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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

Christina Patterson: Saints, sinners and cloud cuckoo land

On Sunday, the son of a banker was set on the path to sainthood. This is a very big deal. It's a big deal not just because Britain has, for the past few centuries, been seriously under-represented in the higher echelons of heaven, or because it would seem to indicate that even the spawn of Satan can be redeemed, or even because, although his predecessor (who is himself on the waiting list) catapulted Catholics to the corridors of celestial power pretty much every time he brushed his teeth, God's current representative on earth has, in matters of beatification, been rather slower. It's a big deal because it's a hassle. You've got to have committees, and documentation and declarations and exhumations and certificates and then, after all that, you've got to have a miracle. You'd love to slash the bureaucracy and cut straight to frontline services, but rules are rules and you can't.

Mary Dejevsky: It's patients who must come first

As a group, junior hospital doctors have never been exactly backward in coming forward about the iniquities of their pay and conditions. But their present campaign – in which they are essentially saying, "Please, please, let us work more hours every week, because otherwise we won't gain enough experience to be competent doctors" – seems to me to be disingenuous in the extreme.

Kate Simon: Cows, cows, cows. That's all there is to see on trains

Wi-Fi on trains isn't welcomed by all, it seems.

Men on the street: Sharp dressers

When Esquire magazine launched an exhaustive search for Britain's best-dressed 'real' man, the editor Jeremy Langmead found some very sharp dressers

Vodafone reveals portable WiFi

Vodafone is launching a portable WiFi hotspot allowing users to access the internet using mobile broadband with up to five devices at once. The R201 also has enough on-board memory to store digital media such as photos, video or music files.

Kate Simon: Free Wi-Fi is the way to a traveller's heart

Good news for passengers on East Midlands Trains. The rail company is the latest to offer Wi-Fi on board its services to London. From 5 September, Wi-Fi will be piloted on all East Midlands' fast trains on the London-Sheffield route and the Robin Hood service from London to Nottingham.

Spain becomes latest country to take on Google

Spain is investigating Google over its "Street View" mapping feature, becoming the latest country to tangle with the Internet search giant over concerns it violated people's privacy while taking shots of city streets.

Chris Addison, Assembly @ George Street

Ire meets vulnerability with comic effect

Google offices raided in South Korea

South Korean police raided Google's Seoul office on Tuesday, the latest in a series of legal challenges the company is facing because of data collected by its controversial fleet of "Street View" cars.

Rhodri Marsden: Get the better of mobile rip-offs

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Free iPhone news app

Users can now read the latest news and opinion from the Independent while on the move.

Cisco unveils iPad competitor for business

Cisco is launching a tablet computing device aimed at business customers, becoming the latest company to wade into the red-hot tablet market.

Hackers reveal details of thousands of iPad 'VIPs'

They thought they were among the lucky few: the "VIPs" who were the very first to get their hands on Apple's latest gadget. But those high-ranking military officials, media bosses and even White House staff might now be wishing they hadn't bothered, after an online security breach exposed the personal details of thousands of iPad users.

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

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Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

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Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

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DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
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Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

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