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UK sales for 2013 surge to $5.6bn, bringing its corporation tax arrangements back into the spotlight

David Cameron in 2009 said, 'With the Conservatives there will be no more of the tiresome, meddlesome, top-down restructures that have dominated the last decade of the NHS'. Andrew Lansley (centre) went on to launch one of the largest reorganisations in NHS history

Tories ‘deleted 10 years of speeches and press releases from party website’

All evidence of commitments made between 2000 and 2010 have disappeared from ahead of re-launch

Google delivers elegant response to criticism of its poppy

The response by a Google spokesman to criticism of its Remembrance Day poppy should go down in the Spokesperson's Bible of Tactful Putdowns and Restrained Dismissiveness.

Virtual reality: Thomas and Zoë ski towards the future of travel in the Google House
The house in Fitzroy Square Google rented for two days

Master of the house: Google's 'home of the future' is an on-message eye-opener

Cooking using your voice, watching films with a dongle and improving snaps with an app...Simon Usborne visits the house in London that the company has chosen as a showcase for the way it wants to run your life

The four-storey structure in San Francisco Bay

Google solves barge mystery: 'A floating data centre? A wild party boat? Sadly not'

Construction on the barges began a year ago but Google have only now said that the barges will be used as 'interactive spaces to learn about technology'

Google engineers offer the NSA 'a giant F*** You'

Members of Google's security team blast the NSA in personal blog posts, saying "F*** these guys"

Anonymous employees reveal the worst thing about working for Google

A Quora thread asking 'What’s the worst part about working at Google?' has provided fascinating insights into the world's most ambitious tech company

Ann Mitchell as Cora Cross, Rudolph Walker as Patrick Trueman and Tessa Wyatt as Betty during filming of the BBC programme EastEnders

Most people don’t know their neighbours’ first names

Younger people "significantly more isolated" from those who live nearby but look them up more on social networking sites

Google's 'shared endorsements' means your reviews might appear in adverts

Changes to the company's terms and services opens the possibility of 'social' advertising

€8.8bn of royalty payments channelled through Bermuda by Google

Royalty payments amounting to €8.8bn were channelled to Bermuda by the US internet giant Google last year.

Acer unveils new Chromebook that turns on in seven seconds

Taiwanese Electronics company Acer has unveiled a new Chromebook that turns on in seven seconds.

James Moore: Rein in Google? You won't find EU watchdogs keying that into a search engine

Outlook Here's an interesting thought experiment. Ask yourself which would be more economically destructive: the US Government shutting down, or Google shutting down. The global economy will soon be counting the cost of the former, with the Republicans in Congress putting their hatred of Obamacare above America's economic future.

Google to allow rival firms to display logos on search display results page, says European Commission chief

The European Commission's top competition official said Google would allow rival firms to display their own logos on its search display results page as part of concessions it has offered to avoid a showdown with regulators.

Google reveals new Hummingbird search algorithm to better handle natural speech

News was announced at a press conference in the garage where Sergei Brin and Larry Page first launched the search engine

Google celebrates 15th birthday with interactive piñata 'doodle'

Doodle challenges users to release as many virtual sweets as possible by thwacking a star-shaped piñata with a stick

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform