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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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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'
He's behind you, dude!

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?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

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

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
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

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
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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