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The total now stands at 16 and this one was all his own work. Michael Phelps claimed his first individual gold of London 2012 last night with a devastating swim in the 200m individual medley that proved too much for a tiring Ryan Lochte. Phelps, the master of Beijing, has reasserted his authority in the pool.

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Jawad Khan and Coca Cola Inc have little in common. The latter is a global corporation which last year had revenues of £29bn, while Mr Khan is an east London market stall holder with a nice line in polyester tracksuits. But what unites them is their fervent desire to benefit from being associated with the Olympic Games.

Leading article: The rest of the UK must follow Scotland's lead

Yet again Scotland has stolen a march on a signal piece of social legislation. It was first to ban smoking in public places, first to introduce a minimum price for alcohol, and now it looks set to be the first to legalise gay marriage. While the UK Government missed the chance to include such a Bill in the Queen's Speech in May, the Scottish Government announced yesterday that it would legislate for the change after a huge response to a public consultation.

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David Beckham's fine form since Olympic omission continues

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Red Bull firm wins trademark battle

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The Olympics are a golden target for art satire

Here are some Olympic images that organizers have not approved: A hooded youth making off with an Olympic ring; the same multicolored hoops turned into toasters; a dog doing something a bit rude to a London 2012 mascot.

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Samsung vs Apple: In a seemingly endless battle, Apple claims that Samsung ripped off its iPad tablet for the Galaxy Tab. Last week saw a US court agreeing, pulling the tablet from sale in the US

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Buying up patents is big business. But the system that was designed to protect the small investor is being twisted by big companies who are using it to stifle the small guys

Facebook children ban could be lifted

Faced with slowing growth in its advertising business, Facebook is considering throwing open its social network to children, in the hope that their parents will pay for games and other content on the site.

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Government in crisis: The 39 steps to a metashambles

Pasty tax, granny tax, petrol panic, Jeremy Hunt– not a day has passed since the Budget that the Tory party hasn't found itself in trouble over its poor decisions. Matt Chorley counts them down

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Lana del Rey has a new video based on a depressed teenage girl, 'Carmen'

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