. But the British woman who was given the helm of Facebook Europe is unusual for another reason – her insistence on working a four-day week.

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.

BHP Billiton sells copper mine

BHP Billiton has sold its Pinto copper mine in Arizona to Capstone Mining of the US for a higher than expected $650m (£418m) as it refocuses on core assets.

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

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

The bitter row between Gordon Ramsay and his father-in-law has taken a bizarre new twist – amid claims that a “ghost-writing” machine was used to put the chef’s signature on a major property deal

Ramsay family feud explodes again with chef’s claim that ‘ghost writer’ signed rent guarantee

The bitter row between Gordon Ramsay and his father-in-law has taken a bizarre new twist – amid claims that a “ghost-writing” machine was used to put the chef’s signature on a major property deal.

The name’s Fleming ... Peter Fleming

Invisible Ink: No 168 - Peter Fleming

Peter Fleming was the eldest of four brothers, one of whom became the creator of James Bond. Born into a world of privilege, he went to Eton and Oxford and decided to be an adventurer – not a career category open to many. During the Second World War he served with the Grenadier Guards and was awarded the OBE, before returning to squiredom in Oxfordshire. He also married the actress Celia Johnson, and must have had to put up with a lot of "Brief Encounter" jokes. But we're concerned with the period before the war, when he began travel writing.

England's Rio friendly match against Brazil in doubt amid fears over stadium roof

World Cup warm-up game for Hodgson’s team in Brazil at risk due to problems with only two viable venues

Could Cameron sack Osborne, or will Osborne fall on his sword?

Could George Osborne fall on his sword?

The Conservatives are now 10 points behind Labour. They need to be four ahead

Fabio Borini

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini set for early return from injury

Striker may return from a shoulder operation before the end of the season

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Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

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How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

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'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital