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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

Sales today is an unpopular job, in stark contrast to the 50s when one man declared himself King of street traders

The dearth of the salesmen: A career failing to sell itself

There are 20,000 posts advertised a month, but the job can't shake off its negative image

Mighty mouse: Engelbart with the first prototype of his invention

Doug Engelbart: Inventor of the computer mouse

Douglas Engelbart was the inventor of the mouse, the simple tool that dramatically changed the way in which humans interact with their computers. Since the first public demonstration of the mouse in 1968 over a billion have been sold worldwide. Although now slowly being overtaken by touchpads and touch-sensitive screens, the mouse and the concepts behind it, remain an important feature of all modern computers.

Microsoft have shown off a new touchscreen that mimics how physical objects feel by offering ‘tactile feedback’ to users

Microsoft shows off 3D touchscreen that 'touches' back

Microsoft have shown off a new touchscreen that mimics how physical objects feel by offering ‘tactile feedback’ to users.

Is there a cooler architect in Britain than Hugh Broughton?

Hugh Broughton's moving castle

Is there a cooler architect in Britain than Hugh Broughton? Cooler, as in designing Antarctic bases capable of withstanding temperatures of minus 55C and winds that surge to 100mph, and keeping researchers comfortable for the nine months of the year that they are marooned at their research bases without any prospect of flying or shipping out.

Author James Martin dies aged 79

The largest ever donor to Oxford University and “extraordinary intellect” Dr James Martin has died, the university has said.

Three years after being knifed by Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd gets revenge and returns as Australian Prime Minister

In an extraordinary turnaround in political fortunes, Australia's former prime minister, Kevin Rudd, wrestled the top job back today from Julia Gillard, who ousted him nearly three years ago to the day.

Scientists relieved that budget escapes George Osborne's axe

Scientists today welcomed the Government's decision to maintain the science budget at £4.6bn a year and to raise capital funding on scientific research from £0.6bn to £1.1bn in 2015-16, which is to be kept it in line with inflation in the following year.

Owen Paterson wants restrictions on GM crops relaxed

GM crops are safer than conventional crops, says Environment Secretary Owen Paterson

They are subjected to much greater scrutiny than traditional varieties, he says

Neville 'Big Nev' Wilshire's staff make 1.5 million unwanted calls a year

The Call Centre boss 'Big Nev' fined £225,000 over nuisance calls

Two companies owned by the BBC’s new reality star Neville “Big Nev” Wilshire – who appears in the fly-on-the-wall documentary The Call Centre – have been fined £225,000 for making nuisance calls.

Ash dieback pathogen (Chalara fraxinea): A pest organism fatal to ash trees. It was found in Britain last year, both on imported ash seedlings, but also in the wild – meaning that it may have come in on the wind

Genetic secrets of resistant tree gives new hope over ash dieback disease

The battle against the deadly ash dieback disease has received an important boost after scientists unscrambled the genetic blueprint of a tree with an extremely rare resistance to the killer fungus.

Caprice is expecting two babies - one by surrogate

Caprice confirms she is expecting two babies - one by surrogate

Model, actress and television personality Caprice is expecting a baby just a month after a surrogate mother is expected to give birth for her.

Google buys Waze map app for $1bn

Google has bought the community-driven navigation app Waze, setting the stage for an expansion of its maps business.

A multiple sclerosis sufferer receiving physiotherapy

Scientists proclaim MS treatment breakthrough after dramatic test results - but with small group so far

Therapy involves extracting patient's white blood cells that are mixed with proteins and re-infused

Feeling tired? Blame city living: Living in urban areas could have major impact on biological clocks of humans and animals, say researchers

Researchers compared the internal rhythms of blackbirds living in the countryside and in urban areas and found they differ significantly

Dementia risk may be higher for older people who have general anaesthetics

French study finds higher incidence in elderly people who have had operations

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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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
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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
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Panto dames: before and after

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

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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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
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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

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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

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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