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The makers of multi-million dollar mobile game Candy Crush Saga has responded to criticism over its approach to intellectual property after it recently trademarked the word ‘candy’ and pursued other publishers for infringement.

Chalk Talk: If anyone knows a gender-neutral pronoun, can he or she speak up?

It all started when scientist Robert T. Bywater became frustrated, when drawing up contracts, that he was obliged to write in "he or she" when referring to individuals. That was because, in English, we have no gender-neutral pronoun to describe them.

Artist, writer and Holocaust survivor Ceija Stojka dies aged 79

Ceija Stojka, who survived three Nazi death camps and went on to raise the awareness of the Nazi persecution of the Roma in her art and writings, has died. She was 79.

The Cave – Review

Ron Gilbert takes us on an adventure of puzzlement, sarcasm and spelunking in Double Fine's latest release.

Anarchy Reigns – Review

Platinum Games' latest brawler is less than the sum of its parts.

Between the Covers: 20/01/2013

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

Tokyo Crash Mobs – Review

Tokyo Crash Mobs takes us to a place where logic is made to feel unwelcome... in the best Nintendo kind of way of course.
Eugenia Tymoshenko has been fighting for her mother’s release

Daughter of jailed Ukrainian leader Tymoshenko target of 'hacking attack'

Over 4,000 emails of Eugenia Tymoshenko posted online as part of smear campaign

Bill Shankly (Liverpool 1959-74)
Shankley took over Liverpool at a time when they were languishing in the Second Division. By 1962 he had won the league and gained promotion into the top flight. Just two years later the side clinched their sixth league title, before winning the FA Cup for the first time in their history in 1965 with a 2-1 defeat of Leeds. Shankly added to his league titles in 1966 before repeating the success in 1973 as well as winning the club their first European trophy with the UEFA Cup in the same season, beating Borussia Monchengladbach 3-2 on aggregate. In the following year they finished second in the league but won the FA Cup, beating Newcastle 3-0 in what proved to be Shankly's last game in charge as he soon retired.

Damned United author David Peace to pen Bill Shankly novel

Red or Dead will focus on how Shankly transformed Liverpool into a British footballing institution

Aaron Swartz, founder of Reddit

Aaron Swartz - a tragic death, a remarkable man

The death of an internet visionary and one of the most influential digital figures of his generation

Mo Yan: Nobel laureate whose work is lost amid political argument

New Robert Burns writings found

A Robert Burns expert has uncovered seven “lost” manuscripts and letters belonging to the Scottish poet which throw significant new light on his life and work.

David Cameron and Nick Clegg meet Brixton schoolchildren last month

Government facing accusations of spin and whitewash after publishing 'audit' of its time in power

Report lists dozens of targets that have not been achieved or have been dropped

Pearson to close adult education arm with £120m loss

Pearson took a £120m hit yesterday as its new chief executive, John Fallon, announced plans to close its UK adult education arm less than three years after buying the core business, Melorio, for £99m.

The ebook market increasingly runs on a wholesale model

Ebooks for 20p may be a novel idea, but it spells bad news for literature

But reading between the lines, Samuel Muston discovers that it could be bad news for all of us

Staying power: This year will see Deborah Moggach go from a hotel in India to a Welsh B&B

IoS books preview of 2013: Moggach finds us a new place to dwell

The 'Exotic Marigold' author follows up on her runaway film-adaptation success of 2012 with the equally funny and wise 'Heartbreak Hotel'

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

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