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

Timeline - Simon Harwood case

1995: Simon Harwood joins the Metropolitan Police

Simon English: Rolet gets it right for the London Stock Exchange

Outlook On the face of it, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) ought to be having a torrid time.

Observations: Why Spider-Man's latest enemy is off the CGI scale

It may come as a shock, but giant, mutated man-lizards don't happen to be real. So, in order to make Spider-Man's nemesis The Lizard believable, the effects team had to hit the books – and the pet shop.

Woodgate during his last spell on Teesside in 2008

Woodgate seeks happy end to career littered with regrets

The injury-ravaged defender is painfully honest but content after coming home to Boro

Wu Legends, ABC, Glasgow

The Wu-Tang Clan should establish a group motto: perhaps something like "it’s no show without a no-show." Those who turn out for the highly-regarded Staten Island hip-hop outfit have grown used to the fact that the full advertised line-up won’t be what they actually get, but so extensive are the Clan’s solo careers that they’ll inevitably be consoled by the presence of at least two or three of the genre’s most established names.

Woodgate during his last spell on Teesside in 2008

Jonathan Woodgate: Looking for a happy end to career filled with regrets

The injury-ravaged defender is painfully honest but content after coming home to Boro

The O2 mobile network was down for thousands of users this week

Millions left unable to text – life, somehow, goes on

On Wednesday afternoon, the O2 mobile network suffered a technical fault, leaving thousands of its 22.3 million customers across England, Wales and Scotland unable to call or text. The outage also affected GiffGaff and Tesco Mobile subscribers, whose coverage comes courtesy of O2. The firm's website crashed under the weight of disgruntled visitors. Thanks to their smartphones' WiFi capabilities, though, they were still equipped to tweet furiously about the disruption.

Credit card vs debit card for bookings, plus where can I fly from Gatwick?

Q. Which is the best way to pay for a holiday? Does a debit card offer as much protection as a credit card, which always carries a surcharge? Jeremy White, Kettering

Thousands of computers at risk of losing internet access

Thousands of people may lose internet service on Monday unless they check their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines a year ago.

Malware may knock thousands off the internet on Monday

The warnings about the Internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Internet service providers have sent notices, and the FBI set up a special website.

Heinz Fromm: The intelligence chief described the scandal as a ‘major breach of trust’

Spy boss out in purge on suspected neo-Nazi agents

The head of German intelligence has been forced to resign after explosive revelations that his agents destroyed and manipulated files containing information about a neo-Nazi terror cell behind the country's worst far-right violence since the Second World War.

Heinz Fromm: The intelligence chief described the scandal as a ‘major breach of trust’

German spy chief Heinz Fromm quits over neo-Nazi investigation scandal

Government agents destroyed files on far-right terrorist cell behind murderous attacks on immigrants

Morning-after pill available by phone during Games

Women are being invited to stock up on free supplies of the morning-after pill which will be sent to them by post during the Olympics.

Police officer insists he could not remember any injury to Sean Rigg despite CCTV footage

A police officer who told a jury that he could not recall standing over the "lifeless" body of a mentally ill man was captured on CCTV saying, 'I hope he hasn't got anything, I've got his blood on me'.

Police officer accused of telling ‘a pack of lies’ over death in custody

A Metropolitan police constable involved in physically restraining a man who died soon after in custody has been accused at an inquest of telling “a pack of lies” after photographic evidence confirmed he held the detainee's face down for far longer than he claimed.

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