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The UK Council for Child Internet Safety will draw up a list of approved sites offering advice about topics such as sex and drugs

BT internet package to boost business Wi-Fi hotspots

Communications giant BT today launched an internet package that will boost the number of Wi-Fi hot spots in small to medium businesses.

Chic on the cheap: Top five budget Parisian hotels

Fancy a budget break in the French capital? Check out these stylish hotels.

Mayor proposes London-wide wifi access

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has backed plans to create a wireless network stretching over the capital, allowing Londoners to use the internet via wifi for free.

Five luxury serviced apartments

Just like home, but with all the comforts of a good hotel. This is the life, says Fiona Griffiths

The fairly useless gadget show

Do we really need laser-guided scissors and Wi-Fi detecting T-shirts? Simon Usborne tests out the gizmos the world's been waiting for...

The Ten Best Wi-Fi Radios

Listen out for the sounds of summer with our guide to the best wi-fi radios

Howard Kosky on PR and Digital Broadcasting

In a multi-platform, wi-fi age, TV no longer delivers the mass audiences it once commanded

Hotel of the week: Chill out in this grown-up clubbers' haven

As the party season officially begins in Ibiza today, get away from the hordes in this stylish retreat in a sleepy village

24-Hour Room Service: Hotel Monaco, Seattle, USA

Can there be a better way to arrive at a hotel late on a hot afternoon than for someone to welcome you with a cold beer? After a trip through the mountains of Washington state, and a couple of hours' tangling with Seattle's rush-hour traffic, I turned up in the chic, conspiratorial foyer at 5.40pm.

Hotel Of The Week: Le Couvent d'Hérépian, Hérépian

Get thee to a cool, calm nunnery

Qualcomm wins licence in latest auction of radio spectrum

Qualcomm, the US wireless research group, is paying £8.5m to license a band of UK radio spectrum in the first of three major auctions that are expected to raise billions of pounds and pave the way for a range of next-generation mobile services.

Heads On Beds: Hotel Unique, Sao Paulo

Check into an architectural gem

Paperback: The Keep, by Jennifer Egan

Danny is a damaged 36-year-old New Yorker, who doesn't like to go anywhere that isn't Wi-Fi compatible. Against his better judgement, he finds himself travelling to "Austria, Germany or the Czech Republic" to help his enigmatic cousin, Howard, turn a medieval castle into a speciality hotel. Having set the stage, Egan unleashes a complex and deeply creepy series of events that tip Danny into a paranoiac funk. While some threads of this sophisticated work verge on the fantastical, others are grounded in a recognisable reality. A novel boobytrapped with metafictional tricks and trap doors, it makes traditional gothic tales look positively homely in comparison. H

Motorola to consider selling handsets unit

Motorola last night caved in to a shareholder rebellion and promised that it would consider selling its famous mobile handsets division.

Diary of a Primary School Mum: 'The school has hardly any blackboards, let alone chalk'

The classroom is hot and sticky and windowless. There's neither air-conditioning nor a fan in sight. I thought regulations were in place for this sort of thing – room temperature should be 18C. Judging from the pool of sweat settling at my feet though (I'm doing nothing more aerobic than sitting) it must be at least 35C. Should a complaint be lodged with the local council or my MP? No, because the classroom I'm in is thousands of miles from the one I'm accustomed to. I'm not at home, but in Kerala, southern India, visiting a little girl called Retty, the child I've been sponsoring with charity World Vision for five years.

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

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Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

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Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

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The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

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It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

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The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

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Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

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The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

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Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

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What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?