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Alain de Botton is probably anticipating sceptical reviews of his new book. It is unfortunate that, as a philosophical analysis of the news media, it is bound to be assessed by the very outlets, often resistant to change, that it seeks to correct.

Mouchel takes on Shearer

Mouchel has named the turnaround specialist David Shearer as its new chairman from January, with the task of turning around the loss-making outsourcing company, which has seen government spending cuts hit demand.

James Murdoch leaves Sky's annual general meeting yesterday

James Murdoch survives revolt by Sky investors

James Murdoch was left bloodied by a larger-than-expected shareholder revolt at Sky's annual meeting as almost one in three independent investors opposed his reappointment as chairman.

Gignac heals rift with Deschamps

The Marseilles striker André-Pierre Gignac has apologised for clashing with coach Didier Deschamps last week and has been reintegrated into the first team squad, the Ligue 1 club said yesterday.

Murdoch survives as BSkyB director

Nearly 45% of non-News Corporation shareholders failed to back James Murdoch as he was reappointed a director of BSkyB at the company's annual general meeting today.

Leveson Inquiry: Former reporter Richard Peppiatt tells of 'threats'

A former Daily Star journalist claimed today that he received threats and may have had his phone hacked after he quit the paper in protest at what he claimed was its anti-Muslim propaganda.

David Prosser: James Murdoch will win, but the protest matters

Let's not pretend otherwise: there is almost no chance of James Murdoch losing the vote when he stands for re-election as chairman of BSkyB today. The arguments over his role at the company have been raging for months now, but a single inescapable fact remains: NewsCorporation's 39 per cent stake in the company makes Mr Murdoch'sre-election as chairman almost inevitable.

David Prosser: James Murdoch cannot lose Sky ballot, but the protest votes must still be counted

Outlook: Only a huge yes vote for James Murdoch as Sky chairman should be seen as a vote of confidence

The Business On: Nigel Keen, Executive chairman, Laird

Executive chairman?

Investors lose faith in Murdoch as BSkyB chief

BSkyB chairman James Murdoch is set to receive a bloody nose at the broadcaster's annual meeting tomorrow, with several big investors planning to vote against his re-election over his handling of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Legal & General, Kames Capital and the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) are all poised to oppose Mr Murdoch's re-election.

Richard Scott: Journalist and Scott Trust chairman

Being born into a powerful dynasty, with the expectation that you will eventually rise effortlessly within it, can be a mixed blessing.

Sir Alex Ferguson reacts furiously to Newcastle’s penalty award

Ferguson to escape more punishment for bad day

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Time to turn: The Bank of England wants more of us to rent, and move away from the property-owning model endorsed by Margaret Thatcher

Will £400m cash injection stop us from becoming a nation of renters?

Critics say plans to kick-start the housing market will do little to improve home owner numbers

Forstmann: philanthropist

Teddy Forstmann: Pioneer of the leveraged buy-out

The former Wall Street financier, Theodore "Teddy" Forstmann, was a pioneer of the leveraged buy-out during the wave of corporate takeovers in the 1980s, playing a prominent role in one of the largest takeovers in history, that of RJR Nabisco, which he lost, though he became immortalised in the book, Barbarians at the Gate.

Fullers warns of profit squeeze

The London Pride brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner warned of a profits squeeze yesterday as it struggles to pass on rising beer duty to cash-strapped customers.

Errors & Omissions: When it comes to overused phrases and verbiage...

Two sentences published this week illustrate the use and abuse of the overused phrase "when it comes to ...".

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform