News New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police

Deal raises fears of 'creeping privatisation' of the police

Paper spent £150,000 to buy damning dossier

Search on for mole who leaked details of expenses / MPs concerned at release of their home addresses

Broadband: How to find the deal for you

If you want to surf the web, watch TV, make calls (and save money) you need to find the right multimedia package. Jimmy Lee Shreeve rounds up the best bundles now on offer – and explains which could fit your bill

Union angry at Virgin Media over bonuses

Virgin Media, the struggling cable operator, has provoked a furious response from unions by revealing it intends to award its executives bonuses just months after cutting more than 2,000 jobs.

Leading article: Public money for private pleasures

The tale of Jacqui Smith's husband and the expenses claim for a couple of "adult" films contains enough material to keep satirists in gags for the foreseeable future.

Xbox and NBC pair up to offer movie rentals

Microsoft today announced a partnership with NBC Universal which will see films from Universal Pictures available to rent and watch at home through their Xbox 360 console using a broadband connection.

Virgin TV writedown

Virgin Media yesterday slashed the balance sheet value of its home shopping business.

Virgin Media hit by shopping slump

Virgin Media posted a wider quarterly loss of £50 million after it slashed the balance sheet value of its home shopping business.

Last rites for Christmas TV?

As broadcasters bet big on television-on-demand, time is running out for Britain's biggest day of shared viewing. Nick Clark reports

Download a film while kettle comes to the boil

Broadband suppliers line up to revolutionise internet speeds

50Mb broadband unveiled in the UK

The UK's fastest broadband service will be launched today.

Questions Of Cash: 'Sky left me in the lurch after telling me to switch'

Q. I have been a customer of Sky TV for several years. For the past two years I have received several letters asking me to join Sky's "free" broadband service. However, I was not able to take up these offers as the Sky equipment had not been installed in my exchange. Earlier this year I contacted Sky's call centre and was told that the equipment for this had been installed in my local exchange, but that to use this I needed to switch my phone line from Virgin Media to BT. I did this, signing a 12-month contract with BT.

2,200 jobs to go at Virgin Media

Cable group Virgin Media said today that it was axing around 2,200 UK jobs by 2012 under a sweeping restructure.

James Daley: Why can't they treat us with respect?

Two tales of bad practice in two different industries came across my desk this week – one which affected me, and one which affected thousands. By far the worse is the story of Prudential's Health Insurance plan, which shook up the UK market four years ago by becoming the first policy to reward customers for staying healthy.

Mobile hit puts Virgin Media into the red

Virgin Media beat under-lying profit expectations in the second quarter, excluding a £366m writedown of its mobile phone business.

Beale's Best In Show: Virgin Media (Rainey kelly campbell roalfe/Y&R)

It used to be so easy being a couch potato; four TV channels, everything in a neat time slot, no interaction necessary (or possible).

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn