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Behold! The body part being compared to the self-comparing rapper

A genius he may be, but Kevin Pietersen comes with ready access to a professional self-destruct button

The South African should be a batting great. For all I know he's a lovely guy in private. But he has a lot to learn from an Indian contemporary

Sword play: Kelly Macdonald provides the voice of Merida (right)

The highland hijinks of Pixar's latest

Pixar is releasing its first film with a female protagonist, says Geoffrey Macnab

Graduates at Barnard College, New York, last week

Rupert Cornwell: Is this the bursting of the education bubble?

Out of America: As students prepare to graduate saddled with record levels of debt, the parallels with the sub-prime mortgage crisis are hard to ignore

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs

A prank call and a glimpse inside the mind of the iPhone visionary

Unseen Steve Jobs interview shows Apple's guru revealing his philosophy

We now have the technology to create a real-life version of Star Trek's tricorder scanner, says Paul Saffo

Paul Saffo: 'We have willingly made ourselves like tagged bears'

Renowned futurologist Paul Saffo discusses privacy, robots and using 3D printers to create genetically modified meat

Mike Daisey's monologue 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs' has its European premiere at the High Tide in May
Russell Brand's divorce from Katy Perry proved a ceremony organiser's nightmare, and Brand was shifted to the ranks of the uninvited for the People's Choice Awards

Russell Brand arrested in US

Russell Brand has been arrested for criminal damage after police in the US issued a warrant for him.

Apple looks likely to become most valuable company ever

Apple shares touched $600 (£380) apiece yesterday, a mere five weeks after they first topped $500, and analysts predicted the iPhone maker would soon become the most valuable company of all time.

Apple on courseto become most valuable firm ever

Apple shares touched $600 (£380) apiece yesterday, a mere five weeks after they first topped $500, and analysts predicted the iPhone maker will soon become the most valuable company of all time.

Thicker, yet sharper: Apple unveils new iPad

Last night, for the third year running, Apple made an announcement from San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center to launch its new iPad, the latest in an in-between category of gizmo: a tablet computer with an inviting touchscreen interface and virtual onscreen keyboard. Apple relayed the event live around the world, including to a venue in London, in King's Cross.

China sales help Apple fend off Amazon threat

Apple will spell out how well it has coped with a fresh assault from Amazon this week as the technology giant updates Wall Street with quarterly sales figures. Analysts are eager to see how iPad sales held up over Christmas in the face of competition from Amazon's cheaper Kindle Fire device. Apple is expected to say tomorrow night that demand from China helped it to sell more than 30 million iPhones in the quarter, a sharp rise from 17 million in the previous three months.

China sales set to help Apple fend off Amazon threat

Apple will spell out how well it has coped with a fresh assault from Amazon this week as the technology giant updates Wall Street with quarterly sales figures.

Stephen Foley: Mini-stores may take a bite out of Apple's image

US Outlook: Target must be hoping for Beijing-style mob scenes when it opensmini-Apple stores inside its superstores soon, though maybe not quite the brawls and egg-throwing that marred the iPhone 4S launch in China yesterday.

Simon Kelner: The offside rule, and other male-female stereotypes

I have a memory of a comedy sketch in which the impressionists Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona were playing Sven Goran Eriksson (who was then England manager) and his girlfriend Nancy Dell’Olio.

Amazon sells 1m Kindles a week – but shares still fall

Online retailing giant Amazon saw its shares slide as much as 3 per cent yesterday despite claiming to have sold a record one million Kindlee-reader devices a week around the world during December.

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Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

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Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

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No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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