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Girls lack confidence in their ability in maths and science and are therefore put off from applying for jobs in engineering and computing, a new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows today.

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson signs new deal

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has signed a contract extension, the club have confirmed.

Video: Is this the future of social media?

Microsoft has unveiled what it thinks social networking will look like in ten years time.

Manchester City: potential summer transfer targets

Now that the hex of having not won a trophy for 35 years has been lifted, Manchester City are now fully expected to push on and challenge for bigger things.

How to find out what's happened to your cash

Where is your money going? How can you set up a budget? Rob Griffin asks financial advisers and debt counsellors for tips

Business Diary: IMF errs on the safe side

The crisis at the International Monetary Fund continues to play havoc, with officials forced to change their plans at short notice. "We're sorry to inform you that we are postponing the International Monetary Fund's event for bloggers set for the Loews Regency Hotel in New York City on 7 June," says a missive from the authority, which explains that John Lipsky, who had been intending to host the bash, now has other commitments in his role as acting managing director. But is it Mr Lipsky's schedule that's the problem, or does the IMF simply wish to avoid hotels at all costs these days?

Sportswear retailer JJB warns of slow recovery

Sportswear retailer JJB warned its recovery could take up to five years today as it produced more hefty losses in a year when it came close to collapse.

Morgan and Patel excel to give selectors much to ponder

England Lions 394-4 v Sri Lanka

Tevez's double puts City up to third and rubs Stoke noses in the dirt

Manchester City 3 Stoke City 0

David Prosser: Microsoft bets big on a gamble with long odds of coming off

Outlook If one company is thinking about buying another, there are some basic questions to ask before signing on the dotted line. Shareholders in Microsoft will be wondering whether Steve Ballmer, their chief executive, did that before agreeing to pay $8.5m for Skype.

The truth about talent: Can genius be learned or is it preordained?

As children sit their GCSE exams, Matthew Syed argues that we are foolish to believe excellence is only for the few

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Garage, London

Jason Isbell strides onstage and apologises for the slimmed-down nature of his band, trimmed from five to three for his current tour. "We're not so much the 400 Unit tonight as the Jason Isbell power trio," he admits, but nobody's complaining: Alabama blue-eyed soulster Isbell has the burly, no-nonsense look of someone who can take care of himself pretty well. Besides which, he's one of the few guitarists for whom the phrase "power trio" doesn't portend endless indulgence, but rather an attention to texture and rhythm that plugs any holes in the arrangements.

Bent dedicates his equaliser to 'passionate' Houllier

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Boy, 14, dies after fall from sixth floor

A 14-year-old boy has fallen to his death from the sixth floor of a tower block after opening his bedroom window to look out.

Toyota teams up with Microsoft

Microsoft and Toyota have agreed to join forces to develop internet-based services for the car manufacturer's customers around the world.

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