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Vodafone has kicked off one of the biggest advertising pitches of the year after the mobile giant announced it is putting its global ad-buying and planning account up for tender.

Stephen Glover: Murdoch haters can't have itboth ways

The tragic death of Marie Colvin has stirred a thousand pens into action, and rightly so. David Cameron and Ed Miliband praised her in the Commons. After months during which newspapers and journalists have been portrayed in unflattering terms, here was a brave and resourceful reporter who had devoted her life to writing about the horrors of war. Despite the awfulness of what had happened, many journalists felt a little better about their trade.

Claire Beale: The Sun rises on a newly energised market

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Sir Martin Sorrell: Co-operation is key in putting the banks to rights

Without reform... the problem of some banks being 'too big to fail' is still with us

Business Diary: Britain sticks it to French again

In this era of isolationism, the British Government clearly isn't missing any opportunity to stick two fingers up to the French.

David Prosser: Osborne suffers as WPP plays hard to get

Outlook Sir Martin Sorrell made an impact when announcing in 2008 that WPP was relocating to Ireland for tax reasons – and a big splash again in the summer when he said George Osborne's Budget was tempting the company to come back. Since then, nothing.

Sorrell opens WPP school in Shanghai

Sir Martin Sorrell is to open a WPP school of marketing in Shanghai, tomorrow.

Markets crisis could prompt new spending dip, says Sorrell

The world's largest advertising group, WPP, has warned the latest stock-market crisis could hit client spending in 2012, as emerging-market and digital services helped it to post a surge in first-half profits.

The Business On... The Sorrell family, Business dynasty in the making

That's Sir Martin and his boys, right?

Market Report: Aegis shoots higher on talk of a bid from WPP

Bid speculation returned around Aegis last night, as vague rumours suggesting its much bigger rival WPP may be interested in a renewed takeover attempt prompted a sharp rally late in the session.

The silent snoop on your computer

Designed to speed up and enhance the internet experience, web markers known as 'cookies' make a mockery of our privacy. Every web user needs to understand (and control) these insidious cyber-spies, says <b>Stephen Foley</b>

Market Report: Moneysupermarket.com gains on raised bid hopes

Investors were logging on to Moneysupermarket.com last night on hopes it could attract a bid as City scribblers talked up the price-comparison website's takeover potential.

Multinationals in line for &#163;1bn tax break

Multinationals were given details of what amounts to a near £1bn tax break on their overseas profits yesterday – on the day thousands of public sector workers walked out on strike over cuts to their pensions.

Leading article: No escape from Sir Martin's watchful eyes

When you make your next purchase online, Sir Martin Sorrell will probably get to learn of it. The Briton who heads the world's biggest advertising group, WPP, yesterday launched a new company, Xaxis, which will preside over the "world's largest database" of 500 million personal profiles, based on such things as the individual's choice in websites and purchases made online. Xaxis will track "almost 100 per cent of the UK population".

Database boasts it will track web behaviour of everyone in UK

A British advertising company claims to have built the world's largest database of individuals' internet behaviour, which it says will track "almost 100 per cent" of the UK population.

Ad market set to slow down in UK

The UK advertising market is set to slowdown this year after falling retail sales put the brakes on company spending, causing one influential player to downgrade its 2011 forecasts.

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'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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