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The suprise sale allows Google to drop a struggling part of their business and lets Lenovo leapfrog their way to third place in smartphone sales

Google and Samsung strengthen ties with global patent deal

The two companies have largely been on the same side in the patent wars

Apple and Samsung CEOs to attend mediation session over patent dispute

Apple and Samsung have agreed to a mediation session next month ahead of a trial in March over smartphone patent infringements.

Caffeine fix: 10 best coffee machines

Double expresso, skinny latte, cappuccino….however you take your coffee, there’s a machine that can make you a perfect cup without leaving the kitchen. We round up the best of the bunch

 

Jack Wilshere was pictured smoking last week

Jack Wilshere debate: The problem with English football isn't foreigners, it's lack of foreign tactics

English players, English tactics, English glory?

Jim Armitage: Media mogul swears by self education

Outlook Richard Desmond, the pornographer-turned media mogul, is always entertaining. And so he proved yesterday at the Royal Television Society.

Google patents 'pay-per-gaze' advertising system

Proposed technology would track when individuals see an advert as well as guaging their emotional response via pupil dilation

A one per cent smartphone and tablet tax will raise about 86m euros each year

Apple vs Samsung patent dispute rumbles on as Samsung appeal ITC ruling

Presidential veto this Saturday stopped a proposed ban on iPhone imports to the US

Barack Obama's trade representative has vetoed an import ban on some Apple iPads and older iPhones

Barack Obama overrules Apple import ban

The latest decision in the patent war between Apple and Samsung has overturned the ruling that would ban imports of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2

Dedon Fedro rocking lounger, main picture, from £595, heals.co.uk

Enjoy summer all year round

Stephanie Hirschmiller on the garden furniture you can leave outside in any season and in any weather

Root six and six: England’s Joe Root hits Steve Smith for one of two sixes in three balls on his way to an unbeaten 178

Ashes 2013: Joe Root revives memories of Len Hutton with unbeaten ton as Australia crumble

Opener becomes second-youngest Yorkshireman to score an Ashes century as England take total command

G20 think tank plans global crackdown on coporate tax avoidance

New global rules to force tax avoiders to “pay their fair share” will be introduced under a 15-point action plan launched by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) think tank today. 

Scientists and lawyers in Britain are challenging a European ban on the patenting of embryonic stem cells which they believe is blocking the development of new treatments for a range of illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and Parkinson’s

Scientists challenge patent ban for embryonic stem cell research

Researchers and biotech firms say European court ruling will deter investors from funding new cures

GlaxoSmithKline faces inquiry over 'price fixing'

Fine could be as high as £2.6bn if competition rules were broken

James Moore: Departing chief's show of strength at Arm

Outlook It's not often that shares in Arm Holdings finish the day in negative territory, although the fall is understandable enough. Its chief executive Warren East caught more than a few people on the hop by announcing his resignation.

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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick