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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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London