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The record-breaking connection was established between BT Tower (above) and an internet research campus in Suffolk

Chaos as United Airlines computers crash

United Airlines passengers faced delays and massive queues today after some of its major computer systems and its website failed.

Tony Nicklinson's wife, Jane, holds a photograph of her husband before his stroke

Tony Nicklinson: Right-to-die campaigner who took his case to the High Court

Locked-in syndrome is a cruel condition by which a person is able to think clearly, but as a result of paralysis is unable to move or interact normally with the world. Usually the result of a stroke or other brain trauma, the syndrome was first brought to wide public attention through the film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), which told the story of the French journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby.

Stagecoach boss Sir Brian Souter to step down

Stagecoach boss Sir Brian Souter today signalled his intention to step down from the driving seat of the company he co-founded more than 30 years ago.

The trial cull could see 70 per cent of badgers killed across two areas measuring a total of more than 600 sq km

Activists 'name and shame' farmers in badger cull battle

A government plan to slaughter thousands of the country's best-loved wild animals was always going to be controversial. But the long-awaited badger cull, aimed at stopping the spread of tuberculosis in cattle, now looks set to provoke a campaign of direct action by animal rights activists not seen since the heyday of the fox hunt saboteurs.

The trial cull could see 70 per cent of badgers killed across two areas measuring a total of more than 600 sq km

Badgered: How the cull got nasty

A trial scheme aimed at stopping the spread of TB in cattle looks set to provoke direct action by activists

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Superfast mobile broadband is to be launched in the UK later this year after T-Mobile and Orange got the green light to run 4G services.

St Nicholas Abbey has the stamina to test Frankel

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The Ballydoyle game plan could not be more transparent. However remote the prospect of inflicting a first defeat on the great Frankel, Aidan O'Brien and his patrons have plainly decided to go for the jugular at York tomorrow.

Little Printer doesn't require any ink

Will Dean's Ideas Factory: Meet the Little Printer, cuter than your average Deskjet

With newspaper sales struggling, bookshops closing as purchases begin to migrate to e-readers and many morning reads taking place on smartphones and tablets, it seems counter-intuitive that one of the most anticipated hardware releases of the year so far is a printer.

Smartphones are expensive to replace, so it’s often a good idea to take up the insurance offered by your phone company

Student finance: Make sure you're covered

You'll miss that smartphone or laptop if they're gone – so it pays to get them insured

Mobile phone stores are 'misleading' on prices, says Which?

The vast majority of mobile phone stores are misleading customers about the possibility of price increases on so-called fixed contracts, according to a watchdog.

Paralysed teacher loses £5m claim

A teacher left paralysed after breaking his neck in a freak welly-wanging accident has lost his High Court claim for more than £5m in damages.

Peep, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Peep has the dubious draw of being the only show on the Fringe where the audience can spy on the actors entirely unseen by them.

More than just Essex jokes from Alan Davies

More than a decade has passed since everyone's favourite "dunce" from QI last flexed his stand-up muscles, so he has some catching up to do.

Sergio Garcia was praised as a ‘great team player’ by Jose Maria Olazabal

Harrington has it all to do for Medinah as Olazabal lauds Garcia

Ryder Cup captain offers encouragement to Spaniard

Nato worker on spy charge in Germany

A German civilian who worked at Nato's air command headquarters in Germany has been charged with stealing secret data, federal prosecutors said.

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