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New documentary will show how online shopping industry was launched in 1984 from Jane Snowball’s armchair

Television choices: Fresh double visions from the future clone zone in Orphan Black

TV pick of the week: Orphan Black

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, 82, is filing for a divorce from his 44-year-old wife, Wendi

Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng hire his’n’hers legal teams

Speculation over ‘jaw-dropping’ cause of split sends Twitter into overdrive

Andy McSmith's Diary: Wanted - someone indiscreet to dish dirt on Murdochs

Where’s Sally Bercow when you need her?” a journalist from Private Eye tweeted as social media went into rumour overdrive about why Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng, are separating.

New BBC head of news James Harding has long battle ahead for more women broadcasters, warn female ex-governors

Former Times editor told journalists he was 'determined' to bring greater gender parity to on-air presenting and reporting team

The company has set aside $38bn to cover the bill for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which claimed 11 lives

Poll: Should Cameron help BP to cover costs of oil spill?

Energy giant BP has reached out to David Cameron for help with the escalating cost of compensating US companies for the disastrous oil spill in 2010.

Under new Facebook regulations users can contact Tom Daley in his private inbox for the price of £10.68

It'll cost you over a tenner to Facebook message Tom Daley - but why doesn't he see a penny of it?

This new system, which connects strangers and celebrities, seems far behind Twitter

Boris Johnson seen immediately after his interview with Eddie Mair

Fearless Eddie Mair skewers Boris in display that could make him a star

The Mayor of London usually escapes tough questioning with his buffoonery

Margareta Pagano: Bank of England needs to keep its brave maverick

If, as the noises off suggest, Paul Tucker is the next Governor, he has to persuade Andy Haldane to stay and maintain his fight against the system

Simon English: Rudd may be relieved at mega-merger's demise

Outlook Talking of bets, it looks like a sure one the Glencore/Xstrata merger will be put out of its misery next week by opposition from 12 per cent shareholder Qatar Holding (plus a surprise Norse raid from Norges Bank Investment Management).

There you go, then: any snide comments are just envy. Really, we all want to be Robert Peston.

Hero or Villain? Robert Peston

Fiscal policy, eh? Phwoar! Triple-A ratings: they get the blood pumping, don't they? And don't even get us started on eurozone rescue-fund implementation...

Attacking interviewees is not good journalism, says Evan Davis

Evan Davis: Quiet man of the airwaves bites back

Some of his BBC colleagues are a little too aggressive, Evan Davis tells Ben Riley-Smith

Evan Davis: quiet man of the airwaves bites back

Some of his BBC colleagues are a little too aggressive, Evan Davis tells Ben Riley-Smith

On the button: 'World at One' host Martha Kearney

The Week In Radio: Still the No 1 news show for a new world order

There's a certain type of listener that organises their day around what's on the radio. The Today programme might haul them out of bed on a weekday morning and see them through breakfast and ablutions, while lunch might be accompanied by Jeremy Vine declaiming about cuckolding vicars. For me, Friday evenings aren't complete without a glass of wine and the sound of Jonathan Dimbleby on Any Questions quietly banging his head on the desk at being called David for the 874th time.

Business Diary: Doctor has bad news for HMV

More bad news for HMV. Not only is the embattled entertainment chain suffering at the hands of Amazon and iTunes for its old business of flogging music. It now faces formidable pre-Christmas competition for sales of headphones, which Simon Fox, the chief executive, is pinning his hopes on to revive the business. No less fearsome a rival than Dr Dre, the rapper and music producer, is unleashing a pop-up shop in London to sell his range of "cans", as those of us who move in music business circles like to call them.

Blair's approach to the euro carries an echo of Iraq

In both situations, the PM took the decision and then looked for the evidence to back it up
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