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The Language Wars: a history of proper English, By Henry Hitchings

Wordsmith who's on the winning side

Larry Page: A very private poster boy

He will never make a showman. But as Google's co-founder steps up to be its CEO, can he display the business nous to match his genius as an inventor?

Employers discriminate against Muslims, study finds

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I'm no friend of Facebook film, says Zuckerberg

It's the movie everyone has been talking about, with the word Oscar regularly tripping from the lips of critics. But one voice has been notably absent from the discussion of The Social Network until now.

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New technique promises to take the lottery out of IVF

Thousands of infertile couples who repeatedly undergo IVF treatment in the hope of having a baby could soon benefit from a scientific breakthrough that promises a radical increase in the chances of a successful pregnancy.

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