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

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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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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'
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Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

Scared off by the strain of shelling a crab? Let a fishmonger do the hard work so you can focus on getting the flavours right
Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

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Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England
The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

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Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past